Let me share the story of how I enjoyed one day in Benidorm and explored the best local hikes, restaurants, and museums within 24 hours.

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How to Enjoy One Day in Benidorm

Visiting Benidorm

Why Benidorm

Since my last Alicante road trip and one day in Alicante, I have dreamed of returning to Costa Blanca for new landmarks and experiences. This year I had a great excuse to spend one day in Benidorm since it was my Birthday (plus we had a maximum of 2 days for a quick getaway in Spain). Therefore, it was meant to be somewhere close to Castellon (where I live).

Only a few weeks ago, we enjoyed a spontaneous weekend in Reus, exploring the top landmarks of Tarragona. So, this time we decided to head south for an epic weekend in Alicante.

Even though this trip took place in February (an off-season), there were still many cool things to see and do in Benidorm and its surroundings.

How to get to Benidorm

Benidorm is located in the south of the Valencian Community in the province of Alicante. It is one of the main tourist hubs of the Spanish Costa Blanca region.

The nearest Benidorm airport is Alicante Airport, which is 60 km away. Upon arrival, you can take a taxi for 60-65 euros (sometimes there might be a line and you will need to wait a bit) or book a private transfer. Companies Beniconnect and ALSA offer the bus connection with Benidorm.

If you travel by train from Madrid, you will head to Alicante´s train station (or Valencia), and then take a bus to Benidorm (for tickets you can check RailEuropeOmio, and Busbud).

We have always visited Benidorm by car, but in the peak season, it is quite stressful for parking and driving. While renting a car in Alicante airport is always an option, depending on your holiday plans, it might be easier to explore the region via organized tours.

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Benidorm is the city with the most skyscrapers in Spain (and third in Europe behind London and Milan)
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Peñon de Ifach, is known for its mysterious legend (seen during our hike in Serra Gelada)

When to visit Benidorm

The most popular time to go to Benidorm is in July and August.

Just keep in mind that the beaches of Benidorm are jam-packed in the summer months. Although it´s a great moment for nightlife, parties, and going out in Benidorm.

I have always visited in the off-season and while many places were closed, there were still lots of things to see and do in Benidorm.

Where to stay in Benidorm

Some of the top-rated Benidorm hotels are Helios Benidorm, Hotel Gold Arcos 4 Sup, Hotel Primavera Park, Ambassador Playa II, Hotel Presidente 4, and Grand Luxor Hotel. You can find your perfect place to stay in Benidorm (and its surroundings) via this map:

One day in Benidorm Itinerary

Breakfast & Hiking With Views

First thing in the morning we drove to the small town of L´Albir for a nice morning walk with the views of Costa Blanca.

This tiny coastal town is located only 7 km away from Benidorm. In fact, Benidorm and L´Albir are separated by the local natural park of Serra Gelada, so it is one of the closest areas to hike in Benidorm.

Those who are in good shape can go for a popular hike Yellow Route Serra Gelada Crossing: which connects Benidorm Cross La Creu and L´Albir Lighthouse Car Park. But this trail has a moderate difficulty level, so we wanted something easier and opted for the Red Route: Itinerary to L´Albir Lighthouse (for which we drove to L´Albir). You can check the hikes of Serra Gelada on the official website.

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Breakfast at D´Origen Coffee

After the delicious breakfast at D´Origen Coffee (note that on weekends after 10.30 a.m. they are always full), we left a car at L´Albir Lighthouse Car Park to start an enjoyable walk across Serra Gelada Natural Park.

It was one of the busiest hikes in Spain (since it is easy, accessible, and adopted for baby strollers), but the views on the go were wonderful. While there were lots of people on this trail, we surprisingly enjoyed the experience. It only took us 1.30 hours for a round trip. The trail ended with the cute L´Albir lighthouse, which slightly reminded me of Formentera.

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Costa Blanca is known for some of the most beautiful cliffs in Spain
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One day in Benidorm – hiking in Serra Gelada

Museo del Motor

After a pleasant morning walk we decided to visit another interesting place near Benidorm – the Motor Museum or Museo del Motor in Spanish. This place is known for its unique collection of rare vintage cars.

The Motor Museum belongs on the list of secret Spanish museums. The entrance was 12 euros per person and the exposition itself was not huge, but the collection inside was nice. Plus, there were only a few car aficionados inside, so we almost had the whole place for ourselves. You can book the Motor Museum tickets here. They also organize family experiences and limo pick-ups.

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Museo del Motor – one of the coolest things to see and do in Benidorm for the fans of vintage cars

Lunch & Benidorm Center

After the museum, we returned to the center of Benidorm and had an enjoyable walk across the beach and old city center, while also making a stop at Balcon Mediterraneo for the views.

It is still a mystery to me how people manage to find parking spots in Benidorm during the peak season. We barely managed to park at Parking Publico Obert (since it was quite full and all of the remaining spots were too small for our car).

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Lunch at D´Vor during our one day in Benidorm

We had lunch at D´Vora and it was delicious. The restaurant is known for its panoramic views, but it was quite cold and windy for the outside seating when we visited.

The Best Views of Benidorm

After lunch, we headed to Gran Hotel Bali to discover the best panoramic views of Benidorm. Before 2010 it was considered the highest building in Europe, but right now this title has moved to Intempo.

It took us a while to get to the Star Deck. The hall of Gran Hotel Bali was full of guests waiting at the reception (so we could not ask for directions). Luckily, YouTube has all the answers these days and someone had an idea to film the way to the lookout.

Once you get inside the hotel hall – head all the way right till you see the elevators, then press the 43rd floor. Once there, you will need to pay 6 euros per person (3 euros for the hotel guests) to access the Star Deck. Save the ticket for the free drinks at the lobby bar.

The views of Benidorm from the 43rd floor were magical (since we visited during the Golden Hour) and there were only a few people around.

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One Day in Benidorm – views from Gran Hotel Bali

The Beach of Benidorm

After enjoying the panoramic views, we had a long sunset walk along the Benidorm beach and enjoyed drinks & snacks by the seaside.

Live Music in Benidorm

Benidorm is a great destination to enjoy shows and live music all year round.

In the evening we headed to the famous party street Calle Girona to check out the local fiesta. Our initial plan was to enjoy some live music and cocktails at Western Saloon, but we did not stay for long, since the place was crowded. Although the atmosphere was nice: everyone was dancing and having fun.

To be honest, I did not expect to see so many people on a vacation in Benidorm during the off-season.

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Calle Girona – the famous party street of Benidorm

Unique tours experiences & tours in Benidorm:

Here, you will find more ideas for cool things to see and do in Benidorm:

You can check the epic views of Benidorm via my IG reel and TikTok.

My other articles about the region of Alicante:

  • One Day in Alicante: My Favorite Places in the City (read it)
  • Valencia to Alicante Road Trip: Top Stops On The Go (read it)
  • One Week in Alicante with Kids: Our Costa Blanca Holidays (read it)
  • Mediterranean Garden Inspiration in Spain: Jardi de L´Albarda in Alicante (read it)
  • My Fun Weekend in Alicante (Region): Visiting Santa Pola and Benidorm (read it)

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