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10 Best Activities in Benidorm

Benidorm, a lively resort town that perfectly combines beautiful golden beaches, tall skyscrapers, a bustling nightlife and hundreds of activities to do.

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

11 min read

10 Best Activities in Benidorm

personas caminando en la calle |©amamolina

If there is a city in Spain where it is impossible to get bored, that is Benidorm, a lively coastal town that has become one of the main tourist destinations both nationally and for the rest of Europe. Benidorm offers its visitors an endless number of activities and things to see and do both in the city and its surroundings.

This town in Alicante was once a small fishing village, however, today it is a popular holiday destination located on the Mediterranean coast and is frequented by young people, couples and even families with children, due to its wide range of activities, stores and entertainment venues with which to spend unforgettable days.

1. Marvel at the beauty of the Mediterranean on a boat trip

Boats on the shore|©Damarys Gonzalez
Boats on the shore|©Damarys Gonzalez

As you may already know, one of Benidorm 's main tourist attractions are its beaches and the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea that stretch before them. Therefore, in addition to taking a refreshing swim and sunbathing in the sun while resting on the sand, I encourage you to go a little deeper into the waters that bathe this tourist town so you can contemplate its beauty from another perspective.

Therefore, the first activity that I am going to propose is to book a boat tour in Benidorm, as it will be a fantastic opportunity to admire the coast of Alicante while you relax and enjoy nature during a quiet ride. Also, depending on the tour you decide to book, it may include some extras such as the option to enjoy alcoholic beverages during the trip.

2. Have fun in a refreshing Water Park

people on a water slide|©Aqualandia Benidorm
people on a water slide|©Aqualandia Benidorm

Whether you are traveling to Benidorm with children or not, taking a trip to one of its best water parks is always an exciting and fun activity with which you can have a great time. Therefore, my second recommendation for you, is that if you travel to Benidorm do not miss Aqualandia, a park for the whole family where you can find attractions for all tastes.

In Aqualandia you can find high water slides to slide down, numerous pools where you can cool off and different playgrounds and children's areas for the little ones. In addition, depending on the type of fun you are looking for, you will have the opportunity to choose between three different routes to follow throughout the extensive park.

The first route is the quietest and is designed for families and for people who are not fans of strong emotions. The second is the friends route and along the way you will pass through both more relaxed attractions and some more exciting ones. And finally, the third and last one is the extreme route, designed for adrenaline lovers. But most important of all, with this plan you will spend a day you will never forget.

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3. Do a little adventure sport with a kayak excursion

kayaking with dolphins|©Jaume Soriano Sivera
kayaking with dolphins|©Jaume Soriano Sivera

If you are a sports fan or simply looking for an exciting experience, a perfect activity to do during your trip to Benidorm is to take a kayak tour. The surroundings of Benidorm are full of beautiful coves of golden sand and calm waters that are the ideal place for this exciting water sport.

Also, if you decide to take a kayak tour around Benidorm, you will have the opportunity to enter mysterious sea caves, which can only be accessed by this means of transport, or sometimes small boats. During the ride, you can glide through the blue waters of the Mediterranean while contemplating the beauty of the natural landscapes around you.

Of course, throughout the activity you will be accompanied by a team of experts who will explain the secrets of this fun sport and guide you through the most interesting corners of the coast. And as if that were not enough, some of these tours even include the option of snorkeling in order to contemplate the spectacular seabed.

4. Live a day of emotions in Terra Mitica

Mechanical attractions|©DEREK APPLETON
Mechanical attractions|©DEREK APPLETON

If you like rides, shows and adrenaline, I invite you to spend one of your days in Benidorm at Terra Mitica.

Terra Mitica is a theme park located in Benidorm whose setting is inspired by the history of different civilizations. There, you can enjoy the attractions while watching the arena of the Roman Colosseum, explore the Gate of Alexandria or discover the majestic Egypt. And this park is a place full of adventures where young and old alike can have fun.

In addition, you can enjoy a variety of stores and restaurants, as well as one of the main favorite attractions for adults, the pool bar, a bar for drinks and refreshments that you can access without getting out of the water of a huge and refreshing pool. All this and much more is what you will find in this exciting amusement park.

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5. Contemplate the Costa Blanca from the heights

parasailing on the heights|©CovBoy2007
parasailing on the heights|©CovBoy2007

Parasailing has become in recent years one of the most popular water sports in coastal tourist destinations. To practice this adventure sport, you will be attached to a parachute and towed by a motor boat until the speed of the boat with the help of the wind makes you rise several meters above the water.

Imagine contemplating the Costa Blanca from the heights while flying over the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. This activity is one of the most exciting and original that you can do during your trip, plus you will enjoy privileged panoramic views of the beaches of Alicante. If you book this fantastic activity, you will have the opportunity to ride a boat with your friends or family, or join an available group.

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6. Take a bike tour of Benidorm

Bike near the beach|©Pablo Arias López
Bike near the beach|©Pablo Arias López

What better way to get to know Benidorm than with a fun and lively bike tour? This activity is especially recommended if you travel to Benidorm during September or spring, as you can enjoy the good weather without suffering too high temperatures that prevent you from enjoying the ride.

To start the tour, a bus will pick you up directly at your accommodation and take you to the top of Mount Aitana. There, you can start your bike tour, which is included in the price of the activity. During the following hours, you will make a long but quiet tour in which you can enjoy wonderful views while passing by mountains, imposing gorges, Moorish castles, picturesque villages and valleys.

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7. Enjoy a dinner with a show at the Benidorm Palace

band on stage|©Lyn Brampton
band on stage|©Lyn Brampton

The Benidorm Palace is one of the most spectacular nightclubs in Europe. Opened in the 70's, this magnificent venue offers us the possibility to see impressive shows and performances while enjoying a delicious dinner. Dance shows , vedettes, dances and magic are just some of the entertainments offered by this hall, which already has a long and valuable trajectory.

Also, other types of events such as concerts of great artists of international level or even charity dinners are also held in this venue. The price of the ticket will depend on whether or not you want to opt for the dinner offered there, however, if you decide to go to know the wonders that hides this prestigious place, I encourage you to complete your experience with a good dinner and I assure you that you will live a fantastic night difficult to forget.

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8. Immerse yourself in the habitat of the animals that populate Terra Natura

Terra Natura|©DEREK APPLETON
Terra Natura|©DEREK APPLETON

Terra Natura is a zoological park that is committed to the conservation of biodiversity and actively participates in different international programs for the reproduction of endangered species. With more than 1,500 animals of up to 200 species, this park has been designed focusing on zoo-immersion, that is, the animals are not caged, but walk freely around the facilities and sometimes you will even be in contact with them.

In addition, this fantastic space recreates habitats from different parts of the world such as America, Asia and Europe. This place is a fantastic plan whether you are a lover of wildlife and nature or if you are traveling with the little ones and want them to benefit from its wide educational offer, with which they will learn in the most fun way how animals live and what their habits are. Of course, in the park you can also find bars and restaurants where you can take a break or enjoy a delicious meal.

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9. Glide at full speed along the beaches of Benidorm on a jet ski

People on jet skis|©Eventos Multiaventura
People on jet skis|©Eventos Multiaventura

If you like speed and want to know the beaches of Benidorm from a different perspective, I encourage you to try this fun activity. Renting a jet ski has become more and more one of the favorite pastimes of beach lovers and thrill seekers, and it is a fun way to admire the scenery of the coast and enjoy the sea in a very original way.

This plan is especially recommended if you travel to Benidorm in August or during some of the summer months, as it will be a great way to cool off while you glide at full speed through the Mediterranean Sea. During the ride, you can go either alone on a jet ski or accompanied by another person and of course, you will have a life jacket and safety equipment to make this exciting experience a safe activity.

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10. Take a day trip to Valencia

Street in Valencia|©Jaime Gonzalez
Street in Valencia|©Jaime Gonzalez

If you are traveling to Benidorm for 3 days or more, you might be interested in taking a fantastic day trip to the city of Valencia. Beautiful Valencia is just over an hour and a half drive from Benidorm, so it's a perfect plan if you want to make a getaway without spending too much time on the road.

Valencia is one of the most complete and interesting cities in the country, as well as being ranked number 3 of the largest cities in Spain. It is especially known for its City of Arts and Sciences, as well as for being one of the most modern and innovative cities and for having a rich historical heritage. Of course, Valencia is also appreciated for its lively life and its most emblematic dish, paella.

During the course of this tour you can stroll through the Old Town of Valencia, visit the Oceanografic and even visit its legendary soccer stadium, the Mestalla. In addition, you will have free time to explore on your own this wonderful city and of course, taste its exquisite gastronomy. So, if you have enough time, I encourage you to take advantage of your trip to get to know this destination that leaves no one indifferent.

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What is the best time of the year to visit Benidorm?

Group of people walking in the street|©amamolina
Group of people walking in the street|©amamolina

Benidorm enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with August being the warmest month with an average temperature of about 31ºC and January the coldest, with an average temperature of 17 C. Rainfall in this town is scarce, however, the rainiest months would be from September to November, March and April. So if we base ourselves on the climate, the most pleasant months to travel to Benidorm would be from May to August.

However, we must take into account that during these months the tourist influx soars, so prices inevitably rise. The peak season would be during the months of July and August, so accommodation at this time can be difficult to find if not booked well in advance, plus establishments such as bars and restaurants can be quite full.

With all this in mind, my advice if you are planning a trip to the lively city of Benidorm, is to do so between the months of May and August so you can enjoy the ideal weather and fantastic beaches. However, I strongly recommend that you book your accommodation well in advance, to avoid excessive price increases or little variety of accommodation available. I also encourage you to book your activities and tickets before your trip, to avoid the unpleasant surprise of full capacity or no tickets left.

Tips to make the most of your trip to Benidorm

Tourist bus in Benidorm|©amamolina
Tourist bus in Benidorm|©amamolina

If you have already decided that the lively Benidorm is going to be the destination of your next vacation, read on and I will tell you some tips to enjoy your trip:

Book your accommodation well in advance

Benidorm has become one of the favorite holiday destinations both nationally and internationally. As a consequence, hotels and vacation rental apartments are packed during the high season months. In addition, their prices tend to go up. So, my first piece of advice is to get ahead of the rest of the tourists and book your accommodation well in advance.

Book excursions and activities in advance

As with accommodation, if you travel to Benidorm in high season the places available for certain activities or excursions may be full. Therefore, it is advisable that before you make your trip you book your activities to make sure that you will not miss anything in this fun city.

Dress appropriately for the occasion

As mentioned above, Benidorm has a Mediterranean climate, with quite pleasant temperatures both in summer and winter and without excessive rainfall.

With this in mind, if you travel to Benidorm in summer, it is advisable to wear cool and light clothing, as well as comfortable clothes for sightseeing. Of course, you cannot forget your swimsuit, as Benidorm's beaches are one of its main attractions.

If on the other hand you travel to Benidorm during the winter, you should bring some warm clothes, especially for the night. However, the cold in this area is not excessive, so you can wear lighter clothing for the rest of the day. Of course, don't forget to wear comfortable shoes for your walks.

Bring sunscreen and sunglasses

Whether you travel to Benidorm during the winter or summer, you are likely to encounter sunny weather, as rainfall is scarce in this part of the country. Therefore, it is always advisable that both your eyes and your skin are well protected from the sun, so sunscreen and sunglasses should be a must in your luggage.

In addition, the sunscreen should be appropriate for your skin type and the time you will be exposed to the sun and the glasses should have UV protection and it is recommended that they are also polarized.