Benidorm Days Out
Benidorm’s favourable position on the Costa Blanca makes it possible for visitors to enjoy an excellent variety of days out to many of the surrounding villages, towns, cities and attractions. In fact, the entire length and breadth of the Costa Blanca can be reached within a couple of hours drive from Benidorm, giving holidaymakers with access to a vehicle the chance to experience all the delights this wonderful part of Spain has to offer. Visitors who don’t drive or don’t have access to a vehicle can still enjoy a great selection of days out as Benidorm offers coach tours, boat trips and adventure tours.
The Costa Blanca’s villages are nestled along the coastline, hidden in lush valleys and perched high on mountain tops, and make for enchanting days out where visitors can experience the real Spain, steeped in tradition where time seems to have stood still. One such village sits high above a valley, about 30 minutes drive into the mountains and has proudly earned the accolade of being Spain’s most visited village.
Charming Guadalest was once an inland stronghold, heavily fortified and accessed only by a tunnel carved into the mountainside, making it almost impossible to penetrate. That tunnel is still the only entrance to the village today, and visitors walking through it are treated to a wonderful experience of narrow lanes, tiny museums, arts & craft shops, traditional tapas bars and street side cafes. A walk up to the tower and ramparts offers visitors stunning views down the valley and all the way to the glistening Mediterranean.
It’s nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of Benidorm now and then and great days out can be enjoyed visiting the many towns on the Costa Blanca. With colourful seafront cottages and 3 kilometres of golden sand beaches, Villajoyosa (joyful town) is about 20 minutes drive and is a pleasure to explore with its Roman bridges and walled town centre. Lovers of chocolate can enjoy a free tour and tasting when visiting the famous Valor Chocolate factory.
About an hour’s drive takes you to the town of Santa Pola that offers a picturesque walk along its 7 kilometre beachfront promenade, lovely beaches and superb water sports facilities. It is also the closest point for boat trips to the nearby island of Tabarca. With a 60% foreign population, the town of Calpe is a favourite destination with northern European and British expats and most visitors to the town are there to view and climb the breathtaking Rock of Ifach. It also offers two Blue Flag beaches and fine examples of Gothic architecture.
Aside from Benidorm itself, there are two main cities on the Costa Blanca where fantastic days out can be enjoyed. More well known for its international airport, Alicante City is often overlooked as a place to visit, which is a shame as the city has a lot to offer with Santa Bárbara Castle as its crowning glory and the expanse of L’Ereta Park spread out beneath it. There are 6 kilometres of fine sand beaches, fantastic shopping and nightlife, a luxurious marina and the famous Explanada de Espana with its 6.5 million colourful ceramic tiles forming its length.
One of the most visited cities in Spain is Valencia, and in particular the spectacular City of Arts and Sciences that attracts visitors from around the world. This vast expanse of outstanding architecture houses that many attractions visitors may wish to spend two days out exploring its wonders. The city also hosts one of the most riotous festivals in Spain, La Falles de Valencia (The Festival of Fire) that is a week long celebration not to be missed.
When considering days out, visitors to Benidorm may wish to include the city of Elche as a destination, as it boasts three superb attractions that can all be visited on a day trip. Rio Safari Elche is a firm favourite with the young ones that showcases some of the worlds most loved animals in a pleasant area of forest and parkland. The city is also home to the largest palm groves in Europe and Spain’s most important footwear industry.
Another exciting animal adventure can be experienced at Aitana Safari Park that covers a vast area of wilderness where visitors can tour the park in their own vehicle or one of the park’s off road vehicles, making for an African safari adventure. Not far from Guadalest Village is the refreshing Algar Waterfalls where visitors can explore the surrounding natural park, take a dip in one of the many icy rock pools, wonder around one of the largest cactus gardens in the world or visit the kids favourite, Dino Park.
The spectacular Caves of Canelobre are lovely to visit on a hot summers day and the huge cathedral like shape of the main cave is often the venue for live music performances due to the perfect acoustics it produces. For a truly magical experience, Carmen del Campillo Tea House and its enchanting gardens are reminiscent of a scene from Arabian Nights with secluded courtyards and terraces strewn with Persian carpets and cushions, hidden rooms and alcoves, beautiful architecture, and of course, delightful teas, coffee, cakes and pastries.
Tours & Boat Trips
Tours and boat trips make for superb days out where visitors needn’t worry about driving and can just relax and look forward to the adventure ahead. Benidorm is home to a number of coach companies and adventure tour operators offering a great range of places to visit and exciting adventure excursions. There are coach day and half day tours to most of the Costa Blanca area that take in many of the towns and attractions mentioned above.
Other coach tours take in whole regions such as the valleys and mountains of the Marina Alta and the vineyards and bodegas of the Yecla and Jumilla wine growing regions. By far the most thrilling days out are adventure tours, both on land and at sea. Visitors can choose from excursions such as horse riding treks, jeep safaris, moonlight jeep safaris, quad bike adventures, downhill and river bed bike rides, multi adventure excursions, jet ski tours, kayak tours, snorkelling safaris and sailing or sea fishing trips.
The most popular boat trip with visitors to Benidorm is to the island of Tabarca which is a protected marine conservation area making it a favourite spot to enjoy snorkelling or scuba diving. The island is perfect for a day of swimming and sunbathing, enjoying a picnic in one of its secluded bays or sitting down to a seafood feast in one of its famous seafood restaurants. Other boat trips include Benidorm Island and a trip around Calpe’s Peñon de Ifach.