Our budding traveller and jet setter “Little Man Travels” is back from his most recent trip to mainland Spain….
This year, “Little Man Travels” sampled the delights of Benidorm along the coast of the Costa Blanca in one of the Alicante coastal districts.
During the space of 2 weeks, he managed to cover over 250,000 steps with us – an approximate distance of around 150km. Not bad for little legs, eh?
So, just where did Little Man get to, I hear you ask?
His journey started off along the Fylde Coast in the north west of the UK, not too far from the hubub of Blackpool and Fleetwood. An hour or so by taxi to Manchester Airport and a smooth transit through the check-in assisted by the Jet2Holidays meeters and greeters.
The usual hassle of the airport Security Check is still a chore that none of us are too happy with these days but it’s something we’ve learned to live with and so we simply grit our teeth and get on with it. Needless to say, it bothered Little Man not one jot – he just sat there and said nothing but winked his one eye all the way along the line just as nice as you please!
The flight all went well and one of the reasons for choosing Benidorm this year was because of the relatively short flight. The coach transfer felt like it took almost as long as the flight, especially because the arrival, customs check and luggage collection all went through so easily, it was like a dream. But going round and round one way streets and seeing the same thing umpteen times got a bit frustrating in the hour or so we spent on the coach before reaching our destination of the Servigroup Nereo Hotel at the Rincon de Loix end of the new town of Benidorm.
I will write up my review of the hotel in a further blog post but will comment here that all 4 of us (including “Little Man Travels“) were more than happy with it. The 2 very clean rooms we were allocated were well appointed over the pool with sunny balconies, fabulous food with a huge amount of choice and friendly staff. We couldn’t have asked for anything better….
And so our holiday started…. so much to do around Benidorm itself, so many coffee shops, bars and restaurants to wander by throughout the days and nights and so many places to see nearby. Not to mention the numerous showbars where we hobnobbed with stars such as: Tom Jones, The Bee Gees and The Beatles to name but a few 🙂
Sadly, we couldn’t do everything we wanted as there were no boat trips due to it being too early in the season. But we did arrive in time for St Patrick’s Day, which was a sight to behold and we did tip up a glass each of the “black stuff” later in the afternoon to join in the celebrations.
These guys were certainly joining in with the party spirit – well before 11:00hrs on the morning of 17 March 2018.
Do you recognise any of them?
We also caught the Fallas Festival which takes place on the same date each year 17th to 19th March when huge Ninots (very large puppet type dolls but with no strings) are constructed and culminate with being cremated at around midnight on the final evening. During this period there are many parading bands, pageants and floats and the amazingly loud “mascleta” which we managed to capture along the Av. del Mediterraneo in the afternoon of the 19th March.
Here below, we were being herded by the local Policia behind a cordon in case any of the launched firecrackers got caught by the wind and carried in our direction. Not many of the crowd wanted to be pushed so far back but it was all down to safety issues and there was no arguing with the female police officers!
And so to “Little Man Travels“: Benidorm 2018
Not in any particular order of places visited – because I don’t exactly recall all the days and dates…
Cala de Finistrat – it was a very breezy day so all we managed to really do was a quick stroll around the outdoor market, mostly stuff which we’d already seen on display at the Pueblo Market in Benidorm a couple of days before. So we chose to head up and away from the cold wind by the beach and take shelter in a sunny window seat at Burger King the “Home of the Whopper“.
“Little Man Travels” simply couldn’t resist a photo-shoot with that sign:
And the view from our seat by the window being warmed by the sun coming through the glass was of good old Leroy Merlin – a familiar sign from Cyprus in the capital of Nicosia 🙂
Another breezy day saw us wander along the promenade of the Avenida Madrid up the whole length of Levante Beach right to the far end of Avinguda Alcoi and as far as the Plaza Santa Ana by the Balcon del Mediterraneo.
“Little Man Travels” had to have a very rapid photo before he plummeted to his death from the balustrade railings!
Unscathed by the trauma of the previous day and his high wire stunts, “Little Man Travels” headed for the mountains by coach into the pretty village of Guadalest and some glorious landscapes:
Time for a bit or rest and relaxation, “Little Man Travels” took a wander along the Levante Beach area of Benidorm for a short photo stop by the little park area with its’ folklore tale of a shepherd and his goats. It’s situated right next to the Tiki Beach Bar (definitely not a place for a quiet drink) and a has a view of Peacock Island as seen recently as the wedding venue in the first episode of the Benidorm ITV Series 10:
After that, it was back to the Nereo Hotel on Av. Ametla del Mar at Rincon de Loix and retiring to a quiet place on a sunlounger with a Kindle novel:
Another day of long walks…. all the way past the headland at the Balcon del Mediterraneo, along the beach at Poniente Playa with a stop for a cup of tea in one of the little cafes by the beach road and as far as the Edificio Intempo, the tallest building in Benidorm at 192m tall. It’s an office building apparently, which consists of two separate golden looking fronted towers joined together by a strange architectural display. It looks a bit like a letter “M” and “Little Man Travels” couldn’t resist this one, but he had to be held aloft due to him having a bit of a short leg syndrome:
Undaunted by his shortness of stature (“Little Man Travels” is the equivalent of Declan Donnelly in the celebrity world of travel), the very next day he decided it was to be a day on public transport. The number 10 bus was the order of the day and off we went to Albir:
We hot footed it all the way along the promenade and then climbed up to the top of the very picturesque town of Altea. It’s the perfect little place and every turn brings another photo opportunity. “Little Man Travels” was pretty shattered at this stage so he stayed asleep and let my camera do all the work without him…. but, we gave the bus a miss and came back by train. He missed out on that particular photo-shoot!
A quiet next day after all that walking, because we had a lot more walking after we got off the train the previous day, right at the top of the Old Town area of Benidorm. It meant yet another big schlepp back to the hotel 😦
So, a quiet day it was which meant staying local to Benidorm but we did pay a surprise visit to Tracey and Mark the owners of “The Dog House” pub on Calle Ibiza to take a peep at the proud parents (Becki and Monty) of 8 puppies who arrived a couple of nights previous:
As we were getting towards the close of our holiday, “Little Man Travels” was getting a bit weary but he managed to find time for yet another stroll along that very long beach front but this took he time out for a pint of lager at Tiki Town Beach Bar whilst listening to Rob Richards who played a mean choice of tunes on his guitar out in the open air behind us:
And he topped the day off with getting himself down in the sand!
Our Final day and what else to do but fill in the last few hours by wandering not too far from the hotel, whilst whiling away the time for our pickup coach to arrive…. That meant there was just time for one last stop in the bar where my Mum found a liking for hot chocolate topped with squirty cream at the Four Kings on Av. del Mediterraneo beside the Riudor Hotel:
Happy Travels friends and followers…. Until the next time it’s “hasta la vista” baby 🙂