An integral part of any Spanish holiday, especially during the summer months, is swimming. Whether you are a few weeks old, or in your twilight years, swimming brings peace of mind and gentle exercise without putting strain on any one part of the body. We feel relaxed after a swim and indeed, many people like to have a swim before bed as it helps them sleep. Holidaymakers to Benidorm are spoilt for choice when it comes to swimming options, with the beautiful Mediterranean Sea lapping the city's shores, lakes and reservoirs, a variety of aqua parks, Olympic size swimming pools, and hotels and apartment complexes offering cold and heated pools.

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Swimming In Benidorm

Benidorm's two main beaches are where most of the water action takes place, and they are handily divided by the marina area that offers a great choice of water sports. The beaches are similar in size, although Levante Beach is the more popular one due to its central location. Both have excellent facilities and golden sand that shelves gently, making them ideal for the little ones to swim. Outside the city centre there are a couple of smaller beaches and rocky coves, excellent for snorkelling. Thrilling water slides and rides can be enjoyed at all of Benidorm's theme and aqua parks, and for a truly memorable holiday, swimming with dolphins and seals is not to be missed.

Many of the city's hotels have pools, some heated during the winter months. For visitors staying in accommodation that doesn't have a pool, some of the hotels pool areas are open to the public for a nominal fee. Hotel Helios on Av. de Filipinas, which is not far from the city's bus terminus welcome non residents to their indoor pool for a very reasonable 2.50€ per day. The pool is heated during the winter, and non residents can use the seating areas and enjoy a drink or two at the bar.

Benidorm has two main sports complexes, both with Olympic size pools and smaller recreational pools. They also offer many other sporting facilities, both for leisure, and competition sports. A short drive into the mountains you can enjoy swimming with views, either in the impressive Guadalest Lake or at the stunning Algar Waterfalls.


The seaside city of Benidorm offers all sorts of sporting facilities available to both residents and holidaymakers, and one sport that is growing in popularity with the city's expat residents is Padel.