Do you have a serious case of wanderlust but insufficient funds to splash the cash? The Spanish town of Torrevieja, on the scenic Costa Blanca, is one European destination which can be easily reached by budget airlines and benefits from almost year-round sunshine making it a prime target for bargain breaks. Travel to Torrevieja on a shoestring by using our guide.

Flights and Transfers

The nearest airline to Torrevieja is Alicante. Ryanair is one budget airline which regularly flies out from the following UK airports: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, Bournemouth, London-Stansted, East Midlands, Dublin, Shannon and Cork.

If you strike while the iron is hot you could secure a single flight from as low as £19.99 (with hand luggage). Sign up to RSS feeds from websites such as Money Saving Expert who regularly publish the latest travel deals.

Once you arrive at the airport, you’ll need to use public transport to get to your final destination. Avoid last minute taxis which will be expensive and instead opt for a 40 minute bus ride to Torrevieja, these run frequently up to 10pm and cost around 6 Euros.

Cheap Eats

Choose a self-catered apartment where you’ll have the space to prepare and cook your own daily meals. Los Locos Beach is a holiday rentals provider with a range of self-catered apartments located right on the beach, offering the perfect blend of high quality accommodation at competitive prices.

Dia is the Spanish equivalent of Lidl price wise, and the best option if you’re looking for cheap eats. Alternatively, Mercadona is also reasonably priced and you will generally find that Spanish supermarkets are cheaper than UK ones.

If you do fancy heading out for a bite to eat, many restaurants run a lunchtime ‘menu del dia’ offer which usually includes at least two courses and a drink for around 10-12 Euros – Bargain!

Tratoria Don Camilo offer a particularly good choice of starters and mains and serve generous portions. Also check out Alinghi which offers a three course menu del dias for just 7 euros with homemade dishes such as pork loin in pepper sauce, breaded mushrooms with blue cheese and tiramisu.

Organise your Own Excursions

One of the easiest ways to rack up a fortune on your holiday is to book trips with a holiday rep, these people work on commission meaning you’re likely to pay at least a 1/3 more for that waterpark trip than if you just hopped on a bus and paid the general admission price yourself.

Avoid the lazy option and save money by organising trips and researching the local transport in advance. You’ll save a fortune.