Top 5 Beaches – Costa Blanca


Recently we looked at Benidorm, and the top 10 FREE activities there – great ways to save a few cents, especially if you’re travelling with a family – every little helps as they say. One of those things to do was to visit the great beaches of the area. it’s not called the white coast for nothing. We looked at two beaches close to Benidorm itself, but there are of course lots more to choose from. Let’s look at the top tanning spots – the top 5 beaches of the Costa Blanca.

Beach, Costa Blanca

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The Perfect Plan – of Inaction.

Wonderful as it is to explore a new destination, sometimes all you need from a holiday is a total wind down. A well stocked Kindle or that paperback you keep meaning to start, a decent sun cream, and a soft towel. A week of horizontal healing, as you top up the tan and feel the rays of Spanish sun melt away your worries and stress. Sound like a good plan?

Before you reach for your hand luggage, let’s see where’s the best place to go. Spain has miles and miles of coastline to choose from – but millions of visitors every year can’t all be wrong. Flock with them to the white coast, soak up some sun, relax and discover some, or all, of the top 5 beaches on the Costa Blanca.

Beach, Costa Blanca

1. El Paradis – Villajoyosa Top 5 Beaches   Costa Blanca
1. El Paradis – Villajoyosa

What’s in a name? Well, El Paradis says it all then! Choose your spot on the 1km of fine golden sand. Well equipped too with facilities such as lifeguards, loos, play areas, beach-side bars and restaurants if you’re feeling peckish. A great beach for families – it has the coveted Blue Flag – this is one to visit with the kids.

Where is it? Villajoyosa lies just 32 kilometres from Alicante. You can get off the plane and be there in an hour – what a great first day to your holiday. Worth mentioning also is Playa La Caleta in the same area. Clean and clear waters, and plenty of opportunity for trying out some water-sports here too – it’s the home of the local Club Nautico. Villajoyosa is famous for the manufacture of chocolate, no wonder the name translates as ‘Joyful Village’!

An apartment to rent in Villajoyosa.

Beach, Costa Blanca

2. La Granadella – Jávea Top 5 Beaches   Costa Blanca
2. La Granadella – Jávea

This one comes up in the nominations time and time again. Jávea itself is a popular spot with holiday makers, and it’s really not surprising at all. La Granadella is a perfectly shaped horseshoe of pebble, but don’t let that put you off. It’s very fine, and behind the beach sits a forest of Aleppo Pine trees, so you can sleep surrounded by the twin scents of salted sea air, and fresh pine….add to this dreamlike scene the gentle lapping of the waves, and you’re hooked like a baited fish.

Where is it? Jávea has superb road connections to both Alicante and Valencia and is quite charming, made up of the Old Town, the port and of course the stunning sandy beaches – an ideal holiday spot.

Holiday rentals in Jávea.


3. Les Rotes Dénia Top 5 Beaches   Costa Blanca
3. Les Rotes, Dénia

Picture rocks and golden sand, an afternoon peering into rock pools with the kids, excellent scuba diving, and private coves. Want it all in the same place? No problem, just get down to Dénia on the Costa Blanca, and head for Les Rotes where it all awaits. Forgotten your bikini or even your mankini (er, probably best)? There’s even a nudist area too, so again, no problem.

Where is it? Right between Alicante and Valencia, Dénia is well situated. There’s a castle amongst other areas to explore when you get tired of bucket and spade life. You can even venture further afield and take a trip to Ibiza, if you fancy island life for a day.

Lovely places to stay in Dénia.


4. San Juan de Alicante Alicante Top 5 Beaches   Costa Blanca
4. San Juan de Alicante, Alicante

Situated to the North of Alicante, you can even take the tram to the beach of San Juan, where you’ll find 8 kms of golden, fine, soft sand. Disabled access, lifeguards, toilet facilities, bars, restaurants and even a Blue Flag too. Like beach life but he gets bored? Pack him off to the nearby 18 hole golf course – sometimes being a golf widow can be really rewarding! Pass me that sun cream….

Where is it? To the north of the city, drive, take the tram, you could even catch the bus. A beach accessible to all. Like a party with an atmosphere? Then pitch up here for San Juan, the beach celebrations at midsummer, where you can join in with bonfire jumping and ritual cleansing – if you want!

Holiday rentals in San Juan.

San Juan, Alicante

5. This list is too short El Carabassí near Santa Pola Top 5 Beaches   Costa Blanca
5. This list is too short! El Carabassí near Santa Pola

Gently sloping, safe, clear waters – a parent’s dream. Your little ones will be safe and sound here, with soft golden sand thrown into the bargain. Popular with Spanish families too, take a picnic and spend all day here, bring plenty of parasols for shade. Lots of shacks selling ice cream and treats – keep up that bottled water intake – and bars for a coffee or a plate of food if you haven’t brought the kitchen sink. Bring your binoculars too – not for the design ated nudist area, but for spotted birds of the feathered variety, this beach is surrounded by salt pans and wetlands, great territory for waders.Where is it? Santa Pola is between El Altet and La Marina, south of Alicante. In fact 15 kilometres of beaches dot the coastline hereabouts, you’ll be totally spoilt for choice – explore them all!A place to stay in Santa Pola? Plenty of rentals here to choose from.Just 5? No, way more await – that’s just a small sample of some of the best beaches long the Costa Blanca – hey, what’s your favourite?

Walking in Benidorm

Benidorm continues to attract holidaymakers in their millions with many returning to the top Costa Blanca resort time after time. Its gorgeous sandy beaches, balmy weather throughout the year, great entertainment, bargain nights out and theme parks being among its many attractions.

It’s also a great resort to wander around with each area having its own distinct charm. You can stroll along the beaches and gaze up at some of the highest skyscrapers in Europe of various colours glistening in the bright Benidorm sunshine.

The two best-known beaches in Benidorm are Playa Poniente and Playa Levante.

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Levante beach, Benidorm

You can walk from one to the other with ease, stopping off at the iconic Balcon del Mediterraneo which separates the beaches and head into the old town for a bite to eat or for shopping.

Your walk could end with an invigorating trip up to the Benidorm Cross to see the sunset or a lively night out in the famous British Quarter with its fabulous bars, discoes, karaoke and tribute bands.

Serious sunseekers may like to start at Levante beach, which is the best beach for the morning sun, and finish at Poniente to enjoy the afternoon rays and the sunset.

Benidorm’s iconic skyscrapers

Stepping out from Poniente beach Walking in Benidorm
Stepping out from Poniente beach

Both Poniente and Levante beaches offer long stretches of golden sand with sunbeds to make the most of the beautiful Benidorm weather whatever the season.

At Poniente, you can stroll by the seafront for some or all of its five kilometres along the Avenida Vicente Llorca Alos towards the iconic Balcon del Mediterraneo.

You’ll notice many Spanish couples and families also enjoying a walk along Poniente beach as it’s a popular spot for a slow stroll and a coffee. Despite many people’s impression of Benidorm as being no more than Blackpool with sunshine, it’s very popular with holidaymakers from across Europe including many Spanish tourists..

You will also find many Spanish restaurants and bars alongside Poniente beach.

Relaxing on Benidorm beach

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Keep fit on Benidorm’s beaches

In the mornings, don’t be surprised to find groups of people joining exercise classes on the sand.
The seaside promenade gets even more crowded as you reach the pretty Parque de Elche which is home to many pigeons and white doves.

It’s a popular place for having a few minutes’ peace and quiet or letting the children play on the slides and swings. The palm trees provide much-needed shade during the long, summer months too.

If you aren’t brave enough to join the groups keeping fit on the beach, there is outdoor exercise equipment in the Parque de Elche for you to keep toned if you feel energetic enough.
Be elevated by Europe’s highest hotel

Be elevated by Europe’s highest hotel Walking in Benidorm

Gran Hotel Bali, Benidorm

Half way along the promenade, it is worth taking a detour to visit the Gran Hotel Bali in Calle Luis Prendes, which dominates the Benidorm skyline and is the highest hotel in Europe at 186 metres tall.

You can grab the lift taking you up the outside of the building to the 45th floor where you can get out to enjoy the panoramic views of Benidorm’s beaches and the mountains in the background.
Step up to Benidorm’s Balcon del Mediterraneo

The emblematic Balcon del Mediterraneo is a former fortress between the Poniente and Levante beaches which is a favourite spot to enjoy views over both beaches and to view Benidorm’s fabulous skyscrapers in all their glory.

The steps are pretty heavy going from Poniente beach or you can skirt around the Balcon to approach it from Levante beach.

Step up to Benidorm’s Balcon del Mediterraneo Walking in Benidorm

Balcon del Mediterraneo, Benidorm

This is a pretty square lined with cafes for a coffee or meal or to have your photo taken by the cannons guarding the square or to visit the charming St Jaime church with its traditional blue tiled dome.

Make sure you have your camera or smartphone with you to take pictures as the iconic viewpoint has been voted one of the most picturesque in all of Spain.
Heading for Benidorm Old Town

Behind the Balcon del Mediterraneo is Benidorm’s old town, famous for its nightlife, shops and tapas bars.

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If you’re looking for a taste of traditional Spain in Benidorm, you are most likely to find it in this district with its cobbled, narrow streets and traditional squares.

The old town is great for tapas at lunchtime or to enjoy fabulous nightlife, including first-class drag acts, cabaret shows and gay bars.

Benidorm old town

In and around Calle Santo Domingo, you’ll find several traditional tapas bars where you can sample tasty Spanish snacks such as meatballs, sardines, garlic prawns, Spanish ham or omelettes.

If you are new to Benidorm, either eat at or take a peek inside Cerveceria Gambrinus. As well as offering a long list of tapas dishes and paellas, the walls inside are lined with photos of old Benidorm when it was a sleepy fishing village.

In the nearby indoor market, you can stock up with tasty ham, cheese, oven-baked bread and fruit to make your own beach picnic. At the fish stalls, you will find a tremendous variety of fish and shellfish, the likes of which are rarely seen in the typical supermarket in Britain.
Afternoon delight at Benidorm’s Levante beach

Whatever the season, you’ll find plenty going on at Levante beach. Even in winter, you’ll find it’s possible to sunbathe or play beach games on the golden sand – some hardy holidaymakers will even be brave enough to take to the waters!

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Levante beach, Benidorm

Alongside the beach is a lovely promenade lined with bars, cafes and restaurants so you can have a rest or soak up the sea views.

Heading towards the English Square at the far end of the beach, you’ll find many bars serving English beers and food. This is also a good place to pick up bargain drinks and to enjoy entertainment such as karaoke or live acts in the afternoons as well as the evenings.
Going up in Benidorm

Before heading for the famous Benidorm nightlife, you may want a short detour up to the Benidorm Cross – another icon of this top holiday resort.

It will take about 45 minutes to climb up the Sierra Helada mountain to the Cross so make sure you’re well prepared with sun cream, water and sensible shoes.

The original wooden cross was put in the Sierra Helada natural park about 55 years ago by Catholic friars. Many people take the walk up to the replacement cross to reflect on loved ones or simply to enjoy the majestic views over Benidorm.

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Morgan Tavern, Benidorm
It’s hip to be in Benidorm’s English Square

Fans of the Benidorm TV comedy will find the English Square looks very familiar. In and around Calle Gerona, Ibiza and Avenida de Mallorca, just off Levante beach, are many bars and restaurants, plenty of which offer British beer and food as well as live music including fabulous tribute bands, cabaret acts, karaoke and plenty of action.

Morgan Tavern is a top place to go for live shows and it features heavily in the Benidorm TV comedy.




Sampling Benidorm’s nightlife

Nightlife & Bars

Millions of holidaymakers head for Benidorm each year, with its beautiful sandy beaches and vibrant nightlife being major attractions.

Benidorm is a beach city which never sleeps and manages to cater for many, diverse tastes. Benidorm’s entertainment rolls on from dawn to dusk with talented tribute bands, karaoke kings and queens, cabaret, drag shows and gay bars creating a raucous – and sometimes – raunchy vibe.

Whether you fancy a wild pub crawl, a casual night out or a glamorous evening, Benidorm will come up trumps.

You may find a favourite spot to return to time after time but we would highly recommend you venture out into Benidorm to try several of its world-class entertainment venues.

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Benidorm nightlife
Music and magic in Benidorm

Benidorm has been dubbed the Spanish Manhattan because of the high number of skyscrapers in the resort. However, it could also be called Spain’s answer to New York as it is certainly a city which never sleeps.

Even at breakfast-time you can hear music pumping from some of the bars or a crooner blasting out their favourite hits on the karaoke machine.

But Benidorm’s entertainment scene really shines at night when the lights are on which makes the skyline showing the silhouettes of the skyscrapers particularly impressive.

Some of the best tribute bands can be seen performing in the bars along the Levante beach promenade and in the English Quarter.

Elvis, Michael Jackson, Meatloaf, Adele, Abba, Queen and the Blues Brothers come to life on an almost daily basis in Benidorm. Some of the tribute acts are truly polished performers but all have one desire – to get Benidorm on its feet to get the party started!to get Benidorm on its feet to get the party started 300x157 Sampling Benidorms nightlife

Morgan’s Tavern in the English Quarter, Benidorm

In and around the English quarter, the Ambassador Hotel, Morgan’s Tavern and Sinatra’s are great places to enjoy live music.

If you prefer a beach view, Heartbreak Rock Bar and Daytona on Avenida Madrid in front of Levante beach have tribute bands and other live music.

Another popular live music venue along Avenida Madrid is Tiki Beach, which is one of the liveliest beach bars in Benidorm. It’s perfect for cocktails or a few cool beers after a day on the beach. As well as music you may also find Yanni the street magician performing some really great tricks at your table.

The Rock and Roll House in the Rincon de loix district (near Benidorm Palace) is a great venue for fans of the 50s.

However, there are hundreds of bars offering live music in Benidorm, so you could just go for a wander to stop at the one that takes your fancy.
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English food on offer in the English Quarter, Benidorm
When you head for the English Quarter, which is a few streets running behind Levante beach, you can see why Benidorm is often described as Blackpool with sunshine.

It’s largely made up of British holidaymakers making themselves at home in the British bars. The only difference is in the price. Here you will find bars offering John Smith’s bitter at knockdown prices, a euro a pint, happy hours, all-day English breakfasts and a cracking Sunday roast with all the trimmings.

It may seem familiar to you as this part of Benidorm stars in the TV comedy Benidorm. The Sol Pelicanos Ocas hotel is the all-inclusive Solana while Morgan’s Tavern features as Neptune in the series.

With so many bars, discoes and restaurants in the Quarter, this is the perfect place for a good old British pub crawl.

Popular spots are Morgan’s Tavern and Rockefellers for live entertainment while the younger crowd tend to head for the Hippodrome Disco Pub for great music and dancing.
Enjoy a taste of Spain in Benidorm’s Old Town

For a flavour of Spain in Benidorm, the old town is the place to go. It has a lovely mix of shops, bars, discos and restaurants among its narrow, cobbled streets.

For entertainment, the old town is well-known for its drag shows and gay bars. It’s another great area for wandering around from bar to bar or sitting on an outside terrace and people watching.

One of the best acts to see is international female impersonator Jordan Rivers performing at the Rich Bitch Showbar in the old town. It’s great value for money, incredibly funny and the costumes are divine!

Rich Bitch Showbar
Calle del Pal 4
Open from 9pm to 2am
Closed Tuesdays
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If cabaret takes your fancy, a night out at the Benidorm Palace needs to be planned into your trip.

In the past, the popular Benidorm Palace has been voted the best cabaret theatre nightclub in Europe – and the venue continues to put in the razzle dazzle with its great shows, singers and dancers.

Benidorm Palace

You can enjoy the complete dinner-show package or just the theatre show. The Palace also regularly puts on concerts by great singers from the world of music.

Benidorm Palace
Avda Doctor Severo Ochoa 13
+34 965 851 660

Nearby is the well-known Levi’s Showboat with hilarious acts including drag acts, singers, comedy and dancing. It can be bit risqué and isn’t for the faint-hearted but it is a scream.
For something a bit different in Benidorm

A glitzy night out can be enjoyed at the Casino Mediterraneo Benidorm which opened in 2014.

It’s a massive gambling venue with many slot machines to try your luck or you can settle down at one of the tables to play Black Jack, American roulette or poker.

Sports fans will love the casino as it has many television screens to follow the major events as well as sports betting booths where you can have a flutter.

The casino hosts tournaments on the first floor where there is also an art exhibition showcasing local artists.

Casino Mediterraneo Benidorm
Avenida Mediterraneo 55
+34 902 332 141
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Flamenco in Corral de la Morería, Madrid

A visit to Spain would not seem complete without witnessing the passion and emotion of flamenco.

Although many miles from Andalusia, which is the birthplace of flamenco music and dancing, shows are often shown in bars in Benidorm.

You are most likely to find a flamenco show in one of the tapas bars in Benidorm old town. Alternatively, Cerveceria El Andaluz in Calle Esperanto regularly holds flamenco shows. Book a table, order some tapas and get ready for a rollercoaster ride of emotions during your evening.

Top 10 family activities in Benidorm

The busy beach resort of Benidorm on the Costa Blanca is ideal for families for so many reasons. As well as the gorgeous, safe, sandy beaches, there are plenty of theme parks to let off steam, a tourist bus to get you around the main attractions, a slow train ride along the coast as well as boat trips.

The resort grew up in the 1960s when it became the first package tourism resort. Nowadays Benidorm continues to be a fantastic place for a family holiday to suit all budgets from self-catering to first-class five-star spa hotels.

There are so many things for children to do. Even if they are picky eaters, there are plenty of British restaurants, fast food chains and pizza joints, so they are likely to find something to suit.

Spain-Holiday has picked its top 10 things to do with the family in Benidorm.
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Rides at Terra Mitica theme park, Benidorm

If your idea of fun is spinning upside-down at great heights or defying gravity,

Terra Mitica theme park is right up your street. Terra Mitica has some of the best rides in Europe including Inferno where you can ride upside-down or spin like a ball at 60km an hour, the Synkope disc swinging you at 90km/hour at 120º angle and 35 metres in the air, a top-speed fall in the Flight of the Phoenix, or spinning on the inverted rollercoaster called Titanide.

If white-knuckle rides and adrenaline rushes aren’t your thing, there are more gentle rides too.

The park is split into different regions – Iberia Park, Egypt, Rome and Greece – to take you back to a time of gladiators, Greek gods and Titans. Spectacular shows are put on such as street theatre, mock fights, dances and flamenco with Andalusian horses.

You can find out more about Terra Mitica or book online from the website. You can usually save money by booking online or to pay a pass for the season, if you are in Benidorm long-term. It is closed during the low season months.

Terra Natura and Aqua Natura

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Terra Natura wild animal park. Benidorm

Tigers, elephants, chattering monkeys, slithering snakes, bearded lizards, birds of prey, buffalos and rhinos are some of the exotic animals at the Terra Natura wildlife park.

The park has been designed to imitate the animals’ natural habitats and to make it feel as though there are few barriers between you and the wildlife.

Special shows include feeding of the elephants, flights of the birds of prey, talks about different animals and donkey rides (at the weekends).

There are more than 1,500 animals, including some at serious risk of extinction as well as 2,500 trees, shrubs and plants.

It’s a great day out for all ages as you can learn about different animals from around the world while enjoying their antics. The monkeys are very entertaining as they swing through the trees with their non-stop, high-pitched chatter.

You can buy tickets for Terra Natura on the door or online, including an annual season ticket or family pass to save money. The wildlife park is open all year.

Next door is Aqua Natura water park so you can combine a trip. You can also buy tickets for both attractions to save money. Aqua Natura has a wave pool, water chutes, children’s pool and sunbathing area. It’s open from mid-May to the end of October.
Levante Beach and Cable-ski

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Benidorm is known as the European Manhattan

Benidorm’s beaches are among its top attractions and it’s easy to see why. Long stretches of golden, sand lapped by the deep blue Mediterranean are the perfect outdoor playground for all ages.

Levante Beach is very popular with British holidaymakers, who can enjoy looking out to Benidorm Island or turn your back to the sea for a panoramic view of Benidorm’s impressive skyscrapers and the mountains beyond.

The beach promenade is lined with cafes, bars and restaurants where you can pick up a cold drink, ice-creams or enjoy a meal with sea views. You’ll find great value menus and special offers on drinks as well as live entertainment throughout the day.

It’s a Blue Flag beach with lifeguards in the summer months. You can also try water-skiing, wakeboarding and other water sports at Cable-Ski , 100 metres off Levante beach, from April to October.
Benidorm Old Town

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Benidorm old town

You can still feel a hint of traditional Spain in Benidorm’s bustling old town with narrow streets and charming little squares crammed with shops, bars, restaurants and hotels. You’ll find high street brands as well as little market stalls selling fake but cheap football shirts.

The old town is a great place to wander around the shops or enjoy a meal outside while people watching.

In the indoor market you can buy fresh fish, home-made sausages, cheese, fruit and veg at better prices than the supermarkets.

In and around Calle Santo Domingo are traditional tapas bar, where you can savour Spanish snacks such as squid, meatballs, spicy sausages, ham or cheese for a few euros.
Benidorm Balcon and Castle viewpoints

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Balcon del Mediterraneo, Benidorm old town

The iconic castle viewpoint has been voted one of the most picturesque in Spain, so it is definitely worth stopping off here during your visit to the old town.

You can walk along the promenade by Levante beach to get to the old town and its famous Balcon del Mediterraneo and the castle viewpoint. From here, you have far-reaching views of both Levante and Poniente beaches as well as the colourful high-rise apartment blocks and hotels.
Eating out in Benidorm

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Jamon Serrano with melon balls

With more than 500 restaurants in Benidorm, even the pickiest eater should find something they like. The best places to go are alongside Levante beach, in the British quarter behind Levante beach or the old town.

If you want all-day English breakfast, Sunday roast, fish and chips, or pies, then the British quarter is the best place to go. The prices are incredible and you can enjoy British beers and lagers with your meal.

If you want your children to try something new, tapas alley in the old town could be right for you. They can try the traditional Spanish snacks known as tapas for a few euros. It’s similar to pic ‘n’ mix as you can all choose different dishes to share.

Alongside the beach are bars and restaurants, including fast-food chains, selling food at all hours of the day and night.
Boat trip to Benidorm Island

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Levante beach looking out to Benidorm island

To get a different perspective on Benidorm, you can enjoy a short trip with the family to Benidorm Island, also known as Peacock Island. The boat journey lasts about 30 minutes and you can sit back to enjoy views of Benidorm’s beaches and skyscrapers.

There isn’t much to do on the island itself but it is worth going just for the ride. Your ticket includes a ride on the Aquario or Aquascope boats specially designed with an underwater viewing area so you can see fish and other marine life.

The boat trip to Benidorm Island runs throughout the year from the port, weather permitting.
Benidorm tourist bus

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Benidorm beach

If the little ones are getting tired, a relaxing way to go sightseeing is on board the Benidorm tourist bus.

Sit upstairs for the best views as the bus takes you around the major attractions including Levante and Poniente beaches, the old town, Balcon del Mediterraneo, bullring and the Gran Hotel Bali, which is the highest hotel in Europe with 52 floors.

Earphones are included so you can listen to a guided tour during your hour-long journey.
Coastal train from Benidorm to Denia

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A cheap way to visit other coastal resorts on the north Costa Blanca is by train. For just a few euros, you can get a return ticket from Benidorm to Denia, a pretty beach town with a castle, old town, beaches and chic marina.

If you feel the 77-minute journey is too much for your children, you could go a little way up the coast to Altea to visit its beaches and old town or Calpe, home to the iconic Ifach rock.

The train runs every hour and you can book tickets online, pay at the station or on the train itself. There isn’t a toilet on board or any food or drink service.
Beach walk from Benidorm to Finestrat

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La Cala de Finestrat, Benidorm

In the cool of the morning or just before sunset are great times for a family walk along the beach to the little beach at Finestrat.

It’s about 3kms from Poniente beach, near to Elche park, to Finestrat. You can choose to paddle, walk along the sand or go by the coastal road, the Avda Vicente Llorca Alos.

It’s a pretty little beach but can get crowded in summer. During high season, local artists and crafts people set out their stalls on the promenade, where you can buy souvenirs such as jewellery or bags.

The Cala de Finestrat beach has a number of restaurants, where you can try the local fish or paella dishes as well as bars to enjoy a cool drink before heading back to Benidorm, either walking, by bus or by taxi.
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Five amazing places to visit on the Costa Blanca

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581 Fill 670 0 300x225 Five amazing places to visit on the Costa BlancaThe Costa Blanca, the jewel in the crown of Eastern Spain, is extremely popular with the British, in fact a staggering 2 million people from the UK visit the area every year, most of whom head to the areas most popular “magnet” for British holiday makers, Benidorm.


….but to suggest that there is far more to this part of Spain than just Benidorm, would be somewhat of an under statement. However the city of Benidorm is still well worth a visit, although those wanting a quiet, relaxed and cultured holiday, may be disappointed as this is well known across Spain as “party central”!
Discover the real Spain on the Costa Blanca

For those wanting a slice of the “real” Spain, being based in the city for a holiday need not be a nightmare, and due to the sheer availability of accommodation here, there are many bargain breaks to be had.

Not only that, with the glut of car rental companies in the city wanting the tourist Euro, why not hire a car, get a map and go an explore some different places around the Costa blanca, to make your holiday an unforgettable one.

As the city is served by a fast (toll) motorway (AP-7) this gives quick and easy access, on congestion free roads, to a multitude of towns, villages, monuments, and places of special interest, all waiting to be discovered.

Sitges – Vintage Car Rally

Day tripper! Five places to see on the Costa Blanca

Not just a popular Beatles song, but a concept that is emerging amongst British holidaymakers. It is now so easy to take advantage of cheap flights from the UK (to either Valencia or Alicante airports), cheap hotels or budget villa rentals in Benidorm and head further out to explore this amazing area.

There are various places along the Costa Blanca to whet anyone’s appetite for virtually anything so here is a selected list of five places you really must see.
Things to see outside of Benidorm

If you are staying in the city during your trip, or not, it is well worth a good look around Benidorm at the sights, smells and sounds of a fascinating, awe inspiring and very quirky place, so much loved by the hordes of British tourists who come here each year, especially fans of the TV show “Benidorm”.

Here is Mateo’s bar, which is at the Sol Pelicanos hotel, near to Levante beach.

Benidorm tv show pool

The city is by far the premier destination along this section of coast and boast the highest hotel in Europe (the gran hotel Bali) and also has the largest concentration of skyscrapers in Europe. Not satisfied with that accolade, Benidorm also has the largest concentration of skyscrapers per square metre outside of New York, which adds to the feel of a very cosmopolitan city.
Venture out of Benidorm and discover another world

1. Become closer to nature.

A short drive from Benidorm is the natural park of Serra Gelada (ice mountain) which is a rugged area on the coast, which rises more than 300 metres over Benidorm, Alfàs del Pì and Altea. This is an amazing place for many reasons: Tranquillity, nature, fresh air and the most amazing view that could be had anywhere in the whole of eastern Spain.

The mountain can be climbed on foot and takes around 2 hours but it is for very fit people!

The more “Normal” of us can take various journeys up the mountain by various means, and there is a even a service where a 4X4 Jeep takes visitors to the top and then they cycle back down, which has to be said, does not involve a great deal of pedal power!

2. Scare the hell out of the children.

No, not take them to a dungeon and leave them for the duration, however tempting, but a reference to the areas theme parks which are quite amazing, as good as anything you will find in the USA, and they cater for most tastes, although the thrill seekers get the golden egg on this occasion.

The main theme parks in the area are Terra Mitica, a sort of “around the world” themed park, Aqualandia, a crazy water slide themed park, Mundomar (which is basically a small version of Sea World), and Terra Natura, a wildlife themed park, all of which have been seen at some point in the Benidorm TV show.

Benidorm – Terra Mitica

3. Visit Calpe.

Calpe is a delightful seaside town which is dominated by a large rocky outcrop called the “penon de lfach” and is often likened to the rock of Gibraltar, although smaller in size.

The town is full of sleepy side streets, lazy tapas bars and 2 lovely churches which are well worth a visit for some quiet contemplation, or even just to escape the scorching summer sun! These lovely old Spanish churches are worth a visit and are quite close to each other too. They are the Iglesia Antigua and the Iglesia de la Senora de las Nieves.

A visit to Calpe, a small, beautiful, quaint and traditional place steeped in History will be very much a highlight on anyone’s holiday and visitors come back time and time again to soak up the real atmosphere.

4. Visit the city of Valencia!

The city of arts and sciences in 2007

If car hire and driving is not a problem whilst on holiday here, then venturing a bit further afield, the regional capital city of Valencia is about an hour and 40 minutes drive north from Benidorm and is a must see. There are many attractions too, and something for all the family, such as the quite astounding city of arts and sciences which encompasses a museum, opera house, 3d cinema and a massive aquarium.

5. Algar Waterfalls.

Lastly, a visit to the Costa Blanca could not really be marked as complete without a visit to the unspoilt beauty spot of the waterfalls of Algar, 10km from Albir and situated near the small inland town of Callosa d’en Sarria.

The weather during the summer time around the Costa Blanca can be quite a shock for many people and to escape the heat, there is nothing better than to swim in the crystal clear waters of the algar, which whatever the weather, always stays very cool and is a great way to recharge the batteries whilst on holiday.

The site includes a refreshments area, toilets, a picnic area and a small camp site.

A family holiday to the Costa Blanca does not need to be just sun, sea and sand. There is so much to do and see, and the list above is a tiny fraction of the things to do and places to go whilst visiting eastern Spain.


skyscrapers BenidormLevante – the high energy area of Benidorm!
If you like a bit of bustle and hustle on your holiday then you’ll enjoy the energy of the Levante area of Benidorm. Beach, hotel and theme park pleasures by day and the highest concentration of entertainment and clubbing venues in Europe by night. You can just feel the happy atmosphere.

The smiling guests of the iconic sky scraper hotels ensure the bar and beach life is always lively and varied. Or, if you just want to relax with family and friends, there are plenty of opportunities for that, including taking in the sun by the pool with a cooling drink in hand.
Fabulous Beach!

Rated as one the best beaches in Europe. Long and safe, Playa Levante stretches for more than two kilometres of luxuriant sand butting up against the area known as Rincon de Loix. There are plenty of beds and parasols for hire, lifeguard patrols and a wealth of water sports. You can also read the daily papers on Levante Beach, at the Biblioplaya (beach library). Run by the local Council it’s free but usually closed in February and March.

It might be known as the sunrise beach, but there’s even more going on at sunset and into the night in the broad promenade that runs parallel to it.

More about Benidorm’s beautiful beaches
Levante Hotels & Apartments

The Levante has the highest proportion of hotels in Benidorm, 11 of them are 4* which lend the area an air of polished chic. There are many more with 3* and 2* star and also a good selection of apartments of varying price and quality. In general the standards of food & service in the hotels are very good with meals served buffet style, most have entertainment in the day and in the evening some form of live entertainment – dancing is very popular. You can find a wealth of information on our Levante hotel guide at Benidorm Hotel Guide for detailed information on specific apartments and hotels in the Levante Area. All easily bookable online.
Eating out

There are a few good restaurants and if you like pub grub, you’ll love eating out here; every possible permutation is explored, there’s oodles of noodle joints, Indian, Chinese and fast food restaurants. The stiff competition has resulted in amazingly low prices, even on the waterfront.

Yet for those special occasions there are also modern restaurants offering high class food in contemporary surroundings.

See our guide to Benidorm’s Restaurants for the complete lowdown on eating out in Benidorm
Holiday Shopping

Certainly there are some good quality boutiques but don’t expect too much from the rest of the shops, mainly souvenirs or low-priced clothing, supermarkets are small and the off licenses very cheap- hooray! English newspapers and mags are easy to find.
Daytime Fun

Two of the best theme parks in Europe are to be found in Levante – a visit to Mundomar and Aqualandia guarantees a great day out. The former features a Dolphinarium and a bat cave and the latter is a very large complex of water slides and other fun features for the whole family.

If you prefer sitting to walking then just relax by the pool with a cocktail or imbibe a reasonably priced beer or two at one of the music bars by the beach. The ones nearer the old town are particularly good.

The best Theme Parks in Europe
Night-time Entertainment

The cluster of disco’s and cabaret venues around the Av. De Mallorca offer popular and amusing nights out. There are comedians, tribute acts and much more. There are no admission charges and the drinks are very reasonably priced with many specials in the early part of the evening. Some very stylish bars are also there to be discovered. Admission to the big clubs further inland is much lower than at other famous destinations.

Travelling With The Family

family Travelling With The Family

Travelling wіth уоur entire family саn bе bоth pleasure аnd pain. Whіlе it’s а great wау tо bond аnd mаkе beautiful memories together, needs, preferences, quirks аnd personalities оftеn clash аnd contribute tо а collective migraine.

I’ve gоnе оn trips wіth loved оnеѕ оf еvеrу age bеtwееn twо years оld аnd 60. Undoubtedly, it’s а lot trickier thаn travelling аlоnе оr wіth а buddy оr two.

But tаkіng thе extra effort tо work аrоund аll thеѕе differences аlwауѕ proved worth it.

Hеrе аrе ѕоmе tips tо mаkе multi-generational travelling easier аnd mоrе rewarding fоr everyone:

1. Mаkе ѕurе еvеrуоnе hаѕ whаt thеу nееd

People frоm dіffеrеnt ages hаvе dіffеrеnt needs, еѕресіаllу fоr trips thаt wіll tаkе thеm аwау frоm thеіr comfort zones аnd regular routines.

Diapers аnd bottles hаvе tо bе brought аlоng fоr thе baby. Yоur grandfather ѕhоuld bring medication fоr hіѕ headaches. Yоur sister wіll gо crazy іf ѕhе forgets tо bring hеr iPad.

Sо еvеn bеfоrе hitting thе road, remind еvеrуоnе tо mаkе ѕurе thеу hаvе whаt thеу absolutely саnnоt live without. Thіѕ wіll prevent bad moods, sickness аnd thе extra hassle оf hаvіng tо lооk fоr а substitute durіng уоur vacation.

2. Reserve уоur оwn transportation

Saving money bу tаkіng public transportation аѕ а family mау bе mоrе trouble thаn уоur money іѕ worth. Fоr example, tаkіng а public bus wіth limited stop-overs, а crazy driver аnd noisy fellow passengers mау prove tоо muсh fоr уоur youngest аnd oldest loved ones.

Thе mоѕt stress-free family outings I hаvе bееn оn аrе thоѕе іn whісh wе rode оur оwn car оr rented а private bus (for еѕресіаllу large clan vacations). Wе hаd full control оf thе trip, stopping whеrеvеr аnd whеnеvеr wе wanted fоr а bathroom оr lunch break.

Mу younger cousins соuld mаkе аѕ muсh noise аѕ thеу wanted (or аѕ muсh аѕ wе older family members соuld take) аnd wе nеvеr hаd tо worry аbоut thе security оf оur belongings.

3. Rent а house оr villa аt thе resort

Space іѕ vеrу important tо accommodations whеn travelling wіth thе clan. Thе lаѕt thіng уоu wаnt іѕ fоr blood tо boil bесаuѕе еvеrуоnе іѕ gеttіng іn everyone’s way. Houses оr villas аrе great options bесаuѕе thеу соmе wіth а lot оf space: multiple bedrooms, kitchen, living room, patio, yard аnd еvеn а private pool.

Aftеr еvеrу fun-filled day оf thе trip spent іn thе company оf thе whоlе family, family members wоuld lіkе nоthіng mоrе thаn tо retreat іntо quiet spaces tо relax. Multiple bedrooms аllоw this. Yоu саn separate thе older family members whо rеаllу nееd а rest frоm thе younger оnеѕ whо ѕtіll hаvе loads оf energy tо spend.

Thіѕ option аlѕо saves уоu mоrе money іn thе end. Renting а house оr villa mау соmе оut cheaper whеn уоu split thе cost аmоng family members compared tо paying fоr уоur оwn rooms аt а hotel.

Yоu kеер уоur wallet happy іn оthеr ways. Yоu саn uѕе уоur villa’s kitchen tо cook meals іnѕtеаd оf spending money dining іn а restaurant.

4. Agree оn call times

Thеrе wіll аlwауѕ bе family members whо аrе chronic late sleepers; but wіth еnоugh discipline аnd encouragement, уоu саn mаkе ѕurе thеу wake uр оn time fоr thе itinerary.

Call times аrе еѕресіаllу important tо kеер fоr parts оf thе trip thаt require faithfulness tо thе itinerary. A boat tо аn island thаt nееdѕ tо leave bеfоrе а сеrtаіn time tо avoid large waves wіll nоt wait fоr anyone.

Agree аt lеаѕt thе night bеfоrе whаt time еvеrуоnе nееdѕ tо bе ready. Mаkе ѕurе thіѕ іѕ communicated tо еvеrу member оf thе family.

5. Understand thаt splitting uр саn bе а good thіng

Insisting thаt thе entire family stick tоgеthеr thе whоlе day саn bе suffocating. It’s nоt а bad thіng tо аllоw family members wіth similar interests tо gо оff оn thеіr own.

Allоw girls tо gо shopping whіlе thе boys watch а game. Mауbе thе older оnеѕ wаnt tо hit thе spa whіlе thе younger оr mоrе active wоuld prefer white water rafting.

Keeping thе itinerary flexible аllоwѕ еvеrуоnе tо mаkе thе mоѕt оf thеіr trip іn thеіr оwn ways. Thеn аt оnе point іn thе day, уоu саn аll agree tо meet uр fоr lunch оr dinner.

6. Contribute tо thе budget

Evеn bеfоrе thе trip, thе adults іn thе family ѕhоuld agree оn а payment scheme. Wіll еасh member pay fоr thеіr оwn expenses? Wіll оnе person pay fоr dіffеrеnt aspects оf thе trip lіkе lunch оn day twо оr thе toll fees? Wіll уоu divide costs ассоrdіng tо hоw big thе salary оf еасh adult is?

Thе important thіng іѕ tо nеvеr assume thе head оf thе family wіll pay fоr everything. If thе trip іѕ а blow-out, find ways tо ѕtіll contribute ѕоmеhоw еvеn іf it’s јuѕt treating еvеrуоnе оut fоr ice cream оr аn elephant ride.

7. Hаvе empathy, patience аnd а sense оf humor

Yоur brother mау hаvе irritating habits оr уоur cousin а strange aversion tо white sand beaches, but you’ll survive thе trip tоgеthеr wіth а large dose оf empathy аnd patience. Thеѕе twо аrе thе bеѕt ways tо guard аgаіnѕt bad vibes. Add а smattering оf good humor аnd you’ll enjoy thе trip еvеn more.

Evеrуоnе hаѕ thеіr weird quirks whісh mау put а damper оn thе whоlе group. But trу tо put уоurѕеlf іn thеіr shoes. Talk tо еасh other, find а wау tо alleviate thе distress оr irritation, kеер thе itinerary flexible аnd уоur mind open.

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Airports Can Be Fun For Kids

images 2 150x150 Airports Can Be Fun For KidsTaking children in the plane to the Walt Disney World Resort? Are you looking forward to the process of going through the airport? While you might be feeling a bit jaded and apprehensive about the whole thing – baggage handling, checking in, security and waiting for your flight – your child probably sees it differently. If you see things through your child’s eyes, the airport is just part of the adventure and the fun of the vacation.

Parents often forget how their moods affect their children’s moods. If you’re grumpy, bored and hassled, your children will catch this off you and you will all end up feeling worse. If you stay calm, then your children will take their cues for you. If you manage to drum up some enthusiasm, then your children will often become enthusiastic, too. It’s hard to be perfect when you’re a parent, but try your best!

One key thing to do to help your children through the process of going through an airport and flying is to explain what’s going on to them. Don’t worry that all the other people around you will think you’re an idiot if you entertain your child with singing, dancing and the like. In the case of airport officials and staff, you’ll probably make their day a lot more enjoyable. If a silly song complete with actions and funny noises is going to stop a toddler throwing a tantrum in the middle of the security check, for goodness sake, sing it. With gusto!

Here are a handful of ideas for making the process of going through a busy airport a lot more fun.

Baggage handling: Let your children ride on the airport baggage trolley as you proceed to the check-in. If you’re sensible, you’ll leave a lot of child-related paraphernalia behind at home and get, say, stroller rentals in Orlando at the other end of your journey. You’ll have more room for little passengers if you don’t have all that extra clobber with you. Something new to ride on is a lot more fun for a child than riding in their regular stroller.

Check-in: One tip that makes things easy at the other end of your air journey when it comes to finding your baggage on the carousel is to put a strip of brightly coloured material on each item of your check-in baggage. Ask your children to help you make sure that each item that goes on to be weighed has this piece of material on it. Show children the numbers on the scales if they’re old enough and explain why baggage has to be weighed and why there’s a limit – if we take too much stuff, the plane won’t be able to take off (and you can sing the song about Mr Hippopotamus and Mrs Hippopotamus getting on the bus to go out to tea to fill in a few minutes). At this point, you don’t want to lose your cool and get flustered and irritated if you’ve got too much baggage and are likely to incur an excess baggage charge – if you’ve decided that booking stroller rentals is the way to go, you are likely to be glad that you did.

Security: Again, tell the children what’s going on: the guards/security officers/cops/soldiers (however you want to describe them) are trying to stop bad guys sneaking dangerous stuff onto the plane that they could use to hurt other people, and everyone has to be checked just in case. As all children who are able to walk unaided have to walk through the security gate alone, encourage him or her to march through like a soldier and to salute the guard on duty. You might get a smile! If you’re in the mood for it and if you’ve had a number of children marching through and saluting, try doing it yourself. Children and babies should not remain in cribs, carrier or the like as these go through the X-ray. If the item is too big to go through the X-ray machine, the security people will have to inspect it manually, which is another reason why getting stroller rentals makes your trip easier: it speeds the process up if you don’t take this sort of clobber with you through security.

The departure lounge: This can actually be the most tedious part, especially if a connecting flight is late or if the weather is not cooperating. Don’t worry about making your child sit still in a seat for ages at this point – they’re going to be sitting down for long enough in the plane, after all. If you have insisted on taking your own stroller this far rather than checking it in or booking stroller rentals, let your child out for a wriggle. You shouldn’t let your child annoy other people or bump into them, but sensible activity won’t hurt anyone and shouldn’t annoy them (running riot will, however). See if your child can do forward rolls (or hop or spider walk) across the floor. Walk around the room and watch planes taking off. Get your child to do exercises on the spot – star jumps and arm waving things. Action songs are also good. If you’re really lucky, you will tire your child right out so he or she falls asleep during the trip – a real plus on a longer flight!


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Make Traveling With Children Easier

children eating melon Make Traveling With Children EasierYou want to go on a trip with the kids but when you think about all the countless “I have to pee!” “Are we there yet?” “I’m hungry!” nuisances, you feel like you’re already exhausted. Taking a trip with the kids does not have to be stressful. To make it fun and exciting, here are some things that you need to keep in mind.

Change your mindset

imagesCAQY1EXA1 Make Traveling With Children EasierIf you dread the trip and think about the horrific things that could go wrong along the way, your trip will not be fun at all. Instead, think about all the wonderful things that the trip has in store for you and the kids. Imagine the delight on their faces when you go to a theme park or something that excites them. Think of the trip as a chance for bonding and reconnection.

Keep them busy

board games 150x150 Make Traveling With Children EasierOne of the most challenging parts of traveling with kids is during the time when you’re on the road or up in the air. Kids are very impatient and you would probably hear the infamous, “are we there yet?” question over a thousand times even before you reach halfway of the flight or road travel. This should not be the case if you equip them with things to busy themselves with. Have them watch a movie or play board games or do any other activity that will not bore them. Better yet, use the time to play games with them. This would also keep you from getting bored.

Make the vacation kid friendly

When planning the itinerary, think about the kids at all times. Choose attractions that you know the kids would enjoy. It will not be a good idea to drag impatient toddlers or hyperactive preschoolers to museums that would require them to shut their mouths for hours. Also, keep the pace realistic for children. Kids can get tired more easily than you. Don’t pack the schedule with too many places to visit. See to it that you allot ample time for taking breaks so that the family will enjoy the trip without being overly tired.

Think about safety

Protection from sun 150x150 Make Traveling With Children EasierSafety is paramount during vacations. For one, you need to have another adult help you handle the kids. Being outnumbered is not safe as this can mean lost kids. Bring all the medications that kids need. Pack complete first aid so you can attend quickly to minor mishaps like a cut or scrape. Apply sunscreen on their skin before you go out into the sun. If you’re visiting parks, wilderness areas, or any other places where you suspect there would be insects, apply insect repellent on their skin. Moreover, get travel insurance as a family. This should include health, baggage loss, and travel cancellation insurance.

Traveling with the kids can actually be a wonderful experience. When they are grown up and you can barely see them at home anymore, you would regret those times that you did not go on trips with them when they were still kids.

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How do you plan a vacation with your children?

BeachKidsR 150x150 How do you plan a vacation with your children?Travelling with children can be quite an ordeal, but if you involve your children in the preparation, things could be much easier. When preparing the trip, take into account their ages and potential needs. Also think of a number of practical issues you can apply and then hopefully there will be no surprises. If you’re well prepared on the stage then the play is number one ranking and  a success. You will be able to take a bow and receive a well deserved applause and holiday!

Involving your children in the travel plans

Children are so much fun when you allow them to be part of the preparation and planning.  Fun breaks and activities can assist to break up the monotony of heavy school responsibilities for the older ones. The little ones actually do tell you so much and give you so much information when you playing games with them. You can do the activities together, but as for the older children, you can send them on their own “mission path” to find the perfect vacation and give them a choice of destinations and budgets with which to work.

DKchildrensWorldAtlas 150x150 How do you plan a vacation with your children?You can encourage a toddler to look in an atlas with you to find the location of the holiday. Questions like, which country you will be traveling to, how long does the trip actually take, and what part of it will probably be the longest? Part of the game can be to discuss the places of interest and sights you will seeing in the country you will be visiting and to look it up on the Internet. You can also do picture, language or word games, which can obviously be a big help to you too as well.

Little ones love to hear a couple of months in advance about the activities that they are going to do. It can be very important for children to be involved in the planning stage so they can have their say in what they like or dislike about a certain vacation. We adults often take it for granted that our children just love the holidays that we have planned and prepared for them. However this is not always the case, how many times have we ended up with bored, misbehaving, screaming children looking for attention?

Travelling with school age children

Canoe 150x150 How do you plan a vacation with your children?School kids usually burst with energy, they want to try everything. For example, consider canoeing, mountain biking, skating or hiking activities. You could even consider a surfing school or similar activity whilst you have your day at the beach relaxing.  Failing that, you could do something together like horse riding.  If you are a working family who usually spends a lot of time indoors, why not take the challenge and maybe encourage the kids to do something like rock climbing to encourage them overcome their own limitations in life.

imagesCA3O1YHK1 150x150 How do you plan a vacation with your children?Maybe your teenagers are a bit rebellious and want to party all the time or perhaps they want to spend time on their own.  The answer to this may be to consider a combined vacation where you can do a lot of family activities together like sports, walking or climbing. This may allow you talk and perhaps bond together. In the evenings you separate and do your own thing!

Many travel agents nowadays focus on family holidays and activities. Many hotels are specially equipped for entertaining families and children of all ages. You can find them on the Internet but beware these forms of entertainment may not fit every individuals needs.

Some children are under the spell of animals. In this case, a farmhouse or safari holiday is something you might well consider.

donkeys06 150x150 How do you plan a vacation with your children?If you have children that are diagnosed with forms of autism or ADHD you might consider taking a vacation with nature and animals, like visiting a donkey sanctuary or perhaps something like swimming with dolphins. The healing and soothing powers of nature can do miracles.

So listen to those little voices around you and within, and have a great vacation.

Monica Luna