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Benidorm Local News Headlines 2023

3rd February - LOCAL NEWS - 3rd February 2023 UNLICENCED ATMs
Benidorm town hall has finally started action, against the companies that operate the multitude of what they say are unlicenced ATM machines around the town.

The town hall has identified 196 machines, owned and run by 3 companies, which charge high commissions and give lower rates, especially to non Eurozone country customers.  Read more HERE

2nd February -Benidorm may have its 4th McDonald's
Plans have been submitted to Benidorm Council for another McDonald's in the Rincon de Loix, if all goes well it will be situated on Avenida Severo Ochoa, number 48, a few meters from Camping Benidorm.

Building is estimated to take 18 months, once licences etc have been granted.

20th January - Tourism Figures for Benidorm - Benidorm hotels...Leading the league table of occupation in our region in the first 15 days of the year. Occupation during that period ran at 66.5%, a healthy figure, but still down on pre covid 2019 (at 74.6%.)

During that first 15 days, Spanish guests made up 48.3% of visitors, with the international market at 51.7%. UK passport holders made up 37.9% of the total, Belgian at 4.5%, Dutch at 4.2%, Irish at 1.4%. The rest of the many nationalities all came in at 1% or less. Current reservation figures for the last 15 days of January are at 59.8%, but that will of course rise when last minute bookings are factored in

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Local Earthquakes registered in January

20th January -  Specialist Guardia Civil from a unit in Calpe and the Guardia Civil, have carried out four simultaneous raids on shops in Benidorm, and confiscated 1,913 items of counterfeit branded clothing and accessories, said to be low quality copies of original goods, mainly sporting shirts etc.

The goods if real have a value of around 200,000€.

Representatives of the "Real" products have worked with the Guardia Civil in the raids, The Civil Guard found in one of the shops a double bottom behind the counter, where the merchandise packaged and ordered by brands and models was located.

Four people of Chinese and Indian nationality aged between 46 and 55 are now under investigation, for crimes against industrial property.

19th January - Benidorm adds five new containers for the "Caps for a new life" campaign.

The new containers are located in La Cala (Calle Secretario Juan Baldoví), Rincón de Loix (Calle Juan Fuster Zaragoza), Els Tolls (Avenida Bélgica), Colonia Madrid (Centro Social Llorca Linares), Centro (Calle Maravall with Plaza Neptuno). The original container is located just in front of the town hall on Avenida de l'Aigüera.

This project is aimed at collecting plastic caps for recycling, and helps minors in need of assistance for diseases not covered by ordinary health systems".

The SEUR Foundation launched the initiative "Plugs for a new life" in 2011 and since then the campaign has made it possible for almost 200 beneficiary children from all over Spain to receive medical or orthopaedic treatments thanks to a collection that exceeds 1.3 million euros.

6th January - Work finally gets underway for Benidorm's brand new health centre (Centro de Salud).
The area has now been fenced off and the current car park will be closed in the next few days (a new car park is available just a few meters away)

The new building, has a budget of 4.3 million euros, and will replace the current auxiliary office on Avenida Juan Fuster Zaragoza, it will have an area of 2,507 square meters with ground floor and two upper floors, It will also house a medical transport area, based on basic life support and ambulances that will be located on the ground floor, the new salud will also provide nineteen family medicine practitioners and nursing consultations, triage, paediatrics, women's care and more.

Building is estimated to take 23 months.

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4th January  - Two healthcare heroes saved the life of a 2 year old girl, in the streets of Benidorm on New Years day. The pair, named as Ana Hoyo and Jorge Hurtarte, who work in the towns IMED hospital, were alerted to a medical situation, after noticing a lot of people and police milling around a mother and unconscious child.  After identifying themselves as medical professionals, they set to work, with Ana diagnosing hypoglycemia which in a child so young, could be fatal if not treated quickly. She got some sugar from a nearby bar, and rubbing it under the child's tongue, and gradually brought her back.

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2022

31st December -  A fire was reported earlier in the Sierra Helada, local firefighters quickly had the fire under control, according to neighbours it was thought to have been caused by a firework.

30th December - Updates on yesterdays arrest of the 22 year old man after the death of his partner.  Provisional release for detainee after his partner died falling from a sixth floor in Benidorm.

The court believes with current evidence the death was "accidental" but keeps a cause open for homicide. The man´s defence was aided by an eye witness of a judge, who was on holiday in Benidorm, and who witnessed the incident. 

Benidorm Women's Violence Court has granted probation for a 22-year-old arrested after his partner died after she fell from a sixth floor.

The detainee has been questioned at the National Police Station and Benidorm Women's Violence Court in the last few hours.
Investigators in charge of the case have checked surveillance cameras, collected footprints and various neighbours have been called to testify.
The court is keeping a case open for a crime of murder, intending to exercise all due diligence necessary and exhaust instruction for full clarification of facts.

The lawyer for the arrested has indicated that "everything points to it being an accident" which occurred while the woman "wanted to move from one balcony to another," the moment she fell

29th December - The National Police have arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with the death of his partner, after she fell from the sixth floor of an apartment located on .Calle Dinamarca (Denmark Street).

The event occurred at 04.00 this morning, but National Police were called to the property by neighbours at around midnight after several reports that the couple were arguing and screams were heard and the couple admitted to arguing.

Later another call was received by emergency services reporting that the woman was seen falling from a great height and was motionless on the pavement..

The Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, has indicated in a press conference that this death, is being investigated as a new case of sexist violence.

The man when arrested according to neighbour's was very calm and denied throwing his partner off the building but did acknowledge they had had an argument.  The 22 year old is being held by police on provisional charges of homicide, but police are also investigating the possibility that it was a tragic accident. Both were of Spanish nationality.

R.I.P 

No further updates are available at this time.

21st December - Plans have been unveiled by Benidorm town hall to install 20 new cameras along the beaches of Poniente and Mal pas in the town. Most of them are to be installed along the Poniente, with just the one at the access to the little cove of Mal Pas.

The images will be accessible to the public in real time, so they can judge how busy that particular section is for example! (The images will also be sent to the control centre of the municipal police).

The town hall has also announced plans to extend the free WiFi network too, with three new "repeater"points, one at Avenida Armada Española and two at the Paseo de Colón.

The project has got the funding and approval, and should be completed in 6 months maximum, in time for the high season next year!

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30th November - Have you noticed the big clouds of really smelly smoke that sometimes billow across Benidorm?

This is the smoke from the burning of agricultural waste, from smallholdings around the town. The town hall has agreed a new "burning plan", which splits the outskirts into 6 zones, with certain days allocated for certain zones.

Starting January 1st, odd zones will be able to burn farm debris on odd days of the month, and zones 2, 4 and 6 on even days, this should help reduce the levels of smoke in the area.

25th November - SPANISH TOURIST TAX Read more here 
The vote on the introduction of a tourist tax for our region, has been definitively approved on Thursday, after 7 years of debate, by the Valencian government. This will see a fee charged per night, at a rate depending on the type and standard of accommodation. Two things are important to know...Firstly that the scheme comes into operation in 2024, and not next year...Secondly that the charge is VOLUNTARY.....Meaning that town halls can choose to apply it or not. The town hall of Benidorm for example has stated that it WON'T be applied on accommodation in the town.

24th November - The Spanish government has confirmed that the current laws and measures restricting rent rises to 2%, will be extended until the end of 2023. Rents on properties currently cannot by law be increased by more than this amount, in an attempt to protect hard pressed families from rises in the cost of living.

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Have you heard of an App called "Too good to go"?  It's an App which connects hotels and restaurants that have good food left over, with people that want to buy it on a "Take away" basis, at a special reduced price, avoiding the situation where the food would just be wasted/binned.

It's a system that has been running in Spain for four years, but it has now arrived in Benidorm, with the first big business to get involved being the Magic Costa Blanca hotel chain. The first of their establishments to sign up is the Villa del Mar Hotel, with the others due to follow shortly.

24th October Bus Turistico has been suspended

The town hall of Benidorm has finally put a stop to the business which has been running the "tourist bus" around the town for almost 20 years, without paying the town hall or ratepayers for the business authorisation to do so.



A similar business, the one that was running the "tourist train", was paying 182,000€ a year to carry out its business activities, the company that ran the bus pictured, only paid into public funds the sum of 6,000€ a year, for the use of three bus stops to pick up and unload passengers.

There were also concerns over the exhaust fumes from the 22-year-old diesel vehicle being used.

There will now be an opportunity for tenders from companies that want to run the service.

October 1st sees the start of the Blue Zone winter season, with many areas now offering FREE parking, basically if the nearest meter is covered as pictured below, that area is FREE.



As soon as we have a list of these streets with free parking, we will post them.

28th September - Woman stabbed to death in Benidorm by her husband who then allegedly committed suicide.

28th September - A campaign to collect old plastic bottle tops which are then sent for recycling has been running in the province of Alicante for some time. The money raised from this bottle cap collection is used exclusively to help local sick children, who´s special needs may not be covered by social security-based care.

Many have asked in the past..."Where can we take our plastic tops to help"? Benidorm town hall has responded, and this heart shaped container is for exclusive use to deposit your bottle tops. This container is located on the Avenida de l'Aigüera (the road that runs up alongside the town hall, Benidorm Old Town).

The charity behind this fund-raising scheme is the Fundación SEUR, who recently gave a cheque to an 8-year-old called Leo from Benidorm, who was able to use the money for aquatic therapy sessions, to help with his Hirschsprung condition, which is associated with his Downs syndrome

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19th September - Port Benidorm Hotel.  Benidorm City Council has issued favourable reports to approve the Interior Reform Plan (PRI) on the Port Benidorm Hotel.  These new reforms include the construction of a totally new tower attached to the current building

Port Benidorm plans to have a four-star plus category. To do this, it needs to increase the size of the rooms to 12.5 square meters.  A new tower is planned which will create 119 new rooms, giving the hotel a total of 400 rooms.

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September 1st - 6 new pieces of art called ·"My Secret Garden" by Belgium sculptor. Arne Quinze have now been installed on the Paseo de Poniente. The 6 large, very colourful aluminium sculptures represent different aspects of evolution and will be in place until May 2023.

The sculptures can be seen in the section of the Paseo de Poniente (closest to La Cala), from the intersection of Armada Española and Vicente Llorca Alós avenues to reach Puerto Rico Avenue, where the great sculpture of the swans of the Taiwanese artist Hung Yi is located".

Benidorm News Headlines - New art display

At the moment sculptures of three internationally recognized artists such as Hung Yi, Juan Mejica and Arne Quinze coexist on the Paseo de Poniente".

Few cities in the world can boast of having such a concentration of first-class art in less than a kilometre.

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26th August - Scooter misuse in Benidorm - 300 disciplinary proceedings issued.

25th August - Tragic accident as British woman dies on her way to the Cross

24th August - Hotel Robberies, 2 people detained.

In a joint operation carried out by Benidorm National police and the Guardia Civil, they detained the two-person criminal gang that were responsible for the wave of robberies from hotel rooms in the town over the past few weeks. The couple, male and female of Algerian nationality, dressed in swimwear to blend in with real tourists before entering hotels and found quiet passageways where they could force open hotel doors. Once inside they took anything of value, sometimes even ripping out the entire locked safe.   On some occasions they even used the victim's own suitcase to carry the loot out of the hotel!

Despite the leader of the gang using eight different identities, the police tracked them down and arrested them as they were about to commit yet another robbery in central Benidorm. The investigation continues but it is thought they have been the perpetrators of around 55 robberies.

According to the complaints filed by the victims, the thieves, who were traveling in a rental car with French license plates, stole about 9,000 euros in cash, bank cards with which they made purchases in shops, jewellery and mobile phones.  They are also accused of belonging to a criminal group, falsifying documents and fraud.

6th June - Magic Villa de Benidorm Hotel, Updates 

The hotel chain Magic Costa Blanca has presented an interior reform plan (PRI) to be able to expand and reform the facilities of the Villa de Benidorm hotel.  In order to carry out this project, the company and the City Council will sign an agreement in which Magic Costa Blanca undertakes to pay 650,486 euros to the municipal land heritage.

The Villa de Benidorm, which has remained closed since November 2019, the current hotel has 120 rooms and a three-star category.

The new plans see an expansion on room sizes which would raise the hotels Star category to a 4* superior, extra floors are planned, raising the building from its current 7 floors to 12, this will add an additional 62 rooms, giving the hotel a total of 182 rooms, all common spaces will also be refurbed. 

Spanish Hotel Star Ratings Explained HERE

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13th May - Plaza de Toros de Benidorm (Benidorm Bull Ring)

Plans have been unveiled for the total upgrading of Benidorm´s old bullfighting ring and its surroundings. Plans for the ten mllion euro project are currently on display to the public at the town hall until May 18th.

New Plaza de Toros de Benidorm future plans

The plans include the turning of the surroundings into a multifunctional social type facility, with new services such as a library, study rooms, youth centre, multi-social-use centre - which will function as a hotel of associations - meeting hall, youth information centre, exhibition hall etc. These plans also include the creation of a stage in the and renovation of the stands in the bull square. The whole building and surrounding areas have been in a state of deterioration for years.

The costs of 10 million Euros are being shared between the Town Hall of Benidorm and FEDUSI funds

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6th May - New Hotel for 2023

The current Magic Fenicia hotel will be transformed into a 4* plus hotel to be named the Villa España belonging to the chain Magic Costa Blanca Hotels & Resorts, this will be a unique hotel.

New hotel for Benidorm

The space occupied by ‘Magic Fenicia’ will be completely reformed and expanded, work that will place ‘Villa España’ on the front line of Poniente beach (next to Paseo Colón, and the city's marina).

The 4* plus hotel will have 316 rooms and suites. Each floor of the hotel will be dedicated to an autonomous community and each room will bear the name of a town. In addition, in all of the rooms will be different objects, physical and virtual, representative of the culture, history and heritage of Spanish municipalities (images, audiovisual material, decorative elements, figures etc)

30th April - Parking in Benidorm
Sunday night Benidorm Town Hall will begin painting and signage of the new green parking areas. These are areas where parking will be free for Benidorm residents and paid for those who are not. These GREEN areas correspond to “commercial streets and with a great presence of bars and restaurants.

Parking areas exclusive for residents are coloured orange or with a solid white line.

Please always check the signage for any parking restrictions.

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