New for 2021 we offer this excellent value 15 day tour to the year round sunshine resort of Benidorm on Spain’s Costa Blanca. Benidorm began its life as a tiny fishing port and its humble origins can still be found in the intricate cobbled streets of the Old Town. Today, as a top international holiday centre, it’s perfect for a winter holiday enjoying approximately 6 hours of sunshine per day and an average daily temperature of 60 degrees. It is large but very carefully planned; one of its main advantages being that it is very flat and easy to get about so you can enjoy a relaxing stroll along either of the lengthy promenades beside the resort’s two beaches of Poniente and Levante. There’s plenty of late shopping and many bars offering excellent prices including the traditional Spanish Tapas bars. What better way to escape the winter blues?
The 3 star+ Poseidon Resort is excelently located just a five-minute walk from Levante Beach, the old town and the centre of Benidorm. It is also just a short walk to the nearest bars, shops and restaurants. The hotel boasts two buildings which share facilities including gardens and swimming pools. All of the bedrooms come with a balcony, a TV, a safe, hairdryer and en-suite facilities. Public rooms include a buffet restaurant, lounge bar area and lifts.
Thursday Our door to door service takes you to the waiting coach for the drive to Folkestone during which a light breakfast is served. Boarding the morning train a glass of fizz and snacks set the holiday mood. Joining the motorway our luxury Club Class coach carries us past Paris to central France and our overnight hotel in Bourges.
Friday After a buffet breakfast we depart our hotel and head south towards Clermont-Ferrand then over the incredible Viaduc De Millau, the world’s highest motorway bridge that spans the River Tarn. We make a stop with time for photos before continuing our drive to the sparkling coast of the Medterranean. Our second overnight hotel is in Perpignan, close to the Spanish border.
Saturday Departing Perpignan we make use of the motorway and cross the border into Spain. We then travel along the Costa Brava, Costa Dorado and on past Valencia to reach the Costa Blanca and our holiday resort of Benidorm by late afternoon.
Sunday to Monday During our stay in Benidorm we include the following five excursions exploring the coast and countryside of the Costa Blanca: 1) Valencia – Spain’s third largest city set on the Turia River, and whose old town features a 14th century cathedral with unfinished towers. 2) Alicante & Elche – Alicante is a modern city with a strong Algerian influence, home to the Castillo de Santa Barbara, an imposing fortress set high on a rock overlooking the city and coastline. Then on to the town of Elche noted for its date palm groves originally planted by the Moors. 3) Cabo de la Noa, Denia and Javea – A day’s tour taking in the towns of Javea and Denia, both a mix of modern resort and traditional old town with white washed villas. We also head out to the headland and lighthouse at Cabo de la Nao, the easternmost point on the coastline. 4) Polop, Guadalest and Alcoy – A journey inland takes us to the old town of Polop with its historic castle, and on towards the Dierra de Atana and the peaceful Moorish fortress village of Guadalest. On through rugged landscape to Alcoy, site of a 13th century battle between the Christians led by St George and the Moors. 5) Costa Blanca – A drive along this popular coastline taking in the village of Altea with pretty houses and a blue domed church, the quiet resort of Calpe and the dramatic rocky outcrop of Penyal d’Ifac overlooking its charming fishing harbour. There will also be days at leisure for you to relax and perhaps enjoy the glorious sandy beaches, the old fishing quarter and the traditional bodegas.
Tuesday We say goodbye to Benidorm and the Hotel Poseidon Resort to retrace our steps north crossing the border back into France and on to Perpignan for our evening meal and overnight stay.
Wednesday We depart after a buffet breakfast and head north through the Limousin region to our final night’s accommodation once again at Bourges.
Thursday Homeward bound passing the great cities of Orlean and the French capital, Paris. On through Northern France to Amien, home to the world’s largest gothic cathedral, before reaching the coast and the Channel Tunnel at Calais for our late afternoon train back to the UK. We arrive in our home area mid evening after a very enjoyable tour.
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