I spent five days in Benidorm, Spain and instead of laying on the beach all day and partying till the morning, my five days were filled with different activities. So if you’re in search of ideas for your Benidorm holiday, keep reading. If you’re heading to Madrid too, read more about the things to do in Madrid.
I have also written a post titled The Best Viewpoints in Benidorm. Check it out for more inspiration.
Rent an Electric Bicycle and Cycle Around Sierra Helada Natural Park
I had never tried electric bicycles before, but it was so much fun! It’s a perfect way to get around in the heat as normal bicycles would get you exhausted very quickly. There are a lot of hills so having an electric bike was a savior! Sierra Helada Natural Park is such a beautiful place, and the views are spectacular. Check out Tao Bikes if you would like to rent a bike.
Boat Trip and Paddle Boarding
A boat trip is a perfect way to escape the crowded beaches and find your own little spot to go swimming. Even more perfect if you can rent a paddle board too and test your skills. It’s harder than it looks like!
If you would like some action instead of the relaxed boat trip, go jet skiing. There are lots of places along the beach where you can rent one.
Another water sports possibility is scuba diving. I honestly didn’t think Benidorm would offer such a great diving experience. The dive wasn’t deep at all (less than 10 m) but the water was crystal clear and the visibility best I’ve had for a long time. Maybe you can’t see any exotic tropical fish but there were plenty of small fish, and we even spotted an octopus. And the underwater world was so beautiful!
Marco Polo Expediciones organizes jeep safaris which is a great way to explore places outside of the city center. Check out their website for more information.
Terra Mítica is a theme and adventure park and makes a great day out.
For beautiful wine yard views and wine tasting, head to Enrique Mendoza. They offer a tour of the winery and wine tasting accompanied by a snack.
Eat Some Tapas
There’s a proper tapas alley in the old town of Benidorm. Head to Calle de Santo Domingo in the evening, and you’ll find the place to be packed with locals. Try some delicious vegan options like patatas bravas (fried potato cubes with spicy tomato sauce), olives, mushrooms, fried zucchini. And don’t forget sangria!
Watch the Sunset
Watching the sunset is my favorite things to do, and in Benidorm, the best places for this are Balcon del Mediterraneo (The Castle Viewpoint) and Hotel Madeira Centro.
I can’t write about Benidorm and not mention the beach. For a less crowded beach, I recommend you to go to Poniente Beach instead of a more popular Levante Beach where all the activities are.
Where to Stay in Benidorm
For the best location, I would recommend you to stay at Sol Costablanca Hotel. It’s one of the few hotels right on the beach and it doesn’t matter what you want to do; everything is within walking distance. The rooms are still quiet during the night so you can get a good night sleep.
For hotel bookings, try HotelsCombined. It’s a great site that compares all the top travel sites (like Booking.com, Agoda, Hotels.com), so you can be sure to get the lowest price.