Pound exchange rates in Benidorm

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Its the age old question - where and when should I change my sterling into euros. Will I get more in the UK or at my holiday destination? Well after extensive research this morning I can answer that question for you - wait till you get to Benidorm.... you'll get more euro's for your pounds.The bank rate this morning at 9am was 1.13 - this is the inter-bank rate NOT what you will receive when you change your pounds.

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A day as an extra on "Benidorm 5"

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The day started at 7am.... it was still dark outside! The extras for the day, aprox 20 were already gathered in the lobby of the Sol Pelicanos hotel. Tuesday is change-over day for the charter flight holiday companies, so the lobby was already buzzing with life. We were not alone. The minibus finally came and transported us to the studio set - the pink building almost opposite Benidorm Palace.

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Horse Riding in Benidorm

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Only 5 minutes out of Benidorm,past the Villa Mar campsite heading towards Albir you can experience the thrill of horse riding through the countryside. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced rider, you can enjoy a ride accompanied by Karen, who has been teaching for 22 years and so fully qualified to take on individuals of all capabilities.

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La Vuelta in La Nucia

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The second stage of La Vuelta was from La Nucia, a town 10 kilometers from Benidorm.  The town has a market on a Sunday morning, but today the streets were full of cyclists in their outfits, not only  the racers but the spectators as well. If you decided to rob a bank in the Alicante region, today would have been a good day. All the Guardia Trafico, Guardia Civil, National Police and Local La Nucia police were all participating in the opening!

The Duchess of Benidorm

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The second business that ITV Daybreak's Steve Hargrave (Entertinment  Correspondent) visited was Philip from the Casa Don Juan - a boutique hotel located in the very heart of the Old Town of Benidorm. Phil is better known as "The Dutchess" and spent an evening showing Steve the "nightlife" in the town which was broadcast on Tuesday 2nd August - you can still catch it on YouTube.

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Audition for extras for Benidorm 5

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Queuing to the front entrance!This morning there was a hum of excitement at the Melia Hotel in Benidorm. The "Mediterranea Audicion" agency, based in Alicante, were holding castings to recruit extra's for the upcoming 5th ITV comedy series "Benidorm". The casting time was from 10am but the first people in the queue- Sue Ellans and Peggy & Stan Crockett, arrived at 9am to ensure that they did not miss it!

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ITV Daybreak broadcast from the Sol Pelicanos Poolside

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On Monday the turnout was fabulous at the Sol Pelicanos Hotel - the fictious Solana Resort from the hit ITV comedy "Benidorm". The Thomson reps did a great job to ensure a large turnout of holiday makers - perhaps the promise of a pool side breakfast was too good an opportunity to miss. I bet many had been up half the night producing their "Hello banners" to wave ...

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ITV Daybreak broadcast from Levante beach

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Monday morning was the first live broadcast from Benidorm's Levante beach. Although it was an early start - in fact it was still dark when we arrived at 6.30am there was a great turnout. Amongst the crowd there was a group of ex-pat pensioners from The Companians Club - including Victor Evans, the clubs oldest member at the grand age of 89.

Ryanair hand luggage anomaly

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My husband flew back home to Alicante from Manchester T2 yesterday with Ryanair and was rather suprised by the large vertical banner ad on display at the exit of the Biza Duty Free shop.Being a regular air passenger on Ryanair, normally traveling between London Gatwick and Alicante I am aware of the strict hand luggage policy that I always adhere to - that or face the extortionate £40 excess charge for being over the weight or size.

ITV's Steve Hargrave in Benidorm

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ITV's Daybreak Entertainment correspondent Steve Hargrave has been in Benidorm since last Wednesday pre-recording clips in preparation for Monday and Tuesday's live broadcast. I have been accompanying Steve and the crew around various locations over the last few days and on Saturday had the opportunity to personally interview Steve following a live broadcast on Hotmale Radio.

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ITV Daybreak goes to the Indoor Market in Benidorm.

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On Thursday afternoon the crew headed to the Benidorm Indoor market, located at the Rincon de Loix - already a favorite of  residents and holiday-makers when in Benidorm.The first stop was at Goldies Hair Salon ...... what can I say about Goldie - he's a legend here in Benidorm and everyone knows him! Goldie has been in Benidorm for 25 years cutting and colouring - and he's a real character.

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Benidorm shoot for ITV Daybreak

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Last night (Wednesday) I accompanied the crew around the heart of Benidorm's nightlife as they started some pre-recorded filming ready  for next weeks live broadcast. Our group of seven was quite easy to spot - Cameraman and Sound Technician; Chantal Robehmed - Producer for Daybreak; Sam Pickering - Make up artist and also DJ on Hotmale radio 99.5fm between 5 -7pm; Steve Hargrave - ITV Daybreak Entertainment Correspondent and Philip aka The Duchess.

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Sun advice when in Benidorm

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With the full force of the Spanish sun it is important to take some precautions in order to cope with the hot weather.Stay indoors or in the shade during the hottest part of the day ... as the song goes "Only mad-dogs and English men go out in the midday sun" ... which is apparent if you pass by Levante Beach at 1pm. All the locals and Spanish go in for a prolonged lunch and siesta and not resurface until after 4pm.

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