For many people, you’d be lying if you said you didn’t love going on holiday or at least, having a break from working life. As a belated birthday treat, I’m jetting off to sunny Spain for a holiday in Benidorm with my boyfriend, Tyler. I cannot wait to sunbathe on the beach, drink mocktails in a beach bar and eat a shit tonne of tapas! Though people have a certain perception of Benidorm, that being, it’s a warm and slightly trashy version of England, there are some beautiful places to visit around the Costa Blanca. Here are just 6 amazing things to do in Benidorm, you might not have known.
#1 Visit The Fonts D’Algar
With my boyfriend’s family living in Benidorm for a while, they know a lot of great places to visit. One of them being the Fonts D’Algar which is a series of stunning waterfalls set in the Spanish mountains and surrounded by quaint, fruit-growing towns. You get to see some amazing views whilst paddling in the waterfalls where Herbal Essence shot one of their adverts! There is also a section on the waterfall where people can jump into the cold waters and even in a boiling August, the waters are practically freezing yet worth bearing.
Having spent some time swimming and exploring, there is a small cafe where I had one of the nicest waffles ever. They do a whole range of food and drinks including hot lunches, sandwiches and ice-creams. There is also a fresh fruit stall just outside the entrance to the waterfalls for those looking to be healthy. For more information about the Fonts D’Algar, see here.
#2 Tapas In The Old Town
Most people who go to Benidorm, or Spain in general, will have tried tapas. Though, different to other places in Benidorm, tapas in the Old Town makes you feel instantly Spanish with the crowded streets of tanned locals, the smell of seafood and the clinking of glasses filled with sangria. It’s brilliant. Not only that but by visiting the hidden little restaurants down the side streets, you can get some amazing food at extremely affordable prices. Benidorm is known for being cheap anyway, though if you do your digging you’ll find places in Benidorm that even though yes, they are cheap, do not look, taste or feel like it.
My dreams are made of sandy beaches and sunny skies. Life’s a beach.
#3 Picnic on Levante Beach
Ditch the long stretch of sea in front of the “new town” and give Levante Beach a try. It’s a small arc of golden sand sitting before a much quieter, blue sea. Although it can get quite busy during the “holiday season”, there’s still plenty of room to grab a quiet spot to relax and soak up the sunshine.
Tyler and I will be spending our holiday having picnics on this beach and lounging around on deck chairs. Pure bliss. There’s a cheap supermarket (though a cheap supermarket in Benidorm is pretty much all of them), nearby the apartment which we’ll visit beforehand to get fresh baguettes and fresh fruit. Although, one thing I have learnt is that the brown bread can be rather expensive in comparison to English prices. Though it may sound really cheap of me, (not that I care) if you have room in your suitcase bring a loaf from home. You’ll save yourself around €4 each time which I know isn’t a lot, but could be spent on souvenirs or more mocktails.
#4 Balcón del Mediterráneo
Balcón del Mediterráneo, according to Wikipedia, is a “panoramic overlook between the 2 main sandy beaches, atop a rocky divider where a castle once stood.”
The chessboard tiles make up the “stone garden” which is sealed with white balustrades. On the righthand side of the viewpoint you can Poniente and on the left, Levante. The views are sublime so if you’re like me and want to get some nice holiday pictures, it’s worth venturing down there.
#5 Visit Altea
The next resort along the coast is Altea. It’s a typical Mediterranean old-town sitting on a hillside. I’ve not actually been before but Tyler has and he says it’s amazing. It’s a lot quieter than the atmosphere in Benidorm and is full of quirky things to see so you can spend all day exploring – and we plan on!
We’re mainly going to visit the “unmissable” monument that is Altea’s parish church and the port as Tyler loves seeing the expensive boats. After doing a little digging for other things to do, I found one of the main differences in Altea and Benidorm is that the beach is of stones rather than sand. I much prefer having sand between my toes but because Tyler hates it, we’ll give this beach a try too. Lots of online travel sites recommend going snorkelling here due to the quieter seas attracting more fish. We’re going to take the GoPro so hopefully, if the weather isn’t too cold we’ll be exploring the waters ourselves.
#6 Boat Trip to Calp
Last year in October (2017), I went to Benidorm with my “second family” and a big group of friends. There was about 18 of us in total. We’d only booked to stay Thursday-Sunday and with many of them not visiting Benidorm before, we wanted to fit as many things in as possible. Credit to my boyfriend’s mum and dad for arranging some of the loveliest day trips ever, including a boat trip to Calp.
Although I’ve been to Benidorm quite a few times now, I’ve never been to Calp. It’s a quaint fishing village where we spent the day touring this little coastal town and eating calamari near the seafront. I’m not a big fan of eating fish but there’s something about calamari that’s delicious – most probably the fact it’s fried and has a crispy external coating.
The boat trip itself was nice. I got to sunbathe on the front of the boat whilst taking in the stunning coastal scenery. It took a little longer than I’d of liked and considering all of my friends were hungover, for them it wasn’t that great. Whether you’ll enjoy it or not depends if you like that kind of thing. For more things to do in Calp, check out this TripAdvisor link.
Not everything I suggested will be everyone’s cup of tea but hopefully, it’ll give people an idea of things to do in Benidorm that don’t conform to the usual stereotypes. Let me know if you’ve done any of the above or if you have ideas of different things to do. ✌🏼