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  • Car Hire Scam Continues The Guardian reporting.

    Wed 11th January 2017

    Unwitting holidaymakers that rent a car anywhere in the world are still getting caught out with extra charges demanded at airport destination car hire offices - details

    We have reported this numerous times and show on our website some examples under car hire, but clearly we need to repeat the media coverage in case it is not seen.

    Check this out if going to Alicante for a longstanding family local car hire firm that includes all charges including fully comprehensive insurance at our car hire page

    Posted by Bruce Gibson

  • Fairer exchange rates – for everyone

    Wed 23rd November 2016

    Worldpay has announced a new currency card that is worth checking out - details

    Posted by Bruce Gibson

  • Blue flag beaches on the Costa Blanca

    Mon 09th May 2016

    ONCE again, Spain has become world leader in the number of blue-flag beaches now that the awards have been officially handed out – the prestigious emblem will fly from 586 beaches and 100 yacht marinas in the country this year.

    Turkey, Greece, France and Portugal follow Spain, in that order.

    This year, nine extra beaches were awarded the kitemark which denotes superior quality, cleanliness, safety, accessibility for the disabled, and facilities, and which explains why millions of visitors from colder countries return to Spain again for their summer breaks.

    The Comunidad Valenciana came out top for blue-flag beaches, with 125 gaining the coveted award, followed by Galicia with 123, Catalunya with 98 and Andalucía with 76.

    Murcia got 40 and the Balearics and Canaries 45 each.

    Catalunya saw the greatest improvement on last year, with nine new flags, followed by Valencia with five, and Murcia, Asturias, the Basque Country, the Canary Islands and the Spanish-owned city-province of Melilla on the northern Moroccan coast gaining one new flag apiece.

    The Balearic Islands is the region which lost the most kitemarks this year – the towns of Son Sant Josep de Sa Talaia and Sant Joan de la Labritja lost all their blue flags, a total of 11 between them – whilst Galicia lost eight and Andalucía, two.

    Barcelona has doubled its flag number – whilst the Llevant beach has lost its kitemark, but Nova Icària, Barceloneta, Somorrostro and San Sebastià i Sant Miquel have gained new ones whilst Nova Mar Bella and Bogatell have kept theirs from the previous year.


    Posted by Bruce Gibson

  • Travellers' Top Tips to Pack Smart

    Mon 09th May 2016

    • Pack light to travel light. If you can manage with a carry-on, do it. Try taking half of the things you need and twice the money. You can make buying a few new items a fun part of the adventure.
    • Pack a sleep mask and ear plugs. These can come in handy on a plane, train or in your hotel room.
    • Capitalise on empty suitcase space. Roll your clothes, instead of folding them. Stuff socks, underwear, and accessories inside of shoes. Leave no space unused.
    • Keep a sarong or pashmina in your carry-on. They can be used as a blanket on the plane, a scarf if it’s cold or a shawl on an evening out.
    • Bag it. Kitchen sandwich bags can be used to hold your accessories, vacuum pack bags can be space savers, and bin bags have multiple uses (laundry bag, shoe covers).
    • Skip airport snacks and bring your own. You can save yourself a bit of money and keep your hunger at bay in case you have a delayed flight.
    • Create compartments. Two words: packing cube. If you are visiting more than one city during your trip, packing cubes will keep your suitcase organised and save you from having to pack and unpack.
    • Share your packing space. Travelling as a couple? Split your clothes between two suitcases on the off chance one of them gets lost during the flight.
    • Bring a multi-socket extension cord. Although newer hotels have USB ports in rooms, it’s best to have an extra outlet to charge all of your electronics at once.
    • Make photocopies before leaving home. If you’re travelling out of the country, make two photocopies of your passport. Use your smartphone to take pictures of your car in the airport’s car park and do the same for your luggage and its contents in case it gets lost.

    Posted by Bruce Gibson

  • Journey back

    Wed 07th October 2015

    Having packed the car the night before with everything including the mosquito plugin and intending to leave Moraira at 6am, was awoken by a single mosquito at 3ish, so we left with a startled sleepy dog at 4.15am.

    Taking the usual route back to Dieppe via Bordeaux (driving routes page ) we stopped for a change at the modern Comfort Hotel in Gradignan, which only cost 51€ for the room (plus breakfast 10€ pp).

    There is a restaurant on site but is only open during the week, as well as a outside small pool for  summer use. Well located just south of Bordeaux and very close to the motorway. We tend to dine out anyway, regardless that the hotel has a restaurant, so on this occasion we went locally to  Bistro de France at 1 Rue Du Bearn, Pessac, which was well written up on Tripadvisor.  Located in a  street market and is more like a good local cafe for locals than a finer dining venue. Although nothing special the food was cooked perfectly, although only option is to have a cold starters, but the staff were very friendly and helpful. The restaurant was full on the Saturday night, for which we had pre-booked, as was the hotel too.

    It is advisable to eat before going on the ferry or better still to take some sandwiches with you, simply because the food onboard is very poor and overpriced and it  helps breakup the 4 hour sailing time,

    The strong pound and low fuel costs for diesel in France and Spain at 1.12€ and 1.08€ respectively makes a car trip very inexpensive.  

    Key info one way;

    9 hours drive from Moraira to Bordeaux (speed limit adhered to +10% on occasions) then a further leisurely 8 hours on the Sunday, which then allowed for catching the 6pm ferry at Dieppe for Newhaven.

    The diesel BMW X5 consumed a total of 126 ltrs of fuel from Moraira to Dieppe  at a cost of 138 Euros.

    Cost of tolls in Spain and France 55.95 Euros.

    Hotel 51€

    Restaurant 70€ inc wine for 2.

    Coffee and snack stops for 2 being 30€

    Ferry Dieppe Newhaven £90.

    Total  £345.

    Posted by Bruce Gibson

  • Blue Flag Beach Report

    Tue 03rd June 2014

     Alicante has more than any other province in Spain, with 60 beaches and 14 marinas scooping up one of the coveted annual awards reported by euroweeklynews .

    Valencia's beaches received 28 of the flags for its beaches and the region's third province, Castellon, was given 32 flags for beaches and one for a marina.

    With recognition for six more beaches and two more marinas, this was the best result ever, said Jose Ciscar, the region's vice-president.

    One in every five of the Blue Flags awarded in Spain went to a beach in the Valencia Community, Ciscar pointed out.

    Only the 123 awarded to Galicia in the north of Spain outstripped this region's.

    The Els Molins beach in Denia received a Blue Flag for the first time while Les Marines, also in Denia, and Teulada's L'Ampolla recovered those lost last year.

    BLUE FLAG: Moraig beach, Benitachell, one of the province's 60 best beaches.

    What you should know about this beach and how to get to it on page under Cumbre del Sol.

    Posted by Bruce Gibson

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