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New scooter by-law in Benidorm

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Benidorm has passed a new by-law regarding electric scooters, Segway’s and yes, mobility scooters which rose in popularity after Madge appeared on one in the Benidorm series. The Councillor for Mobility explained that these new regulations will ensure the safety of both the users, pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. These fast moving electric vehicles will be banned from pavements with the exception of mobility scooters used by those who are disabled or with reduced mobility – obviously no one else should be using one anyway!

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Crissy Rock - Back in Benidorm

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One of Liverpool’s funniest exports has to be Crissy Rock and she’s back in Benidorm, accompanied by husband Julian to what she considers her second home. Crissy came here on holiday nearly 20 years ago and the very first venue that she performed in was Valentines – almost by accident. It is a place she holds dear and one to which she has returned, performing exclusive every evening at 10pm until mid-September! She packs the crowds in leaving everyone in stitches and although advertised as ‘adult humour’ there are plenty of younger ones in with their parents and grandparents. For those that do go and see her, you will realise how incredibly thoughtful of others she is when it comes to the bucket.

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The Benidorm Sunbed scrum

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Summer is here and so is the annual competition between tourists to bag the best sunbathing spot! Many years ago, the Brits would ridicule the Germans in particular when on holiday over ‘towel gate’ – getting up at the crack of dawn to reserve their sun loungers with a towel around the hotel swimming pool. But it doesn’t just happen around the hotel pool… if you are ever up early then take a stroll down the Levante promenade and you’ll see the coveted front line already lined with chairs and parasols, with hardly any occupants to be seen!

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‘AQUA” - Dazzling and Spectacular

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Benidorm Palace has once again surpassed itself with their new show ‘Aqua’ - which doesn’t need much translating as it is probably the one word that everyone knows. Each year they produce a new jaw dropping show and you cannot believe that it can be topped, but somehow, they just do!
Quite how they manage to get water cascading down onto the stage without getting the audience soaked in the process is a feat in itself and done in a truly spectacular manner - the imagination is mind blowing and my goodness, so dramatic like nothing ever seen before.

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Benidorm's Weekly Market

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Virtually every Spanish town holds a weekly outdoor market but here in Benidorm we are doubly lucky, with not one but two and both on twice a week – every Wednesday and Sunday. The one most popular with holidaymakers is in the Rincon de Loix, just past the Pueblo and Helios hotels. The other is past the tram station in the old town, in the Foietes car park opposite the Guillermo Amor sports stadium. The stall holders are set up by 8am and generally there till around 1:30/2pm, so you can still manage a lie in if you’ve had a heavy night out!

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The Cross - On the Benidorm 'To Do' list

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One of the best view points of the resort is from The Cross, on top of the Sierra Helada mountain overlooking the Levante side of Benidorm, a must on the bucket list of things to do and see here. The origins of this iconic landmark date back to the 50's and many make the trek up every day, some leaving messages, padlocks and mementos, especially to loved ones that have passed away. It is ap 1.8km each way – just over a mile, but the inclines are pretty steep on route so be prepared for a good workout!

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Benidorm's iconic landmark demolished

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Just as the resort is entering its crucial busy summer season one of the most visited landmarks has been closed off to the public and been totally demolished. ‘El Castell’ - probably better known as the Mirador up at the top of the Old Town, with its picture-perfect photo location is no longer. Hoardings have been erected at the bottom of the steps and diggers have flattened the iconic structure – which only last month hosted the Benidorm Pink Weekend. Thousands make the pilgrimage up there to get breath taking views of both sides of Benidorm and take photographs of the Levante and Poniente beaches. It is one of those ‘must see’ place when you come here but don’t bother to make the effort now as you’ll be left very disappointed.

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Tapas - A real Spanish fare

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One of the exciting things about going abroad is sampling the local cuisine and the two things that most people associate with Spain is Tapas and Paella. The Spanish never ever eat paella in the evening – only at lunchtime as they say it will sit on your stomach. Here in Benidorm, the best place to sample Tapas is in the Old Town on Calle Santo Domingo, better known to most as Tapas Alley. Located just off the walking street, the entire road is lined with tapas bars and here you will be able to sample some exceptional top-quality Spanish gastronomy. The Brits normally associate the word tapas with all the little snacks on offer, but officially they are categorised as either tapas or pinchos. Traditionally pinchos are slices of bread with things on top whereas tapas come in little terracotta dishes, which can either be served hot or cold, but need to be eaten with a folk

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Behind the scenes of 'AQUA'

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The iconic Benidorm Palace is usually on most visitors ‘To Do’ list and even the locals go on a regular basis, especially when they have visitors. It’s a magnificent show incorporating a troupe of dancers of many nationalities with the most amazing costumes you are ever likely to see. There are also additional acts on in between the numbers and the show changes every year. The new one is called ‘AQUA” which premiered this week after weeks of rehearsals and once again steering at the helm is David Moore, Director and creator of this extravaganza. It is the first of a four-part cycle to cover the elements, so to follow over the next three years will be Fire, Earth and Air!

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Cocktail sellers still rife in Benidorm

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The sun is shining and the popular Levante beach is bustling with British holidaymakers over the extended UK May bank holiday weekend. Sadly this means that the ‘mojiteros’ – or illegal cocktail sellers are also out in force and doing an exceptionally brisk trade today. Over a one-hour period this afternoon I managed to spot numerous men touting their toxic wares up and down the beach, with unfortunately many takers! One young lady, laying on her sunbed with luggage nearby was obviously enjoying her last few hours, clutching a plastic tumbler - half empty.

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Benidorm or Bust 2019 Car Rally

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The spectacular Benidorm or Bust 'The Great Escape' car rally arrived in Benidorm yesterday (Saturday) afternoon for the ninth successive year, with 138 customised vehicles leaving various parts of the UK last week for the epic journey. Tuesday night was spent in Dover, Wednesday night in Orléans, Thursday in Toulouse and Friday in Salou. Unfortunately, five had to bow out on the way but the remainder made a noisy entrance into Benidorm to the delight of onlookers, eagerly awaiting their arrival. Many were themed and easily recognisable, with the teams also dressing up.

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Free parking on Benidorm beachfront

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In a surprise move, Benidorm will be offering free parking directly on the Levante beach front on the site of the old Las Terrazas building at the junction of Avenida Mediterraneo and Avenida Europa, opposite the Hotel Cimbel. The mayor signed an agreement with the owner of the site on Monday, giving the council temporary use of the plot to offer free parking to residents and more importantly, visitors. The 3,700 square metre site is meant to be operational by the end of the week and today diggers and plenty of workmen were already on site, clearing and levelling. Old asphalt from ongoing roadworks on the Avenida Europa opposite will be reused in the new parking area and mounds were already waiting to be spread out.

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The Medieval Market is on

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Step back in time and visit the Medieval Market in Benidorm this weekend – located in Dove Park at the beginning of the Poniente beach in the old town. On until tomorrow evening (Sunday May 12) there are plenty of stalls, processions and demonstrations of bygone crafts plus to add to the authenticity and atmosphere, many of the stallholders are dressed in period costume.

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Stag & Hen season has arrived

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Yes it’s that time of the year, when Benidorm is inundated with Stag & Hen groups, which are often easily identified from the array of outfits on display around the resort! With flights from the UK plentiful and generally inexpensive, coupled with the cost of alcohol a fraction of that in the UK, it’s hardly surprising that they arrive en masse on a Thursday or Friday for their pre-wedding celebrations. They are undoubtedly an important and crucial contributor to the economy here and the vast majority are well behaved – there will always be the few that spoil it but that can be said of all walks of life.

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