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3 Days in Benidorm

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Benidorm is the biggest and brashest beach resort in the Alicante region of Spain. With hundreds of bars, great live entertainment, and the best theme parks and tallest skyscrapers in Europe, it's no wonder the town is compared to Manhattan — but it is the beautiful, sandy beaches that are the main attraction for many.

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

15 Places

10 City Tips

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15 Places

Day 1

Playa de Levante

Beaches

La Cruz de Benidorm

Sacred & Religious Sites

Balcon del Mediterraneo

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Benidorm Island

Islands

Morgan's Tavern

Bars & Clubs

Day 2

Terra Mitica

Theme Parks

Restaurante Aitona

Restaurants

Parque de Elche

Parks

Benidorm Turistic Bus

Bus Tours

Benidorm Palace

Performances, Concerts, Dinner Theaters, Cabarets

Day 3

Terra Natura

Zoos

Aqua Natura

Water Parks

Benidorm Old Town

Neighborhoods

Rich Bitch Show Bar

Performances

Sarah F's City Tips

  • It’s best to change money through an official bank or foreign exchange dealer. Some of the money exchange shops are not good value
  • In restaurants, ask about the lunchtime "menu del dia" meals, which are great value.
  • Many bars have happy hours or special offers on drinks, especially in the English Square.
  • Enjoy a couple of hours on the tourist bus around Benidorm to help you get your bearings. You’ll get a guided tour around its main attractions.
  • Check online before buying theme park tickets. It’s often cheaper and they also offer combined tickets for two or more attractions.
  • There is a slow train from Benidorm either up the coast to Denia or down to Alicante. They are great value with lovely views of the beaches.
  • Wear flat shoes for walking around, particularly in the old town — it's a bit steep and there are some hills and steps to climb.
  • If you have problems walking, you can rent mobility scooters to whizz around Benidorm.
  • Beware of the Benidorm pea men who hide a pea inside one of three potatoes and ask you to guess which one. You will never win and you may have your pocket picked too.
  • Benidorm is in a bay with its own microclimate so it is warm all year round.
    Day 1
  • 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 a pedestrianized promenade with bars and cafes.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • You can join in free exercise classes on the beach in the mornings.
    • The beaches do get crowded so grab your space early or move further along the sand, away from the restaurants.
    • You can try wakeboarding, slalom or waterskiing 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:
    1-2 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
  • La Cruz de Benidorm
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Sarah F Says:

    For fabulous views over Benidorm, take a 45-minute walk up the Sierra Helada mountain to the iconic Benidorm Cross (La Cruz de Benidorm). From here you'll enjoy far-reaching views of the skyscrapers and bay. Don’t forget your camera!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    Tips
    • It’s a bit of a hike so take plenty of water and a snack.
    • You could get a taxi up and walk back down.
    • Try this in the early morning or evening rather than during the hottest part of the day.
    • Access is from the far end of Levante beach.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 38 things to do in Benidorm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Away from the madness 11/14/2018
    • Its a steep walk 11/11/2018
    • La Cruz de Benidorm
    Address:
    Calle de Taywan
    Benidorm
    Spain
  • Balcon del Mediterraneo
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Sarah F Says:

    The pretty Balcon del Mediterraneo is a former fortress separating Levante and Poniente beaches, which also offers gorgeous views over the bay and Benidorm’s skyscrapers. It’s a pretty square filled with cafes, restaurants, and the picturesque St Jaime Church with its traditional blue tiled dome.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveler
    Tips
    • It’s a bit of a climb to the Balcon but worth it for the views.
    • Although lovely at any time of day, 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 watch how you go.
    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 Island
    Islands
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    Sarah F Says:

    For a different perspective, take a look back at Benidorm’s impressive landmark skyscrapers sheltered by mountains on a 30-minute boat trip to Benidorm Island (also known as Peacock island).

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There’s not much to do on the island but the boat trip is enjoyable.
    • You’ll need sensible shoes or trainers as the island is a bit hilly.
    • You can see marine life through 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:
  • Morgan's Tavern
    Bars & Clubs
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    Sarah F Says:

    If you love going out at night or are a fan of the UK Benidorm TV comedy, a trip to the English Square is a must. It’s full of bars and restaurants (many offering British beer and food), live music, bargain booze, and plenty of action. Among these, Morgan’s Tavern is a top spot for its live shows.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • 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 a cheap night.
    • Some venues with live entertainment can get very busy so you may need to arrive early if you want a seat.
    • It’s loud and raucous so you may want to think again if you’re looking for a quieter or more cultural night out.
    • English Square is perfect if you like English food and beer — you’ll find English breakfasts and John Smith’s bitter in many bars.
    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
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Terra Mitica
    Theme Parks
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    Sarah F Says:

    Defy gravity on some of the best white-knuckle rides in Europe as you turn upside-down at 100 miles per hour! Terra Mitica theme park is fabulous for adrenaline junkies, plus there are plenty of gentler rides to suit all ages.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Make sure you see some of the shows including gladiator fights and acrobats.
    • You can get a combination ticket for Terra Mitica and Aqualandia Water Park, and/or Mundomar Animal Park, to save money.
    • You might save money if you book online.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 38 things to do in Benidorm
    • Amazing 11/10/2018
    • Just OK! 11/06/2018
    • Terra Mitica
    Address:
    Partida del Moralet, s/n
    03502 Benidorm
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 902 02 02 20
    Price range:
    $39 - $39
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:30 AM - 10:30 PM
    Other:
  • Restaurante Aitona
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, European, Spanish)
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    Sarah F Says:

    The Alicante region is home to paella, a tasty rice dish including fish, shellfish, meat or vegetables. One of the best places in Benidorm to order paella is at Restaurant Aitona by the old town.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you are trying to please everyone, order a mixed paella which comes with fish, shellfish, meat, and beans.
    • This is a popular restaurant so it may be advisable to book if you are going with a group.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #127 of 803 restaurants in Benidorm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Last night of trip 10/15/2018
    • Excellent Spanish Restaurant 10/09/2018
    • Restaurante Aitona
    Address:
    Avenida Ruzafa 2
    03501 Benidorm
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 965 85 30 10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  • Parque de Elche
    Parks
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    Sarah F Says:

    After lunch, have a stroll or a snooze in the nearby Parque de Elche by Poniente beach. You can gaze out to sea while the children play on the slides and swings.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The palm trees provide shade on hot summer afternoons.
    • There’s outdoor exercise equipment here if you’re feeling energetic.
    • The park is home to lots of doves — you’re not allowed to feed them.
    • Poniente beach (by the park) is a fabulous place to watch the rich, red sunsets of Benidorm.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 38 things to do in Benidorm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Visitor 11/07/2018
    • beware the doves 10/21/2018
    • Parque de Elche
    Address:
    Playa del Poniente
    Benidorm
    Spain
  • Benidorm Turistic Bus
    Bus Tours
    Sarah F Says:

    Hopping on the Benidorm tourist 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
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The bus is an old tram so it’s a really fun way to get around.
    • It is easy to walk around Benidorm so you may feel the bus is unnecessary, unless you have young children.
    • 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 Palace
    Performances, Concerts, Dinner Theaters, Cabarets
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    Sarah F Says:

    Let the entertainers razzle-dazzle you at this incredible nightspot. Benidorm Palace has fabulous cabaret, singers, and dancers — as well as special gala nights — so you can enjoy top entertainment as you dine. It's great for a glamorous night out!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • 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, especially 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:
  • Day 3
  • Terra Natura
    Zoos
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    Sarah F Says:

    High-pitched screeching monkeys, majestic elephants, tigers, sea lions, and snakes form some of the 1,500 animals — including endangered species — at Terra Natura park. It’s split into continents with themed restaurants to complement each region.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can buy a combination ticket for entry to Terra Natura and Aqua Natura to save money.
    • The restaurants are good but you can bring a picnic too.
    • Buying online beforehand may save you money.
    • Download the free guide from the website before you go.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 38 things to do in Benidorm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • still a great zoo 11/07/2018
    • Great day out 11/06/2018
    • Terra Natura
    Address:
    Partida Foia del Verdader 1
    03502 Benidorm
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 966 07 27 70
    Price range:
    $19 - $19
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Aqua Natura
    Water Parks
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    Sarah F Says:

    Experience what zero gravity feels like on La Cresta water ride at Aqua Natura. As well as chutes and slides for all ages, you also have the chance to swim with sea lions here.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can buy a combination ticket for Aqua Natura and Terra Natura to save money.
    • You need to be able to swim to use some of the attractions.
    • It’s best to leave jewelry and watches behind, so they don’t slip off.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 38 things to do in Benidorm
    • Lots of fun 11/06/2018
    • Great waterpark 11/03/2018
    • Aqua Natura
    Address:
    Foia del Verdader 1
    03502 Benidorm
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 966 07 27 70
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:30 AM - 7:30 PM
    Other:
  • 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, fruit and vegetables; as well as many bars and restaurants. This is the place to go to visit gay bars, see cabaret shows and to try traditional Spanish cuisine. Tapas Alley in and around the Calle Santo Domingo in the old town is a great place in particular to try delicious Spanish snacks called tapas or pinchos. Order a few small plates of fish, meat, sausage, or cheese to share, and wash them down with a nice glass of local wine.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Make sure you visit Gambrinus, a traditional tapas bar with photos of old Benidorm on the walls.
    • Dinner time is late in Spain so sharing tapas provides a tasty snack at about 5pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 38 things to do in Benidorm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Benidorm fiestas 11/15/2018
    • Fiesta time 11/14/2018
    • Benidorm Old Town
    Phone:
    +34 902 10 05 81
  • Rich Bitch Show Bar
    Performances
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    Sarah F Says:

    The Rich Bitch Show Bar — featuring female impersonator Jordon Rivers — is great for a giggle! This is Benidorm’s top drag show, as featured on TV.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • You can get a special three-course meal at the Two Palms restaurant, plus entry to the show at a bargain price.
    • The show is popular so it’s best to book your seats in advance online.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 13 Concerts & Shows in Benidorm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic night 11/13/2018
    • Incredible 11/12/2018
    • Rich Bitch Show Bar
    Address:
    Calle Pal 4
    03501 Benidorm
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 603 36 86 16
    Other:
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