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Exploring Benidorm and the Marina Baixa - Main Attractions and Day Trips

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Although vacationers are drawn mainly to Benidorm's sunny weather and vast urban beaches, the city will soon reveal opportunities for all kinds of travellers. From hiking routes in natural parks overlooking the Mediterranean to underwater sea scooter expeditions, the local options are endless. And if you're looking for a taste of the region's culture and history, small coastal towns with whitewashed buildings and blue-tiled domes await.

Benidorm's sea and sand

 

There's no doubt that Benidorm's main attractions are its blue flag beaches; long stretches of fine sand with the commodities of an urban setting. You’ll find beachfront restaurants, lifeguards, first aid posts, footpaths, toilets, and showers, as well as children's play areas and rental sunbeds. Despite the size of both Playa de Levante and Playa de Poniente, things can get crowded during high season. Swimmers looking for calmer waters should head towards the smaller coves on the coast of the Serra Gelada Natural Park, north of the city.

Buildings past and present

 

Plaça de Castellar square offers visitors a glimpse into the city's past, including the Iglesia de San Jaime, an 18th-century, blue-domed church. The nearby Mirador del Castell, built on a rock formation that once held a fortified lookout protecting the city from pirates, offers panoramic views of the coast. Return to modern days by visiting some of Benidorm's renowned skyscrapers, such as the Gran Hotel Bali, which claims to be Europe's tallest hotel, or the white and turquoise Torre Lúgano, an imposing residential building standing nearly 160 meters tall.

 

  • Gran Hotel Bali, Calle Luis Prendes 4, 03502 Benidorm; Tel: +34 966 815 200; Website: Gran Hotel Bali
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  • Torre Lúgano, Rincón de Loix s/n, 03503 Benidorm; Website: Torre Lúgano

 

Water sports and water parks

 

Benidorm's ever-present sun is reason enough to look for refreshing activities, and the city offers plenty of them. Scuba dive in the clear waters surrounding Benidorm Island, take a cruise along the bay on a glass-bottom boat, or embark on a sea scooter snorkeling expedition around the coves. Sailors looking to explore the Costa Blanca can dock in the city’s small marina. For families in search of giant pools and water slides, there are countless options, such as Aqualandia Benidorm, a massive water park located between the urban landscape and the Serra Gelada Natural Park.

 

  • Aqualandia Benidorm, Sierra Helada s/n, 03503 Benidorm; Tel: +34 965 860 100; Website: Aqualandia Benidorm
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  • Club Náutico, Paseo de Colón 2, 03501 Benidorm; Tel: +34 965 853 067; Website: Club Náutico

 

Serra Gelada Natural Park

 

Take a break from the busy beaches and bustling streets of the city and explore the seaside cliffs of the Serra Gelada Natural Park, a sea and mountain reserve spreading along the coast just north of Benidorm. With hiking and cycling routes for both families and athletes alike, this natural oasis offers abundant Mediterranean vegetation, ancient Phoenician-era ocher mines, vantage points with scenic views, and cool secluded coves protected by the mountains' microclimate.

 

 

Altea and Vila Joiosa

 

Nothing paints a picture of this coastal region's heritage like the narrow streets of Altea's Old Town, located 10 km north of Benidorm. Bask in the essence of Mediterranean architecture as you walk down the cobblestone streets lined with whitewashed walls, wrought iron lanterns, and bright bougainvilleas. For feasting on local artisan chocolate and contemplating colourful beachfront low-rises, head to the joyous town of Vila Joiosa, historical capital of the Marina Baixa region.