A guide to things to do in Benidorm

There’s a reason thousands of holidaymakers flock to Benidorm year after year: it’s the perfect combination of beautiful beaches, great nightlife, fantastic resorts and brilliant entertainment. By day you can laze on the golden sands or whizz down waterslides and ride rollercoasters. Then as the sun sets, you’ve got a plethora of clubs, bars and restaurants to choose from. Plus, there’s a wide range of accommodation – whether you want luxurious all-inclusive or the freedom of self-catering.

Relax on the beach

Experience the highlight of any holiday to Costa Blanca and head to Benidorm’s beaches. Levante Beach – otherwise known as Sunrise Beach – is the closest to the town centre and many of the all-inclusive hotels. The shores are shallow and warm, making them perfect for little ones to paddle in. There’s many water sports on offer, too – from banana boats to jet-skiing. Your other choice is the big Poniente Beach. It’s calmer and quieter than Levante, but still has plenty of restaurants and bars. Take up a trip up the viewing point between the two curvy bays – the Balcon del Mediterraneo.

Hit the water parks and theme parks

Because it’s so easy to find cheaper holidays in Benidorm, you can save your budget for the huge number of theme parks and water parks. You can walk to two parks from Benidorm: Aqualandia Waterpark and its huge slides, and Mundomar Animal Park. A bit further out is the legendary Terra Mitica theme park. Thrill-seekers will love the gravity-defying rides here, and the street acrobatics and smaller rides are great for the rest of the family. The pirate-themed Iberia Park is great, while the AquaNatura Waterpark has fun water slides for visitors of all ages.

Shop 'til you drop

Benidorm’s shopping scene is impressive: from department stores and designer boutiques to markets selling souvenirs, crafts and local produce. Head to the old town first and browse some of Spain’s more popular shops, before visiting the three-floor La Marina shopping centre, where you’ll find a combination of Spanish and European stores. Benidorm has many stalls and boutiques hidden away in its squares and promenades. There are plenty of bargains to be found too: the city has three markets selling clothes, souvenirs, local food and crafts.

Escape to the country

While there’s so much to do and enjoy in Benidorm itself, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the surrounding countryside. A short drive from the city’s skyscrapers takes you to the majestic Serra Gelada Natural Park. The beautiful scenery and easy walks are a great way to see some of Costa Blanca’s picturesque nature. You can walk from the Albir lighthouse all the way along a coastal path, enjoying the rugged landscape and towering pines. Don’t forget to bring lots of water, especially if you want to walk to the highest point of the park, at 300m above sea level.

Dance through the night

No trip to Benidorm is complete without sampling its wide range of nightlife. Whether you want to dance to rock’n’roll all night or sing your heart out at karaoke, you’ll find the perfect bars and clubs for you. Benidorm’s nightlife is strong all year round, so you don’t need to worry about quiet evenings through the off-peak season. Try something different at the Benidorm Palace: the cabaret nights are fantastic fun, with a full show of comedians, acrobats and magicians. For a more tropical night, the Tiki Beach Bar promises cold drinks and a fun party atmosphere.