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Issue 004

roundtownnews.com

January 2014

UK Travel agencies & tour operators trained to sell Benidorm

We all make them, but few keep them! LIKE MOST people you´ve probably made New Year Resolutions –many vow to go on a diet, get fit and cut out their vices. • p8

IN THE UK sales begin on Boxing Day but here in Spain the ‘Rebajas’ begin on the 7th January, mainly due to The Three Kings. • p13

by Jan Gamm

The Benidorm

Show Guide

Your monthly entertainer guide. Find out where and when your favourite artists are performing p26

Food & Drink Struggling to decide where to eat? Find out where the best places are to eat out in Benidorm only in RTN! p28, 29 & 30

The bikini war A SHORT movie has been made by Nakamura Films centred on the story of Benidorm mayor Pedro Zaragoza, who travelled all the way from Benidorm to Madrid in 1953 on a Vespa to make an appeal to General Franco to allow bikinis to be worn on Benidorm’s beaches. See page 7.

Beachwear freedom

THE BENIDORM Tourism Foundation has trained 745 professionals within travel agencies and tour operators in the UK to improve their knowledge and help them sell Benidorm as a top holiday destination. The year-long programme began seven months ago in collaboration with OTT. The goal is to train tourism industry professionals to sell the Benidorm tourism product to different types of customers. This specialised knowledge in turn helps to increase confidence and sales. The course features static training using contacts and calendars in an ‘e-learning’ process consisting of five thematic modules. Each agent has to register first to enable access to statistics and the database. The company is a leader in OTT eLearning services in the tourism sector, currently with more than 60,000 members participating in promotions in 120 different courses. The OTT portal offers travel agents and industry professionals free access to a wide range of eLearning courses, encouraging them to complete courses at their own pace either at work or in their own homes. And the OTT eLearning courses have high levels of member participation.


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Benidorm history through QR codes BENIDORM IS to install 21 QR Code plates with QR codes (graphical elements that scan via a mobile phone leading to an Internet location) in different areas of the city. THE CODES will allow access to information and photographs via smartphones or tablets and will provide data on the culture and history of the town, part of a project presented at the Torrejó Municipal Building entitled ‘Capture Benidorm’. The town’s councillor for culture, Eva Mayor, said the project is tailored for tourists and also residents with information available in English, Spanish and Valencian. Informative text and historical photographs will be constantly updated along with items of cultural interest. Councillor for Tourism Gema Amor stressed the importance of complementing Benidorm’s sun and sand culture with a reliable information service providing

Tel: 902 118 999 • Fax: 96 585 60 54

data on the city’s gastronomy, golf facilities, theme parks and fascinating history. The codes will convey a selection of photographs of the city along with a text file containing easy-read historical facts. The application is hosted on the municipal website and also provides cultural, sporting and tourist information. The QR codes will be installed at Alameda Street; The Torrejó; the Mirador de la Playa de Levante; El Castillo; the port and ramparts; Paseo de Poniente; La Cala; in Tossal Morales and the areas of El Campo and Calvari; the Municipal Market; L’Hort de Colón; City Hall and Park Aïguera Ermita de Sanz; La Cruz; Torre de les Caletes and on the Island.

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Wish you were here...

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Did you know? JANUARY 2014

BIKINIS BACK IN the 1950´s Benidorm became the first seaside town in Spain to allow bikinis. Since then tourists have flocked to the resort and Brits make up nearly 50% of the visitor numbers.

COSTA BLANCA

COSTA BLANCA, meaning the white coast was a name made up in the 1950´s to promote tourism to the resort.

VISITORS

AN ESTIMATED 9.5 million passengers will pass through the new Alicante airport this year, compared to 8.8 million in 2012.

RICE

RICE IS an integral part of the Spanish diet and produced locally in Pego and Albufera.

BEACHES

THE COSTA Blanca has more than 200km of beaches with the Levante and Poniente in Benidorm the most visited.

GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

THE COSTA Blanca has one of the healthiest climates in Europe, says the World Health Organisation. Its warm temperatures throughout the year, clean air and low rainfall make it a great place to live. The climate is particularly good for people with arthritis or asthma.

DAVID FERRER SPANISH TENNIS player, David Ferrer, ranked world number 3 was born in Javea – 50km up the coast from Benidorm.

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INTEMPO BUILDING

THE STUNNING gold clad Intempo building on the Poniente side of Benidorm is the tallest residential building in Europe, standing at 200 metres tall and the Gran Hotel Bali is the tallest hotel in Europe at 186 metres tall.


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Practical information HERE IS some useful information to help make your holiday in Benidorm safe, worry free and a thoroughly enjoyable experience. AIRLINE NUMBERS

If you need to contact the airline for any reason these are numbers based in Spain. Monarch – 800 099 260 free phone number Jet2 - 902 881 269 – calls cost 6.7c per min plus 8.3c connection. EasyJet – 902 599 900 from Spain – calls cost 8 cents per min from landline Or 0843 104 5000 UK number – calls cost 5p per min

ALSA BUSES

This is the bus which runs to Alicante airport. You can catch it from either the Avda Europa, outside the Europa Clinica or from the bus station. Departs hourly and on the hour from Avda Europa from 7am until 10pm – but there is NO bus at 9pm: costs 9.45€ one way.

BANKS

In Spain banks only open for half a day, so make sure you go in the morning. Normal opening hours are 8.15am till 2pm, no Saturday opening. All banks have an ATM with an option to change the language into English – press the ‘cambio idiomas’ option.

BRITISH CONSULATE This is located in Alicante – Edf Espacio, Rambla Mendez Nuñez, 6th Floor, Alicante 03002. Open Monday to Friday from 8.30am until 1.30pm. In an emergency contact 965 216 002: if you have lost or had your passport stolen you will need to go there to obtain an emergency travel document to get you back to the UK, which will take about two hours to process. It will only be valid for that one journey and costs approximately 120€.

BUSES

The local bus service is run by Llorente. You pay the driver and the cost is 1.50€ regardless of distance. Generally the buses run until midnight. The following buses, which all stop on the main Avd Mediterraneo, are probably the ones which you will find most useful - but with baggage you would need to take a taxi as you are not allowed to take luggage onto local public buses. No 2 - Goes to Carrefour hypermarket and the La Marina Shopping centre No 10 - To Altea via Alfaz del Pi and Albir: a great way to see the local area

BUSINESS HOURS

Most large stores stay open all day but smaller independant shops, particularly in the Old Town will shut at 2pm for lunch then re-open at 5pm until 8pm. Shops are normally closed on Sundays except for small food stores which open until 2pm.

CHEMISTS

In Spain they are called a ‘Farmacia’. There is a 24hour farmacia on the main Avd Mediterraneo and the staff speaks English. Many local farmacias close over the lunch period from 1.30, re-opening at 5pm. If you need any sort of medication, including asprin or paracetamol, you can only buy them here: supermarkets are not allowed to sell any kind of medicine.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE

There are plenty of currency exchange bureau´s in Benidorm. You will need to show your passport the first time thenyou will receive a card to show for subsequent visits, so there is no need to carry your passport with you. Reputable establishments include Eurochange who have several branches, Sheila´s at the indoor market and Wine Barrel on the Avd Mediterraneo. Bank rates are not as good as the exchange bureau´s . Hotels offer the poorest rate so only use for emergencies.

DOCTOR

If you have your EHIC – European Health Insurance Card you are entitled to see the social security doctor free of charge in an emergency, but you must also present your passport with the card. There are two ‘Centro de Salud’ (health centres) in Benidorm you can attend: Rincon de Loix - On Avd Derramador near to the Indoor market Foiettes in the Old Town - Calle Venuzuela La Cala - Avda de Benisa

EMERGENCY NUMBERS 112 is the European equivalent of 999 in the UK Ambulance – 112 Local Police – 966 807 766 or 092 in an emergency National Police – 966 831 930 or 091 in an emergency Guardia Civil – 965 854 475 or 062 in an emergency

EXCURSIONS

See pages 18, 19, 20 & 21

FOOD AND DRINK

See pages 28, 29 & 30

NIGHTLIFE

See pages 24, 25, 26 & 27

POST OFFICE

Again only open for half a day: Monday to Friday 8.30am till 2.30pm and on Saturday 9.30am till 1pm. The post office is located on Avda de L’Aiguera, near the Town Hall in the Old Town.

HOSPITALS

There is only one social security hospital covering Benidorm – the Hospital Marina Baixa, which is actually located in Villa Joyosa, a short distance from the centre of Benidorm (just past La Cala). However, there are two private hospitals in the centre of Benidorm – you will have to pay for any treatment or you can use your travel insurance if covered. IMED Levante: located in the Rincon de Loix on Calle Doctor Ramon y Cajal. Telephone number 96 687 8787 Hospital Clinica Benidorm: located in the Old Town on Avd Alfonso Puchades: Telephone number 96 585 3850

REPORTING A CRIME

SATE The Foreign Tourist Assistance Office. If you are unfortunate enough to become a victim of crime this is ideally where you should go to report it. Located on the first floor of the Tourist Information Office, at the very end of the Poniente Beach in the Old Town. Open Monday to Friday from 9am until 9pm and from 10am until 2pm over the weekend. They have interpreters on hand and the use of a telephone to call relatives and your insurance company free of charge. The 24-hour helpline is 902 102 112.

TELEPHONE

The International dialling code for Spain is 0034. If you wish to call the UK you need to prefix with 0044.

TOURIST INFOS There are 3 operational offices run by the Town Hall and 2 run by Round Town Travel. They can offer help, advine and information on making the most of your time in anda round Benidorm. You can pick up maps and leaflets of attractions and places to visit at any of the following offices. Main Tourist Information Centre – located at the end of Levante Beach on the edge of the Old Town. Contact number: 965 851 311 / 965 853 224 Opening times: Mon – Fri 10.00 – 21.00 / Sat


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Mark Roach

Company Director and Spanish Tax Consultant

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How Wincham helped save the family holiday home from the Spanish Tax man OUR CLIENTS were aware of the problem that would face their family upon their deaths and that they may have to pay Inheritance Tax both in their country of domicile and in Spain. SPANISH LAW dictates the beneficiary of your estate must pay tax on the amount that they inherit. The level of tax payable is not a fixed rate and is determined by the relationship to the deceased, their residency status and their existing wealth in Spain. The married couple owned a holiday home in Spain with an approximate value of €256,000, each with children from previous relationships. We provided a free illustration highlighting the potential Inheritance Tax, €78,424, due to be paid by their beneficiaries. Beneficiaries are unable to sell or mortgage the property to find the tax payable which has to be settled within 6 months before additional fines and interest are added.

HOW TO MINIMISE THE LIABILITY? – THE WINCHAM SOLUTION We assisted our clients to invest their Spanish property into their own UK Company (which Wincham can supply) of which they were the Directors and shareholders retaining total control. Contrary to popular belief there was no 7-10% Property Transfer Tax payable. Unlike an offshore company that has a 3% annual tax a UK Company is not required to pay this. CLIENT SATISFACTION “My wife and I wanted to say how efficient, business-like and friendly we have found Wincham. We sought advice on the best way of holding our Spanish property principally with a

view to protecting us from Spanish death taxes. Wincham fully explained the steps that needed to be taken and also very clearly set out the costs. We continue to be impressed! Mr and Mrs O, Costa de la Luz INCLUSIVE TITLE DEED INSURANCE All Clients who use our services to purchase or invest a property are covered by Title Deed Insurance affording

Wincham Consultants Limited, Wincham House, Greenfield Farm Trading Estate, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4TR, England. (Wincham Consultants also have offices located on the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol) UK Tel: +44 (0)1260 299 700 | Spain Tel: +34 965 830 991 | Email: iht.info@wincham.com | Web: www.winchamiht.com

ADVICE WITH THE SPANISH SYSTEM

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Then and now

BENIDORM’S SUCCESS is based on two main attractions – long stretches of golden sand and a microclimate that guarantees almost year round sunshine. by Irena Bodnarec IT WAS in the early 1950s that Mayor Pedro Zaragoza revolutionised this former fishing village by famously hopping on his Vespa and riding 300 miles to Madrid to get Franco’s permission for female tourists to wear their revealing bathing costumes on his beaches. The archbishops were outraged, but Franco agreed, and a legend was born as Benidorm became the first seaside town in Spain to allow bikinis! Until the 1950s the predominant industry in Benidorm was fishing but in 1952 one of the biggest tuna fisheries was closed down in the municipality. Up until 1959 there were only four hotels in the town yet unbelievably it was recorded that in 1957 30,000 tourists flew from the UK to Valencia on British European Airways and chose Benidorm as the final destination for their holiday. Tourists flocked into Benidorm - both Spanish and

Brits. The arrival of cheap package holidays initially flying into Manises Valencia (as it was the closest airport then from 1967 to El Altet Alicante) brought Europe closer to Benidorm. Between 1960 and 1980 over 80 new hotels opened to satisfy the demand of the growing tourist industry. Madrileños, the term referred to of residents of Madrid treat Benidorm as their local beach and flock here for the weekend – the opening of the AP7 motorway in 1975 made it a comfortable journey taking under five hours. The bullring, which still stands in the Old Town, was built in 1962 – then it was surrounded by orchards but now it is surrounded by high rise apartments and hotels. In 1963 a development plan was passed allowing the construction of higher skyscrapers and Benidorm currently has the highest density of skyscrapers per inhabitant worldwide! The church of San Jaime, with its distinctive blue-doomed roof dates back to 1740, perched on the top of the Old Town on a hill called Canfali – to this day it still holds regular mass and is a popular tourist attraction. The British market is the biggest and most important percentage of visitors to the resort and it is thanks to their continued loyalty that Benidorm continues to thrive. It has changed beyond recognition since the 1950s but has adapted to survive with the aim of retaining the number one destination spot for the British holiday maker.


The bikini war on the silver screen By Jan Gamm A SHORT movie is being made by Nakamura Films centred on the story of Benidorm mayor Pedro Zaragoza, who travelled all the way from Benidorm to Madrid in 1953 on a Vespa to make an appeal to General Franco to allow bikinis to be worn on Benidorm’s beaches. The movie ‘Bikini: A True Story’ stars popular actor Sergio Castellon Caballero taking the role of the colourful Zaragoza, who was determined to put Benidorm on the tourist map.

FINE When a fine was imposed by a Spanish policeman in 1952 on a British tourist wearing a two-piece swimsuit, Zaragoza knew something had to be done. And he took quite a risk with his cheeky defiance of the proprieties in grey, puritan and stoutly Catholic fifties Spain, daring to confront Franco’s policies and even risking excommunication to secure Benidorm’s future as Spain’s top tourist destination. Yet defy them all he certainly did with his eight-hour scooter trek to the seat of power, returning triumphantly to Benidorm with Franco’s decree tucked under his arm – the rubber stamp on beachwear

freedom that would change Benidorm’s fortunes forever.

VISIONARY Oscar Bernàcer, producer and director of Nakamura Films said: “My father told me the story of the visionary Pedro Zaragoza and how he changed the future of Benidorm by persuading Franco to legalise the bikini!” In the interests of accuracy Bernácer interviewed a number of locals including the children of Zaragoza. Sergio Caballero has been

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rehearsing (complete with Vespa!) in the city and also on location in El Pardo: “It’s an exciting story that explains the development of Benidorm through the dedication of one man,” he said. ‘Bikini: A True Story’ is to be released in the Spring of 2014 and is already tipped to be a festival winner.

Benidorm Fun Run

Caballero on his Vespa in Benidorm

RECENTLY BENIDORM hosted the 4th annual San Silvestre – a 6km race with a circuit mapped out along the length of the Levante promenade and back up the Avda Mediterraneo. The event was well attended, with nearly 700 participants made up of a mixture of serious athletes from local running clubs and those wanting to burn off a few Christmas calories! Many of the fun runners attended in festive fancy dress – even making it a family event, with children in prams and the odd pet dog in attendance too. There was a separate 1km children´s race afterwards and for the first time a swim took place, with 30 very brave souls taking to the icy waters.


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We all make them, but few keep them! Like most people you´ve probably made New Year Resolutions –many vow to go on a diet, get fit and cut out their vices. It´s fun, but how many actually stick to them? RTN decided to stop a few people and ask them if they had made any and reveal to our readers what they were – maybe encouraging them to keep them for once! Kez Smithson – from Skegness and on holiday with his girlfriend. He cheekily revealed that his resolution was to have sex every single day – obviously with his girlfriend!

Deborah Wallington – An Avon rep who lives in Javea. Her resolution is to try and sell a lipstick every single day this year.

Lesley Aqua – Water aerobics instructor who lives in Albir. She plans to master some magnificent suspended dumb-bell moves for the Villamar gang.

Cheryle - Benidorm This Benidorm entertainer is going to try and be less moody in the mornings.

Steven Cronk – from Kent. It was actually his wife Andrea´s resolution - to shave off that beard!

Sammy Kruz - Benidorm The Manager of Sensations in the Old Town plans to make this year the best and biggest Gay Pride ever and wear something pink and sparkly!

Amber Oldershaw from London Not to buy any un-necessary things in the sales… unless of course they are an absolute bargain, in which case it would be wrong not to!


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The

Coffee break

interview

JOE IS the owner of the hugely popular Klee Kafee in the Old Town, which he runs with his partner Alan. He has lived in Benidorm for 7 years and prior to that ran businesses in Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol and also on the island of Majorca for many years. His aspiration is to provide his customers with a fun relaxed night and to go home with a smile of their face. Where are you from in the UK? Manchester How long have you lived in Spain? 21 years – 7 of those in Benidorm What do you like most about living here? Waking up and seeing a blue sky What did you have for breakfast today? Toast and marmalade Describe yourself in 3 words A happy gentleman Marmite, love it or hate it? Hate it… but love bovril What´s your guilty pleasure? Chocolate What makes you see red? Drunks Do you have a hero? My mother – 95 years old and still going strong Favourite food? Indian What´s your tipple? Blackcurrant and soda Favourite music? Shirley Bassey Desert Island song? I am what I am Favourite film? Funny Girl Favourite read? Anything by Dan Brown Is the glass half full or half empty? Most definitely half full X-Factor or Strictly? X-Factor Who is your favourite Benidorm series character?

Madge – I can´t believe anyone can be so orange! Old Town or New Town? Old Town Beach or Pool? Pool

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When the sun doesn’t shine… BENIDORM IS a year round resort and people still flock here even when the sun doesn’t shine. So what is there to do if it’s not warm enough for the beach or pool and you don’t fancy sitting in a bar all day? Well plenty! TERRA NATURA WILDLIFE PARK Open all year round but from November through to February only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday – with the exception of Christmas and New Year weeks, when it is open all week.

COLCI RINCON CINEMA Located on Calle Zamora in the Rincon (the road opposite Regente Hotel) shows English speaking films every week – from Monday to Friday at 6.30pm and 8.45pm and over the weekend at 6.30pm only.

TEN PIN BOWLING A great fun activity which can be enjoyed by all ages. Benidorm has not one but two bowling alleys. You can either pop to Ozone on the Avda Mediterraneo, open from 10am or pop up to the top floor of the La Marina Shopping Centre - however be aware that it does not open until 4pm.

BINGO PLAZA Located at the end of the Avd Mediterraneo just off the Plaza Hispanidad – or ‘The Triangle’. Open daily from 2pm onwards but no under-18s allowed and remember that you need to bring Photo ID – preferably your passport otherwise a photo driving license. For those who prefer slot machines there is a gambling arcade and also a betting shop on the premises.

LA MARINA SHOPPING CENTRE Indoor covered shopping mall with plenty of well-recognised outlets selling clothes, electrical gadgets, items for the home and a toy shop among many others. There is a selection of cafes to sit down and take a break too. The number 2 bus takes you there from the centre of Benidorm.

INDOOR MARKET IN THE RINCON DE LOIX Located on the Avd Mediterraneo, it is an Aladdin’s cave of hidden treasures. You can browse around 80 independent shops, treat yourself to a hair or beauty treatment, exchange money or take the weight off your feet and have a drink…and all without having to go outsider and get wet. Open Monday to Friday until 6pm and on Saturday until 3pm with the benefit that all three entrances are wheelchair/mobility scooter friendly.

BENIDORM CIRCUS

A weekly show every Saturday starts at 6pm. No animals feature in any of the performances - instead it incorporates traditional clowns alongside dramatic and imaginative acrobatic acts: something to appeal to all ages.


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English Cinema IF YOU want to catch an English language film while on holiday then head to the Cine Colci Rincon, which as the name suggests is located in the Rincon de Loix, on the Avd Zamora – the road opposite the Round Town Travel shop and just behind the private IMED Levante hospital. There is an English version film on Monday through to Thursday (none on Friday, Saturday or Sunday) and they are shown twice a night, but times vary so check beforehand. The films change at the end of every week and entrance is 6.50 euro except on Wednesday, when there is a special price of 5 euros. To find out what is on and the start time call the cinema on 965 853 859.

Tea Dance in Benidorm

FOR THOSE of you that hark back to the old times and fancy some old fashioned waltzing or a quick step, you´ll be delighted to know that you can do so right here in the Rincon de Loix. Head to the “Cafeteria Roman”- located next to the Hotel Brisa and opposite McDonalds at the end of the Levante beach. Every day between 5-9pm you will find a live band playing and a room packed full of like minded people – it´s an absolute delight to watch. Better still, there is no charge – just the cost of your drinks and any snacks you may wish to order. It is a very popular afternoon activity, so dust down those dancing shoes and head down to the Cafeteria Roman and give it a go!


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BACK IN the UK the traditional sales begin the day after Christmas, on Boxing Day. However, here in Spain things are somewhat different, mainly because they have a “second” present giving day – the Three Kings, which fell on 6th January. Up until that time most stores are still trying to maximize sales but come the 7th, the sales, or rebajas as they are called in Spanish, begin. You will see shop windows covered with red banners and posters, often in a multitude of languages declaring it´s “Rebajas” time. IT IS certainly worth taking a look in chains such as Zara and Mango as prices are often cheaper here in Spain than they are in the UK - even taking into account currency exchange rates. Two of the best shopping areas to start with are the Old Town, where you will find a good mix of High Street favourites sitting alongside independent boutiques and the La Marina shopping centre, located next to the huge Carrefour hypermarket - the No 2 Llorente bus will take you there from the Avd Mediterraneo. Unlike the UK, shops here do not open on a Sunday, with the exception of small grocery shops and that is only until lunchtime. Another big difference is the returns policy – goods have to be taken back within 15 days of purchase, with the original receipt. Often sale items cannot be refunded so try items on before purchasing and lastly, make sure you have enough luggage allowance to take your bargains back home!

Old Town

The Old Town is a great place to start. Calle Gambo, the pedestrianised street that begins at the Plaza Triangular, where the huge rubber tree is, has a great selection of popular boutiques such as Masimo Dutti – a must for fashionsavvy customers, and Zara, which is now everyone’s favourite High Street fashion hit. The prices tend to work out cheaper here in Spain even taking into account the exchange rate, so it is certainly worth a visit. One well-known English name here and one you will be familiar with is Specsavers - the UK’s most popular opticians, run by Phillip, a British ex-pat. Paseo de la Carretera is another must-do street and

will take you all the way to Elche Park. One quirky shop which will catch your eye is Ale Hop – easily spotted as all the branches have a massive cow outside! Here you will find accessories, gifts, unusual novelties and decor at very affordable prices. Ladies, if you are looking for a fabulous ball gown, make sure you pop into Bambu where you will be amazed at the array of styles and colours on offer – and so much cheaper than the UK! Not forgetting the boys and budding Rambos among you, if you have a passion for guns and military bits then stop off at Europa. One shop which you will not be able to resist walking into is Bartolucci – a fairytale toyshop offering hand-made wooden toys of exceptional quality. You will not be able to resist the adorable painted wooden objects such as clocks, door plates and pictures frames, which can all be personalised – any child would be delighted with a gift from here.

Av. Mediterraneo

The Avd Mediterraneo, which runs all the way from the Rincon de Loix up to the edge of the Old Town, is lined with an array of shops. Tobacco shops for your cigarette and spirit supply to take back home – the biggest range is found at EuroTobacco; leather shops selling beautiful quality coats and jackets for ladies and gents; Lottery shops if you fancy a flutter on the Euro Millions and plenty of souvenir shops selling typical holiday mementos.

La Marina

La Marina Shopping Centre offers a broad selection of shops in an air conditioned environment. Known as ‘Centro Comercial La Marina’, it has shops and restaurants and even an entertainment complex on the top floor. C&A, a UK department store which disappeared from the UK High Street some years back, you will still find here – and particularly popular with visiting Brits. There is an excellent Zara Home selling gorgeous home accessories; a home store called Casa where you can buy all manner of kitchen gadgets and knick knacks for the home; Mango; H&M; Stradivarius; Pimkie and Benetton for trendy fashion; Druni and Douglas – both selling beauty products and perfume … and that’s just a handful of what is on offer. You can easily spend hours browsing around here.


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Benidorm, the series How many would have guessed that when the very first episode of the ITV comedy series Benidorm hit our screens back in 2007, it would become the huge success that it is today. And it is all thanks to the creator and writer of the show, Derren Litten, that he chose our resort to base the series in. But even beforethe hit comedy series started being filmed here in Benidorm, the resort was a very popular holiday destination for the Brits. However, the series has reignited peoples interest and they all want to come and see where it was, and still is filmed. Every year celebs are vying for cameo appearances - but the pinnacle for writer Derren must have been having Hollywood star Joan Collins appear in this last series, which has yet to be aired – probable date is January 2014. With the popularity of the show, any actor knows the benefits and resurgence to their career! The knock on effect for local businesses is fantastic and everyone wants to visit the various locations when here. So where are they … well the main shoot locations used every year are the Sol Pelicanos hotel, in particular the swim up bar where you will find Benidorm´s favourite bar man Mateo, Morgans Tavern - which is Neptune´s Bar in the night scenes and what is affectionally known as “The Pink House”, located opposite Benidorm Palace and used as the reception area for the fictional Solana hotel. The cheekily named Blow & Go salon which is run by uber camp hair stylist Kenneth, aka actor Tony Maudsley is also located in the Pink House. The hotel rooms on the first floor of the Sol Pelicanos are all booked out for the cast to use as their dressing rooms. Over the years various additional locations have been used for filming – Terra Mitica, Mundomar, KartingFinestrat, Levantebeach front on numerous occasions, the Mirador – more commonly known as the look out point up in the Old Town. The cast and crew have even been up to The Cross in the Rincon de Loixand out to the Fonts de l´Algarwaterfalls in Callosa.

Our mystery ma .....takes a sneaky look at one of the top rated hotels in town RIVIERA BEACHOTEL 4* Currently the number two hotel in Benidorm according to 700 trip advisor reviewers, our man on the street decided to check out the facilities and see if the exclusively for adults hotel lives up to all those glowing reports putting it in the number two spot. THE HOTEL The hotel is located only a very short hop from the heart of the entertainment hub of Benidorm in the Rincon de Loix and only five minutes from the Levante beach making it in a perfect location. Following a complete refurbishment from the ground up the Riviera Beachotel re-opened the doors just two years ago. This is a modern and rather funky hotel with impressive architecture and some of the most stunning lighting effects which create a quite unique atmosphere once the sun goes down. THE ROOMS Everything is new with exactly what you would expect from a newly refurbished 4* hotel of this class. Really comfy beds for a good sleep plus of course facilities such as a mini-bar, big flat screen TV, electronic safes, Wifi and nicely designed bathrooms and Ladies, yes there is a hair dryer. Most rooms offer superb big walk-in showers. Rooms are not massive

but are very adequate and bright with soft lighting that creates a relaxing mood. The room we saw offered a lovely feature round window too with excellent views of Benidorm from the terrace. Overall very deserving of the 4* rating with little extras such as better quality fluffy towels and a decent selection of toiletries. Oh! And you really could eat of the floor, the cleaning was impeccable, a credit to those often forgotten housekeeping staff. THE FOOD This is where the Riviera really does come up trumps. Friendly and happy staff (makes a change!). Meals are served buffet style, but, with a superior choice to that served in some hotels! Replenished often (keeping food fresh) with a great choice of salads, hot dishes and very much geared toward the high numbers of British guests who stay here this time of year. This is reiterated time and again in many online reviews. Breakfast will fill you up for the day! THE POOL Perhaps the only drawback is the hotel pool which is a tad small and tends to get little sunshine until the afternoon. However, it is a really pleasant area to sit and the pool bar offers very cheap drink (the hotel do not charge 4* prices) and a snack menu that


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WIFI zones in Benidorm BENIDORM PROVIDES plenty of WIFI cover throughout the city. Here are some locations where WIFI is available:

Ayuntamiento: Plaza SSMM los Reyes de España - Red WIFIBND Paseo Colon: WIFIBND Mercado Municipal: Tomas Ortuño - WIFIBND Oficina Administrativa - Plaza de la Luna - WIFIBND Biblioteca Municipal Centro Jelena: C/ Olivos, 11 Biblioteca Europea - C/ Juan Fuster Zaragoza Centro Social LLorca Llinares - C/ Goya - WIFIBND Centro Información Juvenil - C/ Tomas Ortuño Centro Social La Torreta - C/ Ciudad Real, 4 WIFI - Avda. Comunidad Valenciana 7 Benidorm - Carre Londres The number of small independent Cafes and Restaurants providing free WIFI is increasing all the time all over the city. You can find an app for WIFI hotspots on your Smartphone at www.wificafespots. com – either by GPS location or by address.

an on the street offers excellent value too, just in case you are still hungry after the massive breakfast. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW When compared to other hotels in Benidorm the Riviera Beachotel is small with just 99 rooms and is therefore not going to be overly crowded at meal times, around the pool or in the bar during the daytime. The terrace bar is open to the public and is a popular place at night due to the low prices (Bucket of 5 bottles of beer from only 4.50€) and entertainment so grab a seat early! This is now a top selling adults only hotel in Benidorm and should be booked as early as possible to ensure you get a room. Guests staying here get up to 25% off at the Western Saloon, Morgan Tavern and the UK Comedy Club. A typical 1970´s building lovingly refurbished, we liked very much. Book this and over 400 Benidorm and Costa Blanca hotels by visiting realbenidorm.net

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Better known to the Brits as ‘Dove Park’, it can be found at the beginning of Poniente Beach on the edge of the Old Town: a lovely, shady park area with plenty of palm trees. Here you can sit and ‘people watch’ with a massive population of white doves which you can feed – very popular with the Spanish.

The giant rock jutting out directly in front of the Levante beach is ap 4 km from the shore. You can catch a glass bottomed boat from the marina at Mal Pas which gives you some amazing views of the reef and fish then explore the wildlife and bird population on the island.

Located up in the Old Town, right at the top and often referred to as the Mirador. A little bit of a steep climb but well worth it when you see the beautiful panoramic views of both the bays. You can also access it from Mal Pas beach where there is a staircase which leads all the way up. A very pretty blue and white tiled gazebo with seating makes a lovely backdrop for a photo and the square has a selection of bars so you can take in the stunning scenery.

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If you are fed up of pie & chips and fancy a taste of the real Spain then head to Calle Santo Domingo – better known to all as “Tapas Alley” in the Old Town. The tapas are displayed behind glass and you can walk up and down pointing to whatever takes your fancy - the prices vary depending on which ones you choose but are generally between 1.50€ and 2.50€.

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VIEWPOINT AT GRAN HOTEL BALI

If you want to see Benidorm from a different perspective then pop to the Gran Hotel Bali in La Cala where you can go up to the panoramic view point on the 43rd floor - in a glass lift! Open from 11.00am until 13.30pm then again from 15.30pm until 21.30pm there is a 6 euros charge for non-residents, but you do get a drink at the viewpoint bar included – chlldren under 12 go free (1 per adult).

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PONIENTE PROMENADE

The brand new Poniente Promenade is the envy of every seaside resort and runs from the Old Town down towards La Cala. The promenade took over two years to complete and cost near on 20 million euros - but much of that was funding from the EU. The innovative multi coloured wave design won an architectural award and definitely worth seeing.

TERRA NATURA

More of a wildlife park than a zoo, with three zones: America, Asia and Europe and you can see animals native to those Continents living within their natural environment with shrubs and plants from their natural habitat. There are plenty of interactive activities going on throughout the day such as feeding the animals and for the more adventurous you can even Zip Wire across a 400metre stretch above the elephant plain.

THE CROSS ON THE HILL

A Benidorm landmark situated on the Sierra Helada mountains in the Rincon. The cross was erected in the 1950´s by residents and is 8 metres tall. A popular walk route taking ap 45 mins each way with breath taking views of the town.

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Terra Natura TERRA NATURA wildlife park in Benidorm is a must when here. The 32 hectare park is divided up into 3 zones; America, Asia and Europe so comfortable walking shoes are essential! Animals and plants typical of each continent can be seen within each region, making it not only an enjoyable visit but also an educational learning experience. The park runs a breeding programme for endangered animals and there are plenty of interactive activities going on throughout the day - for the more adventurous you can even Zip Wire across a 400 metre stretch above the elephant plain. The park is easy to get to – by public transport


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A VISIT to Benidorm can be so much more than simply sun, sea and sangria. By Dave Gaskell – realbenidorm.net OF COURSE there is plenty of the aforementioned in abundance. However, take a look around you and for those who like to discover a little local history whilst also keeping fit there is plenty to keep you occupied as a Benidorm visitor. A short Bus journey (No.3) from Park Elx (Bus Stop in front of Hotel Mar Blau) by the harbour will take you to the lovely bay of Cala de Finestrat, where high above the bay is a gem of walk up to the watchtower of Agulió on the peak of the hill. You cannot miss it! Part of the old coastal defences since the XVI century built to look out for invaders and latterly as part of a series of towers looking out for Smugglers avoiding payment of taxes to customs. The walk is easy to medium difficulty and is best reached by taking the road to the far left (with your back to the beach) from where there is a newly laid path to the tower. With a few stops on the way to take in the stunning scenery or sit and enjoy a drink at one of the picnic tables, the walk should take just 25 minutes from the beach. Once on the peak you can see almost a ¼ of the entire Land of Valencia toward Benidorm and Calpe in the north to Alicante and Villajoyosa in the south. This is one of the best kept secrets in the area with rarely another soul sharing the views and tranquillity with you. The phrase “Breath Taking” often misused by holiday brochures really does seem apt here, the scenery and views truly are breath taking. This is a perfect location to see the sunrise or the sunset. For those who prefer a more vigorous walk, from the tower it is possible to continue the path too Villajoyosa and back, a very pleasant circuit of two and a half hours at a stroll. This is well signposted along the route and is known as the “Colada de la Costa”. Later head back to Benidorm for a much deserved evening meal and drinks on the terraces with plenty of time to contemplate your next Benidorm visit.

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Various boat departures for an adventurous day out. From here you can catch the hourly glass bottomed boat to Benidorm Island which departs from 10am until 5pm. Or try the mini cruise to Calp which takes you on a picturesque tour of the coast, passing by Albir, Altea and some small hidden coves – a daily service departing Benidorm at 11.30am and returning from Calpe at 4.30pm. For the more adventurous how about a boat trip to Tabarca Island, sometimes referred to as ‘Flat Island’.

CIRCUS 10 BENIDORM You will find ‘The Big Top’ behind Benidorm Palace - a well

known landmark in the town. It has been a permanent fixture there for the last three years and can accommodate 850 people. The tent is totally wheelchair friendly with the installation of ramps for easy access to the ringside, with heating and air conditioning to ensure a comfortable evening. There are NO animals in any of the performances - the show is based around a dramatic mix of traditional circus acts but also incorporates highly skilled performers. In total there are 45 dancers and performers training three times a week for the weekly show: every Saturday evening starting at 6pm.

PALACE 11 BENIDORM For a first class night out you cannot beat

Built in the 18th Century it is dedicated to the patron saint of the town and a statue of the Virgin del Sufragio can be seen inside the church. Last year the church controversially spent 332,000 euros on a new organ which takes pride of place in the gallery.

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Benidorm Palace - voted Europe’s best cabaret theatre and nightclub for 2012, beating the likes of Moulin Rogue in Paris! It is probably the most visited attraction in Benidorm and you are guaranteed a night to remember. A magnificent show lasting 3 hours incorporates a troupe of dancers with the most amazing costumes you are ever likely to see.

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CULTURAL CENTRE 14 MARITIME Located just past Elche Park heading towards Mal Pas Beach:

contains interesting artifacts, models and pictures associated with the sea. Open Monday to Friday from 9am - 2pm then 4pm - 6pm. Saturday it is open mornings only and it is closed on Sunday: entry is free.

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– Buy 2 get 1 FREE! take the Llorente bus number 1 from anywhere along the Avd. Mediterraneo or the number 15 from La Cala or alternatively jump into a taxi (approximate 15 minute journey from the centre of Benidorm). RTN have an exclusive reader offer available – Buy 2 get 1 FREE. All you need to do is call 902 118 999, pay with your credit card and then present yourself at the entrance with ID and your credit card – no messing around collecting tickets. Free tickets are limited so be quick if you don´t want to miss out.

15 MUNDOMAR A marine animal park which also has exotic animals - a great

hit, particularly with young families. There are lots of shows throughout the day and you can even book to swim with the sea lions or get up close to the dolphins. However, both of these need to be pre-booked. It is really easy to get to there: if driving the best place to head for is Benidorm Palace - then take the road almost opposite and it will take you all the way there - about a 2 minute drive. Parking is free. Or catch a public bus - either the number 1 or 11 - to take you straight to the entrance - but if there are four of you it will probably work out the same to take a taxi, especially if you are coming from Benidorm.


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Rincon de Loix THE AREA often referred to as The Rincon is part of what is deemed the ‘New Town’, probably the most popular location with British holidaymakers. IT IS certainly the life and soul of the resort and where you will find all the nightlife. The vast, sandy beach is lined with bars and restaurants which are lively to say the least. You will definitely find all your home comforts here such as all day British breakfasts, UK television in most bars and fantastic value food and drink. During the day you are spoilt for choice of activities. Here you will find Aqualandia, the biggest waterpark in Spain and Mundomar, a marine animal park, both at the far end and next door to each other. For the adventurous there is the cable water ski which is found at the beginning of the Levante beach – great for adrenalin junkies. One of the most breath taking views to be had of resort must be from the top of the Sierra Helada, often referred to as ‘The Hill’. Many holidaymakers trek up to the top, where you will find a Benidorm landmark: The Cross… just be aware that it’s a good 45-minute trek to the top! Terra Mitica theme park is a great day trip with its

exciting rides and shows, suitable for the entire family and not far away you will find Wildlife Park Terra Natura and beside it Aqua Natura, a smaller waterpark more suited for younger children. For golfers, the magnificent Villaitana golf course offers two 18-hole courses with a view of the Benidorm skyline. Every Saturday night and held all year round is The Circus. Starting at 6pm and located behind Benidorm Palace, you will be captivated for over two hours (children are not compulsory to attend!) And for a first class night out you cannot beat Benidorm Palace – probably the most visited attraction in Benidorm and you are guaranteed a night to remember with its magnificent show. The Rincon is where you will find all the cabaret bars and nightclubs, open well into the early hours. With the bars brimming over every night you will be spoilt for choice as to where to head. Most of the bars offer free entertainment and you can hear and watch a huge variety

Poniente/La Cala STARTING AT Parc del Elche in the Old Town, generally referred to as Dove Park due to the hundreds of white doves, is Poniente beach, which runs for more than 3km and finishes at La Cala. The promenade, which runs along the entire length of the beach, won an architectural award for its innovative multicoloured wave design and is certainly worth seeing. This side of Benidorm is much quieter, so great if you just want to relax and unwind. At the far end of Poniente you will find La Cala – which technically belongs to the town of Finestrat but everyone refers to it as Benidorm. The skyline is dominated by two buildings – the Gran Hotel Bali and the newly constructed ‘Intempo’ twin towers, with its gold clad frontage, rumoured to be the tallest residential building in Europe. Away from the beach you will find the La Marina indoor shopping centre – a great way to while away a few hours to enjoy some retail therapy whilst on the

of very talented people ranging from singers, tribute groups and comedians catering to all tastes. And last but not least, the legend - Sticky Vicky!

The Old Town

THE OLD Town is located between the Levante and Poniente beaches, a far cry from the ‘British Square’ in the Rincon, that people associate with Benidorm. This area is like stepping back in time – full of narrow, cobbled streets adorned with white washed houses and an abundance of boutiques, bars and restaurants. Head toward the blue-domed church and at the top you will arrive at the lookout point, or Mirador as the locals would say. The climb up to the top is certainly worth it for the wonderful view of both bays. On your way back down, stop off at the famous Tapas Alley – which as the name suggests is a street full of tapas bars. If you are fed up with pie and chips and fancy a real taste of Spain, this is where you should go. The Old Town is also where you will find the Gay quarter – hugely popular for an alternative night out. A visit to the Rich Bitch Showbar and Kaffe Klee are a must if you appreciate drag humour and the many gay bars make everyone feel welcome and comfortable. Mal Pas beach is located in the Old Town and it is from this harbour that you can catch a boat to both Tabarca Island and Calpe, great days out.

top floor there is a 10-pin bowling alley to keep the men and kids amused. If you fancy a bit of a thrill head to Karting Finestrat – located behind the shopping centre on the mountain side with beautiful views over Benidorm.

What is Bicidorm? BICIDORM IS a system of loaning bicycles to promote efficient and healthy city transportation, contributing to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly commuting network. This is an experimental plan launched by the City, designed to reduce the use of cars and promote the use of non-motorised transport. CYCLING HELPS: Reduce pollution - noise and all those nasty exhaust emissions Develop healthier transportation habits Reduce traffic, avoiding frustrating jams Reduce energy consumption

Reduce travel time within the city and increase the likelihood of punctual arrival Remove the stress connected with motorised traffic WHAT IS BICIDORM NOT? Bicidorm is not a public bicycle rental system for tourism or recreational use: it is a means of transport and an ideal complement to public transport within Benidorm, covering the small displacements that occur daily inside the city. For bicycle tours in and around Benidorm or weekend jaunts with friends there are plenty of stores dedicated to

bicycle rental in the city.

HOW DOES IT WORK? To qualify for a Bicidorm bike you need to be older than 14 years and healthy. Simply download the registration form and terms of use at www.labici.net and follow the instructions. Remove your Bicidorm bike from any station (they are located at points all over the city) and away you go – the bike is yours for two hours. You can also have a handy app for your Smartphone showing the locations of Bicidorm terminals. Happy – and healthy – cycling!


Benidorm’s one stop travel shop

JANUARY 2014 Jenny & Denise at Round Town Travel Rincon de Loix

THE ROUND Town Travel offices have been the first port-of-call to many a Benidorm traveller for years with an excellent reputation for quality and service, offering tourist information; flights; transfers; hotel & apartment rentals; day trips; mini breaks; cruises; ferry tickets and much more... THE ROUND Town Travel team aims to make your holiday an experience to remember, with no stress or fuss - just happy holidays. Arrangements for a complete holiday may be made in just one call - just tell them what you want, when and where you want it - they will do all the leg-work on your behalf! Round Town Travel customers benefit from having their own dedicated holiday advisor on hand during every part of their holiday. And Round Town Travel offers a ‘look-before-youbook’ service on all its apartment rentals, guaranteeing

that customers get exactly what they are expecting on arrival. Based in Benidorm, Round Town Travel has the advantage of access to hotels and apartments to suit every customer’s need, always able to offer the best available price. If you are not sure what you are looking for, the team has more than 30 years’ experience working in Benidorm and can offer valuable and impartial advice on the perfect accommodation and best value for money. Even better, Round Town Travel can do it all in your own language - all of the staff are British. Visit them at Rincon de Loix, Avda Dr Severo Ochoa (opposite the Hotel Melia); C/Gerona (opposite The Western Saloon). Or online at: www.roundtowntravel.com Telephone (0034) 966 813 261 or UK: 0121 2880070.

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‘must do’ things when in Benidorm ONE THING is guaranteed when in Benidorm – you’ll never be bored. But with so many things to do and places to visit it can be confusing to know where to start. Here is our guide to what we consider to be the Top 5:

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If you want a gastronomic experience head to Calle Domingo in the Old Town – it’s like eating a work of art.

See Benidorm from a different perspective then pop to the Gran Hotel Bali in La Cala where you can go up to the panoramic view point on the 43rd floor.

You will find ‘The Big Top’ behind Benidorm Palace - a well known landmark in the town.

Better known to the Brits as ‘Dove Park’, it can be found at the beginning of Poniente Beach on the edge of the Old Town, make sure to feed the birds!

A spectacular show incorporating a troupe of dancers and some amazing costumes on a par with the Moulin Rouge.

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Alicante The Costa Blanca’s capital city MOST PEOPLE think of Alicante as being just the place where you fly to when coming to the resort of Benidorm, but that’s really not the case.

ALICANTE IS the Regions capitol city and the 2nd largest city in the Valencian community and it is a definite “must visit” whilst holidaying here on the Costa Blanca. Alicante is steeped in history and offers so much to see & do. The architecture in Alicante is simply stunning and the city has plenty of coffee-shop-lined squares, beautiful parks & interesting museums, not to mention the shops. The only thing you will struggle with, is time to get round and see them all. Whilst in Alicante, one thing that you cannot miss is a trip up to the Castel of Santa Barbara that stands high over the city on the Mount Benacantil. The origins of the castle date back as far as the 9th century when the region was under Muslim control, but through the years, the Castle has been occupied by both the English & French in its more colourful days and it was even used as a prison before being opened to the public back in 1963. The views from the castles turrets are breathtaking and it is only from here that you can really appreciate the true scale and beauty of the city of Alicante that lies below. Alicante has one of the most beautiful promenades in Spain, called the Explanada de España which is lined by palm trees and laid with six and a half million marble tiles that give waves of colour, running as far as the eye can see. The promenade runs the lengths of the port area which is filled with yachts of the rich and famous and even has a full scale replica of one of Spain´s most famous galleons, the” Santisima Trin idad” that fought in the battle of Trafalgar and was once the biggest and most heavily armed ship in the world. The replica of this great ship is used as a floating bar & restaurant and gives a relaxing, if not different environment, to enjoy a spot of lunch or your favourite tipple. If you like museums then Alicante has over twelve of them offering everything from archaeology to ocean racing, bull fighting, contemporary art and the famous fallas and their colourful statues. Prices of the museums range from free entrance to just a few Euros a head and they are definitely worth a look. Getting to Alicante is easy. Round Town Travel in Benidorm run a weekly guided trip to the City on Wednesdays and will cost you just 10€ per person. To book, call 966 867 294, visit www.roundtowntravel.com or book in one of the offices located on the Calle Gerona or opposite the Hotel Melia in the Rincon de Loix. Or for the more adventurous traveller, you can hop on the tram that runs daily from Benidorm train station, starting around 07:00am until about 10pm. It will cost you just a few Euros a head each way and is a great way to see the coast en-route.

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JUST 10 minutes outside of Bendiorm in the town of Alfaz del Pi, you can find the Mendoza family winery. The winery or “Bodega” as calle here in Spain was born thanks to the families passion for wine and this passion has never stopped growing, seeing the winery increase in siz and becoming one of the largest wine producers of this region, now producing some 300,000 bottles each year. The Mendoza family want to share their passion of wine and have opened the doors of their pristine winery, offering daily visits from Tues day to Saturday. The tours take approximately 1 ½ hours, during which time, you will be guided around the winery, explained the process o making the wines, the different types of grape used and of course, get to sample the finished product and enjoy a snack. ours of the winer are carried out in English and can be arranged between the hours of 10:00 till 12:00 and 16:00 and cost just 20.00€ per person. This include the tour, tasting of the wines, a snack and a bottle of wine produced at the winery. All tours must be pre-booked and you can do this at an of the Round Town Travel offices in Bendiorm.


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Excursions brought to you by Round Town Travel. ALICANTE

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Alicante is the Regions capitol city and the 2nd largest city in the Valencian community and it is a definite “must visit” whilst holidaying here on the Costa Blanca. Alicante is steeped in history and offers so much to see & do. The architecture in Alicante is simply stunning and the city has plenty of coffeeshop-lined squares, beautiful parks & interesting museums, not to mention the shops!

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A place visited by many, but seen by few! Visit the heart of Calpe and the beautiful but rarely visited old town. Wander through the maze of ancient streets and walk the “tourist route” where, you are invited “free of charge”, to enter one of the many museums so that you can see and learn the true history of this popular Town. In Calpe there is so much to see and for years, so many have missed it.

JUST 40KM and a short ride by coach North of Benidorm, you will find the peaceful and affluent coastal town of Moraira. MORAIRA OVER many years has become the desired retirement town for many European nationalities and it´s easy to understand why when you see its 8km of beautiful coastline, backed by mountains and vineyards. Moraira, otherwise known as “Teulada-Moraira” is the coastal area of its principal town of Teulada which is set 6km inland. For many years Moraira was used only as a fishing base rather than residential as it was subject to regular invasions by pirates, until the construction of the Castle in the 18th Century, that stands on its beach and protected the shores for many years. Now fully restored to its former glory, the castle signifies the importance of this town over the years and along with other statues that line the coast, make for some fabulous photos against the back-drop of the Mediterranean seas crystal waters. Moraira´s roots with the fishing industry remain strong today & combined with its wine-making grape production and later tourism has made it the wealthy town that we now see. Due to the diversity of residents, Moraira has an abundance of fine restaurants and bars that offer cuisine for a wide range of pallets and those that line the beautiful port and beach area make for a relaxing haven, to sit and watch the world go by. Moraira is subject to strict planning laws that protect its natural beauty, wildlife and agriculture and prevent over-development or high-rise buildings. A day trip to Moraira is definitely recommended to soak up the

atmosphere amidst stunning surroundings, if not, just to have a nose at how the other half live! There are many ways of getting to Moraira; by car, bus or train, but as Moraira is not on any of the regular transport routes, the most enjoyable way to see the town would be on one of the many free or paid day trips that leave Benidorm daily. Round Town Travel offer weekly guided trips to Moraira either free as a “blanket trip” or just 18€ per person, that will give you ample time to explore the area. To book call 966 867 294, visit www.roundtowntravel.com or book in one of the Round Town Travel offices on Calle Gerona or opposite the hotel Melia in the Rincon de Loix.

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It is a true pleasure strolling through the cobbled streets of this historical and little-known old town. The typical “Mediterranean style” white-washed town houses, centuries-old walls and stately homes form part of this perfectly conserved little town that is filled with atmosphere. As with any Mediterranean town, there are usually lots of places to see and visit and Benissa is no different. Heading out of Benidorm to the North, hugging the spectacular coastline as you go, you will pass through the villages of Albir, Altea, Mascarat & others, before arriving at the popular and cosmopolitan town of Moraira. This fantastic little place with its monumental castle on the beach and enormous mountainside villas, will offer you the perfect relaxing day away from bustling Benidorm. Set at 595m above sea level, the village of Guadalest hangs precariously to the mountain top and is rated as one of the most visited villages in Spain; and with good reason. Dating back to the 8th Century, Guadalest is now home to just over 200 residents who invite you to step back in time and explore their fabulous home.

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To book any of the trips mentioned call Round Town Travel on 966 867 294


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From fresh cooked chicken to Cha Cha heels! LA CALA Finestrat Saturday Market has it all and more….. THE SATURDAY morning market in the bay at La Cala Finestrat has gone from strength to strength over the last couple of years. What was once a tiny and rather dull little market selling the usual range of shoes and handbags has grown into a fine place to buy fresh local Spanish fruit and vegetables, plus cheese, bread, and of course hams and delicious sliced sausages of all types. This is a happy market, there is not the overkill found in the large Benidorm market which allow too many of the same type of stall. Here you will not find stall after stall all selling exactly the same thing. The pitch holders do not have that look of desperation often seen in other markets. There is a real feel of a local market frequented by people who live locally and not just a tourist trap kind of place. This market really deserves support, it is great. You will find real variety here with a great mix of food, clothes and of course those obligatory look like the real thing handbags! You will not find those horrible “brown shoes only” stalls, instead you will find smart modern (mostly fake) branded shoes for men and sparkly big Cha Cha heel shoes for ladies. There are several of each type of stall, but each seems to sell very different stock. You will find really good handmade costume jewellery, a wonderful stall selling every type of olive you could imagine. There are beautifully colourful vegetable stalls, date stalls, melon stalls, fresh baked bread and simple seasonal cherry

stalls. You can buy quality rugs, cheap knickers, beach beds, art and leather. For the peckish, enjoy a couple of makeshift cafés and a couple of popular ready to go spit roasted chicken vendors who will chop it, skin it and box it ready to eat (always big queues). It is a real pleasure to spend a few hours here. Easy to park or take the regular bus No.2 or No.3 from central Benidorm. After a trip to this authentic local market there is a great beach to enjoy a dip in the sea or hop on the bus back to Benidorm old town for an authentic Spanish late lunch.

Av.Ametlla Del Mar 9, Ed.Mercaloix Benidorm, The Indoor Market is open from: 8am till 6pm Mon – Friday, 8am till 3pm Saturday.


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Markets o Say Hell Duckie! OUR QUACKING reporter takes a flying visit to Villajoyosa a perfect retreat on a winter afternoon.

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ONE OF the things that remains unchanged in Spain are the weekly street markets. Decades ago these were even common in England, but with the advent of “Out of Town” shopping centres such as Westfield in London, Trafford Centre in Manchester and Meadowhall in Sheffield these have all but disappeared. However, in Spain they are still popular and almost every village or town has one. Below is a list of local markets:

MONDAY - LA NUCIA

At the far end of town in the square opposite the auditorium, but rather difficult to get to without a car.

TUESDAY - ALTEA

Take the number 10 bus to the last stop and the market is on the next street – just follow the crowds.

WEDNESDAY - BENIDORM

Head towards the Hotel Pueblo and give yourself plenty of time if you want to see everything! There is also a market in the Old Town, located just behind the tram station.

THURSDAY - VILLA JOYOSA / EL CISNE

The bus service to Villa Joyosa is rather limited but it is worth visiting this beautiful town. Alternatively, El Cisne is a very popular flea market if you like to rummage and the bus stops right outside.

FRIDAY - ALFAZ DEL PI & LA CALA ARRIVING IN THE CENTER OF VILLAJOYOSA

You have three options, take the 23 bus (not very frequent) take the long walk (90 minutes) or take the tram from Benidorm station (best option). If you are feeling rich take the Taxi for about 18 Euros! However you decide to make your way to Villajoyosa you may ask yourself when you arrive, what is the point and is anything of interest? The main road and the area around the Tram station is not exactly inspiring, at first sight it is pretty much like any other over built and modernised small town. Don´t despair all will be revealed as you head towards the high street and the bridge that spans the ravine where the old town is located. This and the beach is why Villajoyosa is absolutely worth an afternoon or day trip.

THE OLD TOWN IS PRETTY MUCH PRESERVED

Once you have found your way to the bridge that spans the ravine head up the tiny street to the left at the start of the bridge where you can immerse yourself in the history of one of the few remaining seriously old towns on the Costa Blanca. You will find parts of the original walled town, stunning colourful ancient town houses clinging to the cliff and a real sense of the past and how Spain was until just 60 years ago, unspoilt with a slow pace of life. There are some great photo opportunities too.

THE BEACH

Once you have taken in the sights, sounds and smells of the old town you will likely find yourself down at the beach and what a simply perfect beach it is. Being the middle of winter you will almost certainly be able to enjoy the entire beach to yourself. Even in summer Villajoyosa beach is never packed, but in winter it is probably the best kept secret in Spain! You will find a fine stretch of sand, a dozen or so restaurants to suit every budget, enjoy Pizza, Chinese, Indian and great seafood and even more remarkable just one single hotel on the beach making this truly an unspoilt resort. A perfect day away from the hustle and bustle of Benidorm, Villajoyosa is a welcome retreat for those who have had far too many late nights and want to do something a little different for a day and simply unwind. Few visitors ever take a journey beyond Benidorm, Duckie says, if you do just one trip make some time and visit Villajoyosa – ENJOY. See more of Duckie´s adventures on facebook search “RTN Duckie” or go to www.facebook.com/duckiertn

Alfaz has a great fruit and veg section at the far end and conveniently, the trusty number 10 will drop you off right at the start of the market. La Cala market is located not far from the Carrefour hypermarket in Finestrat and you can catch the number 2 bus from the centre of Benidorm to get there.

SATURDAY - LA CALA

But next to the beach and El Cisne rastro – which also has free live music to keep you entertained whilst you enjoy a drink and snack at the bar.

SUNDAY - BENIDORM, LA CALA, EL CISNE & ALBIR

And also car boot type markets in La Nucia and Polop… you are really spoilt for choice on Sunday!


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A great night out... bed by midnight! WITH SO many golden oldies and silver surfers in town Benidorm does early too. THIS TIME of year Benidorm finds itself with huge numbers of retired folks who head south to Spain for a long stay Winter warmer and the local entertainment scene rises to the occasion to provide fabulous shows and fantastic acts a bit earlier than in high season. CATCH THE VERY BEST OF BENIDORM FROM 9PM The heart of the cabaret scene in Benidorm “The Square” and the streets surrounding the area are where you will find most of the big names of comedy, music and tribute acts. Whilst many shows are curtain up notoriously late, as it is Winter you can catch some fantastic shows at the earlier time of around 9pm giving you plenty of time to see another act before heading back to your hotel for a midnight tipple before bed. EARLY DOORS COMEDY Pop along to the Red Lion in Calle Gerona to see GARETH

FULTON on stage from 9.15pm .15pm and after pop up the road to see ALBI SENIOR at Zodiacs from 10pm or DAME LUCY BUN & REG from 10.30pm at The Talk Of The Coast. EARLY DOORS TRIBUTE ACTS If you love the big names then Benidorm has the very best tribute acts in the business and whilst many are late night acts you can still enjoy some mighty fine shows early evening. Get yourself to the JOE LONGTHORN show at Valentine´s from 8.45pm or NEIL DIAMOND at the Jail House Rock bar from 9pm. EARLY DOORS SINGERS Singing popular songs we all love go see DEB N HER at Morgan Tavern in Calle Gerona at 9pm. If country and western is your thing then a trip to the Western Saloon also in Calle Gerona, to see RON JONES on stage from 4pm through until 10.30pm.

EARLY DOORS KARAOKE Prefer to be the entertainer? Then there are some great venues where you can be the star for an hour or two then catch an act elsewhere and still be back to your hotel for that midnight tipple before bed! From 9pm the popular Queen Victoria pub is a friendly venue for Karaoke nights and in the old town the Intimate English Bar in Calle La Palma is a long established intimate venue popular with golden oldies. Also in the old town Vincents in Calle Merkat both from 9pm. If you still feel like shaking your booty in the old town then get down to Klee Kafee in Calle del Pal for free drag shows from 10pm. Then it is off to bed ready to do it all again tomorrow until the wee early hours! NOTE: Acts and times subject to change without notice during the Winter season.


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Klee Kafee

IF YOU want a guaranteed night of fun, laughter and good entertainment then the place to head for is Klee Kafee in the Old Town – located opposite the Rich Bitch bar on Calle de Pal, just off the top end of Calle Gambo.

Fun and frolics are guaranteed!

OWNERS AND hosts Joe and Alan, along with their great bar staff Lee and Andrew will make you feel very welcome in this intimate bar – but be warned, do not sit near the stage if you are not up for a laugh as audience participation is unavoidable! There is no door charge and the venue is always packed for the nightly show, which starts at 10.15pm. Doors open at 8pm and as there is limited seating – 36 plus the outside terrace in warmer weather, get there early if you plan on making a night of it. Originally from Manchester, Joe has lived in Spain for 21 years and had the Klee Kafee for nearly seven of those – it is the longest running Drag Show Bar in Benidorm and this October celebrates its 20th anniversary. They will be celebrating with a massive party and the original Dutch owners will be guests of honour, flying over from Holland especially for the occasion. RTN Benidorm will publish the date once it has been confirmed. Klee Kafee strives to provide a fun and relaxed night, achieved by offering a different drag show every night of the week. They are outrageously risqué and funny in equal measures – so those easily offended steer clear! The legendary “Horror Sisters” have worked at Klee since the opening 20 years ago and still pack them in every Sunday and Wednesday night. They are exclusive to the venue and certainly well worth going to see.

The friendly bar staff Andrew and

Lee

Shiela Blige, reputed to be Benidorm´s barmiest comedy drag queen takes to the stage – and to your lap every Monday and Thursday and Belgian delight Agatha, who looks more like Cher than Cher can be seen every Tuesday and Friday. She performs a fantastic Divas show featuring some of the greats such as Celine, Whitney and obviously Cher. Lastly, Saturday night features impersonator and comedy supremo Colin Campbell. An original and much appreciated touch is that they offer the clientele complimentary sandwiches and nibbles during the interval followed by the celebrated “Open the Handbag” raffle, with an array of much sought after prizes ranging from dvd´s, meal vouchers and even hard cash. On more than one occasion it has been known that people have asked for the glitzy handbag instead! Every November, during the fiesta week the bar collects money for the Christie Hospital in Manchester, one of the largest cancer treatment centres in Europe and last year managed to raise an incredible 2800 euros – well done to Joe and Alan for using the event to benefit such a worthy cause. The only disappointment will be when the show finishes, giving you time to compose yourself from all the laughter before leaving. Ideally located a stones throw from Tapas Alley and the mélange of bars and clubs nestled in Old Town, you can make a complete night of it.

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The Benidorm

Show Guide

Welcome to RTN’s monthly Show Guide. Here you will find different acts for all tastes, for the young and the old. Enjoy your night!

Drag & Sexy

DAY/TIME VENUE Every Night 9.30pm na Gero C/ Pitt The Mud Wrestling Every Night 11.45pm na Gero / Red Lion C Stick Vicky Every Night 12.45am Zodiacs C / Gerona Every Night 10.00pm na Gero / C y dwa Broa y Night 1.30am na Rockafellas C / Gero Ever na Every Night 1.00am Gero / C y dwa Broa Kinky Karen 2.30am y C / Gerona Every Night Martin & Samantha Broadwa Sat / Fri Red Lion C / Gerona Wet T Shirt Main Advert (p25) Rich Bitch OLD TOWN See Jordan Rivers main advert (p27) See Levi’s Showboat Levi & Sunday 10.15pm Wed e Kafe Klee Horrors Sisters & Thurs 10.15pm Mon Klee Kafee Sheila Blige 10.15pm sday Tue e Agatha & Carlotta Klee Kafe 5pm 10.1 ay Frid e Klee Kafe Agatha Saturday 10.15pm e Kafe Klee ll pbe Colin Cam

Comedy VENUE

Gary George Albi Senior Gareth Fulton Tony Scott

DAY/TIME

Zodiacs C/Gerona

Every Night 11.15pm

Zodiacs C/Gerona

Every Night 10.00pm

Rockafellas C/Gerona

Every Night 11.15pm

Zodiacs C/Gerona

Every Night 1.15am

Red Lion C/Gerona

Every Night 9.15pm

Stardust C/Gerona

Every Night 10.15pm

Talk Of The Town C/ Gerona Riki Stevens E/N 10.15 Jason Kane E/N 12.15

Karaoke on C/ Gerona Scruffy Murphys Rovers Return Wooky Hollow 1 Queen Victoria Rockys Black Chicken Last Stop

Every Night Every Night Every Night Every Night 9 - 12 Every Night From 8pm Every Night Every Night From 9pm

Tribute acts

VENUE Stardust C/Gerona Morgans Tavern C/Gerona Amy Winehouse Valentines C/Gerona Bee Gees Tropical Avd. Severo Ochoa Beni Beatles Stardust C/Gerona Black Eyed Peas Morgans Tavern C/Gerona Blondie / Pink Tropical Avd. Severo Ochoa Blues Brothers Tropical Avd.Severo Ochoa White Horse, Avd Estocolmo Steptoes Bar, Avd de Castello Adele

Ambassador Hotel, C/Gerona Bon Jovi

Heartbreak 2 C/Gerona Morgans Tavern C/Gerona Bruno Mars Valentines C/Gerona Eagles Jailrock C/Gerona Elvis Rock N Roll House JJ Jones/Neil Diamond Ambassador Hotel Steptoes Cabaret Bar Tower Lounge Tropical Avd.Severo Ochoa Joe Dolan Valentines, C/Gerona Joe Longthorn Valentines C/Gerona Lady Ga Ga Tropical Avd. Severo Ochoa Rockafellas C/Gerona Broadway C/Gerona Michael Jackson Broadway C/Gerona Neil Diamond Jail Rock C/Gerona Olly Murs Tropical Avd.Severo Ochoa Valentines C/Gerona One Vision (Queen) Rockafellas C/Gerona Morgans Tavern C/Gerona Pink Valentines C/Gerona Rod Stewart Tropical Avd. Severo Ochoa Ronan Tropical Avd. Severo Ochoa Shania Twain Jail Rock C/Gerona listics Stardust C/Gerona Take That Stardust C/Gerona UB40 Jail Rock C/Gerona West Life Rockafellas C/Gerona Whitney Houston Tropical Avd. Severo Ochoa

Queen Tribute

ONE VISION

Rockafellas every night 10.15 pm Morgans Tavern every night 11pm

DAY TIME Every Night 9pm Every Night 8pm Every Night 1.00am Every Night 10pm Every Night 11.30pm Every Night 12pm Every Night 12pm Tues & Thurs 12pm Wednesday 11pm Mon/Wed/Fri 12pm Thurs & Sun 1am Tues 5th & 19th 11pm Every other Tues 11pm Every Night 11pm Every Night 1am Every Night 12.15am Mo/We/Th/Sa/Su 9pm Mon - Sat 10.30pm Every 2nd Monday 11pm Tue/Thu/Sun 8.45pm Thurs 10.30pm Mon/Wed 9pm Fri 8pm Every Night 8.45pm Every Night 11pm Every Night 9pm Every Night 11.15pm Every Night 10.30pm Every Night 9pm Every Night 9pm Every Night 10pm Every Night 10.15pm Every Night 11pm Every Night 11.15pm Every Night 10pm Every Night 11pm Every Night 10pm Every Night 12.30am Every Night 1.30am Mo/We/Th/Sa 10pm Every Night 12.15am Every Night 11pm

Rock, Pop & Country

Vincents C/Merkat 8 Old Town Every Night 9pm

Entertainer of the month

Albi Senior

ALBI SENIOR IS one of the most talked about comedians on the Benidorm circuit - you certainly can´t miss him in his distinctive Union Jack attire. His characteristic outfit is made for him in the UK by a specialist company which tailor makes costumes for TV, films and the stage. He has a number of identical outfits and he keeps one at each venue to compliment his title “British bulldog of Comedy”.

Teddy Cabeytu Pablo Bloom Dean Rogers Ray Croft Guitar Boy Dean Ryan Carnaby St. Demi Victoria Kings Of Soul Ronald Angie Jill Ryan Legends Guitar Larry Tad Cocker Degsy Deb N Her Timeless Irish Rovers Before The Storm Ron Jones Cabeytu B Sharp Lee Duffy Palanca Y Cambio Rafa Badia

GENRE RnR RnR RnR RnR RnR RnR RnR Mod/Punk Pop Soul Soul Pop Pop Pop Pop Pop Pop Pop Pop Irish C/W C/W C/W C/W Rock Rock Rock

ALBI ARRIVED in Benidorm in 2002 - moving from the UK entertainment capital Blackpool, although originally from Darlington, County Durham in the North East.Surprisingly, comedy came fairly late in life to Albi as he never started in

VENUE Rock N Roll House Rock N Roll House Rock N Roll House Rock N Roll House Rock N Roll House Rock N Roll House Rock N Roll House Jail Rock C/Gerona Rachaels Bar Rachaels Bar Rachaels Bar Rachaels Avd Rovers Return C/ Gerona Rovers Return C/ Gerona Rovers Return C/ Gerona Yokshire Pride C/ Gerona Luckys Bar C/ Gerona Morgans Tavern C/ Gerona Morgans Tavern C/ Gerona Shamrock C/ Gerona Western Tavern C/ Gerona Western Tavern C/ Gerona Western Tavern C/ Gerona Western Tavern C/ Gerona Guiness Bar Levante Beach Guiness Bar Levante Beach Guiness Bar Levante Beach Daytona Rock Levante Beach

DAY/TIME Sat 20.30, Mon/Fri 00.45 Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun 23.45 Weds - Fri 9.30pm Mo/Th/Sa 10.30pm Tues/Thurs/Sun 00.45 Weds 00.45 Mon/Thu/Sat 22.30 Every Night 12.30am Every Night 9pm Pablo Bloom Every Night 10pm Rock & Roll House Every Night 10pm Weds > Fri 9.30pm Every Night 12pm Sat 9pm Fri 9pm Sun 9pm Every Night 11pm Every Night 10pm Every Night 9pm Every Night 10pm Every Night Every Night 10.30pm Every Night 4.00pm Carnaby Sreet Every Night 1.30am Every Night 2.30am Mod/Punk 7 Days 3.30 - 10.30 Jail Rock 7 Days 3.30 - 10.30 Every night 12.30am 7 Days 3.30 - 10.30 7 Days 4.30 - 10.30

the industry until the early 90´s. During his shows he always interacts with the audience so if you are a little shy do not sit near the front! He has regular nightly slots at Zodiac and Rockerfellas and can certainly pack the place out.

He will have the audience gasping for air from prolonged laughter at some of the non PC gags he comes out with - as he himself said, you couldn´t get away with that back home could you... but it´s all very lighthearted.

Acts and times subject to change without notice during the Winter season. To include your act email: rtnmail@roundtownnews.com


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Levi´s Showboat THE WORD on everyone’s lips is “Levi´s Showboat” – a unique dinner cabaret venue, and once you’ve been you will understand why. THE FLORENCE Rose restaurant offers the most extensive menu which you will find anywhere, yet still maintains the unbelievable price of only 11€ for a full 3 course freshly cooked meal. However, they also offer a full a la carte menu with specialities such as lobster, the finest steaks in town and whole shoulder of lamb. The restaurant is packed most nights thanks to a combination of quality food, great ambience and fantastic service. They regularly cater for private functions, both lunch and dinner and can even offer a function room with bar facilities free of charge. The Sunday lunches are legendary, hardly surprising as you get 4 courses for 8.95€. The free nightly cabaret show kicks off at 9.15pm in the main bar area where the decor is vibrant, theatrical and pure show business, with those eating in the restaurant securing reserved seating near to the stage free of charge. Every night you are in for a treat with a bumper line up of varied acts. Ruby Rocks, Gary George – top comic, Scott Michael and Jolene – both fantastic singers, entertainment from Stella Artois and the stars of the night Miss Levi and the Dream Girls. There are also guest artists appearing on a regular basis to complement the cabaret line up.


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Restaurant L’Oli-Pop, Benidorm Old Town Mediterranean cuisine

THE RESTAURANT L’Oli-Pop in Benidorm’s Old Town brings together the flavours of Mediterranean cuisine and the memories of the fun past that was the eighties! Fresh, quality cuisine inspired by the simplicity of the flavours of yesteryear is on the menú at this popular Benidorm favourite, prepared and served by Asier, Jose and Oscar, offering a variety of appetizers and tapas including Notches or Squid with Piquillo Peppers stuffed with seafood, fresh and varied salads. And these are followed by prime steaks and freshly caught fish from the bay! As a special treat at this tasty ‘return to the past’ at L’Oli-Pop we recommend the Cheesecake Ball, unique to the city - an amazing taste and texture and a ‘must try’ if you are in Benidorm. The restaurant enjoys an excellent central location and a great atmosphere all year round! L’Oli-Pop: No. 7 Calle La Palma, Benidorm Old Town. See you there! Call to 615 19 20 06 to reserve your table.

Restaurante Aitona Benidorm Old Town

Aurrera group , Benidorm Old Town

Mediterranean cuisine

Traditional Spanish Cuisine

RESTAURANTE AITONA was established

Head to Calle Santa Domingo, better known as Tapas Alley and get a taste of some top quality food at one of the Aurrera eateries - the most established name on the street, which all offer menu´s in English.

in 1968 and quickly became a rendezvous for visiting celebrities as well as a regular favourite for Benidorm’s discerning resident gourmets. Situated in the Old Town on Avenida Ruzafa 2, Aitona specialises in typical regional Mediterranean cuisine: Paella; succulent flame-grilled meat dishes from the plancha; traditional baked fish; fresh seasonal vegetables – and a selection of excellent wines. The three-course weekday Menu del Dia at 11€ is available Monday to Friday: On Saturday and Sunday the three-course menu at 15€. Both menu’s includes wine, bread and Ali Oli. Group bookings are welcome and there is a convenient two hours of free parking. There is no Benidorm without Aitona! Open New Year’s Eve: For more information please call 96 585 3010.

La Taperia Aurrera La Taperia Aurrera has a modern contemporary interior which specializes in rice dishes. They offer a lunch time special for 13.50€ featuring the rice dish of the day as the main – changes daily and a choice of 3 starters and a dessert. Head chef Miguel has recently taken part in the international rice competition held in Switzerland such is his skill and innovation at creating new combinations. The restaurant also offers modern and classic tapas for which it won 1st prize in

last years Tapas y Pinchos competition. Pizzeria Avanti Pizzeria Avanti is just off Tapas Alley and specializes in pizza and pasta dishes – with the pizzas baked in a real wood burner. As you enter the restaurant you walk over a glass floor underneath which all the logs are stored for the pizza oven. They offer a 3 course pizza lunch menu for 10.90€ which includes bread and a drink in addition to an extensive menu. Aurrera – Busy Pinchos & Tapas bar Aurrera – Busy Pinchos & Tapas bar established for over 23 years. Specialize in pinchos – which are thin slices of bread with a variety of toppings and priced at only 1.70€. Freshly prepared twice a day they also offer a vast selection of both hot and cold tapas dishes, with each one labeled in English so you know what they are. Bookings and enquiries 669 462 551.


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El Italiano, Benidorm Centre Traditional Italian cuisine

LOCATED IN the centre of Benidorm, El Italiano was created to offer its customers the best of traditional Italian cuisine, the brainchild of two young Italian chefs from London with a passion for promoting traditional dishes from different regions of Italy. The two young entrepreneurs began with an Italian restaurant in downtown London’s Covent Garden which immediately became a hit with tourists and gourmets. After five years, their move to Spain brought them to Benidorm with its mix of international tourists and food-loving local residents. El Italiano in the centre of the city is an elegant restaurant offering homemade pasta, pizza, fresh fish, meats and specialities from all regions of Italy, accompanied by hand-selected Italian wines. And the restaurant’s central location is walking distance to the beach as well as being convenient for shops and the bars and clubs that have made Benidorm Spain’s most popular holiday destination. Call for more information or visit www.ristorantepizzeriaelitaliano.com El Italiano, Hispanic Heritage Square, 3 Benidorm. Tel 96 585 9533 Buon Appetito!

Peggy Sue’s, Benidorm Old Town

Granny’s Tea House Benidorm Old Town

Food from America

“THE” one and only Tea House

Peggy Sue’s Restaurant takes you back to 1950’s America. Decorated as Retro deco you can listen to retro music and enjoy a unique experience. Diners can choose from hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, sandwiches, cakes and milkshakes with high quality ingredients. Also to try is our delicious Black Angus Sirloin with fries or salad. The team is friendly and the atmosphere is very relaxed, you can also play with the jukebox at your table.

Believe it or not Granny’s Tea House has been in Benidorm (Old Town) since 1981, you´ll find us near Dove Park, tucked away just off the walking street, going towards the church. At this quaint little traditional Tea House you will be able to sample a choice of main meals, snacks including the all time favourites, Cottage Pie, Spaghetti Bolognaise, Chilli con Carne, Spicy Spare Ribs, various Jacket Potatoes, and so much more. The Quiche Lorraine and Sausage Rolls are to die for, as are the DEEP Apple Pies and the (O.M.G.) Lemon Meringue, and of course the ever famous Scones, which you might like to try as a Granny´s special creamed tea. But if it´s just a hearty breakfast that your looking for, you´ve come to the right place, be sure to try the All Day Full English Breakfast which is served with juice, toast and a proper pot of tea. Granny´s is open from 9.30am till 5.30pm, but closed on Sundays. Calle San Vicente 8, Old Town Benidorm, the last but one street off the main walking street going towards the Park de Elche.

Peggy Sue’s also do home delivery or you can place your order on our website. We are open Sunday to Thursday 1.30pm – 11.30pm and Friday & Saturday 1.30pm – 00.30. Our kitchen is always open! Restaurant Peggy Sue’s Benidorm Avda. Ruzafa, 11 03501 Benidorm Tlf: 966 812 327 www.peggysues.es www.facebook.es/peggysues Twitter: @yosoypeggysue

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Eating out and speaking Spanish So, you’ve arrived for your visit to Spain, got to where you’re going to stay, settled yourself in and now perhaps you fancy popping out for a bite to eat. by Jane Cronin There’s nowhere better to go for a snack than to a Spanish bar or restaurant but you might feel a bit nervous if you don’t know what all the words mean, and how everything is done. Of course there’s no harm in heading for the nearest English-run burger bar but it´s such a pity when people come to Spain and never enjoy the experience of real Spanish food. If you just want a light snack, the best place to go is a bar that serves tapas. When you put your head round the door, you will see rows of glass covered display cabinets along the counter containing a variety of tasty morsels. There will probably be pickled anchovies called anchoas; a kind of mayonnaise salad with tuna called ensaladilla; there might be some meat balls called albondigas, and almost certainly some potato omelette called tortilla. Bars often have their own specialities, and there’s nothing stopping you trying some out by pointing to them and saying “un poco de esto, por favor”, (a little of this one, please). Having ordered your snacks and drinks you can go and sit at a table as the waiter will bring them over to you, along with a plate, fork and serviette for each person and a basket of bread. It’s not usual to serve butter with bread in Spain, but the bread is so good it doesn’t really need any. Another thing about Spanish eating places is that there is rarely any pressure to get rid of you, or to take your money. You can feel free to take

the time you wish to relax, chat, order another beer, buy an ice-cream for the kids, have a cup of coffee and pay for the whole lot together as you leave. To call the waiter over you need to catch his eye and say “perdón” quite loudly, but without shouting! These kinds of bars may look disorganized, but there will be a note somewhere near the till of everything you have ordered. Before you leave you can say the traditional “La cuenta por favor” (the bill please) or if you’ve only had a few things it’s quite common to say “¿me cobras?” (Will you charge me?) or simply ¿Cuánto es? (How much is it?) Here are some more useful phrases to get you in the mood. “Una mesa para dos” – A table for two. “La carta por favor” - The menu please. “Para mi” – for me “Lo mismo” – the same “Otro” – another one “Nada más, gracias” – Nothing else, thank you “Está bien” – it’s good. “No está bien” – it’s not good. And last but not least - “¿Dónde está el baño?” – Where is the bathroom? By the way, the ladies has an “S” on the door for “señoras” and the gents has a “C” for “caballeros” – always good to know that sort of thing in advance to avoid embarrassment.

Coffee lovers guide...

HOLIDAYMAKERS OR even those fortunate enough to live in beautiful Benidorm may be baffled as to the vast choice and selections of coffee available at bars and cafes. The Spanish drink a lot of coffee but not much tea - this is especially evident if you ever go into an electrical store to purchase an electric kettle. There will be row upon row of coffee machines but probably a choice of two kettles. Still, as the saying goes, when in Rome... Here are the most common choices of coffee: Cafe Solo - Equivalent to an Espresso: a small, very strong black coffee Cafe con Leche - Half cafe solo and half hot milk Cafe Bombon - A small glass containing condensed milk with cafe solo: very sweet! Cafe Americano - Large black coffee Cafe Cortado - Cafe solo with a drop of milk Cafe con Hielo - Pronounced ‘yello’ and mostly drunk in the Summer time, this is cold, iced coffee. You will be served a normal coffee and be bought a separate glass with ice - then you pour the coffee over it Cafe Sombra - (or Cafe Manchado) is mostly milk with a few drops of coffee Cafe Carajillo - A cafe solo served with a shot of brandy... obviously a very popular choice! You will witness most builders having one for breakfast and the price is far cheaper than a Starbucks frothy milk concoction in the UK! If you want de-caffeinated then ask for ‘descafeinado’ - most places will have it. So off you go and enjoy with a slice of cake!


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Two Palms relaunched! THE FOOD at the Two Palms restaurant has always been highly rated, now with an all new look to the decor, it just gets better! THE FOOD The food at the Two Palms Restaurant tucked away in Calle La Palma, just off the walking street in Old Town Benidorm, has always received great ratings. Over the years though the decor had become a bit tired admits John, Chef and owner of the restaurant, so, at the end of November last year he took the plunge and closed down for a refurbishment and what a difference! With softer wall colourings and coverings the restaurant now has a much cosier and warmer feel to it, whilst also appearing more spacious. New furniture and artwork have really made a huge difference to the ambience. Customer feedback and comments have all been really positive says John. We now feel like we really deserve the title of “The little Restaurant with a big heart” THE MENUS There is a mouthwatering selection of meals to suit all tastes and pockets with a 3 course early bird menu at just 7.95€, an all day menu at just 11.95€, a special 4 course winter menu at 9.95€ and a fantastic 4 course Sunday lunch at just 9.95€. All his menus can be viewed online at www.twopalmsbenidorm.com or pop in to see John and the team and pick up a menu from the restaurant. Bookings can be made on 617 702 535 or 966 830 718. Pop along and try them, you wont be disappointed and don’t forget to tell them you saw them in RTN Benidorm!


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