The brand new and exclusive SOUTH CONNECT SHUTTLE service commenced daily services in May from Alicante Airport (ALC) to popular towns and urbanisations along the Orihuela Costa, south of the airport. Until now destinations like Torrevieja and Le Zenia have only been available via the expensive option of Taxis, or taking buses requiring changes and long journey times. Shuttles run daily for flights arriving or departing between 09:00 and 23:00 with average journey time of about an hour.
DESTINATIONS SOUTH OF ALICANTE AIRPORT
Passengers can pick from a selection of predefined convenient shuttle stops from nine destination serving the region just south of Alicante airport, these include:
With seats available to purchase online up to 24 hours before travel and a fast online booking system allowing passengers to secure a seat in just a few minutes. With fares from just 18€ to 24€ depending on the route this is a very affordable option for single travellers and couples to get to the airport with the minimum of stress and with plenty of time to spare.
Operated by the same company behind the very popular and reliable BENICONNECT services along the north Costa Blanca, SOUTH CONNECT SHUTTLE is sure to quickly become the go-to transport choice for Alicante airport flights for those in the south region along the Orihuela Costa. Find out more about this great new transfer option and BOOK A SOUTH CONNECT SHUTTLE today! Fares start from just 18€ to 24€.
More and more people are choosing smaller three star hotels around the old town especially those who like to travel independent of the big tour operators. Today it is easy to see why, with the quality of service improved, friendly staff and super locations, these really good value hotels are making a massive comeback.
Especially popular with couples and for single travellers, three hotels offering beach, Tapas bars and a taste of real Spain spring to mind:
Offering nicely refurbished rooms and guests areas the Alameda plonks you right on a pedestrian street less than one minute from the Playa Levante beachfront, “Tapas Alley” and all the fun of the old town. They have an amazing rooftop sun deck with infinity views plus a street café bar and terrace for people watching.
A more traditional hotels right overlooking the beach. Gives you the best of both a beach holiday and a foodie break as you are just a hop and skip from good Spanish Restaurants and a selection of great British restaurants too. Enjoy good size rooms many with balconies and UK TV in rooms (BBC ITV). You can be out of bed and on the beach in seconds and evening strolls are the best with over 2km of beach and the prom to walk along.
Completely refurbished back to the shell in 2011 the Roca Mar hotel has got it all in abundance when it comes to small, friendly and unique hotels in Benidorm. Probably one of the best choices for independently minded folks. You get a great breakfast here that includes home baked pastries and bread fresh every morning. Add in friendly staff, a rooftop solarium and a location just a heartbeat from the top of the old town and “Mirador del Castell” for those all-important sunsets and you got yourself a pretty perfect holiday.
Benidorm Sunday & Wednesday Market has it all and more.
The vast market located on the edge of Benidorm in the Rincon de Loix and it is vast, offers everything you could want in a bargain basement sort of way! Even the most demanding deal conscious shopper should find plenty of happy stallholders willing to exchange your Euros for some look-a-like designer gear or a cheap handbag or two!
There is more to the infamous Benidorm market than meets the eye. This is no ordinary marketplace, here you can enjoy a good few hours putting to rest those animal hunting instincts we all have and forage for treats to eat, clothes to wear and sneak up on some bargain booty hidden among row after row of stalls.
Of course, there are the staple stalls found in every market such as long-established fruit and veg businesses and sellers of pic-n-mix nuts, dried fruits and olives galore. If cheap leather is your thing and brown is your colour! You will find a dozen stalls retailing 50 shades of brown coats, bags, shoes, belts of course and even leather hats just like the traveller community wear.
At the back of the market are the cafeteria bars, which you will need after seemingly endless miles of walking up and down the market in the search for those special offers. Enjoy burgers, beers and even Cupcakes or just a coffee then sit and watch the world go by.
Benidorm market is like Woolworth used to be, pile it high and sell it cheap. They certainly do and despite a number of stalls arguably selling mainly tatty stuff, if you are keen-eyed and enjoy a good routing there are many genuine bargains to be found. Even the fake Adidas appear quite well made and would probably fool Adidas! And those Cupcakes are quite delicious.
Whatever your impression, Benidorm market has been around almost as long as Benidorm and is a must visit place either on Wednesday or Sunday. There is a great atmosphere, it is busy and almost everyone seems to leave with arms full of carrier bags. Get there early and remember it is all over by 2pm. Have fun!
One of the best hotels to stay in near the market is the popular 3 star hotel Pueblo, just 100m walk from the entrance to the market.
A big welcome to our brand new and updated Benidorm holiday blog! For our first article we revisit Benidorm Island, the protected Bird and Marine life sanctuary.
GETTING TO THE ISLAND
Daily boats run all year from 10am departing at the harbour in the old town and from the jetty at the far end of the Playa Levante (summer only) in the Rincon de Loix, below the Lido Hotel. The 25 minute journey offers stunning views of Benidorm and superb photo opportunities as you head to the famous island. Adults cost 15€ and children 12€. The price includes a trip on a yellow submarine. Boats run every hour or so during the daytime. Obligatory photo taken as you board!
The trip across the sea is great for a family and for a cost of 54€ for a family of four is acceptable for a boat trip and a morning out on the high-seas. As you approach the island you notice just how big this home for Birds above the water and marine life below actually is. The cliffs tower 240 feet above sea level.
WE ALL LIVE IN A YELLOW SUBMARINE
As soon as you land and before getting your wobbly sea legs sorted you are hurriedly herded into the little yellow submarine with 24 fellow sea mates. Of course the submarine whilst looking just like the one the Beatles sang about is actually a glass bottom boat for you to enjoy a short journey to the bottom of the seas. Yes, there are some fish to see and it is a rather unique experience, but you cannot help notice that the fish are fed to ensure they are always on hand to entertain. Fat fish for sure!
A WALK TO THE TOP OF THE ISLAND WILL LEAVE YOU FEELING POOPED
After an underwater adventure, you can hike up to the very top of the island. Follow the path to the top of the cliffs. The first thing you notice is that the island is a haven for 1000´s of seabirds and as such really is entirely covered in bird poop in a big way! Putting this aside it is well worth the walk to the top simply to enjoy the views and say you have done it. If you love seabirds you will be in heaven. Absolutely fantastic opportunities to take photos looking back toward Benidorm.
ENJOY A SWIM OR A BITE TO EAT BEFORE HEADING BACK TO BENIDORM
Return boats are frequent (every hour) giving you plenty of time to enjoy a swim off the rocks by the café or just a drink or a menu of the day in the terrace café, a pleasant place to sit and soak up the views of the coast. A soft drink comes in at 2.50€, a menu of the day with house salad, a main course, dessert and a drink costs just 16€.
All in all a trip worth doing, so you can say you have done it. The boat trip is good, the island is a protected bird sanctuary so do not expect much to see or do. It is what it is and deserves a few hours of holiday time to see what all the fuss is about. The obligatory photo is waiting for you as you disembark. A ceramic souvenir bowl with your photo in the bottom for 11€. I declined the offer, but lots of fellow passengers did make a purchase. A pleasant few hours, a trip to add to the must do list of things to do in Benidorm.
Staying near the harbour in Benidorm makes for a really relaxing beach break, one of the top beach hotels in Benidorm overlooks the harbour with easy access to boat excursions.