Day Trip to Denia

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With the bright lights, cheap beer and alluring beaches of Benidorm, the coastal resort of Denia looms in the shadow of its more popular cousin. However, 80 minutes north up the Costa Blanca lies this hidden gem laden with cultural delights. Being a Londoner, I expected the price of a 90 minute ride on a state-of-the-art, fully air-coned tram to exceed my budget for both dinner AND a night on the town, but was shocked when the price for two of us to get there and back didn´t even top 10 euros - we got on in Altea, a little further down the line from Benidorm.

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Camping in Benidorm - not only for holidaymakers

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Most dream of a life in the sun – to up sticks and make the move. The great thing about Benidorm is that there is something to suit all budgets and tastes, not only for holidaymakers, but also those choosing to move here permanently. Yet with property prices still very reasonable here and an abundance of rentals it is surprising how many ex-pats opt for life on a campsite. The biggest and most popular in Benidorm is Villamar, followed by El Raco. Now I openly admit that I did have preconceived ideas of what to expect as I was invited on a tour, like I am sure many others have - last chance saloon types scrapping by on their last euros on a hi-di-hi type site. As Jim Trott from the Vicar of Dibley use to say, no no no, no - but in this case there is no yes at the end!

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Benidorm actress Sherrie Hewson back in town!

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Once again Benidorm was buzzing with excitement as the resorts favourite hotel Manager, Joyce Temple Savage, aka the lovely actress Sherrie Hewson popped back. She came over for a few days this week, accompanied by an ITV film crew to do some recording. However, it was not for the ever-popular comedy series "Benidorm" which she is in, but for the "Lorraine" show, part of the breakfast program Good Morning Britain.

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Benidorm´s beaches get 4G

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Benidorm now sits alongside London and Paris as being one of the few European destinations to have "small cell" 4G antennas installed. In fact, Benidorm is the first city across the whole of Spain to benefit from this new technology. Holiday makers will be able to send pictures via social media even quicker now!

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Hidden dangers on Benidorm´s Levante beach

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Levante beach is one of the reasons why millions of people choose to come to Benidorm on their holidays - understandable with its miles of golden sand. In the busy Summer months the beach is packed with holiday makers - sometimes its a struggle to find a square metre of sand to place your towel! Its shallow waters and gentle slope into the sea make it a favourite with families but a word of caution. Just 20 inches beyond the shoreline lies a mile long stretch of rock mass hidden beneath the water. It is known locally as "El llosar" - the rock.

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Mendoza Wine Bodega - 10 minutes from Benidorm!

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Spain exports many things around the world – olive oil, Serrano ham, Cruzcampo beer and leather goods to name a few, but one of their biggest and most popular has to be its wine! Most people will take a bottle or two back with them from their holiday – Rioja being a favourite and costing far less than in the UK. You can easily pick up a good quality red wine in a Spanish supermarket for 3€ - in the UK it will be at least double that.

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Sunbed wars on Benidorm´s beaches

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Tempers were certainly raised on Benidorm beaches yesterday as police tried to calm irate holidaymakers. The Town Hall have received notification from "Costas" – the authority which are responsible for the beaches that they must enforce the 1988 Coastal Act. This states that there must be a 6 metre space between the shore and first line of sunbeds to "reserve this space for the movement of swimmers and emergency services"!

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Spanish noise pollution disturbs Benidorm

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Three Business Associations in Benidorm have joined forces to tackle the continuing hostility aimed at them from Neighbourhood Associations on the issue of noise! A meeting took place in the Old Town on Tuesday in which the Presidents of the Associations discussed how and if they and their members can come to an amicable conclusion.

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Benidorm´s El Cisne rastro

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Ask any bargain hunter where to head on a Sunday and the unanimous answer will be El Cisne Rastro come Flea market – like a giant car boot but without the cars! It is also on every Saturday and Thursday – but Sunday is by far the busiest and most popular day. Located on the N332, the main road out of Benidorm and next to Benisol Camping, it is very easy to find.

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Calpe - only an hour by boat from Benidorm

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There are so many things to do in Benidorm that you are unlikely to ever be bored - however, if you fancy a change of scenery and want to go somewhere else why not take a day trip out of Benidorm and go on a boat ride. You have several options - pop to Benidorm Island, the rock jutting out of the sea directly infront of Levante beach, the Island of Tabarca - up towards Alicante or how about a mini cruise to Calpe. The boat is a far better option in the Summer when traffic and parking is really difficult, so instead let the water take the strain! Alternatively, you can take the tram, but be aware that the station is some distance from the town. There is usually a bus that coincides with the timetable arrivals and departures just outside the station or you can take a taxi - it will probably be a good 20-30 minute brisk walk.

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Roulette wheel spins at the Benidorm Casino

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The long awaited opening of the new Casino in Benidorm took place yesterday morning, with the official inauguration and cutting of the ribbon undertaken by the Mayor Agustin Navarro later in the evening. The pace of construction has been remarkable – the crane only went up on Christmas Eve and work began in January. Many doubted that it would be completed in time for the promised July opening – but it made the deadline just in time!

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