Known mainly for its tall buildings and buzzing nightlife, Benidorm emerged as a holiday destination in the 1960s. Over the ensuing decades, the hotels and resorts rose along the beachfront and painted the city’s skyline against the surrounding mountains and the glistening sea. Even if you’re just here for the sun, you’ll find much more to the city than you might have thought.
Located right in the middle of the Costa Blanca, Benidorm is divided by the two beaches Poniente and Levante (referring to the Spanish words for sunrise and sunset). Inarguably the heart of the city, these two sandy beaches attract both holidaymakers and locals alike all year long and a dip in the clear blue Mediterranean Sea should definitely be a daily ritual while staying here. Here you will also find plenty of options for water sports as well as tour boats along the coast and to the nearby Benidorm Island, which serves as a wildlife sanctuary. For an alternative view of the city, head to the chequered Santa Ana Square which separates the two beaches. Here you can either view the sea and the cityscape from the Mirador viewing platform or walk down the steps to the Mediterranean Balcony, where you’ll be almost entirely surrounded by the sea and the waves crashing gently against the rocks below. After spending time along the coast, you can either stroll through the centre of the city and look at the tall buildings as well as the local bull-fighting arena, or head out of town for some of the experiences and sights that hide in the area around Benidorm. Visit the beautiful Algar Falls just north of the city, walk along the water or jump straight in for a refreshing dip. You can also experience the colourful caves of Canelobre that penetrate the hillsides west of Benidorm. If what you’re looking for is more along the lines of fun and relaxation, then you can also spend a day or two in the Aqualandia water park or the Terra Mitica theme park, where myths and legends from around the Mediterranean appear in various entertaining ways. Benidorm is a place where sun, sand and luscious water come first, but you’ll easily be able to find plenty of adventures around every corner to add extra flavour to your holiday.
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