Two of the Costa Blanca's most beautiful inland spots are the star turns of morning excursion. You'll visit the fairytale village of Guadalest and the beautiful Algar waterfalls. Expect amazing scenery and a dramatic drive as you twist and turn along narrow mountain roads.
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Valencia isn't just culture – it's also an enticing place to dine out and hit the shops. On this full day tour, you'll have the chance to see the sights on a panoramic bus ride, then get the lowdown on a guided walking tour of the heart of the city. Martí, one of our local guides, says, ‘Valencia has really come out of the shadows in recent decades, and now stands shoulder to shoulder with Barcelona and Madrid in terms of art, culture and cuisine. Our old town, one of the largest in Europe, is packed with sights, with the Silk Exchange shining brightest of all.' You'll start off with a panoramic bus tour for an overview of the city and an explanation of some of the major sights. Once you leave the bus, you'll set off on a guided walking tour around the city. Your expert local guide will show you around, sharing local insight into the history and explaining some of the highlights. When the tour is over, you'll have free time to explore further, grab a bite to eat or browse the shops.The streets around Calle Colon, a modern boulevard, boast all kinds of stores – from global high street brands to luxury goods shops as well as the latest in technology. There are also smaller, original boutiques selling haute couture clothing. Martí adds, ‘If all that shopping tires you out, pop over to the art nouveau Colon Market. It's evolved into an epicurean food hall and is a go-to, not just for the nibbles but for the design of the building itself. It's a good spot to take a break at one of the cafés.'
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A trip to tiny Tabarca Island is like travelling back in time – there are no cars for a start. But this trip is more about what Tabarca does have. Choose to spend a full five hours exploring this historic islet, or split your time and include a visit to Alicante, too – Costa Blanca's capital.
If you've been on Benidorm beach, you'll have spotted a mysterious rocky outcrop in the horizon. Locals call it Peacock Island because of the birds that make it their home – and at just 3.5km away, it makes a great trip by boat from the mainland.
For generations the Algar Waterfalls have been known by locals as 'the source of health', and with a rejuvenating dip in its clear pools of cascading water, you'll discover why. Enjoy a drink at the bar at the foot of the falls or dine al-fresco in peaceful picnic spots along the river bank. Whatever way you spend your day, you'll be sure to enjoy an area of such natural beauty, it's often used as a paradisical setting for both TV and film.
It only takes about an hour to get to Calpe from Benidorm, so why not take the scenic route and enjoy the lovely coastline while you travel. You'll sail past the stunning cliffs of the Sierra Helada, the striking town of Altea, with its blue-domed church and the quaint bay of Albir.
With 40 years of success in producing live variety shows, it's no wonder Benidorm Palace garners rave reviews and is voted best in the Costa Blanca year after year. The Palace's cabarets are the stuff of legend and feature world-class artistes performing the best of Spanish entertainment.
An animal lover's paradise awaits at this amazing Benidorm zoo. Its themed areas extend across gardens and countryside as it splits into four areas with a Noah's Ark worth of animals. Plus it's all designed around a ‘zoo-immersion' concept, which means you get inches from the creatures.
A blissful day at sea to blow all the cobwebs away. You'll cruise out in a catamaran following the rugged coastline of Costa Blanca all the way to a secluded cove where we'll drop anchor and while away the hours on a beach far away from the crowds.We'll cast off into the shimmering blue seas of the Mediterranean, passing pristine coves, steep cliffs and sweeping bays along the way. Your experienced crew will handle everything so all you need to do is find your idyllic spot on the catamaran, sit back and soak up the atmosphere and sunshine.Once your captain has found the perfect spot, we'll drop anchor in one of the stunning coves where only peace and tranquillity are on the agenda. You'll spend a few hours swimming, sunbathing whilst your crew prepares a paella onboard. Tuck into lunch before heading back to dry land. There's also a priority option during July and August, with an exclusive area of the catamaran, just for you.
If the lure of some shopping and sightseeing in Spain's third-largest city is tempting, then this full day trip to Valencia is just the ticket. You'll be transferred by bus to explore the city at your own pace – there's no pressure to do anything you don't want to do, simply enjoy the culture and atmosphere of this historic city.From Benidorm, you'll travel to Valencia by bus, and the best part is that you won't have to find your way in from the outskirts, you'll be dropped off right in the city centre. From here, the day is yours to spend exactly as you wish.Dip in and out of all the shops, try out local eateries – paella hails from Valencia – and stroll around its old town, which is one of the largest in Spain. There's loads to discover. You'll meet up with your guide at the allotted time to head back to Benidorm.
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For generations locals have known the Algar waterfalls as 'the source of health', and with a rejuvenating dip in its clear pools of cascading water, you'll discover why. Enjoy a drink at the bar at the foot of the falls or dine alfresco in peaceful picnic spots along the riverbank – it's an afternoon to use as you choose.Although it's only 15km from Benidorm, Algar is a world away in the natural beauty stakes. With cascading waterfalls plunging into pools of pristine water, locals love to cool off with a swim here – and you will too.Beat the heat by wading in gently or plunge in from the diving ledge – it's super refreshing. You can relax along the shaded, pine-covered banks or set up shop at one of the picnic spots. Or if you prefer, why not grab a drink from the bar at the foot of the falls or stop for a bite to eat. Whatever way you spend your afternoon, you'll be sure to enjoy an area so stunning, it's often used as a setting for both TV and film.
Leave the city skyscrapers of Benidorm behind you for the day with this guided e-bike tour. Pedal along the palm-lined promenade of Poniente Beach, navigate the narrow old town and cycle through fields full of greenery to reach Villajoyosa – a colourful coastal town nearby.These easy-to-use machines make it simple to seek out the quiet corners of the Costa Blanca. Use them like any other bike, or flick a switch and save on tired legs with the help of a handy electric motor.You'll follow a guide along the pretty promenade of Poniente Beach and through the tapas bar-lined alleys of the old town, before the high-rises roll away, replaced by fields full of almond and orange trees in Villajoyosa. Admire the colourful seafront houses and boats bobbing in the harbour, rounding off with a chance to grab an optional refreshment before your return ride.
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