Coach & Boat Tours
The vast majority of Benidorm’s hotels and holiday apartments are within walking distance to the beaches and city attractions, making it possible to enjoy a holiday without the need for a vehicle, and for trips further afield there are a number of coach & boat tours available. One of the reasons coach & boat tours are a popular activity during a holiday is the fact that many visitors are not comfortable driving in a foreign country, especially if it’s on the opposite side of the road we’re used to.
Coach & boat tours allow all members of the family or group to relax in comfort, safe in the knowledge an experienced company representative is doing the driving or piloting. Another great thing about not driving of course, is that once you’ve worked up a thirst exploring the attractions you’re visiting, you can enjoy a few cold beers of glasses of wine, something a lot of us like to do on holiday but dare not to when driving for obvious reasons.
Coach & Boat Tours
Some of the half day coach tours on offer include a trip to the town of Alcoy to take part in the festivities during the spectacular Festival of the Moors and Christians, or tour into the mountains to visit the Guadalest Valley and its fortified village. Guadalest is Spain’s most visited mountain village and should be on everyone’s holiday must do list, with a maze of narrow streets, roadside cafes, tapas bars, restaurants, interesting arts & craft shops, a number of fantastic little museums, and stunning views all the way down the valley to the beautiful Bay of Altea. A combined coach and train trip on the Orange Express narrow gauge railway offers further superb views as the railway line follows the coast for much of the journey.
Full day coach tours are usually to some of the more interesting Costa Blanca cities or tend to take in a number of attractions in the one day. Cities that can be visited include Alicante, Elche and Murcia where passengers usually get a few hours leisure time included in the trip. Some of the combined day tours include Authentic Spain that visits traditional villages, museums and buildings of interest, or the Marina Alta that heads into the mountains where passengers can visit a bodega for wine tasting, the Algar Waterfalls and villages such as Polop and Guadalest.
Boat trips are a great way to enjoy the refreshing sea breeze and offer a variety of attractions much loved by the young ones. On a catamaran sailing trip passengers can view the fantastic scenery of the Costa Blanca coastline and stop in a protected marine area for a spot of snorkelling and a delicious BBQ and refreshments laid on by the crew. Further sailing trips are available on a lovely yacht with a capacity for 7 persons that heads out into the Bay of Altea where passengers can enjoy a picnic whilst swimming or snorkelling, and the captain will even let you get involved and learn some of the techniques of sailing. The Sierra Helada Natural Park lies on the outskirts of Benidorm and its rocky cliffs and coves are ideal for snorkelling or ‘cove jumping’ during a motor boat trip which includes snorkelling gear for all passengers.
The Tabarca Island boat trip is Benidorm’s most popular and can be taken in a glass bottom boat for wonderful views of the underwater world. Visitors get the whole day to explore the island and can opt to take along a picnic or enjoy a meal in one of the island’s famous seafood restaurants. There are a number of other boat trips available to the island, many of them from the coastal town of Santa Pola which is the closest point on mainland Spain to Tabarca where a high speed ‘water taxi’ takes just 10 minutes to reach the island. A popular boat trip with the young party crowds is either a full day trip to Ibiza or a night trip, which gives passengers the chance to dance the night away in Ibiza’s nightclubs. Whatever part of the Costa Blanca visitors choose to visit during a holiday, coach & boat tours are a great alternative to driving.