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How to get to spain the long way round

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Part 1 - Coach to Gatwick - 04:10

After a very emotional goodbye to my parents outside Broadmarsh bus station, we set off on our epic journey to...

... Benidorm

We decided to get the coach to Gatwick airport saving someone the mad drive there and back. Little did we know this would be the start of a very long travelling day.

We managed to survive the 5 hour coach ride rather well, as we slept most of the way. There was the occasional snoring and smelly person, but nothing too bad.

Once we arrived and checked in our bags, we headed straight for breakfast. The food was the usual airport breakfast, no too inedible. Better than the one at Stansted Weatherspoons last year, when the eggs kept there shape the whole time you were eating them (Sorry Katie).

Part 2 - Flight to Alicante - 11:40

After food and a peruse of the shops we headed for our gate, where we settled in an empty section of seats to wait for our flight. Then, within minutes we were surround by parents and there crying, loud children.

Oh what a joy this flight will be.

Then to top it off they announce that the French Air Traffic Control are on strike today till 17:00 and will not be letting anyone fly over France.


The flight will be delayed 45 minutes, however because it’s BA we only actually wait 20 minutes, much to our pleasure. As by this time all the parents had started getting toys and food out to entertain their kids and now had to urgently tear it all away from their children to pack it up again.

That made up the noise.

We are now settled on our plane ready to take off when the pilot announces, that due to the strike they are going to have to fly around France and approach Spain from a new direction, adding an hour on to our flight time. However this didn’t matter too much, as we’re flying BA and receive complementary drinks and food.

Part 3 - Bus to Benidorm 17:05

We finally arrive to a very humid airport and have to wait what felt like and age to get our bags then headed for the bus. Thanks to Sarah we knew exactly where we needed to go to get the bus and how to get tickets. Unfortunately for us, we had just missed the bus by 5 mins and because of the economic climate bus ran every 2 hours instead of 1.

So we waited for 2 hours, part in the airport and part in the sun, (after we made our British clothes a little more summery). Eventually the bus arrived and we were happy to be on as we had already made our friend wait 2.5 hours for us. This journey was a much shorter 45 mins and after 15ish hours of travelling and waiting for transport we made it to Benidorm bus station, to meet Sarah.

Part 4 - Chilling in La Nucia 20:00

Sarah drove us to her lovely apartment in La Nucia, where the sun was shinning and the pool was looking inviting and we could finally settle down and eat some food, catch up with gossip and go to bed.

Posted by Nick-n-Charlie 17:00 Archived in Spain Tagged alicante benidorm spanish_transport la_nucia

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