Five things that Benidorm is known for

The Spanish Costa Blanca is like a holiday mecca for British holidaymakers who flock there in their thousands each summer. The beaches are immaculately kept with friendly locals and plenty of activities to keep everyone happy. If you’re thinking of taking the inaugural trip here are five things that Benidorm is known for.

1. Beaches

If you’re coming to Benidorm, then you’re coming for the beaches and a chance to top up your tan. There are three main beaches with Levante being the most popular as well as the busiest. The other two are Poniente and Finestrat beach. The sidewalks are lined with bars, clubs and restaurants that will cater to everyone’s taste.

2. Theme parks

Another popular attraction is the theme parks which can be found on the outskirts of the town and include Aqualandia, a water park which for the hot days away from the beach is the perfect way to cool off. Terra Mitica is a more traditional theme park that has plenty of exciting rides for the thrill-seekers out there.

Two other well-visited theme parks are Terra Natura, a 79-acre animal and pet based theme park allowing you to get up close and personal with Benidorm's furry population, and Mundomar, a mini sea world with various displays and lots of aquatic-based mammals and birds to see.

3. Horses

When you think of Benidorm you don’t think of horses, but the destination offers several riding schools and horse-based activities such as pony trekking or if you are skilled enough, dressage and carriage driving. You don’t have to be an expert and there are tours which allow you to take a gentle plod through the stunning scenery including pine forests.

4. The TV show

If you love your British comedies, then you may have come across the aptly named TV show Benidorm. Based on the residents and staff who work in one of the local hotels it has received cult status. The hotel where it is filmed is the Sol Pelicanos and is set three streets back from Levante beach.

If you are staying in the complex then it can be quite a surreal experience to lounge onset. If you aren’t staying in then you are still allowed to drop by for a look, and maybe take the odd photo.

5. Shopping

You can’t come to Benidorm without doing a spot of shopping and here you will be spoilt for choice. Benidorm’s old town around the Avenida Martinez Alejos the Passeig de la Carretera and around the main square, the Plaza Mayor offers a great selection of shops which sell a wide variety of clothes and souvenirs. You will, of course, be subject to the ‘cheaper’ side which basically sells anything and everything.