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Benidorm is renowned worldwide as being the typical tacky holiday destination, filled with young people on 18-30 holidays, men on stag nights and families with screaming children. Despite its reputation as being like this, it is still frequented by thousands of holidaymakers a year, who discover that Benidorm is much more than people think it is. Here is a guide to just a few of the things you can do while in Benidorm.
Spend a day at the beach
Benidorm’s beaches are some of the most beautiful and clean in Spain. You have a choice of three that are within walking distance of nearly all of the Benidorm hotels: Levante, Poniente and La Cala. All the beaches are blue flag, meaning that they have safe, clean waters and sand. Levante is usually the busiest, with plenty of activities to keep everyone occupied from water slides to jet skiing. La Cala, behind the headland, is a little quieter and more sheltered, perfect for sunseekers.
Wander the old town
Benidorm has an amazing old town, left over from the time before Benidorm was one of the greatest tourist resorts of Europe. It is a maze of tiny cobbled streets between white washed houses, still retaining a little of the old Spanish culture. This is the best place to find some authentic Spanish food such as tapas.
Visit one of the parks
Benidorm is also well known for the amount of attractions to keep the kids busy. There are a number of theme parks, ranging from water parks to nature parks and parks filled with rides, as well as combinations of all of them. Terra Mitica is perfect for the older kids, with Mediterranean themed adrenaline rides and shows with Egyptian dancers and Roman circus acts. Aqualandia is filled to the brim with exciting water slides, from big ones like the Kamikaze to the more gentle Lagoon; there’s something for everyone. At Terra Natura, you can meet animals up close in their natural environments, with hundreds of different types of birds and animals.
Take a boat trip
A variety of different boats depart daily from Benidorm’s harbour. One of the more popular is the party boat in the evening. But if loud music on the sea isn’t your thing, you could take a relaxing day out on a catamaran down the coast line of Altea and Alicante. There are also trips to Benidorm Island, also known as Peacock Island, which is a nature reserve. You can spend the day wandering the island’s footpaths looking at the natural population of peacocks and viewing the amazing Benidorm skyline.
Take a trip into the mountains
If the crowds of Benidorm have started to overwhelm you, take a day trip out of Benidorm into the surrounding countryside. The mountains overlooking the town are filled with typically Spanish villages such as Guadalest. Perched on the rocks that the ancient town is built upon is a picture perfect bell tower. There are also museums to wander and a tunnel carved into the rock face to explore.
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