Benidorm completely took us by surprise with everything that it has to offer. Here we’ve recorded our top 13 most adventurous things to do in Benidorm.
13 Most Adventurous Things To Do In Benidorm
Rent Jet Skis
Sunrise Kayak Tour
Visit Benidorm Island
Diving Or Snorkelling
Rent E-bikes & Ride Along The Coast
Sierra Helada Natural Park
Trek Sierra Helada – Benidorm To Albir
Cala Tio Ximo Cove
4×4 Jeep Tour
Hit The Beaches
Where To Stay In Benidorm
After a short stroll along Levante Beach you will reach the Old Town. If you keep left there is a small incline which leads up to the very beautiful Benidorm viewpoint.
At sunset it does get a little busy because of the stunning photo opportunities. The area itself is surrounded by small cafes where you can order a soda or a cocktail, and watch the sun go down. Everything is white making it a clean, picture perfect destination.
Out of all the things to do in Benidorm, renting jet skis will probably be the activity where you’ll laugh the most. You might even be smiling for the rest of the day like we were.
After getting the hang of it straight away, we rode along behind the instructor crashing down on the waves.
They’ll take you to the other side of the island, past Levante Beach, where you can get a glimpse of the cliff edges that are connected to the national park. With breathtaking views and crystal blue sea we couldn’t help but fall in love with Benidorm.
For our jet ski morning we used Carlos Water Sport Benidorm!
The sunrise kayak tour was a real magical experience, and another of our favourite things to do in Benidorm.
It was refreshing to be a few of the only ones awake amongst the pure silence of the crazy city that Benidorm can be. We paddled out to a spot to watch the sun come up and it was bliss.
If you prefer a quiet sunrise to a busy sunset we highly recommend trying the sunrise kayak tour whilst you’re in Benidorm.
For all your kayaking needs we can highly recommend Captain Kayak!
Benidorm Island is a very small island, sitting approximately 3.5 kilometres from the Spanish mainland.
Super close to the holiday town, it’s just a five minute ferry ride from Levante Beach, and there are boats going back and forth to the island every hour.
The ferry journey has some impressive views of Benidorm and round the trip costs 15 Euros.
When you arrive at the island you can explore the trail by foot. It takes around 10/15 minutes to reach the top at a slow pace. So Benidorm island is entirely suitable for families and the stunning views of Benidorm from the top are really worth the ride.
Nobody lives on the island but there is a restaurant and bar with toilets. After your small hike to the top you can relax and watch the busy Benidorm coast from afar.
Diving and snorkelling are definitely the most popular things to do in Benidorm.
Many people have a wonderful experience diving here because of the perfect climate of the Mediterranean Sea. Not only that, the crystal clear water allows visibility for a fair few stretch of metres.
Not only that, but you can enjoy some of the most colourful underwater wildlife in Europe, taking you to another world.
Their main dive sites are situated only 5 minutes away from the Benidorm harbour.
For our diving and snorkelling experience we used Diving Stones!
Renting E-bikes was definitely another one of our favourite things to do in Benidorm.
We rode along the stunning coastline at sunset, up towards the national park. If you rent E-bikes and move away from the noise for sunset it can be so peaceful, plus you see a completely different side to Benidorm.
The E-bikes have several speeds, depending on how much help you want the motor to give you and they are entirely eco-friendly!
For anything E-Bike related hit up the guys at Tao Bike who are doing great things!
Sierra Helada National Park is a whopping 5,600 hectares in size and every tiny area is different and beautiful in it’s own natural way.
With peculiar trees, wildlife and unusually shaped cliffs, this has to be a place you experience when adventuring out of the Benidorm city and beaches.
The view below is from the huge cross that begins the trek to Albir which we’ll move onto next…
The most adventurous of the things to do in Benidorm
So there are many viewpoints and small hikes available within Sierra Helada National Park. Although, if you’re feeling super adventurous, you can hike the 8km Sierra Helada trail from Benidorm to Albir, which takes approximately 4 hours.
This particular trek is famously known to follow the cliff edges that drop over 300 metres.
With that astonishing height, you’re rewarded with the most spectacular views of Benidorm City, it’s famous national park and of course the Spanish Mediterranean coast.
For any hiking or outdoor activities we certainly recommend Marco Polo Expeditions.
This peaceful, rocky cove is hidden down a small path on the way towards the National Park. It’s crystal clear waters and tranquil atmosphere make it the perfect place to chill for an afternoon.
The cove is located beneath two steep cliffs so if you’re looking for sweeping views, this is certainly a cool place take it all in.
Also not many tourists know about it so it’s usually pretty quite!
The jeep tour was definitely something special. It took us back a few kilometres from the coastline and into the rocky roads and rich green countryside. This is yet another expedition where we saw a different side to Benidorm.
You can ride with or without a driver, along the insane tracks through the mountains and stunning valleys.
There are many different options available, from half day to full day tours, where you can visit numerous spots with lunch included.
To book a Benidorm Jeep Tour we recommend Marco Polo Expeditions again.
We are not going to lie, cable skiing was pretty tricky to grasp but it’s definitely worth a go.
If you’re a master of balance with good concentration, you’re made for this sport.
At the same spot, towards the end of Levante Beach, they also do wake boarding and kite surfing. So you’ll never run out of things to do in Benidorm, especially when it comes to water sports!
There only one place for Cable skiing in Benidorm and that’s Cable Ski Benidorm!
Like the majority of tourists in Benidorm, you’ll probably want to head to the beach. Well the two main beaches both show very different sides of Benidorm.
Levante Beach, located on the main strip, tends to be the busiest area of this coastline, and where the majority of things happening take place. The classic pop music is playing from the bars and the family vibe really sets the scene for this packed out beach.
Poniente Beach however, is situated closer to the old town and tends to be a little less noisy. If you’re into a more chilled beach vibe, then this is definitely the beach for you.
Both beaches are not far from each other and are super clean and well maintained. They are also surrounded by shops, restaurants and souvenir stalls if you want a little break from sunbathing.
Like every country we visit, we love to try the famous local cuisine. So the final of our things to do in Benidorm -EAT!
Now we’re not exaggerating when we say we ate the best Paella we have ever tasted at Ulia restaurant in front of Poniente Beach. The famous Spanish dish originates from Valencia, which is just 140km up the coast, and the flavours were like fireworks in our mouths, making it a dish we’ll never forget.
Unless you plan on visiting Valencia, you must try a good Paella when you visit Benidorm!
Luxury – Hotel Boutique Villa Venecia – As luxurious as it gets, this boutique hotel is centrally located and looks out onto the stunning coastline of Benidorm. With superb reviews and ocean view rooms, it’s perfect a really special vacation.
Mid-Budget – Sol Costablanca – We stayed at Sol Costablanca for 4 nights and it was ideal. It’s right in the centre of Levante Beach and we couldn’t fault the service or the delicious food.
Budget – Apartment Mirador Benidorm – If you’re looking for a cheaper getaway, this place has it all for a fraction of the typical Benidorm prices.
For more places to stay in Benidorm you can check the latest prices here.
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