Never too old for Benidorm!

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You´re never too old to go on holiday – as has been proved by Madge and Charlie Pallett from Shepway in Kent this week. The couple hit the UK national headlines last week, as at the ages of 91 and 93 respectively, they had never taken a holiday abroad throughout their 71 years of marriage! Well that changed as they, together with daughters Yvonne Elliott, Doreen England and granddaughter Leigh Plumbly headed to the top holiday destination for Brits – BENIDORM!

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Benidorm goes psychic

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Benidorm is a hub of activity every evening – it´s generally when the resort springs to life. There is certainly no shortage of entertainers to watch – but there is always room for something different. Here for 1 week only is a unique gentleman who to a degree is a performer, but not in the conventional sense and I met up with him yesterday. His name is Micky "Gypsy Boy" Vermooch and he is a medium and psychic – the gypsy being reference to his heritage, as his parents were Romany gypsies! Most people fall into one of two camps here - believe there is something there or that it is utter tosh - the later generally being the men!

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Colourful Benidorm Pride parade

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What many consider the highlight of Benidorm Pride week – the Parade, took place on Saturday afternoon. Participants and spectators started to gather at the Rincon end of the Levante beach from around 3pm, for the anticipated 4pm start... which as with all things Spanish, was late! But not many seemed to notice as they walked around admiring the array of multi coloured outfits.

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Ambassador Hotel in Benidorm - a favourite with Brits

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There is a huge choice of hotels in Benidorm and often it's a hard task trying to decide which is the best one for you. Most attract a mixture of nationalities but for one, or rather two in particular – The Ambassador Playa I & II, 95% of the clients are Brits! So what attracts so many there? The good central location on Calle Gerona must be one of the main temptations – virtually opposite Morgans Tavern in the heart of the nightlife so no need for taxi´s. But there has to be more to it surely...

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Jellyfish back in Benidorm!

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The continued warm weather in Benidorm has been a bonus for those coming on holiday. Sea temperatures have been hitting 29 degrees, the highest recorded in the last 10 years - so more like getting into a bath rather than a refreshing dip to cool down! But the unusually warm sea temperatures have bought with them a number of unwelcome visitors – jellyfish, or medusas in Spanish!

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Europe´s tallest hotel - Gran Bali in Benidorm

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Did you know that the tallest hotel in Europe is located here in Benidorm? The Gran Hotel Bali is in La Cala, at the far end of Benidorm and stands tall at 186 metres – it is certainly prominent on the Benidorm skyline. Walk along the length of the Poniente beach and it then turns into La Cala beach – many think that it is all Poniente, then towards the end you will see the imposing Bali hotel. It is a fair walk and if you want to be partying in the heart of the Rincon then probably not the best choice – but if you are after a relaxing and laid back break, then this should certainly be on your list of possible contenders.

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Benidorm buzzing - Spain´s No 1 beach destination

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Benidorm is Spain´s third largest tourist destination – after Madrid and Barcelona and contributes 0.5% to the national GDP, which is a significant amount considering the size. However, surprisingly – or even shockingly, Benidorm is NOT officially classified as a "tourist destination".

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Segway Tours in Benidorm

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There are many ways to explore Benidorm – but one of the most fun and unusual has to be upon a Segway. Unlike the mobility scooter, which you sit on and is almost out of control in the resort – the Segway is a 2-wheeled electric vehicle which you stand on. The local police even have Segways and can be spotted whizzing around the promenade –  because they stand elevated they have the advantage of spotting anything untoward happening!

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Love dressing up - then come to Benidorm!

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If you like dressing up then Spain, and in particular Benidorm, is definitely the place for you. Hardly a month seems to go by without some sort of excuse to raid the dressing up box – and this phenomenon appears to have rubbed off onto the Brits too. There is one fiesta after another throughout the year- and obviously no occasion here is complete with fireworks!

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"El Faro" - the lighthouse in Albir

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If you enjoy walking, and I don´t mean from bar to bar, then this area must have some of the most beautiful and varied landscapes within the Costa Blanca. The promenade on the Levante beach front is popular with many, as is the walk to The Cross - but if you want to try something a little more challenging then I suggest you head out to Albir. You can catch the number 10 bus - only about a 15 minute ride and a 1.50€ fare, but culturally and visually about as far removed from Benidorm as you can get! Albir definately isn´t a party town - if you want late night drinking and clubbing then stick to Benidorm.

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Benidorm nightlife

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One of the attractions to Benidorm is the fantastic nightlife on offer - there is something for everyone regardless of age. Whether you are looking to enjoy the fantastic atmosphere of one of the many tribute acts, or just relax with a drink in hand while listening to the lapping waves on the beach, Benidorm is the place for you. Luckily the children in bars fiasco seems to have died down - something that was worrying not only those coming over on holiday but more so, the bar and club owners. It was NOT a rule that they had made up but one that was being enforced in a few situations by police from the Generalitat in Valencia. No-one is any clearer on the ruling but children are being allowed into the majority.

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