Pensioners in Spain to pay for prescriptions

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The Ministry of Health has put forward several cost saving proposals to save money allocated for the already strained health budget. Following consultations with regional health directors it is expected to be adopted on Friday by royal decree, with an estimated annual saving of 7,000 million euros.The first of these is to start charging pensioners 10% of the prescription cost - currently there is NO charge.

Discount vouchers for Benidorm's Theme Parks

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Well it can be said that the season has officially started as the theme parks have all started distributing a variety of discount vouchers available across the resort. But do look carefully as although they all look similar, they offer different monetary values depending on where you pick them up from.There are no vouchers yet available for either of the two water parks, Aqualandia and Aqua Natura as they do not open until the end of May.

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Road safety on Mobility scooters - especially in Benidorm

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Ever since Madge, the chain smoking matriarch of the Garvey clan hit our screens on the ITV series Benidorm, rentals of mobilty scooters have gone through the roof in the resort. She was always depicted permanently sitting in her mobility scooter, generally whizzing around the pool area of the fictional Solana resort (which is actually the Sol Pelicanos hotel).

Is the recession affecting Benidorm now?

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In the lead up to Easter, "Hosbec" the hoteliers association claimed that hotels rooms in Benidorm were 90% full over the Easter week, but several businessmen have disputed this claim. Sergio Gambi, in the tourism sector said that "these numbers are mathematically impossible - the Holy week is classified as 5 days - Thursday to Monday and the 90% claim actually only applied for Saturday and Sunday". 

Benidorm's beaches safe despite non-payment to staff

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Lifeguards and First Aid Workers belonging to "Rojuser" - the company responsible for Lifeguards & Health Care on the beaches of Benidorm, have been protesting over non payment of wages for over 4 months by the Council.They have been sticking up posters around the town to highlight their plea to the residents and holidaymakers of the town but have now been threatened with being "denounced" for their protest.

Transfer from Alicante's El Altet airport to Benidorm

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If you are arriving on a package holiday to Benidorm then your transfers are generally included. Those hiring a car are also sorted - but what about the remainder? You can get the very reliable ALSA coach transfer - Alsa is the equivalent of National Express. They run an almost hourly service but it is not a 24 hours and the journey takes aprox 50 minutes.

Ex-pat residents provide Easter treat for Children of Emaus

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A group of big hearted local Albir residents gave up a few hours yesterday afternoon, Good Friday,to entertain the children of Emaus at one of its homes in Altea (including me and my son). The organisation have 5 children's homes along the Costa Blanca and receive adequate funding from local government to cover the basics, but not enough to treat the children.

Asa Elliott - Singing sensation from Benidorm's series 5

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With series 5 of ITV's hit comedy "Benidorm" about to come to an end, I was in the enviable position of meeting up with one of the newest and undeniably hottest cast members... Asa Elliott! He made his debut in last years Christmas Special appearing as himself and returning due to huge popular demand for the current fifth series. He is the only cast member to actually appear as himself...

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Easter shopping in Benidorm

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For those arriving to Benidorm for a sunny Easter escape then I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Regardless of when Easter falls it generally rains - and this year is unfortunately no exception. However, at least I can confidently say that no snow is forecast, unlike the UK! We will have the next few days interrupted with showers but temperatures are not due to drop below the 20 degree mark.

Benidorm is "All Shook Up" as Elvis departs

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The organisers of the 3 day "Elvis Extravaganza" Peter and Harriet were delighted with the turnout and enthusiasm of the fans which attended - even the hotel guests staying at the Melia Hotel had an unexpected surprise! Literally everywhere you turned you would bump into an Elvis look alike - some good and some .... but all with the uniform quiff, sideburns, loud "I need my sunglasses" clothing and passion.

Terra Mitica theme park in Benidorm opens

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The new season starts today when Terra Mitica opens its doors for the first time this year. The company went through a long dispute with employees after nearly half of last years workforce were sacked, reducing this years staff to under 200.The park will be open every day from 10am until 8pm over the 2 week Easter period (until Sunday 15th April) but then reverts to opening only over long weekends.

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Parking fines in Benidorm

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You know that feeling when you're rushing back to the car and just praying that the traffic warden hasn't been because your ticket has expired ... well I'll let you in on a little secret.I ts not get back to the car quicker or shorten your lunch by the way - that's simply out of the question! So you're literally a few minutes over the pay and display time on the ticket and are faced with a rather hefty fine.

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Elvis Festival comes to Benidorm

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If you want to be "All Shook Up" then Benidorm is the place to be this coming weekend. From Friday 30th until Sunday 1st there is a 3 day "Elvis Fest" bought here by the organisers of Porthcawl - THE largest Elvis festival in Europe. Now in its 9th year there it attracts over 30,000 fans every September.

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