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Benidorm Weather Forecast

Benidorm Weather Forecast Weather report for Tuesday 16th October 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.  Weather warning – Gota Fria alert from 18th – 21st October…
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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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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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CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS EVE IN BENIDORM

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS EVE IN BENIDORM December 2 – Generally this is the date that the Christmas Square is opened (in front of the Town Hall, old town) this tends to start with the traditional lighting of Christmas lights including the Christmas tree lighting. The  Plaza de la Navidad  – There is normally an ice rink,…
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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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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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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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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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Creepy Crawlies in Spain (non dangerous)

Creepy Crawlies in Spain (non dangerous insects etc) FOR INFORMATION ON DANGEROUS CREEPY CRAWLIES CLICK HERE  As in every country there are literally 1000´s of different species of insects, but these are the main ones you may come across. Cockroaches The mention of cockroaches can often make your skin crawl and your hairs stand on…
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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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A New Life – Short stories by our Members

A New Life – Short stories by our Members STORIES FROM BENIDORM SERIOUSLY GROUP MEMBERS  VICKY THOMPSON – I moved here 15 years ago with my parents and 2 younger brothers as my father retired and it was at the time cheaper way of life and the exchange rate was fantastic. What I miss is…
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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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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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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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Life in Spain, a different view

Life in Spain, a different view These are the worst things about living in Spain: (WARNING: This is full of sarcasm). 1. Having to put up with all of these holidays. You just cannot get into the groove of working here because there are too many opportunities to have barbecues with friends, go out for…
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