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Benidorm Tourist Attractions Things to Do

With more than three miles of wonderful sandy coastline to enjoy, you may never get round to exploring the myriad of delights away from the beach. But there's so much more to Benidorm and its surroundings than beaches and bars so give your peeling skin a break and check out some of the local places of interest. Here we give you some great ideas for family days trips and interesting excursions.

Terra Mitica and Aqualandia

If you're on a family holiday then a day out at Spain's biggest theme park, Terra Mitica, on the outskirts of Benidorm is an absolute must. The Paramount pleasure park recreates the lost civilisations of the Mediterranean ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Iberia and the Islands. There are heart stopping thrill rides, water chutes, great indoor shows and some innovative street entertainment.

Aqualandia, a huge water park five minutes drive from Benidorm's town centre, is another major attraction for adults and kids alike. There's an exciting array of water chutes, daredevil "death" slides, diving displays, pools and play areas all set in beautifully tended gardens with a magnificent mountain backdrop.

Next door to Aqualandia you'll find Mundomar a marine life and exotic animal park with its marvelous menagerie of colourful creatures including parrots, penguins, seals and dolphins.

Take to the Seas and Mountains

Take a day trip boat ride from the port to Benidorm Island a 30 minute trip which includes the chance to see the local sea life through a glass bottomed boat. There are also half day excursions by boat to the Costa Blanca resort of Calpe to the north.

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For a day's excursion inland, try a visit to the extraordinary mountain fortress at Guadalest now one of the top tourist attractions in the whole of Spain. Regular coach tours are organised from Benidorm to this former Moorish stronghold, built in 715. The views are breathtaking and it's a great place for souvenir shopping.

Travel north up the coast 11 kilometres from Benidorm to explore the town of Altea with its delightful medieval cobbled streets, excellent restaurants and distinctive blue domed church in the plaza of the old town. Tuesday's a good day to visit when the Costa Blanca's biggest outdoor market is held here.

Take the Lemon Express from Benidorm and head north in this lovely old style train which wends its way through the olive, lemon and olive groves to the small town of Gata. This is the home of hand crafted wicker goods you've never seen so many wicker hats, baskets and chairs on display in one street before! And you can visit Gata's guitar factory where handmade guitars are lovingly fashioned from rosewood and mahogany.

For the more adventurous types, there are jeep safaris into the mountains and horseback excursions.

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