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One Day in Benidorm

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Known as the European Manhattan, Benidorm has grown from a little Spanish fishing village in the 1960s to a major holiday destination. It’s the biggest beach resort on the Costa Blanca, famous for its fabulous sandy beaches, skyscrapers, exciting nightlife, and award-winning theme parks.

Good for
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveler

10 Places

11 City Tips

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10 Places

Playa de Levante

Beaches

Balcon del Mediterraneo

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Benidorm Old Town

Neighborhoods

Zona de TAPAS

Other Food & Drink

Mundomar

Aquariums

Aqualandia

Water Parks

Benidorm Turistic Bus

Bus Tours

Benidorm Island

Islands

Benidorm Palace

Performances, Concerts, Dinner Theaters, Cabarets

Morgan's Tavern

Bars & Clubs

Sarah F's City Tips

  • Look out for lunchtime set menus called "menu del día" at restaurants — they are great value.
  • Many bars have happy hours or special offers on drinks, especially in the English Square.
  • Take the tourist bus around Benidorm to help get your bearings. You’ll get a guided tour around its main attractions.
  • Buying theme park tickets online is often cheaper, plus you can find combined tickets for multiple attractions.
  • Use the trains to get up the coast to Denia or down to Alicante. They are great value, with lovely beach views.
  • Wear flat shoes for walking around the town. The old town is a bit steep, and there are some hills and steps to climb.
  • If you have problems walking, you can rent mobility scooters to get around Benidorm.
  • It’s best to change money at an official bank or foreign exchange dealer. Check what you are getting before you hand over money — some money exchange shops aren't good value.
  • Beware of the Benidorm pea men who hide a pea under one of three potatoes and ask you to guess which one — you will never win and you may get pickpocketed, too.
  • Benidorm is in a bay with its own microclimate, so it's warm all year round.
  • Dress in Benidorm is very casual, though you may need to dress up for some of the nicer restaurants and nightclubs.
  • Playa de Levante
    Beaches
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    Sarah F Says:

    Benidorm is famous for its wide sandy beaches. Levante beach is best for catching the morning sun, while Poniente beach is better at sunset. Both beaches have pedestrian promenades with plenty of bars and cafes.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • You can join free exercise classes on the beach in the mornings.
    • The beaches do get crowded, so grab your space early or move further along the beach, away from the restaurants.
    • You can try wakeboarding, waterskiing, or slalom at Cable-Ski Benidorm on Levante beach.
    • If it’s too hot on the beach in the afternoon, head for one of the bars. Many have tribute bands or karaoke all day.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 38 things to do in Benidorm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic Beach 11/13/2018
    • First class beach 11/13/2018
    • Playa de Levante
    Address:
    Av. Madrid
    Benidorm
    Spain
  • Balcon del Mediterraneo
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Sarah F Says:

    Separating the Levante and Poniente beaches is the pretty Balcon del Mediterraneo, with gorgeous views over the bay and Benidorm’s skyscrapers. It’s a pretty square with cafes, restaurants, and the picturesque St. Jaime Church with its traditional blue-tiled dome.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • It’s a bit of a climb to the Balcon but worth it for the views.
    • Although lovely at any time, the Balcon is especially beautiful at sunset.
    • Great for people-watching while enjoying a coffee at one of the bars.
    • The steps leading down to Poniente beach are fairly steep, so you’ll need to watch your step.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 38 things to do in Benidorm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely Sky Bar, Beautiful Scenery and Views, Great Ambience, Classy !!! 10/24/2018
    • Stunning 10/17/2018
    • Balcon del Mediterraneo
    Address:
    Plaza Castelar 1
    03501 Benidorm
    Spain
  • Benidorm Old Town
    Neighborhoods
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    Sarah F Says:

    Behind the Balcon del Mediterraneo is Benidorm’s traditional old town, with little cobbled streets filled with great shops, an indoor market selling fresh fish and produce, and bars and restaurants. This is the place to go for gay bars, cabaret shows, and traditional Spanish cuisine.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • There are great cabaret and drag shows in the Old Town.
    • Restaurante Aitona is a good place to try a paella (traditional rice and seafood dish) at lunchtime.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 38 things to do in Benidorm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • 2* 11/14/2018
    • Beautiful 11/14/2018
    • Benidorm Old Town
    Phone:
    +34 902 10 05 81
  • Zona de TAPAS
    Other Food & Drink
    Sarah F Says:

    Tapas Alley in and around the Calle Santo Domingo in the old town is a great place to try the delicious Spanish snacks called 'tapas' or 'pinchos.' You can share small plates of fish, meat, sausage, or cheese, and pair these nicely with a glass of local wine.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveler
    Tips
    • Make sure you visit Gambrinus, a traditional tapas bar with photos of old Benidorm on the walls.
    • Dinnertime is late in Spain, so sharing tapas at around 5pm provides a tasty snack to tide you over.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 38 things to do in Benidorm
    • The only place to experience real tapas! 10/07/2018
    • Tapas alley! 09/27/2018
    • Zona de TAPAS
    Other:
  • Mundomar
    Aquariums
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    Sarah F Says:

    Benidorm is well known for its amazing theme parks. Mundomar is a world filled with exotic animals and birds, where you can watch dolphin, parrot, and sea lion shows.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can get combination tickets for Mundomar, Terra Mitica adventure, park and/or Aqualandia water park.
    • You can save money by bringing your own food and drinks.
    • Aqualandia is next door to Mundomar, so it’s easy to do the two theme parks in one day.
    • Great fun for the children, as the animal shows are very good.
    • There is a direct bus from Benidorm train station to Mundomar.
    • If you are in a group or with children, a taxi may be just as cheap as the bus.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 38 things to do in Benidorm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely place 11/11/2018
    • Spectacular. 11/11/2018
    • Mundomar
    Address:
    Sierra Helada - Rincon de Loix
    03500 Benidorm
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 965 86 91 01
    Other:
  • Aqualandia
    Water Parks
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    Sarah F Says:

    Next door to Mundomar is Aqualandia water park, where you can have a splashing good time keeping cool in the pools and enjoying wave rides, slides, rapids, and the highest chute in Europe. One of the largest water parks in the world, with some of the best attractions, too.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can hire a sunbed here.
    • You can buy a combination ticket with Mundomar and/or Terra Mitica to save money.
    • There is plenty of free parking; otherwise, the buses are good value.
    • In addition to restaurants, there’s a picnic area where you can bring your own food.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 38 things to do in Benidorm
    • Fantastic 11/10/2018
    • Great day out for all the family 10/15/2018
    • Aqualandia
    Address:
    Sierra Helada, s/n
    Rincón de Loix
    03503 Benidorm
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 965 86 01 00
    Price range:
    $38 - $38
    Other:
  • Benidorm Turistic Bus
    Bus Tours
    Sarah F Says:

    Hopping on the Benidorm Turistic Bus is a great way to see the main sights during a relaxing guided tour. You will visit the beaches, bullring, Balcon del Mediterraneo, yacht club, and the Sierra Helada mountain.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The bus is an old tram, so it’s a really fun way to get around.
    • The bus doesn’t run when it rains, which isn’t very often.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 28 Tours in Benidorm
    • Touristic Tram 09/27/2018
    • See the beautiful sights of Benidorm! 09/19/2018
    • Benidorm Turistic Bus
    Other:
  • Benidorm Island
    Islands
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    Sarah F Says:

    Take a look back at Benidorm’s impressive landmark skyscrapers sheltered by mountains on the 30-minute boat trip to Benidorm Island (also known as Peacock Island). While there’s not much to do on the island itself, the boat trip is really enjoyable.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You’ll need sensible shoes or trainers, as the island is a bit hilly.
    • You can also see what lies beneath from the glass-bottomed boat.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 38 things to do in Benidorm
    • worth the trip 11/13/2018
    • What a hike 11/08/2018
    • Benidorm Island
    Other:
  • Benidorm Palace
    Performances, Concerts, Dinner Theaters, Cabarets
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    Sarah F Says:

    Let the entertainers razzle-dazzle you at one of the top nightspots in Europe. Benidorm Palace has fabulous cabaret performers as well as special gala nights, offering you the chance to enjoy top entertainment as you dine. Great for a glamorous night out.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • It’s not a cheap night out, but you get what you pay for. (You can book the show without dinner to save money.)
    • Definitely worth going for your last night in Benidorm or for a special occasion.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 13 Concerts & Shows in Benidorm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Evening out 11/14/2018
    • loved it, great night out 11/13/2018
    • Benidorm Palace
    Address:
    Avenida Doctor Severo Ochoa 13
    03503 Benidorm
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 965 85 16 60
    Price range:
    $41 - $41
    Other:
  • Morgan's Tavern
    Bars & Clubs
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    Sarah F Says:

    Fans of the comedy series Benidorm will recognize the English Square, with its dozens of bars and restaurants, many selling British beer and food. It’s great for a fun night out with live music, bargain booze, and plenty of action. Among its many offerings, Morgan’s Tavern is a top spot for its live shows (you may recognize it as Neptune’s in the Benidorm TV comedy).

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The live entertainment and tribute bands in The Square are often top quality...and free!
    • Many bars have happy hours or promotions, so it can be an extremely cheap night out.
    • Some venues with live entertainment can get very busy, so you may need to head there early to secure a seat.
    • It’s loud and busy, so you may want to think again if you’re looking for a cultural night out.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 171 Nightlife in Benidorm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great entertainment venue 11/13/2018
    • FABULOUS 11/12/2018
    • Morgan's Tavern
    Address:
    Calle Gerona 41
    03503 Benidorm
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 966 83 18 22
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