If you’re really on a budget, try and book a hotel or small apartment with a kitchenette, as then you will have the advantage of making your own food—much cheaper than eating out. If you don’t have any facilities, it’s even possible to put together sandwiches and salads in your hotel room, and the only equipment you’ll really need is a small sharp knife for cutting things up. Benidorm has a good indoor market which sells all the necessities.
Otherwise, there are lots of cheap eateries that do a good big English breakfast or roast dinner for about €4.00, (£3.65) – try inside La Marina shopping centre for a wide choice.
La Cruz de Benidorm is a huge wooden cross situated high on a hill, and it’s well work taking a walk up the hill to see both the cross itself and the tremendous views—you’ll return to your hotel with some great snaps! The walk is free, and a taxi will only cost you about €4.00 (£3.65).
More striking views can be found at Torre el Aguilo, a lookout tower where you can see as far north as the Penon D’Ifach at Calpe and as far south as Alicante. It is located at the southern end of Cala de Finestrat. You can walk there from the sea front or take a bus (€1.50, or approximately £1.40). If you’re looking for another day out, Aiguera Park is a free park in the centre of Benidorm, good for a family picnic and with a waterfall to jump under.
Nothing is cheaper than grabbing your towel and bikini and heading out to the beach, especially as most beaches in Benidorm are within walking distance! And if you get tired of one beach, there’s always another round the corner to try… but if tanning gets tedious, you can have a relaxed meander round the old town, where there are plenty of quaint photo opportunities.
Feeling more active? You can hire a bike for about €12.00 a day (£11) including delivery and get out into the countryside. Scuba and snorkelling is a popular sport and there’s some beautiful underwater wildlife to be spotted here. There are several dive schools in Benidorm and while it’s not something to do if you’re flat broke, a day of snorkelling costs about €20.00 (£18.25).
These ideas should be enough to get you started, and prove that there’s more to Benidorm than drinking and partying – though there’s plenty of affordable spots to do that, too!
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