To continue with budget travel summer holiday ideas, how about Caribbean without the long-haul flight? This summer, you might wish to visit Benidorm, one of Spain’s most important holiday resorts. It is a picturesque coastal town and municipality in Costa Blanca boasting stunning kilometres of golden sand and azure waters. Flying here from most UK airport is only about two hours flight.
Ever year, some 4 million visitors choose opt for Benidorm holidays. Other than seeing Puig Campana, one of the most impressive mountains of the Costa Blanca, here are their top 7 reasons:
1. You are spoilt with beaches: choose from Levante and Poniente. They are both stunning great arcs of the finest sand that together stretch for more than three miles. The easterly Playa de Levante (Sunrise Beach) which can get very crowded in high season and is backed by a broad promenade, bars, cafes and other eateries, and the longer Playa de Poniente (Sunset Beach). The latter is a touch quieter, has no rocks and has the added bonus of great sunsets. Mal Pas is a smaller beach beneath the port and the castle cliffs. Other quiet sandy beaches include La Cala and some surroundings.
2. Visit that mysterious rock looming offshore, popularly known as Peacock Island because of the birds there. The 10-minute boat ride from the port gives you splendid views of Benidorm’s skyline. The waters around the island are a marine reserve, and you can journey beneath the waves in the Aquascope for a mesmerizing look at the schools of fish and colourful underwater life. Afterwards, visit the bar or the peacock aviary or hike the island trails.
Spend a day at the magnificent Terra Mitica. With impressive reproductions of Greek and Roman temples, the Colosseum and an Egyptian pyramid.
3. Swap the beach one day for Aqualandia Waterpark. High above the resort on beautifully landscaped, pine-covered slopes, it has terrifying vertical plunges, gentle slides for younger children and a great adventure pool with elephants firing jets of water from their trunks.
4. If you enjoy water sports, Benidorm is the place for you. During high season the Cable Ski operates at the Rincón de Loix. And there are many opportunities to hire boats, jet-ski’s, or have a diving course. Benidorm offers plenty of choice for mini golf fans as well. The Old Lead Soldiers Museum, complete with 2,000 figures – is also worth a look.
5. Splash out on a night at the Benidorm Palace. Here you can see a breed of big-scale, traditional cabaret shows that are still running in Spain.The dancing – everything from flamenco to Riverdance – is slick and the costumes are impressive.
6. The Costa Blanca Casino is one of the largest casinos in Spain, and you’ll find it on the road between Benidorm and Villajoyosa. There’s also a restaurant and bar. Dress is smart casual. There’s an admission charge, and you’ll need your passport.
7. Enjoy tapas in the old town and a full Spanish meal. Dining in Benidorm is an indulgence with offerings of canapes and superb Spanish dishes such as arooz a banda.