Blackpool no Substitute for Spain’s Benidorm on the Costa Blanca

The Grimes family and others much prefer Benidorm for their holidays. image: Wikipedia

A family of two adults and three kids decided to give Blackpool a try instead of Benidorm when Jet2 cancelled their holiday in Spain- they soon found out what all us Expats in Spain already know, Blackpool is ‘No Match for Benidorm!

Stacey Bates on Facebook wrote:
“Seen as though I won’t get my Benidorm Break this year due to quarantine etc we thought we’d go for a little break to Blackpool-OMG! Never again whoever says Benidorm is just Blackpool in the sun is so wrong ! We went for two days family of 2 adults 3 kids and spent £600hotel was awful and no social distancing in sight we came home early! I would much rather have gone to Benidorm fair to say we won’t be going back!”.
A quick search through social media soon revealed more unhappy ‘Stay-Cationers’.
Alan Grimes and his wife and son were in the same position as above, within a few days of Jet2 cancelling their holiday to Benidorm they too decided to try a week in Blackpool, after all, it was only about an hours car drive away from their home in Liverpool.
Alan:”When I was contacted by Jet staff about the cancellation i decided to go for a refund as there was no definite date when we could 100% go to Benidorm. We go every year and love the place. Friendly people, nice hotels, great beaches and entertainment- it’s all there. me and the missus talked about it and thought ‘why not’ lets stay-cate as everyone keeps saying, never again!”
“None of it was as we remember, mind you, it was years since we went there after all. We booked a room at B&B which a good rating on Trip Advisor. As the lady left the room kets with us and we dragged the cases upstairs i sort of knew it wasn’t going to be good. My heart sank when i opened the door but i pretended to be up-beat and just said ‘come on gang, let’s hurry up and go down the beach'”.
The Grimes family much prefered the beach in Benidorm- as a matter of act they prefered EVERYTHING in Benidorm! image: Twitter
“We made our way to Blackpool beach and our son immediately said he didn’t like it- the water was freezing cold and it was a breezy day, nothing like the Levante beach in Benidorm that’s for sure! We decided to go eat breakfast which turned out to be a greasy treat, i think it came to over 25 quid, much more expensive than Benidorm and not as nice i thought. We actually spent twice as much in Blackpool as we do in Spain somehow!”.
“The beer was more expensive, the food was more expensive and the B&B was just ok, nothing like where we stay in Spain. We came back a few days early, we couldn’t hack it and the wife is continually checking when we can book again for Benidorm. As soon as we can we will be back there!”.
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Tony Winterburn

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