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It's Stag & Hen season

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Benidorm is a popular destination for party go-ers and we are now entering traditional Stag & Hen season. Love them or loathe them, they are important to the economy of the resort and in general the vast majority behave. The resort is a magnet for those wanting a good time, where booze is cheap and bars are plentiful - many of the groups arrive on Friday and fly back on Monday, though somewhat more subdued than when they arrived! Boisterous behavior is tolerated to a point here but on the plane it is a very different matter as a group found out last week.

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Revival of the Selomar Hotel

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Rising like a phoenix from the ashes, the Selomar Hotel, located in prime position along the Levante promenade may soon have a new lease of life. The hotel, an eye sore on an otherwise pristine front has been closed and deserted since 2007. Originally built in 1973, the hotel offered 245 rooms across 8 floors and underwent a refurbishment in 1992.

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The Benidorm Legend retires

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Not only has it made the national Spanish press, with a headline "The queen of vaginal magic retires" but it has also made the UK tabloids today – the Legend of Benidorm, Sticky Vicki has, after 35 years announced her retirement. Some say long overdue, but at the age of 72, following a hip replacement and subsequent diagnosis that she is suffering with cancer, the grandmother has called it a day. In the last few years her daughter Demaria has been performing alongside her – not what many would deem a normal mother daughter collaboration, but one which appeared to work well for the pair.

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"Look Left" in Benidorm

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In order to assist the Brits, Benidorm City Council have embarked on a ‘safe crossing’ campaign in the predominantly British areas around the Rincon area. Each year numerous traffic accidents involving pedestrians are reported – as the Brits tend to forget that the Spanish drive ‘on the other side’. So the Council have started by painting the direction pedestrians should look at before starting to cross.

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It's all go for Benidorm series 9

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It has been officially confirmed that Benidorm series 9 will begin shooting in mid-March and have an extra two episodes – great news for all here. Pere Agullo, of “Filming Spain” – the production company used by Tiger Aspect in Benidorm has also indicated that they have provisionally been signed for series ten even though the current series 8 hasn’t yet been fully aired on UK screens.

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Travel Insurance - check what it covers

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Most that go on holiday are aware of the importance of taking out travel insurance – and in particular, declaring any pre-existing medical conditions. However, despite this there are still many that decide to take the chance, especially if just going for a long weekend, only taking their blue European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).Worryingly, it now looks like you also have to check your policy to ensure you are covered for just coming here to Benidorm, as a number of insurance companies EXCLUDE Spain from European cover!

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Benidorm Carnival 2016

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It must be said that the Spanish certainly know how to party and Saturday nights Carnival Parade was a prime example. This year over 800 took part, with 56 individual penya’s vying for the top prize of €1000 for the winning fancy dress costumes. I think that they should pop down to the British Fancy Dress Day in November to get some ideas for next year.

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"Bargain Loving Brits" series a hit in Benidorm

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The Channel 5 documentary series “Bargain Loving Brits in the Sun” made by Blakeway North - who also produced BenidormER, has proven to be very popular both here and in the UK. Feedback from locals that actually live here is positive, with many commenting that it is at last showing a truer reflection of the resort. This 8 part documentary series was filmed in the resort and started in May, lasting until the end of the year and there are only 3 episode left to watch... want to know who you will see?

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Benidorm food lovers unite

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Benidorm is doing all it can to promote itself to food lovers as a centre of gastronomic excellence. Over the years they have successfully launched an annual Gastronomy Calendar, which features a number of events to publicise the town’s outstanding quality and selection of cuisine available. It is a great opportunity to inspire your taste buds and try some elaborate and skillfully prepared food that is artfully presented.

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Miss Levi - the Queen of Benidorm is back

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Many have been watching the Channel 5 documentary series “Bargain Loving Brits in the Sun” with avid interest over the last few weeks – and one face that most Beni lovers will instantly recognize is that of Wayne Edward Bellamy-Wright aka Miss Levi. Well the Queen is back after a well deserved break - Miss Levi the epitome of entertainment is once again packing the crowds in night after night.

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It's nearly time for Benidorm Carnival

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Rio de Janeiro is traditionally regarded as the capital of carnival celebrations, with the most spectacular and extravagant costumes you are ever likely to see. But Benidorm also has its own annual parade, which will take place in the Old Town next Saturday, 6th February. The date is dependent on when Easter falls, which this year is early, March 27th - Easter can fall on any Sunday between March 22 and April 25.

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Chocolate heaven in Villa Joyosa

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Located a few kilometres outside of Benidorm is the picturesque town of Villa Joyosa, where you will find the much photographed multi-coloured houses.

But it is also home of VALOR, Spain´s oldest and best selling chocolate brand, which have been churning out bars since 1881.

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Controversial Benidorm bike lane

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The new controversial bike lane on Avd Jaime I in the Old Town is dividing opinion among neighbours, businesses and users. The bright red lane, which has only just been completed, runs down the middle of the road – even going straight through a newly constructed roundabout. But the Councillor for Transport claims that the centre of the street is the safest place for cyclists…

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Winter Blues in Benidorm

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Considering that the weather in the UK is very cold and that many places are covered in snow, we are fortunate that in Benidorm the thermometers are still in double figures. However, even here temperatures have most certainly dropped over the last week and today are hovering at around 13 degrees – but with a crisp blue sky. It was the fiesta of Sant Antoni today – the Patron Saint of Animals and many churches held blessings after the Sunday service. The Ermita de Sanz, behind El Cisne rastro saw a multitude of four legged animals, from pooches, cats and ferrets to horses, budgies and multi coloured pigeons!

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