FINESTRAT BAY I love this little bay. My friend and I stayed here for 3 days full board for €75
Alicante Spain, two-hour flight away from London, Gatwick UK it goes so quick and you can pick up for less than £60 return some months of the year. Transfers to Benidorm costing about £6 each way makes it a relatively cheap break. Benidorm attracts over five million tourists a year from many parts of the world but mainly Europe, it has 320 sunny days a year roughly so that is a huge attraction especially for us in Britain who suffer medically from the cold. With 5 km of beaches you can pick to be in the hub of activity with nightclubs or a less active area with bars or even be in a real quiet part and with 150 hotels, 157 disco pubs, about 800 bars, 330 restaurants and 5 theme parks you have so much choice. What is there not to like?
The Old Town is a must to visit with many small tapas bars tucked up little lanes with true spanish food, for the shoppers there are many, from one euro shops to expensive womans wear and luxury handbags and shoes, the spanish are very elegant when you see them out for their nightly stroll along the quiet beachfront or just sitting taking in the views and catching up with friends.
If you are eating out on a budget then you have to look for a “el menu del día” which is a menu of the day consisting of 3 courses, bread and a drink. It is normally written on a chalk board outside the restaurant and can vary in price from as little as €7 per person so look out for the bargain meals served between 1pm & 4pm. Some places do them all day and night so it is worth having a look round.
For the sun worshipers you can hire a sun bed on the beach for €4.50 a day but keep your ticket as you can move anywhere along the long stretch of beach which is very handy if you want to try somewhere different for lunch or a drink and then go down to the beach nearest you. There are lifeguards all along the beaches so safe for the little ones, in fact it caters for all ages here as you can hire mobility scooters and many do as you will see them along the front.
Keeping your windows closed and shutters or curtains closed during the day will keep your room/apartment cooler. Buy the very large bottles of water to keep in your fridge as it is much cheaper. If you are eating in some days then pop to a Masymas supermarket or a Mercadona as these will be cheaper than small shops along the many streets. There is even an Iceland a very short bus ride away from Levante beach its a number 10 bus with all trips no matter where you go for €1.50 single.
You still get a beer for a euro in some bars and cocktails are about €5, full english start at about €4 and rising but check to see what it includes.
Market day is Tuesday which is Levante area, that has many bargains.
Another great deal breaker is that all mobile calls and texts now come out of your own data so no roaming charges from now.
So there you have my tips for a great holiday in Benidorm, enjoy.