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Benidorm to Denia Limon Express train may be resurrected

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For those of you that can remember the "good old days", you may recall seeing or even going on the Limon Express tourist train.It started in 1971 but was "retired" in 2005, much to the dismay of both locals and tourists. Now there is talk about resurrecting the service - which was very popular and did much for tourism.

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Beach attractions in Benidorm expensive?

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Last week I wrote about the new attractions on Levante beach.... and made a comment about the rather steep prices being charged. Well I have now discovered why it is so expensive - in a nutshell, Benidorm Town Hall is charging the contractors 125,000 euros rent for the Summer season. They are attempting to generate income to help clear the huge debt that has accumulated...

Recession in Benidorm... said who?

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The scene across Spain on Sunday night was one of eager anticipation. Thousands sat huddled in front of television screens to watch Spain thrash Italy in the Euro final... and every time a goal was scored the fireworks went off. Thousands of kilos of gunpowder must have been ignited over the course of the match - it is somewhat of a mystery to me the Spanish obsession with fireworks

Night market at the Mirador in Benidorm

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If you are stuck for something to do on a warm and balmy evening why not head up to the Old Town. Benidorm has in some people´s minds acquired a reputation of solely being a stag and hen destination or for those wanting nothing more than sun and cheap booze. Yes that is the case up to a point, but if you head up to the Old Town you will think you are in a completely different part of Spain.

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Is Cash or Pre Paid debit card the best when coming to Benidorm?

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As you do the final holiday check list many will still be in a quandary about currency - what is the best option? Take cash... where to exchange - in the UK before travelling or at the destination. Use your credit card... what will be the charges and will I get a good exchange rate from the bank. The third option often touted as the safest is using a pre-paid debit card.

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Benidorm police could learn tactics from London

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Pea men are not only a problem in Benidorm as I read in a national UK paper yesterday. London is also suffering from these organised East European criminal networks operating in the capital. The gangs are very difficult to arrest as they scatter within seconds, passing any incriminating evidence to other members of the gang.

New attraction on Levante Beach in Benidorm

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Following last weekends San Juan celebration on the Levante beach, Benidorm Town Hall announced that they removed over 4100 kilos (4 tonnes) of rubbish - now that´s an awful lot of beer cans! Pepe Marcet, the Councillor responsible for Beaches and Environment said that cleaners got to work shortly after the last of the revelers left, and that by the morning the beaches were clean and ready for use.

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Alfaz, La Nucia and Altea join forces

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With no sign of the ongoing financial problems easing, 3 local towns in the area have decided to join forces in an effort to reduce costs. Yesterday the Mayors of La Nucia - Bernabe Cano, Altea - Miguel Ortiz and Alfaz - Vincent Arques held a meeting at the Palau in Altea and announced that in order to cut costs in the height of the crisis they intend to share the management of municipal services.

San Juan double celebrations

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To add to the excitement and atmosphere on the Eve of San Juan, those that went down to Albir beach joined the locals watching Spain playing in the Euro quarter finals on a huge screen. You could cut the tension with a knife every time the ball drifted towards the Spanish goal, but when Spain scored I should think you could here the cheer in Benidorm.For those that may still be unaware, Spain is now through to the semi finals...

Crackdown on closing times in the Old Town of Benidorm

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The Government has implemented a campaign of enforcing sanctions on bars and pubs in the Old Town of Benidorm. Regional Police are demanding that establishments are adhering strictly to official closing times and imposing fines on some premises. According to Town Hall sources, last weekend alone over 2000 euros was collected in one night  - and penalties can accumulate up to 30,000 euros for "repeat offenders".

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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.

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