Getting here by car
Getting here by air
- Alicante is 2 hours to the north.
- Murcia (San Javier) is 1 hour to the north, and
- Almeria is 40 minutes to the south
All the airports are connected by very modern motorways, which are very quiet and provide easy transfers to and from the Valle del Este complex.
The 3 airports mentioned above are all served by many of the UK budget airlines such as Easyjet, Ryanair, Flybe, Monarch and Jet2. Flight times and frequency are subject to seasonal changes but it is fair to say that you would have no problem finding a flight to one of these airports from the UK every day of the year with, perhaps, Xmas Day being the only exception. We would recommend the flight options available from Norwich, Stansted, Luton, Southend and Gatwick Airports.
Booking flights online is very straightforward and the key is to try and book as early as possible to benefit from the best prices. In our experience, non peak time flights can be picked up from between £80 and £120 per person return, without too much trouble.
The budget airlines are very wary of excess baggage and will enjoy charging you for any slight overweight. Our advice is to respect the luggage limits and make sure you take advantage of your full cabin allowance. Most airlines will charge extra for golf clubs so always box smart and share the burden by taking carry bags and making sure 2 sets of clubs will fit into your golf flight bag.
Hiring a car
It’s cheaper through brokers
We would recommend CarJet and CarHire4Less, two online car hire companies that we think offer the best deals.
Both CarJet and CarHire4Less act as brokers for all the major Spanish car hire companies such as Hertz, Goldcar, Solmar and Avis. Consequently, they can offer very competitive rates across a huge range of vehicle types.
You will find the likes of Easyjet and Ryanair offering discounted car hire through their websites but, in our experience, they tend to be more costly and offer less choice of vehicle. Our advice would be to shop around to get the best deal for your transport needs.
Lots of luggage and golf clubs?
If you are travelling with a lot of luggage plus golf clubs, we highly recommend the Kangoo van or an estate vehicle. They offer very good value for money and provide extra luggage space than the normal hatchback or saloon options.
Collecting your car at the airport
Most of the car hire companies allow settlement on collection in Spain. Once your booking is confirmed on the applicable website you will then receive a Car Hire Voucher via email. You then take this voucher with you and present it to the relevant car hire desk in the airport arrivals lounge.
All the Airports in Spain are fully geared up to offer quick and easy access to their Rental car service.
- Make your way to the relevant car hire desk in Arrivals
- You will need to present the your Car Hire Voucher, plus passport and your driving licence
- The usual practise is to add a full tank of fuel to your hire charge and you return the car virtually empty
- Settle payment with credit card
- Confirm your accommodation location and provide contact telephone/mobile number
- You will have a sign a Standard Car Hire Agreement and will be presented with the relevant car keys
- The hire cars are usually located in the short stay airport car parks, within walking distance
- Locate your car in the designated bay and exit the airport compound to enjoy your holiday
- Remember, Spanish people drive on the right hand side!
On return at the airport:
- Return the car to the allocated spaces in the car hire company spaces in the short stay car park
- Hand the keys back to the car hire desk.