Originally a small fishing village, Benidorm has grown to become one of the most popular resorts on the Costa Blanca. The city, with its modern skyscrapers, has two beaches: Poniente Beach and Levante Beach. It also boasts an attractive promenade lined with palm trees, restaurants and bars. Benidorm is not just about sea and sand, however, as it offers several fun theme parks with entertainment for the whole family.
Aqualandia, Aqua Natura and Iberia Park are water parks with exciting slides and pools, while Mundomar Benidorm is an animal park with monkeys, dolphins and other water animals. Terra Mitica Park offers land-based adventure with exciting roller coasters and adrenaline-boosting rides, while Terra Natura is a nature park where visitors can enjoy visiting African and Asian wildlife. The city also offers a wide range of nightclubs and live entertainment, while cultural events, including music festivals, theatre and annual festivals, are enjoyable for everyone. There is a good variety of 4 star hotels in Benidorm to suit couples, families and singles.
Terra Natura has a different concept from the traditional zoo known as ""Zooimmersion"". The invisible barriers between the enclosures make visitors feel they can make direct contact with the elephants, rhinos, tigers and other endangered species living there. The park is home to more than 1,500 animals with 200 species represented surrounded by trees and shrubs.
As a contrast to the modern tower blocks, Benidorm's Old Town is a worthwhile visit with its traditional whitewashed homes and attractive, blue-domed church. Each year the city celebrates many fiestas or saint days in this area, while the narrow, cobbled streets are lined with shops, tapas bars and restaurants offering a taste of the real Spain.
There is a range of 4 star hotels in Benidorm to choose from. Port Benidorm Hotel & Spa, located a few steps from Levante Beach, is ideal for families or couples. The hotel offers a pool and children's pool and a relaxing spa. There is a restaurant and bar as well as live entertainment for the whole family. Double, triple and family rooms come with air-conditioning, LED TV, free WiFi and en suite bathrooms. Magic Natura Bungalow Park is a Polynesian Lodge Resort with access to Terra Natura. The resort has pools, bars, restaurants and children's clubs, while two and three-bedroom air-conditioned bungalows offer free WiFi, a terrace and kitchenette.