Benidorm News Headlines
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20th July - Covid Updates - Confirmed cases of Covid are down 29% in our region in just a week, but 13 deaths recorded have been recorded. The hospitals in our region currently have 1,216 people in them with Covid, of which 59 of which are in intensive care, of all the people hospitalised in our region, 10.21% are in beds due to having Covid.
20th July - Butano Prices Fixted - Central government has stepped in to order by royal decree that the price of the 12.5 Kg bottles of butano, used by so many households in the country...Be frozen at its current price. It was due to go up yesterday by 5%, the government action means that the official price (The one you will pay if collecting from the depot in Benidorm as an example) is 19.55€.
20th July - Earthquake just off the coast of Alicante
19th July - A fire was reported on the lower slopes of the Sierra Cortina mountain near Finestrat village, at around 11.30. The fire which was fought using a helicopter and various ground units, was tackled quickly, preventing it from causing too much damage. The fire burnt mainly scrubland, with some small pines affected too. The cause of the fire has not been reported.
19th July - Benidorm Fest Owing to the huge success of this years Benidorm Fest, which saw qualifying rounds and the final of the competition to choose Spain´s Eurovision entry, an agreement has just been signed between the Mayor of Benidorm, the president of our region, and major national TV Channel RTVE, to hold next years qualifiers in Benidorm again. The two preliminary rounds plus the final will be held in the town between the 29th of January, and the 4th of February 2023
18th July - Benidorm Hotel Occupation - Benidorm hoteliers association HOSBEC have released occupation figures for Benidorm for the first two weeks of July. It shows an average overall occupation of 85%, quite healthy numbers, and only just short of the pre covid numbers (2019) for the same period, which were 88.9%. The majority of tourists to Benidorm during that period were Spanish, at 47.5% of the total. Biggest number of foreign visitors were UK passport holders, at 37.2%, Portuguese at 4.4%, Belgian at 1.8%, Dutch at 1.4%, Romanian at 1.3%, and Irish passport holders at 1.1%. All other nationalities came out at less than 1%. Forecasts for the second two weeks of July are at 83.35%, which of course can change with last minute bookings or cancellations.
5th July - Benidorm welcomes nearly 4000 youngsters, boys and girls, from all five continents for the 28th Costa Blanca Cup
Toni Perez, in the spectacular and colourful opening ceremony, invites participants to enjoy and encourages them to "play to be happy"
3,810 players – boys and girls – from 265 teams from 109 clubs and national teams from 15 countries, from five continents, met last night in Benidorm to participate in the opening ceremony of the 28th edition of the Costa Blanca Cup. to Levante Beach, Mediterranean Avenue and the Parque de l'Aigüera were last night the stage where the sportsmen march to the Julio Iglesias Auditorium that hosted the opening act of the most important youth soccer tournament and soccer hall for girls and girls.
Mayor Toni Perez welcomed them by highlighting the city’s main asset: “hospitality.” So, he told them, "We welcome you with open arms, wishing you to enjoy with full intensity these days that will undoubtedly be unforgettable." Pérez specified that the Costa Blanca CUP means "a week full of football, holidays, emotions, joys and everything that the competition awaits."
This edition, the 28th, as the previous ones, Perez said, “gives you the opportunity of the power to play with teams from all over the world; the opportunity to share experiences with players from other nations, races and cultures; and to live, with all intensity.” the competitive soccer experience.”
Encouraged the mayor to preserve the values that the sport of football instils: "respect and coexistence" and praised Toni Perez the boom of the Costa Blanca Inclusive that this year adds a new modality pointing out that "football unites us, sister us and us makes better and more solidary," reminded that this section of the tournament was awarded in 2021 in the football and futsal modalities at the Emprén Esport awards of the Trinidad Alfonso Foundation.
Concluded the mayor of Benidorm encouraging the more than 3,800 athletes, technical teams and managers and families who accompany them to "enjoy every minute you are living and you will live in this competitive and leisure Costa Blanca Cup"; "Play to be happy.”
The 28th edition of the Costa Blanca CUP will have eight headquarters and will again bet on 'inclusive football'. The main headquarters is Benidorm and the subsidies are located in the borders of Altea, La Nucía, La Vila Joiosa, Polop, Finestrat, Calpe and Benissa. All of them will be played in the 600 games scheduled until July 9.
The 28th edition bets on 'inclusive football', for players with intellectual disabilities, an aspect that the mayor already highlighted in the presentation of the tournament, which he called global by including more and more people practicing sport and king.
4th July - Three people had to be rescued from the beaches of La Vilajoyosa on Sunday, one of them who was most obviously showing the effects of drowning, was transferred rapidly to our local hospital, after treatment on the beach from lifeguards. The red flag was flying at the time, which forbids entering the sea, owing to dangerous conditions. The authorities have issued a reminder regarding the importance of following the warning flag system.
Market days in Benidorm
Benidorm Old Town From 6th July the Foietes Market, used more by locals in the old town, situated next to the Foietes sports centre near the football ground will be moving to its summer location and will have around 240 stalls, the new location is situated on the lower part of calle Irlanda and calle Austria near the bull ring, find a map here.
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29th June - Cannabis smoking associations are perfectly legal here in Spain, provided they are legally registered, and are run following strict guidelines set out for membership and use.
The main provincial court of Alicante has just ordered the closure of two local clubs, one in Benidorm (Benican), the other in Denia (Cannadenia), after they were found to be just "fronts" for the illegal sale and distribution of drugs.
5 defendants at the Benidorm club were given sentences of between four and six months for drug trafficking and one year for illicit association, 7 people at the Denia club were issued jail sentences of up to 2 years and a fine of 31,000€.
26th June - The National police of Benidorm have started their summer campaign of extra checks and controls in the towns busy areas.. Various places were checked at the weekend, and a number of people detained for drug related offences, as well as some that were non EU nationals found to be working illegally. The police have started 7 legal proceedings for allowing or tolerating drug use on premises, and another 7 for having people working without work contracts.
Remember that employing a non EU national without a work permit incurs fines that start at 10,000€ per illegal worker.
23rd June - Poniente beach receives from Tourism the Qualitur flag that accredits the quality of the waters and sand. The Costa Blanca has received 86 awards in 11 municipalities. Earlier this year it was reported that Poniente beach had lost its normal Blue Flag award which is being contested by the town hall, this was due to the quality of the water being registered on one day of testing as good instead of excellent which was because of a discharge of heavy rainwater in 2021. See all the regions Blue Flag Beaches here.
23rd June - An alleged pyromaniac who could have been the cause of the fire in the Serra Gelada has been arrested.
Benidorm Local Police have arrested the man suspected of being the cause of last nights fires that broke out in Sierra Helada.
The Local and National Police organised a search of the local area after seeing footage of a man leaving the area and the man was arrested at 22.30 on Calle Napoles in the Rincon.
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22nd June - Fires controlled at Benidorm Cross
At around 20.00 three individual areas of scrubland were reported to be on fire in the vicinity of Benidorm Famous Cross, situated in the Sierra Helada, aerial photos showed a person fleeing the area, which could indicate that they were started intentionally.
The rapid intervention of the local fire services and four airplanes providing water, prevented the fires from spreading to other scrubland and residential area, no one sustained any injuries in the incident. More news will follow when available
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.
17th May - This Wednesday a man is being judged accused of trying to kill his landlord, with whom he had problems due to non-payment of rent.
The events occurred on September 19th, 2019 when an argument in a bar in Benidorm. Shortly after, the man pulled out a knife and stabbed his landlord in the chest and abdomen.
It took the victim 118 days to heal from the wounds sustained as a result of the attack. The Prosecutor's Office asks for a prison sentence of seven years and four months for a felony of attempted murder.
13th May - Iberia Festival 7th, 8th October
Welsh artist Bonnie Tyler is to appear at this years Iberia festival which is held in Benidorm on the 7th and 8th of October. This year sees the tenth anniversary of the festival, and after the enforced "covid break" of two years, this year they are going to make up for it big style! Bonnie appears on the Saturday, there are loads of other musical acts still to be confirmed,
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.
The plans include the turning of the surroundings into a multifunctional social type facility, with new services such as a library, study rooms, youth center, multi-social-use center - which will function as a hotel of associations - meeting hall, youth information center, 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
12th May - Beach Rescue
Earlier today a drunken British Tourist had to be rescued from drowning on Levante Beach
The 61-year-old male of British nationality was seen floating in the water by Benidorm Rescue Services at the Rincon de Loix end of Levante Beach and immediately rushed to his rescue, once on land they proceed to give CPR as he was totally unconscious, with signs of drowning.
Benidorm Emergency Service personnel along with nursing staff managed to stabilize him until the arrival of SAMU, once stable he was moved to the district hospital. Two ambulances from Benidorm Rescue Service, a Basic Life Support ambulance, a SAMU ambulance and Benidorm Local Police were all envolved.
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11th May - Blue Flag Beaches Alicante Province 2022 - The province of Alicante will have 74 Blue Flag beaches for 2022, two Beaches achieve this distinction for the first time in history, Baladrar cove, Benissa and Dels Vivers beach (Guardamar del Segura). BUT Benidorm the tourist capital of the Costa Blanca, loses its blue flags for Poniente Beach and La Cala de Finestrat as they fall off this years list.
Benidorm City Council has announced that it will appeal the withdrawal of the Blue Flag of Poniente. Read more HERE
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.
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.
27th April - Benidorm infamous technohito should be fully operational on May 14th, this date coincides with Spanish official pre Eurovision warm up event which takes place in Benidorm´s Plaza de la Hispanidad, more info below.
27th April - A fire was extinguished by Benidorm Fire Crews just before midnight last night (23.25), in the area of wasteland situated next to the dry riverbed that runs along beside the hotel Pueblo. Reports are still sketchy as to what started the fire.
20th April - News was released late on Tuesday (19th) of the arrival of a small boat at a Benidorm cove, carrying eleven people. On the arrival of the police, four people were intercepted, three of Algerian origin, the other Moroccan. They were taken to the immigration centre at Alicante for relevant health checks, the whereabouts of the others has not been released.
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17th April - 2 new hotels for Benidorm opening in June
Mercure Benidorm, Ex Benilux Park. This hotel is due to open on 1st June, it has been completely transformed from a 3 star to a 4 star. The hotel has gone from 8 to nine floors with 5 luxury rooms on the top floor and is now owned by Accor Group and Casual Hotels.
The Esmeralda Beach Hotel, will now be renamed Casual Pop Art. The accommodation has been undergoing a major transformation for a few months, since it had not been renovated since 2007. Although it already had a unique style, with pop essence, the commitment of the company of Valencia (Maracaibo SA,) it will have 68 rooms and common spaces. The company forecast its opening on June 3rd.
7th April - The town hall of Benidorm has approved the project of renovation of the supports and lights along the main Levante beachfront. The old system is years old now, and the sea air and wind blown sand has resulted in rust, cracks and damage to electrical connection boxes, causing frequent problems. The lights are also very inefficient, costing a lot to run. The renovation project is valued at 1,972,119.45 euros.
5th April - Local News - Benidorm town hall to spend 2.5 million euros changing 3,512 existing old fashioned high wattage bulbs to low usage LED versions on the Levante side of town. This is the second stage of the project which amounts to a total of 43.85% of the 7,660 current lights being changed, with an energy saving on the old lights of 79%.
9th March 2022 Bars and apartments in Benidorm launch tourist packages to compete with the "all inclusive" hotels - The offers allow you to stay for a week in the tourist city with vouchers for breakfast, lunch and dinner for less than 300€ per person. Read more HERE
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7th March - Over the weekend a 44 year old British woman was detained for driving under the influence of drink and drugs. She was stopped by police near Altea (at the toll turn off) for driving the wrong way along the AP7 motorway towards Benidorm, when breathalysed she was found to be THREE times over the limit. A subsequent drug test also showed positive for cocaine. She now has an appointment with a judge in Benidorm.
4th March - Benidorm´s Cultural Centre, updates
The first phase of Benidorm´s cultural centre on the Avenida Europa has now been completed, with the Valencian government ready to "hand over the keys" to Benidorm town hall. The worldwide recession, and then the covid pandemic meant that this first phase has taken 14 years to be completed.
The 2st phase includes the construction of the municipal conservatories of Music and Dance, a smaller room with capacity for 450 seats – less than the 560 initially planned – and a cafeteria to serve both spaces
Note - The works and project were the responsibility of the regional government in Valencia, and not the town hall of Benidorm. Benidorm town hall now has the responsibility of finding the staff and equipping the finished first phase.
The 2nd phase is due completion hopefully in 2023 and includes finishing covering the three remaining facades, the main auditorium will be completed with about 1,100 seats, an exhibition hall, library and underground parking, among other things. The budget of this last phase, still unquantified, could exceed 20 million.
March 2022 - Helping the Ukraine Benidorm town hall is putting together a register of people who have empty properties in the municipality, that will allow them to be used temporarily by Ukranian refugee mothers with their children. The regional government is awaiting the arrival of around 560 children, who are to be taken in by volunteer families. The regional government in Valencia is making arrangements for any educational needs.
Spain has a special affinity with Ukraine especially regarding children as at the end of the Spanish civil war, there were thousands and thousands of Spanish orphan children who Ukraine opened their arms to them, they took them in fed and protected them. Many Spanish still remember this act of kindness.
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