Carnival ...Benidorm style!

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Light, colour and music flooded the streets of Benidorm last night for the annual Carnival parade which took place in the old town.The avenida Ruzafa was lined with spectators, taking in the atmosphere and cheering as the parade passed, with many dancing to the beat of the music blasting from the giant speakers erected along the route.

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Beni winters

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Although some parts of Spain experience snowfall we are blessed here on the Costa Blanca to live in a microclimate, protected from the harsh weather most of the time. This certainly makes Benidorm a great choice for winter sunshine, especially with such a short flight time from the UK. With the promise of 3,000 hours of sunshine plus price comparisons, showing alcohol and eating out far cheaper, it is no surprise so many flock here.

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How well do YOU know Benidorm?

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Benidorm is a Spanish holiday haven and often referred to as the jewel of the Costa Blanca. The golden sandy beaches stretch long the Mediterranean, inviting sun worshippers to bask in the warmth. But how well do you really know Benidorm – or more specifically, some of the hundreds of hotels here. Test your knowledge by entering our fantastic competition for the opportunity to win a FREE private transfer * from Alicante airport to your hotel with the resort’s premier luxury transfer company –Alicante Private Transfers

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The Kings parade

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The spectacular Three Kings parade took place in Benidorm old town this evening (Friday 5th) – a tradition repeated in many towns and cities across Spain on the eve of  ‘Los Reyes Magos’  tomorrow, which is a bank holiday here. The floats left from Dove Park just at the start of sunset, making for a beautiful backdrop, finshing at the town hall and onto the L´Aiguera Park where fireworks signalled the end of the event. 

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Christmas Fun Run

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The thirteenth San Silvestre Christmas fun run took place in Benidorm this morning. There was a fantastic turnout of competitors – around 300 and hoardes of spectators cheering them on, on what was an ideal day, sunny with a slight breeze. Competitors completed a 5km circuit, from one end of the Levante promenade to the other, with the winner finishing in just 15 minutes and 21 seconds ! 

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Christmas countdown

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The countdown to Christmas began this evening following the official turning on of the lights in the town hall square – renamed Christmas Square for the duration of the festive period. An explosion of gold and silver confetti cascaded down and fireworks signalled the start of festivities. There are numerous fairground type rides and activities dotted around, including the very popular ice rink, which will all remain in place until January 7 – the day after 3 Kings

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R.I.P Sticky Vicky

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It has been announced that Victoria Aragüés Gadea, better known to millions as ´Sticky Vicky´ passed away this morning - Wednesday 29 November, aged 80. A trained ballerina, she came to Benidorm in the early 80´s where she soon became a hit with British holidaymakers for her ´X-rated magic show´- performing several times a night in bars and clubs across the popular Rincon de Loix. A visit to Benidorm wasn´t complete without seeing her... at least once!

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Benidorm knows how to party!

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Now somewhat of a yearly tradition (although not an official event), British fancy dress day took place today (Thursday) …. always the day after the end of the official Benidorm fiesta. An astonishing 40,000 Brits have attended this year according to town hall stats, transforming calle Gerona, which had been closed to traffic into a kaleidoscope of colours and costumes. What sets this event apart is the sheer diversity of costumes on display.

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Last day of Benidorm fiesta

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The Benidorm fiesta officially ended this evening – Wednesday 15 November with a grand float parade through the streets of the old town followed by a spectacular fireworks display lit from the Poniente beach, where 1,496kg of gunpowder was exploded over 18 minutes... a fabulous conclusion to the Spanish fiesta! Tomorrow it will be the turn of the Brits with the British Fancy Dress Day - Europe´s largest such event!

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Poppy Appeal launch

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Today, Saturday 14 October, saw the official launch of the Royal British Legion Spain North Poppy Appeal, which took place in Benidorm, led by the spectacular Torrevieja Pipes & Drums. The sound of the bagpipes attracted the attention of all along the Levante promenade, who quickly lined the route, applauding as they and the Standard Bearers marched by.

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Dazzling parade

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The spectacular and much-anticipated Moors and Christians fiesta has just taken place in neighbouring Altea – the highlight of the annual calendar. The parades took place over two separate dates – first the Christians last Saturday night followed by the Moors on Monday night. Tuesday is the last day of fiestas and by Wednesday, everything will be back to normal, with all shops and businesses open again. The BENIDORM one takes place on Saturday 30 September at 20:00

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Benidorm Pride 2023

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The highlight of pride week – the colourful parade, took place in Benidorm this afternoon. Starting from the end of the Levante promenade, a succession of decorated cars, vans, buses and lorries were accompanied by hundreds of participants in an array of vibrant and eye-catching costumes, including comedienne Crissy Rock. Rainbow flags, balloons and face paint were in abundance, with everyone seemingly embracing the occasion

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A rainbow of colour

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The annual Holi colour festival took place at Terra Natura in Benidorm this afternoon, attracting thousands of visitors to the park. But before the magical explosion of colour took place, the crowds gathered at the elephant enclosure to help celebrate Petita´s 51st Birthday - where she and companion Kaiso were treated to a basket of fruit and veg!

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Congratulations Spain

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Football certainly brings out the passion and virtually every bar in Benidorm was broadcasting the England v Spain Women´s World Cup final today. The giant poolside screen of the Marina hotel was one of the best vantage points, attracting both the Brits and Spanish, including players from the youth Benidorm football teams. The beers flowed and the sun blazed down... but sadly, it wasn´t to be for England - this time!

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  • Carnival ...Benidorm style!

    Glenis Parmenter 12.02.2024 06:30
    Would love to be there looks great
     
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    Annemaria Lewis 07.02.2024 16:35
    Will be there in April about 150+ people on a 90th birthday bash
     
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    Be there Sunday

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