First class service and friendliness
Five stars all round
Never disappointed when booking with these guys. Excellent service as always
Another great holiday!
Friendly and competent as usual
Keep up the good work!
Wouldn't go to any other travel agent
As always excellent service. The hotel was very good, the staff were so nice. Only comment was the bus service from the hotel to Port Soller was very erratic and they need more restaurants other than two Spanish ones in the hotel
Friendly professional staff.
Always first class service
Reid is the best travel agent in the world - an absolute gem
Superb follow up from all staff members. Always phoned back when promised and looked after our party every step of the way. So happy with the service and advice. Thank you so much for everything!
Everything went smoothly, one connection was a little tight but turned out OK.
Your service was splendid but easyJet's was quite appalling and we were delayed 3 days only struggling back via Madrid and expensively, too. I'll be in touch for advice on how to deal with my claim.
Ivor was absolutely superb. His patience in finding us the right holiday at our budget was much appreciated and the communication was excellent. Thanks to him, you have a customer for life!
Philip Bardsley's service is really great
Ross has been excellent and a credit to your company
Jarvis and his team continue to provide an excellent service
Another fantastic trip organised by Cody who has booked numerous trips for us. He is always very helpful, reliable and gives good advice too. I always feel in good hands knowing I can contact Cody him anytime.
My contact at DialAFlight was absolutely amazing - his customer support was outstanding. Hats off to Toby
Great service and everything went perfectly
Excellent service, thank you
Superb as always
It was great from the first phone call. The emails and call before I left were reassuring. I will be back.
Always a pleasure to have you book my arrangements
Very good customer service
A good hotel but entirely unsuitable for people in our age group. Maybe a little research into hotels offered could be wise.
Great little week away .
Patrick went above and beyond the call of duty to help me with check in tech hiccups and reserving extra legroom.
On the final evening of our three-day cultural tour of Valencia, dolled up and festive, we went for a slap up dinner at the swish Marina Beach Club.
Clearly the club is a place to see and be seen. This great barn of an upmarket seaside restaurant was packed with beautiful young Valencian nouveau riche shouting happily at each other.
The noise was incredible. And yet it was at
this popular restaurant that we had the worst dining experience of our entire
lives. The food - what little we saw - was rubbish; our waitress appeared to
The noise was incredible. And yet it was at this popular restaurant that we had the worst dining experience of our entire lives. The food - what little we saw - was rubbish; our waitress appeared to despise us.
When the waitress begrud-gingly shoved a bottle of wine on the table, the wrong one, we passed a glass between us pretending it was the Holy Grail.
But were we downhearted? Not a bit. After 72 hours of sightseeing, we were stuffed to satisfied surfeit with Valencian art and culture. We had seen everything - and what a thrill it all was.
We'd been to the Chapel of the Santo Caliz in Valencia Cathedral and gawped at the actual Holy Grail. We'd visited the late medieval Lonja de la Seda, or Silk Exchange, a masterpiece of civil Gothic architecture. Under shade trees outside the Silk Exchange, we'd watched traditional Valencian dancing.
We'd eaten tapas at the Colon covered market, a landmark of Art Deco architecture.
We'd visited the Bombas Gens Centre D'art, an old water pump manufacturer with an Art Deco facade converted to a gallery with 1,500 works of modern art by 150 artists, including Robert Mapplethorpe.
Bombas Gens's incongruous transformation from heavy industrial workshop to bourgeois art space nicely typified the gift-wrapping of Valencian cultural and historical heritage for the 21st-century tourist.
We'd even been taken on a guided walking tour of Valencia's rather bizarre, council-maintained graffiti. Afterwards, we were privileged to meet foremost Valencian street artist Vinz Feel Free.
Wearing a tracksuit top and jogging pants, Mr Feel Free personally conducted us around his new exhibition at the Carmen arts centre, a palatial former convent.
Had recognition, respectability and paid employment softened the poacher turned gamekeeper's Leftist credo? His giant prints and photographs of nude pelota players with superimposed animal heads said an emphatic no.
We visited the Silk Museum and learned about the laborious silk-making process from mulberry tree to silk moth cocoon to weaving loom to museum gift shop.
And at the Museum of Fine Arts, a spokesman for the Valencian tourist board, solemn with excitement, confided to us that the city's hidebound conservative council had been slung out, and a Left-wing one elected in its place.
He had a dream of bright sunlit ideological uplands dotted with costly, consciousness-raising public art. The public art we'd already seen was, it's no good denying, of startling banality. I hope his dream is realised.
The river Turia once flowed through the centre of Valencia. In 1957, it naughtily overflowed its banks. As a punishment it was diverted away from the city centre and the river bed was planted with public gardens. The old bridges remain; the gardens and embankments have been sown with public art and post modern architectural statements such as Valencia's ambitious new opera house.
Designed by celebrity architect Santiago Calatrava, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia is his homage to the homicidal sci-fi creature in Alien. As well as the Turia Gardens, Valencia has dozens of green spaces, including two botanical gardens, the Monforte gardens, the magnificent parks Glorieta, Cabecera, Alameda and Viveros.
In the latter, we sat in a packed grandstand and were tortured for an hour and a half by the vibrant Armenian-Lebanese electric violinist Ara Malikian playing maniacal covers of Led Zeppelin and David Bowie.
Valencia is the home of paella and where Spanish women still waft air over themselves with elaborate fans.
If you go in the warm months, you'll need a parasol and fan.
First published in the Daily Mail - August 2018
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