For the ultimate day out from Alicante, a trip to the famous party city of Benidorm is a must and offers a mind boggling choice of activities, attractions and entertainment venues. Although the holiday choice for millions of visitors each year, the majority coming from Britain, Benidorm for some can be a bit overwhelming, especially in the peak summer months when its streets and beaches are teaming with holidaymakers enjoying the excitement and great value accommodation and entertainment this vibrant city has to offer. That being said, visiting Benidorm for the day can be a thoroughly enjoyable experience for all ages.
Theme Parks – One of the biggest lures to the city is the fantastic choice of theme and water parks, much loved by the young ones. These are huge affairs and offer some of the most thrilling rides in Europe, along with spectacular shows, street performances, various family zones, artificial beaches complete with waves, and a great choice of shops, bars and eateries. There are also a choice of animal theme parks with different zones housing animals from all the world's continents, where visitors can also choose from a variety of animal experiences.
Old Town – Conveniently located between the city's two main beaches, the delightful Old Town offers fun attractions for all ages, from quaint little museums to bawdy drag queen acts. Its main road, Walking Street runs through the centre and is packed with shops, boutiques, cafes, bars and restaurants, with a further choice of entertainment venues lined along all the little lanes and alleys branching off it, including the famous Tapas Alley that is a must visit.
Av. del Mediterráneo – Located a block behind Levante Beach Promenade, this is Benidorm's main avenue for entertainment venues where, during peak season it can resemble a carnival with thousands of people, street performers, crazily dressed stag & hen parties and laughter and music coming from the hundreds of bars lining the pavements. There are restaurants and takeaways to suit all tastes and further bars and clubs in nearby English Square.
Beaches – For many visitors to Benidorm, it's all about the fantastic beaches that stretch for miles and are backed by lively promenades where it's still possible to find a pint of beer for the princely sum of 1.00€. Beach facilities are excellent with ample wheelchair access, lifeguards, beach volleyball, floating adventure playgrounds, water sports and, during peak season, no less than 5,000 sun loungers on Levante Beach alone!
Nightlife – Often referred to as the party capital of Costa Blanca or the city that never sleeps, Benidorm's nightlife is legendary and some of its ‘Super Clubs' boast guest DJ's such as the much loved Judge Jules and Carl Cox. Many nighttime revellers start their evening in the popular English Square or the bars along Av del Mediterráneo before heading to one of the famous clubs such as Penelope's or KM Discoteca that feature, not just multiple dance rooms and bars, but shops, restaurants, chill out terraces and even swimming pools.
Benidorm Palace – No article on Benidorm would be complete without mentioning it's famous Palace. An iconic landmark in the city, legend has it that since the floodlights hit the stage on its much anticipated opening night of July 12th 1977, the lights have never been switched off since. The venue is a delight and throughout the year welcomes local and world renowned live bands, solo artists, cabaret acts, theme nights, banquets, theatre and opera performances.