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. Little kids will also love the Benidorm Sight Seeing Train as it provides a laid-back trip around the many different areas of Benidorm. In fact, it’s a nice way to wind down towards the end of the day! Families may even enjoy heading to La Marina Shopping Centre as it has something for everyone (yes, dads we’re looking at you!). Mum will no doubt love the shops, dad can stop off for a beer and the kids will have fun with a range of activities like bouncy castles, trampolines and go-kart tracks.
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 pedestrianised – and there are fantastic views from the Plaça del Castelar viewpoint at the top. Come night time, Benidorm Old Town is a lively family-friendly hub. You’ll stumble across karaoke bars and family run pubs offering delicious food that even the fussiest of eaters can’t resist.
You’ll find every imaginable cuisine in Benidorm, so you’ll have no problem feeding fussy kids. There are lots of Brit staples, like fish and chip shops and family-friendly pubs. Also, loads of international favourites that they’ll be used to like hamburgers with fries, cheesy pizzas and and tasty pastas. You won’t miss out on your usual condiments either (we know you can’t have chips with a bit of ketchup or mayo!). But if your kids are more adventurous, then they’ll love typical Spanish tapas and paella.