Benidorm is a popular destination to visit all year round and there’s plenty to enjoy in the winter months. Not many people will want to brave a dip in the sea, but there’s more to Benidorm than the beach. We’ve rounded up a few of the best things to do if you’re visiting out of season.
La Cruz de Benidorm
This landmark sits above Benidorm at a spot famous for incredible panoramas. The 45-minute hike to get there can be gruelling in the summer months, as there’s little shade. Cooler months like November are perfect for getting out and seeing the sights, as while you won’t be melting there are still plenty of gloriously sunny days.
Balcón del Mediterráneo
Another of Benidorm’s famous landmarks, this one’s good to visit all year round. The checkerboard terrace with its sugary white balustrades is found on the headland between Benidorm’s two beaches, at the site where Benidorm’s castle once stood. It’s the perfect place to gaze out to sea or grab some seriously enviable panoramic photos.
Sangria in the sun
Benidorm is best known for sun, sea and sangria, and there are still plenty of places to soak up all this in November when temperatures are still pleasant. Many of the bars along the promenade get lots of sun in the afternoon, but one of the best spots is above the Balcón del Mediterráneo where the terrace bars stay open throughout November and December, and often become a suntrap in the afternoons.
Amazing Spanish cuisine can be enjoyed at any time of year and, though Benidorm isn’t known for its authentic cuisine, there is a perfect spot tucked away in the Old Town. Calle Santo Domingo, better known as Tapas Alley, is a small covered walkway lined with small bars offering everything from wine and tapas to a blowout meal. It’s not the tourist trap you might imagine, with plenty of locals stopping by for a drink and tapa any night of the week.
It doesn’t rain often in Benidorm, but if you do get a grey day on your trip there’s no better way to spend it than indulging at one of the many spas in town. Try the hydrotherapy circuit and pool at the local institution Benicaldea, or go for one of the several highly-rated Thai massage parlours in town, such as the small but popular Sawasdeeka at Playa Levante.
If you’re in Benidorm in the run-up to Christmas you’ll find all kinds of unique gifts to take home, from wine and sausages to boutique fashion. Benidorm has its share of designer shops, but one of the best shopping areas is around the Old Town, with its mix of high street names and local sellers.
Hiking in the mountains
if you feel like a day trip from Benidorm, there are still plenty of options in the winter months. In fact it’s a better time to go hiking and biking around the countryside, as many routes lack shade. The huge natural park right next to Benidorm, known as Sierra Helada, has all kinds of scenic routes to suit whether you’re an experienced hiker or have never put on a pair of walking boots before.