Since moving to Spain in May we’ve had some great days out on the Costa Blanca and have enjoyed going to places we’ve never visited before.
My parents were over for 3 weeks recently and they treated us to a day out at Terra Mítica in Benidorm.
Terra Mítica is a theme park based on the ancient civilisations and histories of the Greeks, Egyptians and Romans. There are rides for all ages as well as lots of shows, and even a 5* hotel on-site if you plan to stay for more than one day.
How to get to Terra Mítica
If you’re on a family holiday in Benidorm, Terra Mítica is very close – you can even see the sign on the side of the mountain from the town. Don’t worry if you don’t have a car, you can get the tram or bus from Benidorm up to the park.
It’s around a 35-minute drive from Alicante, and if you’re on holiday nearer Murcia it’s approx 1hour and 20 minutes.
Buying tickets for Terra Mítica
Now before you head to the theme park make sure you shop around for tickets. They are cheaper on the website than on the gate and there are various offers for families, as well as joint tickets for the nearby Aqualandia water park and MundoMar zoo which works out well if you plan to visit these as well during your stay. We found tickets for sale on TripAdvisor for much cheaper and saved around €40 in total! It’s also worth keeping your eye out for the leaflets at the shopping malls and airports as these usually have a discount code on them that you can use at the entrance.
If you book online you will need to present a printed copy of your ticket at the gates.
Parking is an additional €7 per car and payable at the gate.
Terra Mítica opening times
In July the park is open from 10:30 am – 9 pm and in August the park’s open from 10:30 am – 10:30 pm. You can see the full calendar on their website.
If you want to get in when the park opens at 10:30 am then I’d recommend getting there for at least 10 am so you’re not queuing for ages just to get into the car park. We visited at the start of July and it was really quiet, we didn’t queue for more than 5 minutes for any of the rides. However, in the summer holidays, you will obviously need to be prepared to queue as at any theme park.
Food and drink at Terra Mítica
Signs everywhere say you can’t take your own food and drink into the park but no one checked our bags so it is up to you if you want to risk it! Food and drink is very expensive in the park as you’d expect, though there are a lot of choice of food options.
You can put your bags in the lockers (€5) at the entrance if you want to come back for your lunch later.
Now onto the park…
Little H is 8 years old and I don’t think I’d take children much younger than that (unless they’re daredevils!) as I’d say the majority of rides are for much older kids and adults.
There’s a small play area for little children and a handful of kids rides. Little He’s favourite was The Icarus swing and the Minotaur’s Labyrinth where you have to shoot monsters in the dark.
There are a few great water rides perfect to cool down on a hot day – just make sure you put your swimming costume on underneath and take a set of spare clothes for the journey home!
There are several rollercoasters for braver visitors and adrenaline junkies – I have to admit we did chicken out of a few of them!
At various times around the park you can watch shows based on Greek, Roman or Egyptian history. Most are in English and Spanish although a couple we saw were just in Spanish. There are also lots of statues and facts around the park which are interesting for kids to look at, especially the ones who have just studied The Romans at school!
The boat ride just outside the gate into Terra Mítica is definitely worth a ride as you get to see lots of the park and it’s also quite nice to sit down for a bit!
When you have had enough of rides, and are hot and sweaty and need to cool off there’s also a great splash park area in the middle of the park. It has jacuzzis, fountains, and slides for the kids. There’s also a larger pool made to look like a lagoon surrounded by rocks but we didn’t go down there as Little H was a bit small for it.
Wherever you are in the park there are amazing views towards Benidorm, the sea and the mountains. You can see for miles and it’s certainly a different setting for a theme park!
It’s not a cheap family day out but we were at Terra Mítica from 10:30 am until 5 pm so we definitely got our money’s worth. We could have stayed later but we were completely wiped out!
If you going on holiday to Benidorm or the Alicante area, and want a day out that isn’t the beach, then I’d recommend taking a look at Terra Mítica.
If you’ve been before, let me know what you thought!