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Benidorm

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Benidorm Holidays

Benidorm knows how to keep you entertained on holiday. Whether it's whizzing down waterslides during the day or partying long into the night, you'll never be short of something to do here. The resort has a very British flavour so you'll find it just as easy to get your favourite beer or food as you will to try some tasty new Spanish treats, whether you're on an All Inclusive Benidorm trip or travelling Self Catering.

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Curvy bays

The six kilometres of sand formed by Benidorm's two main bays are a big part of its appeal for people travelling on cheap holidays to Costa Blanca. Closest to the town centre, and near to many all inclusive Costa Blanca hotels and restaurants, is Levante beach, also known as Sunrise Beach.

If you just want a paddle then you'll find the shores pleasingly shallow, while further out in the water is a playground for all ages. There are swinging bridges, diving boards and rafts, with any number of watersports beyond, from banana boats to jet skiing. There is even a cable-skiing station in the sea at this end of town – it's a bit like water-skiing, but without the boat.

The other bay is Poniente Beach. It's a big beach, with a long, pedestrianised promenade and a playground for children. You'll find it slightly calmer than Levante, but there are still plenty of restaurants looking out to sea here. It's worth taking the trip up to the viewing point in between the two bays, dubbed the 'Balcon del Mediterraneo' the balcony of the Mediterranean, for the astounding views.

There's also the opportunity to wander through the old town, where you'll find amazing views over the bays and an impressive range of shops and markets to explore. If you fancy going further afield, head out into Costa Blanca to explore the Mediterranean Sea, mountains and natural parks of this beautiful area.

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Quiet shores

If you explore a little further on, you can find beaches and coves that are often missed by other visitors on cheap holidays 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.

Fun-fuelled parks

Cheap holidays in Benidorm can take advantage of a whole line-up of waterparks and theme parks, 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 beautiful 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.

It's easy to spend All Inclusive holidays to Benidorm lounging by the pool, trying out cocktails and sampling local cuisine, but it's well worth stepping out of your resort and taking in the scenery as well.