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Summer is well on its way but we all know that the English weather can sometimes be uncertain, so why not treat yourself to a week away in the beautiful Spanish sunshine?

Over the past few months ITV has been airing the much-loved sitcom Benidorm, which this year celebrated its 10th anniversary on screen. The award winning comedy series features a range of guest stars and included comedy double-acts from The Chuckle Brothers and Hale and Pace.

If you are a fan of Benidorm then you will already know that the Solana is the hotel featured in the show. However, the series is actually filmed at two different hotels, which includes the Sol Pelícanos Ocas and the Acuariam II Apartments.

What can you expect if you head to sunny Benidorm? There is plenty to see and do, as well as of course relaxing by the pool and soaking in some Vitamin D. Benidorm, now known as a thriving holiday resort scene, once had a history of fishing, where the deep sea fishermen were famous all over Spain for their skills and were sought after in the 18th century.

The Old Town is a traditional authentic Spanish area of Benidorm and features a range of lovely bars, cafes and shops; it really should be on your list of places to visit and it even has a small beach, a marina and a nice park! The cobbled streets and the blue-domed church really retains the character and is a great place to experience some Spanish culture.

If you want to enjoy a family fun day out, Benidorm even has an animal park! Mundomar is a great place for children and adults alike and includes a range of different species of mammals, birds and reptiles, with a variety of shows. You can even enjoy special experiences such as swimming with sea lions, dolphin encounters and trainer experiences.

Relaxing on the beach is almost a priority on every holiday but whilst you tan up, read a book or go for a dip in the gorgeous sea. Benidorm’s Levante Beach offers pale golden sand for you to set up on and build those all-important sand castles. Even on the busiest of days you can find somewhere quiet where you can enjoy some quality time. If, however, you are looking for a quieter family orientated beach Poniente, the beach next door to Levante has a very different atmosphere. Poniente also is accessible for wheelchair users.

If you don’t fancy a day at the beach or a swim in the sea then visit Aqualandia, which is situated just next door to Mundomar and is one of Spain’s oldest and best water parks. New rides and amusements are added almost every season and it includes one of the tallest water slides in Europe. This really is a great day out in Benidorm and is perfect for all-round family fun.

However, if you want to explore a city outside Benidorm then why not take a full day excursion to Valencia, which is the third largest city in Spain. Valencia is a city rich with culture and is internationally famous for sporting events. Many excursions will include travel there and back, as well as access to the majority of museums, so be sure to check out what’s included in your tickets before you book!

Alternatively, if you are looking for a different type of trip then why not visit Benidorm Island which is one of the region’s best natural attractions. It’s located around 3.5km from the coast of Benidorm and you can reach it by travelling on a glass-bottom boat, enjoying pretty views full of interesting sea-life and other animals.


10 Things to think about when you are travelling!

1. Is your passport in date?
2. Ensure you have travel insurance.
3. Print out all of your documents and take them with you. This includes boarding passes, hotel confirmation, hotel transfers and any other trips that you may have pre-booked.
4. Check your luggage allowance and don’t exceed it as you may have to pay extra.
5. Pre-book your airport parking space or transfers.
6. Compare the best travel money exchange rates to get the most for your money.
7. If you plan to use your card abroad then make sure you tell your bank; you don’t want to get blocked out of your account.
8. Check the weather out the week before you are due to fly.
9. Ensure you pack any prescriptions that you may need whilst you are away.
10. Pack a universal travel plug with you as most places abroad have different type of plug sockets.

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