Organising the Perfect Girls’ Trip to Alicante

Alicante is in the Costa Blanca region in the south of Spain and is one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations. [...]

Alicante is in the Costa Blanca region in the south of Spain and is one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations. Alicante’s mix of culture, great food, alluring beaches and lively nightlife makes it perfect for a girls’ trip away. Here are some top tips on how to organise your girly getaway to Alicante.

Choose a date that works for everyone

This can sometimes be the trickiest part of planning a getaway with friends but it’s important that you get it right so everyone who wants to come along can be included. If you all work full-time, then be sure that everyone has had their leave approved and confirmed before booking anything. Likewise, if anyone needs to arrange child or pet care, get this sorted as soon as possible.

If anyone in the group needs to order or renew a passport this should be done well in advance as there are often busy periods, which can lead to long delays and may even interfere with your travel plans.

You should also consider whether you want to visit Alicante during the busy summer season or enjoy a cooler, more relaxing trip during the Autumn months.

Decide on a budget and stick to it!

Decide on the budget for your trip upfront to ensure that you are all on the same page and that everyone will be able to afford it comfortably. Not being clear about how much you’re each able to spend can lead to misunderstandings, upset and uncomfortable conversations later so it’s better to come up with a reasonable figure and stick to it.

Getting there safely

Once you’ve set the date and agreed on a budget, it’s time to book your plane tickets. Consider budget airlines if you’re looking to save money but be aware of luggage limitations. You should also bear in mind that some airlines have strike action planned in Spain, which may affect your travel arrangements. Protect yourself with flight insurance and pre-book an airport transfer to your hotel or car rental if you are planning to drive around Alicante yourselves.

Where will you stay?

The location of your hotel or accommodation will depend on the type of holiday you are looking for. For nightlife and a beautiful beach, opt for Postiguet Beach, where you can stay in hotels that have been beautifully preserved from Alicante’s Golden Age in the 1960s and 70s. For an upscale experience, Albufereta Beach is popular with both tourists and locals and offers boutique hotels and grand resorts.

Plan ahead

Spontaneity is great but to make sure you get the most out of your girls’ trip to Alicante, you’ll want to plan some activities in advance. For a bit of culture, visit the Basilica de Santa María, the oldest and prettiest church in the city or the contemporary art museum.

You could also take a stroll around the oldest part of Alicante, Casco Antiguo. This neighbourhood can be found on the hillside beneath the castle, and after admiring the beautiful homes, painted shutters and decorated balconies, you can stop off at one of the many cafés.

If you fancy going a bit further afield, why not take a boat trip to Tabarca Island off Alicante’s south coast? Or travel west by road for 20 minutes and you’ll reach the town of Elche, where you’ll find the largest palm grove in Europe, Elche Palmeral.

Be realistic

After all your hard work and planning, you’ll want your girls’ trip to Alicante to be perfect but in reality, every adventure usually has a hitch or two. If someone sleeps late or gets a sunburn, it doesn’t have to spoil your whole trip. It’s also important to remember that even though you’ve travelled as a group, you don’t have to stay together all the time. Once you arrive in Alicante, everyone will have their own ideas about how they want to spend their time and it’s totally okay to split up and do some things separately.

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