We are well into the main holiday season now and with this in mind I thought I would share by experiences of the the three main holiday agents that I use- starting with Easy Jet.
When I don’t want to spend too much on a holiday, but I do want a break away easyJet are my go to. Whether you are going last minute, or want to prepare in advance, this company are extremely good value. I have been using easyJet for many years for flights, but this was the first year I had used for a package holiday.
The website and app are easy to use- browsing is helped if you have some idea of where you want to go, although if destination isn’t a major issue but price is, set your price and airport parameters and search ‘Anywhere’- there are some great deals around. Filter on all other requirements, sort how you want- ‘recommended’, ‘price low- high’ and you have your results. Check daily because deals change frequently. On the whole for a package holiday, flight, hotel, 23kg of hold luggage and transfer to and from the airport is included in the price.
This year I took easyJet packages to Majorca and the beautiful Costa Brava- Benidorm. Flight and transfers were seamless. The main thing with easyJet is there are no onsite reps- no one at the airport to greet you and put you on the bus. Instead you receive an email from the company a few days prior to departure with detailed instructions on how to find and pick up your hotel transfer bus. They are literally ‘go out of arrivals, turn right, go down to lower floor’ etc. I do a lot of solo travelling with a propensity for getting lost. This presented me with no problem at all- it was perfect. The same works in reverse- 24 hours before departure home detailed instructions are sent both to you and the hotel.
Likewise there are no company reps on site either. Again this didn’t present a problem for myself- I am quite happy finding my own way around a resort and making by own trip/ tour arrangements, although some customers might prefer this done for them. It could be useful to have someone who can recommend the best places to eat, the best bars, the best car/ bike hire places, however the hotels can usually do this just as well.
I hadn’t taken a package- style holiday in quite a few years and for ease of experience easyJet were great. I went to Majorca in April (£300.00 for 5 nights) and Benidorm in July (£508.00 for 7 nights), this year – both all-inclusive and adults only, once as a solo traveller and once with my partner. The resorts were great, the hotels were four star. They were clean, staff were faultless and the food was great- buffet style, good range of hot and cold and very nicely presented.
Below are some useful links. At the moment I am planning an easyJet package city break to Prague for a couple of weeks time. It will be interesting to compare these deals and experience with the full package holiday one.
Paro natural Co- de la serra gelada.
A ‘last night’, very hot and sultry walk up to the nature reserve above Benidorm.
It was worth the effort to look down and say a sad ‘goodbye’ to Benidorm.
Adios Benidorm. You were fabulous 😎
Road Trip Alicante to Benidorm.
Yesterday we hired a car in Benidorm, wanting to explore beyond the coastal town and resort.
Car hire was from Europcar and was approx. 69€ (£54) for one day. Bargain.
[We also hired bikes earlier in the week from Monkey Bikes- 13€ for a days hire] http://monkeyrentbenidorm.es/monkey-bike/
We took the coastal road down to Alicante, where we stopped for a picnic lunch and a wander.
We wanted to drive the mountain roads, so took the CV-800 to Alcoi, then the CV-70 down to Benidorm. We wound our way up, over and through the mountains in a very sultry 35 degree heat. The landscape was mostly barren, interspersed with a very occasional villa, a derelict building or a small village.
The drive took approximately two and a half hours. It was a rugged, parched and lonely terrain- just us and the cicadas. We loved every minute of the drive. Certainly a vastly different Benidorm from it’s traditional, stereotypical boozy image. Get out and explore this beautiful Costa Brava region.
Took a drive up to the Benidorm Cross yesterday evening. A long, winding drive in a sweltering 32 degrees brought us within a quarter of a mile of the Cross. The rest was walking. It was worth the effort.
‘At the end of 1961, at the request of Father Salvador Perona, people from Benidorm, in an evangelizing mission in order to redeem the city from its frivolous reputation, carried a
huge cross on their shoulders from San Jaime and Santa Ana church to Sierra Helada. Over the years, the Cross has become another of
Benidorm’s beautiful tourist attractions.’
‘Travelling is discovering that everybody is wrong about other countries’
Benidorm Old Town
Admiral Bernat de Sarrià founded Benidorm and granted the
Town Charter on May 8, 1325. Where we are now the town
and the Castle were built. Between the 17th and 19th centuries
(after the Second Town Charter in 1666), Benidorm
experienced a significant growth, consolidated with the arrival
of tourism to the present day.
We took an evening walk up there. It was hot, sultry and alive.
Tapas, G & Ts Spanish style and a stroll up to the castle made for a chilled Saturday night.
Beach Life Benidorm.
Benidorm beach. Day and Dusk.
Currently being a Beach Bum 🏖.