Benidorm Series 8 - "In the beginning..."

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The build up to Benidorm 8 has begun as castings took place today for extras for the forthcoming new series. There was an enthusiastic crowd of hopefuls waiting outside the Hotel Melia at 10 o´clock this morning – with children given priority (well they had to get back to school!).

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Benidorm Circus back in Town

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The Benidorm Circus re-opened on Saturday night with its long awaited new show – "Bravissimo". You will find “The Big Top” behind Benidorm Palace, a well known landmark which can accommodate up to 850 people - and the opening night saw most of the seats full.

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Benidorm´s newest karting track

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Yesterday evening a brand new karting track opened in Benidorm – a mere 10 minute walk from the Levante beach! The Mayor Agustin Navarro officially inaugurated the latest leisure facility to come to the resort and thanked the two businessmen who bought it to fruition – Antonio Garay and Ramón Román. After his speech he then went down to the track, donned a safety jacket and helmet and jumped into a kart, where Antonio´s son joined him for a few laps.

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Altea - The hidden jewel of the Costa Blanca

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Altea, without doubt, has to be one of the most picturesque and visited towns along the entire Costa Blanca coastline. It couldn´t be further apart culturally from Benidorm, yet distance wise so near and most definitely worth a visit. The Old Town is almost like stepping back in time and what many people envisage the “real Spain” to be like. Only a 10 minute drive outside of the bright lights and skyscrapers of Benidorm, you can even hop on the number 10 bus for a mere 1.50€.

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Benidorm bound - Keep your passport safe

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Having your passport stolen while away can ruin your entire holiday. As well as the inconvenience of obtaining an emergency travel document from the Consulate in Alicante, which is only valid for that one journey, there is the cost involved – 131€ which is approx 95 pounds sterling dependent on the exchange rate. This is very possibly the actual cost of your return flight as well as a putting a big dent in your spending money while here! Then on your return back to the UK you have to re-apply for a brand new passport, a further 72.50 GBP... so keeps your safe.

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60´s legends coming to Benidorm Palace

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The sound of the 60´s will once again come to life at Benidorm Palace for a one night special performance on Sunday 8th March - with not one, but three legends of the era. The Foundations, remembered for their iconic hits such as ´Build me up Buttercup´ and ´Baby, Now that I´ve found you´ will be joined by Dave Berry, fondly remembered for his melodic hit ´The Crying Game´ and Vanity Fare who released ´Early in the Morning´ and ´Hitchin´ A Ride´. I was lucky enough to speak with two of the performers ahead of the show – Alan Warner of The Foundations and Dave Berry.

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Oranges too cheap to pick

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Producers of oranges in the Alicante region are leaving their crops unpicked due to high costs exceeding profitability. The province produced 332,000 tonnes annually, representing 53.9 million euros, but the falling prices paid to farmers does not even cover the maintenance throughout the year.

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Colourful Benidorm Carnival

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Light and colour flooded the streets of the Old Town last night as the annual Benidorm Carnival took place. As with all things Spanish, it was a late start, not setting off until well after 9:30pm.

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British Ambassador visits Benidorm

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The British Ambassador, Simon Manley CMG, spent the day in Benidorm yesterday as part of a two day trip to the Alicante Province. Sarah-Jane Morris, the British Consul and Lloyd Millen, Vice Consul who is based in the Alicante Consulate, accompanied the Ambassador on his visit.

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Travel Insurance - Don´t leave home without it!

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Sadly yet another story has been reported in the UK press of a "heartbroken daughter who must raise 6000 GBP to bring her father´s body back home after a holiday tragedy". This occurred last week in Benidorm when the 50 year old took a break to the popular holiday resort with friends – and did not take out travel insurance. This is the devastating consequence left for the family back home to deal with – putting out an appeal on social media to help with the repatriation costs to fly the body back home. Unfortunately this is not the first, nor I fear the last that we will hear of such tragic incidents. Don´t be tempted to travel without insurance, whatever age you are!

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It´s party time in Benidorm - let the Carnival begin!

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Its Carnival time – if you can´t get to Rio, the spiritual home of Carnival then Benidorm is your next best bet... and somewhat cheaper to get too! The Spanish certainly know how to party and on Saturday night – which also happens to be Valentines Day, the Carnival Parade takes place in the Old Town.

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CONGRATULATIONS!!

Sue & Pete Cranage you have won two tickets to the "Legends of the 60's" at Benidorm Palace.

Today £1 = 1.355€

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    Paul B 04.03.2015 16:41
    That's great news. Followed this from the very start. However I found the last series a bit of a ...
     
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    bingo booze bacci makes Benidorm a lot off money think they help to keep us coming not drive us away ...
     
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