The top news stories from both the British and Spanish Newspapers this week.
Please note this webpage is constantly being updated with new up to the minute stories so pop back often for up to the minute news.
“ENJOY AND RESPECT” Benidorm
THE slogan above can be seen in and around Benidorm, this is aimed at trying to prevent anti-social behaviour, politicians, business owners and residents are now attempting to cut down on this unacceptable conduct.
Several bars along the Levante beachfront have put up banners and posters with the header “Enjoy & Respect” accompanied by tag lines – “Please be considerate and respectful to the rest of the people; Please do not dress in offensive clothing, this is a place for families as well; Please use the bins and recycling containers”. In the coming weeks more and more of these signs will be visible.
The objective of this campaign, which will be spread throughout the municipality, is to raise awareness in all the tourist spots (hotels, hotels, restaurants …) that there is no room in the city disrespectful behaviour.
To help enforce this campaign, from Thursday to Sunday, there will be more of a police presence, the Levante beach section expects to have five extra Local Police on patrol.
Benidorm prohibits bathing on all its beaches after sightings of Portuguese Man of War Jellyfish
The protocol will be maintained until Tuesday or until it is verified that there is no risk.
No bathing. The City Council of Benidorm has decreed today the prohibition of bathing in the three beaches of the city, Levante, Poniente and Mal Pas , after the sighting of a Portuguese caravel.
You will therefore see the RED flag is flying. It is very important you follow these flags. Meaning HERE
London Stansted Aiport Overnight access is changing
London Stansted Airport advises that overnight access to the terminal is changing from 11 June 2018 with the terminal periodically closing between midnight – 02:00.
From this date, departing passengers travelling on early morning flights should not arrive more than three hours before their flight. You can read the full statement HERE
A 78-year-old Spanish man dies after being rescued from the water on Levante beach in Benidorm
A 78-year-old man has died today (21/05/2018) after being rescued from the water at the Levante beach in Benidorm with symptoms of drowning , according to sources from the Emergency Information and Coordination Center (Cicu). Full story HERE
Benidorm or Bust
Benidorm or bust is back again on its 8th charity drive to sunny Benidorm. The first run to the sun was back in 2012 with 48 teams “but it has grown a bit since then” Again this year B.o.B is supporting the brilliant Busy Bees charity run by Wayne and crew. There will be up to 160 cars hitting town (If they all make it!!!) from 4pm on Saturday the 16th of June after there final leg of the trip from Madrid. Meeting in the outdoor market area to vote for the best car of the rally!! This was organised by Pedro from The Jokers Club. The cars will be on show from 4pm until around 5.30-6pm then later teams will be going to The Jokers Club to PARTY the night away. Benidorm or bust raised over 150 k in 2017 for several UK charities & 2500 euros in donations from the teams for the Busy Bees.
Budget airline Ryanair is reducing the window in which you can check in for free from four days before flights to just two days from Wednesday 13 June.
Customers who don’t pay to reserve a seat will only be able to check in online from 48 hours to two hours predeparture – and if you don’t check in during this window, you’ll be charged a hefty £55-per-person fee to do so at the airport.
But if you do buy a seat reservation, which costs from £4 upwards, you’ll be able to check in from 60 days before departure.
How is Ryanair’s check-in changing?
This will affect both and new and existing bookings. At the moment, you can check in for free up to 96 hours in advance. So if you’re flying at 8pm on Friday, you can check in any time after 8pm on Monday. From 13 June, the free check-in window’s being cut to 48 hours – so you wouldn’t be able to check in until 8pm on Wednesday.
The change means that if you don’t want to pay for a reservation you’ll have a much narrower window to remember to check in online or via Ryanair’s app – and holidaymakers returning to the UK after even short breaks will need to access the internet abroad to do so.
Remember, if you don’t check in online and just turn up at the airport, Ryanair will charge you a £55-per-person check-in fee – so don’t leave it until then. read the full story HERE
Benidorm Palace new show – debuts 17th May
Benidorm PINK Weekend
May 24th – 27th – Benidorm Pink Weekend,
Get your Summer off to a pre-pride season bang with the 72-hour party that is Benidorm Pink Week
It’s back, it’s bigger, it’s brighter, it’s PINKER ……. It’s Benidorm Pink Weekend.
Yes, Benidorm Pride’s outrageous, flirtatious, totally effervescent younger sister, returns for three fun packed days from Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th May. Full SCHEDULE of Events HERE.
Confirmation of Crissy Rocks dates in Benidorm 2018.
Monday July 16th until Monday September 18th.
December/Christmas/New Year are being discussed but depend upon UK commitments with PantoFIRST EVER Ireland to Spain ferry launches THIS WEEK
BRITTANY FERRIES are pushing the boat out with the first ever direct ferry link between Spain and Ireland this week (May 6).
The company will offer two return sailings a week from Cork to Santander in northern Spain.
Onboard, passengers can expect a comfortable, no-frills service.
Although different to the cruise ferry experience associated with Brittany Ferries in Ireland, the ship will offer comfortable en-suite cabins, lounges, self-service dining, shopping and a café/bar
A ship, the MV Connemara, has been chartered for the new service – Continue reading here EuroWeekly
Brexit: Britons set to be charged €7 fee to visit EU countries under new Brussels plans
UK citizens likely to be hit by the new fee and forms following withdrawal from bloc. The ironic thing is that the UK was one of the main countries behind setting up the scheme, their citizens would not have been affected at that time.( Before the vote)
The European Union is moving forward with plans to charge travellers coming from countries outside the single market a €7 “travel authorisation fee” to cross into its territory, under a new system of checks designed to improve security on the bloc’s borders.
British travellers are likely to be hit by the scheme after Brexit, which is set to apply to all visa-exempt countries outside the EU, except those in the EEA/EFTA, which maintain free movement with the union. Continue reading here in the INDEPENDENT
Crackdown on false holiday illness claims
Legal costs for package holiday sickness cases will be fixed under new rules aimed at deterring false claims.
Similar controls are in place for other personal injury claims, but they will now be extended to cases when holidaymakers seek compensation.
The travel industry says claims have mushroomed in recent years despite illness in resorts declining.
Travel agents are now calling on the government to ban cold calls encouraging people to make a claim.
The Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) said there were about 35,000 claims over holiday sickness in 2016, a 500% rise since 2013.
The industry said the total cost of all claims was £240m in 2016 and the growth in cases risked raising holiday prices for all.
You can read the the full story HERE
Benidorm installs extra security measures
AS part of the continued security operation to prevent further terrorist attacks in Spain, Benidorm City Council has begun to test new mobile barriers that prevent vehicle access to public spaces.
The trials were carried out at the Wednesday municipal market this week.
Benidorm’s Councillor for Security Lorenzo Martinez said that these devices “will be tested over the next couple of weeks, to gauge both the reaction of the public and to see how effective they are.”
The barriers can be moved around easily and also be adjusted and extended to take into account the width of the space needed to be cut off. Unlike other ‘fixed’ barriers, these can be removed at a moment’s notice to give access to emergency vehicles.
The councillor went on to explain that other cities, such as Cordoba during the recent Holy Week, had already implemented this type of security barriers to cut off traffic during a number of processions.
According to tests carried out by the manufacturers, the barriers would stop any vehicle travelling at any speed between 40 and 70 kph
Tolls to be abolished
Middle and outside-lane hoggers to be fined in Spain
SPAIN’S national roads authority has confirmed it will enforce a law and fine drivers in an effort to put an end to a widespread practice that winds up motorists throughout the country.
The Direccion General de Trafico say that the current regulations clearly state that motorists should always drive in the right-hand land on dual-carriageways and motorways unless overtaking another vehicle and then you should return to the inside lane when you have completed the manoeuvre.
The DGT has said drivers who are caught flouting the law will face an automatic €200 fine.
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.
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.
Work begins on Benidorm transport hub
INTERCONNECTED: New TRAM stop to be connected to Benidorm bus station.
THE Valencian Community government has set in motion the timetable for Benidorm to get its major transport hub.
The programme of works to build a station that connects the bus and TRAM stations on the outskirts of the city have begun in recent days following an investment of close to €3.2 million by the regional railway authorities, Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana (FGV).
A subsidy of 50 per cent of the building works has come from European Union funds, although this is dependent on the new Benidorm station being completed before December 31 if part of the grant isn’t to be lost.
Digging has already started on the site and should last for four months. The new station could be operational in mid-August and during the busiest period of the year for Benidorm.
Once the building has been completed, the current stop of ‘Disco Benidorm’ that supplies some of the popular night spots will be closed down.
The project also included the electrification of the TRAM route as it passes through a large part of Benidorm.
It is understood the planned works will not affect the current TRAM service; a service that continues to see a number of disruptions and replacement bus routes due to ongoing renovation work on much of the line north of Benidorm.
Be very wary of these highly toxic seeds which are being used to make earnings etc and sold on markets .G.Civil have confiscated hundreds. According to the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition, the seed ‘Abrus Precatorius’ contains the Abrina toxin, which can kill a person with a dose of three micrograms in blood, being toxic both by ingestion and by direct contact with a wound. Continue reading HERE
Approval of the project to remodel Benidorm’s Mediterranean Avenue
The Advisory Council of Urban Scene has given its approval on Monday to the project of the first phase of remodeling of the avenue of the Mediterranean, which includes the stretch between El Puente Street and the Avd Europa.
Here is an artists impression of the finished project and nice to see NO cycle lane.
The cover of the UK passport will be returning to blue after the UK leaves the European Union, the Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis has announced.
After Brexit, the UK travel document will no longer be required to conform to EU standards. So in a move to symbolise our national identity, the cover will be changing from the standard EU burgundy colour to a blue and gold design.
Tourist trap: Britons risk missing their flights home as they face a two-day wait to replace lost passports
British travellers who lose their passports overseas will now have to wait two days to receive an emergency replacement.
Previously they could get temporary papers within hours, but the Foreign Office has quietly introduced a new trial system in which emergency applications are handled by officials in Poland and Spain instead of by individual consulates around Europe.
It means tourists could miss flights home and be landed with huge extra costs while they wait.
For further information click HERE
You can also read our comprehensive guide about obtaining an Emergency Passport HERE
NO Tourist Tax for the Valencia region in 2018
There will be no tourist tax, at least, during 2018. The Ministry of Finance, headed by Vicent Soler, is finalizing the budget document that will be sent to the Parliament for parliamentary processing, probably on October 31st – the last day of the deadline – without the detail of the tax that would tax tourist overnight stays in the Community. Read more HERE