Beaming British tourists have returned to Benidorm despite UK government advice to stay away.
Last Monday, the Spanish government allowed the British to enter the country without the need for a negative Covid test. However, the country remains on the UK’s amber list and requires a day 10 quarantine on his return.
But some half-time vacationers have taken the plunge and jumped on flights to the tourist hotspot.
Bars still remain quiet compared to a normal year, but the drunk Brits have started booking last minute vacations despite the need for testing and quarantine in the UK.
David Stevenson, 31, from Nottingham, and Harry Tickler, 21, from Chelmsford, Essex, boarded a one-way flight Thursday.
The boys drank cider and strawberry daiquris by the sea and said they couldn’t be happier soaking up the rays.
Former trainee David, who collapsed on national TV in 2017 when his girlfriend Beth Matkin dropped him off on the Channel 5 dating show Make or Break, said, “It feels amazing to be in the sun and do something with your friends to drink.
“I run a business and can work from home. Fortunately, quarantine is not a big problem for me.”
David, who was set on fire by Lord Sugar in week eight of The Apprentice in 2015, added: “We’re in Benidorm for a few days, then we’re going elsewhere in Spain.
“We had no idea that there was a curfew at 1am, so we were stopped by the Spanish police at 2:30 on Thursday and we were walking through the streets.
“But it just feels amazing to be gone, you can’t beat it.
“When Spain eased restrictions on the British, we decided to get out immediately.”
Tommy Feeley, 25, flew out Thursday with nephew Harry Milton, 12, to meet Harry’s mother, Roxanne, 30.
Roofer Tommy from the Isle of Dogs in East London said: “He’s on a half-time break so we decided to come out.
“Does he have to quarantine himself when he comes back? I did not know that.
“We absolutely love it – you can’t beat a beer in the Spanish sun.”
The liver pudlians James Jones (25) and his partner Mia Gean (21) got out on Thursday.
Salon manager Mia said: “We came out at the last minute.
“Our plans for the week are to drink and sunbathe.
“It feels great to be here, it was definitely the right decision and we don’t mind the quarantine.”
Welsh friends Liam Jones, 64, and Mark Williams, 51, arrived in Benidorm on Friday.
Retired decorator Liam from Swansea said, “It feels great to be here. I’m retired so I won’t be bothered by the quarantine.
“Our plans are to have beer, beer and more beer.”
Irish couple Mary Edwards, 56, and husband Tony, both civil servants, arrived in Benidorm on Friday.
Tony sipped drinks in a beach bar and said, “We booked it in February.
“We took an opportunity and it paid off that Spain allowed us to go without tests.
“It feels great to be here. You can’t really drink in the pubs at home without a lot of hassle and time so we came here to have a drink instead.
“The people in Ireland are fed up and want to leave.
“We haven’t been abroad for more than a year and will make up for it this week.”
Mary added, “I will not quarantine. I will be very careful, but I will not completely isolate – I will not stay in my house for 10 days if I have had tests that show that I am negative.”