What makes the perfect family holiday? Loads of things. That quiet beach you found, hot sunny days at the water park, or the kids trying new foods for the first time. Every family is different. Individual family members don’t always agree on the best bit of the holiday, but why would you want to? Family holidays are just as much about the individuals as the family being together.
Choosing a destination that caters to the family as one and as individuals is key. Here are 12 reasons why Benidorm might just tick the family box.
- Beautiful beaches
There’s a reason it became popular in the first place and it’s clear once you set foot on the sun-soaked sand. Benidorm is home to long, sweeping golden sand beaches with crystal clear waters. Take a dip, build a sandcastle; enjoy some family time in the sun.
- There’s beach choice aplenty
You can easily mix up your beach time. Levante (Sunrise beach) is lively and great for water sports; out at sea is a wet playground with diving boards, rafts, and swinging bridges for the adventurous. Poniente (Sunset beach) is a little quieter, favoured by locals and “less touristy”. The sunsets here are breath-taking.
- It’s safe
The gentle gradient of the sand sloping into the water offers safe swimming for small children. There are also lifeguards on duty in the summer months. Family safety is at the forefront of council planning as they’ve organised for colourful picture boards along the beach to be used as designated meeting points; perfect when the kids are returning from their activities.
- A good first holiday for the little ones
Flights from the UK are on average 2hrs 30mins making it a good first family trip abroad. Average temperatures in the hottest months are about 25°C; a great first experience of the seaside for the youngest of kids.
- Alternate days at the theme park
Not many European seaside destinations boast theme parks. Let alone five. Benidorm is a haven for thrill seekers with variety aplenty. The largest theme park in Europe, Terra Mitica, caters for adrenaline junkies, while the likes of MundoMar and Terra Natura offer an intriguing look at the animal kingdom.
- It caters for teenagers
Levante beach is the place to see and be seen for teenagers, as well as to get their first taste of water sports including jet-skiing, parasailing and the customary banana boat. You’ll also find activities aimed specifically at that age group away from the beach including paintball for the over 12s; much better surroundings than a muddy field in the UK.
- The interesting landscape
It’s not just the beach that makes Benidorm a spectacular place to visit. A Jeep Safari will see you off-road up into the mountains, through valleys and along a dried river bed before sampling local flavour in remote villages.
- The chance to try something new
Heading out to eat in Tapas Alley, part of the Old Town, gives the entire family the opportunity to indulge their taste buds with classic Spanish cuisine. Traditional tapas dishes include calamari, patatas bravas and gambas. Served on small plates, the fast food nature of tapas makes it ideal for everyone to dig in, share, and order more!
- Playing it close to home
If trying new dishes gets a little tiresome for the smaller kids, you’ll find all the old favourites from home in the many beach-side restaurants and bars.
- Family friendly night-time entertainment
A night out in the Big Top at The Benidorm Circus is ideal for the little ones. There are no animals involved at all, but plenty of acrobats and clowns. You’ll also find numerous family-friendly cabaret shows at the likes of Café Benidorm and the White Horse Pub; the pub’s arcade area is great for children.
- A bit of history
Dragging yourself away from the beach for a day you can experience the best the area has to offer on a variety of day trips. Discover Guadalest; a picture postcard village perched on a mountain top and explore the famous castle and dungeon.
- Europe’s largest water park
A day out at the largest water park in Europe will cater to everyone’s tastes with high speed drop slides like the Big Bang or Kamikaze for the daring, the wave pool and the lazy river for the sun-worshippers, and even a gym for those missing their daily exercise routine.
What are your tips for family-friendly fun in Benidorm? We’d love to hear from you so let us know in the comments below.