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Karaoke in Benidorm

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Mention karaoke and Benidorm in the same sentence and the one place that instantly springs to mind is the “Black Chicken”! It was Benidorm’s very first and original karaoke bar and its reputation is unparalleled to any other bar here. If you want the Ritz then it’s definitely not for you. But if you are after FUN – in capitals, a fun boisterous atmosphere, affordable prices, honest staff and a DJ that knows how to get the place buzzing, then certainly pay the place a visit.

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Benidorm did Pride

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Thankfully the predicted downpours didn’t materialize this afternoon and the highlight of Pride Week – the colourful parade, went ahead. Even Her Majesty made an appearance as well as plenty of other queens! There was an abundance of rainbow flags, colourful and sometimes barely there outfits as well as lots of cheeky feathers.

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Lost in Benidorm?

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One of the most asked questions at the newly relocated SATE office in the Rincon – opposite the Flash Hotel is from lost or disorientated holidaymakers, after a long hard night of partying asking “Where is my hotel”? Often the only clue is that the hotel is tall and has a swimming pool – not really much help considering that probably describes virtually every hotel in the resort!

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Euro rate airport Rip Off

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In the old days, the question was “How many euros to the pound?”… sadly, now it’s the opposite way round, “How many pounds to the euro”…. The Brexit effect! Most travelers already know not to exchange their currency at the airport, as it is a well-known fact that they offer the worse rate possible. Despite this, it is astounding that there are still queues at the airport kiosks with holidaymakers readily handing over their hard earned £’s for a boarding on criminal exchange.

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Helicopter ride over Benidorm

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An unforgettable way of seeing Benidorm and the surrounding area is from the air – and what better way than a private helicopter ride! To prove age doesn't matter and that you’re never too old for a thrill, 3 generations of one family, spanning from 87 years to 12 years old recently went up for a surprise birthday treat of a lifetime.

 

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Know your Benidorm beaches

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The recent UK press coverage of 81 year old Freda’s ‘dream holiday to Benidorm’ being ruined because “the hotel was full of Spanish holidaymakers” wouldn’t look out of place in a scene from Fawlty Towers! But her remarks get even more absurd when she asks “why can’t the Spanish go somewhere else?” Rather embarrassingly, this story has also appeared in the Spanish papers and you can just imagine their reactions! It is adding fuel to the fire of Spaniards perceptions of Brits just wanting a little Britain in the sun. Choosing the correct side of Benidorm is very important as they differ vastly, as is picking the correct accommodation, as Freda and probably many others quickly realise!

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Midnight fireworks in Altea

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The annual La Olla firework display will light up the sky tonigh Saturday August 11 – always taking place on the nearest Saturday to 10th August, which marks the end of the local San Lorenzo fiesta. It attracts over 40,000 visitors, who come not only from this region but from all across Spain, so it has a huge beneficial economic impact on the town, with many spending the weekend there. If you were planning on driving - my advice is don't. Roads have been closed off since this morning.

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Tomek - the Benidorm tattoo victim

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Tomek, the homeless Polish man, hit headlines nationally and internationally after being the victim of a British stag in Benidorm, who paid Tomek €100 to have the name 'Jamie Blake' tattooed on his forehead. All the British press have stated that Jamie was the stags name – IT WAS NOT. Jamie was the name of his fiancée! There was an outcry from people worldwide that a vulnerable man had been totally taken advantage of. This incident actually happened mid May and Tomek then took off to Granada, where he had friends in the hope of some kind of recovery. He took the overnight bus from Granada and arrived back here in Benidorm at 5:15am this morning to be met by myself and Karen Maling-Cowles, President of Benidorm’s British Business Association with his meager possessions in a carrier bag.

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Action on anti social behavior

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Fed up with the negative image being portrayed of the resort, councilors have voted in favour of requesting an amendment of the law on anti social behaviour to the Provincial Government in Valencia. Currently, the Local Police can in theory issue fines, although in reality it is doubtful whether any are actually ever issued. Those that are, are in the main ignored and left unpaid once the offender has returned back home. They appear to be requesting an order that would enable the Spanish authorities the power to chase up unpaid fines in the UK.

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The Algar waterfalls - a must when in Benidorm

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Now that the sun has arrived a must place to visit are the Fonts Algar waterfalls. A fantastic day trip if you are staying in Benidorm, they can be found on the outskirts of the village of Callosa d'En Sarria, aprox 15km outside of the resort. It is a real natural beautyspot and attracts thousands of visitors over the Summer months - both holiday makers and residents. Throughout July and August they are open from 9:00am until 8:00pm.

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Football celebrations in Benidorm

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Following the mayhem that took place on Calle Gerona last Saturday, when England earned their place in the World Cup semi finals, a security meeting was organised this morning by the Councilor for Security, Lorenzo Martinez and chiefs from both the Local and National Police. Afterwards a second meeting, involving owners and managers of bars along Calle Gerona took place. What started out as joyous scenes of fans chanting and singing soon turn anything but, after video footage emerged on social media and the UK press of National Police hitting British fans with their batons despite no obvious sign of any trouble.

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Smartening up in Benidorm

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In a bid to smarten up, the Taxi Driver Association in the Valencian Community have proposed that all their drivers should confirm to a set standard regarding appearance, which has been accepted by Benidorm town hall. Perhaps it would be a good idea if the authorities would also take a look at what is deemed acceptable around the resort when it comes to attire worn by visitors, especially from some of the stag groups which we see here!

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Alegrias - The spectacular new show

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Benidorm Palace has undoubtedly surpassed itself yet again with their new show ‘Alegrias’ bringing as the name suggests joy, happiness and exuberance to the stage. It is all about fiestas in different places and mixes modern with traditional. From the moment the lights go down it’s full on and will leave you spellbound with the energy, colour and passion delivered by the troupe of performers. There isn’t time to draw breathe as one number seamlessly blends straight into the next with no gaps between one part and the next. Many of the numbers give a feeling of audience interaction, with dancers appearing from the auditorium and weaving their way up to the stage.

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Benidorm or Bust car rally

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The three day ‘Benidorm or Bust’ charity car rally, which started in Blackpool arrived in Benidorm this afternoon, parking up at the site of the outdoor market and incredibly only one died on-route. A few more had ‘technical issues’ but one of the two support vehicles accompanying the vehicles managed to fix these, allowing them to continue their journey. 156 customised cars took part in this incredible challenge – the eighth successive year that the event has taken place and the brainchild of Steve T from West Yorkshire. He spent months organizing and planning the route – which changes every year and guestimates that around £150,000 has been raised for charity! 

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    Tracey Henry 20.09.2018 05:48
    Can’t beat the place my home from home when in beni
     
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