Top 10 things to do in Benidorm
Visit Tiki Beach – This popular bar has now had over 25000 check ins on facebook and has only
- Visit Tiki Beach – This popular bar has now had over 25000 check ins on facebook and has only been open 3 years. No-one quite knows what the attraction is but it is by far the busiest bar for daytime drinking. I guess due to the fact it is situated on the frontline of the golden levanter beach helps. From the time it opens until the sun goes down it is proper busy. It isn’t the largest of bars but it would expect to get about 3-400 people on an average daytime. The drinks prices are really cheap at just 2 euros a pint. Do expect to see loads of beer swilling stag parties with their shirts off. It really adds to the charm. Great place for a stag weekend in Benidorm.
- Karting Finestrat – The best karting in the region by far. For starters they send a full stretch limo to pick you up for the 15 minute journey to the track nestled in the hills of finestrat. Once there you have a 1000 metre track to contend with. A choice of 3 cars. However the pro karts are only for the experienced go karters. There is a bar and restaraunt on site and the owner cooks a mean bbq. The track has some great places to gather speed and overtake other racers. There is also a massive digital scoreboard that records your fastest lap. The record is currently held by Brian Mountney at 54.82 seconds. So that is the time to beat. With karting starting from 20 euros for 10 minutes, it isn’t the cheapest activity in the world but it is one of the best.
- Aqualandia – This massive waterpark is tucked into the hills on the Rincon de loix. It has been there for over 30 years and is constantly adding new attractions to improve the park. The newest slide is called VERTIGO and is 33 metres high and you get dropped out of a rocket capsule. They are 4 other equally scary slides including the big bang.The black hole is also a great one as you plummet down the slide in total darkness. At the top of the park is a fun area with zip wires and diving platforms for the more adventurous. Priced at about 29 euros it is a great day out for all. Opens from Mid May until Mid September.
- Terra Mitica – Benidorms biggest proper theme park is now owned by the same people that own Aqualandia and Mundomar. Situated at the back of Benidorm near to finestrat. The park is a full day out including over 50 attractions. There are 3 roller coasters, a log flume that even goes backwards, a splash ride and canyon rapids. There is also a large childrens section with plenty to do for the younger kids. It is approx 30 euros to get in and opens from 10am – 8pm.
- Mundomar – Benidorms answer to sea world. This huge tropical park is directly next to Aqualandia waterpark. The park is a mini version of sea world and is what mundomar actually translates to in English. The three main shows that are on twice a day are the parrot show, the dolphin show and the sea lion show. As well as the big shows you can also see things like lemurs, penguins, monkeys, flamingos, bats, and meerkats. It is a cracking day out and reasonably priced.
- The old town – A lot of tourists don’t really venture out of the new part of Benidorm and are missing out on a gem of a town. The old town is full of little cobbled streets and character. It is also the place to head for the best tapas bars in town. The most famous one is called La Cava Aragonesa that has over 100 different dishes to choose from. A must see if the famous lookout point up near the old church of Benidorm. Here you get incredible views of both of Benidorms golden beaches. At night the old town is full of lots of incredible bistros and also has quite a lively gay scene.
- Benidorm Palace – This vegas style venue has been a landmark of Benidorm for over 30 years and puts an incredible variety show on 4 times a week. Split into two parts this large venue holds around 1500 people and starts with some typical flamenco dancers. The lighting and dance troupe are breathtaking to watch. The second part is a international show with dancers, acrobats, jugglers, magicians, and much more. The whole show lasts about 4 hours and you can even pay a bit more and have a full dinner there as well.
- La Marina shopping centre – Many people don’t know that a 10 minute bus journey away from Benidorm is a huge shopping centre with over 50 top stores. With huge names such as zara, mango, springfield, pull and bear, cortifiel, c and a, h&m and loads more. You will find everything you need under one roof. Great if you are stuck on a rainy day.
- The Square – This lively street is the main street for the best nightlife. The actual name is calle mallorca. From Sinatras at the top down to chaplins at the bottom is a lively area from around 9pm until 8am. Yes , you read it right. 8am is when hippodrome closes. The main bars are sinatras, champions, beachcombers, cafe Benidorm, Bahamas, and chaplins. One of the busiest places would be champions with its huge terrace. It is also famous for the bucking bronco bull outside the front.
- Benidorm market – Wednesdays and Sundays are the days when the main Benidorm market takes place. To find it just follows the crowds in the morning. Situated just outside the pueblo hotel this large market is a hive for hustle and bustle of cheap goods. Selling all items from shoes to suitcases, music to carpets. It has the lot. It finishes at 2pm so don’t head there too late.