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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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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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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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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 regulation of “segways” and electric scooters receives the “yes” in Benidorm

The regulation of “segways” and electric scooters receives the “yes” in Benidorm After seven attempts Benidorm will finally have the tools to regulate the circulation of electric scooters, and segways and any other personal mobility vehicle (VMP) guaranteeing the safety of other pedestrians. Original story published in www.diarioinformacion.com and translated from Spanish to English so…
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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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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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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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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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Watch Out For Pine Caterpillars!

PROCESSIONARY PINE CATERPILLARS These Caterpillars (Thaumetopoea Pityocampa) may look cute and furry, but they are very DANGEROUS to children and especially dogs.  DO NOT TOUCH THEM. These are one of the most dangerous natural enemies to dogs and can be found all over Spain. Some have even made their way to parts of the UK:…
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Farmacias/Chemists in Benidorm

Farmacias/Chemists in Benidorm HOW TO GET MEDICAL ASSISTANCE HERE IN BENIDORM EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS Medicine is something we all need from time to time, here in Spain if you need any medicine you have to go to the local pharmacy you can not buy paracetamol etc from a supermarket as you can back in the UK.…
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Britons die after taking Spanish painkiller Nolotil

Britons die after taking Spanish painkiller Nolotil Update 13th November – Over 200 People who have been affected by the side effects of the painkiller Nolitil start a group action legal claim against the manufacturers and distributors.  The claim is for 500 MILLION euros. The Main Story At least 10 Britons have died after taking one…
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Benidorm´s British Businesses Association – BBBA

Benidorm´s British Businesses Association – BBBA Welcome all to Benidorm´s first ever British Business Association promoting Safety, Support, Help and Family Values amongst not only our visitors but within our community . B.B.B.A is a Business Owners Association formed by British Residents in Benidorm and the Surrounding areas. THE AIMS OF THE ASSOCIATION ARE- To…
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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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The Spanish Health Care System

UPDATE new ruling from 31st July Spain’s government has approved legislation restoring universal free health care to all residents, thus reversing a previous law passed by its conservative predecessor that had excluded some sections of society. Health Minister Carmen Montón has given the green light to a law that will guarantee universal health care to…
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All about Prickly Heat

PRICKLY HEAT also known as miliaria rubra, is an itchy rash of small, raised red spots that causes a stinging or prickling sensation on the skin. Prickly heat can develop anywhere on the body, but it usually appears on your face, neck, back, chest or thighs a few days after exposure to hot temperatures. The rash is made up of tiny spots…
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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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Drink safely – Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol Poisoning We all like a drink but please be careful when in Spain, the measures are much larger and the temperature much hotter, so be aware of how much you are drinking.  If you have to go to hospital you may NOT be covered by your insurance so will have to foot the bill…
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Health advice from our experts – SCIATICA

Health advice from our experts – SCIATICA My sciatica isn’t getting better! After weeks or months with painkillers and anti-inflammatory treatment the pain is still there. It’s important to have a correct diagnosis to be able to assess the problem correctly. That is where most treatments fail before even starting. If you are suffering from…
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How to – Overcome your fear of flying.

How to – Overcome your fear of flying. Research shows around 25 per cent of people have a fear of flying, while for 10 per cent that fear is a phobia. According to 2016 figures, air travel is safer than it has ever been. Fear of flying can range from mild anxiety to downright debilitating,…
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Mobility Scooters and Servigroup Hotels

Mobility Scooters and Servigroup Hotels GENERAL HIRE CONDITIONS  Mobility Scooter Hire – Any users under the age of 55 will be required to show “proof” of disability or illness, not new rules, but they are being enforced more now. Also you may be asked to take a breathalyser test if you are driving erratically and…
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