First time riding an electric bike, first time jet skiing, and first time scuba diving…my trip to Benidorm was action packed with firsts.
Actually, speaking of which, it was also my first time to Benidorm, and first time to Spain!
As you know, I recently travelled to this gorgeous coastal town with Jet2holidays and Visit Benidorm. The aim of the trip was to experience the alternative side of Benidorm, and that we definitely did. From eating at lush restaurants and drinking fine wine, to staying in a luxury resort and participating in adventurous once in a lifetime activities, Benidorm exceeded all my expectations.
If you’re planning a holiday soon, I do recommend you consider Benidorm. I know it has a bit of a reputation, but hey, so do most places. You have to look past the ‘rep’, and discover how beautiful this area actually is.
It’s worth it, believe me.
Where is Benidorm
Benidorm is a town located on the eastern coast of Spain, and is a part of the Valencia region’s Costa Blanca.
How to get there
From the UK, Benidorm is approximately a two hour flight (UK to Alicante), so it’s the perfect destination if you’re looking for a quick weekend trip. As we experienced the alternative, and more luxurious, side of Benidorm, which was amazing, I would personally like to go for a little longer. BUT if time isn’t on your side, three days in this idyllic place will be just fine!
I flew with TripAdvisor’s best UK airline, Jet2.com, from Manchester to Benidorm, and it was a quick, easy and comfortable flight to catch. Enjoying a fine glass of prosecco on the flight made it even more lovely too!
The flight with Jet2holidays includes 22kg hold baggage and 10kg hand luggage, which if you think about it, is amazing for a low-cost airline as they’re typically so strict with baggage allowance. Being ATOL protected means you also get peace of mind when going away. If the company suddenly stops trading, ATOL will make sure you won’t lose money or get stranded abroad.
Where to Stay
Meliá Villaitana is the place you need to stay while you’re visiting Benidorm.
Located a 15-minute drive from Benidorm’s main town, and forty minutes from the airport, the resort is ultimate Spanish paradise.
From the grand bedrooms, the five tropical swimming pools, the traditional architecture, the two golf courses, the lush spa, the numerous fine dining restaurants, the delicious breakfast buffet, OH and the incredible views of the city and the coast of Costa Blanca – Meliá Villaitana is the epitome of pure luxury and relaxation.
Where to Eat
Located in front of Poniente Beach, Ulia Restaurant was one of my favourites. Known for their incredible paella, and with a very Instagrammable and rustic beachy interior, the restaurant doesn’t disappoint. Ulia Restaurant is the perfect place for a relaxing lunch with friends, and of course, wine!
With picturesque views of Benidorm’s beach and city, Llum de Mar, was another restaurant highlight for me. Found in the beautiful Old Town of Benidorm, inside the five-star hotel of Magic Villa Venecia, the restaurant specialises in an array of fine dining dishes, including the most delicious desserts – the strawberry compote with fairy floss is a must-try! If you’re looking for a place to go for a romantic dinner, this is it.
What to Do
Electric Bike Rides
Wow what an experience this was! I have to admit I’m quite the amateur cyclist. I don’t cycle much, if at all, and I’ve never been on an electric bike. The last time I rode a (normal) bike was a few years ago when I was in Vietnam, and even then I was freaked out. So, before we went cycling with Tao Bike in Benidorm I had mixed feelings. I was excited, but so nervous about falling off it was crazy! To my delight, I thankfully didn’t fall and had such an incredible time. Despite a few screams along the way, there were many laughs too!
We rode the bikes along the beach and then up a huge hill where lies the Natural Park of Sierra Helada. The views were spectacular. Despite my nerves at first, I found cycling actually quite relaxing (probably due to the electric bike doing all the work!). Feeling the fresh seaside breeze as we were riding a long was so lovely too.
The bikes themselves were huge! The best way for me to describe them – mountain bikes cross with motorbikes cross with road bikes… does that make sense?! Anyway, they were machines, but surprisingly (and thankfully for me), were quite light to ride.
Tao Bike is located near Leavante Beach in Benidorm and costs 12€ for two hour hire.
Can you believe I come from Australia and I’ve never been on a jet ski?! I know, shocking! Jet skiing in Benidorm was another first for me, but my gosh I LOVED IT! During the half an hour we had on the jet ski in the Mediterranean Sea, we experienced what it was like to drive and be a passenger on the jet ski.
Even though driving was fun, I have to say I preferred being the passenger and relaxing on the back. It was amazing to soak up the sunshine AND take in the incredible views of Benidorm city skyline and Poniente Beach.
Carlos Water Sports Benidorm is located on the marina of Benidorm and costs 80€ for 30 minute hire.
Scuba diving is an activity I never really had any interest in, but when the opportunity came up for us to try it in Benidorm, I couldn’t say no. Repping a wetsuit, I was soon ready to go. I was the most nervous out of everyone. I mean, really, it is quite scary thinking you’re about to go down ten metres in the sea, don’t you think?!
Although I was a bit of a nervous wreck, the Diving Stones instructors were so calm and professional, and ensured we were going to be okay. Once I got into the water, and had my breathing and ear-popping under control, I was able to enjoy every moment. It was like being in another world. I actually felt like I had gone to space. It sounds weird, but the experience was unlike anything I’ve ever tried before. It was incredible.
We were in the water for about thirty minutes, and in that time we floated around spotting the vibrant Mediterranean fish and coral. The view was something out of a movie, it was that beautiful!
Diving Stones is located on the marina of Benidorm and costs 80€ for a scuba diving session.
The open air Jeep tour with Marco Polo Expediciones, was another adventurous activity we were able to experience in Benidorm. Chilling at the back of the 4×4 Suzuki Jeep, the fresh air was sweeping through our hair, as we drove around to the Sierra Cortina Mountains and Sleeping Lion Mountain.
Driving up the mountains we took in scenic views of Benidorm and the countryside. We then visited the gorgeous villages of Polip and Guadalest. Filled with little local shops, traditional cafes, and beautiful traditional architecture, made the villages the perfect setting for an afternoon wander, and photoshoot!
Marco Polo Expediciones costs 59€ for a full day tour.
Must Go-To Photo Locations
Cross of Benidorm in Sierra Helada Natural Park
Not only one of the most cherished parts of Benidorm and the most visited natural park in the Valenica Region, the Sierra Helanda Natural Park, is a breathtaking area of this coastal town. With views to-die-for of Benidorm and the Mediterranean sea, this place was a Instagrammer’s dream (I keep saying that a lot about Benidorm, don’t I?!).
We travelled up to the peak at dusk to see the start of the sunset. The lighting was beautiful and the atmosphere was calm and relaxed.
The Cross of Benidorm is located at the top of the natural park and is a popular tourist spot to visit. We didn’t make it quite that far up the hill, as we were all wearing heels, but it’s certainly a worthwhile spot to visit while you’re in Benidorm.
Escalinatas del Amor – The Stairs of Lovers
When we arrived at Escalinatas del Amor in Benidorm’s Old Town, I had to pinch myself for a moment. The area is a white and blue masterpiece, so anyone would assume they’ve been taken to Santorini.
Translated into English, Escalinatas del Amor means the Stairs of Lovers, and it certainly is. The spot is so picturesque it looks like it’s something out of a movie. Many people think it’s the perfect location to get engaged, and I totally agree! The stairs take you down to a viewing platform where you can watch the sunset over the Mediterranean, with your lover!
Have I convinced you to book with Jet2holidays and head to Benidorm for a relaxing but adventurous break?! I hope I have! There really is an alternative side to this beautiful part of Spain, you just need to find it!
Can’t wait to see you again, Benidorm!
As I mentioned in my last Benidorm article, Jet2holidays do fabulous package deals, which include return flights and accommodation. If it’s just the flight you’re after, they offer flight-only options to Alicante on Jet2.com too, perfect!
I’m so excited to go on more Jet2holidays adventures in the future. They even do city breaks with Jet2CityBreaks, which I’m SO excited about. Especially as they’ve just launched a flight to New York…. and you know how much I want to go there (read my New York in Liverpool article to see just how much!)!
Photography by The Emasphere & Primrose Bigwood from Style Petal