Terminal Drop-Off Charge

A £5 charge now applies to vehicles dropping off passengers at the designated drop-off zones, located directly outside the terminals. Discounts and exemptions will apply. Free drop-off will be available at the Long Stay car parks.

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No rail services to Heathrow - 4 & 5 December

Due to engineering works at Heathrow, there will be no mainline rail services to or from Heathrow Airport on 4 & 5 December.

 

London Underground services between the terminals and London will continue to operate, passengers looking to travel to central London, or connecting between terminals 5 and 2/3, will be required to use the London Underground services.

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Coronavirus update

Face coverings are mandatory at the airport and we encourage everyone to wear one at all times, unless they’re exempt. Passengers can purchase face coverings at several retailers at the airport including Boots and WHSmith. 

 

The safety of both passengers and colleagues has always been Heathrow’s number one priority. The airport has several COVID-secure measures in place to make sure everyone has a safe journey including: 

 

- Enhance cleaning regimes including Hygiene Technicians, UV robots and other anti-viral technologies to ensure continuous disinfection across terminals

- Dedicated COVID marshals to enforce social distancing

- 600 hand sanitiser stations 

 

Due to the emergence of a new Coronavirus variant, the UK Government have advised that fully vaccinated passengers arriving into England must:

 

Take a PCR test no later than 2 days after their arrival.

- Self isolate until they receive their result.

- If a passenger tests positive, they must isolate for 10 days.

- If a passenger tests negative, they can leave self isolation.

 

Passengers arriving from a country on the red list must book a managed quarantine hotel.

 

Passengers who are not fully vaccinated must continue to follow separate guidance.

 

As countries may change their entry requirements, we advise customers to check the UK Government website for up to date information.

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  • Overview

    Lying on the eastern coast of Spain, the Costa Blanca draws millions of tourists each year to its turquoise waters and miles of white, sandy beaches. Alicante is the capital and major city on this stretch of coast, but it is Benidorm that attracts the most visitors, and this is the place to go for those looking for a lively and entertaining holiday with hundreds of bars and all-night clubs. However there is more to the Costa Blanca than crowded beach resorts: within the mountainous interior there are a series of fascinating medieval towns and fortified villages which have been largely unaffected by modern development.

    Alicante is best known as the gateway to the many glittering resorts in the region, but the city is actually an interesting urban destination, with history and culture aplenty to offer those who can be distracted from the beach. Those who have some time in Alicante should head to the Catedral de san Nicolas from which the narrow old streets of the historic quarter, El Barrio, radiate outwards.

    The most popular time to visit the Costa Blanca is between May and October when the weather is guaranteed to be sunny and warm most of the time. The temperature can get up to 104F (40C) in August, with the sea at a very comfortable 77F (25C). It is too hot and crowded for some during this busy summer season and some visitors holiday in the spring and autumn months, when it is cooler and there is the chance of light showers. However, many of the bars and restaurants close outside of the peak tourist season.

    Castell de Santa Barbara

    The impressive Santa Barbara Castle has its origins in the Muslim rule of the 9th century, towering over Alicante on top of the Benacantil Mountain. Most of the chambers that can be explored today date from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. The fortress is massive, encompassing moats, drawbridges, tunnels, cisterns, and dungeons, not to mention a stately tower and keep. It has endured many attacks, rebuilds, and renovations during its long history and was opened to the public in 1963. Today it houses the Museum of the City of Alicante. From the top of the castle superb views over the bay and the city can be enjoyed.

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    Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Alicante

    In the Plaza de Santa Maria stands Alicante's oldest building, a former granary dating from 1685. Ironically the city's oldest building contains its most notable modern art collection, donated by painter and sculptor Eusebio Sempere in 1977. The Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Alicante is commonly referred to simply as MACA. Among the noteworthy paintings on display are those by Dali, Picasso, Calder, and Miro, and one of the highlights is the section dedicated to Sempere's own geometrical, moving sculptures. As other famous modern art galleries have realised, the contrast between an old building and a colourful modern art collection is striking and interesting.

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    Elche

    Just 12 miles (19km) inland west of Alicante is Europe's only palm forest, forming a lush oasis around the city of Elche (Elx). The city boasts several beautiful parks, public gardens, and palm groves. The Palmeral of Elche, an orchard of more than 200,000 palm trees, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Parque Municipal is one of the most popular places to enjoy the trees, with the palms interspersed by grassy promenades and children's playgrounds. The most beautiful palm garden is the Huerto del Cura, filled with trees, water features, and bright flowerbeds. Another attraction in the city, located right next to the municipal park, is the Altamira Castle, which was built in about the 12th century and was renovated in the 15th century.

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    Isla Tabarca

    The tiny islet of Tabarca is becoming an increasingly popular day trip destination from Alicante or Santa Pola, with its quiet fishing village offering an old fort, several very reasonably priced fresh seafood restaurants, a rocky beach with clear turquoise water, and several coves and tidal pools ideal for bathing. Tiny and picturesque, Tabarca is the smallest permanently inhabited islet in Spain and can very easily be explored on foot. The islet is part of a marine reserve (Reserva marina de la Isla de Tabarca) and promises varied marine life, clear unpolluted waters, and a healthy bird population.

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    Alicante Airport
    Location: The airport is located seven miles (11km) south of Alicante.
    Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October).
    Getting to the city: Regular buses leave every 30 minutes for the main bus station in Alicante, and taxis are available outside Arrivals. Note that most package tour operators arrange transport.
    Car Rental: Car hire companies represented at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Sol-Mar, Europcar and National. Before booking it is worth finding out if it is possible to pickup and drop off rental cars at the airport, rather than at an off-site location.
    Airport Taxis: Taxis can be found outside the terminal building's lower level. A surcharge is added to taxis caught late at night.
    Facilities: The airport has bars, restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets, and several shops, including duty-free. ATMs and currency exchange facilities are also available. There is a VIP lounge which offers fax, photocopying and Internet capabilities for first- and business-class passengers. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs are advised to inform their airline or travel agent in advance.
    Parking Parking at Alicante Airport is available in the car park opposite the terminal; those looking for long-term parking may want to consider cheaper off-site options with shuttle services.
    Website: www.aena.es

    The myriad attractions of the Costa Blanca's beach resorts hardly need elaboration, as everybody can understand the appeal of gorgeous beaches, turquoise Mediterranean waters, white sand and a rollicking nightlife. Those intent on doing some actual sightseeing in the region should explore some of the more authentic villages just inland, some of which host weekly craft markets.

    Of the famous resorts the charming Altea is the least commercial and the best place to get a taste of real local culture. Altea has a renowned craft market every Tuesday, between April and September, and La Nuncia, just north of Altea, has a good Sunday market. Tourists wanting some culture should also take advantage of Alicante's historical attractions.

    The formidable Moorish Castell de Santa Barbara looms over Alicante and visitors can explore some of the tunnels, dungeons, towers and chambers that make up the impressive fortress. The tiny, picturesque Isla Tabarca, is a popular excursion from Alicante, and the city of Elche, inland from Alicante, is also an interesting excursion, containing Europe's only palm forest.

    For amusement park thrills and spills, instead of culture, visitors should head to Spain's largest theme park, Terra Mitica, just outside of Benidorm.

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