Tourist agencies complaining about lack of policing in Benidorm

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With the arrival of the Summer season, Avibe - the Association of Travel Agencies and APTUR - Association of Tourist Apartments have called for increased police presence in the town.... particularly in the English quarter. As with all holiday destinations Europe wide, the mass arrival of toursits attracts pickpockets and organized crime gangs.

New prescription charges come into effect on 1st July

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Back in April I reported about the introduction of charges for prescriptions to all - including pensioners. This is now in motion and will be introduced from 1st July. Everyone in possession of a SIP card, which entitles you to health care much like the NHS in the UK will have a number between 1 and 6 ranked against them. This number will determine how much you will pay towrads your prescription charges.

New speed limit to be introduced on Spanish roads

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Yesterday Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez announced plans to reduce the speed limit on "secondary" roads from 100kph to 90kph with the reasoning that this is where the highest percentage of accidents occur. Speaking to reporters he explained that they are "fairly confidant that by lowering the limit it will improve road safety.

Benidorm's Terra Mitica Summer season in full swing

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As  of today, Terra Mitica Theme Park in Benidorm is open every day of the week - up until now it has only been open on certain days causing confusion to many holiday makers who turn up to find the gates closed.The opening hours are 10am until 8pm then from 16th July it will remain open until 10pm.The park is now under the management of Grupo Aqualandia Espana - the company that manages Aqualandia water park and Mundomar sealife park.

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El Altet Alicante airport passenger numbers plummet

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El Altet airport, which serves Benidorm is in free fall after airport operator Aena reported a loss of 440,000 terminal passengers in the period January to May - compared to last year. Figures confirm that the economic crisis and deprogramming of Irish carrier Ryanair has resulted in a 12.5% drop - 10% more than Palma de Mallorca, 12% more than Tenerife and 8% more than Malaga.

Summer has arrived in Benidorm

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Well Summer has well and truly arrived - and how do I know that? No not because of the sweltering heat but because the hypermarket chain Carrefour, (equivalent to Tesco in the UK) have increased their opening hours and are publicizing that they will soon be opening on Sunday!

Crash and Splash at BASE jumping championships in Benidorm

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Well I made it to the Hotel Gran Bali in La Cala yesterday morning to find that the base jumping had been suspended due to high winds .... what a disappointment - both for the contestants and the spectators. However, it gave me the opportunity to stop and chat to some of those brave enough to be taking part. As well as the competitors there was a display team  "Sky Force" that was there to do some demonstrations.

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Illegal billboards in Benidorm

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Benidorm City Council has decided that it will clamp down on illegal advertising boards that have sprouted up across the city illegally - on both public and private land.The main access roads into Benidorm are littered with billboards displaying a variety of company brands and products - but many of these have been put up without permission.

British ex-pats celebrate Queen's Diamond Jubilee in Benidorm

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Whilst back in the UK you had an extra long 2 day Bank Holiday to celebrate the Queen's Diamond jubilee, here in Benidorm and the surrounding areas we had a celebration of our own - most that live here are on a permanent Bank Holiday anyway! Bunting was draped from many British bars and cafe's and television screens relayed the weekend proceedings... what a shame that the weather was so typically British.

Haute cuisine week in Benidorm

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Benidorm has become synonymous as a destination of cheap booze, full English all day fry ups and Chinese 3 course meals for under 5 euros ... and that includes half a bottle of wine. Walk around the Rincon End and you cannot fail to see the boards outside various bars and cafes advertising food and drink at unimaginably rock bottom prices - 1.50€ for a pint of San Miguel or full Sunday roast for under 5€.

Benidorm beaches could soon look different

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How many of you were aware that the Coastal Act of 1988 prohibits any advertising on the beach or promenade along the front? It only came to my attention on hearing that a debate has opened up on the matter at Benidorm Town Hall. The Liberals and PSOE want to change the law to allow advertising on the beaches - but the PP are against such a proposal.

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King Cobra at Terra Natura Wildlife Park in Benidorm

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Without a doubt, if you asked anyone who is the king of all snakes you would probably hear "The Cobra". Most peoples experiences of a Cobra are either reading or watching Rudyard Kipling's classic "The Jungle Book" or enjoying a cold bottle of Cobra beer! Talking of which, did you know that Jake Canuso, aka Mateo from the Benidorm series did a television commercial for Cobra beer just before he got the part 5 years ago?

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