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Day Trips from Benidorm

Benidorm can link you with the most colorful towns of the Costa Blanca and the city of Valencia, so you can stay here for different excursions.

Adrián Carrero

Adrián Carrero

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Day Trips from Benidorm

Personas en la calle |©Camping Armanello (Benidorm, Spain)

In the city of Benidorm you can find the Mediterranean Highway, from where you can make various excursions along the Costa Blanca (Calpe, Moraira, Denia, Javea and other towns). This same highway even takes you to Valencia, one of the most outstanding cities in Spain.

However, there are so many options to visit that it is difficult to choose a specific one. Therefore, in this article I have selected the best excursions from Benidorm, so get ready for unforgettable adventures from the Manhattan of the Mediterranean!

1. Take a trip to Valencia from Benidorm

Water fountain in Valencia|©Luis Perez
Water fountain in Valencia|©Luis Perez

This is one of the best excursions I recommend, as Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and at the same time offers several historical monuments. Also, you should know that Valencia is only 2 hours away from the center of Benidorm, so the trip will not take long.

Likewise, Valencia has countless bars, clothing stores and restaurants, so the excursion will be very entertaining. In the old town of Valencia you will find the Mestalla soccer st adium and the Oceanographic, but you must pay a separate entrance fee if you want to enter these places.

Another aspect that you can enjoy in Valencia is its architecture, for example, be amazed by the City of Arts and Sciences. Also, in the old part of the city you will see the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, which is surrounded by historic buildings such as the Casa Consistorial and the post office building.

Interesting details

  • Price: From 29 €.
  • Duration: 10 hours.
  • Means of transport: Air-conditioned tourist bus.
  • Advantages of this option: This is a low cost activity.
  • Disadvantages of this option: The tour does not include tickets to the Oceanograph or the Mestalla Stadium.

Book an excursion to Valencia from Benidorm

2. Enjoy a kayaking and snorkeling excursion in Javea.

Man under water|©John Cahil Rom
Man under water|©John Cahil Rom

Cala Granadella, one of the most beautiful beaches in Spain, is located 50 minutes from the center of Benidorm. From there begins this kayaking and snorkeling tour along the coast of Jávea. This municipality of Spain has excellent coves and caves to explore with a kayak.

On this excursion you will leave from Cala Granadella in the kayak to go along the coast of Javea, where you will enjoy beautiful views. In fact, you will make a stop at Cala Caló, which is one of the most secret coves of Jávea. Here you will be able to snorkel and enjoy a unique experience with your tour companions.

In addition, you will make a stop at Cova del Llop Marí, a rough rock cave that also offers beautiful views for snorkeling. And, as if that weren't enough, you'll visit Descubridor Island, from where you can see Ambolo nudist beach in the distance. Without a doubt, this excursion could become an unforgettable experience for you.

Details of interest

  • Price: 44 € approximately.
  • Duration: 2.5 hours.
  • Means of transport: Kayak.
  • Advantages of this option: Free parking.
  • Disadvantages of this option: The starting point is a bit far from Benidorm.

3. Drive a classic car on the Costa Blanca

Classic cars on the beach|©William Helsen
Classic cars on the beach|©William Helsen

If you are a classic car lover, take advantage of this excursion to drive around several towns of the Costa Blanca in a car from the 60's, 70's, 80's, etc. This is an excursion in which you can drive yourself.

You can also ask for a specialized driver to take you to the places you want to visit on the Costa Blanca of Alicante. For example, you can visit the Medieval Castle of Guadalest, which was built in the 11th century. In the same way, you can enter the Museum of Historic Vehicles Guadalest Valley, where there are several antique cars and motorcycles.

In summer I recommend you to go to the mountains of the Costa Blanca and watch the sunset. You can also climb the Col de Rates to enjoy panoramic views from Denia to Benidorm.

Details of interest

  • Price: 520 € approximately.
  • Duration: Between 6 and 8 hours, depending on your wishes.
  • Means of transport: Classic car.
  • Advantages of this option: Freedom to make the stops you wish and choice of routes.

4. Escape to Villajoyosa from Benidorm

Colorful building in Villajoyosa|©Skaja Lee
Colorful building in Villajoyosa|©Skaja Lee

A trip to the neighboring town of Benidorm, (Villajoyosa), is a must on your itinerary. This site offers attractions such as the Valor Chocolate Museum, the Spanish brand that has a history of more than 130 years. This excursion takes place in an air-conditioned vehicle, so you will be comfortable during the transfer.

The museum is basically the old Valor factory, so there you can see the tools used in the 19th and 20th centuries to make chocolate. In addition, you can visit the actual Valor factory, so you can see how chocolate is made. And finally, you will pass by the Valor store where you can buy something delicious.

Interesting details

  • Price: It has an average price of 16 €.
  • Duration: 5 hours.
  • Means of transport: Air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Advantages of this option: Includes free chocolate tasting.
  • Disadvantages of this option: It is not certain that the factory will be in production on the day of your visit.

5. Visit the town of Benissa and Las Calaveras Cave from Benidorm.

Benissa with sea view|©Dries van Assen
Benissa with sea view|©Dries van Assen

Hop on an air-conditioned bus and travel from Benidorm or Albir to the village of Benissa and the Cueva de Las Calaveras. On this excursion you can visit the Casa Museo Abargues Benissa, which is an incredible 18th century mansion. Also, you can visit the Basilica Purísima Xiqueta and San Pedro Apóstol, which many people call "Catedral de la Marina".

And another site you can explore on this excursion is the Cueva de Las Calaveras, a historical and archaeological site where you can see fossil remains of dinosaurs. In addition, it is possible to find some prehistoric recreations and skeletons of the ancestors.

On the other hand, you will visit the coastal town of Moraira, where you can see an 18th century castle, believed to have been built by Nicolas Bodin, a prominent engineer of Italian origin.

Details of interest

  • Price: 24 € approximately.
  • Duration: 7 hours.
  • Means of transport: Air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Advantages of this option: You will visit several important historical sites of the Costa Blanca for a low cost.
  • Disadvantages of this option: You must be fit, because sometimes you must walk from one attraction to another.

Book a tour of Benissa and the Cueva de las Calaveras (Cave of the Skulls)

6. Admire Javea with a guided bike and kayak tour

person by bike|©Pixabay
person by bike|©Pixabay

Start the tour at Platja de l'Arenal, which is 43 minutes from the center of Benidorm by car. There you can enjoy the most beautiful views of Javea, in fact, on this guided tour you can do some of the best kayaking in Benidorm.

You will be delighted with the wonderful views of the Costa Blanca cliffs, virgin islands or cathedral-like sea caves. Please note that the meeting point is "Playa de La Granadella". From there you will depart with a guide, who will give you a brief talk on safe biking and kayaking. One of the incredible places you will visit will be the "Blue Lagoon", an underwater cave system that will leave you in awe.

Details of interest

  • Price: 96 € approximately.
  • Duration: 3 hours.
  • Means of transportation: Kayak and bicycle.
  • Advantages of this option: See the sea caves.
  • Disadvantages of this option: If you suffer from back pain, this activity is not recommended for you.

7. Travel by bus through the villages of Algar and Guadalest from Benidorm.

Blue and white bus|©Matt Taylor
Blue and white bus|©Matt Taylor

Live the best experience by taking a bus trip through the villages of Algar and Guadalest from Benidorm. You will be able to choose the pick up point among several options available. The first place you will visit is the village of Guadalest, which is 22 Km from Benidorm, and is one of the most visited places in Spain.

You can also visit some of the museums of the village, cafes and stores for you to eat something or take a souvenir. The excursion also includes a visit to the beautiful waterfalls of Algar, which are located 27 minutes from Benidorm.

This site offers several waterfalls and natural pools of crystal clear water. Although you should take into account that the best time to visit the Algar Waterfalls is in summer, as the water is very cold in other seasons of the year.

Details of interest

  • Price: 24 €.
  • Duration: One or two days.
  • Means of transportation: Bus.
  • Advantages of this option: The guide is bilingual.
  • Disadvantages of this option: You may not be able to swim in the waterfalls of Algar, due to the temperature of the water.

Book a bus tour of Algar and Guadalest from Benidorm

8. Sail around Dénia on a catamaran

Catamaran at sea|©Jess Loiterton
Catamaran at sea|©Jess Loiterton

The excursion starts from Esplanada Cervantes, in Dénia, a town that is 40 minutes away from the center of Benidorm. This is an activity that you can enjoy in the company of your family, since for the youngest of the house there is a theatrical animation about pirates, sure they will love it. In addition, you will have at your disposal the crew of Marine World, which will be attentive to give you the best experience.

Also, you should know that you can watch the sunset and take pictures to have memories of this activity, whether you do it alone or in the company of family and friends. If you really like boat tours in Benidorm, this is an experience you can't miss.

Details of interest

  • Price: 14 €.
  • Duration: 1 hour.
  • Means of transport: Catamaran.
  • Advantages of this option: Attention by expert and helpful staff.

9. Marvel at the sunset of Calpe and have a delicious dinner.

Sunset on the beach|©Martin Montes Gojeaskoetxea
Sunset on the beach|©Martin Montes Gojeaskoetxea

If you go on vacation to Benidorm with your partner, this is one of the romantic activities you should not miss: watching the sunset in Calpe. And to make the moment more magical, I recommend you to have a delicious dinner, do you dare? Well, the town of Calpe is located just 21 minutes from Benidorm.

In fact, at the end of the day you will enjoy good food in a prestigious restaurant, very close to the Port of Calpe. There you will be able to taste some of the exquisite dishes of the Mediterranean gastronomy. This meal includes starter, main course and dessert.

Details of interest

  • Price: 96 €.
  • Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • Means of transport: Catamaran.
  • Advantages of this option: To appreciate the imposing Peñón de Ifach.
  • Disadvantages of this option: Unfortunately, this excursion is not suitable for wheelchairs.

10. Snorkeling in the Portitxol Cove and surroundings

woman swimming in the sea|©Elaine Bernadine Castro
woman swimming in the sea|©Elaine Bernadine Castro

Another activity you should not miss is snorkeling around the Portitxol Cove and its surroundings. The starting point for this excursion is Mar Azul, approximately 50 minutes from the center of Benidorm. If you dare to book this excursion, you will know incredible places like:

  • Portixol Island: There you can take a tour to a hidden cave to take the best pictures and have a pleasant memory of this experience. Then, you will visit the popular Blue Lagoon, which is 10 m deep.
  • Cap Negre: This is a beautiful rock formation, which rises 100 m above you, incredible right? well that's not all, the Cap Negre has amazing colors.
  • Cala el Pom: Snorkel and observe fish of different sizes and colors, as well as large rocks and underwater formations. You will also see a subway waterfall.

Details of interest

  • Price: 44 € approximately.
  • Duration: 2.5 hours.
  • Means of transport: Kayak.
  • Advantages of this option: Wheelchair accessible.

How to book an excursion from Benidorm

man with tablet in hand|©Pixabay
man with tablet in hand|©Pixabay

Choose the day of your visit, as this way you can book your excursion from Benidorm online and in advance. Also, when you are choosing the day of your excursion check if there will be good weather, as it is recommended that the day is not cloudy or rainy, to better enjoy the experience and take unforgettable pictures.

Also, you should check the departure points of the excursion and choose the most convenient one, since the tours depart from different places in Benidorm.

What will I see on this type of excursion?

View of Benidorm|©amamolina
View of Benidorm|©amamolina

Among the different things you can see through this type of excursions are views of natural landscapes, for example, views of the Costa Blanca (on the Mediterranean Sea). In addition, you can enjoy the old architecture, either from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

Also, you will visit different museums, where you can learn about the culture of different Spanish villages. Also, you will be amazed by secret caves with crystal clear waters and the possibility of snorkeling.

Tips for an excursion to the coves and caves of the Costa Blanca

Man jumping rope|©Anna Shvets
Man jumping rope|©Anna Shvets

After going on this kind of excursions I can give you the following advice:

  • Be physically prepared before the excursion, as some activities are based on hiking, caving or coasteering. For example, this last sport can include jumping from cliffs.
  • Practice swimming, as it is very important to know how to swim, even if you wear a life jacket.
  • Take an energy bar or snack with you in case you get hungry on the way. And, of course, I advise you to bring a bottle of water. Normally, the most complete meal of this type of excursion is consumed at the end or at a specific stop (not at any time).
  • Wear comfortable clothes, preferably beach clothes (overalls, bathing suits or wetsuits, for example). However, you should know that some excursions include the wetsuit and accessories for diving or snorkeling.

On the other hand, here are some tips to practice kayaking correctly.

How much does an excursion from Benidorm cost?

Money grabber|©Karolina Grabowska
Money grabber|©Karolina Grabowska

Normally, an excursion from Benidorm costs between 20 and 40 €, but to this price you must add the entrance fees to museums and other attractions. Likewise, I recommend you to bring extra money so you can buy clothes, food, drinks or any souvenir of your liking while you walk around.

What are the towns I should not miss on the Costa Blanca?

Albir Lighthouse|©rrnavero
Albir Lighthouse|©rrnavero

First of all, if you are staying in Benidorm, you should not miss the neighboring town of Villajoyosa, as it has traditional colorful houses and the Old Valor Chocolate Factory. Also, I recommend you to visit El Albir, a village that is part of the municipality Alfaz del Pi.

In addition, you can visit Calpe, Moraira or Denia, which are several towns with important attractions. For example, visit the castle of Denia and the castles of Moraira. There are many historical sites and beautiful views of the Mediterranean in some of these towns.

On the other hand, do not forget to visit Guadalest, which has interesting ancient monuments where you can take a few pictures. Likewise, you cannot miss a visit to Valencia, which is my favorite destination when I am staying in Benidorm. Valencia is about 1.5 hours from Benidorm.

What are the advantages of taking a guided tour vs. visiting Benidorm on my own?

Cars in Benidorm|©amamolina
Cars in Benidorm|©amamolina

Check these advantages and compare them:

  • Useful information about the place: If you take a guided tour you will get to know historical and cultural details of Benidorm, including information about archaeological sites. In other words, the guide will tell you the history of your favorite places in Benidorm or the Costa Blanca. On the other hand, if you go on your own, you will have to research the information.
  • Time management: Normally, with a guide you will be able to visit more sites in less time, depending on the tour you choose. On the other hand, when you go on your own, you may take a little longer at each site and you may not have enough time to visit the main attractions of Benidorm during 1 day.
  • Go at your own pace: This is an advantage of doing it on your own, since not all guided tours allow you to go at your own pace. For example, if you go on your own to a Costa Blanca town from Benidorm, you can spend as much time as you want at each site or attraction, as you don't have to follow a schedule.