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Known as one of the most famous beach destinations in all of Europe, Benidorm offers white sandy beaches, clear Mediterranean water and an ideal climate. This former fishing village on the Costa Blanca is also known for it’s Manhattan-like skyline that sees innumerable holiday seekers flood into its iconic skyscrapers. In fact, Benidorm’s population swells from 70,000 in the winter to over 500,000 in the summer!

While Benidorm’s weather and beaches are its main draw, they aren’t the only thing that make it such a popular destination. Besides being easily reached from Alicante’s airport, it’s also a very affordable place to vacation. It might be cliche to say a place has “something for everyone” but Benidorm does. There is a wide array of endless activities for families with kids, retired couples, and a legendary 24 hour party scene. Find out what you can’t miss below with our list of the best things to do in Benidorm.

Top 10 things to do in Benidorm

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PLAYA DE LEVANTE

Levante Beach - One of the top things to do in Benidorm, Spain
Levante Beach - One of the top things to do in Benidorm
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The city of Benidorm is famous, among other reasons, for its two large beaches, located on both sides of the Mediterranean Balcony. The Levante Beach is situated on Benidorm’s east side and extends more than 2km down the coast. Its golden sand is bathed by clear Mediterranean waters. And similar to Poniente Beach, Benidorm’s other main beach, Levante enjoys a southern orientation, ensuring great sunbathing throughout the entire day.

Blue umbrellas at Benidorm's famous Playa de Levante – Alicante, Spain
Umbrellas at Benidorm's Playa de Levante
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The Levante Beach area was the first part of Benidorm to be developed for tourism. Because of this, it has the greatest number of services and amenities. This is also where you will find "Benidorm's guiri area” (British nightlife area), where numerous discos and pubs are located.

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PLAYA DE PONIENTE

Poniente Beach with the Tossal de la Cala hill in the background - Benidorm
Poniente Beach with the Tossal de la Cala hill in the background
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Poniente Beach is Benidorm’s other main beach and its longest, at 3km. It begins at the rocky Tossal de la Cala hillside and extends all the way to the port. While not as developed (or overdeveloped) as Levante, you will still find lots of restaurants and bars along the modern and pleasant beach promenade.

Playa de Poniente – One of the top things to do in Benidorm, Spain
Playa de Poniente – One of the top things to do in Benidorm
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Poniente is the newer side of Benidorm and is where you’ll find the city’s latest skyscraper designs, including the tallest of them all. The Intempo building towers over the rest of the skyline with its 198 meter height and 47 floors.

Another curious part of Poniente Beach that shouldn’t be missed is the Fontanelles, a spring that erupts with freshwater just 10 meters from the waterfront.

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BALCÓN DEL MEDITERRÁNEO

Visiting the Balcón del Mediterráneo is one of the top things to do in Benidorm
Balcón del Mediterráneo - One of the top things to do in Benidorm
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The Balcón del Mediterráneo (Mediterranean Balcony) is one of the most iconic spots in all of Benidorm. Also known as the "Mirador del Castillo” (castle lookout), it is situated on a small rocky peninsula between the Levante and Poniente beaches.

As you might have guessed by the name “Castle Lookout,” this is the same location where a fortress once stood. For centuries, this strategic position helped the inhabitants defend themselves from frequent pirate attacks.

Girls taking photos from Benidorm's Mediterranean Balcony, Alicante
Girls taking photos from Benidorm's Mediterranean Balcony
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Undoubtedly, the Balcony of the Mediterranean is a wonderful lookout where you can admire the turquoise waters of the coast of Alicante and take in the great views of Benidorm’s beaches. Make sure not to skip it since it’s one of the best things to do in Benidorm.

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OLD TOWN

The lively Plaça de la Creu in Benidorm's old town
The lively Plaça de la Creu in Benidorm's old town
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You can't leave Benidorm without getting lost in the narrow streets of the old quarter and discovering its huge contrast to the new part of town. Strolling around aimlessly will allow you to get to know such picturesque streets as the traditional Calle Santo Domingo, better known as Calle de los Vascos (street of the Basques). This is one of the most lively areas of the old town and where it’s easy to find a ton of tapas and their smaller Basque cousin, pintxos. This is a great place to get some traditional Spanish food.

Bars & restaurants at Calle Santo Domingo in Benidorm's old town
Bars & restaurants at Calle Santo Domingo
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Through the old town’s narrow streets you will also discover several squares, such as the Plaza de Santa Ana and Plaza del Castillo as well the Church of San Jaime and Santa Ana, the oldest in Benidorm.

However, if you are looking for views, go to the Plaza Castelar to take in the endless Poniente Beach. Opposite of the plaza is the viewpoint of Sant Jaume, also known as the "viewpoint of the Mediterranean" from which you get idyllic views of the Levante Beach.

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AQUALANDIA

Family fun at the Aqualandia water park in Benidorm, Spain
Family fun at the Aqualandia water park
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With 200,000 m2 of surface area and 15 water attractions, visiting Aqualandia is a fantastic option for families with children but also thrill seekers. In fact, each of these attractions is rated by intensity and age. In addition, the park has fast food restaurants as well as picnic areas.

However, one of the most outstanding details of this water park is its Verti-Go slide, which, together with the free fall, is the highest in Europe. Without a doubt, Aqualandia is the perfect destination for the most adventurous travelers.

BOOK TRAIN, BUS & FLIGHT TICKETS
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VIEWPOINT OF THE CROSS OF BENIDORM

Views of Benidorm's highrises from the Viewpoint of the Cross in Benidorm, Alicante
Views of Benidorm's highrises from the Viewpoint of the Cross
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The Mirador de la Cruz de Benidorm is located at the highest point of the Serra Gelada Nature Park (217 meters above sea level). It offers some of the best panoramic views of Benidorm.

The cross that gives it its name was placed there by Franciscan monks in 1961 with the purpose of ridding the city of its sins - such as the use of bikinis!

Views on the way up to the Mirador de la Cruz de Benidorm, Alicante
Views on the way up to the Mirador de la Cruz de Benidorm
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Today, however, it offers visitors one of the most beautiful sunsets in town, especially when the sunlight reflects on the surface of the sea.

To get to the viewpoint, you can walk uphill for 40 minutes from the Rincón de Loix neighborhood or drive to the top.

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MAL PAS COVE

Mal Pas Cove with the Poniente Beach in the background in Benidorm, Spain
Mal Pas Cove with the Poniente Beach in the background
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Next to the old town of Benidorm, framed by the Balcony of the Mediterranean on one side and the port on the other, is the Cala del Mal Pas. The beach was created during the construction of the port in the first half of the twentieth century. In fact, the sand is a leftover from the dredging. The result is an intimate 100 meters long beach that is lined with palm trees.

Today, it is an excellent urban cove that is great for snorkeling, especially in the rocky part of Punta Canfali.

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TERRA MITICA

Roller coaster in Terra Mitica near Benidorm
Roller coaster in Terra Mitica
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Terra Mitica is an amusement park with 33 rides, including impressive roller coasters - such as Magnus Colossus and Titanide. If rides and roller coasters aren’t your thing, there are also several different performances and shows to keep you entertained.

Exhilarating ride at Terra Mítica - Benidorm, Spain
Exhilarating ride at Terra Mítica
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Opened in the year 2000, Terra Mitica has a theme that’s based on the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean, specifically Egyptian, Greek and Roman. In fact, the park boasts a multitude of replicas of monuments and bridges in order to create an immersive experience.

Terra Mitica is definitely the best theme park to visit in Benidorm.

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VIEWPOINT OF THE VIRGEN DEL MAR CHAPEL

Playa de Poniente seen from the Viewpoint of the Virgen del Mar Chapel in Benidorm
Playa de Poniente seen from the Viewpoint of the Virgen del Mar Chapel
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The Mirador de la Ermita Virgen del Mar is another one of the best lookout points in Benidorm. It’s located high up on the hillside at the western end of Benidorm, near the Roman archaeological site "Castellum Tossal de la Cala". From here, you get incredible views of Poniente Beach and can see all of Benidorm from end to end.

There are two ways to reach the viewpoint: on foot or by car. If you choose to arrive with your own vehicle, you should know that there is no parking at the top of the chapel, so you will have to leave your car next to the park on the hillside.

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FINESTRAT O MORALES COVE

Busy morning at Cala de Finestrat O Morales, Benidorm – Alicante
Busy morning at Cala de Finestrat O Morales
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Although this urban sandy beach belongs to the municipality of Finestrat, its proximity to Benidorm makes it worth a visit. This rocky and unspoiled bay is characterized by its beautiful 200 meters long coastline.

Here you will find everything from restaurants and bars to jet ski and boat rentals. It also has its own paid parking.

More Things to Do in Benidorm

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TERRA NATURA

Rhinoceroses at Terra Natura in Benidorm – Spain
Rhinoceroses at Terra Natura
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Terra Natura has been designed for the animal lover. This "immersion zoo", also known as a new generation animal park, recreates the habitat of each of the species living there.

In this way, visitors can learn about animal behavior and come into contact with them. There are also different educational proposals and outdoor activities for the whole family to learn and have fun. In short, there are more than 1,500 animals of 200 different species to marvel at.

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RACÓ DE CONILL COVE

Racó de Conill Cove, one of the top things to do in Benidorm, Spain
Racó de Conill Cove, one of the top things to do in Benidorm
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Cala Racó de Conill is a spectacular small nudist beach which is actually considered one of the best beaches in the province of Alicante. This small rocky cove, featuring calm and crystalline waters, can be ideal to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The cove has its own beach bar, parking area right next to it and spectacular panoramic views. However, it does not have lifeguard equipment.

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AQUA NATURA

Water slide at Aqua Natura in Benidorm, Spain
Water slide at Aqua Natura
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Located next to Terra Natura, this water park is much smaller than Aqualandia (40,000 m2 compared to 200,000 m2) and is ideal for children to move from one attraction to another without getting tired. Another advantage is that Aqua Natura is not as crowded as other water parks.

Aqua Natura is made up of water slides, wave pools, unique attractions and a large number of activities for children, as well as beach bars, jacuzzi and spa area.

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BENIDORM'S NIGHTLIFE

Benidorm is, of course, known for its endless and lively nightlife. What's more, the city offers a wide variety of nightclubs, British pubs and small bars in several different areas, such as the old town, the Levante Beach promenade, Esperanto Street and the British party area - Gerona, Ibiza and Lepanto streets.

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L'AIGÜERA PARK & TOWN HALL

Benidorm's modern town hall in L'Aigüera Park – Spain
Benidorm's town hall in L'Aigüera Park
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Designed by the architectural studio of Ricardo Bofill in the 1980's, this green space houses the Benidorm bullring at one end and the town hall at the other. The town hall was built in 2003 with avant-garde approach which is quite visible.

Also, within the park is the Julio Iglesias Auditorium and sculpture, where numerous events are held every year.

L'Aigüera Park is home to a total of 120,000 m2, including some modernist architecture to admire while you take a stroll, sheltered by the shade of the palm trees that grow on both sides.

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MUNDOMAR

Turtles at Mundomar in Benidorm
Turtles at Mundomar
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Located under the Sierra Helada mountains and inaugurated in 1996, Mundomar was conceived as an animal park for the entertainment of children, adults and families. During your visit you will be able to meet different species of mammals, birds and reptiles, such as penguins and parrots.

Shows and animal experiences are some of the additional activities that can be enjoyed in the park. From swimming with sea lions to taking pictures or having an encounter with dolphins, your family will have a great time at Mundomar.

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ALMADRABA & TIO XIMO COVES

Almadraba Cove in Benidorm - Spain
Almadraba Cove in Benidorm
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Isolated and surrounded by nature, these two coves located in the Serra Gelada Nature Park contrast with the buildings that rise just behind them. Despite this, the area stands out for its tranquility, where the sounds of people or cars are not appreciated.

So if you feel the sudden urge to escape the hustle and bustle, both Cala Almadraba and Cala Tío Ximo will be ideal.

The sea beds of both are spectacular due to their rocky formation. However, if your plan is to go diving, paddle surfing or kayaking, our recommendation is Cala Tío Ximo, as it has direct road access. Choose Cala Almadraba for resting or snorkeling.

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BENIDORM ISLAND

This rocky outcrop is easily recognizable due to its characteristic slope. Legend has it that the Benidorm Island is actually a fragment of the mountain Puig Campana and that it was a giant who broke it and threw it into the sea.

This seemingly out of place island is located in the center of the bay of the same name and is now part of a nature reserve. Although the island itself is actually uninhabited, there is an unlicensed restaurant that dates back to the 1960s when it was used as a home for the island's caretaker. Currently, there is a plan to transform the restaurant into an environmental interpretation center.

To get to the island, take one of the "golondrinas" or tourist boats that leave from the Port of Benidorm. The voyage takes 15 minutes and the round trip ticket costs between 15 and 18€. The short getaway to Benidorm Island is worth it because of its small rocky cove and seabed that is teaming with aquatic life.

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PORT OF BENIDORM

Benidorm subsisted as a small fishing village until the 1960s. Therefore, one of the things to see in Benidorm is its port, first built in the mid-20th century and expanded in the late 20th century.

Nowadays, the port mainly houses recreational boats and those known as "golondrinas", the boats for tourists that sail to Benidorm Island, Tabarca Island and Calpe. In addition, next to this key point of the city you will find the Maritime Club and Mal Pas Beach.

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GRAN HOTEL BALI

Gorgeous views from the top of the Gran Hotel Bali in Benidorm, Spain
Views from the Gran Hotel Bali
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Beyond the multiple natural spots from which to enjoy the wonderful views of Benidorm, you can always soar up the 186 meters high Gran Hotel Bali, a luxurious 52-story hotel complex. This skyscraper, which offers a 360-degree view for a price of 6€, was the highest in Spain until 2006.

Currently, it offers its clients wellness treatments, a fitness area and swimming pools, as well as spaces for events.

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BENIDORM MARKETS

Visiting one of the city's markets is another activity that should not be missing on your list of things to do in Benidorm. The city offers different alternatives depending on the time of the week, the place and the products you are looking for.

For starters, in the Rincón de Loix Market, next to the Pueblo Hotel, you can find clothes and fresh produce every Wednesday and Sunday from 8 am to 2 pm. On the other hand, if your goal is to get to know local fruits and vegetables, we recommend the Foietes Market, which takes place on Wednesdays from 8:30 am to 2 pm.

Consider also visiting the Benidorm Flea Market - popularly known as the Mercadillo del Cisne - 4km from the center, where every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm you will find antiques and second-hand products. Or the Les Nits del Castell flea market, located in the castle of Benidorm, where every summer traders show off their handicrafts.

Excursions from Benidorm

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GUADALEST & ALGAR SPRINGS

The scenic village of Guadalest & its bell tower, Spain
The village of Guadalest & its bell tower

Discover the Castle of Guadalest and the corners of this historic village in this full day excursion. Once you have toured the town, you can go down to the village of Callosa and visit the fantastic Cascadas del Algar (Algar springs) and its pools, a natural space where tranquility reigns.

Or you can also choose to explore each of these destinations separately, dedicating a full day to Guadalest and a morning to the Algar Waterfalls.

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VALENCIA

Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences) in Valencia, Spain
City of Arts and Sciences – Valencia

Explore Valencia, Spain's third largest city, with this day tour. Accompanied by an expert guide, you will learn about the city’s Roman, Moorish and Christian history, as well as taste its excellent gastronomy at the Central Market.

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ALICANTE

Views of Alicante from the Santa Barbara Castle
Alicante from the Santa Barbara Castle
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Venture into the surroundings of Benidorm with this excursion to the city of Alicante. During this trip you will not only explore the southern part of the Costa Blanca, but also the old town and the city wall, its market and the port area.

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BENISSA, THE SKULLS CAVE & MORAIRA

History is the term that defines this excursion. In the medieval town of Benissa, you can walk through its cobbled streets and marvel at its majestic church. Afterwards, you will discover the Cueva de las Calaveras (Skulls Cave), which are more than 100 million years old, and the coastal town of Moraira.

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VILLAJOYOSA & ITS CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Row of colorful houses in Villajoyosa near Alicante, Spain
Colorful houses in Villajoyosa

The colorful Villajoyosa is one of the essential places to see around Benidorm. Known as the "city of chocolate,” this excursion will take you to this neighboring town where you will have the opportunity to visit the Valor chocolate factory, learn about its elaboration and even taste some of it.

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