Quite possibly one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain is Benidorm in Alicante, renowned for its thriving tourism industry and impressive skyline; it attracts many visitors every year.
tarting off as a tiny village, Benidorm has grown a substantial amount in recent years due to the allure of the many package holiday deals that this coastal town has become so famous for.
In fact, Benidorm is so well-known for that reason, there was even a UK comedy series named after the town which began in 2007.
This program includes people returning to Benidorm, which is true as many people visit annually especially taking holidays in Benidorm in August each year.
Theme Parks in Benidorm, Spain
Benidorm has not one, not two, but four theme parks that are suitable for all of the family.
Terra Natura and Terra Mitica are the two closest to the city, at the foot of the mountain; they take about 15 minutes to get to by car from the center.
Terra Natura is a zoo and aqua park where you can see hundreds of different animals, as well as swim with sharks or take advantage of their huge swimming pool surrounded by slides and flumes.
Terra Mitica has 25 themed rides in seven different areas, including the Magnus Colossus which reaches a speed of 92km per hour!
Aqualandia and Mundomar are just outside the city of Benidorm but are well worth a visit.
Aqualandia is a water park that boasts many different flumes, rides, and slides, situated right next to Mundomar both can be visited in one day.
This stunning marine animal park is famed for its dolphin shows, as well as being home to various other animals such as sea lions and penguins.
Beaches in Benidorm, Spain
Although Benidorm benefits from many beaches, there are three main ones that you simply must visit on your holiday.
Voted as one of the best beaches in Europe is the Playa Levante which is more than 2km long with an action-packed promenade running next to it.
Various different water sports are available on this beach, or if you prefer to just relax and take in the sun then there is a wealth of sunbeds for hire.
Playa Levante in Benidorm also has a Biblioplaya, a beach library, which is completely free to use and is home to books and newspapers for you to borrow whilst enjoying your time on the beach.
If you are looking for a more sedate beach that is not full of tourists then you should visit Playa de Poniente which starts at Park Elche and goes on for just over 3km.
This beach is popular with the inhabitants of Benidorm so it is surrounded by lots of Spanish restaurants offering a taste of the local cuisine.
Platja del Mal Pas is a small cove which is often, unfortunately, ignored by many tourists.
This stunning little beach may not be surrounded by water sports and other activities, but it is simply perfect for those who want a relaxing time with very few interruptions.
Night-life in Benidorm, Spain
Benidorm used to be infamous for trouble during the evenings, especially during the 1980′s.
Luckily, however, all of this trouble seems to have left the island as more people visit places such as Ibiza or Malia instead.
Benidorm still has a thriving nightlife scene, with many pubs, bars, restaurants and even cabaret shows which are open until early hours of the morning.
Many of the bars and pubs in Benidorm offer an English theme to appeal to the many tourists from the UK, such as Queen Vic near Playa Levante.
If you are looking for something a bit more local then check out the various tapas bars that line the Old Town, including Oliver’s which is an old town ‘snug’ bar.
Benidorm in Spain is not just about cheap package holidays, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy in this beautiful Spanish town. If you are taking your children then the theme parks are an excellent day out, in fact, they are an excellent day out even if you do not have any children!
The beaches of Benidorm offer something a little bit different in each one, from a quiet cove to a bustling tourist hotspot. After a day on the beaches, you can visit one of the many pubs, bars, and clubs to finish off your holiday to Benidorm in style.