Benidorm is one of the most visited places by Spaniards and during the summer it stands out for its beaches, its theme parks and many attractions that are also available at other times of the year. Touring the city in only 48 hours may seem impossible but with the right itinerary and an intensive tour you will be able to see the main sites.
Among the best things to see and do in Benidorm in two days, I suggest that during the first day of your trip you focus on the old town area, which includes the Balcon del Mediterraneo and the Municipal Market and visit Mundomar, while on the second day I suggest you visit the outskirts of the city. Here I tell you all the activities you can do in 48 hours in Benidorm.
Day 1: Visit the old town, the Mediterranean Balcony, have lunch at the Municipal Market, visit Mundomar and walk through Elche Park
The old town of Benidorm concentrates some of the main sites of the city, so during the first day I propose a tour of the old town, including the Balcon del Mediterraneo, one of the most visited attractions, and the Municipal Market.
You can also visit Mundomar, which is one of the most famous marine animal parks in the Valencian Community and the Elche Park, which stands out for its attractions for children and its colors.
Start the tour in the old town of Benidorm
One of the best plans in Benidorm is to visit the old part, which is an old fishing village famous for its narrow streets and attractions, including the Church of San Jaime and Santa Ana, the Plaza Mayor and the Mirador del Castillo. There you will also find some of the best activities you can do in Benidorm.
You can start the tour of the first day by taking a walk through the main streets of the neighborhood and on the way you can have breakfast in the bars near the Plaza de la Constitución. If you plan to visit Benidorm in October you can also walk along the promenade enjoying the mild weather and the autumn views of the Mediterranean Sea. If you want to save time and energy you can do the tour of the old town by bike or segway, which is a very fun option.
If you are a museum lover you can also make the most of your visit to the old town by visiting the Boca del Calvari Municipal Museum and the Maritime Cultural Museum.
Visit the Balcony of the Mediterranean
The Balcón del Mediterráneo is Benidorm's main attraction. Located on the peninsula of the old town, this beautiful viewpoint divides in two the beaches of Levante and Mal Pas, so in addition to being an ideal place to observe the sea is also a very popular place in the summer by tourists, who also come to the nearby restaurants and bars.
At the top of the Balcon del Mediterraneo you can also walk around the square with checkered tiles from which it is possible to contemplate a panoramic view of a part of the city, which is in the lower area of the buildings for which Benidorm is known as the New York of the Mediterranean.
The Balcony of the Mediterranean is also an ideal place to watch the sunset, which is one of the clearest and cleanest in Spain, especially if you plan to visit Benidorm in August, although it is an attraction that you can discover at any time and that you will also enjoy during your morning tour of the old town.
- Price... Admission is free.
- Hours... The viewpoint is open 24 hours a day.
- Location... Plaza de Castelar 1, Benidorm.
Tour the Municipal Market of Benidorm
After visiting the main sites of the old town and the Balcony of the Mediterranean I suggest a stop at the Municipal Market, which is located five blocks away from the coast and can be reached in a 10-minute walk or using the Benidorm tourist bus, as it includes a stop in the area of the market.
The Benidorm Municipal Market is an ideal place to have lunch during the break, as it has fresh produce shops with butchers, greengrocers and fishmongers, but also food stalls where you can buy tapas and other food, and get to know the decorations and colorful murals of the market.
In the Municipal Market you can also live a local experience, as it is one of the places where Benidormenses shop every day.
- Price... Entrance to the market is free.
- Opening hours... Every day from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm.
- Location... Carrer del Mercat 1, Benidorm.
Enjoy the aquatic animal park Mundomar
Mundomar is one of the most famous marine animal parks in the Valencian Community and also one of the most complete as it includes a dolphinarium, ponds with sea lions and penguins and an aviary with exotic species and parrots. This park is also located next to Aqualandia, which is one of the best water parks in Benidorm, although it is only open during the summer season.
Mundomar can be reached by bus lines L1 and L4 and the city's tourist bus and is open all year round, although if you visit Benidorm during the winter some dolphin experiences may not be available. Mundomar is also an ideal plan if you plan to visit Benidorm with children, as it has many interactive activities for the little ones.
This family-friendly attraction will also allow you to get to know the northern part of Benidorm and as the complete tour of Mundomar will take between 2 and 3 hours you will also have time to visit Levante Beach, which is one of the most famous beaches in the city, before returning to the old town area.
Details of interest
- Price... From 25 euros per person, with discounts for buying in advance online.
- Hours... Every day from 10.00 to 19.00 hours.
- Location... Calle Sierra Helada s/n, Benidorm.
Visit Elche Park
Elche Park, located in one of the vertices of Mal Pas Beach, is one of the most representative of the city and one of the largest, surpassed only by the Aigüera Park. Elche can be reached from Mundomar by bus lines L1, L2 and L4 or by the Benidorm tourist bus.
This park is also located on the promenade and stands out for its central esplanade, its fountains and the path of palm trees, which you can see illuminated if you plan to visit Benidorm at night.
From the park you will also have access to the Mal Pas cove, where I recommend waiting for the sunset, which is a magical spectacle.
Elche Park is also known because it is the place where many tourist service providers offer kayaking experiences or jet ski tours that start in the area of the Benidorm Port Lighthouse, so there you can also find tours to do during your visit.
End your first day touring the bars of Benidorm
After the intense tour of the first day I suggest you relax enjoying the local cuisine and visit some of the best bars in town, most of which are located in the areas near the old town.
In the vicinity of the Plaza de la Constitución you can visit Cervecería Angelillo, where they serve some of the best tapas and beers in town, La Cava Aragonesa, Bar Atxuri and Olivers Bar Old Town, all places where you can enjoy good food and the good weather of the city, as some of these places also have a terrace.
If you plan to visit Benidorm in September you will also be able to taste fresh seafood and fish, during the fishing season, so I recommend you try the tapas that include these products.
Day 2: Enjoy the Poniente Beach, visit Terra Mitica, walk through the Aigüera Park and taste the local gastronomy
For the second and last day of your tour of Benidorm I suggest a visit to the Poniente Beach, especially if you plan to visit the city in summer, and also a visit to Terra Mitica, which is one of the most famous theme parks in the Valencian Community.
You can also visit the Aigüera Park, which is the largest in the city and one of the most famous, and close your visit to Benidorm enjoying the local gastronomy in one of the most famous restaurants in the old town.
Spend the morning at the Poniente Beach
The Poniente Beach is one of the most famous in the city along with the Levante Beach, although the Poniente stands out for its services, its proximity to the promenade and because it is one of the beaches with access for all public. Located south of the Mediterranean Balcony, it has large stretches of golden sand and crystal clear water.
If you plan to visit Benidorm during the summer you will see that it is one of the most frequented places in the city by tourists and also an ideal beach for snorkeling, kayaking and water sports experiences. It is also very easy to access because you can get there by bus lines L1, L2 and L4 or by the city's tourist bus.
During the summer you can spend the morning at the Poniente to take a swim and enjoy the warmth of the city and if you plan to tour the city during the rest of the year you can walk along the promenade, walk along the beach or relax with the views of the Mediterranean from some of the bars and restaurants that are in the coastal area, but there is no way you can leave Benidorm without knowing the Poniente Beach.
Visit Terra Mitica
Terra Mitica is not only one of the best theme parks in Benidorm but in all of Spain, and is set in the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean in five divisions with more than 20 attractions in areas called Egypt, Greece, Iberia, Rome and The Islands.
In Terra Mitica you can go on roller coasters, ride the adrenaline-filled Titanide and Synkope rides and participate in guided tours to learn all about the civilizations that once inhabited the shores of the Mediterranean, so it also offers a fun alternative for the whole family. If you plan to visit Benidorm in October you can also attend the Halloween attractions.
Terra Mitica can be reached from the old town by bus line L1 or line 1 of the Alicante Metro and the visit to all the attractions of the park will take between 3 and 4 hours. Inside the park there is also a bar and restaurant area so you can have lunch there if you wish.
Details of interest
- Price... From 37 euros per person.
- Hours.... Every day from 10:30 am to 8:00 pm.
- Location... Partida de Moralet s/n, Benidorm.
Visit the Aigüera Park
The Aigüera Park is one of the main green lungs of Benidorm and is also a place you can not avoid touring during your visit to the city, as it is home to the Town Hall and in its gardens is also the Julio Iglesias Auditorium, which during the months of September and October hosts many of the concerts and festivals held in the city.
The Aigüera Park is also home to the Benidorm Bullring and during the summer food trucks and local food stalls are set up, while in autumn the park is the venue for the Iberia Festival and a transit site to the Poniente and Levante beaches.
This park also has a playground and children's attractions, so it is also a good alternative if you plan to tour the city with children, and you can choose to tour it by bike, either during a city tour or on your own with a rented bike.
You can reach the park from Terra Mitica by bus on lines L1, L14 and L16 and line 1 of the Alicante Metro and the best time to visit is during the afternoon, to watch the sunset from there.
Details of interest
- Price... Entrance to the park is free.
- Hours... Every day from 8.00 am to 10.00 pm.
- Location... Calle Primavera 22, Benidorm.
Say goodbye to Benidorm and enjoy the local gastronomy
One of the great attractions of Benidorm, besides its beaches and sunsets, is the gastronomy, which is nourished by fish, rice stews and other elaborate dishes such as pebrot and coca farcida, so the best way to say goodbye to the city is enjoying its typical meals.
Some of the places you can visit in the areas near the old town are La Mejillonera, Restaurante Casa Toni, La Rana, Ducano, Amigos Bar and Bistro and Taita. All these places are among the most recommended by visitors and also stand out for their service.
Within the old town you can also opt for some more global alternatives, such as fast food, pizzas and pastas, but I recommend that if you have the opportunity do not miss trying the Valencian paella and rice dishes of Benidorm, which are the jewel of Benidorm's gastronomy.
- Day 1
- Walk through the old town
- Lunch at the Municipal Market
- Visit to Mundomar
- Tour of Elche Park
- Day 2
- Visit the Poniente Beach
- Visit Terra Mitica
- Visit the Aigüera Park
- Enjoy the local gastronomy