A September 2004 trip
to Albir by Elginah
Quote: We decided to treat ourselves to an extra long weekend trip to Albir. There are cheap direct flights from home, and we were going to stay with friends.
We only ordered take-away, and it was hard to figure out how much to order, but the containers were standard size. Following custom, we shared our dishes, so we ordered one each with some lemon rice, plain rice, and garlic naan bread.
Ordering take-away over the phone was a breeze, and the food was ready within 30 minutes -- enough time to stroll down and fetch it. The meals themselves were excellent. I would highly recommend the lamb and chicken dishes. The lemon rice was a bit on the mild side, compared to what I've experienced before. The shrimp/king prawn dishes were okay, and there are vegetarian dishes to choose from. If you order take-away, you get a 10% discount on the meal.
The restaurant has a stylish, modern, and airy first impression. I have a limited opinion, as I only saw it whilst waiting to pick up our food. The staff seemed friendly enough -- mainly a combo of Europeans and an Ozzie.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 29, 2004
Sarita Indian Restaurant
Our first ride was an eventless boat trip to the other side of the park, but it gave us a sense of direction in terms of where the rides were and where shows would be held during the day.
The highlight would have to be the steel roller coaster, as I don't do wooden ones. It was 665m high and lasted 35 seconds, with the old "smellies" dangling in the air-whoo-hoo! We could probably have ridden that repeatedly all day; that's how populated the park was.
Getting something to eat was somewhat of a challenge. No one served lunch until about 12:30pm, and we were itching for tapas, but not the "sandwich" (dry omelet on a dry baguette) that was offered. When we finally found an open restaurant, it looked deserted, and using sign language was the order of the day. I know, I know, I should hablo some Espanol, but c'mon, it's supposed to be an amusement park near a predominantly European vacation spot! We paid 15€ for four tapa dishes and two cokes.
The park has the usual combo of rides for big kids and little kids, simulator rides, log splash rides (you may want to bring extra clothes), and live-action shows. The theme seems to be derived from famous north African/Middle East cultures. We managed to check out 90% of the park, but only about 40% was worth the cost. We ended the day with an earsplitting Red Bear-type show. It was all in Spanish, but quite lively and understandable-they even involved audience members. By the way, you can get discount coupons from McDonald's in Benidorm.
Okay, so when you've been to Florida and Ohio, you've done it all. I believe that was the conclusion to our quest to ride a bigger and better coaster in a theme park.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 29, 2004
Paramount Park: Terra Mitica
Outskirts of town
We found some sun beds near 'Adventureland' and parked our stuff there. Lockers are available, but only near the park entrance, so it was a hassle when we went to get valuables and the like. We realised quite late that you also have to pay for the use of the sun beds. By late, I mean we were packing to head home. There's usually an employee that comes round to collect and ticket.
The park is on a slope, so by the time you've spent hours paddling about and wearing yourself out in the wave pool, 'Atlantic Surf', you have little energy to make it up to the 'Rapids' queue. We started with 'Rapids', which involved queuing for a tube and then lugging the thing up a hill to another queue to get into the water. For those of you who're small or lacking in upper body strength, the lugging bit may take a while and result in some innovative methods of rolling, pushing, and dragging the tube to the top of the hill. Then we tried the 'Zigzag', which was great but maybe a little dry, so the slide down was a bit bumpy at times. Just be sure to hold your nose before crashing into the pool at the bottom. And leave your cap, glasses, etc, in your bag at the sun bed.
'Adventureland' had its attractions for the under-12s. Okay, so we 'borrowed' our friend’s kids as an excuse to splash around there. A hot meal was also hard to find until 12:30, but the employees seemed friendly enough. However, the lifeguards at 'Big Bang' and 'Splash' didn't quite seem to be in control. There was a near-miss where some guy almost crashed into a little girl after they came down the same slide with only seconds to spare!
Aqualandia was pretty standard as water parks go.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 2, 2004
Avenida del Mediterraneo