If you explore a little further on, you can find beaches and coves that are often missed by visitors to Benidorm. At the end of the harbour road on the Poniente side of the old town is peaceful Malpas beach. Because it's sheltered from the wind, this is a little sun trap, which is great for winter sunbathing. At the other end of town, reached by road that goes beyond Levante beach, there is a set of secluded coves that form a protected area.
Bring on the night
Many of Benidorm's visitors live for the night time antics – partying until daylight and snoozing most of the day. There are so many varied bars and clubs here, but, you don't need to stay up all night to have a good time.
Evenings can be started at an Irish bar with a Guinness, Spanish tapas restaurant with some sangria or a chilling out with a cocktail at a beach bar. The pace ramps up a little at the rock bars, karaoke clubs and cabaret shows across Benidorm.
Then, if you're feeling the groove, get out those dancing shoes and head to one of the discos for funky tunes or big clubs like El Divino or Space for banging dance tracks. There are pool parties, foam parties and more raunchy shows, all to the soundtrack of the likes of Roger Sanchez, Todd Terry or Judge Jules.
There is a whole line-up of waterparks and theme parks around Benidorm luring you in with big slides and fast rides. Aqualandia waterpark – which has some of the world's highest slides – and Mundomar Animal Park are conveniently located within walking distance on the eastern edge of Benidorm.
For big thrill rides, Terra Mitica theme park is the place to go. It also has shows, street acrobatics and family rides, or for a wholly family day out pirate-themed Iberia Park might be more up your street. There is also a further wildlife park – Terra Natura – and AquaNatura Waterpark in this area on the northern edge of town, which is easily accessed by regular direct buses. You might find it hard to know which parks to visit, but because many are owned by the same companies, you can visit more than one and receive reduced rates.
A selection of shops
You can have a shopping extravaganza in Benidorm browsing the designer boutiques, shopping centres, department stores and markets selling gifts and local produce. Some of the more popular shops line the Avenida Martinez Alejos in the old town district, or there's the three-floor La Marina shopping centre that's packed with Spanish and European brands.
There are plenty of unique buys to be found if you explore. For example, there's a square off the Passeig de la Carreterra packed with leather goods, while between the promenade and the Avenida del Mediterraneo is a mini shopping centre, a bit like a market. If you're one for a bargain, visit one of Benidorm's three markets held either on a Wednesday or Sunday morning. Among them you'll come across clothes, gifts, local fruit and vegetables, crafts and traditional Spanish products.
Exploring the area
There's so much to do in Benidorm that you might not want to leave the town for your entire visit, but if you crave a calming walk or want to be at one with nature, there's plenty nearby.
The Serra Gelada natural park provides stunning scenery and has a picturesque coastal walk from Albir lighthouse along a coastal ridge. If you want to get out of the sun, take a trip to the Cuevas del Canelobre - the Candelabra Caves - in Busot. These are said to be the largest and deepest caves in Spain, they are named after a phenomenal candelabra shaped hanging rock formation.