City Walking Tours
When on holiday there are a number of ways to get around Benidorm and explore all the city has to offer including city walking tours. Many of Benidorm’s visitors regularly spend holidays here and have come to know the city and its streets well, but for first time visitors it is nice to be able to familiarise yourself when you first arrive without the worry of getting lost, and having the company of an experienced guide to point out the highlights and attractions will give you a good idea of things to do and places to visit during your stay.
With over 4 million visitors per year, Benidorm is fully geared up for the holiday trade and there are an excellent choice of tour options available. There are two double decker city sightseeing buses and a further two that take you to the beautiful Guadalest Valley or the picturesque Algar Waterfalls, all with audio guides in a variety of languages. ECO self drive buggies are another great way to explore and these cute 2 seater electric buggies are fitted with the latest GPS systems as well as a selection of audio guides that cover various city routes.
Benidorm has an abundance of car, scooter and bicycle hire companies, many of which offer guided tours on a variety of transport options including some novel ones such as Segways and electric powerboards, but as with most novelty ideas, you are going to pay for the privilege. If you just want to have fun exploring the beachfront promenades, it doesn’t get more novel than the crazy Benidorm Beer Bikes. These are very reasonably priced and are basically a 16 seater bar on wheels, where each passenger has a set of pedals under their bar stool so they can all help to power the bike while enjoying a few beers that are included in the price.
City Walking Tours
Walking around Benidorm is relatively straightforward and personally, as a single traveller I find getting lost part of the adventure, but for large groups, the elderly or families with young children city walking tours are an ideal way to get a feel for the area. Unfortunately, I have yet to find a walking tour that is not based on a per group price and unless you are relatively well off these are just not feasible for 2 or 3 people. Besides Benidorm’s city walking tours I have come across walking tours of the surrounding areas and attractions that charge close to 400€ for a 4 hour tour and in excess of 600€ for an 8 hour tour!
City walking tours around Benidorm’s Old Town are usually about 2 hours in duration and for groups of up to 30-40 persons, so the more the merrier is the motto when it comes to price. Guides are extremely knowledgeable about the area and its history and during the tour will point out some of the Old Town’s best tapas bars, restaurants and more raucous venues such as show bars and drag acts.
There are attractions such as the pretty Church of San Jaime y Santa Ana with its blue domed roof and Balcón del Mediterráneo that sits atop the Cerro Canfali Rock and offers stunning views of the surrounding cliffs and coastline. Don’t despair if you are not part of a large group as most tour operators will take your details and add you to a tour group that has available places.