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Benidorm invaded

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The Poniente beach was transformed into a surreal sight for many this weekend, becoming a battlefield for the re-enactment of the D-Day Normandy landings. More than 300 members of Codex Belix took part – an association dedicated to recreating historical events, traveling not only from various parts of Spain but also from across Europe to participate. Holidaymakers didn't know quite what to make of men dressed in full military gear in the searing heat, complete with guns!

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Changing your Pounds to Euros

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With the spiraling exchange rate, in main thanks to Brexit and the recent General Election results, it is important to try and eke out as much as possible for those hard earned pounds. Many often ponder whether to exchange before leaving or wait until here in the resort. But one thing is for certain – DO NOT under any circumstances do it at the airport – whether that be a UK one or here at Alicante. Aside from money and a valid passport the other very important thing you should have before setting out is travel insurance. So many tend to think that an EHIC card will be adequate, but this is only for emergency treatment and will not repatriate you back to the UK.

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Benidorm Island - A great trip

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Have you ever stood on the beach - doesn't matter if it's the Levante or Poniente and wondered about that jugged jutting rock? It is one of the iconic landmarks here and simply called Benidorm Island, but some people refer to it as Peacock Island. Although it looks fairly close it is actually 4km away - and many people, especially after a drink or ten think they'll swim over... but quickly realise their mistake!

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Should Benidorm have a dress code?

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Much was made in the British press of a group of 18 hens – in their 30’s and 40’s heading to Magaluf this week, who were removed from a Jet2 flight for wearing what the airline deemed “Offensive T-Shirts” with the phrase ‘Bitches on Tour”. The Bride-to-be claims no-one spoke to her and was visibly upset by the entire episode – probably more embarrassed that the entire nation, including her employers were reading about it. Jet2 replied that ‘as a family friendly airline we will not allow people on board if they are using or displaying offensive language’. Should the same also apply to towns, cities and holiday destinations? Anyone that has been to Benidorm cannot fail to be shocked and appalled at some of the sights we see walking about the streets.

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Summer-time in Benidorm

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Summer has most certainly arrived – the sun is out, the resort is bustling and the beaches are packed. But just because you’re on holiday and relaxed do not let your guard down. Sadly crime happens everywhere and Benidorm is no exception, but if you use your common sense and keep your wits about you, then you should have an incident free time here.
The Latin saying ‘praemontius, praemunitus’ is very apt and loosely translated means ‘forewarned is forearmed’… if you know about a problem in advance, you will be able to deal with it. Awareness of a situation, especially a risky one prepares you to handle it should the situation arise.

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Milestone for Benidorm Palace

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This year marks a significant year for Benidorm’s most iconic entertainment venue – Benidorm Palace. 2017 sees the venue celebrating its 40th Anniversary and in recognition the show is called “RUBI – Party at the Palace” – the Spanish for Ruby, which is the traditional stone to celebrate 40 years of marriage. The new show will premier on May 18 with a special VIP night taking place on July 12 which will also see Joanne Climent – daughter of Christine and Vicente taking on a greater role at the palace.

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Charity car rally cruises into Benidorm

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The annual ‘Benidorm Bangers’ car rally cruised into Benidorm this afternoon – causing many heads to turn as they coasted along the Avd Mediterraneo and the top part of the Levante beach front, with a police escort before parking up and enjoying some well deserved refreshments at the White Lion. Jaime – proprietor of the White Lion arranged a police escort from the motorway toll and closure of Calle Bilbao, to enable everyone to come and admire the many customized cars.

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Negative press for Benidorm

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The last few days have not been very positive for the resort press-wise – with the usual red top tabloids splashing totally false sensational headlines, obviously to sell more copies! Today’s issue of The Scottish Sun, with “Murder on Hen-Do” has to take the gold medal… but as the saying goes, never let the truth get in the way of a good story! The Spanish press reports that in all probability it was a tragic accident...

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Driving to Spain this summer?

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Instead of flying, many people opt to drive to Spain, either taking the ferry to Northern Spain then heading down or making the journey through France - but with the tolls, not always a cheap option. But be aware that a change in EU law, which comes into effect on May 6 means that British motorists risk being fined up to €750 for speeding in other European countries. An EU directive will give France, Spain and other European countries the power to obtain driver details through DVLA to chase up payment

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Benidorm campsite faces closure

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Campsites are not solely for holidaymakers but also a very popular lifestyle choice for many in Benidorm, which is all too apparent if you see the number of sites here. Villamar is by far the largest, with around 1,500 plots followed by El Raco, Vilasol, Arena Blanca, Camping Armanello, Camping Benidorm and La Torreta. However, Benidorm council has revoked the license issued to La Torreta camping, located behind Benidorm Palace. Following an extensive investigation, the Police and Department of Engineering have deemed that it occupies an area that carries a high flood risk as it is situated on a dry riverbed.

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Benidorm's Beach Police

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A slight ‘glitch’ in the recruitment process for the annual temporary beach police in Benidorm has come to light, but Lorenzo Martinez, Councilor for Security has made assurances that they will be in place in time for Easter – wonder if he knows it’s next week! All candidates, of which there are around 150, have to sit strict exams but it transpires that one of the multiple choice tests had the correct answer marked after the ink from the carbon copy template transferred onto the paper.

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The Circus is back in Benidorm

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Girls and Boys… prepare to be thrilled and amazed - “Chapeau” the long awaited new show in the Big Top is open. It is where circus meets magic every Saturday night and from 6pm you will be enthralled for nearly 2 hours. Unlike the traditional circus acts of yesteryear, there are no animals or even clowns – it is a reinvented 21st century version suitable for young and old.

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Karting in Benidorm - A must for thrill seekers

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Karting Finestrat is one of the most popular attractions for those who come here for weekend celebrations - especially stag & hens or party groups. Located on the mountain side behind the La Marina shopping centre it is certainly the place to head for thrill seekers and adrenalin junkies. The 1 km track has plenty of hairpin bends to test your skill behind the wheel, with everyone becoming an imaginary Lewis Hamilton as they hit the asphalt.

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Elaine Davidson - Guinness Record Holder in Benidorm

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Elaine Davidson, Guinness World Record Holder for being the most pierced woman in the world is here in Benidorm… and turning quite a few heads! In total she has over 10,000, most of which she does herself – all except those that she cannot physically reach, such as on her back. She is here for the Tattoo Convention, a three day event starting on Friday at 11am in the Hotel Mediterraneo. She will be performing a few jaw dropping stunts and you will be able to meet, chat and have a photograph taken with her over the course of the event.

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