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Voting in Spain – Changes due to Brexit

Voting in Spain British citizens living abroad who meet certain eligibility criteria can vote in some UK elections. To do so, you’ll first need to register as an overseas voter. UK nationals cannot vote in general or regional elections in Spain. In order to vote in local elections in Spain, you must be registered on the municipal register where you…
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CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS EVE IN BENIDORM

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS EVE IN BENIDORM December 1 – Benidorm town hall is the scene for the traditional lighting of Christmas lights including the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 18.30. There will be kids stuff, music and fireworks during the evening. Main lighting displays start to be switched on from the week after. Childrens can enjoy…
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Benidorm Weather Forecast

Benidorm Weather Forecast Weather report for Tuesday 11th December 2018  On this page you will find all the information you need about the weather here in Benidorm, a daily weather report, 7 day forecast, average monthly temperatures and links to other weather related pages.  Hello from Benidorm. Welcome to AUTUMN in Spain. Today´s top temperature…
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How to apply for your NIE Number

HOW TO GET YOUR N.I.E NUMBER INFORMATION CORRECT AS OF November 2017 – Please note that these instructions may vary if you are in a different area of Spain. Things have changed yet again and you now need to make an appointment on line, and you can now print and fill in the forms online…
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Red days in December

Red days in December What is a red day? This is a national holiday, similar to a Bank Holiday back in the UK, so some supermarkets will be closed or open for much shorter hours, banks, offices and schools will be CLOSED. 6th December – Constitution Day (Día de la Constitución) This public holiday is always…
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Tabacco/Cigarette Prices

Tabacco/Cigarette Prices Please note:- These prices are for products purchased in the Spanish government controlled “Tabac” shops, . For a list of Tabacs click HERE To see what the DUTY FREE allowance is from Spain to the UK click HERE The most popular Cigarette Prices for 200 – prices updated 29/06/18 Lambert and Butler –…
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Benidorm Fiesta Dates for 2019

BENIDORM FIESTA 2019 DATES FOR YOUR DIARY BENIDORM FIESTA DATES FOR 2019 (All dates are approximate, please double check with your travel agent before booking your holiday). Benidorm has about 55 Fiestas every year so far too many to list, here are the main ones. January 6th – 3 Kings Day. Totally unmissable is the grand…
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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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Top 20 things to do on the Costa Blanca

Suggested by Benidorm Seriously FB Group Members.  In no particular order. A DAY TRIP TO ALICANTE Alicante is a port city on Spain’s southeastern Costa Blanca, and the capital of the Alicante province. Its old town, Barrio de la Santa Cruz, has narrow streets, colored houses and a lively nightlife scene. From here, an elevator…
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TOP 10 FOODS TO TRY IN SPAIN

Gazpacho The reddest, ripest tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, bread, peppers and cucumber are blended until silky smooth, then chilled and poured into bowls or glasses. So delicious, so refreshing. In Andalucía in southern Spain, people have it every day in summer and there is always a jug on the counter in tapas bars. Also try salmorejo,…
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Be careful what you write on Social Media in Spain

Be careful what you write on Social Media in Spain – A woman has been sentenced to pay 3,650€ for criticising being charged a piece of bread BE AWARE Spain has very strict Slander and deformation of character laws (article 205 and 208 of the Spanish Criminal code), so before posting about a venue/person, think carefully or…
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Fiestas – ALL SAINTS DAY 1st NOVEMBER

All Saints Day in Spain (Todos Los Santos) takes place on November 1st. It is a very important national public holiday when people from all over the country return to their town or village to lay flowers on the graves of deceased relatives. There are few religious days that mean quite so much to the…
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Fiestas – EASTER (Semana Santa) in Benidorm

Fiestas – EASTER (Semana Santa) in Benidorm This highly religious festival is recognised and commemorated in every city, town and mountain village throughout Spain, and is as important as Christmas is. The varias cofradias and hermandads, (brotherhoods)  will have been preparing and practicing for months for their displays of piety and devotion to God in…
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Public Holidays in October

Public Holiday in October October 9th – Day of the Valencian Community This is not a national holiday but one for the whole Valencian Region, of which Benidorm is part of, it is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. Most stores are closed, although some bakers and food stores…
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Residencia – All your questions answered

¡Residencia! All your questions answered For details on how to apply and fill in the forms etc What is it exactly? “Getting residencia” is when you register as a resident in Spain with the Spanish national police (extranjería or local police station). You will also be given a green credit card size certificate that you…
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Changing your UK Driving Licence to a Spanish Licence

Changing your UK Driving Licence to a Spanish Licence There is a lot of debate about this subject and so much conflicting information around. UK/Spanish Driving Licences – The Great Debate the N332 has clarified and these are the correct rules. If you hold the UK or European driving licence with NO valid expiry date, which…
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Fiestas – Moors and Christians Fiesta

BENIDORM´S MOORS AND CHRISTIANS FIESTA 2018 3rd OCTOBER TO 7th OCTOBER Streets decked out like the Middle Ages, magnificent processions, exciting mock battles…This is the festival of Moors and Christians: days filled with magic, legend and spectacle. this festival recreates the historic clash between two cultures. The festival of Moors and Christians is a very…
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A new life – Ashley Price

Ashley Price – 19th Sep 2008 – 2018 10 Years Ago Today (19th September 2018), I left Birmingham Airport to come to Benidorm. No Job, No place to live and £80 in my pocket. I was 18 and Sharon Price´s (mum) last words were “You’ll be back in two weeks”. I found accommodation living on a balcony…
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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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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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New Valencian Law for Holiday Home Rentals

The Autonomous Region of Valencia has approved a new Tourism Law, “Ley 15/2018”, published on the 8th of June, coming into force on the 8th of July 2018. Article courtesy of The Citizens Advice Bureau Spain ( link below) Important changes with regards to the registration of holiday rental properties  like ´viviendas de uso turistico´…
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What to do if you are arrested in Spain

Hopefully no one comes to Benidorm to break the law but sometimes things  can take an unexpected turn. Whether the problem has been of your own making or some other incident or accident.  This page is to help you know what to do in the event of being arrested here in Spain.  This is just general…
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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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Consumer rights here in Spain

Spanish Consumer rights – Guarantees and returns Can I Return Anything To A Store? Basically no. If you think you might change your mind about what you’re going to purchase, check the store’s policy first. Stores are not legally required to accept returned goods just because you’ve changed your mind or decided you don’t like…
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