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Beware the Bloodsucking Fly

Beware the Bloodsucking Fly Due to the recent hot weather the Black Fly (Mosca chupasangre) also known as the Bloodsucker Fly has become more prevalent throughout Spain, with the area of the River Ebro particularly affected at the moment but historical records have been broken in the number of cases registered in the country and…
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Recommended Insurance Companies for Pre existing medical conditions

Recommended Insurance Companies for Pre existing medical conditions This is one of our most frequently asked questions on the Facebook Group, so below are our members recommendations for Insurance companies that will cover pre-existing medical conditions. Brexit and insurance – updated 6th January 2019  For people visiting the EU, we recommend buying travel insurance to…
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Extreme heat alert in the province from noon tomorrow

Extreme heat alert in the province from noon tomorrow (Sunday) – Heat Wave number two for this year. Keep up to date with the daily weather HERE A wave of dry Saharan air will raise the maximum temperatures in the Southern Costal Strip to 38ºc from Mid-day Sunday 7th July.  Temperatures are expected to reach…
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How To – Keep cool during the Spanish Summer Months

Keep cool during the Spanish Summer Months Keeping cool when temperatures reach record highs isn’t just about comfort. Dangerously high temperatures can result in heat-related illnesses ranging from heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The following tips can help you keep cool all summer long. Stay out of the sun while it’s at its hottest. This commonsense approach isn’t always easy…
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Summer Heat – Keeping your dogs happy and healthy in the heat

Summer Heat – Keeping your dogs happy and healthy in the heat Summer Heat – Follow the 5 second rule when walking your dogs The Guardia Civil warn about the danger to dogs paws when walking in hot weather. Dogs’ paw pads can burn on hot pavements. As a general rule, if it’s too hot for your hand…
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Stay Safe in the Sun

HOT WEATHER  YOUR GUIDE TO STAYING HEALTHY AND HAPPY IN THE HEAT Heat is the number one weather-related killer.  When the body heats too quickly to cool itself safely, or when you lose too much fluid or salt thorough dehydration or sweating, your body temperature rises and heat related illnesses may develop. Don´t let these…
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Iceland admit to an error in the diagnoses of Chikungunya Virus in Alicante

Iceland admit to an error in the diagnoses of Chikungunya Virus in Alicante Iceland now says that there was an error in diagnosing chikungunya to three Icelanders who had just arrived from Alicante, after warnings were reported by the Spanish Press over the weekend. The Icelandic health authorities activated the European alert on June 12,…
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Here Comes Summer, with the first heat wave of the season

Here Comes Summer, with the first heat wave of the season According to AEMET (State Meteorological Agency, Agencia Estatal de Meteorología) Spain is due to have its first heatwave of the summer, temperatures are set to rise as from Wednesday. The heatwave is being caused by a combination of hot air coming in from Africa, stable atmospheric conditions…
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Swimming prohibited for a limited time at Benidorm´s beaches

Swimming prohibited for a limited time at Benidorm´s beaches Swimming was prohibited at Levante and Poniente beaches for one hour today and Mal Pas beach for just over two hours.  This was due to seven people suffering mild stings from the Portuguese caravel also know as the Portuguese Man of War or a Blue Bottle.…
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Warning – Tiger Mosquitos in the Alicante Region

Warning – Tiger Mosquitos in the Alicante Region Update 25th June – “The laboratory in Iceland that declared that three of their citizens had contracted the tropical disease Chikungunya from Tiger mosquitoes……..Now admit (after all the bad publicity for Spain) that they made a mistake in the diagnosis.” Read updates HERE Quote by Dave Roland…
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The regulation of “segways” and electric scooters receives the “yes” in Benidorm

The regulation of “segways” and electric scooters receives the “yes” in Benidorm July 2019 – Updates  Benidorm has started the summer without being able to implement the new rules for electric scooters, “segways” or any type of personal mobility vehicle to circulate on the streets of the city.  It is the modification of the Mobility Ordinance in which these elements…
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Dangerous Creepy Crawlies in Spain

Dangerous Insects & reptiles in Spain  Bees, Hornets and Wasps etc The sting from any of these insects can be very painful. Try to withdraw the sting immediately but do not use tweezers because squeezing or pressing the sting can inject more poison into the skin. It is recommended that you scratch off the sting with your…
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Benidorm Beach Vendors

Benidorm Beach Vendors As the sun comes out and the beaches starts to get busy, the beach vendors start to become more noticeable and we have already had some posts on the Benidorm Seriously Facebook Group. These people will walk along the beach trying to sell you bottles of water, mixed cocktails, sangria and slices…
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The Spanish Health Care System

The Spanish Healthcare System You need to make sure you are correctly registered for healthcare as a resident in Spain. You can read the NHS’s guidance on who is able to access healthcare in Spain and how to register. If you are resident in Spain, you should not be using a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from…
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Mosquito Facts and the Best Repellents

Mosquito Facts and the Best Repellents Here are a few interesting mozzie facts – Most mosquitoes, buzz in the key of C. They buzz round your head as they are attracted to the carbon dioxide you breath out. Only females bite. The noise comes from their wing beats and it their way of attracting the…
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WHAT YOUR E.H.I.C CARD COVERS YOU FOR IN SPAIN

TO APPLY FOR OR RENEW YOUR EHIC CARD ONLY EVER USE THE OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT WEBSITE. THIS IS A FREE CARD BUT SOME COMPANIES WILL TRY TO CHARGE YOU FOR THIS SERVICE, DO NOT USE THEM THE SPANISH HEALTH CARE SERVICE WHEN ON HOLIDAY NEW RULES AND REGULATIONS TO USING THE EHIC FROM JULY 2014 What does…
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Crime in Benidorm

Crime in Benidorm Crime happens here in Benidorm the same as it does everywhere in the world, but it can have even more of an impact when people are on holiday, make sure you are fully insured to help lessen any financial losses. You will find all the information you need on any aspect of…
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Getting a Tattoo on Holiday

Getting a Tattoo on Holiday One of our most asked questions on the Benidorm Seriously Facebook group, is where to get a tattoo done whilst here in Benidorm, so here are some tips and safety guidelines. The healing process takes about 4-6 weeks. Get your tattoo done towards the end of your holiday to give…
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Beach Safety and Spanish Warning Flags

Beach Safety and Spanish Warning Flags PLEASE HEED THESE WARNING FLAGS WHILST ON THE BEACH – The average amount of drowning related deaths per year in the Alicante region is 47.   DO NOT become a statistic. Flags are used on Spanish beaches as a way to state sea weather conditions. Most Spanish beaches of…
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PoliFani Expats

PoliFani insurance broker has been in business since 1979 and is very well known and used within the Spanish community, but is still relatively new to the British one. We are known for our excellent customer service and the quality of the services we provide. As an insurance broker, we have access to over 24…
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HOW TO AVOID HAVING YOUR DRINK SPIKED

HOW TO AVOID HAVING YOUR DRINK SPIKED Every year across the world, hundreds of people are thought to be victims of drink spiking, where alcohol or drugs are added to someone’s drink without them knowing. In some cases, so-called ‘date rape drugs’ may be used to spike a drink before a sexual assault. Is drink spiking illegal? Drink spiking may be done…
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Protecting Your Valuables on the Beach

Protecting Your Valuables on the Beach 1.  Leave all valuables such as jewelry and expensive cameras in your hotel safe. 2.  Only take one credit card, your photo copied I.D and the amount of cash you will need for the day. 3.  Try not to leave your belongings unattended on in plain sight on the…
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Medical assistance in Benidorm – Where to go, what to do

Medical Assistance in Benidorm – Where to go, what to do… Unfortunately even on holiday medical issues can arise, know what to do and where to go. The most important thing you will need is your EHIC card, this is completely FREE so no excuses not to have one, double check that yours is in…
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Choosing the RIGHT Travel Insurance

YOUR GUIDE TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT TRAVEL INSURANCE Brexit and insurance – updated 6th January 2019  For people visiting the EU, we recommend buying travel insurance to ensure you can travel safely. You should make sure you understand the terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy, and that the policy is sufficient to cover…
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