The Best Day Trips from Benidorm [Best Costa Blanca Day Trips]


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While Benidorm has a huge host of entertainment, attractions, beaches and activities, its also an easy place to take a day trip from.  Benidorm’s location on the Costa Blanca means you can explore the region easily by public transport and by organized tour.    Day trips from Benidorm include visiting other cities and towns of the Costa Blanca, hiking in the nearby National Parks, exploring small, historic mountain villages and taking a trip to exhilarating theme parks close to Benidorm.  Whether you choose your day trip from Benidorm to experience the cool mountains above the Costa Blanca, a fun theme or water park close to Benidorm or the cultural aspects of the Costa Blanca there’s something for everyone.    Here’s our pick of the best day trips from Benidorm.

We’ve opted for a selection of different activities for our guide to the best day trips from Benidorm, Costa Blanca.   Here you’ll find the number 1 day trip from Benidorm, Spain’s most visited village, plus water parks with incredible water slides and theme parks for the kids.  We recommend, too, taking a trip to Calpe from Benidorm, or Alicante to experience some of the different townscapes on the Costa Blanca.  Where will you go to?

Guadalest as a Day Trip from Benidorm

The number 1 day trip from Benidorm is to the small historic village of Guadalest.  The village can be reached on public transport (although there’s only one bus a day in each direction), by car or by organized tour if you want to take advantage of the bars and restaurants in the village.    We’ve written about all the options and how to take a day trip to Guadalest in our article on Guadalest here

When you’re needing a break from the heat of the coast, Guadalest is an excellent option as a day trip from Benidorm.  It’s high in the mountains, and several degrees cooler.  Heading to Guadalest is an easy day trip to make and there’s plenty to keep you occupied for the day.

guadalest day trip from benidorm

There’s a stunning reservoir to explore (boat tours in season), plus there are a series of museums here, from the salt and pepper shaker museum to the museum of torture.  We recommend you head to the upper village, where you’ll need to walk through a tunnel cut into the rock to see stunning views, visit the castle and some gorgeous restaurants.

Want to head to Guadalest?  Take the easiest option and book a day trip to Guadalest here.

Take a Day Trip to Terra Mitica from Benidorm

The Terra Mitica theme park has 3 specific areas – from the Egyptian themed area, where you’re welcome by the Gates of Karnak to the Blue Nile Falls and the Alexandria Gate.  In the Greek theme park area, there are gods and mythical creatures.  Finally, the Roman area brings you to the Roman empire’s conquests and gladiator fights! > book skip the line tickets now!

The Terra Mitica theme park is great for all ages, but you’ll want to ensure you buy a pre-booked ticket as this lets you skip the line and head straight into the park!. Book your tickets now, and avoid the lines of people waiting to buy passes!

Take a day trip to Alicante from Benidorm

The chances are you flew into Alicante airport on your holiday to Benidorm, but then took a transfer straight to Benidorm.  It’s really easy to take a day trip from Benidorm to Alicante.  Simply catch the Alicante Tram.  It takes around 70 minutes to go to Alicante from Benidorm on the tram.

Alicante was founded by the Romans, who called it the City of Light, but today it is a thoroughly modern city.  The tram allows you to take a full day trip and enjoy an early evening meal before returning to Benidorm.   Check the Alicante-Benidorm tram timetables here.

Be sure to head to the Santa Barbara Castle in Alicante, where you’ll get excellent views of the city and the coastline.   Other highlights include the winding narrow streets of the old town, the Saint Nicholas Co-Cathedral, which is built over an earlier mosque ad the differing architectures of the Baroque style Town Hall and the very modernist Casa Carbonell.

Alicante day trip from Benidorm

Taking an organized tour to Alicante from Benidorm lets you combine visiting Alicante with Elche.  So you’ll not only get expert local knowledge on Alicante but also be able to visit two of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Mankind: the Palm Grove and the Basilica of Saint Mary, a  beautiful Gothic-Renaissance church. Check availability on this tour from Benidorm and book now. 

How to Go to Aqualandia as a Day Trip from Benidorm

Head to Aqualandia – one of the world’s biggest water parks close to Benidorm.    Here at Aqualandia, you’ll find more than 20 water attractions – water slides, pools, river rapids and sunbathing areas.   There’s no need to leave the park as there are a host of self-serve restaurants and cafes and there’s easily enough to keep you and the entire family occupied for the full day!  Bringing your own food and drink is allowed, so you can bring a picnic, just don’t bring glass bottles, which aren’t allowed.

2020 sees a new attraction opening at Aqualandia – Cyclon – as tall as a 12-storey building, you’ll head down this water slide attraction at an average speed of 60 kilometres per hour, down tubes and around bends – it’s a zero-gravity feeling! Skip the line and get your ticket to Aqualandia now!

Explore the stunning city of Valencia on a day trip from Benidorm

This day trip from Benidorm to Valencia gets you to the heart of the city.    You’ll have an English speaking assistant who can help you with where to go – perhaps the central market – where you can try paella, horchata or coca Valenciana.   If you love football you can take a tour of the Mestalla football stadium and access the press lounge, trophy room, changing rooms and winners’ balcony.

valencia day trip from benidorm

This trip also gives you discounted access to the open-topped bus tour of Valencia. Why not explore one of Spain’s stunning cities and take a day trip to Valencia from Benidorm?

See Calpe on a day trip from Benidorm

Calpe is just a few kilometres along the coast from Benidorm.  It’s a picturesque town that makes a perfect day trip from Benidorm.   While you might just want to wander along the seafront or explore the cafes and shops of the town, Calpe is also a great place to explore the outdoors.  There are hiking trails here, waterskiing and paragliding.

calpe day trip from benidorm

Take a trip out to the Penon de Ifach, a 332metre rock in the sea.   While it’s a protected nature reserve you can climb to the top via a tunnel and get amazing panoramic views and spot a huge number of birds in the area.   Calpe is also great for kayaking – the sea caves here under the nearby Morro de Toix ridge are worthy of a paddle!

Explore the great outdoors in Calpe with a day trip from Benidorm here. 

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Which Great Day Trip from Benidorm is right for you?

When you’ve exhausted all the things to do in Benidorm perhaps its time to get out of the city… These are just a few of the great day trips from Benidorm – that let you explore the area of the Costa Blanca – all that remains is to choose which one, or which ones you’ll take!

 

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About Sarah Carter

Sarah Carter is an avid reader, writer and traveller. She loves hiking, sailing, skiing and exploring the world through food. She left a successful career in IT security and compliance in both the UK and US to travel the world with husband and partner in adventure, Nigel.

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