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first timers!

we are off to Benidorm in July an like to explore surrounding areas ,any tips on where to go and whether to hire a car or catch public transport?Thanks for any help.

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1. Re: first timers!

Public transport is cheap and generally regular with the exeption of the bus to guadalest which only has one in and one out per day. A lot of people have used the blanket trips for excursions. Ask the question about blanket trips, there are many on here who will be able to give you a heads up. PS. they are free but you would have to sit through a demonstration on blankets for an hour or so. Some swear by them though.

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2. Re: first timers!

First of all explore Benidorm particularly the Old Town which you reach by crossing the road from the Don Pancho and walking along the promenade or you could walk through the new town.

We like Altea but have only ever gone there by hire car. I think the no. 10 bus takes you there very cheaply and takes about 25-30 mins. It's a lovely Spanish town with a nice prom. and old Church.

If you like shopping, there's the La Marina Shopping Mall not too far from Benidorm. If you hire a car, remember parking can be tricky and expensive in Benidorm, July will be busy. The hotel does have parking but you'd need to check costs - can be anything up to $15 a night at some hotels!

You could go by boat to Peacock Island but to be honest I've never been and although it's scenic, there's only a restaurant there. Never heard anyone rave about that trip! I understand you can also take a boat trip to Calpe...lovely beach and restaurants there.

Plenty to do and lots of places advertising organised excursions, including the blanket trips. Enjoy!


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3. Re: first timers!

If you are having a weeks holiday it's unlikely that you will find the need for a car, as there is plenty you can do in Benidorm itself and the bus will be sufficient.

If having Two weeks you could perhaps hire for 2 or 3 days if you feel the need.

Would wait until you are there and decide then.

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I hired a car for 3 days about 10 years ago - the only reason we booked it was to visit someone in Javea (spelling?). We also did Altea etc but all those of places are easy to reach my bus and the buses are cheap as well. We were lucky with parking as we were staying out of way and also out of season, in July were the population would be at least double I would say you could find it tricky

My honest opinion is don't bother and get the bus. Blanket trip is a must as it's free...

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5. Re: first timers!

Yep i'd agree with others, assuming you've not been before, i'd just get used to the resort first then use the public bus service to access places others have mentioned. Bus is very cheap at €1.40 for a single trip,

Also depending on where you are staying parking could be a nightmare in July/August time.

Best Regards - Taggy

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6. Re: first timers!

Gaudalest is lovely. Bus taxi, or free blanket trip(just dont buy anything).

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