Tips for a carefree holidays
You have been waiting for it for a long time, but that well deserved (summer) holiday in Alicante is now finally here. Time to enjoy yourselves because, to paraphrase that famous tagline, you are worth it. To do so in a carefree manner we hereby give you a few useful tips.
Will you be coming by car, perhaps renting one at El Altet? Ensure you do not pack it too heavily, put no luggage on the passenger seats, and opt for a rack or top carrier instead. Also ascertain nothing can move around and that you have an unobstructed view of the rear mirror. Even if you have air conditioning, we recommend you only drive around during the cooler moments of the day. The Spanish heat will also affect your tire pressure, checking it beforehand is therefore mandatory following the manufacturer’s instructions for that purpose. You also ought to respect the speed limits: 120 km/ hour for ordinary cars on the motorway and 90 km/hour on ordinary intercity roads, or respectively 90 and 80 km/ hour when travelling with a caravan or a motorhome.
Once on the beach, teach your children to heed the flags and to warn you when they go swimming: red means bathing is strictly forbidden, yellow means they ought to be careful, and green is all clear. If faced by strong currents, the best thing to do is swimming to the left or right and then to return once freed from it. If you will be practicing water sports, never do so without the right size lifejackets and the appropriate safety measures. Would you like to take a sun-soaked photo of a sea view or a selfie? There are abundant official vantage points from which to safely do so- Javea alone has 15 of them in!
Drinking enough, sun cream and lotion against ultraviolet radiation are indispensable, also when you are in the mountains, just like a proper hat with neck protection and UV-filter, shoes and sunglasses. If you go hiking, climb taking short steps, and pack an extra powerbank. If you are from the European Economic Area, requesting a European Health Insurance card in your country of origin might be useful for easy access to medically necessary care and refunds if needed. Do consider that this is no substitute for proper travel insurance.
If you also want to eat healthy, Alicante offers you many quality products that also combine well with a barbecue: in the summertime, artichokes, leaf beets, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, peppers and zucchinis. But also fruit such as muscatel grapes, peaches, nectarines, water melons, figs, and plums. Refresh yourself with a horchata (milk beverage based on tiger nuts) or a tinto de verano (red wine mixed with white lemonade).
We could, of course, give you many more tips, but the easiest would be this one:
Dare to discover everything Alicante has to offer.
Do not hesitate to use our magazine or our website for that purpose. You will certainly find you lack the time to see it all!
By Alexander Van der Biest