How To Become A Beni Lover

8 things to do in Benidorm (to guarantee you leave a Beni-Lover!) - Words by Hayley F / Pictures by Hayley F...

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Are you sat reading this thinking how can I become a Benidorm lover? Well, I’m so ready to prove you all wrong! To be quite honest, until a couple of weeks ago I didn’t think it was my cup of tea either, but after a trip with Visit Benidorm my impression has well and truly changed. Don’t get me wrong; Benidorm does have a reputation and not a particularly good one. But, if you can see past high-rise buildings, the ITV sitcom and a full English brekky – what you’re looking at is a destination that really does offer something for everyone.
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1) Electric bike tour 

On our first day in Benidorm, we hired electric bikes from Tao Bike. This was a first for me and it was definitely an experience. To be able to make the most of the breathtaking views on offer, we had to travel up steep hills, which meant the electricity in the bike was godsend. I must admit, you really do feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of central Benidorm if you take the recommended route and it is a must-do!

2) Water Sports 

Benidorm is absolutely fantastic for water sports. On our second day, we hired jet skis from Carlos Water Sports, which is situated on both of the beaches in Benidorm. They have been around for over 30 years, so the service was tip-top (the guy even helped me make a make shift wrist tie for my GoPro so I didn’t lose it to the ocean, as I am known for being ridiculously clumsy). Someone from Carlos remained with us at all times, but we were free to go at our own speed and circulated the rock in the middle of the sea. The weather at the end of September was glorious and the sun shined for the whole trip – so if you’re wondering where to go for a post-summer break, Benidorm is definitely the one!

3) Snorkel or Scuba Dive

For those who love to be in the water, then Benidorm offers something for you too. Head to Diving Stones where you can try you hand at scuba diving, snorkeling and even take courses. After jet-skiing we went scuba diving – annoyingly I had to pass on the opportunity as I can’t equalise my ears – but I had a go at snorkeling which was great fun!

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4) Stay at the Melia Villaitana Hotel 

Wow, this hotel is stunning! It’s set back from Benidorm town, but is only a mile away (€10 taxi ride) so it’s great if you’re after a peaceful setting. The hotel is basically a mini village in itself and even had its own church to host weddings. I lost count of the number of pools the hotel had, but each one was so tranquil with the comfiest sun beds and cabanas. Within the hotel you have the option to stay either in the main hotel, which is a four star, or The Level, which is a five star. I stayed in a Premium Room in The Level and it was beautiful. It had the biggest bed, a lounge and a balcony overlooking the golf course, Benidorm town and the sea (great for watching the sunrise). Talking of golf, if this is for you then this hotel is a definite MUST. It offers two 18-hole golf courses and I imagine it’s what a golf lover’s would describe as heaven. If, like me, you only have experience in crazy golf (not really on the same level haha) they offer a Golf Clinic, with golf experts on hand to teach the correct techniques for both driving and putting. To be honest, I’m more of a spa kind of girl, and if like me this is what you look for in a hotel, on site is the beautiful Yhi Spa, which has some of the best spa facilities I have ever seen!

5) Enrique Mendoza Winery

If you’re into wine, Spanish meats and cheese, then a visit to family-run Enrique Mendoza needs to be at the very top of your list. The winery offers the opportunity for groups to visit for a guided tour, before (most importantly) getting to taste the wine made on site. I have to admit, it was one of the best wine tasting experiences I have ever been to. The wine was flowing and they constantly bought out snacks of Iberian meats, cheeses and bread to compliment the tasting. I even had to buy a bottle of their Santa Rosa, which was my absolute fave!

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 6) Jeep Tour

On our last day in Benidorm, Marco Polo Expediciones whisked us up the mountains in an open top jeep safari to see a different side to Benidorm. The views up the mountains were so picturesque and made you question if you were actually still in Benidorm. The jeep carried eight passengers and is perfect for those traveling in a big group. If you’re feeling a little bit more adventurous, they even offer the opportunity to experience the trip in the drivers seat.

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7) Tapas Cooking Class

I absolutely love eating tapas, but before my trip to Benidorm I had never tried cooking my own. The Benidorm Cooking Experience opened this year, and it is a perfect if you’re traveling with friends or family and keen to learn how to cook some classic tapas dishes, such as chorizo, potato bravas, garlic and chilli prawns. The owners get everyone involved in the cooking process (even if you have no experience) and you have the chance to get experimental whilst plating up your food. When you leave, you get the recipes and the apron as a souvenir – so if you’re looking for something different to do, this experience is definitely for you!

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8) Beaches

I was amazed at how beautiful the beaches were in Benidorm – I’m a massive fan of pure white sand, so I fell in love with the beaches on offer. Yes, a couple of them are packed full and lively but if you’re looking for a more relaxing setting then head to Poniente Beach, just beyond the Old Town!

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If you’ve read this and instantly what to give Benidorm a try for yourself, then we’ve got you covered...Cheapflights, the experts in finding the best value flights, have seen searches for Benidorm increase steadily since last year, indicating a growth trend for the destination. According to Cheapflights, the most popular time for Brits to travel to Benidorm is June. Whereas the quietest time to travel is during January, when the best flight deals can be found. Numerous airlines fly between various UK airports and Alicante, which is the closest airport serving Benidorm. Prices start from £54 return in January and are subject to change by the airlines.

Visit www.cheapflights.co.uk for the cheapest and most up to date prices / Head to Visit Benidorm for everything you need to know on Benidorm


Have you been to Benidorm before? What did you think? Any must-visits that we need to add to our to-do list? 

6 Comments

  1. Laura 13th October 2016 / 10:11 am

    Gorgeous pictures! I’ve never really thought about going to Benidorm to be honest, but I think you might have that changed my mind a bit.. ALL that tapas! And that hotel.. Wow! I would looove to be in that pool right about now. x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • Hayley F 13th October 2016 / 12:31 pm

      The tapas and the hotel were definite highlights of the trip! If you’re looking for a summer holiday destination next year, definitely consider Benidorm!

      Hayley F x

  2. Gabrielle 13th October 2016 / 12:15 pm

    You’ve highlighted a completely different side to Benidorm – and one I wasn’t aware of until now! The Melia Villaitana Hotel looks wonderfully fresh (checked out their website!) and the Jeep tour sounds like a really fun way of exploring the mountains 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Hayley F 13th October 2016 / 12:29 pm

      It is definitely worth a visit and was the COMPLETE opposite to what I expected!

      Hayley F x

  3. Tina Hardy 13th October 2016 / 2:48 pm

    That hotel sounds great Hayley. You have certainly given a different side to Benidorm that most of us don’t see.

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