Happy Bank Holiday to everyone who has the day off! And happy birthday to myself! Now on to today’s post:
Everyone was eager to show us the “alternative” side of Benidorm. That is, to show us that there is a lot more to the area than just laying out in a beach chair, burning to a crisp while either getting on the lash or nursing a terrible hangover. And show us some activities they did! As a fairly unadventurous person, I really got to unleash my inner adrenaline junky on this trip, partaking in some activities that I’ve always wanted to do, but never had the chance to (like riding a jet ski).
Before I left England, Sam enviously surveyed my itinerary and proclaimed that someone had put together his perfect holiday, so I had to make every moment count so as to not let him down!
As long time readers may well know, several years ago I rode a bike in Hyde Park for the first time in several decades. Ride would be an over-exaggeration. I re-learned how to ride a bike. And then haven’t touched a bike again since then. So I was both excited and terrified to learn that we’d be riding electric bikes in Benidorm.
Riding an electric bike, for all intents and purposes, is mechanically the same as riding a normal bike, but you switch on the motor and it gives you an instant boost. We rode them into a local national park along twisting and turning cliffs and up and down quite steep hills. I was petrified and exhilarated. I had the best time, but my knuckles were white from gripping the handlebar so hard.
It’s a very green friendly (and fun!) way to see Benidorm. You can rent them from Tao Bike for €18 for 4 hours. Tao Bike is located at Av. Mediterráneo, 62 · Benidorm · 03503.
We went on a shortened version of the Marco Polo jeep tour through the region. The original tour takes all day and goes through the mountains, abandoned villages, near to waterfalls and gorgeous lakes and explores quaint little towns. I loved getting to see a bit more of the Costa Blanca, and the tour took us to one of my favourite things to see during our trip: the little village of Guadalest.
Marco Polo safari tours cost around €62 per person. It is located at Avenida de Europa 5, Benidorm, 03503
Riding on a jet ski is one of those things that has always been on my bucket list, so I am super glad that I’ve finally managed to tick that activity off of the list! I was paired up with our fabulous representative from IceLolly, and I peer pressured him into driving the jet ski. Some of the other girls swapped half way through, but as many readers know, my driving skills are way below par on land, so I didn’t want to chance it on water.
Even as a passenger only, I had an absolutely wonderful time and would 100% ride a jet ski again at the next available opportunity!
Jet Ski hire cost around €80 for half an hour from Carlos Water Sports . It is located at Levante Beach, Benidorm, 03503
I mentioned when Sam and I went snorkelling in Thailand, that whilst it was beautiful, I had a really difficult time with it. I wear contacts because my vision is non-existent without them and I couldn’t find a pair of goggles that didn’t leak due to my freakishly tiny head, risking washing out my contacts and leaving me blind for the duration of the day. I didn’t have that problem in Benidorm! After checking to make sure that all of our kit was sized appropriately for us, the lovely woman who ran the snorkelling business gave me a pair of child sized goggles and voila! Snorkelling was fun again!
We rode on a speed boat out to Benidorm island. (The fin shaped island that you can see off the coast in a lot of my pictures.) The water was chilly, but not unbearably cold. I was lucky enough to see quite a few fish, but I know that some of the other girls missed them.
Outfits worn on this trip:
Do any of these activities take your fancy?