Costa Blanca, Costa Fun!

18.June 2013

Our Journey

Photo Credit: Gone-Walkabout

The first thought that pops into most people’s minds when they think of summer holidays is Spain. Close to home, cheap and always hitting the spot, Espana has many resorts to choose from. Cheap package holidays mean more money to spend, and this means extra luxury. I recently added an airport hotel to my break, when I stayed at the The Sofitel at Gatwick, and it made my holiday extra relaxing and special, all for very little extra cash.

Bargain!

The Costa Blanca is a go-to favourite for us Brits; practically on our doorstep, it feels like a home away from home, with the added extra of mega sunshine compared to our rather unpredictable weather!

Flights head into Alicante regularly throughout summer, and you’ll find many low-cost airlines heading in that direction. My idea of pre-booking an airport hotel, like the Premier Inn Heathrow Airport, really will come in handy if you have an early flight, as most tend to be these days. You’ll find a selection of hotels at most large airports, and this is a recommendation I can’t rate highly enough.

A rested start is the best idea going if you’re travelling with children, who will be high on excitement. Benidorm is of course the family favourite, and with so much to see and do, it’s hardly surprising, yet there are many smaller resorts dotted around the coast, which are often overshadowed by this big-hitting destination. However, because of its popularity, let’s focus mainly on the home of the hit ITV show.

Benidorm is around an hour’s transfer, but if you’re able to, I’d recommend hiring a car and using it for both your transfer and exploring the surrounding countryside. You wouldn’t expect such beauty next to such a commercial resort, but it really is stunning. Denia is a small resort on the north of the area, and I’d recommend heading there for a day. Alternatively, Alicante is a great choice, and Valencia is breathtaking with its Roman architecture and old-world charm. Of course, there are many fantastic shops here too, which completely sells it for me!

Back in Benidorm, and you’re treated to two large beaches, which get very busy during peak season, with many water-sports on offer. If the kids are bored of the sand and want a splash in a completely different setting, then head to Europe’s largest water-park at Aqualandia. You’ll have seen this on the TV show too, and it’s a great day out for all the family.

I’d personally book a boat-trip and head out for a day’s chilled-out floating around the beautiful coastline. Just remember that hat and sun-cream, I’ve been caught out many a time with the sunburn on boat trips!

Benidorm is a high-energy holiday, and despite lounging around the pool or on the beach, it’s a tiring family holiday with so much to see and do. This is where a night’s stay in a hotel will come in handy, and might just calm down the kids pre-flight! I can’t recommend it enough, and after my stay at the Sofitel Heathrow, I really was hooked. Check it out for yourself.

Night-time on the Costa Blanca isn’t really about chilling out either, and if you’re in Benidorm be ready to party and karaoke your night away. Food-wise, there are many British dishes around, but I’d suggest trying some traditional Spanish food, especially fresh paella.

Whether you choose you base yourself in bustling Benidorm, with its neon lights and charming old town, or whether you head to one of the smaller resorts, you’re guaranteed two things – sunshine, and a fantastic holiday.

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