Red7 Blogs , August 12, 2016
With its buzzing nightlife and year round sunshine, it’s no surprise that Benidorm is one of Spain’s most popular holiday destinations for Brits. Considered a home away from home for many, Benidorm for a stag do is the ideal mix of sunshine and home comforts – plus one of the only Spanish resorts that can offer a traditional English breakfast to cure that mega hangover!
Life’s a beach. And here in Benidorm you can find two main beaches that dominate this amazing coastline. Playa de Levante is where you’ll find all the action. Stretching 2km alongside beach bars and restaurants, Playa de Levante is rated one of the best beaches in Europe. With the joys of white sands, water sports and an intoxicating atmosphere, Playa de Levante is obviously the place to be.
In need of a more relaxing vibe after that big night out? Then you’ll want to head over to Poniente Beach. Located on the other side of the old town and close to Benidorm Harbour, this beach tends to be a little more on the quiet side. Here you can chill out under a palm tree in Parque de Elche. Or head to Playa del Malpas, a sunny cove between the two main beaches. Accessed from the old town the beach doesn’t have a promenade behind or allow water sports but it does have clear shallow blue waters and volleyball courts!
You can’t visit Benidorm without getting involved in some seriously amazing water sports. Whether you and the lads are interested in Banana Boats, Cable Water Skiing, Wakeboarding or Slalom, these can all be found on Playa de Levante beach. Alternatively, if you just want to relax, take the Glass Bottomed Boat Trip to Benidorm Island – also known as Peacock Island. The glass bottom allows you to watch the fish beneath you as you make your way across the water to the Island. There might not be a hell of a lot to see on Benidorm Island itself – just a café and a couple of peacocks, but the boat journey alone is well worth it.
For thrill seekers that can’t get enough of white knuckle rides, Benidorm has a multitude of theme parks to keep you entertained. Terra Mitica Theme Park is one of the largest theme parks in Europe. Made up of 5 areas based on the ancient worlds of Rome, Greece, Egypt, The Islands and Iberia, this park has all the adrenaline pumping and gravity defying rides you could ask for. If you and the lads fancy even more of a splash around, head to Aqualandia Water Park. Again, this park boasts the highest capsule slide in the world! For a more easy going water park experience visit Aqua Natura Water Park, a great way to ease into the day after a mini hangover. Here you can enjoy water slides, wave machines, hydrotherapy AND sea lions.
If you really want to stitch the stag up, try Baby Bull Running. Dressed in a red flamenco outfit, the stag will enter the bull ring and try to outrun the baby bulls running at him – yikes! If you prefer a more peaceful experience with animals Terra Natura Zoo is a zoo with no visible barriers, so as you walk around the enclosures it feels as if you could reach out and pet them. For the early birds that are missing out on their home fitness regime, be sure to check into a Beach Exercise Class which can be found early morning on the main beaches. And if none of these take your fancy, there’s always that classic stag fail-safe – Crazy Golf!
Made famous by the hit TV show Benidorm, one of the most popular and hilarious ways to get around Benidorm is to Hire Mobility Scooters. The town seems to be cracking down on the use of these for bar crawling, but there are still places that will offer these for hire. Just use responsibly!
Or if you and the guys are after great views of the city with a bit more speed , the famous 24-mile Downhill Mountain Bike Tour is ideal, plus alongside the views you’ll also get an insight into Spanish life and local history. For unmissable views further down the coast, go for a day trip to Altea to see the sweeping bay, mountains and Benidorm in the distance.
At night, the atmosphere in Benidorm comes alive. Open throughout the year, there’s a constant buzz along the strip. January and early February tend to be quieter as a few venues close to give staff and entertainers a break, however during these months there’s still plenty to do at night.
The Benidorm Square, also known as the English Square, is no doubt the most popular area in Benidorm to party. A large collection of pubs and clubs make up the main strip, so it is easy to bar hop as you make your way through the town. Some of the clubs, such as Red7 favourite Club Ku (which even has an outdoor swimming pool), stay open until 7am – just in time to watch the sun come up on Playa de Levante! All along the beach you’ll find the Benidorm Beach Bars, including popular haunt Tiki Beach Bar Benidorm. Open from 10am to 1am, it’s one to add to the itinerary if you plan to start the party early.
You can’t visit Benidorm without seeing a show of some sort. Whether it’s Cabaret, live performances or tributes, it’s a must do when you’re there. The Cabaret at Morgan’s Tavern Live Shows have been made famous by TV show Benidorm, whilst Benidorm Palace promises a show full of dancers and fancy costumes. For the lads who like to start the night with a little karaoke, Levis Showboat is the place for you, with karaoke until 10pm before the Cabaret starts. If rock is more your thing, the Rock and Roll House is where to go for classic rock, plus it’s also jam-packed with rock and roll memorabilia making for some great selfie shots.
For the nights you’re not entertained by a cabaret show, Benidorm is host to tons of Karaoke Bars, which always guarantee a good time. They’re also the perfect warm up for the Foam Party nights that are held in most clubs! Alternatively, if you and the guys love the wild wild west, Western Saloon is the answer. This American and country style bar not only looks incredible, but it also shows regular live performances offering stellar entertainment.
There’s always an occasion to celebrate in Benidorm, and this is made official with over 55 Free Street Fiestas thrown throughout the year (except in August). For the guys heading out in March, the Fallas Fiesta celebrates the discovery of a ship on Poniente beach. This scene is re-enacted and the ship is then set alight creating a massive bonfire, a terrific way to see the town shining in all its glory. If you’re travelling to Benidorm in February, Carnival sees the streets full of processions, fancy dress competitions and the unusual ritual of the Burial of the Sardine…
When it comes to choosing where to stay in Benidorm you only really have two options: front and centre where you’ll be close to all the action, or further out of town where it’s typically quieter. Benidorm is full of adult-only hotels and apartments, with some of the most popular bars located within certain central hotels. One of the most popular choices is Benidorm Celebrations, an adults-only Pool Party Resort. Benidorm Celebration can be booked through Red7 and is just a short walk from Levante Beach and surrounded by bars. Hotel Ambassador Playa II, also in the town centre, has four of its own bars, including the Explorer Club, so is definitely worth a visit. Or for incredible views head to Hotel Gran Bali, which is the highest hotel in Europe.
Fly into Benidorm’s Alicante International Airport, just 60km (45 minute transfer) away from the centre of the resort. Once you’ve arrived and depending on where your accommodation is, the best way to get around Benidorm is on foot (or on mobility scooters!). Buses are also a cheap option to explore the central area, as are taxis in Benidorm – just make sure they are licensed before you get in. If you want to get a good view of the coast, the Tram is a great and inexpensive way to explore the wider areas outside Benidorm.
If you’re only planning on a short visit to Benidorm but loved the TV show based here, visiting the real-life places they filmed the TV hit in is a must do!
This is actually Morgan’s Tavern, the only bar in Benidorm in the shape of a pirate ship!
The show kept the original name of the very popular Cabaret venue in Benidorm. Each night they have a dinner and show, appearing on the TV series as it would on a day to day basis.
Our Red7 Travel Gurus have tons of other great ideas for your stag do in Benidorm. Call us or shoot us a quick enquiry to find out how we can make your stag do one to remember!