I don’t know if you’ve ever googled “date ideas in Benidorm”, but if you haven’t – let me tell you that there is nothing on there.
Instead, what you find is “hen and stag do activities” or “hen do packages in Benidorm”. Hold up, that’s not exactly even remotely close to what I searched. We’re talking about a date here, not a bachelorette party!
Something I love doing is filling the internet with things that aren’t already there. What’s the point in writing only about things that are already at your disposal? I like to feel like I’m adding something valuable.
Sometimes, people like that it’s written in my voice and I love that. It’s like my Ordering a Coffee in Spain post. There’s plenty of coffee posts floating around on the web, but they don’t feature my photos or my favourites – It’s why blogs work. You trust who you know.
But this post is going to be special to me. I’m putting something out there brand new, that might just help some of you find romantic or fun date ideas to do in Benidorm. Even more fitting, today is Alex’s birthday. So, this post is dedicated to Alex. Happy birthday.
We’ve had our fair share of dates in Benidorm now and let me tell you, it is possible. If you’re looking for your first couples holiday or you’ve been coming for a while and just haven’t found the best spots, then stick around because these are some of the best places you can go for a date in Benidorm.
1. Plan a Picnic
This is something we’re planning to do this weekend. Head down to the beach, with a big blanket, candles, nibbles and a bottle of wine. Get there just before sunset. The best beach to go to is Poniente, you get to see the sunset at a great angle, plus there’s usually some boats crossing peacefully over the water. Try to get as close to the Tossal, as possible!
2. Take a Chocolate Factory Tour
Learn something and get chocolate whilst you’re there? Did I mention, it’s free?! The Valor Chocolate Factory in Villajoyosa is reachable by Tram from Benidorm for 1.35€ single each. Get off at Creueta and make sure you check the timetable online for what time the English tour is running.
3. Visit the Tossal and See the Sunset
If you love walking and you love sunsets, this one is perfect. It’s also completely free. The Tossal is in La Cala de Finestrat and from the top, you can see some absolutely amazing views. Marvel at Benidorm in the distance and watch the sky transform with an array of colours.
4. Go to a Gala Dinner
Instead of just any dinner, go to the Benidorm Palace and have a fancy dinner. Plus, it’s a great excuse to get dressed to the nines and watch their fabulous cabaret show.
5. Go for Tapas on Tapas Alley
One of the best foodie spots in Benidorm without a doubt is Tapas Alley. Grab some nibbles and a glass of wine or a beer and do it like the locals do.
6. Sing Karaoke
Have a laugh and sing a duet. When in doubt, Danny and Sandy’s “Summer Nights” cannot be beaten. There are plenty of Karaoke spots in Benidorm and Finestrat. Voices Karaoke Bar is a popular Karaoke hotspot.
Light pollution can be pretty detrimental to seeing the stars. But, if you head down to La Cala beach or Poniente beach and look out to the horizon, you can usually see so many constellations. If not, head up the mountain into a small village and you’ll see some amazing stars.
If you’re looking for a fun and exhilarating date then I’d definitely take a trip go-karting. There are two tracks, one is Karting Benidorm and the other is Karting Finestrat.
9. Go to a Fancy Bar and Dress Up
Get dressed up, go to a fancy bar, and try something off the exotic cocktails list. There are plenty of beautiful fancy bars in Benidorm. Hotel bars are usually a great place to start, The Hotel Madeira has an outstanding rooftop bar with magnificent views of Benidorm.
10. Head on a Mini Road Trip
If you have access to a car, take a trip to one of the beautiful villages outside of Benidorm. Get the music playing and see the wonderful mountainous views on route. For a quick but enjoyable mini road trip, I’d recommend Moraira, Orxeta, Campomanes, Guadalest, Altea, Albir or Javea.
11. Hit the Arcades
A great date idea is to head to the arcades. It’s guaranteed to bring lots of laughs and hopefully some healthy competition! There are a few arcades dotted in Benidorm, but the best one is on the roof of C.C La Marina Shopping Centre.
12. Go for a Massage
Did somebody say relax? Couples massages are just amazing unless you have a boyfriend like mine who hates them! There are plenty of massage spots around Benidorm. The Best Spa Hotels is a good place to start looking.
13. Work Together at an Escape Room
If you’re more adventure than romance then this one is definitely for you. There are three games available at Benidorm Escape Room: Zombies, Cold War and The Orphanage. All of them are cool games that will test your wit, plus you’ll still be laughing about it for weeks after!
14. Have a Five Course Dinner at Different Places
Instead of going to one restaurant, pick a bunch of different restaurants to enjoy various courses of your dinner date at. This is a typical Spanish activity! A starter at one, main at another and carry it on. Plus, it means a glass of wine at each place. Winning.
15. Ride Jet-Skis
Skimming across the water is an exhilarating and fun day whilst getting to admire the views of Benidorm. You’ll feel like you’re flying!
16. Find a Rooftop Pool and Go Swimming
Rooftop pools make for a great date spot. The Hotel Centro Mar and Hotel Flamingo Oasis have some great rooftop pools!
17. Go Shopping
Definitely not for all couples! But, you can head to C.C La Marina and do some shopping then finish it off at Jamaica for an amazing coffee with ice-cream.
18. Meet for Drinks at Balcón del Mediterráneo
There are plenty of quaint bars at Balcón del Mediterráneo, have a sangria and admire the panoramic views!
19. Walk at Julio Iglesias Park
The Aigüera Park is a picturesque park behind the Town Hall of Benidorm. Have a stroll, but leave the pooch at home, no dogs allowed here!
20. Have a Game Night
Get out your favorite board game and have a game night date. If you’re on holiday, sometimes the hotels will have a stash of games in Reception. If not, there are plenty of Bazaars that sell them relatively cheap!
21. Go to the Zoo
Have a wander through Terra Natura and admire the elephants, tigers, monkeys and more! If you’re more of a thrill seeker, you can go to the theme park, Terra Mitica, or the water parks, Aqualandia or Aqua Natura.
22. Be a Keeper for a Day
This is such a fun activity, head to Mundomar and Be A Keeper for a Day. It’s amazing value too!
23. Take a Hike
From heading up to the cross or the walks to the Albir Lighthouse or the climb to the Tossal, there are plenty of beautiful hiking paths in Benidorm.
24. Wake up at 5 a.m. and Watch the Sunrise
Not all great dates are at night. Get up early, curl up together, and watch the sunrise. Levante is one of the best places to see the sunrise in Benidorm.
25. Have a Bowling Competition
Head up to C.C La Marina to Bowling Paradise and see who can win! If you go on a Wednesday, there is a massive discount!
26. Watch a Film at the Cinema
Ahh, that typical date. But, give it a Spanish twist and watch a film in Spanish. You might not understand the words but you’ll understand the emotion. Curl up at the cinema at C.C La Marina or the one in Rincon.
27. Ice Skating
Falling and tripping is all part of the fun. Skate hand in hand around the ice rink that pops up at the Town Hall during December and early January.
28. Flashback to Medieval Times
An evening at the Medieval Times is guaranteed to be a good night. The Magic Robin Hood have a dinner and a show and I’m desperate to go!
29. Relax at the Spa
A great way to relax or rejuvenate, depending on which one you pick! There are plenty of Spa’s scattered around Benidorm. The Hotel Dynastic in Benidorm has a refreshing, good-value one at their hotel.
30. Have an Afternoon Tea
You can have a lovely afternoon tea in Benidorm. The Hotel Don Pancho offer one as does the Loft in the Old Town.
Or… Head to the Beach or the Pool
After all, it’s about being together and whilst you’re here soak up the endless summer sun. The rocks at La Cala are a lovely place to sit and people watch. Sometimes, switching off is the best date you can have. Dates don’t have to be going out and doing things. Sit and relax by the pool.
Happy birthday, Alex. Here’s to many more dates.