|Beautiful backdrop of the wooden stairs leading to Fonts|
In one of the previous episodes of the ITV hit show Benidorm, the Garvey clan went on a "free trip" which had the Fonts as one of the destinations. However, they had to endure a presentation and the hard sell of a juicing machine - there's no such thing as a free day out! But you don't have to.... whether you are here on a package or not, don't let the fact that you have no car put you off.
The Llorente No 18 bus goes all the way from La Cala in Benidorm to the Fonts, but it is ONLY a weekend service (however it does also operates on Bank Holidays). From July 1st it runs daily.
|No 18 winding its way up the village|
The bus drops you off at the Fonts and collects you again at 5pm giving you an entire day out - and all for only 6 euros RETURN... same price for adults and children. Its amazing how the driver manages to manoeuvre the bus through the narrow streets and tight bends - Id think twice about it in a car !
Entrance into the waterfalls is 4 euros for adults and 2 euros for children. Just before you get to the ticket booth (wooden shed) you have the obligatory photo taken by a young lady, who on your departure has it ready in a frame as well as on a key-ring - no pressure to purchase though. You then have the very steep climb up wooden steps to get to the falls - a pair of flat shoes is advisable.
|Diving off the plank - I mean diving board!|
If you are All Inclusive at your hotel ask to have a take away lunch box, otherwise there is a restaurant within the Fonts where you can purchase either a full Menu del Dia or just tapas snacks - plus cold drinks and ice-creams. Most visitors take picnics - heaving their cool-boxes up the steps to the top (have a man in tow). Make sure you take towels and swimwear and I personally would recommend some rubber soled swimming shoes, which are readily available at all the Chinese shops in Benidorm.
There are plenty of shady areas to relax in but the most fun you'll have is jumping into the freezing cold running water.For those old enough to remember it'll take you back to the 50's when there was no Health & Safety officer telling you that you couldn't jump off a piece of shuttering ply 10 metres into the river! It is so un-commercialized and relaxing but full of people - of all nationalities. They have attendants and first aiders patrolling to make sure no-one does anything too dangerous, but it's just great to watch everyone deriving such fun and excitement by jumping into a river. Further up you can dive off the waterfalls - but a word of caution, the freezing water will literally take your breath away. However, when the sun is baking in the middle of a hot July afternoon, its definitely a welcome relief.
|Spectators watching from the bridge|
Guadalest by public transport
Jalon - a short drive from Benidorm
Nispero´s ... grown near the Font´s