THE optimism in the tourist industry that the high speed train connection to the Costa Blanca from Madrid will be some panacea, or at least provide a boost for tourist figures, may prove unfounded.
The reality for the coastal towns that are not directly connected to high speed links is that they have seen no great influx of tourists from the interior.
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The reason is that once visitors arrive in either Valencia, or even Alicante, that the old infrastructure is in place and in many cases, taxis and buses are relied on, adding expense and time to the journey.
There is no train connection south from Valencia to the northern Costa Blanca, and the cost of taxis between Valencia and Dénia is €100, and to Altea €128. Depending on the terminal where you arrive, even a short journey to the world famous Buñol tomato throwing festival, range from €40 to €45.
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