Best Benidorm Holiday Recommendations for History Buffs

Benidorm has long been a popular holiday destination for beachgoers, but did you know it also has unique cultural offerings? While some visitors may overlook them, the city has some prominent historical sites. Let me share with you a few highlights you won’t want to miss on your visit!
Museo de Agricola

Benidorm’s ‘Agricultural Museum’ certainly has much to offer any history lover. It contains a vast collection of historic farming equipment once utilized throughout the region, such as horse-drawn ploughs.

The museum’s highlight is its water mill, complete with its own water wheel. Agriculture has long played an important role in the region’s history and is still important today for its economy. A visit to the Museo de Agricola is a great way to better understand the local economic base.

Centro Cultural Maritimo

Benidorm is situated right on the Mediterranean coast and has a distinguished maritime past. The ‘Maritime Cultural Centre’ displays that history exactly: it houses model fishing boats, anchors, knots and other artefacts that give remembrance to the great ventures of Benidorm’s seamen.

While the centre itself is small, visiting it is perhaps the best way to get a sense of the city’s history and culture. There are many exhibits containing pictures and articles that show the layout of the old city. Although what was once a sleepy fishing village has become a major holiday destination, spending some time getting to know the area around the harbour – which is where the centre is located – is a worthwhile cultural experience. After visiting the centre, you’ll truly be able to walk through the streets and imagine their history first-hand.

Iglesia de Sant Jaume

The ‘Church of Saint James’ rests at the top of Canfali hill, which overlooks the Old Town of Benidorm. It was built in the 18th century in the neoclassical style and has a remarkable hemispherical blue glazed tile dome that is emblematic of other Mediterranean churches in the region.

What makes the Iglesia de Sant Jaume especially unique is that it houses, in a small side chapel, the Virgin Sufragio: the patron saint of Benidorm. Local legend states that the Virgin was found on a boat adrift on the high seas! Other valuable artefacts decorate the church and it is simply a must-see for any history buff.

Whether you’re on a historical tour of the Alicante region or just looking for a bit of entertainment away from the mid-day sun, Benidorm has some attractions that are worth a visit.

How to Get There

To get to Benidorm, I recommend flying into Alicante-Elche Airport. From there, the most hassle-free way to travel from Alicante to Benidorm is with a shuttle service. The transfer should only take 40 minutes or so, and you’ll be enjoying your holiday and taking in some of the cultural and historical sites in no time!

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Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for the most affordable ride from Alicante to Benidorm, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.

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Amsterdam: The Ultimate and Sophisticated Business Trip Guide

Amsterdam, with its fast, efficient travel network and connections to the rest of Europe,is an international business hub, so it’s hardly surprising that the city is primed and ready to service their many business travellers. From a breath-taking array of international hotels targeting high-end professionals, to excellent transport links and meeting facilities, the city is a great place to do business.
Here’s my guide to everything you need to know for a smooth, productive trip to the city.

Getting There

Flying into Amsterdam couldn’t be easier with more than 30 flights leaving from the UK and landing in the Netherlands’ most famous city every day. The flight time from the London airports is around an hour and the transfer into the city is centre is half an hour by airport taxi. Schiphol Airport is a major European hub and is busy throughout the year so it’s well worth booking an airport transfer in advance rather than wasting time queuing for a taxi when you arrive.

Schiphol Airport

Set just on the outskirts of the city, the airport is conveniently close to many of the major hotels by airport taxi. Schiphol also has a lot to offer to business travellers just passing through, or with only a day to spend in the city before flying out again. With free wifi in the terminals and a premium network available for an extra charge, you can start work the moment you land. If you’re looking for a secure network there is a useful Internet Lounge with desks to use and, if you just want to relax, there are sleep rooms, an express spa and even a meditation centre.

Where to Eat

If time is short and you want to impress clients then it’s worth booking one of the city’s excellent restaurants in which to wine and dine them. There’s a vast array of fantastic, fine dining options in the city but one which will never fail to make a good impression is the centrally located Brasserie Ambassade. Elegant French cuisine is served in the refined dining room with views out over the canal, or you could meet for drinks and a spot of business before you eat in the tasteful Library Bar. There’s even a private dining room if your business is of a sensitive nature or you’d just prefer not to be overheard.

Where to Stay

The NH Amsterdam Zuid is a great choice if you’re looking for somewhere in the city’s business district and only a short ride by airport taxi. Schiphol Airport is 20 minute’s from the hotel and you’ll be at the heart of Amsterdam’s Financial Mile. The facilities are excellent with a 24-hour business centre and a range of meeting rooms available. Executive rooms have desks with ergonomic chairs so you can work in comfort (not to mention Nespresso machines for extra fuel in case you need to work late).

Amsterdam is a wonderful business destination putting you in direct contact with the rest of Europe and, at only an hour away from London, is actually easier to get to than Manchester or Leeds.

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Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable airport taxi, Schiphol drivers are ready and waiting to ensure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport in Amsterdam swiftly and safely.

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Kenya and Tanzania Among Favoured African Holiday Destinations: Poll

Kenya and Tanzania are among the most popular choices of travellers if they had to pick a location in Africa to honeymoon or go on safari, according to the results of a new poll.
The neighbouring countries in the enormous continent of 54 nations and territories emerged as the favourite of people who would plan a trip to Africa if they didn’t have to worry about costs. That’s what a Google Surveys poll for UK-based travel firm Africa Odyssey found.

Altogether, 19.7% of respondents chose South Africa, 15.4% said they would be happy to holiday anywhere in Africa, 14.6% opted for Kenya, 9% for Tanzania and 4.5% wished they were in Zanzibar, famous for its pristine and white, sandy beaches.

The Natural Wonder of Africa

Respondents to the Africa Odyssey-organised survey, which was conducted online in the first week of April, were also asked what they would most like to do while on holiday in Africa. Most (48.3%) expressed a desire to see many of the incredible natural wonders the continent is so famous for.

These include the towering, snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, soaring up to 5,895 metres above sea level and the highest mountain in all of Africa, as well as the Serengeti Migration in Tanzania and Kenya and the thundering Victoria Falls on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Other poll respondents said they would like to go on safari in Africa (46.2%) while more said they would prefer to visit traditional villages out in the African countryside (27.8%) and 20.8% said they would like to do little other than laze on an African beach while on holiday on the continent and soak up the sun.

Off on an African Safari

As to where respondents would like to go on safari, most (44%) had heard of the Serengeti, which is mainly in Tanzania but parts extend into southern Kenya, followed by an awareness of Kruger National Park (43.2%), located in South Africa. Others (38.6%) knew of the Masai Mara in Kenya and 6.7% said they had heard of safaris in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.

What were respondents’ expectations of what they would see on an African safari? Not surprisingly, most (39%) said it was the exotic wildlife, such as elephants, giraffes and lions; that was their idea of heading out into the African countryside and what they would encounter. Others (38.8%) said they thought an African safari was all about wide, open plains, while others had the notion of dining under a romantic canopy of trees (21.1%) and 10.8% thought the experience would be like something from the classic film Out of Africa.

Trust and Knowledge

Respondents said that if they were going on holiday in Africa, the values they would most appreciate in a travel firm would be solid local knowledge and contacts (52.9%), good prices (43.8%), clear communication (40.6%) and rapid responses to queries (24.6%). They would not visit Africa if they thought their tour company did not have enough experience in the region (43.2%), had a general lack of information about the destination (23.8%), had no knowledge of local languages or customs (22.7%) or if they believed they might not be able to get the food they liked (8.7%).

Marc Harris, director of Africa Odyssey, said the results of the survey showed a clear desire among people to visit Africa, but that there were many unknowns, and expertise was often required to soothe over any fears.

“We can see that a lot of people know that Africa is a tremendous place to visit, but it’s also a continent that can be off-putting, due to lack of knowledge about the locals’ ways and customs,” he said. “It’s therefore up to travel firms such as ours that organise holidays to African countries to provide clear and precise information and support so people can go on the holiday of a lifetime.”

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Tanzanias Serengeti Most Popular African Safari Destination

The sprawling Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is the most popular place to go on safari in Africa, according to the results of a new survey that also includes the east African country among the top locations for going on honeymoon or safari on the massive continent.
In a poll by Google Surveys for UK-based Africa travel experts Tanzania Odyssey , the Serengeti was the safari destination most known by respondents (44.8%), with Kruger National Park in South Africa the second most popular place (43.2%) to go on safari. Part of the Serengeti — famous for its annual wildebeest migration — is in Kenya, but most of its 30,000 square kilometres is in northern Tanzania.

Indeed, Tanzania’s tourism sector is currently enjoying a boom, with close to 2 million foreign tourists arriving on holiday in the country in 2016, according to the most recent government statistics. The figure represents an almost 13% increase in foreign tourist arrivals in Tanzania that year, lured by an array of natural wonders and sights. Americans lead tourist arrivals in the east African country, followed by Britons and other Europeans.

Tanzania: A Towering Tourist Destination

The survey, which was conducted in early April, also sought to find out what people’s idea of going on safari is and what they expected to experience. Most people (39%) said they thought they would see enormous exotic animals, such as lions, elephants and giraffes, while others (38.8%) said they believed they would encounter wide, open plains.

This was followed by the notion of dining under a romantic canopy of trees, which is what 21.1% of respondents thought they would spend some time doing on an African safari. For others, the equally romantic scenes as played out in the famous film Out of Africa would be their preferred backdrop while out on safari in an African country like Tanzania or Kenya.

It was the lure of incredible natural wonders like Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania (48.3%) and going on safari (46.2%) that would chiefly attract foreigners to Africa in the first place, the survey results of British and Irish people found. For others, the chance to visit traditional African villages (27.8%) would be their main reason for going to Africa and others (20.8%) just wanted to lie on an African beach and do as little as possible.

Vital African Expertise

Possibly because parts of Africa are viewed as difficult to visit, with many obstacles that might prove problematic to foreigners, such as local languages, cuisines and customs, the majority of respondents (29.7%) said they would not visit Africa if their tour company was inexperienced in the region.

A majority (52.9%) also said they would feel comfortable going on holiday in Africa only if their travel firm had solid local knowledge and contacts, as well as good pricing (43.8%). Clear communication (40.6%) and rapid responses to queries (24.6%) were also deemed important among respondents if they were to visit an African country for a general holiday, specifically to go on safari or perhaps as a honeymoon destination.

Tanzania Odyssey director Marc Harris said the survey’s results reflected the views of his clients, who are mainly from Britain and the United States. “People want reassurance when they’re travelling so far and to such an unfamiliar place,” he said. “Above all, they want expertise from their travel firm that everything will go smoothly and they’ll have a fantastic time in such amazing places as Tanzania.”

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