First, Benidorm is one of the most famous places at the Costa Blanca. It is really the coast tourist capital and destination for many West European holiday seekers.
The city has a typical Mediterranean climate.
In fact, this means warm hot summers. The temperature can be really hot . With maximum from 29 to 33 degrees. The minimum temperature in summer are between 19 and 23 degrees. Even the winters are mild . So even in the winter, you can make a walk in t-shirt on the promenade who is overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Indeed, the temperatures at noon range from 17 to 21 degrees. The best is that the city enjoys of more than 3 000 hours of sun a year. While the average annual temperature is 19 degrees.
Naturally , there is an incredible choice of restaurants and bars. From fine dining to tapas. Indeed, a wide range to please all nationalities who are coming to the most popular city of Benidorm.
How to get there
By air Now, most people are coming from Alicante airport El Altet. This airport is an hour drive.
By car The highway AP 7 Or the old way ; N 332
More over renting a car ? The renting of a car in Spain on our website : car rentals.
By bus Mostly with your travel agency.
What to see in Benidorm
First the historic old quarter is worth a visit. There are still some Moorish influences. It is in the middle of the beautiful promenade along the Mediterranean Sea. In fact, the old quarter is famous for his three plaza. From one of them you have a really astonished view on the two beaches. But also on the skyline of Benidorm.
In the old town there is also a weekly market.
Nightlife in Benidorm
First of all, people come to this city for the nightlife. As there is a hug selection of every sort of bars, disco bars, entertainment, cabaret shows and nightclubs. For example “Benidorm Palace” is very popular for his great shows and dinners.
There are three golf courses in Benidorm. For the lovers: a 18 hole to a 9 hole pitch.
Instead, the whole Costa Blanca is a golf player paradise. There are many 18 golf courses. The best is that there are nearly all around 100 kilometers drive around Benidorm. Some say that they are ranked amongst the top of Europe.
Water and animal parks in Benidorm
The best, there are several w ater parks and theme attraction parks in Benidorm. There are even two who are selected as the best of Europe. Those who like to splash in the water, we recommended sure a visit to Aqua Naturaor Aqualandia. Those who prefer more nature and wildlife and dolphins. Then you can chose between Terra Natura and Mundomar. One of them is Mundomar, famous for the dolphins . See our page on Mundomar. Then, there are is an animal parks who are really worth the visit it is Terra Natura. It one of the new generations zoo’s.
Next for those who like attractions mixed with ancient history of Egypt and Rome the go to Terra Mitica. Read more about this very nice park on our webpage Terra Mitica.
Then when the water of the Mediterranean Sea is not enough there is also a fantastic water park Aqualandia next to Mundo Mar nature park. Are you interested ? Read more about it on our page Aqualandia.
Beaches of Benidorm
The best is that there are two beautiful beaches. The first is the beach of “Poniente” ( where the sun goes under), the other is the beach of ” Levante” ( where the sun goes up ). The Poniente is popular by Spanish tourist. The sandy beach of Levante is most popular by the Belgian and the English tourists. The beaches have a beautiful walking and strolling boulevards. Also a small but nice harbor and Marina.
All of the beaches have a Blue Flag. The Blue Flag means the maximum quality standard for the water and the beaches.
Every Wednesday and Sunday large open air market .
Indeed with everything you want to buy. To sum up : fruit, vegetables, clothes, shoes, toys, souvenirs, jewelry….
Tip for trips
For the shoppers but just out-of-town : a nice shopping center is the “ La Marina Shopping center . In the past, is opened his doors in September 2000. In fact, you find this center between Benidorm and Villajoyosa.
Presently , it has four floors. The underground floor is the free parking. Then two large floors full of shopping possibilities . For example: Jysk, El corte Ingles, Sport Zone, Zara, Massimo Dutti, Mango, Benetton, C&A, H&M…But also the nice shops of “Tous” and “Desigual”. So it is an ideal place , when the sun goes down. Or when the sun is to warm between the hours of the siesta.
Another nice trip is Alicante city . Read more about on our page Alicante.
Or a trip into the mountains , to the lovely town of Guadalest and the beautiful waterfalls of Algar. You can see more on our page Guadalest
In brief the city has something for any one . To sum up : Beaches, shops, promenades, bars, restaurants, a splendid climate. Furthermore : Award winning family attractions Then, the nightlife : you hate it or you love it .
As a result , Benidorm is surely the Costa Blanca most popular place.
First, Benidorm water parks are the city top attractions. The best is: there is not one but several splendid water and theme parks : ” Aqualandia” park “Mundomar”, Terra Natura, Aqua Natura and Terra Mitica.
To start , Benidorm is located in the North of the Costa Blanca.
The whole Costa Blanca is one of the most important tourist areas of Spain. More specifically, the region of Alicante is popular by many tourists.
As a result , that water parks are one of the things who could not stay away from city. As we already mention : there are several water and theme parks in Benidorm To sum up : Mundomar, Aqualandia, Terra Natura and Aqua Natura . Beside this, there is also an Amusement Park called Terra Mitica. Is an ancient time theme park also sure worth the visit .
“Mundomar”: one of Benidorm water parks.
First Mundomar, it is one of the Benidorm water parks in the province Alicante . Besides, Mundomar is also an animal park. Going to Mundomar is a journey in wonderland for children small en great. It is an adventure in a fascinating water world, with plenty of beautiful marine and exotic animals. The birds you can see are for instance : wild swans, all kind of parrots, different species of ducks, pelicans, beautiful pink flamingo’s and many other birds.
The best , in Mundomar are dolphins and sea lions. Of course , they are one of the main attractions.
But there is also a Parrots show. Those crazy birds let every one smile .
Even if there are many visitors, Mundomar is a cozy park not too large with very nice panorama’s. Several times a day there are shows of dolphins , sea lions and parrots shows.
Even when it is hot, it is nice to walk in the hilly park not far from Benidorm. Disabled people can hire mobility scooters.
Sea lions show.
We started with the sea lions show. The story of a captain of a Pirate ship who needs sailors to go with them on an adventure. Naturally, the adventure of a hidden treasure and only found with a map. Of course the pirate captain have no time to lose and the adventure begins. And who are the new crew members ? Indeed the friendly sea lions! It is a great show filled with fun and laughter. And don’t miss the sea lions, there are beautiful animals. Or , perhaps you might be chosen to join the sailors.
There are two shows a day. One at 12.15. One at 18. 30. Check the hours in the brochure. They can change seasonally.
The Dolphin show.
The dolphins show made the day unique. Shore we like dolphins. The dolphin show is a 45 minute water play with a team of well-trained dolphins and their coaches. We saw it in the public : everyone was enjoying every moment and move from the elegant creatures.
The dolphins are learned to swim synchronous with their trainers. It was complex and simple in the same time. When you are enjoying the show, you will be amazed by this lovely creatures. You will love it, to be so close to them. The dolphins are so beautiful and charming.
If you look at them, it is like they always smile.
And in every show, two children are selected to go in a little boat that the dolphin pulls, an unbelievable experience.
The trainers have respect for the dolphins which reflects in the performance.
It’s a great show, where the dolphins dance with the swimmers of the Spanish Swimming team .
After the show, we were able to have a picture with a dolphin.This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Swimming with dolphins or Sea lions in Benidorm water parks.
One of my dreams was swimming with dolphins, even this is possible at Mundomar . The staff is responsible to make this dream reality. It is a superb experience which lasts about one hour and I will never forget it. If you can afford it or you save on other things ( 110 €), the swim is a really worth the money. And it’s a once in a lifetime experience.
Enjoy the encounter with the dolphins, be a trainer for a day or swim with sea lions.
Children can also swim with sea lions for approx. 40 minutes for 45 €.
When you like animals , Mundomar is the place to be, there are many animals like lemurs , bats, otters, penguins, parrots, pelicans, flamingos , other exotic birds, and many more lands and marine animals ….
It is really fun to go with children. Indeed,good value for money.
There are two shows a day 13.30 17.30 Check the hours when you are entering the park.
See the parrots close in a free flight show full of obstacles and tests. It is fun to see the colorful birds doing their tricks. There are three performances a day 11.15 14.30 16.15 Check the hours in advance.
Mundomar Opening hours.
Daily open from 10.00 to 19.00
Calle Sierra Helada. 03503 Benidorm. Alicante.
How to get there ?
By car: If you are coming from Valencia or Alicante by the AP7 take the direction Benidorm Levante. After the toll, pass the first roundabout. Then turn left at the second round about. Go straight along the National Highway until the first traffic lights. Than turn rights. You have passed the Benidorm Palace on your rights. Then go ahead until you reach Mundomar.
Mundomar is situated behind the norther end of Playa Levante, in the Rincon de Loix.
By taxi : It is very easy to go their by taxi. Buses are trying to sell you also the tickets to the nearby Aqualandia.
If you don’t want to spend a whole day in Mundomar , you can easily combine the family trip with “Aqualandia”. Side by side , “Aqualandia” and Mundomar are located on the same road. So if you like to visit both. It is a money saver to buy a combination ticket allowing you to go to both theme parks.
The park shares and free 50,000 square meters parking with Aqualandia
Tip Try to have a reduction card , or try to buy your tickets online
Aqualandia : one of the splashy top attractions
Is the biggest and oldest Benidorm water parks located in the Costa Blanca. In the past, it was the first water park being built-in Spain ( 1985).
Now, is a splashy entertainment for summer fun. The park covers an area over 150 000 square meters. And tries to be as environmentally friendly as possible. For instance , by using recycling the water in the park which has it origin from the sea which has been cleaned and purified.
Furthermore , Aqualandia claims to be the largest waterpark in Europe. So, if you are a water fan enjoy Aqualandia. You get wet, it is wild and it is fun for the all family.
You can spend easy all day . But it is also great for a family trip.
There’s a great choice of attraction in the water park. In fact , over 20 rides and areas.
For example an enormous Atlantic wave pool, beaches, caves of Niagara, springboards and Laguna’s. The youngest can enjoy them self in Adventureland. The older children chose attractions as the Kamikaze and the Black Hole. With such names there are high adrenaline attractions. The Big Bang, is one of Europa’s highest chute ride.
Aqualandia has something for every one. As we said before the water in Aqualandia is salty water also in the slides. This should be no problem , but it may be not so comfortable for some people with sensitive eyes. If you go with the family, there are lots of sunbeds to use when you want a break and just relax and enjoy the surrounded landscape.
The price food in the park is comparably with the prices with other parks. So it is quite expensive. But that should not be a problem because “Aqualandia” got plenty of good picnic areas. So, if you want you can take your food and drinks with you.
When you’re in the water it is better to rent a locker. So you can keep your valuable things safe. If you want a ring for the slides or the pool, you can also rent or buy one in “Aqualandia”. But we think that there are better and cheaper rings in the many shops in Benidorm.
If you don’t want to spend a whole day in “Aqualandia” , you can easily combine the family trip with “Mundomar”. So you get the most of the Benidorm water parks! Again, Aqualandia and Mundomar are next door to each other. So if you like both it is a money saver ,to buy a combination ticket allowing you to go to both theme parks.
To sum up , picnic areas, souvenir shop, photography, cash dispensers, locker hire, safe deposit boxes, hire of sunbeds and swimming floats.
Tip. If you go to Mundomar then you will get a discount on your ticket for Aqualandia Check also at your hotel of on the beach promenade where there are often discount vouchers.
There are several self-service restaurants including a snack bar, barbecue, pizzeria, burger restaurant, various kiosks, ice-cream, coffee shops, pancakes and kebab stalls.
Aqualandia Opening hours.
The water park is open from mid May to September. Instead , Aqualandia is closed in the winter.
Aqualandia address .
Sierra Helada s/n Benidorm
How to get there ?
By car If you are coming from Valencia or Alicante by the AP7 take the direction Benidorm Levante. After the toll, pass the first roundabout.Then turn left at the second round about. Go straight along the National Highway until the first traffic lights Then turn right. You have passed the Benidorm Palace on your rights. Then go ahead until you reach Aqualandia. The water park shares and free 50,000 square meters parking with Mundomar.
By bus From the center of city there are buses to the two Benidorm water parks . Buses are nearly full during the summer, so you have to wait till the next bus arrive. By taxi Which with a family don’t cost much more than the bus.
Adults = 30 €. Children = 20 €.
As you can see, Aqualandia is very cool for water lovers but in the summer there are very long queues for the slides. It is splashy fun for every one. Besides, its has received a winning award for its thrill filled excitement and splashy entertainment from a well known traveler site.
Tips for other parks ?
First : Terra Natura is more a new generation zoo in Benidorm.
Then Aqua Natura is a splashy water park for young and older.
Next is Terra Mitica. A theme attraction park who takes you back to the ancient Rome and Egypt.