A different side to Benidorm…
Ahh Benidorm, it’s a long time favourite with both us and our customers. Of course Benidorm is famous for its clean, sandy beaches, thriving nightlife and its skyscraper sky line, all of which are great, but we want to take a look at what else the resort can offer.
The centre of Benidorm certainly has a lively atmosphere which is very welcoming and guarantees a good night out. However, if you’re looking to get a taste of authentic Spain then look no further than the Old Town. The town really is a hidden gem and has managed to retain its Spanish roots with winding cobbled streets, traditional white wash buildings and authentic restaurants and shops. Tapas Alley in the Old Town is the ideal place to sample amazing traditional tapas in a bustling, Spanish atmosphere. Also worth venturing into the Old Town for are the artisan markets, which sell local produce and souvenirs.
Benidorm provides some fantastic walking and cycling routes, many which can be found in the Sierra Gelada nature park. The park is on the border of Benidorm and Altea and spreads across the coastline. If you’re into hiking or want to get back to nature for a day then it’s worth a visit as the park provides some stunning views. As the park is protected it’s completely unspoilt, and there are plenty of plants and wildlife to discover (if you’re very lucky dolphins!).
Not all of us want to spend every day on the beach (as tempting as that may be) so it may be of interest to know that there are a total of 5 theme parks close by. Great for families or those who enjoy water rides, are the 2 water parks in the area, Aqualandia and Aqua Natura. Also worth a day out is the Terra Mitica theme park, which features a variety of rides from white knuckle roller coasters to the slightly less terrifying rapid ride. For nature lovers I’d recommend a visit to either Terra Natura or Mundomar, or even both! Terra Natura calls itself a ‘zoo immersion’, which means that the zoo gives you a safari experience with no barriers (or barely visible ones) that separate you from the animals. Mundomar has a large collection of animals including exotic birds, dolphins and sea lions; there are also several shows with the animals.
Other ways to spend your time in Benidorm include take advantage of the 2 professional golf courses close by, or try your hand at some water sports. You can explore the local area via segway (very fun) or by sea on one of the many boat trips, just go down to the port and pick the one that suits you best.
Holidays in Benidorm are sunny, sensational and offer something for everyone. The beaches and nightlife really are fantastic and of course worth taking advantage of, but do remember that there is also a lot more to Benidorm than that.
Have you ever been to any of these? Would you recommend?