There’s simply nowhere better to enjoy a family holiday in the sun than Benidorm, right in the heart of the gorgeous Costa Blanca. It’s got some of the best beaches on the Mediterranean, theme parks and water parks to keep kids entertained, and loads of child-friendly places to eat. Plus, it’s one of the cheapest destinations in Spain! Find out how to keep the kids happy with our fun-filled family guide to Benidorm!
Beaches and water sports
Benidorm overlooks two stunning beaches (Poniente and Levante), which stretch for more than 4 miles around a spectacular bay. Fantastically well equipped with everything from sun beds to lifeguards, the soft sands shelve gently into the sea, making the beaches perfect for all the family. There are jet-skis, banana boats, donuts and kayaks, plus you can water-ski, wake-board or go para-sailing. There’s no chance that the kids will be bored!
Theme parks and water parks
The biggest theme park on the Costa Blanca (and one of the biggest in Spain) is Terra Mítica, with roller coasters, flume rides, and lots of entertainment. Or you could combat the heat with a visit to one of the water parks – such as Aqualandia– for some thrills and spills on the slides and wave pools. Mundo Mar, which has dolphin shows, penguins, sea lions, and parrots, is always a hit with the kids. Terra Natura combines both, with a zoo featuring elephants, tigers, monkeys and other exotic creatures from around the world, plus the Aqua Natura water park right next door.
More family fun
There is plenty more to do with the kids in Benidorm. You could zoom around the go-karting track, go bowling, or perhaps take one of the glass-bottomed boat tours out to Benidorm Island, also known as Peacock island.
Benidorm’s Old Town is a lovely whitewashed jumble of whitewashed streets, packed with tapas bars and cafés where you can have some hot chocolate and churros. Kids can run free – many of the streets are pedestrianized – and there are fantastic views from the Plaça del Castelar viewpoint at the top.
You’ll find every imaginable cuisine in Benidorm, so you’ll have no problem feeding even the fussiest kids. There are lots of Brit staples, like fish and chip shops and family-friendly pubs, but if your kids are more adventurous, then they’ll love tapas and paella.