Benidorm News Stories and up and coming Events
Benidorm News Stories and up and coming Events
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.
Spain wants a special chapter on Gibraltar in Brexit agreement
PM Pedro Sánchez will meet with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier to push for an annex addressing cross-border workers, tax evasion and smuggling in the British territory.
Spain is working to include a specific chapter on Gibraltar in the Brexit agreement. Britain’s planned departure from the European Union in March 2019 is being viewed by Spanish authorities as a good moment to make progress on long-standing claims involving taxes, environmental issues and smuggling in the British overseas territory, which is located in southern Spain. Full story HERE
D-Day and Normandy Landing Re-enactment on Poniente Beach. 28th, 29th and 30th September.
One of the most important military campaigns in history is to be re-enacted. Run by the Spanish historical society Bilex, you will see soldiers carrying heavy machine guns, artillery cannons with men and woman performing living tributes to the veterans of WWII with mock battles and history displays next to Dove Park (Parque Elche) and all along Poniente Promenade. Schedule below.
Ryanair cabin crew to strike September 28th in five countries including Spain.
Ryanair cabin crew from five countries will hold a coordinated one-day strike on 28 September.
Unions from Spain, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands and Belgium have confirmed the 24-hour stoppage will go ahead after months of demanding the application of various national labour laws instead of Irish legislation.
“We all want Ryanair’s success, but not at any cost, and certainly not at the expense of the most basic workers’ rights,” the unions have said.
Of the upcoming strike, he added: “Ryanair will pre-advise customers of a small number of flight cancellations, and the overwhelming majority of Ryanair’s flights and services that day will operate as normal, and we will carry the overwhelming majority of the 400,000 passengers who will be scheduled to fly with us that day.”
BRITS with less than six months left on their passports could be banned from travelling to Europe after Brexit, the Government fears.
More bad news if a N0 Deal Brexit is announced -Leaked documents reveal that if we leave the EU with No Deal, thousands of British holidaymakers could be kept away from the continent. continue reading here
Government sources have told Sky News that roaming charges – abolished since June 2017 after changes to EU regulation – would return if there is a “no-deal” Brexit.
Whitehall sources told Sky News the warning is expected to be released on Thursday when the government publishes its second batch of “no-deal” technical notices – although the paper has yet to be signed off. Full story HERE
Tragedy at The Magic Robin Hood
Following the incident that happened last Sunday 9th of September where a child was found lying at the bottom of the pool at MAGIC ROBIN HOOD, the boy is currently in intensive care in a hospital in Alicante.
It appears that is was two holidaymakers who rescued the boy, one of whom was a fireman from Madrid.
It seems that the lifeguards did not notice the incident, and that there was no difibrilator or a good access for the ambulance to get to the pool area.
There is more information on MAGIC COSTA BLANCA Facebook page reviews.
Update latest news on little Blair, glad to say he is now out of ICU and on the way to a full recovery,
The Benidorm outlet fair will be held the last weekend of September.
The seventh edition of the Benidorm outlet fair already has a date, it will take place on the last weekend of September in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento of the tourist city. With this initiative, the local shopkeepers have the opportunity to release all the remnants of the season, which this year is “a lot” due to the fall in sales, as the president of the merchants’ association of the city said this morning. (Aico), Raúl Parra.
The event will take place between September 28 and 30 in the plaza of their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain and hopes to attract both residents of the city and visitors. Full story 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.
Spanish police bust Benidorm campsite drug trafficking gang
Spanish police have busted a drugs operation run by Brits from a campsite in Benidorm. Guardia Civil officers discovered more than 60kgs of cannabis hidden instead heavy machine en route to Britain via a cargo flight from Madrid airport, the traced the smuggling attempt back to a gang running operations from a Benidorm campsite.
Investigators believe the criminal organisation ran a drug supply route between southern Spain and the UK as well as supplying holidaymakers in Benidorm and across the Costa Blanca region, using caravans to store and sell drugs including cocaine and cannabis resin.
The bust led to the arrest of three British men aged 39, 42, and 64 and a 29-year-old British woman at the campsite as well as a 36-year-old Lithuanian man. A fifth Brit connected with the organisation was found to already be in custody in a Madrid jail on a European Arrest Warrant. ”A joint investigation by the Civil Guard and Tax Agency led to the dismantling of a criminal organisation in Benidorm involved in drugs trafficking at a campsite,” said a statement from the Guardia Civil in Alicante. “Six people including five Brits have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and membership of a criminal gang.”
“The members of this largely British-led organisation thought this campsite, where 2,500 people stay in high-season, was the ideal place to base their centre of operations among compatriots. ‘One of the alleged ringleaders of the group resided there permanently and controlled seven plots with caravans used to store and sell the drugs.
‘Investigators concluded the drug trafficking gang had reached international dimensions and had established a route between the UK and Spain.
“To arrest the last of the six detainees, a British man aged 36, the Civil Guard had to go to a prison in Madrid where he was being held prior to his extradition to the UK as the alleged author of a serious assault.”
Source: The Local
Owner faces animal abuse charges after dog dies in locked car ‘in full sun’
One dog has died from asphyxiation due to heat stroke after being left in a locked car by its owner in Spain.
Police officers rescued a second animal from the vehicle that was reportedly left in full sun in Sevilla.
The second dog, also suffering from heat stroke, was rushed to a vet for emergency treatment but is reported to be ‘out of danger’ and recovering. Read the full story HERE
BLAST FROM POP PAST – X Factor spoilers: Simon Cowell apologises to former Pop Idol contestant Danny Tetley as he makes a comeback after 17 years.
History may about to be re-written as a contestant, who Simon Cowell once said no to, might win a yes from the music mogul on the upcoming series of The X Factor. 37-year-old Danny is back for a final roll of the dice after years of singing in the bars of Benidorm. Read the full story HERE
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
20th August – Son’s heartbreaking update on BBC Radio Sheffield host Jimmy Carol after gruesome bar attack
The son of former BBC Radio Sheffield presenter Jimmy Carol has provided a heartbreaking update on his father’s condition.
The 63-year-old was left fighting for his life six weeks ago when he punched and knocked to the ground in a Benidorm bar.
The popular entertainer suffered a fractured skull and a bleed on the bran before being placed on a life support machine. However, he was able to return home via an air ambulance last week and is continuing his recovery in a specialist trauma word.
His son, James Everett, shared the incredible news last month that his father was ‘progressing positively’ each day. But, James has once again taken to Facebook to stress his father faces a ‘long and slow’ recovery and is suffering from Post Traumatic Amnesia. Read more HERE
Number of Brits holidaying in Benidorm is in ‘freefall’ – and the resort has had its worst August in years
With awful weather and less flights there, hotel occupancy is down, with Brits heading to Egypt and Turkey instead.
Figures for the first two weeks in August show an occupancy of 90.7 per cent, according to Hosbec, the hotel association for Benidorm and the Costa Blanca. Read the full story HERE
Tourist flee beach after flash floods turn resort’s streets into fast-flowing rivers
Holidaymakers were filmed fleeing Benidorm’s beaches today as flash floods turned streets into fast-flowing rivers.
In a video filmed by cruise worker and Benidorm Seriously member Charlie Brown, water is seen gushing down a hill in Rincon de Loix as beachgoers desperately lug their deckchairs and parasols to shelter. Read the full story HERE
Benidorm hotels were 5% more profitable in the first half of the year
The prices of hotel rates in the capital of the Costa Blanca are still below the national average.
Benidorm registered 180,000 fewer overnight stays between January and June 2018, than during the same period of 2017
Hotels in Benidorm were more profitable during the first half of this year, compared to the same period of the previous year. Growth of around 5 points, reaching 171 million euros between January and June of this year, as noted in the report prepared by the employer Hosbec on hotel activity during the first half of 2018. Full story HERE
Britons die after taking Spanish painkiller Nolotil
At least 10 Britons have died after taking one of Spain’s most popular painkillers, which is banned in the UK, The Sunday Times can reveal.
The medicines regulator in Spain confirmed last night it had launched an investigation into concerns that northern Europeans may be more at risk of side effects from the drug Nolotil.
More than 100 British and Irish expatriates and holidaymakers in Spain have suffered devastating side effects after taking the drug. Read the story HERE
Benidorm holiday for Belfast man awaiting trial on dissident charges
A Belfast man charged with allegedly plotting the activities of a violent dissident republican terror group was today (Monday) granted bail to go on holiday with his wife.
Carl Reilly, 42, of Pollard Street in the west of the city, is currently awaiting trial on charges of directing the activities of a terrorist organisation and professing to belong to a proscribed organisation, namely the IRA. 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.
Summer is for the kids at La Cala Bay
From Tuesday, 3 July, we launch one more year of free children’s activities for children aged from 3 to 12 every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays until September 8th
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 Panto.
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
“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 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.
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.
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.
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