Well known through a TV program of the same name, Benidorm is a beach resort famed for its beaches and nightlife. The town, located in Spain’s Costa Blanca has grown from a long-forgotten sleepy fishing village to a popular year-round holiday resort. With a skyline that the tourist board optimistically tells you is reminiscent of New York, Benidorm boasts kilometers of fine, clean sandy beaches, safe swimming waters, endless hotels, and entertainment options. We found ourselves there and compiled these top things to do in Benidorm Spain. We include sports activities in Benidorm with a bonus of including great day trips from Benidorm too.
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There are so many things to do in Benidorm and around that you won’t be stuck wondering what to do in Benidorm, or what to see in Benidorm – more likely how you will fit it all in! We’ve organized this article into Benidorm Attractions, Benidorm sightseeing, and things to do near Benidorm. Enjoy!
Take a Free Walking Tour of Benidorm to Get your Bearings.
Free walking tours are just that. Completely free. You just tip your guide at the end based on how good a job they’ve done. The free tour begins in Plaza Triangular and goes to the historic center of the city, where we’ll learn all about the origins of this ancient fishing village. You’ll hear about the history of Benidorm as you explore Calle Mayor. Then you’ll see one of the oldest churches in the area in Plaza de Castelar – Iglesia San Jaime y Santa Ana. You’ll get stunning views of the Playa de Levante from the Castle Viewpoint and then onto the Balcon de Mediterranea. This is a fabulous way to get introduced to Benidorm – but you’ll need to book a place (it’s completely free, they just need to schedule the staff to be there!)
What to see in Benidorm – Attractions
There’s a lot to see and do in Benidorm. Check out the top-rated Benidorm Attractions and plan your stay in Benidorm now!. These are the top Benidorm attractions based on reviews and our experience. You’ll find that many of the top Costa Blanca tourist attractions are based here in Benidorm. If you’re looking for a list of Benidorm Spain’s upcoming events you can find it here.
Visit the Benidorm Theme Parks – Terra Mitica & Terra Natura
Against the backdrop of ancient Rome, Greece, and Egypt Terra Mitica has theme park rides that will exhilarate and terrify you (possibly). There are also shows to watch and specific rides for children. This is one of the top Benidorm things to do! Terra Natura houses more than 1,500 animals with exhibitions, shows, and lots more! Book your tickets online now!.
Splash out at the Benidorm Water Parks
The waterparks in Benidorm are one of the top things for kids to do in Benidorm.
The Aqua Natura water park covers a huge area, some 40,000 square meters with a wave pool, water chutes, a lighthouse breaker, SPA (for hydrotherapy), sundeck, and the children’s pool area. Be sure of your spot and book your ticket to Aqua Natura now!. This is one of the top water activities in Benidorm!
Aqualandia – great things to do in Benidorm for kids
Even bigger than Aqua Natura, (by more than 3 times!) you’ll find a huge number of water slides at Aqualandia, including one that has a 22-meter vertical drop. Yep. That’s Vertigo. You can reserve your tickets to Aqualandia here and save lining up to get in.
Get Locked In – and Escape at the lockdown Escape Room Benidorm Costa Blanca
The Lockdown Escape room Benidorm is consistently rated as one of the best Benidorm activities. You’ll have to escape from zombies, enter a 1960’s cold war thriller to get to the moon, or escape from the Orphanage movie. It’s a great activity for all ages, but you’ll have to work together to get out of Lockdown. It’s rated on TripAdvisor as one of the top Benidorm tourist attractions and is one of the best indoor things to do in Benidorm. Check out some ace reviews and book you and the family in for Lockdown!
Best Things to do In Benidorm Old Town
Head to Benidorm Old Town for a little more traditional Spain. Here you’ll find narrow alleyways and cobbled streets, whitewashed houses, and traditional Tapas bars. The best Tapas in Benidorm is here too. You’ll find shops with huge whole Serrano hams, great coffee shops, and the oldest bar in Benidorm. This part of the city really is one of the nicest places to visit in Benidorm. It also contains some of the nicest things to see in Benidorm.
We’ve rounded up the best things to see in Benidorm Old Town
The Old Town is located between the beaches of Levante and Poniente. This area is known as the Cerro Canfali headlands and is the location of the original fishing village that was Benidorm.
Photograph the Balcon del Mediterraneo in Benidorm Old Town
This is a great spot at the end of Benidorm Old Town. It’s one of the loveliest places to go in Benidorm. The Placa del Castell is the area that you pass through to get to the famous Balcon del Mediterraneo and possibly even more fabulous views. You’ll usually find at least one musician to serenade you and convince you to buy his CD. It marks the spot where the old Castle stood. It was originally built to defend the Spanish against Algerian pirates in the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries.
The cannons are symbols of the events that took place during the war of Independence against Napoleon’s French army. In 1812 the French attempted to seize the town, but the British fleet bombed the tower and did away with the French.
Located just past the Plaza del Castell is the Balcon del Mediterraneo. Walk down the steps to the small balcony on an outcrop of rocks, you’ll be able to see the Benidorm Island, and both Levante Beach and Poniente Beach as well as a birds-eye view of the marina and a distant view of the Cruz de Benidorm. Don’t miss out on this – one of the nicest Benidorm places to visit.
Visit The Church of San Jaime and Santa Ana in Benidorm Old Town
This traditional church is at the top of Benidorm Old Town. It’s easy to spot with whitewashed walls and blue-tiled domes. Inside you’ll find stained glass, paintings, and an ornate ceiling. The church is dedicated to the patron saint of Benidorm. The church celebrates the major holidays of Benidorm in November, honoring St James and also staging reenactments of the discovery of the Virgin in 1740. The small wooden sculpture of the Virgin was, as legend has it, discovered on a boat drifting on the sea. Now she has her own small chapel.
Eat your way along Tapas Alley Benidorm
The Calle Santo Domingo, also known as Tapas Alley, is literally that. An entire street where you’ll find the best Tapas bars in Benidorm. Don’t stick to one though, have one or two tapas in each and move on. Enjoy bite-sized dishes and a small beer or two.
Shop till you drop at the Old Town Market
The Benidorm Old Town market is held on Wednesdays. There is also a Benidorm Sunday market and these are both a good bet for leather, shoes, and carvings. You’ll probably get a better price here on souvenirs than at the indoor market in Benidorm.
The Best Museums in Benidorm
The Maritime Culture Centre Museum Benidorm Old Town
This small museum, which is free to enter contains model ships and other marine-based exhibits to remember Benidorm’s fishing and maritime past. It’s next to the harbor on the Paseo de Colon. It’s one of the more unusual places to see in Benidorm!
The House Museum (Casa Museo de Benidorm) Benidorm Old Town
The house museum is the primary art gallery in Benidorm. House in a 19th-century house, entrance is free and you’ll find contemporary art and sculptures here.
Visit the Benidorm Old Town Beach
Just further on from the Balcon del Mediterraneo, you’ll find Benidorm Old Town’s beach. Usually quieter than Levante or Poniente Beach this is more of a local vibe. If you do spend the day on the beach be sure to secure your valuables. We use and recommend portable travel safes – here’s our guide to the best travel safes.
Shop in Benidorm Old Town
If you’re needing to pick up anything from clothes to sunglasses or souvenirs you’ll find the shops in Benidorm Old Town cheaper than those in the Levante Beach and Poniente Beach area. Benidorm old town shops also cover groceries and there’s also a market for fresh fruit and veg.
Best Things to Do in Benidorm – Sightseeing
Head to the Benidorm Beaches
The two main beaches in Benidorm are Levante and Poniente. Visit Levante beach and the whole of Benidorm Bay faces to the south onto the Mediterranean Sea, with just Benidorm Island (Isla de Los Periodistas) enhancing the view. The mountains behind the town protect it and the bay from the winds. The sea here is warm and clear, the sand is fine and clean. In total there are around 4 miles of beaches in Benidorm.
At the eastern end of Benidorm Bay is the busy Levante Beach. It covers the area from Rincon de Loix to the Castle Rocks at the end of the Old Town. You’ll not only find sun loungers here but also endless cafes and restaurants. The water sports in Benidorm are centered here too. This is not the place to come for peace and quiet. This is party central.
It’s also the place to go if you’re looking for Benidorm water sports including water skiing, diving, and parasailing.
Mal Pas Beach
Located between Levante and Poniente, this beach sits in a tiny cove, just 120 meters long.
Much quieters than Levante beach this is more popular with the locals and families. It’s around 6 kilometers long, again with plenty of sun loungers and bars on the promenade. The beach stretches from the harbor in the east to the rocks of the Paseo Tamarindos. The beach here has a network of boardwalks, enabling wheelchair and mobility scooter users to access the beach more easily.
Playa Cala Ti Ximo Beach
Back at the east end of the bay, beyond the wáter ski cable is Playa Cala Ti Ximo. The beach is small without facilities, it’s secluded at the foot of the Sierra Helada National Park. The beach is a combination of sand, rocks, and pebbles. It’s popular with divers.
Visit Benidorm Island
Visible from all the beaches is Benidorm Island (Isla de los Periodistas). It’s a great spot for a day trip. (check out our recommendations for day trips from Benidorm here) You can take a submarine trip from the harbor around the island, land on the Island, and walk to the top for a view back to the mainland, or just swim and sunbathe with a picnic. You can also take a small boat (golondrina) to visit from the harbor too.
The island is the emblem of Benidorm, with local legend calling it the block of rock missing from the nearby Mount Puig Campana. The Benidorm myth has a ravine being gashed with a sword, causing a lump of rock to end up in the sea – hence the island.
Walk Along the Promenade on Levante Beach Benidorm
The promenade that skirts the town and traverses the length of both beaches is wide, well-paved, and easy to walk. If your mobility is impaired then there are plenty of mobility scooter rental opportunities here. On a morning you’re likely to find exercise classes on the sands.
Take the Benidorm Tourist Train – Benidorm Train Vision
Running every day of the year, Benidorm Train vision begins its routes at 10 am, with runs every 45 minutes. There are two routes, which both cost €5.50 (€4 for seniors in the winter months) the Poniente Route and the Levante Route. Each route takes around an hour and stops can be found on the Ave Mediterraneo. The two routes can be combined at various times throughout the day.
This will take you to the main tourist attractions in Benidorm’s center. This is one of the top things to do in Benidorm for families. You can also take the Benidorm Tourist Bus – and you can reserve a ticket here.
See Benidorm from Above! Parasailing in Benidorm
Have fun and get some great overhead photos with a fantastic parasail over Benidorm and the coast! One of the great fun things to do in Benidorm! Book your flight now!
Visit La Cruz de Benidorm
The best views of Benidorm are to be seen from the famous Benidorm cross. You’ll either need to walk up here or take a taxi. The Tourist Train doesn’t run all the way to the cross anymore, the route goes just below it. The cross was placed here in 1961 in a religious mission to redeem the city for her sins. It became such a Benidorm tourist attraction that when the original wooden cross blew away in 1975 it was replaced.
The hike up is exposed (so don’t do it during the heat of the day), how long it takes depends on how fit you are, and, yes, it is uphill all the way. Some folks estimate it takes 45 minutes at a good, steady pace.
You can also take a taxi to the cross. Taxis in Benidorm are metered, so the cost will depend on the traffic. How much is a taxi to the cross in Benidorm? It should cost around €5-6 from the Levante Beach area. You’ll have to walk the final 150 meters or so over uneven ground with steps.
You can walk up here, so it’s one of the best free things to do in Benidorm.
Explore Benidorm’s Parks
Take a wander in the parks of Benidorm.
Between the old town and the new, this park houses two amphitheaters which are used for shows and cultural events.
Parque de Elche
At the end of Poniente Beach, Elche has palm trees and fountains, street vendors will also entertain the kids with puppet shows and the like. It makes it one of the great family things to do in Benidorm.
Benidorm Flea Market – El Cisne Rastro (El Cisne Benidorm)
The Benidorm Flea Market (El Cisne Market Benidorm) is like a car boot sale without cars. It’s busiest on Sundays but it also opens on Thursdays and Friday. It’s easy to get to – the number 10 bus stops right outside, or if you’re driving head for Benisol Camping. If you’re looking for a bargain, you’ll need to be there not long after it opens at 0730-0800, but the crowds start to arrive around 1100.
You’ll find a mix of people selling here (Spanish and European ex-pats) and the same mix of people visiting to buy antiques, electrics, clothing, and the usual car boot paraphernalia.
If all that shopping gets too much for you there are two bars set up here, so you can get a drink. Go on Thursdays and when you buy a Paella, you’ll get a drink for free. Take advantage of the free entertainment on Sundays, when you’ll be serenaded by a local favorite, Pablo Bloom.
Find the Benidorm TV Series – visit the Benidorm Filming Locations
If you’re a fan of the now 10-year-old Benidorm TV show you can head to some of the sights seen in the show and visit the filming locations. The Morgan’s Tavern is a popular venue and the Hotel Sol Pelicanos is the hotel in the Benidorm TV series. Much of the sightseeing in Benidorm is based on the TV program and the hotel and bar related to the Benidorm TV series are some of the interesting places to visit in Benidorm.
If you’re looking for things to do in Benidorm at night, then you won’t want for bars and clubs to head to. You’ll easily find all sorts of bars, from the Rose and Crown, the Tiki Beach, and the numerous Irish Bars. You can dance and drink throughout the night. Our favorite for a quiet (cheap) drink is the Cheap and Cheerful Bar. Cheers!
Visit Benidorm Palace for Cabaret
Probably the most famous cabaret on the Costa Blanca is at the Benidorm Palace. You’ll find flamenco dancers, gymnasts, trapeze artists, and lots and lots of sequins. There are also singers, comedians and magicians, a laser show and dancing. You can reserve a ticket to the Benidorm Palace here (your ticket comes with a free drink too!)
Go to the Benidorm Circus
The circus is open year-round on a Saturday with a show at 1800. There are no animals involved in this circus, but plenty of acrobats, clowns, and trapeze artists.
Enjoy the Many Benidorm Musical Tribute Acts
Check out a few of the many musical tribute acts that make Benidorm their home. Favorites include the Beatles Show, Adele, and Elvis. Check out the Beatles Show at the Marina Hotel.
Places to Visit Near Benidorm
There are several options to head out of Benidorm for day trips. There are some great places to go near Benidorm. Here’s a selection of our favorites. Be sure to organize a rental car before you head out and make the most of your time!
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Go to Guadalest
This fabulous little mountain village can be accessed by private tour or public bus. It’s an hour away from Benidorm, houses picturesque views, more museums than you can shake a stick at, historic buildings, and a plethora of cafes and restaurants. This is one of the easiest places to visit by bus from Benidorm. Read our article here on how to get to make a Guadalest day trip and make the most of your time there. You can also book your trip to Guadalest now! Guadalest is one of the best places to see near Benidorm.
Visit the Valor Chocolate Factory
Another one of the great things to do around Benidorm is to visit a Chocolate factory. The oldest chocolate factory in Spain is just a few kilometers south of Benidorm. Valor Chocolate has been making chocolate since 1881 and you can visit the factory, which is housed in a 19th-century country estate. >> Book your trip to the Valor Chocolate Factory now.
The factory runs free 45 minutes tours throughout the day, they run at 10.00, 11.00, 16.00, 17.00, or 18.00 (it’s closed from 12.00 until 16.00). Try and visit during the week as weekends tend to be busier.
Check Out the Algar Botanical Gardens
The botanical gardens are one of the great days out in Benidorm if you’re a keen gardener. Located in Algar. The botanical gardens were started by a plumber with a love of cacti. There are now more than 500 species of cacti and other plants here, grouped into specific areas. Check out the glorious waterfalls close by. >> Find out more here.
Get in a Game of Golf near Benidorm
If you’re a golfer it’s easy to organize Benidorm days out. The keen golfer has two options within easy reach of Benidorm. Las Rejas is a 9-hole par 3 pitch and putt course close to Poniente Beach. You’ll find lots of families here. The more serious Villaitana resort has two 18-hole courses that were designed by Jack Nicklaus and his family. There’s a par 72 course for the more serious golfer and a shorter par 62 course too. There are 15 golf courses on the Costa Blanca if that’s not enough for you.
Head to the Sierra Helada Natural Park, Benidorm
If you like nature, then one of the cheap things to do in Benidorm is to head to the National Park. The coastline further along from Levante beach houses the Sierra Helada Natural Park. Here you’ll find limestone rocks, cliffs, and pine trees. There’s a paved road that you can walk up, and challenging walks to the highest point of the park which is 300 meters above sea level.
Calendar of Events in Benidorm Spain
If you’re looking for what to do in Benidorm, Spain throughout the year, look no further. Here’s a schedule of activities and events in Benidorm throughout the year.
Things to do in Benidorm in January
January in Benidorm is the coldest time of the year to visit. While the weather in Benidorm in January is sunny, the average temp is just 11 degrees, but it usually goes down to 6 degrees at night.
If you’re looking for what to do in Benidorm in January here’s a selection of events and activities.
- Three Kings Fiesta – January 5th. A grand parade at around 1800 in the old town. Ends with a fireworks display. Don’t miss it.
You can also find other January events in Benidorm here
Things to do in Benidorm in February
February in Benidorm is starting to warm up. The weather in Benidorm in February is starting to get pleasant. The average temperature of 12 degrees includes highs of about 16 during the day.
If you’re looking for what to do in Benidorm in February here’s a selection.
You can also find other February events in Benidorm here
Things to do in Benidorm in March
March in Benidorm is a pleasant time to visit, there are about 9 hours of sunshine a day. The weather in Benidorm in March is an average of 14 degrees with the highs of 18 degrees.
If you’re looking for what to do in Benidorm in March here’s a selection.
- The Fallas Festival – a traditional Valencian festival of the carpenter, St Joseph. Spectacular processions and elaborate costumes.
- St Patricks Day. Yeah, we know it’s an Irish festival and he’s an Irish Saint, but there are Irish bars everywhere!
- The reenactment of the discovery of a beached ship found on Poniente Beach in 1740.
You can also find other March events in Benidorm here
Things to do in Benidorm in April
April in Benidorm sees a jump up in temperature. The weather in Benidorm in April is a balmy average temperature of 16 degrees, with highs during the day of 19 degrees.
If you’re looking for what to do in Benidorm in April here’s a selection.
- Elvis in Benidorm Weekend Festival – details here
- Semana Santa – Easter Celebrations are huge. Lots of celebrations around the town.
You can also find other April events in Benidorm here
Things to do in Benidorm in May
May in Benidorm is a great time to visit. The weather in Benidorm in May has an average temperature of 20 degrees including highs of about 22 during the day. Lows overnight are around 12 degrees.
If you’re looking for what to do in Benidorm in May here’s a selection.
- Holy Cross Day in early May – crosses decorated with flowers.
- Pink weekend – the “younger sister” to Benidorm Pride. – great party weekend
You can also find other May events in Benidorm here
Things to do in Benidorm in June
June in Benidorm is starting to get seriously warm. The weather in Benidorm in June has an average temperature of 23 degrees including highs of about 26 during the day. It’s usually around 16 degrees after sunset
If you’re looking for what to do in Benidorm in January here’s a selection.
- The Benidorm Song Festival happens in June
- There’s a beach party in nearby Albir to support the Albir food bank
- The Bonfires of St John festival is celebrated with… bonfires.
You can also find other June events in Benidorm here
Things to do in Benidorm in July
July in Benidorm is getting rather warm. The weather in Benidorm in July has average temperatures of 26 degrees this includes highs of about 29 during the day.
If you’re looking for what to do in Benidorm in July here’s a selection.
- The Fiestas of the Virgin Carmen in the Port Areas see flowers thrown into the sea after floral processions. It is in memory of those lost at sea.
- The Reggaeton Beach Festival brings Latin artists and a massive audiovisual show to the city. Expect around 80,000 people to attend.
- St James day festival – St James is the Patron Saint of Benidorm and this day also coincides with the Spanish Military day. Lots of cannon fire can be expected.
Things to do in Benidorm in August
August in Benidorm is the hottest time of year. The weather in Benidorm in August has average temperatures of 29 degrees includes highs of about 30 during the day. It’s a great time to get out of the city and get up into the mountains – go visit Guadalest for a few days – see how here
If you’re looking for what to do in Benidorm in August here’s a selection.
You’ll find concerts in the city auditoriums but no specific fiestas during August in Benidorm.
Things to do in Benidorm in September
September in Benidorm is starting to cool down. The weather in Benidorm in August has an average temperature of 24 degrees includes highs of about 28 during the day.
If you’re looking for what to do in Benidorm in January here’s a selection.
- Benidorm Pride Festival and Parade
Things to do in Benidorm in October
October in Benidorm is pleasant at the beginning of the month and then starts to cool down. There is an average temperature of 23 degrees in the first 2 weeks of the month and 18 degrees at the end of the month.
If you’re looking for what to do in Benidorm in October here’s a selection.
- Paella Days of Benidorm – Jornadas de Arroces de la Tierra – 16 restaurants host special meals at 20 euros rates to include starters, main course, wine and dessert.
- Iberia Music Festival – Spanish Rock Music at the Julio Iglesias Music Hall.
- Moors and Christians Festival
- The National Holiday of Spain is also in October.
You can also find other October events in Benidorm here
Things to do in Benidorm in November
November in Benidorm is a lot cooler.
If you’re looking for what to do in Benidorm in November here’s a selection.
- Benidorm fancy dress party
- Regional Holidays – there are 2 this month check locally for details.
- Patron Saint Days in different towns throughout the area.
- The Artichoke Festival – similar to Thanksgiving
Things to do in Benidorm in December
December in Benidorm has average high temperatures of 16 degrees during the day and 7 degrees overnight.
If you’re looking for what to do in Benidorm in December here’s a selection.
- Christmas festivities start on 20th December
- 31st December – there’s usually a traditional New Year festival in the main square
Map of things to do in Benidorm
You can also see the things to do in Benidorm map here.
Hotels in Benidorm – Accommodation
There’s a host of places to stay in Benidorm and accommodation tends to be grouped into three types. The all-inclusive resort, hotels that provide breakfast and dinner options, and the self-catering apartment. The best area to stay in Benidorm depends on how mobile you are and what you will do during your stay.
If you want to party, then Levante or Poniente Beach are good. If you prefer a more traditional area, then the old town is a great place.
Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Benidorm
Benidorm has a variety of all-inclusive hotels to stay in throughout the year. The top 5 all-inclusive Benidorm hotels are:
- The Villa Del Mar: Upscale, stylish boutique hotel with a spa and rooftop sun deck.
- The Marconfort Essence: (previously called the Flamingo Beach) Adult only, recently renovated with all buffet dining.
- Sol Pelicanos: Family-friendly, famous for being the Benidorm TV show hotel and its swim-up bar.
- Melia Benidorm: Contemporary rooms, indoor and outdoor pool with pleasant grounds.
- The Grand Bali – slightly out of the main area, but upmarket.
Top Benidorm Hotels
You won’t want for hotels either. The top 5 hotels in Benidorm are:
- The Villa Venezia – Boutique and Classy.
- The Don Pancho – Fabulous balconies with great sea views.
- Riviera Beach hotel – Adult-only, contemporary.
- Hotel RH Corona Del Mar – classic, great views, fab balconies
- Villa Del Mar – an amazing rooftop terrace with unparalleled views
Benidorm Self Catering Apartments
If self-catering is more your style, then we’d suggest heading towards the Old Town
- Apartamentos La Rosita – Great location, amazing reviews
- Casa Candelaria – Comfortable, clean, very contemporary, and sleek.
- Apartamentos Queens by Mc – Clean, modern, quiet, 4 minutes to the beach.
- Apartamentos La Palmas – Great Central Location, well equipped.
- Apartamentos Ribera – clean, airy, close to the beach.
Souvenirs to buy in Benidorm
Depending on your budget there’s a huge variety of items you can bring back as a souvenir. If I had room in my suitcase I’d take back a full Serrano Ham. For me alone of course! Ceramics from the local area make great gifts, as do leather goods.
Finally, from Benidorm
Benidorm is the most popular resort in Spain. There’s a lot to do here, it’s great for a break at any time throughout the year and you certainly won’t be bored! Let us know your favorite things to do in Benidorm, Spain!
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