Benidorm: Beyond the Stereotypes


Benidorm may conjure up images of sunburned Brits, full English breakfasts and high-rise beachfront hotels, but there’s far more to the Costa Blanca destination than its stereotype. The Spanish city actually has a lot to offer those looking for a less-typical seaside holiday. If you’re taking advantage of cheap holidays to Benidorm, but don’t want to stick with the pack, consider the following attractions:



This impressive cactus garden is home to over 650 species of cacti and succulents, as well as over 200,000 species of plant life. It’s located near central Benidorm, on the road from Altea to Calpe, just outside Callosa d’en Sarrià.

The garden dates back 40 years but has only been open to the public since 2001. Though plenty of effort has gone into making it tourist-friendly, including the addition of a charming cafe and some nicely paved pathways, it remains ideally laid-back. A walk through the cactus gardens, while taking in the gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains, is a fantastic alternative to spending another day on the beach.

Benidorm Palace Cabaret

This award-winning cabaret venue is the perfect way to spend an evening in Benidorm. Dinner at the Benidorm Palace, followed by a spectacular performance from the city’s best variety acts, will likely be the highlight of your holiday.

Every night always includes a range of entertainment, from hilarious comedians to impressive dancers and mind-blowing circus acts. Revered for its incredible value for money and nonstop entertainment, the Palace received a well-deserved TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2013. It’s definitely not one to miss!

Serra Gelada National Park

serra gelada

For those wanting to rid themselves of the crowds, the Serra Gelada National Park is a wonderful setting to unwind away from the neon attractions. With 600 meters of coastline and cliffs topping 400 meters high, the natural wonder of the area is second to none in Spain. The park boasts protected plants and vegetation along with the accolade of housing the only permanent family of bottle-nosed dolphins living in the territory.

Overall then it is easy to step away from the Benidorm stereotypes and find another side to this Spanish destination.

Photo credit: Leshaines123  Jacobo Garcia  po.psi.que

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  1. agremon

    What a contrast between Benidorm skycrappers, the national park in the middle of the picture and the seafood farming …

    • aworldtotravel

      It is! Let’s hope for the best and not more tall buildings.. the region has some natural assets to preserve!

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