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With Benidorm being part of Costa Blanca's sprawling coastline, it makes sense to visit the iconic Benidorm Palace and experience the new multi-media production dinner show, with tribute acts, gymnasts and acrobats, dancers and live performers.
Europe's first water-ride theme park, and still going strong, Aqualandia is one of Costa Blanca's major attractions with scary water slides and lazy lagoons fun for all the family. Also including an artificial beach and with new attractions added each year, Aqualandia is essential for families and thrill-seekers. Also, next door to Aqualandia is MundoMar, an animal theme park that provides opportunities to swim with dolphins.
Terra Mitica is Benidorm's main theme park and is designed around the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean; Greece, Rome, Iberia, the islands and Egypt, and the mythical world of heroes and gods. Epic battles, fancy dancing and body-twisting acrobatics take place around you, while you seek out thrills on some of the most dizzying rides in Europe, including the free-fall Flight of the Phoenix and an inverted rollercoaster, the Tizona.
Santa Bárbara Castle
The Castillo de Santa Bárbara provides splendid views over the old town and out to sea, and also features a restaurant and shady picnic area for days out and lunches by the sea.
Visitors to Scardroy Costa Blanca are spoiled for choice when it comes to beaches. Benidorm boasts several, and it spends as much on keeping its beaches clean as some small towns do on their streets. There are three main beaches in Benidorm; Levante, which is just over 2km long and runs alongside the main British tourist area; Poniente, to the south, at over 3km is the longest and the tiny Mal Pas, sat in a cove below the old town. All superbly clean and have flown the Blue Flag for quality since it began in 1987.
Alicante also boasts several gorgeous beaches well worth visiting. Postiguet beach sits at the foot of the Castillo de Santa Bárbara and is one of the city's most popular. If you want to shake the sand from your toes and take a stroll, it's right beside the palm tree-lined Explanada de España, with its six million marble tiles laid to create a wave effect mosaic. Further north, San Jan Beach is one of the most famous in Alicante but is only one of the seven the city has to offer.
Diving and Snorkelling
All of the beaches along Costa Blanca's coast provide ideal opportunities for snorkelling, and there are also options to go on a sub-aqua diving excursion to witness the impressive flora, fauna and underwater wildlife.
A short drive from Benidorm and Alicante is the natural park of Serra Gelada (ice mountain) which is a rugged area on the coast, rising over 300m over Benidorm. This place of tranquillity provides relaxing fresh air and the most amazing view in the whole of eastern Spain. The mountain can be climbed on foot and takes around two hours. However, those not wishing to climb can take various journeys up the mountain including a 4X4 Jeep that takes visitors to the top and leaves them to cycle down. An unforgettable experience that is highly recommended for those visiting the area.
For those looking to venture out of Benidorm and Alicante, and if car hire and driving is not a problem, then its worth hiring a car and driving to regional capital city of Valencia which is an hour and 40-minute drive and is a must-see. There are many essential attractions in Valencia, such as the Arts and Sciences Museum, Opera House, 3D Cinema and a massive aquarium.