Whether you're in Benidorm for a two-week holiday or a weekend break, try to make time to visit Benidorm Island, one of this region's best natural attractions.
About Benidorm IslandBenidorm island is an islet located around 3.5km from the coast of mainland Benidorm. It has many nicknames, one of which is The Rock, as some believe it's the missing chunk from the top of Puig Campana mountain behind Benidorm. Another nickname is Peacock Island Benidorm, due to the large peacock population here. Whatever name you give it, this small island is definitely worth a visit during your holiday to Benidorm.
Getting to Benidorm IslandYou can reach Benidorm Island from the mainland via a glass-bottom boat, which is a great way of seeing fish and other animals living under the sea and makes the journey as interesting as the destination. All boats depart hourly from the port, which you can reach via a taxi or bus if your accommodation is not within walking distance.
Enjoy amazing views on the wayYou can admire the view of Benidorm's spectacular skyline and surrounding mountains on your way over. In fact, some say the whole trip to Peacock Island Benidorm is worth it just for this view and the photo opportunities. As Benidorm Island is a nature reserve, there are plenty of animals to see, especially birds. There are also many flowers and plants to enjoy, and if you wander up the path to the summit, you'll get a great view across Costa Blanca, all the way to Alicante, in fact. There is a café on the island, too, but it's a good idea to bring some food for a picnic, find a comfy spot, and enjoy your surroundings before you return to the mainland.
Other places you can explore near Benidorm Island
The Old TownAfter visiting Peacock Island Benidorm, you could take a trip to Benidorm's beautiful Old Town, where you can explore its quaint cobbled streets and elegant tapas bars. See the beautiful historic Church of San Jaime, and head to the ruins of Benidorm castle, where you can walk on the famous seafront balcony known as the 'Balcony of the Mediterranean'. Mundomar If you enjoyed seeing the peacocks at Benidorm Island, you'll love Mundomar too. Spend the whole day at this exciting animal park, where you can look at dozens of species ranging from sea lions and parrots to dolphins and owls. Mundomar is also acclaimed for its world-class shows, and is renowned as not just a great attraction, but a centre for conservation too.
The Sierra HeladaIf you're longing for a quieter alternative to the bars and clubs, then escape to the Sierra Helada, a glorious natural park with enormous coastal cliffs and stunning coves where you can go snorkelling or diving. These cliffs are 300 metres above sea level, so they are a very impressive sight at any time of year, especially in the soft early morning light. If you're visiting in high summer, bring plenty of water with you, and avoid hiking during the hottest part of the day. Some of the paths can be steep, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes if you're planning on hiking around this part of the region.
Terra Natura and Aqua Natura parksThese huge sister parks provide endless fun for the whole family. You'll need a full day to explore each one, so try and fit at least one of the parks into your itinerary after you've visited Peacock Island Benidorm.
Terra NaturaAt Terra Natura, you'll see some incredible wildlife from all over the world across four themed areas: Asia, Europe, America and Pangea. Ride high in the sky on a zip wire as you watch the elephants grazing below you in the Asia section, then see the roebucks and fallow deer at the Europe section. In Pangea, you can get acquainted with the world's most venomous species, including African scorpions, multi-coloured frogs and deadly snakes, and in the Americas zone you'll see everything from jaguars and armadillos to toucans and monkeys.
Aqua NaturaZoom down adrenaline-pumping water slides and ride the waves at the wave pool at Aqua Natura, the perfect alternative to the beach or your hotel pool. Challenge someone down the multi-track slides, or ride down the Zigzag Giant Slide or Black Hole, both over 100 metres long. Aqua Natura also holds special sea lion exhibitions, where you can learn about these amazing creatures. From day trips to Benidorm Island to unforgettable days out at theme parks, there's never a dull moment in this region of Spain.