Benidorm on the Spanish Costa Blanca is one of Europe’s most popular family holiday destinations for excellent reasons. These include the dramatic location with extensive sandy beaches at the foot of a beautiful mountain, fantastic modern architecture and cityscape, a great variety of activities to suit everyone, excellent travel connections and extremely competitive prices.
You’ll be spoilt for choice and a single visit will never be enough to sample all that’s on offer.
For children, fantastic beaches, some of the longest in any holiday resort in the world, will entertain all day long – some also have climbing frames. The variety of watersports on offer includes boating, water skiing, scuba diving, fishing trips, banana boat riding and many more. Glass bottom boats and even submarines permit wonderful views of the sea floor and its inhabitants. Trips to nearby islands are also pretty popular and include the impressive monolith of Calpe.
There are several great theme parks, including Terra Natura with its 1500 animals from 200 different species, offering visitors journeys through exotic corners of the planet. Terra Natura also offers a water park, glimpses into natural gastronomy or handicrafts and is bound to delight. At Aqualandia Park you can splash around in the swimming pools, zoom down waterslides such as the Kamikaze.and the Zig-Zag, then picnic in the green areas.
The aquatic animal park Mundomar has several amazing dolphin shows, while penguins, seals, sealions, flamingoes and turtles will also delight. Finally, Terra Mitica, the area’s largest and most popular park boasts some of the best rides in Europe. It was inspired by ancient Mediterranean civilisations, is split into five differently themed sections and is easy to get to by hire car from the city. Activities such as ten-pin bowling, mini golf, hiking and even downhill mountain biking are also extremely popular and can be great family fun.
You can find all sort of restaurants in Benidorm, whether you fancy Spanish, Indian, Chinese, Italian or traditional British pub food. Many restaurants offer a “Menu of the Day” for 8 – 10 Euro which includes three courses, a drink (water, soft drink, beer or glass of wine) and bread.
One of the top features of Benidorm is intense competition for your tourist currency. This means they will both increase the quality and decrease their prices to attract you. It’s then up to you to spend wisely!
Posted : Monday, November 15th, 2010 at 12:52
Karen Bryan is the founding editor of the UK based, multi author Europe a la Carte Blog which features Europe travel tips about the best places to visit in Europe.