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Jalon - A favourite with the Brits

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A great place for a day trip is Jalon - sometimes referred as Xaló and located around 35km north east of Benidorm. It is an easy 30 minute drive along the N332, just follow the direction for Calpe. Jalon attracts many British expats to set up home there, especially families, as there is the Laude Lady Elizabeth secondary school nearby. Encompassed by some spectacular scenery, with the magnificent Sierra Bernia mountains forming a backdrop to the town, it is surrounded by fields of olive trees, almond & orange groves - but most of all, vines.

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Benidorm under construction

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An awful lot of money – tens of millions, is currently being invested in the resort, proving that astute business owners are confident Benidorm will continue to be a favourite holiday destination – which is all good news to us here.Two popular hotels are undergoing major refurbs and another is being built, in addition to alterations and improvements around the resort, by private businesses and the council.

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New €20 note released

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The new €20 banknote will start circulating within the Euro zone from this coming Wednesday -  November 25. Numerous security features have been incorporated into the new banknotes in order to protect and make them harder to counterfeit.

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Protest Rally in Benidorm gathers momentum

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The forthcoming protest rally in Benidorm, which is taking place on Monday is certainly causing ripples at the Town Hall. The event has been instigated by British ex-pat Karen Cowles in order to “Protect our Tourism”. Crime is nothing new and certainly not isolated to Benidorm - all high tourist destinations suffer the same. But many are now put off coming due to the reputation it is gaining of rising crime rates and lack of action taken by the police and authorities.

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Police raid Brit Bars in Benidorm

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Despite a police raid in October on a number of British Bars that ran illegal gambling dens, Autonomous Police from Valencia dismantled a further two last Thursday following an inspection. It has obviously not deterred the owners who continue to take bets despite the risks.

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Benidorm does Fancy Dress

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The event of the year took place in Benidorm today – the British Fancy Dress Day and boy what a day it was. This year certainly appeared to beat all expectations as the entire length of Calle Gerona was jam packed, from Western Saloon all the way past Jumping Jacks. It is also the first year that roads have been blocked off to traffic –not just Calle Gerona but all the roads running off it too, with National and Local Police out in numbers.

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Check hotel T&C´s before booking in Benidorm

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There were some very unhappy guests at the Sandos Hotel Monaco earlier after signs went up yesterday stating “We kindly remind you that it is not allowed to wear fancy dresses in the hotel premises”. I was contacted by one, Amanda, who is staying there with friends and been coming for many years for the November fiestas. She said that her group and many others staying there were very upset to suddenly see these notices appearing all around the hotel. However, this morning the signs had been amended slightly, stating that they would now allow them “only in the Monte Carlo Bar”.

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Flower Offering for Benidorm fiesta

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The Benidorm Fiestas are now in full swing – with much partying all around the Old Town. Yesterday (Saturday) at noon an incredibly loud firework display was let off from the Mirador to officially mark the beginning of the fiesta. It seems very bizarre to spend so much money on letting them off in the middle of the day when at most all that could be seen was billowing smoke – but they could certainly be heard!

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Deadlock over All-Inclusives in Benidorm

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Love them or loath them, All Inclusive holidays are seen as a god send to some - mainly families with children. The Council met to discuss the impact and consequences of this sector yesterday, initiated by the PSOE opposition party during the summer, but to no avail.

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Benidorm Fiestas edging forward

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The long awaited Benidorm Fiesta is nearly upon us and hopefully today´s torrential rain will be long gone by Friday when the Fiesta Queens turn on the lights at 6pm to mark the beginning of the celebrations. After that they will all head to the fair – located next to the Bull Ring to officially open it and at 10pm all the peñas will parade down Calle Ruzafa – and so ends Day One of the Benidorm Fiesta!

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British Consulate enlightens the Spanish Councils

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The British Consul, Sarah-Jane Morris and consular staff met with a number of Councillors responsible for Foreign Residents from the province yesterday. In total 12 towns with a high percentage of British ex-pats attended to discuss how the consulate could offer greater support and assistance – emphasizing what they can and cannot do. They brainstormed ideas and how to encourage further integration into the communities in which they live, with volunteering a very positive and beneficial way.

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Poniente to lose Burger King

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Fast food chain Burger King, which has three outlets in Benidorm will soon become two. The outlet located on Avd Jaime 1 in the Old Town, just beside the Hotel Corona del Mar which overlooks the Poniente beach is being evicted by the Council.

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Benidorm Council gets tough on scooters

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At the beginning of August there was a purge by the police on mobility scooters, with a number confiscated from users. This was prompted after a picture appeared in the Spanish press of three young adults riding on a single scooter and a street cleaner getting hit by one. But after that things went quiet – and it appeared that everywhere you looked a scooter would whizz by with what looked like a very able bodied young person, or two perched upon it.

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Sound of the 60´s comes to Benidorm Palace

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Benidorm Palace will once again be hosting a one off double spectacular this Sunday, October 25 with two very well known sounds from the 60´ - "The Fortunes" and "Walk like a Man", which is a clue, as it is also the name of one of the groups top hits. Over the years the Palace has presented a number of fabulous original 60´s bands such as The Tremeloes, Swinging Blue Jeans, The Searchers and The Merseybeats - always a sellout.

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