When you think of Benidorm I bet your first thought isn’t ‘Benidorm with kids’. Being famed for it’s boozy party life championed by stag and hen parties it’s no wonder. However there is more to Benidorm than beer and parties of 10 in matching outfits. Don’t get me wrong I have partied with the best of them in Benidorm. Spending many a youthful night sampling some of Benidorm’s infamous after dark hot spots but perhaps more surprisingly I have also taken my family there. My young family at that. We have spent many months in Spain’s Costa Calida, only a 90 minute drive from Benidorm. During our stays we have packed up for a holiday on a holiday and taken the kids to none other Benidorm.
Benidorm has loads to offer families with children of all ages and with a short travel time of approx 2.5 hours from the U.K, guaranteed sunshine and low prices it isn’t somewhere to overlook.
Things to do in Benidorm with kids
1. Terra Mitica. One of the big attractions in Benidorm for kids and big kids is the renowned theme park Terra Mitica. I remember going here in my teens and of course with my young children. You can read a bit more about our time at Terra Miticia here.
The park itself is split into split into five lands Rome, Iberia, Greece, The Islands, and Ocionia. In each land you’ll have the usual rides, water rides and eateries. There are rides for most age groups and a pretty decent soft play in the park. However for those who are a bit small for the rides or if it’s not your thing then there are shows throughout the day with acrobats and circus performers. It is a good family day out that I would certainly recommend and hope to do again.
2. Terra Natura. If theme parks aren’t your thing then perhaps Terra Natura would be better suited. This is a ‘zoo immersion’ experience where you can come into contact with animals as though there are no visible barriers. From elephants to donkeys you’ll find over 1500 animals from 200 different species here. You can watch, learn and interact with animals from all over the world and it promises to offer a great a different day out.
3. Aqua Natura. This is situated right next to Terra Natura and is a water park with over 1000 meters of slides and separate bathing areas for children. In fact this place was built with parents in mind as it was built in a way to allow parents to relax while children play safely in the water. It spans over 40,000 square meters and is full of rides, food outlets and places to sit relax – something for everyone.
4. Mundomar and Aqualandia waterpark. The two sites are twinned together and situated right next to each other. Mundomar is a marine animal park. You can expect to see dancing dolphins, performing parrots, pirates and sea lions. There are also splash parks for the little ones (and big ones) on those hot days to keep them cool.
Aqualandia is known as Benidorm’s first water park. It has gone on to become one of the largest in the world (covering 150,000 square meters) with some of the best reviews for it’s attractions, facilities and customer service. It is a large fun packed day out in the sun – just don’t forget the sun cream.
5. Beaches. The Costa Blanca is known for being home to some of Spain’s nicest beaches and Benidorm is no different. There are three main beaches in Benidorm – Poniente, Levante and Malpas all of which are renowned for their cleanliness. Poniente and Levante being the biggest of the three.
Poniente Beach is one of my favourites. It is situated right by Benidorm’s old town and is a favourite with the locals so often one of the quieter ones. Spanning over 3000 meters and having been awarded the blue flag you can see why. We stayed opposite this beach with the most amazing outlook. We would wonder up and down the promenade in the mornings and watch locals doing their exercise classes on the beach or sitting out and looking at the sea. I have such fond memories of this beach and spending hours playing with our young children splashing in the sea. It is perfectly clean, flat and safe. You can also find gym equipment and a play park on the beach.
Levante Beach is one of Benidorm’s busiest beaches and a tourist hot spot. It too is immaculately clean and the waters are clear and shallow so perfect for kids. It offers up everything, play areas (in and out of the water), watersports, equipment rental, sunbed rentals, lifeguards, showers, toilets, disabled access and is lined with bars and restaurants. It’s no wonder it is so busy.
6. The Old Town. For me this is the best bit about Benidorm. It is known as the more ‘Spanish side’. Make of that what you will. You can wonder through a maze of cobbled streets, whitewash buildings, boutiques, bars, restaurants, tapas alley and street theatre. It’s a great way to break from the non stop activities on offer and to spend a bit of time showing the kids something a bit more traditional, plus the streets are lined with colour quirky ‘toy shops’ that didn’t fail to attract my small two.
7. Benidorm Island. You can take a boat trip to Benidorm Island also known as Peacock Island. Kids will particularly enjoy the glass bottom boat which is perfect in the clear Mediterranean waters. You can spend as much or as little time as you want on the island and can wonder the path to the islands summit for some of the best views of Benidorm. In fact there are plenty of boat trips and tours available from Benidorm so you are bound to find one that suits you.
8. Mini golf and Amusement parks. Back to the more typical kids entertainment, the type my kids would certainly love. In Benidorm’s new town you will find several different places to play mini golf. There is one situated at 54 Avenida Mediterraneo which is open late into the night and also offers up arcade games and small rides for younger ones. What is more it is only $5 for 18 holes
9. Festilandia Amusement Park. This is a small amusement park in the centre of Avenue Mediterraneo aimed at under 12s. It had arcade games, rides, hot dogs, candy floss and a mini golf. It can get quite lively in the summer but its a great place to spend a few hours for the kids.
10. The tourist train. Benidorm’s tourist train is about 50 minutes from start to finish and offers up different tours. It is around the Levante Beach area and is a great way to see all the things Benidorm has to offer without tiring out little legs. It’s definitely worth a ride with the kids. You can spot out some of the other attractions we haven’t mentioned including Ozone Bowling and the Benidorm Palace – a great venue for evening shows. Although they often start a little late for really young ones.
Where to stay in Benidorm with kids.
When it comes to accommodation, when our children were younger we used to swear by private rentals. For the first few years of our holidays we would always rent villas and apartments so that we could have more space and more flexibility – you can read all about how and why this worked for us here. Benidorm is a great place to opt for the private rental as options for eating out are plentiful and incredibly reasonable. You are not confined to hotel meal times and often limited choices but rather you can choose from hundreds of different restaurants every night that won’t all break the bank. You’re also likely to have more space for you and the children than just your hotel room. Finding villas and apartments in Benidorm is easy and they’re are plenty to choose from. Companies like Clickstay have a large database of rental options that you can filter through to find the perfect holiday rental for your family.
So in answer to our questions is Benidorm is family friendly? It has to be a yes. There are of course places in Benidorm that are more, or only, suited to adults but there is so much available for families and children. Benidorm and it’s surrounding areas have so much to offer the whole family and there are so many things to do in Benidorm with kids, not to mention great places to stay that it would make a great option for any family holiday.
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