Leave the city skyscrapers of Benidorm behind you for the day with this guided e-bike tour. These easy-to-use machines make it simple to seek out the quiet corners of the Costa Blanca. Use them like any other bike, or flick a switch and save on tired legs with the help of a handy electric motor. Pedal along the palm-lined promenade of Poniente Beach, navigate the narrow old town and cycle through fields full of greenery to reach Villajoyosa – a colourful coastal town where you'll stop to sample sweet treats in the town's famous chocolate factory.
Two of the Costa Blanca's most beautiful inland spots are the star turns of morning excursion. First up is Guadalest. Wander the village's dozen or so streets, which are home to eight museums, and pass through tunnels carved into the rock. And the top of the ridge offers great views over the pine-clad valley and reservoir below. Then it's on to one of the natural wonders of the Costa Blanca – the Algar waterfalls. With rock pools, narrow channels and thundering cascades, it's like a natural waterpark. Stroll along a route to the River Algar here and admire some of Mother Nature's finest work..
A world away from Benidorm's bustling beach bars, Albir and Altea offer a slice of Spanish life almost unchanged since the tourism boom. Leave the high-rises behind and cycle through fields full of orange, lemon and almond trees to reach this pair of pretty seaside fishing villages with a guided bike tour.
If you are looking for something a little less ordinary, try this exhilarating excursion for size. But don't worry – it's not as much work as it sounds. Your morning kicks off with a scenic drive high up into the mountains, leaving the bustle of the busy coast far behind. Once we're deep in the countryside you'll be kitted out with a bike and helmet. Then, let gravity take over as you glide downhill at an easy pace so you can soak up the scenery as you go. Imagine all of this, in the great outdoors and the reality's even better, as you'll hardly have to do any pedalling!
It only takes about an hour to get to Calpe from Benidorm, so why not take the scenic route and enjoy the lovely coastline while you travel. You'll sail past the stunning cliffs of the Sierra Helada, the striking town of Altea, with its blue-domed church and pebbled beach and also the quaint bay of Albir. On arrival at Calpe, you'll disembark at the main port, near the impressive Penyal d'Ifac. Part of the National Park, it is a massive limestone outcrop which rises out of the sea and is linked to the shore by rock debris. You'll have plenty of time to explore Calpe.
For generations the Algar waterfalls have been known by locals as “the source of health”, and with a rejuvenating dip in its clear pools of cascading water you'll discover why. Enjoy a drink at the bar at the foot of the falls or dine al-fresco in peaceful picnic spots along the river bank. Whatever way you spend your day you´ll be sure to enjoy an area of such natural beauty it's often used as a paradise setting for both tv and film.
Book now your catamaran excursion from Calpe and enjoy swimming in crystal-clear waters.
With 40 years of success in producing live variety shows, it's no wonder Benidorm Palace garners rave reviews and is voted best in the Costa Blanca year after year. The Palace's cabarets are the stuff of legend and feature world-class artistes performing the best of Spanish entertainment. There's comedy, magic, West End and Broadway numbers – and the whole night is rounded off with all-singing, all-dancing finale. Performances are in a specially designed 1,660-seat auditorium, itself located in a glistening curved titanium building that'll remind you of Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum.
There's just the place to escape the heat, and that's Benidorm's Aqualandia water park. Toddlers will love splashing about in shallow pools featuring artificial beaches such as the Niagara waterfall, and the gently flowing waters of Amazon. And there's more – there's Adventureland, the Laguna, Geyser, hot tubs and a wave pool. Bigger thrill-seekers can race each other on the mega multi-track Splash slides or scream down the switchbacks of the Zig Zag. For the ultimate adrenaline rush, head for the Big Bang, Verti-Go, Black Hole and brand new Cyclone. This waterpark has it all.
If travelling back to a distant age of knights and chivalry sounds perfect for you then this is something special. Think clashing swords, thundering hooves and cheers of excitement on this evening of medieval adventure in movie-set surroundings. A right royal feast washed down with tankards of free flowing drink make the perfect side dish to this entertainment extravaganza of jousts and swordplay.
Get the best of both worlds with this value-for-money package to two of the biggest fun parks in Costa Blanca. There's Aqualandia – a waterpark filled with high chutes, mega-multitrack slides and river rapids, a total of fifteen amazing slides, adapted to all ages groups in search of different levels of excitement. For a more relaxing experience head to Mundomar – a much-loved marine and bird park, designed to be fun for the whole family. There's everything from dolphin and sea-lion shows to exotic birds, monkeys and penguins and the chance to have your photo taken with different animals.
Valencia isn't just culture – it's also a shopping Mecca brimming with stores to cater for all tastes. The streets around Calle Colon are packed with all types of shops – from global high street brands to luxury goods stores and original boutiques selling haute couture clothing. And if all that shopping tires you out, pop over to the modernist Colon Market – a gourmet food hall that's a must-visit not just for the nibbles but for the design itself. Over in the old town, there are lot of shops selling souvenirs and local Valencian products while along Calle de la Paz, there's a great mix of stores.
Terra Natura is a new generation of Wildlife Park which lets you get seriously close to the animals. The park is designed with the ‘zoo inmersion' concept which means the animals' individual spaces are designed as close to their natural habitat as possible and where you can observe them through almost invisible barriers. There are over 1,500 animals of over 200 different species. Once you've had your fill of the animal kingdom, it's on to the Aqua Natura waterpark. There are flumes and a splash pool for little ones, a huge wave pool and a spa-sun deck.
The old town of Benidorm retains a surprisingly authentic traditional feel. A world away from the large hotels and apartment blocks, it's a maze of narrow streets lined with bars and shops. And for a fun and easy way to discover this hidden side, this Benisegway tour is ideal. After a brief instruction on how to operate these two-wheeled vehicles, you'll be guided around the old town. It's a haven of pedestrianised ‘ramblas' and plazas filled with restaurants and bars. Led by a guide you'll take in the sights and sounds of the old town and stop off at all the most interesting spots.
Buy tickets to visit Terra Natura Zoo. Discover the Zooimmersion, a new zoo concept in habitat design. Spend a lovely day with family and friends in Benidorm.
The Costa Blanca's main draw might be its pristine beaches, but travel just a few miles inland and you'll encounter countryside brimming with mountains, picturesque valleys and forests – all at your fingertips. Expect a healthy dose of adventure and jaw-dropping views during this jam-packed 4x4 tour. You'll follow dirt tracks that cling to mountain edges, roads that cut straight through the middle of valleys and trails shaded by cool forests. And after a few hours exploring all the most picturesque points, you'll get to cool off in nature's very own shower – the Algar Waterfalls.
To really get to grips with the sights and sounds of Benidorm, there's no better way of getting around than this hop-on hop-off bus tour. The tram bus is a handy and relaxing way to take in the top attractions in the town and its coastline, complete with audio commentary on everything you see. You can hop aboard at any of the three stops – Avenida Derramador, La Cala or Parque de Elche – and sit back as you're driven around town. The tour lasts about an hour in total without stops, and access is unlimited so you're free to get on and off as you please.
Book now your private walking tour and discover the historic center of Benidorm with an expert guide. Stop in the main viewpoints and admire the coast.
Buy online on Musement your combined tickets to visit Terra Natura Zoo and Acqua Natura in one or two days. An unforgettable experience for the whole family!
If you've been on Benidorm beach, you'll have spotted a mysterious rocky outcrop in the horizon. Locals call it Peacock Island because of the birds that make it their home – and at just 3.5km away, it makes a great trip by boat from the mainland. You'll board the boat for the 30-minute cruise to Benidorm Island – its real name – and then have free time to wander around it at your own pace. There's a café down by the quay and there are marked pathways going up to the lighthouse, which is on a cliff with a 73m drop to the sea.