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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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Benidorm does 5 Star luxury too

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The ITV hit comedy series "Benidorm" and Channel 5’s “Bargain Loving Brits in the Sun” give the impression that Benidorm is suited solely to those looking for a budget break. But the resort is not just full of All Inclusive hotels serving copious quantities of cheap booze and eat as much as you can buffets as portrayed on the television at the moment – there are many upmarket hotels, swanky restaurants and culture available here too! Perceptions of Benidorm are changing, and much of the impulse behind this appears to be coming from the businesses themselves.

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Benidorm Series 8 starts tonight

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The new series of ‘Benidorm’ will be hitting our screens tonight, Monday 11th – the eighth. I don’t think that anyone imagined it would be the roaring success that it has become when the first episode was filmed back in 2006 and aired on ITV in February 2007. Many had no idea who any of the cast were – only vaguely recognizing the likes of Johnny Vegas or Steve Pemberton, but that has certainly changed over the years and they are now all household names. Actor Jake Canuso has played the sexy Spanish barman from the very first episode and probably the most recognized out of all the cast.

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Vuelta 2016 coming to Benidorm

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The 2016 “Vuelta” – the Spanish equivalent of the Tour de France cycle race will once again come to Benidorm. It has been announced that the penultimate stage, on Saturday 10 September, will depart from the town. It will be a challenging 184km route, ascending to 1,510 metres and take the competitors up to the Military Air Force base situated on the Sierra de Aitana.

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The Kings arrived in Benidorm

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Last night the traditional Three Kings parade took place in Benidorm – centred around the Old Town. It was hard to decide who was more excited out of the thousands of children or Spanish pensioners! This was most evident when the sweets were thrown out to the crowds from the passing floats and it really was handbags at dawn, with each scrambling and elbowing each other out of the way.

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Benidorm ER’s Dr Torres

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Fly on the wall documentary series Benidorm ER followed holidaymakers and expats who found themselves sick or injured and needing medical attention while in the resort. Made by Blakewell North for Channel 5, film crews were based at the private Hospital Clinica Benidorm where they shadowed the medical team in emergency and subsequent follow up treatments. But not all cases required a trip to the hospital – Dr Torres at the Centro Medico dealt with many non-emergency cases and referrals.

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New Years Eve in Benidorm

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Well the end of the year has nearly arrived - and countdown to the new one is on. It´s been a tough year for many, money is tight, jobs are scarce and bills appear to be constantly risings. Everyone will be looking forward to a fresh start, making those New Year resolutions with extra determination this time around. Here in Spain there are many traditions and superstitions on New Years Eve, with certain rituals performed religiously in the hope of bringing luck, with the most established the twelve grapes.

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New Channel 5 series on Benidorm's ex-pats

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Benidorm is hot property when it comes to television – and film crews are nothing new here. Ever since 2006, when the first episode of the hit ITV comedy Benidorm was shot, others have followed in their footsteps. Next Tuesday - 5th January sees a brand new 8 part documentary made by Blakewey North, an award winning TV company based in Manchester who also made BenidormER, so have lots of experience in the resort. It will hit our screens on Channel 5 and is called “Bargain Loving Brits in the Sun”.

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A day trip to Benidorm

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Millions visit Benidorm every year – and the Brits are among the largest percentage. Hotels are reporting 95% occupancy over the Christmas period, with many domestic tourists coming from the capital Madrid and other major Spanish cities. But surprisingly many Brits pop over to Benidorm on daytrips from other resorts. One lady who knows this better than others is Cathy Mac – a tour guide based in Torrevieja.

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It's all about the balls in Spain today!

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It’s all about balls here in Spain today – lottery balls, but more specifically the El Gordo. The annual Christmas draw takes place today, starting at 9am in Madrid at the Teatro Real, where children of San Ildefonso school sing the numbers out. Initially it is quite cute, but after three hours….

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Police swoop on counterfeit goods in Benidorm

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Decades ago you could only purchase “imitation designer brands” in the far East but now they are rife at virtually every market in Europe… and Benidorm is certainly no exception. With Christmas nearly upon us, many are looking to make that special purchase, not really thinking of the consequences - especially if money is tight, of buying an imitation.

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