If you can´t find something you like in Benidorm then you won´t find it anywhere!
During the day you are spoilt for choice – go to one of the 5 theme parks on offer or simply relax on one of the beautiful sandy beaches... you can be as active or as lazy as you want! But come sunset, you will really see the resort come to life.
Aqualandia is the largest waterpark in Europe and one of Benidorm´s favourite attractions. The coloured waterslides of "Big Bang" are an iconic sight on the Benidorm skyline and for the real adrenalin junkies, "Vertigo" is the highest capsule slide in the world. There is a special segregated area for younger visitors, with plenty of age appropriate slides and shoots. You can take your own picnic into the park, however there are also facilities within the park.
Right next door to Aqualandia you will find Mundomar – a marine animal park, which also has exotic animals. There are plenty of shows on throughout the day and you can experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with the dolphins – but this needs to be pre-booked a minimum of 2 days beforehand.
Terra Mitica is a theme park with plenty of rides and shows to keeps all ages amused – including some great water rides to cool you down. They have also opened a swimming/Jacuzzi area, so remember to bring your swimwear if you want a dip. There is lots of walking so be prepared and wear sensible shoes – scooters are available at the reception for rental.
Terra Natura – not so much a zoo but more of a wildlife park. It is divided up into 3 zones – America, Asia and Europe housing animals native to those continents living in their natural environment, with shrubs and plants from these regions. They are not locked up in tiny cages but roam around and you can watch them being fed by an army of staff. The park runs a successful breeding program for endangered species – they have over 1500 animals with 200 different species, of which 50 are classified as endangered.
Aqua Natura is located next door to Terra Natura – the second water park in Benidorm. Although a lot smaller than Aqualandia, there is no shortage of slides, plumes and activities to keep you amused – this one is far better suited if you have younger children. An added bonus is that twice daily they have a free sea lion show and you can also pre-book to swim with them afterwards.
If you fancy a bit of a thrill, try Go-Karting. Choose either Karting Finestrat – just behind Carrefour hypermarket and the La Marina shopping centre or Karting Benidorm - a 10 minute walk from Levante beach.
For water babes there are plenty of activities. Try the Cable Ski at the end of the Levante beach in the Rincon de Loix. Instead of a boat you are pulled along by an overhead cable system or alternatively, have a go on the banana boat, pedalo for the energetic or jetski.
For an alternative way to see the resort take a Segway Tour - a fun and eco way to get around. The Segway originated in America but is now popular worldwide - and Benidorm is no exception. There is no brake or accelerator and the vehicle works on body balance, allowing you to literally float around the city! There is only one company which is authorised to give guided tours here and there are two routes available: City tour which covers the Old Town and the Rincon areas or the scenic Sierra Helada, where you see the Roman mines, watch tower and isolated coves.
Golfing - Benidorm is generally renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches, but tucked away among the high-rise skyscrapers of Benidorm is an oasis of green and a golfers paradise. There are a selection of golf courses in the resort – but one of the most spectacular has to be the Villaitana Golf course, which has 2 amazing greens to choose from. The "Poniente" Executive PAR 62 or the "Levante" Championship PAR 72 – both overlooking the amazing Benidorm skyline. It is easily accessible from the centre of Benidorm - located almost opposite the Terra Mitica theme park. If you are on holiday or on a short break and fancy a game you can even hire a set of clubs here - so don´t worry about excess luggage charges and bringing your own.
The nightlife is what most come to Benidorm for and why it is famed for being the party capital of Europe. The variety of entertainment on offer is incredible and the Rincon is where you will find all the cabaret bars and nightclubs – which stay open well into the early hours. Head to the Calle Gerona and the immediate streets of it - this is where you will also find "The Square", although it is actually a street. You can come on a week's holiday and still not even see half of the acts on offer – you will be spoilt for choice. All the bars have boards outside telling you who is on and at what time – you can hear and watch singers, tribute groups and comedians to suit all tastes, from family friendly to adult only, such as the legendary Sticky Vicky! Drink is far cheaper here - 1 euro pints particularly during the day are commonplace and what attracts the younger ones here, especially the stag & hen groups.
However, its not all loud and brash – if you want something a little more subdued and cultured then head over to the Old Town. Here you will find narrow cobbled streets with small bars and restaurants on every corner and a completely different atmosphere. The Old Town is also where you will find the Gay Village – hugely popular with all. The Rich Bitch Show Bar and Kaffe Klee are two places to visit if you appreciate drag humour and the many gay bars make everyone feel very welcome and comfortable.