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Sunday openings in Benidorm

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Spain, unlike the UK is somewhat in the dark ages when it comes to round the clock shopping - 24hr supermarket opening has not hit this country yet. Infact it has only been since the beginning of the month that Sunday openings have started due to the influx of holiday visitors to our shores. Carrefour is now open until midnight 7 days a week and the shopping complex opposite "Marina Centre" has also opened its doors to Sunday trading.

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The Rich Bitch Showbar in Benidorm

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"Jordan Rivers" aka Gary Brown is now most famously recognised as the vicar that married Madge and Mel on Levante beach in ITV's award winning comedy series "Benidorm" - now about to embark on a  record 5th series with filming due to commence later this year !But this was not Gary's only "brush" with television stardom ...... the BBC followed him and partner Michael Beddow for over a year filming an 8 part documentary "Escape to the Sun"

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Quieter Benidorm beaches

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Benidorm is renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches and the reason most visitors come to holiday here . Levante, probably the most popular and well known is busy and  full of life with bars and restaurants lining the promenade thumping out music,but if you want a more sedate one then take a trip to either Poniente or La Cala. These are the ones favoured by both the locals and Spanish as they are quieter and more family orientated.

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European Health Insurance Cards

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.... otherwise know as EHIC or the blue card! These are issued FREE and entitles you to reciprocal emergency health treatment whilst you are away from your home country. There are many websites that have sprung up, claiming to process your application quickly at a charge of only £10-£20 ..... all they do is then enter the information you have supplied them. If you are are UK resident go to www.ehic.ie and apply online

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Driving between Spain and UK.....

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Are you planning on driving to/from Spain via France ? Then be aware that British motorists in particular will be targeted by police as they try and crack down on speeding and thus en devour to curb the high accident rates over this busy period.France in particular is planning to get tough and a report from the Post Office warned that thousands of British motorists will be caught in the crackdown.

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Eyesore removed in Benidorm.

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The eyesore that stood for many years on the crossroads of Avd. Mediteraneo and Avd. Europa is at long last being demolished. The derelict buildings had been boarded up for at least the last10 years and the Town Hall has been insistent that they are demolished as they were both a danger and unsightly. At one point they said if the landlord did not start then the authorities would take over and bill him for the costs.

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Car hire "petrol policy"

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You've booked the "cheap" flight for your well deserved break to Benidorm now for the hire car...... don't get caught out with the online quoted price! This is very rarely the final amount you pay, which you will discover upon collection at the airport. My main gripe is the petrol sting. You collect the car, with a tank full of petrol but the companies vary on how you return it back.

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Night market in Albir

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 Alfaz Town Hall are trialling a night time market along the sea front in Albir for the first time this year. It is open every night - including Sunday, from 7.30pm till midnight throughtout July and August - and if successful will run until October. For the last few years there have alway been a selection of Art & Craft stalls located near to the anchor throughout July and August which are also still there.

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Building in the Old Town- Benidorm

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The Old Town is located between the Levante and Poniente beaches and a far cry from the "British Square" and what people associate when they hear the word "Benidorm". Its not all "2 for 1 Happy Hour" and "All Day Breakfast" - although if that's what you want there is plenty to be had.The Old Town is like a step back in time - full of narrow cobbled streets adorned with white-washed houses and an abundance of tapas bars, boutiques and restaurants.

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A Medieval evening in Benidorm.

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Go back in time to the 14th Century;  for an unforgettable night full of suprises suitable for the entire family. Be transported to the Medieval times at the "Desafio Medieval" located within the Medieval complex "Magic Excalibur" on the Benidorm to Albir Road (No 10 bus passes for those with no car) for a dinner and show like no other.

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Document security when on holiday

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Now that the sun is shining everyone feels better - whether you are on holiday or are lucky enough to live here the sun puts everyone in "holiday mode"... unfortunately it appears to have the same effect on our brains! You become more relaxed and carefree and this is when you are more likely to fall prey to becoming a victim of theft.

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Be aware of driver related scams on holiday!

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With it coming up to the peak holiday season in Benidorm, you need to be aware of potential scams that you as holiday makers may be subjected to. Residents are all to aware of these and also fall victim but I thought it best to forewarned ! When hiring cars it is only too obvious that you are on holiday. It was once proposed that car hire companies remove their stickers from cars identifying them as so, but this has obviously not happened.

Benidorm Indoor Market

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When you've had enough of the beach why not pop to the Benidorm Indoor Market located in the Rincon de Loix ... its an Aladdin's cave of hidden treasures! There are 3 separate entrances and each is wheelchair/mobility chariot accessible with specially installed ramps.If you are going to spend the day at Aqualandia or Terra Mitica pass by the delicious "Picnic Pack" where Vicki sells an assortment of delicious freshly made sandwiches, rolls, pies & pasties.

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Buying medicine in Spain

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Most people need to go to a chemist at some point during their stay in Spain.  Spanish chemists differ to those in the UK, they are qualified similar to your local GP and  this saves time by not having to go and find a doctor if it is a minor ailment. However, if you do need to see a doctor make sure that you have your EHIC - the blue health card with you when you go to the Centro de Salud (Health Centre) which you will find in every town.

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Located in the Old Town

Grupo Aurrera is Tapas Alley

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