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  • Aqualandia Benidorm opens 28th May 2016

    aqualandia rapids

    Aqualandia one of Benidorm’s two water parks will open for the summer season on the 28th May 2016.

  • Mundomar Benidorm opens 19th March 2016

     Mundomar dolphins

    Mundomar the exotic and marine animal park in Benidorm re-opens in time for Easter.  The Benidorm park will open daily from the 19th of March 2016.

  • Terra Mitica Benidorm opening date 2016

    Terra Mitica

    The Benidorm Theme Park Terra Mitica will re-open for the summer season on the 31st of May 2016.

  • Elvis Festival Benidorm

        Elvis Festival Benidorm

    The Welsh seaside town or Porthcrawl host the largest Elvis Festival in the world every year in September. Thousands of Elvis Fans, impersonators and Tribute artists flood into the town bringing with them lavish costumes, wigs, pompadour hairstyes and bags of enthusiasm.

  • Benidorm Palace Magic Event

    Benidorm Palace Magic

    Sunday 20th March at 18:30 Benidorm's 1st Magic Event.

  • David Guetta Tour 2016 Benidorm

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    It promises to be the event of the year!   The only date in Spain of David Guetta’s 2016 Tour.  

  • Benidorm receives 200,000 visits on TripAdvisor in 2014.

    Tourist destination Benidorm received 200,000 visits in 2014 on the travel related website TripAdvisor according to statistics from the American travel website.

  • Terra Mitica Summer 2014. Tickets on sale now

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    Terra Mitica Theme Park in Benidorm will re open for the summer season on the 11th of April 2014. 

  • Aqualandia Benidorm - Opening Dates Summer 2014.

     

     

    Aqualandia water park in Benidorm will re open for the Summer season on Saturday 24th of May 2014 until the 30th of September 2014.

  • The Swinging Blue Jeans & Stan Boardman live in Concert Benidorm 23rd March 2014.

     

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    Remember the “Hippy hippy shake”, “Good Golly Miss Molly”, “You're no good”, “Don't make me over”, & “It's too late now”?

  • Sporting Events in Benidorm 2013

     

    Benidorm hosts many sporting events every year, here are the events to be held throughout  2013.  Come along and join in the fun.

    3rd March  2013  - II Duathlon ‘City of Benidorm"  The race will pass through the Benidorm animal park, Terra Natura and will be the first time that animals will participate as spectators.  For more information and how to enter http://www.whitegoforit.net/duatlon-duwhite-series/duatlon-benidorm/inscripcion/

    29th - 30th March 2013 - XXIX Children´s Football Tournament “Villa de Benidorm”:  a selection of local teams will participate along with  F.C. Barcelona & Levante U.D.

    During Easter from the 28th - 31st March -  Costa Blanca Cup .benidorm-marathon-2012

    April 2013 - Bicycle Day:  A great day for all age groups and families. The route covers over 12.000 meters and there will be a raffle with various prizes at the finish.

    3rd - 5th May 2013 -  Benidorm Basket Cup Tournament: International Basket Club Tournament.

    June 2013 - Blue Week or Semana Azul:  Throughout the month of June Benidorm will hold various nautical activities in Benidorm.

    28th to 30th of June 2013 - Guillermo Amor Beach Football Tournament. This important football tournament held on the spectacular Levante beach in Benidorm takes its name from the famous international football player born in Benidorm .  

    7th - 13th of July 2013 - International Football Tournament The Costa Blanca Cup:  This tournament brings players from all over the world.  First class football pitches and the chance to meet foreign teams both on and off the pitch has made this event one of a kind.

    25th August 2013 - XII Open Water Swimming Event to Benidorm Island.  Held on the last Sunday in August this popular race covers the distance from the Mal Pas Beach to the Benidorm Island.  Ideal for swimmers that enjoy open water events and are looking for new challenges.

    September 2013 - Kayak Eventin the emblematic waters of the Sierra Helada Nature Park between Benidorm y Alfaz del Pi.

    6th October 2013 -  II Triathlon ‘City of Benidorm":  Open air circuit from the Poniente Beach to the Theme Park Terra Mitica.


    23rd- 25th of October 2013 - Taekwon-Do ITF World Championships : The Taekwon-Do World Championships will be held in the Benidorm Sports Centre L’Illa de Benidorm.

    31st October - 3rd November 2013 - XXIII Bullshooter Spanish Electronic Darts Championships:   Leading city in the European Darts Tourwith 80 boards and more than 400 players.  Great ambience in both the individual and team events. 

    2th November 2013- XXX Half Marathon & the II 10km "City of Benidorm" Race .   Two important long distance events that cover popular and attractive areas of the city.  Prestigious events with over 28 editions these events are for a must for those who love pounding the tarmac. 

    12th &  y 13th December 2013 - XL Nautical Christmas.  A National Yacht Event which takes place in the Bay of Benidorm.

    29th December 2013 - III San Silvestre: This exciting race takes place through the streets of Benidorm.

    XXIV Valencian Hand Ball ‘Alcalde Vicente Pérez Devesa Trophy ’: This is a sport native to Valencia.  The finals will take place on the 29th of December.  

  • Sporting Events in Benidorm 2013

     

    Benidorm hosts many sporting events every year, here are the events to be held throughout  2013.  Come along and join in the fun.

    3rd March  2013  - II Duathlon ‘City of Benidorm"  The race will pass through the Benidorm animal park, Terra Natura and will be the first time that animals will participate as spectators.  For more information and how to enter http://www.whitegoforit.net/duatlon-duwhite-series/duatlon-benidorm/inscripcion/

    29th - 30th March 2013 - XXIX Children´s Football Tournament “Villa de Benidorm”:  a selection of local teams will participate along with  F.C. Barcelona & Levante U.D.

    During Easter from the 28th - 31st March -  Costa Blanca Cup .benidorm-marathon-2012

    April 2013 - Bicycle Day:  A great day for all age groups and families. The route covers over 12.000 meters and there will be a raffle with various prizes at the finish.

    3rd - 5th May 2013 -  Benidorm Basket Cup Tournament: International Basket Club Tournament.

    June 2013 - Blue Week or Semana Azul:  Throughout the month of June Benidorm will hold various nautical activities in Benidorm.

    28th to 30th of June 2013 - Guillermo Amor Beach Football Tournament. This important football tournament held on the spectacular Levante beach in Benidorm takes its name from the famous international football player born in Benidorm .  

    7th - 13th of July 2013 - International Football Tournament The Costa Blanca Cup:  This tournament brings players from all over the world.  First class football pitches and the chance to meet foreign teams both on and off the pitch has made this event one of a kind.

    25th August 2013 - XII Open Water Swimming Event to Benidorm Island.  Held on the last Sunday in August this popular race covers the distance from the Mal Pas Beach to the Benidorm Island.  Ideal for swimmers that enjoy open water events and are looking for new challenges.

    September 2013 - Kayak Eventin the emblematic waters of the Sierra Helada Nature Park between Benidorm y Alfaz del Pi.

    6th October 2013 -  II Triathlon ‘City of Benidorm":  Open air circuit from the Poniente Beach to the Theme Park Terra Mitica.


    23rd- 25th of October 2013 - Taekwon-Do ITF World Championships : The Taekwon-Do World Championships will be held in the Benidorm Sports Centre L’Illa de Benidorm.

    31st October - 3rd November 2013 - XXIII Bullshooter Spanish Electronic Darts Championships:   Leading city in the European Darts Tourwith 80 boards and more than 400 players.  Great ambience in both the individual and team events. 

    2th November 2013- XXX Half Marathon & the II 10km "City of Benidorm" Race .   Two important long distance events that cover popular and attractive areas of the city.  Prestigious events with over 28 editions these events are for a must for those who love pounding the tarmac. 

    12th &  y 13th December 2013 - XL Nautical Christmas.  A National Yacht Event which takes place in the Bay of Benidorm.

    29th December 2013 - III San Silvestre: This exciting race takes place through the streets of Benidorm.

    XXIV Valencian Hand Ball ‘Alcalde Vicente Pérez Devesa Trophy ’: This is a sport native to Valencia.  The finals will take place on the 29th of December.  

  • Hotels & Apartments in Benidorm awarded by Trip Advisor 2013

     

    Trip Advisor, the largest travel web site in the world has named five Benidorm establishments among the best in Spain.

    Unlike other awards, the Travellers Choice Awards are based on the comments and opinions of millions of travellers over the course of a year and cover over 650,000 hotels world wide.

    The awards are known as the “Oscars” of the travel industry and this year 9 hotels in the Valencian Community have been rewarded.   Five of these hotels are located in Benidorm: Riviera Beach Hotel, Benimar Apartments, Villa Venecia Hotel Boutique, Hotel La Cala and the Terralata Apartments.

    The awards and categories are as follows:benidormexbenidorm

    The Riviera Beachotel is placed in fifth position in the category of Top 25 Hotels in Spain

    The Villa Venecia Hotel Boutique has been mentioned in two categories, in ninth place in the Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Spain and then placed sixteenth in the Top 25 Small Hotels in Spain.

    The other hotels awarded in the Travellers Choice Awards are recognised in the Top 25 Bargain Hotels in Spain as is the case with the Benimar Apartments, classified in sixth place, followed by the Hotel La Calain 19th place and the Terralata Apartments placed 25th from all the Hotels in Spain.

  • Benidorm Gay Pride 2013

     

     

    The Benidorm and Marina Baixa ALGTB, (The Lesbian, Gay, Transsexual & Bisexual Association) have announced the dates of the 2013 Gay Pride event which will take place in Benidorm from the 8th to the 15th of September 2013. 

    This is the third year for “Benidorm Pride” and it has proved to be a great success.  So much so that this year it has been exhibited at FITUR, the International Tourist Fair in Madrid, as an alternative, offering not only a beach holiday but also a cultural, sporting and leisure Festival.   They hope to make the event one of the highlights of the city as well as making Benidorm one of the best international LGTB destinations.benidorm gay pride

    The Association, in collaboration with the Benidorm Town Hall and local sponsors will organize cultural, sporting and leisure events throughout the week to celebrate the diversity of the group members. 

    The event will be officially published in May, with the opening of the new web site and the publication of the calendar of events.

  • Indian Rhino born in Terra Natura Benidorm

    Baby Indian Rhino born in Terra Natura Benidorm.  The first Indian Rhino bred in captivity in Spain.


    The animal and nature park, Terra Natura Benidorm is celebrating the birth of an Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), making it the first zoo in Spain to successfully breed this species in captivity.

    The proud mum “Shiwa” went into labour on Tuesday (7th February 2012) but it was not until yesterday (10/02/2012) after a 16 hour labour that the baby rhino was born, weighing a hefty 50 kilos.

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    Like all new mums Shiwa has not taken her eyes off her newborn . As soon as the calf was born Shiwa tried to stimulate it to make it stand up, by gently biting it's feet .

    The survival of the calf depends on it being able to stand up and suckle as soon as possible.

    A rhinoceros calf normally takes about a half an hour to stand up but in this case it took two hours.

    So far the calf has not managed to suckle on its own so the keepers have been feeding it manually . The next 48 hours will be crucial for it's survival.

    This calf was conceived despite the advanced age of the father, “Niko” who at 26 , is quite old considering males reach sexual maturity at around nine years old and the life span of the Indian Rhinois between 30 and 40 years. Females on the other hand reach sexual maturity at 5 years of age.


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  • Indian Rhino born in Terra Natura Benidorm

    Baby Indian Rhino born in Terra Natura Benidorm.  The first Indian Rhino bred in captivity in Spain.


    The animal and nature park, Terra Natura Benidorm is celebrating the birth of an Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), making it the first zoo in Spain to successfully breed this species in captivity.

    The proud mum “Shiwa” went into labour on Tuesday (7th February 2012) but it was not until yesterday (10/02/2012) after a 16 hour labour that the baby rhino was born, weighing a hefty 50 kilos.

    rhino
    Like all new mums Shiwa has not taken her eyes off her newborn . As soon as the calf was born Shiwa tried to stimulate it to make it stand up, by gently biting it's feet .

    The survival of the calf depends on it being able to stand up and suckle as soon as possible.

    A rhinoceros calf normally takes about a half an hour to stand up but in this case it took two hours.

    So far the calf has not managed to suckle on its own so the keepers have been feeding it manually . The next 48 hours will be crucial for it's survival.

    This calf was conceived despite the advanced age of the father, “Niko” who at 26 , is quite old considering males reach sexual maturity at around nine years old and the life span of the Indian Rhinois between 30 and 40 years. Females on the other hand reach sexual maturity at 5 years of age.


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    Take a look at some more photos from Terra Natura Benidorm

     

  • Celebrate your birthday party in Benidorm Circus

    Celebrate your child's birthday at the Benidorm Circus located behind the Benidorm Palace.

    Every Saturday at 18:00,  celebrate with a circuscumplehamburger or chicken nuggets, french fries, ganchitos (corn crisps) and soft drink , along with the circus show for young and old.

    Price 12€ per child, reservations are to be made in advance.  To make your reservation please telephone +00 34 96 585 1661.

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  • Celebrate your birthday party in Benidorm Circus

    Celebrate your child's birthday at the Benidorm Circus located behind the Benidorm Palace.

    Every Saturday at 18:00,  celebrate with a circuscumplehamburger or chicken nuggets, french fries, ganchitos (corn crisps) and soft drink , along with the circus show for young and old.

    Price 12€ per child, reservations are to be made in advance.  To make your reservation please telephone +00 34 96 585 1661.

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  • Carnival in Benidorm 2012

    Benidorm Carnival 18th - 21st February  2012.

     

    Ssturday 18th February

    Childrens Carnival

    To participate , enter your name between 10:00 -10:45  at the stand located at the Junction between the Calle Gambo  and the Calle  Martines Alejos

    Parade starts at  11:00 and will take the following route.   C/ Gambo, C/ Puente , Plaza SSMM Los Reyes de España.

    There will be children's activities in the  Plaza SSMM Los Reyes de España with inflatable bouncy castles and animation by   'Ronald McDonald'

    Snacks courtesy of the Association of Peñas Virgen del Sufragio and McDonalds

    Bar  with reasonable prices and hotplate for hot bocadillos.

    Adult Carnival

    To enter register at the Casa del Fester in the Calle La Bifa number  3 up until Thursday 16th of February or on the day of the parade from  20:30 - 21:00 hours.

    Meeting point Calle Marte & Calle Venus 21:00 hours.

    Parade starts at  21:30 and will take the following route.  Calle Marte, C/ Ruzafa, , C/ Herrerias y Plaza SSMM Los Reyes de España.

    Dinner with all the participants .

    Live music from the Orquesta Vulkano

    Firework Display.

    Bar  with reasonable prices and hot plate for hot bocadillos.

     

    Tuesday 21st February  The burial of the Sardine.

    Meeting point in the Plaza Mayor at 21:00 hours to see off our beloved sardine.

    The funeral procession will start at 21:30 and will take the following route.      Calle  Tomas Ortuño (1st stop at the Calle Las Escuelas before our procession continues), C/ Ruzafa (2nd stop at the Calle Rioja), Paseo de la Carretera, (3rd stop  La Palmera), Paseo de Colon &  Playa de Poniente where we will incinerate our sardine will all the deserved honours under the firework display.

    We will finish our grieving in the Living Room ( previously known as Franky's in the Calle La Palma) with drinks and music courtesy of  DJ Kubaleta,.  Don't miss it.

  • Carnival in Benidorm 2012

    Benidorm Carnival 18th - 21st February  2012.

     

    Ssturday 18th February

    Childrens Carnival

    To participate , enter your name between 10:00 -10:45  at the stand located at the Junction between the Calle Gambo  and the Calle  Martines Alejos

    Parade starts at  11:00 and will take the following route.   C/ Gambo, C/ Puente , Plaza SSMM Los Reyes de España.

    There will be children's activities in the  Plaza SSMM Los Reyes de España with inflatable bouncy castles and animation by   'Ronald McDonald'

    Snacks courtesy of the Association of Peñas Virgen del Sufragio and McDonalds

    Bar  with reasonable prices and hotplate for hot bocadillos.

    Adult Carnival

    To enter register at the Casa del Fester in the Calle La Bifa number  3 up until Thursday 16th of February or on the day of the parade from  20:30 - 21:00 hours.

    Meeting point Calle Marte & Calle Venus 21:00 hours.

    Parade starts at  21:30 and will take the following route.  Calle Marte, C/ Ruzafa, , C/ Herrerias y Plaza SSMM Los Reyes de España.

    Dinner with all the participants .

    Live music from the Orquesta Vulkano

    Firework Display.

    Bar  with reasonable prices and hot plate for hot bocadillos.

     

    Tuesday 21st February  The burial of the Sardine.

    Meeting point in the Plaza Mayor at 21:00 hours to see off our beloved sardine.

    The funeral procession will start at 21:30 and will take the following route.      Calle  Tomas Ortuño (1st stop at the Calle Las Escuelas before our procession continues), C/ Ruzafa (2nd stop at the Calle Rioja), Paseo de la Carretera, (3rd stop  La Palmera), Paseo de Colon &  Playa de Poniente where we will incinerate our sardine will all the deserved honours under the firework display.

    We will finish our grieving in the Living Room ( previously known as Franky's in the Calle La Palma) with drinks and music courtesy of  DJ Kubaleta,.  Don't miss it.

  • Benidorm Gastronomy Events 2012

    Calendar of Gastronomy events in Benidorm during 2012. gastommico

    Celebrate and savour the taste of Spain.

    Hot dishes -Soups & Stews

    From the 20th - 24th of February.

    II Tapas & Canapé Competition.

    From 26th March - 1st April

    II Wine Culture Day.

    29th March.

    III Gourmet Conference

    4th - 10th of June

    Rice dishes from Benidorm

    15th - 21st October.

    Typical Regional dishes.

    September , Fiestas in honour of San Antonio , Ermita de Sanz.

  • Benidorm Gastronomy Events 2012

    Calendar of Gastronomy events in Benidorm during 2012. gastommico

    Celebrate and savour the taste of Spain.

    Hot dishes -Soups & Stews

    From the 20th - 24th of February.

    II Tapas & Canapé Competition.

    From 26th March - 1st April

    II Wine Culture Day.

    29th March.

    III Gourmet Conference

    4th - 10th of June

    Rice dishes from Benidorm

    15th - 21st October.

    Typical Regional dishes.

    September , Fiestas in honour of San Antonio , Ermita de Sanz.

  • Carnival Benidorm 2011

    From  5th to the  8th of March 2011 Carnival in Benidorm.

    Events are organized by the Association of Penyas Virgen del Sufragio:carnival

    Saturday 5th of March. 

    11:00  Childrens Carnival.

    Parade starts at 11:00  from the Paseo de Colon it will take the following route passing the  Paseo de la Carretera, La Plaza de la Cruz and the Calle  Herrerías finishing at the  Plaza SSMM Los Reyes de España.  In the Square there will be a childrens park with bouncy castle, animation and magdalenas with juice will be served.  Enroll at the departure point  from 10:00 to 10:45 .

    21:00 Adult  Carnival.

    Parade will start from the Calle Marte/Venus, the route will pass the  Calle Ruzafa and the Calle Herrerías, ending in the  Plaza de SSMM Los Reyes de España.   There will be dinner for those who have participated, live music from "Crash" , a firework display and bar with affordable prices. To participate inscriptions will take place up until Thursday 3rd of March 21:30 in the Casa del Fester.

    Tuesday 8th of March.

    21:30 Burial of the Sardine.

    Meet in the Plaza Mayor, the route will be :  Tomas Ortuño, Calle Escuelas, Calle Carrasco, Calle Ruzafa, Calle La Biga, Paseo de la Carretera, Paseo Colon and the Poniente Beach where the Sardine will be burnt accompanied by a firework display.

  • Carnival Benidorm 2011

    From  5th to the  8th of March 2011 Carnival in Benidorm.

    Events are organized by the Association of Penyas Virgen del Sufragio:carnival

    Saturday 5th of March. 

    11:00  Childrens Carnival.

    Parade starts at 11:00  from the Paseo de Colon it will take the following route passing the  Paseo de la Carretera, La Plaza de la Cruz and the Calle  Herrerías finishing at the  Plaza SSMM Los Reyes de España.  In the Square there will be a childrens park with bouncy castle, animation and magdalenas with juice will be served.  Enroll at the departure point  from 10:00 to 10:45 .

    21:00 Adult  Carnival.

    Parade will start from the Calle Marte/Venus, the route will pass the  Calle Ruzafa and the Calle Herrerías, ending in the  Plaza de SSMM Los Reyes de España.   There will be dinner for those who have participated, live music from "Crash" , a firework display and bar with affordable prices. To participate inscriptions will take place up until Thursday 3rd of March 21:30 in the Casa del Fester.

    Tuesday 8th of March.

    21:30 Burial of the Sardine.

    Meet in the Plaza Mayor, the route will be :  Tomas Ortuño, Calle Escuelas, Calle Carrasco, Calle Ruzafa, Calle La Biga, Paseo de la Carretera, Paseo Colon and the Poniente Beach where the Sardine will be burnt accompanied by a firework display.

  • An interview with David Climent Manager of the Benidorm Circus

    David Climent is the new manager of the Benidorm Circus, after taking over the reins from his father, Vicente, who aimed  to change our attitude towards the circus and make it more attractive to the public.   The young impresario is also the Ring Masterin the show, which every Sunday surprises and delights the public, many of whom repeat their visit to enjoy this innovative circus.

    The project which is part of the Benidorm Palace has been open for some time and they plan to expand and perform outside the Valencian Community.  Prices are affordable at 16€ for adults and 8€ for children, and a fun filled afternoon for all the family guaranteed.

    David what gave you the idea to create a permanent circus in Benidorm?

    Well it all started about three years ago, my father Vicente Climent and Tony Tonito, a well known international clown, were toying with the idea to create a show which would serve as a trampoline to launch other shows.

    How did you start working in the Circus?

    I ´m  bi lingual, so I have played the role of Ring Master in the circus from the beginning but I also helped out managing and preparing the show.  My responsibilities gradually increased and today apart from the Ring Master duties I also perform on a small trampoline and am in charge of the show, rehearsals, publicity, and now my father has officially handed over the keys to me  -  it’s  my job to close the circus!

    How many people are there performing in the Circus?

    At the moment there are more than 50 counting the musicians, dancers, jugglers etc...davidcliment

    There are seven different nationalities, Spanish, French, English, Italian, Russian, Ukraine and Polish.

    Describe the installations and what the public will see when they visit the circus?

    We have tried to change the perception that people have of the circus and probably the most important thing is that there are no animals.  We have based the idea on the Cirque de Soleil but obviously within our capabilities.  The circus over the years has got a bad reputation, we would like to change that so our Big Top is permanent,  it is acclimatized  with professional sound and lighting and has live music, something that only three other circuses have in the whole of  Spain..  You could say we are a red carpet circus - more elegant.

    How does a circus gain the right to become permanent?

     

    You need a permit from the Town Hall who sends an official to inspect the installations.  We were lucky in this aspect as the circus is situated in the grounds of the Benidorm Palace and that the project is part of the Palace.  This also means that many of the artists and musicians that perform in the Circus also perform in the palace.

    How do you plan to manage the circus?

    I would like to make the show dynamic and modern, then project it not only in Benidorm but in the whole region as there is no other show like it in the area.

    Four months ago we joined the Asociacion de Circos de Autor, an association that looks for original creations and quality circuses and differentiates them from the others.

    What qualities are needed to work in the “Circus World”?

    The gift of Ad Lib or improvisation. is invaluable at certain times  in this type of show but passion and teamwork are also import especially when working with a large number of people.  We are like a big family and because of this have to work closely with each other to ensure that the show and performances go well.

    What does this circus have that others don’t?

    The show.  It is a mix between innovation and tradition.  We have tried to capture the essence of the Cirque de Soleil but not forgetting to include clowns who are very important to us.  The best way to describe it is FUN, we surprise the public.

    What would you say to those who suggest that the circus is only for children?

     Benidormis known for tourism which brings clients all year round.  The artists performing in the Circus are all professionals.  Tony Tonito for example won the National Circus Prize in 2005 and plays and important part in the show.  There are also ex Olympic athletes, gymnasts and trampolinists and the well know Artistic Director David Moore who has worked in some of the most prestigious night clubs in the world.  I recommend a visit to the Benidorm Circus, the mix of all these ingredients will leave you amazed and no one indifferent.

    What projects do you have for the short and long term?

    We would like to open a professional circus school to train and teach this profession.  We would also like to open a school for scenery and theatrical decoration and we are also discussing the possibility of holding an International Circus Festival like those held in Albacete or Palamos.

    If the show continues to be successful over the next few years we would like to go further than the Valencian Community and show others what we are doing here.

     

    Leticia Murillo.

  • An interview with David Climent Manager of the Benidorm Circus

    David Climent is the new manager of the Benidorm Circus, after taking over the reins from his father, Vicente, who aimed  to change our attitude towards the circus and make it more attractive to the public.   The young impresario is also the Ring Masterin the show, which every Sunday surprises and delights the public, many of whom repeat their visit to enjoy this innovative circus.

    The project which is part of the Benidorm Palace has been open for some time and they plan to expand and perform outside the Valencian Community.  Prices are affordable at 16€ for adults and 8€ for children, and a fun filled afternoon for all the family guaranteed.

    David what gave you the idea to create a permanent circus in Benidorm?

    Well it all started about three years ago, my father Vicente Climent and Tony Tonito, a well known international clown, were toying with the idea to create a show which would serve as a trampoline to launch other shows.

    How did you start working in the Circus?

    I ´m  bi lingual, so I have played the role of Ring Master in the circus from the beginning but I also helped out managing and preparing the show.  My responsibilities gradually increased and today apart from the Ring Master duties I also perform on a small trampoline and am in charge of the show, rehearsals, publicity, and now my father has officially handed over the keys to me  -  it’s  my job to close the circus!

    How many people are there performing in the Circus?

    At the moment there are more than 50 counting the musicians, dancers, jugglers etc...davidcliment

    There are seven different nationalities, Spanish, French, English, Italian, Russian, Ukraine and Polish.

    Describe the installations and what the public will see when they visit the circus?

    We have tried to change the perception that people have of the circus and probably the most important thing is that there are no animals.  We have based the idea on the Cirque de Soleil but obviously within our capabilities.  The circus over the years has got a bad reputation, we would like to change that so our Big Top is permanent,  it is acclimatized  with professional sound and lighting and has live music, something that only three other circuses have in the whole of  Spain..  You could say we are a red carpet circus - more elegant.

    How does a circus gain the right to become permanent?

     

    You need a permit from the Town Hall who sends an official to inspect the installations.  We were lucky in this aspect as the circus is situated in the grounds of the Benidorm Palace and that the project is part of the Palace.  This also means that many of the artists and musicians that perform in the Circus also perform in the palace.

    How do you plan to manage the circus?

    I would like to make the show dynamic and modern, then project it not only in Benidorm but in the whole region as there is no other show like it in the area.

    Four months ago we joined the Asociacion de Circos de Autor, an association that looks for original creations and quality circuses and differentiates them from the others.

    What qualities are needed to work in the “Circus World”?

    The gift of Ad Lib or improvisation. is invaluable at certain times  in this type of show but passion and teamwork are also import especially when working with a large number of people.  We are like a big family and because of this have to work closely with each other to ensure that the show and performances go well.

    What does this circus have that others don’t?

    The show.  It is a mix between innovation and tradition.  We have tried to capture the essence of the Cirque de Soleil but not forgetting to include clowns who are very important to us.  The best way to describe it is FUN, we surprise the public.

    What would you say to those who suggest that the circus is only for children?

     Benidormis known for tourism which brings clients all year round.  The artists performing in the Circus are all professionals.  Tony Tonito for example won the National Circus Prize in 2005 and plays and important part in the show.  There are also ex Olympic athletes, gymnasts and trampolinists and the well know Artistic Director David Moore who has worked in some of the most prestigious night clubs in the world.  I recommend a visit to the Benidorm Circus, the mix of all these ingredients will leave you amazed and no one indifferent.

    What projects do you have for the short and long term?

    We would like to open a professional circus school to train and teach this profession.  We would also like to open a school for scenery and theatrical decoration and we are also discussing the possibility of holding an International Circus Festival like those held in Albacete or Palamos.

    If the show continues to be successful over the next few years we would like to go further than the Valencian Community and show others what we are doing here.

     

    Leticia Murillo.

  • Frans Bauer performs in Benidorm Palace

    Thursday 29th of April,celebrate the Oranjebalfestival in Benidorm Palace.Dinner and the international show Crescendowith a special performance from Frans Bauer.

     Fran Bauer Dinner and show 50€

    Show without dinner 27€

    Doors open at 20:00 hours.

    For reservations and ticket sales telephone 96 585 1660 or contact the box office at the Benidorm Palace.
  • Frans Bauer performs in Benidorm Palace

    Thursday 29th of April,celebrate the Oranjebalfestival in Benidorm Palace.Dinner and the international show Crescendowith a special performance from Frans Bauer.

     Fran Bauer Dinner and show 50€

    Show without dinner 27€

    Doors open at 20:00 hours.

    For reservations and ticket sales telephone 96 585 1660 or contact the box office at the Benidorm Palace.
  • Roman Village

    Roman Village discovered in Albir

    In June 2008 archaeologists started to excavate the Roman ruins found on the beach in Albir.  With permission from the Town Hall in Alfaz del Pi, work recommenced twenty five years after they were first discovered.

    The ruins date from the II- IV Century A.D. and cover approximately 1800m², which are divided into two areas, on one side rural dwellings and on the other side a cemetery or Necropolis.albir roman villa

    The villas, or rural dwellings were in the middle of farming land. They were also used as a type of holiday home by the owner who lived in the city and used the houses occasionally to relax.  It is almost certain that the owner was an important person who lived in the Roman Town of Villajoyosa, which was known as Alonis under the Romans.

    Between 1983 and 1984 archaeologists discovered the roman baths from the village, which were very well preserved.  The baths were extremely important in roman culture, apart from the obvious hygienic purpose they were great social meeting places.

    The latest finds include the structure of the baths, the heating system, water channels, and rooms with hot caldarium , warm  tepidarium and cold water frigidarium as well as the pool. Other rooms provided moist steam or dry heat.

    The Roman Baths are located behind the enclosure belonging to the Civil Guard on Albir beach and to the right of the gravel car park on the Boulevard de los Musicos.

    The Cemetery which was excavated between 1980 and 1990 by Jose Guillermo Morote, held 400 Roman tombs.   Some of the dead were buried in Amphoras, others covered with flat clay tiles and others buried in graves.  One of the most interesting finds from 2009 was the discovery of the remains of a baby inside a type of vessel.  Some of these remains are on show in the Archaeology Museum in Alicante (MARQ).roman villa

    Also discovered in the cemetery was a mausoleum belonging to the village measuring 11 x 5 metres.  It was constructed of a thick stone wall with six buttresses which suggest it originally had an arched roof.  This was divided into two areas. The mausoleum was destroyed in the middle of the IV Century A.D and most of the bodies were pillaged from the interior.  After its destruction, it was again used as a cemetery.

    In 2002 it was restored to guarantee its conservation and today we can see it in perfect condition in Calle Ruperto Chapi, in the Coliseo residential complex.

    There are plans to construct walkways, panels and a covering around the baths with a view to opening them to the public for spring 2011.

    Carolina García Molina

    Photos by Alba Escudero

  • Roman Village

    Roman Village discovered in Albir

    In June 2008 archaeologists started to excavate the Roman ruins found on the beach in Albir.  With permission from the Town Hall in Alfaz del Pi, work recommenced twenty five years after they were first discovered.

    The ruins date from the II- IV Century A.D. and cover approximately 1800m², which are divided into two areas, on one side rural dwellings and on the other side a cemetery or Necropolis.albir roman villa

    The villas, or rural dwellings were in the middle of farming land. They were also used as a type of holiday home by the owner who lived in the city and used the houses occasionally to relax.  It is almost certain that the owner was an important person who lived in the Roman Town of Villajoyosa, which was known as Alonis under the Romans.

    Between 1983 and 1984 archaeologists discovered the roman baths from the village, which were very well preserved.  The baths were extremely important in roman culture, apart from the obvious hygienic purpose they were great social meeting places.

    The latest finds include the structure of the baths, the heating system, water channels, and rooms with hot caldarium , warm  tepidarium and cold water frigidarium as well as the pool. Other rooms provided moist steam or dry heat.

    The Roman Baths are located behind the enclosure belonging to the Civil Guard on Albir beach and to the right of the gravel car park on the Boulevard de los Musicos.

    The Cemetery which was excavated between 1980 and 1990 by Jose Guillermo Morote, held 400 Roman tombs.   Some of the dead were buried in Amphoras, others covered with flat clay tiles and others buried in graves.  One of the most interesting finds from 2009 was the discovery of the remains of a baby inside a type of vessel.  Some of these remains are on show in the Archaeology Museum in Alicante (MARQ).roman villa

    Also discovered in the cemetery was a mausoleum belonging to the village measuring 11 x 5 metres.  It was constructed of a thick stone wall with six buttresses which suggest it originally had an arched roof.  This was divided into two areas. The mausoleum was destroyed in the middle of the IV Century A.D and most of the bodies were pillaged from the interior.  After its destruction, it was again used as a cemetery.

    In 2002 it was restored to guarantee its conservation and today we can see it in perfect condition in Calle Ruperto Chapi, in the Coliseo residential complex.

    There are plans to construct walkways, panels and a covering around the baths with a view to opening them to the public for spring 2011.

    Carolina García Molina

    Photos by Alba Escudero

  • New to Mundomar

    Amusing meercatNew residents in Mundomar!

    The meerkat comes from Africa, lives underground in burrows only coming out during the day.  They use their tails to balance when standing upright on their hind legs.

    Friendly and amusing, come and see us!

  • New to Mundomar

    Amusing meercatNew residents in Mundomar!

    The meerkat comes from Africa, lives underground in burrows only coming out during the day.  They use their tails to balance when standing upright on their hind legs.

    Friendly and amusing, come and see us!

  • Interview with Mr Serge Gambi

    Benidorm Promotion is a group of companies whose aim is to offer every service available in Benidorm to tourists the world over.

    We have interviewed Mr Serge Gambi, President of Benidorm Promotion to find out a little bit more about this Federation.

    Serge, an impresario, arrived in Benidorm in March 1974, fell in love with Benidorm and the surrounding area.  He decided to stay, develop his ideas for tourism and work with the companies dedicated to this sector.Mr Serge Gambi

    What now appears easy to achieve was initially rather complicated.  It took years of meetings and workshops with the local companies, many of them from very different fields in tourism, to collect the various ideas and collate them to form the Federation.

    The following is an excerpt of the interview with Serge in which he explains how Benidorm Promotion was conceived, what it is comprised of and the role that Benidorm Town Hall plays in it.

    Serge, what is Benidorm Promotion?

    Benidorm Promotion is the result of an idea from various business managers, Associations and Presidents to promote Benidorm in and beyond our region.

    Which associations are you referring to?

    At the present time Benidorm has more than 1.560 different businesses that have formed various associations, for example; - the Association of Apartments, Association of Travel Agents, Association of Tradesmen, Association of Restaurants, and the Association of Young Impresarios.

    We also have various theme parks and shows, for example, Aqualandia, Terra Mitica, Terra Natura, Benidorm Palace, Castle Conde de Alfazand many others.

    The members have worked directly with the Town Hall to create this federation, and this will benefit the visitors to this region.

    How did the idea to form a Federation of Association and Companies come about?

    Benidorm is a unique place.  There is no other town like it.  It offers sun, fantastic beaches, fun and entertainment.  It is easy to get to Benidorm for all visitors, Nationals or Internationals, but the best way to promote our town is to ensure that visitors are pleased with their visit and would like to return.  When they return home and tell family and friends about their holiday they are proving how much they have enjoyed it here.  Others will then follow to find out what Benidorm has to offer them.  This is not enough; we also need to promote Benidorm and is this is where the Federation comes into play.

     

    What relationship does the Town Hall have with the Federation?

    We work very closely with the Town Hall.  Benidorm is not only a holiday destination.  We have all the facilities here to hold congresses, concerts and sports events, as we demonstrated this year with the Davis Cup.

    Is it difficult to co-ordinate so may different businesses in the Federation?

    Not really, the Federation is already established, our aims are clear, so it is actually very rewarding to see the results.  We have been working since May 2005 to achieve a common goal from all the different perspectives of our members.

    Why recommend Benidorm?

    Benidorm is the tourist capital of the Valencian Community.  As I mentioned before we can offer the visitor everything they are looking for whether it is our fantastic beaches, with access and swimming for the disabled , theme parks, sports installations, golf courses or any of other activities we have, for example scuba diving.  We have discotheques’, dances, live music and live acts and plenty of good restaurants to suit all pockets.

    Our members want the best for this region and Benidorm Promotion allows us to promote our town and to ensure that our visitors get the best we have to offer.

    On that note, we take our leave from Mr Gambi, someone who is contributing to making Benidorm even better.

    Thank you Serge.

    F. Fuertes.

    Levante Beach in Benidorm

  • Interview with Mr Serge Gambi

    Benidorm Promotion is a group of companies whose aim is to offer every service available in Benidorm to tourists the world over.

    We have interviewed Mr Serge Gambi, President of Benidorm Promotion to find out a little bit more about this Federation.

    Serge, an impresario, arrived in Benidorm in March 1974, fell in love with Benidorm and the surrounding area.  He decided to stay, develop his ideas for tourism and work with the companies dedicated to this sector.Mr Serge Gambi

    What now appears easy to achieve was initially rather complicated.  It took years of meetings and workshops with the local companies, many of them from very different fields in tourism, to collect the various ideas and collate them to form the Federation.

    The following is an excerpt of the interview with Serge in which he explains how Benidorm Promotion was conceived, what it is comprised of and the role that Benidorm Town Hall plays in it.

    Serge, what is Benidorm Promotion?

    Benidorm Promotion is the result of an idea from various business managers, Associations and Presidents to promote Benidorm in and beyond our region.

    Which associations are you referring to?

    At the present time Benidorm has more than 1.560 different businesses that have formed various associations, for example; - the Association of Apartments, Association of Travel Agents, Association of Tradesmen, Association of Restaurants, and the Association of Young Impresarios.

    We also have various theme parks and shows, for example, Aqualandia, Terra Mitica, Terra Natura, Benidorm Palace, Castle Conde de Alfazand many others.

    The members have worked directly with the Town Hall to create this federation, and this will benefit the visitors to this region.

    How did the idea to form a Federation of Association and Companies come about?

    Benidorm is a unique place.  There is no other town like it.  It offers sun, fantastic beaches, fun and entertainment.  It is easy to get to Benidorm for all visitors, Nationals or Internationals, but the best way to promote our town is to ensure that visitors are pleased with their visit and would like to return.  When they return home and tell family and friends about their holiday they are proving how much they have enjoyed it here.  Others will then follow to find out what Benidorm has to offer them.  This is not enough; we also need to promote Benidorm and is this is where the Federation comes into play.

     

    What relationship does the Town Hall have with the Federation?

    We work very closely with the Town Hall.  Benidorm is not only a holiday destination.  We have all the facilities here to hold congresses, concerts and sports events, as we demonstrated this year with the Davis Cup.

    Is it difficult to co-ordinate so may different businesses in the Federation?

    Not really, the Federation is already established, our aims are clear, so it is actually very rewarding to see the results.  We have been working since May 2005 to achieve a common goal from all the different perspectives of our members.

    Why recommend Benidorm?

    Benidorm is the tourist capital of the Valencian Community.  As I mentioned before we can offer the visitor everything they are looking for whether it is our fantastic beaches, with access and swimming for the disabled , theme parks, sports installations, golf courses or any of other activities we have, for example scuba diving.  We have discotheques’, dances, live music and live acts and plenty of good restaurants to suit all pockets.

    Our members want the best for this region and Benidorm Promotion allows us to promote our town and to ensure that our visitors get the best we have to offer.

    On that note, we take our leave from Mr Gambi, someone who is contributing to making Benidorm even better.

    Thank you Serge.

    F. Fuertes.

    Levante Beach in Benidorm

  • Bicycles with GPS

    A new way to enjoy your cycling holiday.   Marco Polo Expedicions have renovated their fleet of road bikes with the new  Volan 6.9 model complete with the top of the range componants (Shimano 105 and 3 disk) all from the prestigious BH make.  Prices are less than the cost of transporting a bike by plane and the ciclist can enjoy different routes locally and in the province of Alicante guided by a Garmin 605 GPS which is programmed with different itineries.  At the end of the training session the ciclist can take a printed copy of their route or a cd copy.
  • Bicycles with GPS

    A new way to enjoy your cycling holiday.   Marco Polo Expedicions have renovated their fleet of road bikes with the new  Volan 6.9 model complete with the top of the range componants (Shimano 105 and 3 disk) all from the prestigious BH make.  Prices are less than the cost of transporting a bike by plane and the ciclist can enjoy different routes locally and in the province of Alicante guided by a Garmin 605 GPS which is programmed with different itineries.  At the end of the training session the ciclist can take a printed copy of their route or a cd copy.
  • Benidorm supports Haiti

    Benidorm supports HaitiCharity Festival for Haiti, 7th February at the Benidorm Palace.

    Various cultural organisations from Benidorm have joined together and will perform at the Palace in aid of the Haitian earthquake victims.

    The following organisations will be performing:- The Benidorm Musical Union, Cultural Group El Desguace, The  Municipal Conservatory of Music and Dance, The Liceo Poetic, Tramontana Group , Rondalla de Pulso y Pua la Barqueta, The Musical Society L'Illa de Benidorm, and the Benidorm Choir Group.

    Tickets can be obtained from the Kiosk in the Plaza Triangular or from the Benidorm Palace.  Donation 5€.

     

  • Benidorm supports Haiti

    Benidorm supports HaitiCharity Festival for Haiti, 7th February at the Benidorm Palace.

    Various cultural organisations from Benidorm have joined together and will perform at the Palace in aid of the Haitian earthquake victims.

    The following organisations will be performing:- The Benidorm Musical Union, Cultural Group El Desguace, The  Municipal Conservatory of Music and Dance, The Liceo Poetic, Tramontana Group , Rondalla de Pulso y Pua la Barqueta, The Musical Society L'Illa de Benidorm, and the Benidorm Choir Group.

    Tickets can be obtained from the Kiosk in the Plaza Triangular or from the Benidorm Palace.  Donation 5€.

     

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