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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.