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8 Things To Do in Benidorm

Of course, you’ve got the beach and your pool and the bars and the shows. But what are the things to do in Benidorm to make your holiday memorable? You want to be doing stuff that you cannot do back in the UK. After all, that’s why you’re here on holiday in Benidorm. Check out our 8 things to do in the resort and further afield.

Old Town

Introduce yourself to the heart of Benidorm. Assign at least a good half day to become au fait with the web of streets that bind the area together.

Feel like a local; don’t worry about losing yourself – you’ll soon be back on track. There will always be a friendly native or a Beni Lover Brit to point you in the right direction.

Make sure to cover off El Balcón del Mediterráneo, the iconic viewing point that divides Benidorm’s Levante and Poniente sides, where you can capture some forever snaps; and don’t forget to take in the church and castle at the top of the headland before stepping down to Cala del Mal Pas to find the Old Town’s small beach.

Discover the different streets and hidden squares where small British bars pop out of nowhere and the aroma of grilled seafood heightens as lunchtime approaches. Explore the shops – don’t worry about the language barrier, no one else does.

Move on up to Parc de L’Aigüera, the location of Benidorm Town Hall and an oasis of calm where you can sit and rest weary bones for five or ten minutes. Meander your way up to the top of Ruzafa, one of the famous Old Town streets, and walk back down past the Cristal Park Hotel.

Head for Tapas Alley where you have a wide selection of tapas bars waiting to serve you up an authentic Spanish lunch. And then, maybe an ice cream to keep you company as you join the Walking Street and head for Dove Park to be enthralled by the views of Poniente Beach and the Med.

El Balcon del Mediterraneo, Benidorm, Costa Blanca.

El Balcón del Mediterráneo

Terra Mítica

Opens mid-May until the end of August plus specific open days during Autumn. Terra Mítica is one of Spain’s best theme parks and sits just outside of Benidorm.

You can get there by local bus or tram. Alternatively, there’s always a cab. If you have a hire car there are thousands of car parking spaces.

The park is superbly laid out with plenty of open spaces and the Rides and Shows are fantastic, catering for all ages. Recently the park has introduced a large 1700m2 swimming pool area where you can interweave some downtime into a busy day.

There are plenty of dining options from restaurants to kiosks. Fussy eaters are all looked after!

As Terra Mítica is part of the Aqua Natura, Aqualandia and Mundomar group there are always discounted tickets available for multi-park purchases.

Terra Mitica theme park ride, Benidorm, Costa Blanca.

The Flight of the Phoenix

Jalón Market

Although Benidorm can keep you entertained for your whole stay there is no better way to feel you have been to Spain than exploring the many beautiful towns and villages Beyond Benidorm.

Time is the issue when you might be on holiday for only a week or two but if you were going to opt for one excursion the Saturday rastro in Vall de Pop’s market town of Jalón is a surefire bet.

A combination of Flea and Farmer’s market, the stalls include everything from antiques and paintings to traditional Spanish household goods and jewellery.

It’s not all about the market though. You will find a bodega selling local wine and a range of diverse regional produce; and several bars where you can seek refreshments.

Take time to walk through the town itself. You’re in British Expat country so you might bump into Brits who have made their homes in the Jalón Valley and now run some of the cafés, bars and shops.

Jalon Market, Jalon Valley, Costa Blanca.

Jalón Market

Valencian Chocolate Museum

When you think of Cadbury’s and Bournville you think of Birmingham. For Spain, it is Valor and Villajoyosa!

La Vila has been built on fishing and chocolate. And since 1998 the town has had a dedicated museum to chart the history and story of chocolate-making in the town.

Now, the museum won’t blow you away. It would be much better if there was an interactive element and something a little more dramatic to influence the narrative.

However, it’s worth it if incorporated into an extended trip to Villajoyosa, where you include a mosey around the Old Town and a brisk walk along the promenade to view the riot of colour painted onto the old fishermen’s houses.

Finish off the day with churros con chocolate at one of the Valor cafés in the town!

Painted wall showing chocolate factory, Villajoyosa.

Chocolate Factory Street Art

Benidorm can keep you entertained for your whole stay

Aqua Natura

Aqua Natura is designed for families. If theme parks aren’t your thing but you’re here with the kids and searching for somewhere you can spend the whole day this water park, sister site to Terra Natura Zoo and close to Terra Mítica, fits the bill.

Adventure Island and Mermaid School for the little ones and a good range of slides for the oldies in the family.

You can make a day of it by visiting the zoo in the morning and then spending the rest of the day at Aqua Natura – discounted combi tickets are available.

Aqua Natura Water Park, Benidorm, Costa Blanca.

Aqua Natura


The iconic mountain village of El Castell de Guadalest has been a regular day trip for Brits since we all started coming to Benidorm way back in the 1960s. It’s not hard to see why as it is easy on the eye, coated in history and filled with boutique shops, restaurants and museums.

The addition of the spectacular Guadalest Reservoir serenely sitting down below in the Guadalest Valley is further reason to put this on your Benidorm bucket list. The views are stunning!

Hiring a car for the day is the best option giving you a little more flexibility. However, you can also catch the number 16 bus from Benidorm – pick-ups at Plaza Triangular and along Mediterranean Avenue – or a better option would be to take advantage of an organised excursion.

Guadalest Village, Costa Blanca.


Guadalest is coated in history and filled with boutique shops, restaurants and museums

Catamaran Cruise and Altea

As massive Altea fans, we’d always recommend having a holiday in Altea. But the next best, if you’re staying in Benidorm, is to visit this whitewashed gem of a town for a day, combining it with a wonderful catamaran cruise along the Costa Blanca coast.

You can easily jump on the No 10 bus from Benidorm to Altea and once there think about your day in three acts: a morning Catamaran Cruise from Altea Port to take in the exquisite Costa Blanca coastline; lunch at one of the many international restaurants that populate the seafront; and, lastly, a steady walk up to Altea Old Town. Here you will discover cobbled streets, a beautiful church and a square filled with bars and cafés where coffee and cake would be a fitting end to the day.

Catamaran Cruising the Mediterranean.

Catamaran anchored off Sierra Helada.

Mountain Biking

Surrounded by some of Costa Blanca’s most impressive mountain ranges it might come as no surprise that mountain biking is taken pretty seriously here in Benidorm.

Competing for the most awesome ranges are Sierras Helada, Aitana, Cortina, Bernia and Puig Campana. Combined, they add up to an unrivalled experience if you decide to jump into the saddle.

You don’t have to be superfit as you can hire electric mountain bikes from companies such Tao Bikes who also offer guided routes to help you get the most out of your experience.

It is something different to add to your Benidorm holiday and, along with the views, something you will probably remember doing until you come back and do it again!

Mountain Bikers looking down on Benidorm, Costa Blanca.

Mountain Biking around Benidorm

For more information on Things to Do in Benidorm you can check out our DO Guide


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