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Norwegian Airlines have just changed their policy and like Ryanair, now charging if you wish to take a 10kg bag or wheelie case into the cabin with you. Although only flying to Alicante from London Gatwick, Manchester, Edinburgh and Dublin, with the demise of both Monarch and now Thomas Cook, the choice of airlines is shrinking. With many opting to travel just with hand luggage, especially if only coming for a few days, these extra charges can make a difference to the overall cost. The headline grabbing 9.99 fare suddenly ends up double or triple once the extras are added on.

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Fire closed Alicante airport

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Airport firefighters, assisted by backup from Alicante and Elche were quickly scrambled to attend a fire at the airport terminal yesterday afternoon. The fire broke out shortly after 2pm, affecting a roof area of more than 1,200 square metres. Due to the nature of the materials – rock wool, asphalt and other combustible components, firefighters remained at the scene throughout the night, with no no electrical power at the airport at that point and were still dousing down a ‘controlled fire’ on Thursday morning. In total 60 firefighters were in attendance and smoke was still emitting from the area on Thursday afternoon. Due to uncertainly of weakening of the structure, it will be a slow and laborious process.The airport re-opened today at 2pm although many flights had already been rescheduled to land and depart from Murcia and Valencia.

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Three Kings procession

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Tomorrow is Three Kings or Los Reyes Magos as they say here – and a Bank Holiday across Spain. But tonight, on the eve of Three Kings was the magnificent parade which started at Dove Park, a little after 6pm and ended up at the town hall square. There were numerous floats and some stunning costumes – they really do know how to do them here, lots of bands, choreographed dancers and plenty of livestock including a flock of very well-behaved geese!

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Refreshing start to 2020!

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Plenty turned out for the traditional New Year’s Day swim in Albir today – a number in fancy dress, including the Christmas Grinch and there were numerous festive Santa hats bobbing about. Age was certainly no barrier as even a spritely 87 year old braved the water! Many spectators came to watch this annual ritual on what was a beautifully sunny day with temperatures in the high teens and not a cloud in the sky.

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Benidorm's Christmas 'Fun-Run'

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More than three hundred took part in the annual San Silvestre fun run in Benidorm this morning – always taking place on the first Sunday after Christmas. Many embraced the occasion donning all manner of festive fancy dress including Santa’s, reindeer, snowmen… and even The Beatles complete with yellow submarine! It was a fabulous backdrop, with the sun shining, the Med glistening and spectators cheering the runners along the Levante promenade.

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The Harley Santas

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A group of 28 Santa bikers – members of the Free Spirits HD Harley Davidson enthusiast club roared into Albir just after 12 noon to a large crowd eagerly awaiting their arrival. It was hard to tell who was more excited – the children seeing so many red clad Santas or the men, eyeing up the gleaming Harley bikes, but it certainly put a smile on everyone’s faces! The Santa run is a regular December event for the club members and saw all the riders dressed up – with many of the bikes decorated too!

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Taxi for Jim – from Northern Ireland to Benidorm

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An inspirational example of friendship and humanity when a taxi driver from Co Antrim in Northern Ireland drives 1700 miles to Benidorm to collect a friend - Jim Moore, who suffered a head injury following a fall whilst here on holiday and unable to fly back home. 365 Taxis Newtownabbey driver Phil Hamilton has been all the talk on social media platforms, receiving messages of support from across the country but very quick to play down his part and instead praising what he says was a team effort #goingtheextramile

Benidorm did Fancy Dress - 2019

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Benidorm did it again, seeing thousands turn out for the annual British Fancy Dress Day, which always takes place the day after the official Benidorm fiesta ends. Usually a sunny day, despite it always taking place in mid November, but today it was rather grey and overcast with a few specks of rain falling early on. However, that certainly didn’t put the revelers off from having a good time. The variety of costumes on display was incredible, with lots of thought and effort obviously going into them and many themed groups.

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Benidorm's Mirador re-opens

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As promised, the Mirador at the top of the Old Town re-opened today in time for the town’s annual fiesta celebrations. Although not completely finished people were allowed up to see the works that had been done following the closure back June, right at the beginning of the summer season causing much controversy. The excavation has unearthed some important ruins, which have been left intact and surrounded by glass and railing so that everyone can view them.

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Summer season comes to an end

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We’ve been incredibly fortunate with the weather here this year. On Thursday, the last day of October, people were still swimming in the sea and sunbathing on the Levante beach… must be a first! We welcomed the first day of November in with blue sunny skies over the resort, temperatures in the mid 20’ and Saturday’s rugby final was watched by hundreds on the mega poolside screen of the Marina hotel wearing summer clothes. Terraces up and down Calle Gerona were also full of locals and holidaymakers, cheering England on… sadly to no avail in the end.

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RBL Poppy Appeal launch

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Benidorm had the privilege of hosting this years RBL Poppy Appeal launch with two incredible gentlemen once again rightfully stealing the show – Chelsea Pensioners Wayne Campbell and Arthur ‘Skippy’ Teasdale. The pair have been making the journey all the way from the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London for the past nine years to attend this spectacular and important event.

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Benidorm did Moors & Christians

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The colourful Moors & Christians parade took place in Benidorm on Saturday evening – following in the footsteps of Altea, which took place two week ago. Residents and holidaymakers lined the entire route – standing shoulder to shoulder, vying for a good spot to watch from. There were plastic chairs which were all occupied until the ticket inspectors came and many suddenly vacated them when they realised that they had to pay - €5 each.

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Still missing in Benidorm

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More than 18 days have now passed since the disappearance of 68-year-old British holidaymaker Phil Pearce in Benidorm – and currently there are still no concrete leads on his whereabouts. It is his first time to the resort and he was staying for a week at the Gemelos 26 on Calle Derramador in the Rincon de Loix, popular with many Brits. He left to go and buy tobacco on Monday 9 September between 4-5pm, taking some cash and nothing else – he did not have a mobile phone. The last confirmed sighting of Phil was in the early hours of Monday, September 9, leaving the National Police station on Carrer Apolo in the heart of the old town.

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The Moors & Christians are coming...

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Altea is gearing up for their annual Moors & Christians parade – which take place this coming weekend. It is a massive affair, with two separate parades – on Saturday evening at 8pm it is the turn of the Christians and on Monday 23 September, at 8.30pm the Moors. If you can’t get to Altea then Benidorm will be holding their Moors & Christians parade on Saturday, October 5.

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  • The fiesta that never was

    Jo Smirnoff Hughes 10.11.2020 10:57
    Our group would of been going today so sad, horrible for benidorm all this just hope they can survive ...
     
  • The fiesta that never was

    Nicola Aveyard 10.11.2020 10:56
    Fantastic photos and costumes
     
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    Helen Cook 10.11.2020 10:55
    Last day is Brits day..... a brilliant day all over town. Love it and really missed it this year

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