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10 Things to Do in Benidorm in September

Although Benidorm is a very famous destination in the summer season, during the rest of the year it also offers a pleasant climate and many attractions for visitors at cheaper prices. Here I tell you everything you can do in the city in September.

Matías Rodríguez

Matías Rodríguez

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10 Things to Do in Benidorm in September

Vista de Benidorm de noche |©Michele Naro

Benidorm, during the summer, is one of the favorite vacation spots for Spaniards and also a summer reference with its beaches and hotels, but it is also an ideal city to visit at any time of the year, especially in early autumn when the weather remains mild and pleasant while the influx of tourists decreases significantly.

Among the best things to see and do in Benidorm in September you can enjoy its paradisiacal beaches with fewer visitors than during the summer, contemplate the sunsets of the city from the balconies of the Mediterranean, visit the Algar fountains with the best temperature of the year and participate in the festivals and regional festivals.

1. Participate in the closing of the Aqualandia season.

Aqualandia. Benidorm|©Tony Mathews
Aqualandia. Benidorm|©Tony Mathews

Aqualandia is one of the best water parks in Benidorm and opens every year between July and September. Here you can find attractions and activities for the whole family, from the wave pools, the Gran Jacuzzi Iguazú and the Geyser to the Big-Bang and Verti-Go, two sets of water slides that will test your adrenaline tolerance.

If you plan to visit Benidorm in September you will be able to tour Aqualandia with a smaller influx of tourists, as during the high season months tickets are sold out and rides are often delayed, but you can also make the most of the discount offers and take part in the water park' s closing ceremony, which includes music and fireworks shows.

Visiting Aqualandia is also one of the best alternatives if you plan to visit Benidorm with children and if you are looking for alternative activities to the beaches to combat the September heat in the city.

Interesting details

  • Price... From 37 euros per person.
  • Hours... Every day from 10.00 to 20.00 hours.
  • Location... Sierra Helada s/n, Benidorm.

Book tickets for Aqualandia

2. Contemplate the sunset from the Balcony of the Mediterranean Sea

Mediterranean Balcony|©Maciej Zajaczkowski
Mediterranean Balcony|©Maciej Zajaczkowski

The Balcony of the Mediterranean is one of the main attractions of Benidorm. Located in the old part, this viewpoint that divides the beaches of Levante and Mal Pas, is the ideal place to watch the sunsets, which during September are clear and clean, thanks to the mild weather that continues to maintain the city during the first days of autumn.

If you visit Benidorm in September you can also walk along the square with checkered tiles that is located at the top of the rocky cape and allows you to admire a panoramic view of the sea and a part of the city, which is hidden behind the buildings that distinguish Benidorm as the New York of the Mediterranean.

In September, the sunset is usually in the late afternoon and you can also choose to watch the sunset from the cafes that are on the promenade, located next to the viewpoint, and if you plan to visit Benidorm in August or during the summer months you will see that they are always crowded, while in September you will find room to quietly enjoy the natural spectacle.

Details of interest

  • Price... Admission is free.
  • Hours... The viewpoint is open 24 hours a day.
  • Location... Plaza de Castelar 1, Benidorm.

3. Participate in the Benidorm Gay Pride Festival

Gay Pride March|©CWhatPhotos
Gay Pride March|©CWhatPhotos

Every year, during the first week of September, Benidorm prepares to welcome the Gay Pride Festival, which is characterized by parades of floats, parties on Levante Beach and in the Town Hall square and also in every bar and restaurant in the old town, which is famous for being one of the epicenters of the gay community in Europe.

During the Benidorm Gay Pride Festival the event's activities are open to all audiences and coincide with the celebrations for the end of summer, making it one of the main activities that ignite the spirit of the city and exploit the good weather that extends into the first days of autumn.

Most of the festival activities are free, although you can also opt for other paid and somewhat more exclusive alternatives such as cruises from the Port of Denia, private pool parties or theater shows.

Details of interest

  • Price... Most of the activities are free of charge.
  • When... During the first week of September each year.
  • Location... In different locations in Benidorm.

4. Visit the beaches with few tourists and with the best weather of the year

Blue and white awnings close to the beach.|©Alejandro Baquero Toledano
Blue and white awnings close to the beach.|©Alejandro Baquero Toledano

The beaches are the main tourist attraction of Benidorm and if you plan to visit the city in September you can visit them with a smaller influx of tourists, since in August the high season ends, and with an average temperature of 23° which is ideal for taking a swim or kayaking activities.

On the coast of the old town you can visit the beaches of Mal Pas and Levante, which are the main beaches of the city, and also the Poniente Beach or the Almadraba and Tio Chimo coves in Punta de Pinet. If you are looking for options further away from the city center you can visit Albir Beach, which has crystal clear waters, golden sand and stands out for its cleanliness.

Note that most of the city's beaches are surrounded by services, so you can make the most of your visit by having lunch at the beach bars or dinner at one of the nearby restaurants, if you plan to visit Benidorm during the night.

5. Attend the Festera Music Composition Contest of Benidorm

People playing instruments|©Arturo
People playing instruments|©Arturo

In addition to the beaches and hotels, Benidorm also stands out for its festive music, which is a type of composition for the Moors and Christians Festival, held every year in October. This genre combines several modalities, among them the pasodoble, the Moorish march and the Christian march, and in September the Festera Music Composition Contest is held, which awards the winners whose versions will provide the music for the Moors and Christians.

This contest is one of the most prestigious in the city and is held every year in the Óscar Esplá auditorium, where at the end of September the winners are announced among the presentations of local artists. If you plan to visit Benidorm in October you can also attend the Moors and Christians Festival which will include the participation of the winning artists.

The Festera Music Composition Contest is a very popular event in Benidorm and you can attend the auditorium free of charge, although the competition is limited to the capacity of the space.

Details of interest

  • Price... Entrance to the auditorium is free.
  • When... Every year at the end of September.
  • Location... Óscar Esplá Auditorium, Benidorm.

6. Take a bath in the Algar waterfalls and fountains

Algar Fountains|©rrnavero
Algar Fountains|©rrnavero

The Algar fountains, in the town of Callosa de Ensarriá, are one of the natural jewels of the areas near Benidorm. You can visit this set of waterfalls connected by water channels throughout the year, but it is between the months of June and September when you can make the most of the visit because you can take a bath with average temperatures of 23 °. In September, moreover, you can do it with few tourists and with discounted tickets, so it is the ideal month for this activity.

In addition to the natural pools, the waterfall complex includes a 2-kilometer hiking trail along the Algar riverbed that can be visited on foot and several local food restaurants.

Please note that tours or visits on your own to the Algar complex can take a whole day, so it is not one of the best excursions if you are planning a short stay in the city. If that is your case, here is a list of activities so you can discover Benidorm in 2 days.

Details of interest

  • Price... From 24 euros per person.
  • Schedule... Every day from 9.00 to 19.00 hours.
  • Location... Callosa de Ensarriá, Alicante.

Book a day trip to the waterfalls of Algar

7. Take a scuba diving excursion in the waters of the Benidorm Island

Air cylinder|© Paxton Tomko
Air cylinder|© Paxton Tomko

Benidorm Island, located off the coast of the Mediterranean Balcony, is the most popular of the city's island territories and is located in an area known as La Llosa, which has an important marine reserve, ideal for scuba diving experiences, which is one of the best activities to do in Benidorm

September is the best month for scuba diving in the waters off the coast of the island because it is one of the times of the year when the tide is clean. Also because autumn is when the marine species begin their migration and you will be able to observe the native fauna.

Diving excursions and snorkeling experiences that start at Levante Beach usually include, in general, the tour of the viewpoint of the island and also a glass bottom boat ride, so you can make the most of your visit to Benidorm.

8. Take a hiking excursion in the Sierra Helada Natural Park

Group of people walking in the mountains|©TRAM ALICANTE
Group of people walking in the mountains|©TRAM ALICANTE

The Sierra Helada Natural Park is one of the most representative natural areas of Benidorm and stands out for its cliffs of more than 300 meters high but also for its lush vegetation and especially for the changing marine reserve that protects. In September this marine reserve begins its migration and the vegetation changes color with the autumn, giving the Sierra Helada a very particular landscape.

This natural reserve is very important for the ecosystem of the Valencian Community, but it is also a central tourist spot in Benidorm because from the cliffs of Sierra Helada you can get one of the best views of the Mediterranean and also go hiking.

The Natural Park of Sierra Helada is easily accessible from the old town as it is located about 7 kilometers away, so you can access it by public transport or on Benidorm' s tourist buses, which include a stop in El Albir.

Details of interest

  • Price... Admission is free.
  • Hours... Open 24 hours a day.
  • Location... Camino del Faro 18, Alicante.

9. Participate in the Pilgrimage to Ginés in Guadalest

Guadalest|©William Helsen
Guadalest|©William Helsen

Located 20 kilometers away from Benidorm, Guadalest is one of the most beautiful villages around the spa town. Nestled in the mountains, Guadalest stands out for the old wall, tunnels and museums, but if you plan to travel to the Costa Blanca in September you can also participate in the Romería a Ginés, which are the patron saint festivities in honor of Santa Ana and San Joaquín.

During the Romería a Ginés you can participate in the processions through the village, visit the local food stalls of Guadalest and get to know the tunnels and paths on guided tours. In addition, the villagers and visitors who travel exclusively for the festival walk to an uninhabited area between the mountains and there spend the day between traditional dances and religious ceremonies.

The Romería a Ginés is the main event in Guadalest and every year it summons thousands of visitors that far exceed the permanent inhabitants of the village, so if you are planning to visit Benidorm in September I recommend you to take a day during the third week of the month to get to know this beautiful place on the Costa Blanca in depth.

Details of interest

  • Price... Participation in the activities is free of charge.
  • When... During the third week of September.
  • Location... Guadalest, Alicante.

Book an excursion to Guadalest from Benidorm

10. Celebrate San Miguel in Villajoyosa

Colorful houses|©Carlos cuerda
Colorful houses|©Carlos cuerda

If you want to know one of the most eccentric celebrations of the Valencian Community then you can not miss the Feast of San Miguel, in Villajoyosa. This festivity, which is celebrated on the weekend closest to September 29th each year, dates back to the 16th century and is noted for the market, the annual fair and the activities that attract the locals.

During the events of San Miguel in Villajoyosa the Moors and Christians companies organize a party with traditional tapas and music, a paella contest is held which is usually the main attraction for visitors, there are concerts, processions, fireworks shows and children's games are installed, but also the traditional Vaqueta takes place.

The Vaqueta consists of a release of heifers in a square that summons most of the locals and ends up being an improvised bullfight. All San Miguel activities are for charitable purposes and the proceeds are used for charity.

Details of interest

  • Price... Admission to the festival is free.
  • When... During the weekend closest to September 29th of each year.
  • Location... Villajoyosa, Alicante.

Temperatures in Benidorm in September

View of the sea in Benidorm|©amamolina
View of the sea in Benidorm|©amamolina

The average temperature in Benidorm in September is 23°, while the minimum is 19° and the maximum is 26°. It is an ideal climate for swimming at the beaches and waterfalls around the city, but also for walking around the tourist sites and adventure excursions.

In September there is also a dry climate in Benidorm, so rainfall is very sporadic and most days are mild and sunny.

Benidorm's tourist flow in September

People in the street walking|©amamolina
People in the street walking|©amamolina

In September the summer and the high season in Benidorm ends, so the tourist influx decreases substantially, which will give you the possibility to tour the city in a quieter way and without so many crowds.

If you plan to visit Benidorm in August you will see that the availability of accommodation is much lower and prices are higher, but in September the offer increases, prices are cheaper and the weather remains pleasant.

Prices in Benidorm in September

Anchor in tourist place|©amamolina
Anchor in tourist place|©amamolina

The high season in Benidorm is during the summer, especially between July and August, so in September, with the arrival of autumn, prices decrease significantly, especially in terms of accommodation.

September is an ideal month if you are looking to visit Benidorm with cheap prices and during the days of hot weather, because until the first days of autumn the temperature remains mild.

What to bring in your suitcase to visit Benidorm in September?

Travel suitcase|© Arnel Hasanovic
Travel suitcase|© Arnel Hasanovic

During autumn Benidorm is hot, dry and offers an ideal temperature to take a bath, so I recommend you to include the following in your suitcase:

  • Bathing suit
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Beach shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Light T-shirt
  • Lightweight coat
  • Wool sweaters
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Lightweight pants