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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. Fiesta Dates for 2020 can be found HERE January 6th –…
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Benidorm Weather Forecast

Benidorm Weather Forecast. Weather report for Tuesday 18th June.  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. For today´s EXCHANGE RATE Hello from Benidorm. Welcome to Spring in Spain.…
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Jellyfish and the Portugese Man of War

6th June – Warning in place for the area. The situation regarding Portuguese man of war sightings, according to the comments received, there have not been as many seen as last year, in fact only 2 cases reported currently in the Valencian community away from Benidorm. However, as we are  at the end of spring,…
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Top 20 things to do on the Costa Blanca

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…
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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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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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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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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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Market Days in the Benidorm Area

Market Days in the Benidorm Area This is only a guide, as days and locations can change. There are markets along the Costa Blanca every day and these usually operate from about 8.30am until about 2pm. You will find all sorts of things  on sale such as clothes, shoes, towels and blankets, ceramic pots and…
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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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Benidorm Fiesta Dates 2020

BENIDORM FIESTA DATES – 2020  BENIDORM FIESTA DATES FOR 2020 (All dates are subject to change) Benidorm has about 55 Fiestas every year so far too many to list, many of the smaller local fiestas will not be publicised until after the event but here are the main fiestas to look out for. During EVERY…
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English Speaking Lawyers in our Region

English Speaking Lawyers – Alicante, Comunidad Valenciana, Murcia and Albacete Page still under construction The following list is supplied by the British Consulate – Alicante and www.gov.uk   The British Consulate in Alicante represents the UK government in Alicante and Murcia regions of Spain. Published 6th June 2019 The following list of lawyers has been prepared…
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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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Be careful what you write on Social Media in Spain

Be careful what you write on Social Media in Spain 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 you could end up with a very large fine. 11th April 2019 – A British…
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How to – Check for Traffic Fines in Spain

HOW TO CHECK FOR TRAFFIC FINES http://www.buscamultas.com/default.aspx/ Many people may still not be aware that since 2014 the DGT/Trafico across Spain don’t have to send out written notifications of traffic fines for speeding etc by post any longer (although I believe that some offices still do). The onus is now on the owner to check…
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A New Life – Short stories by our Members

A New Life – Short stories by our Members More stories in this section of our website –  A NEW LIFE STORIES FROM BENIDORM SERIOUSLY GROUP MEMBERS  Harry Van Vynck – 5th April 2019 One year ago today  I come home from work in London after sitting in traffic best part of day and said…
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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 3rd April IMPORTANT UPDATES Residency and visas You must register as a Spanish resident if you want to stay in Spain for more than 3 months. You will get a green A4 certificate or credit card-sized piece of paper from…
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Spanish Wine Guide

Spanish Wine Guide LOCAL BODEGAS Bodega Enrique Mendoza – Alfaz del Pi, Guided tours available lasting approximately 1hr 30 mins, booking required Opening hours Tuesday to Thursday 10.00, 12,00 and 16.00, Saturday 10.00 & 12.0 Bodega Xalo – Jalon, not a guided tour but a great place to get some good value wines and of…
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Urban Birding in Benidorm – By James Common

James Common has very kindly agreed for us to share his blog here on our website.  If you would like to follow James then you can do so HERE.   Thanks James. URBAN BIRDING IN BENIDORM November 14th 2015 So contrary to expectations, I managed to survive a week in Benidorm! Such places, jam packed with people,…
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Fiestas in MARCH

FIESTAS IN MARCH CARNIVAL Dates for this event are dictated by when Easter falls, the Parades always take place on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday, so this years carnival dates are 2nd to 5th March. The main day on which the carnival celebrations are concentrated, is Saturday 2nd: CHILDRENS CARNIVAL Concentration at 10:00 in the C…
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How to Apply for Residencia

How to Apply for  Residencia If you are planning on living in Spain for 3 months or more then you must apply for your residencia. Please NOTE – New rules and regulations are constantly being introduced.  Nevertheless, at the time of writing this information is correct (2019) Obviously new rules will apply depending upon what…
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EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS

EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS The European Emergency Number 112 is not the only emergency number here in Spain. As well as 112, the following emergency numbers are available 062 – Guardia Civil 091 – National Police – Reporting robberies etc. 061 – Health emergencies 080 – Fire Service 092 – Local Police 090 – Report traffic…
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Secret Symbols the burglars use

Secret Symbols the burglars use The secret symbols indicate whether a home offers rich pickings, has already been burgled or, more disturbingly, is occupied by a vulnerable female. These are the most commonly found symbols to help residents stay one step ahead. “Knowledge is power. “We do not want to alarm people, only inform them.” As…
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Children in Bars – The Law

TAKING YOUR CHILDREN INTO THE BARS – The Laws We are always being asked about children in bars here in Benidorm are they allowed? This is what the Spanish Law says……. Spanish law defines anyone under 18 to be a minor. Any unaccompanied minors that come to the attention of the Spanish authorities (for whatever…
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