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Bernidorm, Spain
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Top Things To Do In Benidorm, Costa Blanca

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Benidorm is a seaside resort famed for its nightlife and popularity among holidaymakers. Located along Valencia’s Costa Blanca, this infamous holiday resort has grown from a sleepy fishing village into one of the top vacation destinations in the Mediterranean. The town offers plenty of entertainment options, from waterparks and beaches to golf courses and animal parks, whether you’re here with your partner, friends, or family.

Splash Around At A Waterpark

In the height of summer along the Costa Blanca, there’s nothing like keeping cool at some of the area’s best water parks. Benidorm is home to two — Aqualandia and Aqua Natura, which offer a range of slides, chutes, wave pools, and lazy rivers.

Aqualandia, Parque Natural Sierra Helada, Calle Sierra Helada, Benidorm +34 965 860 100
Aqua Natura, Foia del Verdader 1, Benidorm +34 966 072 770

Aqualandia, Benidorm | ©PavelRybin
Aqualandia, Benidorm | ©PavelRybin

Play A Round Of Golf

Golf lovers are spoilt for choice in Benidorm with four golf courses in and around the town — the 18-hole pitch and putt Sierra Cortina Golf Course, the 9-hole Las Rejas Golf Course, and the two 18-hole courses at the Hotel Meliá Villaitana — Villaitana Golf and Campo de Golf de Pointe.

Hotel Meliá Villaitana, Avenida Alcalde Eduardo Zaplana 7, Benidorm +34 966 815 000
Sierra Cortina Golf Course, C/ Amsterdan (Urb. Sierra Cortina), Finestrat, Alicante

Relax On The Beach

Benidorm is home to two beaches located at either end of town. Poniente Beach is situated just south of town, while Levante Beach can be found to the north. Poniente is characterized by a huge golden sand crescent, lined by a promenade filled with many cafés, shops, and restaurants. It has a laid-back feel and is popular with families. Levante Beach meanwhile is more lively, fringed by bars and offering more facilities such as rafts, slides, and diving boards just off shore. It also offers water sports, including jet-skis, paragliding, and water skiing.

Playa Levante, Benidorm | @DiegoDelso
Playa Levante, Benidorm | @DiegoDelso

Stroll Around The Old Town

Benidorm’s busy historic quarter is filled with quaint architecture, narrow winding cobbled streets, and atmospheric plazas, and it’s worth it to leave the beach and the theme parks for a while to explore it. Its three most picturesque plazas are Santa Ana, Castelar, and Castell, all of which offer stunning views over the town and its beaches.

Get Up Close And Personal With Animals

Families with kids and animal lovers will enjoy a day out at one of Benidorm’s two animal attractions — Terra Natura and Mundomar. Mundomar focuses on marine life and exotic birds, and provides entertainment such as dolphin, sea lion, and parrot shows, as well as a giant aquarium. Terra Natura, on the other hand, offers a more natural safari-like experience with no visible barriers or cages. There are also rides to enjoy, such as a zip line over the elephants.

Terra Natura, Foia del Verdader 1, Benidorm +34 966 072 770
Mundomar, C/ Sierra Helada, Benidorm+34 965 869 101

Mundomar, Benidorm | ©MariaElena(Gabby)Canales
Mundomar, Benidorm | ©MariaElena(Gabby)Canales
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Experience Benidorm’s Famed Nightlife

The town has a lively nightlife scene and a huge variety of venues, no matter what type of night you’re looking for. Whether it’s a swanky cocktail bar, a friendly Irish pub, a thumping nightclub, or a cabaret club with live shows, you’ll find it here. One of the more famous venues is Benidorm Palace, showcasing topless dancers.

Benidorm Palace, Av. Dr. Severo Ochoa 13, Benidorm +34 965 851 660

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Have Fun At The Terra Mitica Theme Park

Head to the Terra Mitica theme park, one of the largest in Europe, with thrilling rides and numerous entertainment and comedy shows. The park is divided into five themed areas: Egypt, Greece, Rome, Iberia, and the Islands. Ride the Titande roller coaster, which reaches speeds of up to 100 kilometers per hour between vertical and horizontal spins at 360 degrees, or get soaked on the Fury of Titan ride.

Terra Mitica, Partida del Moralet, Benidorm +34 902 020 220