Benidorm News Stories and up and coming Events
Benidorm News Stories and up and coming Events
Here you will find links to up to new up to the minute stories so pop back often for up to the minute news.
Information from the National Police
Did you know that door-to-door selling of electricity or gas is now illegal here in Spain…. If someone knocks on your door stating that they are from one of these types of companies and they have not made a prior appointment with you, do not let them in as they may have an ulterior motive. If you are in any doubt, call the Guardia Civil immediately on 091.
8th November – Ex-Pat becomes victim of burglary.
The burglary happened in one of Benidorm’s neighbouring towns Alfaz Del Pí, during Wednesday night and into the early hours of Thursday morning.
The victim, Luc Minnaert, an avid collector of Jack Daniels merchandise, informed police that approximately €25,000.00 worth of his limited edition collection had been taken during the robbery. Some of the items that were stolen include cases of Jack Daniels 1981 & 1954 Gold Medals, boxed 3litre bottles and cradles, and full cases of Jack Daniels Gentleman Jack.
Luc is requesting that locals and holidaymakers alike be vigilant and report to the police immediately anyone that may be trying to sell these stolen items.
8th November – Good to know: the signals from the traffic cops of the Spanish Guardia Civil. Read more HERE
2nd November – Benidorm have created an Anthem for Fiesta’s the great festive pasodoble “Fiesta in Benidorm” , composed by the director and composer Rafael Doménech Pardo a will be from now on the official anthem of the Major Festivities of Benidorm.
Fury as a UK Mum paints daughter, 3, black to look like a Benidorm sunglasses seller for Halloween. She has defended her actions and refused to apologies for her actions even though they have offended many.
The section of the CV-70 between La Nucía and Benidorm, a focus of accidents with more than 100 accidents in a single year. The Consell has already reduced the speed limit at this point on the road to 50 km / h to face the “seriousness” of the situation.
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UP AND COMING EVENTS
Senior Masters Tour coming to Benidorm
The P.G.A. Senior Masters Tour is coming to Benidorm on the Costa Blanca in 2018 from November 29 to December 1 and Union Jack Golf Reservations are offering special “Full Package” deals so that you can come and enjoy this unique event on the European Senior Circuit here in Spain, where the best players over 50 years old meet in the tournament to be held at Meliá Villaitana.
This year’s calendar features three new tournaments, including the Costa Blanca Senior Masters which is the last regular tournament of the season. The best players over 50 years old meet in the tournament to be held at Meliá Villaitana Golf Club on the outskirts of Benidorm.
Spanish golf legend Miguel Angel Jiménez will be playing in a regular Staysure Tour event for the first time at the 2018 Costa Blanca Benidorm Senior Golf Masters. MORE INFORMATION HERE
Majorca and Ibiza to ban unlimited drinks in all inclusive from 2020.
A ban on unlimited alcohol in all-inclusive resorts in Majorca and Ibiza won’t come into force until at least 2020.
The Balearic government has been writing to travel agents and tour operators in Britain and Germany to give advance notice of the controversial changes which, it is claimed, will help cut out drunken tourism and ‘uncivic behaviour’ in the leading party resorts.
Ryanair changes its cabin bag policy AGAIN and it could cost you even more
Ryanair has revealed that it’s changing its cabin bag policy for a second time this year, and it could leave some passengers having to pay an extra £8.
Under the current policy, only priority boarding passengers can bring two bags of hand luggage into the cabin for free, while non-priority passengers can take one small bag into the cabin and have a second bag put in the hold for free. Read the full story HERE
British expats urged to get permanent residency certificates
BRITISH expats are being urged to apply for an official residency certificate before Brexit when the UK leaves the European Union on 29th March, 2019.
Negotiations continue between the British government and the EU’s remaining 27 members as part of the planned Withdrawal Agreement and last December both sides addressed the subject of citizens’ rights. Details on how to obtain RESIDENCIA can be found HERE.
BIG cut down on Illegal Pirate Taxis
Police forces across the Costa’s have said they are now increasing the number of cars being stopped leaving the Airports. Many unlicensed operators are using the Costa Blanca ( Alicante worst hit) as a way to make fast cash and exposing you (the customer) to unnecessary risks.
Why Pay €50 for an illegal Transfer with risk of been fined & dumped at the road side & missing your flights (if return leg)
PLEASE READ THIS ITS NOT WORTH IT.
The laws for all taxi/private hire companies in Spain are extremely strict. Please be aware that there are numerous illegal companies with websites and advertising on Facebook as legitimate taxi/transfer businesses.There are also apartment owners & letting agencies offering cheap transfers, these are also illegal.
Alicante Airport, Pirates In Arrivals?
Alicante Airport strictly controls the arrivals area to weed out illegal transport pirates. Only legal companies are permitted into the airport arrivals area. Your driver will be visibly holding an AENA card which will have the name of the lead passenger on. This is a mandatory procedure highlighted by AENA, which is the Spain’s Airport Governing body. As the article opposite highlights, Spanish police have begun clamping down on illegal transport companies so please don’t fall into this trap. Vehicles will now regularly checked for Tarjeta de Transporte and if your driver can not produce this documentation, the vehicle will be impounded, you will be out of pocket and could receive a fine for allowing your self to be carried in an uninsured vehicle, We come across this story all too frequently so please avoid this horror story and book with a professional licensed company – Legal companies HERE
Alicante Airport is patrolled continuously by the Guardia Civil (Police) & government inspectors looking for illegal touts. If a transfer company asks to meet you anywhere apart from the designated area in the arrivals terminal, they will be illegal, (even if they use the excuse that this is due to building work), their vehicles will also not be insured for passenger liability cover. You should remember that if stopped by the Guardia Civil (Police) the vehicle would be confiscated immediately leaving you stranded. A vehicle that is licensed will be SP (ServicioPublico) plated by the Spanish.
1. Without a permit, it is illegal to offer a taxi service in Spain.
2. Insurance is another important factor as you cannot obtain cover for the transportation of passengers without a legal permit.
If they say they paid or if the owner or Villa’s give free transport, This is still illegal.
3. Without the necessary insurance cover a passenger is also running the risk in the case of an accident as they could not hope to be compensated or have Hospital bills paid for,
4. Any unfortunate passengers caught up in the process can find themselves dumped on the road with their luggage if the police stop and seize the vehicle along with a €300 Fine.