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  • Bollywood comes to Benidorm

     Benidorm Bollywood

    Benidorm has been the backdrop for many advertising campaigns, TV Series and short films and now it will appear in a Bollywood film titled “Mister” which will be produced by Lakshmi Narasimha .

  • Terra Mitica Offers 2015

     

    Once again, Terra Mitica has come up with some great offers for Summer 2015. The Benidorm theme park celebrates its 15th anniversary this year and to celebrate they have issued the following offers.

  • Benidorm – Blue Flags and Q for Quality awards 2015

     Benidorm’s three beaches, the Levante Beach, the Mal Pas and the Poniente have been awarded yet again the Blue Flag and the Q for Quality award. 

  • Terra Mitica Benidorm - Special Offer 2014 - 2 parks for the price of 1

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    Terra Mitica Benidorm brings you another Special Offer for Summer 2014.  Doble the Fun -  2 parks for the price of 1!

  • Laser Combat World Benidorm

    New to Benidorm for 2014 is Laser Combat World.  An alternative type of entertainment for your holiday in Benidorm.

  • Calpe Boat Trips. Tickets on sale here.

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    If you are planning your holiday in Calpe or if you are a regular visitor to Calpe, you can now purchase your tickets for the Calpe Boat Trips here on line.

  • Benidorm Boat trips summer 2014

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    The summer has finally arrived and the boat trips that depart from Benidorm to Calpe and Tabarca increase the departures days to cope with the demand.

  • Boat trips from Campello to Tabarca Summer 2014.

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    The boat trips from Campello to Tabarca, the only inhabited island on the Costa Blanca resume for the summer season from the 1st of July.

    The trip will depart from the port of El Campello at 11:00 a.m every Tuesday .

    Journey to the island is approximately 45 minutes.  Once on the island you have free time to explore at your leisure. 

    Departure from Tabarca for the  return journey is at 17:30.

    Tickets cost 22€ for adults and 15€ for children.

     

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  • Iberia Park Benidorm opens for summer - 5th July 2014

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    Iberia Park will open for the summer 2014 season, this Saturday 5th July.  All Benidorm Theme parks will then be open for the summer.

  • Aqualandia Water Park Benidorm – New Capsule Slide for 2013

     

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    VERTI-GO will be the star attraction at the Benidorm Water Park Aqualandia when it is inaugurated on the 1st of August 2013.

  • Aqualandia Water Park Benidorm – New Capsule Slide for 2013

     

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    VERTI-GO will be the star attraction at the Benidorm Water Park Aqualandia when it is inaugurated on the 1st of August 2013.

  • Sea Lion pup born in Aqua Natura Benidorm

     

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    In a previous publication we announced the pregnancy of Lola, one of the sea lions in the Benidorm Water Park,  Aqua Natura and now we can announce the birth of a young male pup.

    The pup was born weighing 8 kilos and measuring 45 centimetres and is the first pup born in the park.  The young male pup brings the total number of sea lions in the park to eleven.

  • Sea Lion pup born in Aqua Natura Benidorm

     

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    In a previous publication we announced the pregnancy of Lola, one of the sea lions in the Benidorm Water Park,  Aqua Natura and now we can announce the birth of a young male pup.

    The pup was born weighing 8 kilos and measuring 45 centimetres and is the first pup born in the park.  The young male pup brings the total number of sea lions in the park to eleven.

  • Aqualandia summer 2012 - Acrobatic Show

     

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    Aqualandia Benidorm, has a new show for the summer 2012 season, "Oliver`s Show”.


    The group, comprising of elite French Acrobats will perform daily in the Benidorm Water Park.

    One of their recent personal records was a jump from a helicopter 40 metres in the air. 

     

     

  • Aqualandia summer 2012 - Acrobatic Show

     

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    Aqualandia Benidorm, has a new show for the summer 2012 season, "Oliver`s Show”.


    The group, comprising of elite French Acrobats will perform daily in the Benidorm Water Park.

    One of their recent personal records was a jump from a helicopter 40 metres in the air. 

     

     

  • Terra Natura accepts eleven birds of prey for rehabilitation.


     
    Terra Natura the animal and Nature theme Park in Benidorm has received eleven birds of prey from a Recovery Center in Toledo.  These endangered species include the Golden Eagle, Bonelli´s eagle, hawk, vultures, Griffon Vultures, owls, kestrels and peregrine falcon.

    The birds have all been injured in various accidents and these injuries prevent them from flying and from being able to fend for themselves in the wild.   These injuries have been caused by power lines, barbed wire, accidents involving cars and poisoning. 

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    The birds have adapted well to their new home proof of which is the female Peregrine Falcon has just laid an egg.   Terra Natura staff are working with the birds to improve their fitness, mobility and quality of life with daily exercises and a careful diet to help them to gain weight. 

    Owls generally nest on the ground and sometimes people are under the impression that they have fallen from their nest and take them to SEPRONA (Nature Protection Service of the Guardia Civil), creating a further problem by removing the chick from its mother.   Recovery Centres look after the birds until they are ready to be freed back into the wild, although in some cases it is not possible.

    The new arrivals have a chip to identify them and will remain in quarantine, isolated from the other birds until they are in better health and have adapted to their new environment.  They will also be treated for parasites and to improve their general health.  
     
    Terra Natura will also consider the possibility of attempting to breed these endangered species in captivity and then set them free into the wild.  

    Birds of prey are an important part of the ecosystem, controlling the numbers of rodents.

  • Terra Natura accepts eleven birds of prey for rehabilitation.


     
    Terra Natura the animal and Nature theme Park in Benidorm has received eleven birds of prey from a Recovery Center in Toledo.  These endangered species include the Golden Eagle, Bonelli´s eagle, hawk, vultures, Griffon Vultures, owls, kestrels and peregrine falcon.

    The birds have all been injured in various accidents and these injuries prevent them from flying and from being able to fend for themselves in the wild.   These injuries have been caused by power lines, barbed wire, accidents involving cars and poisoning. 

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    The birds have adapted well to their new home proof of which is the female Peregrine Falcon has just laid an egg.   Terra Natura staff are working with the birds to improve their fitness, mobility and quality of life with daily exercises and a careful diet to help them to gain weight. 

    Owls generally nest on the ground and sometimes people are under the impression that they have fallen from their nest and take them to SEPRONA (Nature Protection Service of the Guardia Civil), creating a further problem by removing the chick from its mother.   Recovery Centres look after the birds until they are ready to be freed back into the wild, although in some cases it is not possible.

    The new arrivals have a chip to identify them and will remain in quarantine, isolated from the other birds until they are in better health and have adapted to their new environment.  They will also be treated for parasites and to improve their general health.  
     
    Terra Natura will also consider the possibility of attempting to breed these endangered species in captivity and then set them free into the wild.  

    Birds of prey are an important part of the ecosystem, controlling the numbers of rodents.

  • Timetable of Shows in Terra Natura & Aqua Natura Benidorm

     

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    There are a variety of shows and activities in the Terra Natura and Aqua Natura theme parks in Benidorm during the months of July and August 2012.  A sea lion show, the Musical about Pepita the elephant as well as the Mexican horseman and lots of fun filled activities

    The following timetable will help you to plan your visit to the park so you miss none of the fun during your visit.

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  • Timetable of Shows in Terra Natura & Aqua Natura Benidorm

     

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    There are a variety of shows and activities in the Terra Natura and Aqua Natura theme parks in Benidorm during the months of July and August 2012.  A sea lion show, the Musical about Pepita the elephant as well as the Mexican horseman and lots of fun filled activities

    The following timetable will help you to plan your visit to the park so you miss none of the fun during your visit.

    Click on the image to enlarge.

  • Benidorm Boat Party

     

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    Benidorm has various boat trips for you to enjoy.

    There is a  Mini Cruise along the Coast to Calpe, a Visit to Tabarcaand an excursion to Benidorm Island.

    But if you are looking for something different to celebrate a birthday, a Stag or Hen Night then this is for you!

  • Benidorm Boat Party

     

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    Benidorm has various boat trips for you to enjoy.

    There is a  Mini Cruise along the Coast to Calpe, a Visit to Tabarcaand an excursion to Benidorm Island.

    But if you are looking for something different to celebrate a birthday, a Stag or Hen Night then this is for you!

  • Terra Mitica Summer 2012

     

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    Terra Mitica extends its opening hours for the summer season. 

    As from the 16th of July until the 2nd of September the park will remain open from 10:00 in the morning until Midnight.

     

  • Terra Mitica Summer 2012

     

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    Terra Mitica extends its opening hours for the summer season. 

    As from the 16th of July until the 2nd of September the park will remain open from 10:00 in the morning until Midnight.

     

  • Terra Natura Night Safari 2012

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    Terra Natura in Benidorm will commence its popular Night Safari again this year as from the 14th of July 2012. 

    The Safari will take place every Saturday night during July and August with a guided tour of the America zone of the park.  

     

  • Terra Natura Night Safari 2012

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    Terra Natura in Benidorm will commence its popular Night Safari again this year as from the 14th of July 2012. 

    The Safari will take place every Saturday night during July and August with a guided tour of the America zone of the park.  

     

  • Swan Lake & Sleeping Beauty this August in Benidorm

     

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    The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre comes to the Benidorm Palace for two performances on Sunday 19th and Monday 20th of August 2012.

    This  Company is  made up mostly of graduates  from the famous Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg.

  • Swan Lake & Sleeping Beauty this August in Benidorm

     

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    The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre comes to the Benidorm Palace for two performances on Sunday 19th and Monday 20th of August 2012.

    This  Company is  made up mostly of graduates  from the famous Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg.

  • Winners of the Benidorm Palace Golf Tournament

    II  Benidorm Palace Golf Tournament in Pitch & Putt Sierra Cortina Golf

     

    The Pitch & Putt Sierra Cortina Golf course in Finestrat hosted the II Benidorm Palace Golf Tournament on Saturday 30th of July 2011


    The day started at 09:30 am on an unusually cloudy day on the Costa Blanca although the absence of the sun did not affect play.

    The 60 participants enjoyed the sometimes difficult green and were later served drinks and snacks by dancers  from the Benidorm Palace who sponsored the event.

    Prizes were awarded by Pilar Martínez Noguera, director of the Sierra Cortina Pitch & Putt Golf Course.


    The Results were as follows:golf


    1st. Category


    1.  Joaquín García González.... 43 points.
    2.  José Luis López Morante....  42 points.
    3.  Fernando Moreno...            …39 points.

    2nd. Category
    1.  John Camilo Barrero Moreno...... .. 42 points.
    2.  Jesus Solana Azcarate..................42 points.
    3.  Julián Gutiérrez González............ ..40 points.

    At the same time the regular monthly tournament was held.  This is usually held the last Saturday of every month and the winners for this tournament were as follows:


    1st. Category
    1.  Joaquín García González............... 43 points.
    2.  José Luis López Morante... ............ 42 points.

    2nd. Category
    1. John Camilo Barrero Moreno...... . .. .42 points.
    2. Jesus Solana Azcarate................... 42 points.

  • Winners of the Benidorm Palace Golf Tournament

    II  Benidorm Palace Golf Tournament in Pitch & Putt Sierra Cortina Golf

     

    The Pitch & Putt Sierra Cortina Golf course in Finestrat hosted the II Benidorm Palace Golf Tournament on Saturday 30th of July 2011


    The day started at 09:30 am on an unusually cloudy day on the Costa Blanca although the absence of the sun did not affect play.

    The 60 participants enjoyed the sometimes difficult green and were later served drinks and snacks by dancers  from the Benidorm Palace who sponsored the event.

    Prizes were awarded by Pilar Martínez Noguera, director of the Sierra Cortina Pitch & Putt Golf Course.


    The Results were as follows:golf


    1st. Category


    1.  Joaquín García González.... 43 points.
    2.  José Luis López Morante....  42 points.
    3.  Fernando Moreno...            …39 points.

    2nd. Category
    1.  John Camilo Barrero Moreno...... .. 42 points.
    2.  Jesus Solana Azcarate..................42 points.
    3.  Julián Gutiérrez González............ ..40 points.

    At the same time the regular monthly tournament was held.  This is usually held the last Saturday of every month and the winners for this tournament were as follows:


    1st. Category
    1.  Joaquín García González............... 43 points.
    2.  José Luis López Morante... ............ 42 points.

    2nd. Category
    1. John Camilo Barrero Moreno...... . .. .42 points.
    2. Jesus Solana Azcarate................... 42 points.

  • Benidorm August 2011 Cultural Activities

    MUSIC

    Saturday  30th July 23:00hmusical notes

    At the Castle

    Summer Jazz

    Randy Greer Quintet.

     

    Tuesday  2nd August 21:30h

    In the Anfiteatro Oscar Espla. Parque de L’Aigúerà

    Summer Concert

    Orquestra Unión Musical de Benidorm

     

    Thursday  4th August 23:00h

    At the Castle

    Summer Jazz

    Four Roses

     

    Saturday 13th 23:00h

    At the Castle

    Summer Jazz

    The Night Shouters

     

    24th, 25th, 26th & 27th August

    ELECTROBEACH

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    Saturday 27th  22:30h

    In the Auditorio Julio Iglesias

    Parque de LÁigúera

    Raphael.

     

    Nights of Pop-Rock/Cinema & Music

     

    Tuesday  16th  20:00h

    In the Salón de actos of the Town Hall

    “Control”

    Anton Corbijn (UK 2007)

    Apt for Adult audience only.  Over 18 years of age.

     

    Wednesday  17th August  20:00h

    In the Salón de Actos of the Town Hall

    24 Hour Party People

    Michael Winterbottom (Reino Unido 2003)

    Original version with Spanish subtitles

    (Apt for Adults over 18 years.)

     

    Thursday 18th August  20:00h

    In the Salón de Actos of the Town Hall

    Sympathy for the Devil

    Jean Luc Godard (UK 1968)

    Original Version with Spanish subtitles.cine

    (Adult audience- over 18’s.)

     

    Friday 19th  22:00h

    In the Anfiteatro Oscar Eslpá Parque de L’Aigúerà

    Concerts by:

    Soul Raiders (Soul/Rap)

    Some Noise (Punk Pop)

    La mano del Muerto (Blues/Garage/Rock)

     

    THEATRE

     

    Children’s Musical Theatre

    Saturday  6th  21:30h

    In the Anfiteatro Oscar Esplá Parque de L’Aigúerà

    Comets/El Baúl de los Tesoros

     

    Adult Theatre

    Friday  12th  22:30h

    In the Anfiteatro Oscar Esplá Parque de L’Aigúerà

    TM Teatre Benidorm

    Bienvenidos a la Jungla S.O

    Adult audienceteatre curtains

     

    ART

     

    From  2nd until  30th

    Monday to Friday  09:00 - 14:00h

    Espai d' Art  in the Town Hall

    Exhibition

    Quick painting competition

    City of Benidorm

     

    30th of June – 5th October

    Espai d 'Art

    Plaza SS.MM Los Reyes de España

    Sculptures

    Planet Ferroviaria

    Sector IV

    Viktor Ferrando

    NIGHTS AT THE CASTLE

    Every night from 19:30 -  00:30hpaint

    In the Plaza Castelar & Plaza de la Señoría

    Art & Hand made ítems.

    Concejalia de Comercio

     

    Every Night from  20:30h until 23:30h

    In the Plaza Santa Ana

    Live music

    Música andina. Harp and Accordian.

    Concejalia de comercio

     

  • Benidorm August 2011 Cultural Activities

    MUSIC

    Saturday  30th July 23:00hmusical notes

    At the Castle

    Summer Jazz

    Randy Greer Quintet.

     

    Tuesday  2nd August 21:30h

    In the Anfiteatro Oscar Espla. Parque de L’Aigúerà

    Summer Concert

    Orquestra Unión Musical de Benidorm

     

    Thursday  4th August 23:00h

    At the Castle

    Summer Jazz

    Four Roses

     

    Saturday 13th 23:00h

    At the Castle

    Summer Jazz

    The Night Shouters

     

    24th, 25th, 26th & 27th August

    ELECTROBEACH

    www.electrobeachfestival.djs

     

    Saturday 27th  22:30h

    In the Auditorio Julio Iglesias

    Parque de LÁigúera

    Raphael.

     

    Nights of Pop-Rock/Cinema & Music

     

    Tuesday  16th  20:00h

    In the Salón de actos of the Town Hall

    “Control”

    Anton Corbijn (UK 2007)

    Apt for Adult audience only.  Over 18 years of age.

     

    Wednesday  17th August  20:00h

    In the Salón de Actos of the Town Hall

    24 Hour Party People

    Michael Winterbottom (Reino Unido 2003)

    Original version with Spanish subtitles

    (Apt for Adults over 18 years.)

     

    Thursday 18th August  20:00h

    In the Salón de Actos of the Town Hall

    Sympathy for the Devil

    Jean Luc Godard (UK 1968)

    Original Version with Spanish subtitles.cine

    (Adult audience- over 18’s.)

     

    Friday 19th  22:00h

    In the Anfiteatro Oscar Eslpá Parque de L’Aigúerà

    Concerts by:

    Soul Raiders (Soul/Rap)

    Some Noise (Punk Pop)

    La mano del Muerto (Blues/Garage/Rock)

     

    THEATRE

     

    Children’s Musical Theatre

    Saturday  6th  21:30h

    In the Anfiteatro Oscar Esplá Parque de L’Aigúerà

    Comets/El Baúl de los Tesoros

     

    Adult Theatre

    Friday  12th  22:30h

    In the Anfiteatro Oscar Esplá Parque de L’Aigúerà

    TM Teatre Benidorm

    Bienvenidos a la Jungla S.O

    Adult audienceteatre curtains

     

    ART

     

    From  2nd until  30th

    Monday to Friday  09:00 - 14:00h

    Espai d' Art  in the Town Hall

    Exhibition

    Quick painting competition

    City of Benidorm

     

    30th of June – 5th October

    Espai d 'Art

    Plaza SS.MM Los Reyes de España

    Sculptures

    Planet Ferroviaria

    Sector IV

    Viktor Ferrando

    NIGHTS AT THE CASTLE

    Every night from 19:30 -  00:30hpaint

    In the Plaza Castelar & Plaza de la Señoría

    Art & Hand made ítems.

    Concejalia de Comercio

     

    Every Night from  20:30h until 23:30h

    In the Plaza Santa Ana

    Live music

    Música andina. Harp and Accordian.

    Concejalia de comercio

     

  • Terra Natura Benidorm receives two golden-headed lion tamarins from the Brazilian Government

    The animal and nature park Terra Natura Benidorm proudly presented two golden-headed lion tamarins (Leontopithecus chrysomelas) given to them by the Brazilian Institute for the Environment & natural resources.  The complex has become one of only three zoos in Spain to have this small primate considered one of the most endangered mammals on the planet.

    The keepers transferred both marmosets from the veterinary clinic in the park to their new installations which are located in the “American Continent” section of Terra Natura.  The management started proceedings to bring these primates to the park in 2006.  The petition was finally approved by the International Committee for the Conservation and Management of lion tamarinds (ICCM) in 2007 in the absence of approval from the Brazilian authorities.cabeza-leon

    It has taken five years for the Brazilian Government to comply with this resolution.  Generally it is difficult for applications of this type to be approved due to the urgent need to conserve the species and because of their biological importance.   Terra Natura has had to prove that the park met all the conditions needed to breed and care for these special animals.

    Captive breeding in zoos and the re -introduction of these monkeys into their natural habitat has helped to save the species from becoming extinct.

    Currently there are between 6,000 and 15,000 of these primates in the world.  In the last 21 years the population is estimated to have fallen by more than 50%.  The expansion of crops, cocoa, palm oil, coconuts and grass production for livestock are the main reasons for this decline.  Only 2% - 5% of its natural habitat survives today.

    The species is native to Brazil and is only found in the coastal region of Bahia, between the River Contas in the north and the River Pardo in the South.  It’s name comes from its long black and gold hair which resembles that of an African lion.  It usually weighs between 480 and 700 grams and varies in length from 23 – 37 centimeters.  Its tail can measure up to 40 centimeters in length.

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  • Terra Natura Benidorm receives two golden-headed lion tamarins from the Brazilian Government

    The animal and nature park Terra Natura Benidorm proudly presented two golden-headed lion tamarins (Leontopithecus chrysomelas) given to them by the Brazilian Institute for the Environment & natural resources.  The complex has become one of only three zoos in Spain to have this small primate considered one of the most endangered mammals on the planet.

    The keepers transferred both marmosets from the veterinary clinic in the park to their new installations which are located in the “American Continent” section of Terra Natura.  The management started proceedings to bring these primates to the park in 2006.  The petition was finally approved by the International Committee for the Conservation and Management of lion tamarinds (ICCM) in 2007 in the absence of approval from the Brazilian authorities.cabeza-leon

    It has taken five years for the Brazilian Government to comply with this resolution.  Generally it is difficult for applications of this type to be approved due to the urgent need to conserve the species and because of their biological importance.   Terra Natura has had to prove that the park met all the conditions needed to breed and care for these special animals.

    Captive breeding in zoos and the re -introduction of these monkeys into their natural habitat has helped to save the species from becoming extinct.

    Currently there are between 6,000 and 15,000 of these primates in the world.  In the last 21 years the population is estimated to have fallen by more than 50%.  The expansion of crops, cocoa, palm oil, coconuts and grass production for livestock are the main reasons for this decline.  Only 2% - 5% of its natural habitat survives today.

    The species is native to Brazil and is only found in the coastal region of Bahia, between the River Contas in the north and the River Pardo in the South.  It’s name comes from its long black and gold hair which resembles that of an African lion.  It usually weighs between 480 and 700 grams and varies in length from 23 – 37 centimeters.  Its tail can measure up to 40 centimeters in length.

    Beniexcursions.

  • LIve Concert with music from the 50s, 60s & 70s

    Costa Blanca Oldie Night.  oldienight

    The best live music from the 50s ,60s  y 70s.  31st of July at  22:00 hours in the Benidorm Palace. 

    Hits by Bill Haley, Louis Prima, The Beatles, CCR, Smokie, BB King, The Blues Brothers, Rod Stewart &  Joe Cocker performed live by the  “Old Boys”.

    Sponsored by  Cadena Ser, Radio Denia, Schaich Real Estate, y  Göring Versicherungsmakler.

    Entrance tickets cost 23€ .  For sales and any further information contact  www.oldienightcostablanca.com

     

  • LIve Concert with music from the 50s, 60s & 70s

    Costa Blanca Oldie Night.  oldienight

    The best live music from the 50s ,60s  y 70s.  31st of July at  22:00 hours in the Benidorm Palace. 

    Hits by Bill Haley, Louis Prima, The Beatles, CCR, Smokie, BB King, The Blues Brothers, Rod Stewart &  Joe Cocker performed live by the  “Old Boys”.

    Sponsored by  Cadena Ser, Radio Denia, Schaich Real Estate, y  Göring Versicherungsmakler.

    Entrance tickets cost 23€ .  For sales and any further information contact  www.oldienightcostablanca.com

     

  • Full Moon Nordic Walk 2011

    FRIDAY, JULY 15th 2011 21,0H


    4th FULL MOON NORDIC WALK


    “ FROM GUADALEST TO THE SEA “


    After the tremendous success of last years’ night walk
    (130 walkers) and also because of the safety of the chosen tracks and the logistic advantages of this walk (wide and easy tracks, a downhill riverbed without having to hit the main road, the organisers have decided to convert this walk into a yearly summer event you wouldn’t want to miss.nordic walk

    The fourth edition this year is promising to be as good as last year’s because going to be held under a brilliant full moon.There will be 20 km of slight downhill walk in the wide riverbeds of the Guadalest and Algar Rivers, an unspoiled nature area, where nispero, orange, lemon, avocado and evenpomegranate plantations appear as silhouettes between the long areas of jungle like cane vegetation. There is always a smooth breeze caused by the humidity in riverbeds at night.

    All participants will be taken by coach from Altea up to the Guadalest dam. The more trained will start their 20 km walk here while the others descend 4 km down stream and do a shorter walk
    (16km). The minimum age will be 12 years of age.


    This Nordic Walk(walking with poles) is sponsored by the Alfàs Townhall, but anyone can participate: there will be Nordic Walking Poles at disposal for everyone, even for those who have
    never experienced Nordic Walking before. Read more at www.nordicwalkingcv.com


    Previous inscriptions and payment to the club’s bank account will be necessary Account details La CAIXALTEA account  number  3045 0004 49 2037426521 including your  name(s) and “Nocturna 2011” and the
    number  of people.

    It is Compulsary that you bring : decent walking shoes to walk at least 4 hours, some water ,fruit, energy
    bars and very importantly a head torch


    Contribution: 12 € per person; 7 € residents (empadronados) in L’Alfàs y members of the ANE or
    any Nordic Walking Club.
    Included: Transport coach, PR and accident insurance, the official Nordic Nightwalk T shirt, a drink,
    some snacks and a surprise.


    LIMITED PLACES
    Information and Inscriptions :

    Marc: 655 87 97 11, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;
    Francisco : 606 213 074, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Bernd : Polideportivo L’Alfàs : 96 588 96 01

  • Full Moon Nordic Walk 2011

    FRIDAY, JULY 15th 2011 21,0H


    4th FULL MOON NORDIC WALK


    “ FROM GUADALEST TO THE SEA “


    After the tremendous success of last years’ night walk
    (130 walkers) and also because of the safety of the chosen tracks and the logistic advantages of this walk (wide and easy tracks, a downhill riverbed without having to hit the main road, the organisers have decided to convert this walk into a yearly summer event you wouldn’t want to miss.nordic walk

    The fourth edition this year is promising to be as good as last year’s because going to be held under a brilliant full moon.There will be 20 km of slight downhill walk in the wide riverbeds of the Guadalest and Algar Rivers, an unspoiled nature area, where nispero, orange, lemon, avocado and evenpomegranate plantations appear as silhouettes between the long areas of jungle like cane vegetation. There is always a smooth breeze caused by the humidity in riverbeds at night.

    All participants will be taken by coach from Altea up to the Guadalest dam. The more trained will start their 20 km walk here while the others descend 4 km down stream and do a shorter walk
    (16km). The minimum age will be 12 years of age.


    This Nordic Walk(walking with poles) is sponsored by the Alfàs Townhall, but anyone can participate: there will be Nordic Walking Poles at disposal for everyone, even for those who have
    never experienced Nordic Walking before. Read more at www.nordicwalkingcv.com


    Previous inscriptions and payment to the club’s bank account will be necessary Account details La CAIXALTEA account  number  3045 0004 49 2037426521 including your  name(s) and “Nocturna 2011” and the
    number  of people.

    It is Compulsary that you bring : decent walking shoes to walk at least 4 hours, some water ,fruit, energy
    bars and very importantly a head torch


    Contribution: 12 € per person; 7 € residents (empadronados) in L’Alfàs y members of the ANE or
    any Nordic Walking Club.
    Included: Transport coach, PR and accident insurance, the official Nordic Nightwalk T shirt, a drink,
    some snacks and a surprise.


    LIMITED PLACES
    Information and Inscriptions :

    Marc: 655 87 97 11, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;
    Francisco : 606 213 074, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Bernd : Polideportivo L’Alfàs : 96 588 96 01

  • An expert extracts snake venom in Terra Natura Benidorm

    An expert in dealing with  dangerous animals, extracts venom from a snake in Terra Natura so it can be analysed by The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

    An expert used to handling poisonous animals has extracted the venom from an African viper, (Bitis nasicornis), this morning in the nature park Terra Natura in Benidorm.veneno

    The toxic liquid extracted during the process will be transported to the CSIC, where a scientific team will analyse the multifaceted protein chains that make up the extracted poison.

    The close relationship between the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the nature park allows testing antidotes presently available to see if they could be used for other snake venom.

    To extract or milk the venom, the snake’s head has to be immobilised.  Once this is done and the fangs are placed over a container the venom can be extracted.

    Once the snake has “bitten” the glass the expert presses gently on the glands where the venom is produced to extract the largest quantity possible.  Carefully with a precision pipette, the toxic liquid is placed on a Petri’s dish and frozen so that it is in perfect condition when it reaches the laboratory.veneno2

    This process is risky as direct contact is maintained with the snake.  With some species such as vipers of rattle snakes, the risk is greater as the fangs that inject the venom move making it easy for the handler’s fingers or hands to be bitten.  In Spain there are only two or three professionals skilled to carry out this type of extraction from poisonous snakes.

    The process is carried out every two or three months so no undue stress is caused to the snakes.  The quantity of poison obtained from each extraction varies according to the species and size of the snake.  The Spanish National Research Council are currently interested in  Viper, Cobra, Rattlesnake, Gila Monster and Scorpion Lizard venom.

  • An expert extracts snake venom in Terra Natura Benidorm

    An expert in dealing with  dangerous animals, extracts venom from a snake in Terra Natura so it can be analysed by The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

    An expert used to handling poisonous animals has extracted the venom from an African viper, (Bitis nasicornis), this morning in the nature park Terra Natura in Benidorm.veneno

    The toxic liquid extracted during the process will be transported to the CSIC, where a scientific team will analyse the multifaceted protein chains that make up the extracted poison.

    The close relationship between the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the nature park allows testing antidotes presently available to see if they could be used for other snake venom.

    To extract or milk the venom, the snake’s head has to be immobilised.  Once this is done and the fangs are placed over a container the venom can be extracted.

    Once the snake has “bitten” the glass the expert presses gently on the glands where the venom is produced to extract the largest quantity possible.  Carefully with a precision pipette, the toxic liquid is placed on a Petri’s dish and frozen so that it is in perfect condition when it reaches the laboratory.veneno2

    This process is risky as direct contact is maintained with the snake.  With some species such as vipers of rattle snakes, the risk is greater as the fangs that inject the venom move making it easy for the handler’s fingers or hands to be bitten.  In Spain there are only two or three professionals skilled to carry out this type of extraction from poisonous snakes.

    The process is carried out every two or three months so no undue stress is caused to the snakes.  The quantity of poison obtained from each extraction varies according to the species and size of the snake.  The Spanish National Research Council are currently interested in  Viper, Cobra, Rattlesnake, Gila Monster and Scorpion Lizard venom.

  • Leo Bassi attempts to get a Guinness World Record in Benidorm

    Like ducks to water.

    The comedian Leo Bassi attempts a new Guinness World Record swimming in the sea with the largest duck shaped rubber ring in the world.

     A childhood trauma.  That’s the explanation that comedian Leo Bassi gave in Benidorm to those who asked what on earth made him want to swim in the Mediterranean with a giant yellow duck shaped rubber ring.

     The comedian, deadly serious explained while a small motor inflated the rubber ring, that when he was six years old his parents refused to buy him a duck shaped rubber ring that he had set his heart on, telling him that it was dangerous and once in the water it could not be controlled.20100716-leo_bassi

     This frustrated childhood dream took him to the Poniente Beach in Benidorm last Saturday on the back of a duck measuring more than 40 metres in perimeter.

     The diameter of the creature was 14 metres and 6 metres in height.  Weighing approx 250 kilograms it was dragged down to the waters edge by Bassi’s team and officials from Benidorm.

    Three hours later the duck took shape, technical problems according to Bassi meant that the duck could not be inflated until 11:20.  This delay meant that his schedule was put back so it wasn’t until 14:40 that the comedian wearing a black suit that looked out of place among the spectators congregated in swimsuits, climbed aboard the duck via a ladder incorporated in the plastic animal.

    The specific details, measurements of the duck, photographs etc. will be given to the Guinness Book of World Records to establish Basis’s world record and to see if anyone has attempted anything similar and if a record already exists.   We will have to wait six weeks to find out.

    This is the first time that Leo Bassi has attempted to enter the record books although he states he has done “many things “in his life.  The beaches of Benidorm were chosen due to their popularity and calm waters.   The comedian also happened to be performing that same evening in the Amphitheatre Oscar Espla one of the cultural events organised during the summer months by the Town Hall.

    But let’s get back to the yellow duck and a 60 year old man still dreaming of toys.

    Bassi was forthcoming about his record attempt but held back key information about the colossal dimension of the float and where it was made.  All he would say was that it was “made in Spain “  He did not want to leave too many clues or to make things easy for another visionary who could follow and attempt to beat his world record.

     

    MACU ESTEVE

  • Leo Bassi attempts to get a Guinness World Record in Benidorm

    Like ducks to water.

    The comedian Leo Bassi attempts a new Guinness World Record swimming in the sea with the largest duck shaped rubber ring in the world.

     A childhood trauma.  That’s the explanation that comedian Leo Bassi gave in Benidorm to those who asked what on earth made him want to swim in the Mediterranean with a giant yellow duck shaped rubber ring.

     The comedian, deadly serious explained while a small motor inflated the rubber ring, that when he was six years old his parents refused to buy him a duck shaped rubber ring that he had set his heart on, telling him that it was dangerous and once in the water it could not be controlled.20100716-leo_bassi

     This frustrated childhood dream took him to the Poniente Beach in Benidorm last Saturday on the back of a duck measuring more than 40 metres in perimeter.

     The diameter of the creature was 14 metres and 6 metres in height.  Weighing approx 250 kilograms it was dragged down to the waters edge by Bassi’s team and officials from Benidorm.

    Three hours later the duck took shape, technical problems according to Bassi meant that the duck could not be inflated until 11:20.  This delay meant that his schedule was put back so it wasn’t until 14:40 that the comedian wearing a black suit that looked out of place among the spectators congregated in swimsuits, climbed aboard the duck via a ladder incorporated in the plastic animal.

    The specific details, measurements of the duck, photographs etc. will be given to the Guinness Book of World Records to establish Basis’s world record and to see if anyone has attempted anything similar and if a record already exists.   We will have to wait six weeks to find out.

    This is the first time that Leo Bassi has attempted to enter the record books although he states he has done “many things “in his life.  The beaches of Benidorm were chosen due to their popularity and calm waters.   The comedian also happened to be performing that same evening in the Amphitheatre Oscar Espla one of the cultural events organised during the summer months by the Town Hall.

    But let’s get back to the yellow duck and a 60 year old man still dreaming of toys.

    Bassi was forthcoming about his record attempt but held back key information about the colossal dimension of the float and where it was made.  All he would say was that it was “made in Spain “  He did not want to leave too many clues or to make things easy for another visionary who could follow and attempt to beat his world record.

     

    MACU ESTEVE

  • The Low Cost Music Festival in Benidorm

    The Low Cost Festival opens in Benidorm with more than 23.000 people attending.placebo low cost festival 2010

     The Low Cost Festival which starts in Benidorm today 22nd of July has impressive figures.  The figures are huge, except for the price of the entrance tickets.  Between 30 and 45 € was paid by the approx 23.000 people coming to the city to see more that 40 live acts.  The festival is now one of the five most important music festivals in the country.  Something that Low Cost has achieved after only two years and which is celebrated in the L’Aiguëra Park in the centre of Benidorm.

     There are three stages erected in the park, the largest being in the Bull ring which has been renamed as Budweiser, with a capacity to hold 10.000 people.  The other two stages the XTIand Jack Daniels have been erected in the auditorium Julio Iglesias and the Amphitheatre Oscar Espla both of which are also in the L’Aiguëra Park.  The three areas are all connected by the main path inside the park which runs from the north of the park to the South.

     The first to arrive, attended the opening ceremony, which saw performances from Second, L.A and La Habitacion Roja along with the D.J Angél Idiota.

    This was just a taste of what was to come and tested the 100.000 watts of light and the 47.000 watts of sound from the XTIstage.  Measuring 18 metres wide and 12 deep it will be the scenery for one of the main attraction of this years Low Cost Festival, the mythical band Los Planetas.

     With more than three times the watts of the XTI stage, 340.000 to be precise is the Budweiser scenery, 18 metres wide and 15 metres deep with 40.000 sound changes.  Walking the boards of this stage during the two day festival will be Placebo, Editors, Vive Le Fête and Love of Lesbian among others.

     The Jack Daniels scenery boasted 80.000 watts of lighting and 24.000 of sound and the performing bands included Vinila and the Lucky Dados, Niños Tokio Sex Destruction and Jessie Evans.editors low cost festival

     Apart from the three stage areas there were three bars provided, hundreds of toilets, three rest areas and three areas serving food with six picnic areas, not to mention the VIP area.  Entrance to the festival was via two entrances one in between the Jack Daniel and XTI stages and the other by the Budweiser scenery.

     Another of the attractions of the Festival was the Record Fair, located in the Square “Sus Majestades los Reyes de España”, by the Town hall, which also had live music supplied by La Furgo.  During the two days of the Festival, band members signed cds in the marquee in the square and people could purchase cds of all the bands performing.

    Hundreds of security guards assured the safety inside the park from 18:00 hours when the doors opened until approx. 05:00 hours in the morning, when those attending left for the various bars and discotheques in the area.

     

    MACU ESTEVE

  • The Low Cost Music Festival in Benidorm

    The Low Cost Festival opens in Benidorm with more than 23.000 people attending.placebo low cost festival 2010

     The Low Cost Festival which starts in Benidorm today 22nd of July has impressive figures.  The figures are huge, except for the price of the entrance tickets.  Between 30 and 45 € was paid by the approx 23.000 people coming to the city to see more that 40 live acts.  The festival is now one of the five most important music festivals in the country.  Something that Low Cost has achieved after only two years and which is celebrated in the L’Aiguëra Park in the centre of Benidorm.

     There are three stages erected in the park, the largest being in the Bull ring which has been renamed as Budweiser, with a capacity to hold 10.000 people.  The other two stages the XTIand Jack Daniels have been erected in the auditorium Julio Iglesias and the Amphitheatre Oscar Espla both of which are also in the L’Aiguëra Park.  The three areas are all connected by the main path inside the park which runs from the north of the park to the South.

     The first to arrive, attended the opening ceremony, which saw performances from Second, L.A and La Habitacion Roja along with the D.J Angél Idiota.

    This was just a taste of what was to come and tested the 100.000 watts of light and the 47.000 watts of sound from the XTIstage.  Measuring 18 metres wide and 12 deep it will be the scenery for one of the main attraction of this years Low Cost Festival, the mythical band Los Planetas.

     With more than three times the watts of the XTI stage, 340.000 to be precise is the Budweiser scenery, 18 metres wide and 15 metres deep with 40.000 sound changes.  Walking the boards of this stage during the two day festival will be Placebo, Editors, Vive Le Fête and Love of Lesbian among others.

     The Jack Daniels scenery boasted 80.000 watts of lighting and 24.000 of sound and the performing bands included Vinila and the Lucky Dados, Niños Tokio Sex Destruction and Jessie Evans.editors low cost festival

     Apart from the three stage areas there were three bars provided, hundreds of toilets, three rest areas and three areas serving food with six picnic areas, not to mention the VIP area.  Entrance to the festival was via two entrances one in between the Jack Daniel and XTI stages and the other by the Budweiser scenery.

     Another of the attractions of the Festival was the Record Fair, located in the Square “Sus Majestades los Reyes de España”, by the Town hall, which also had live music supplied by La Furgo.  During the two days of the Festival, band members signed cds in the marquee in the square and people could purchase cds of all the bands performing.

    Hundreds of security guards assured the safety inside the park from 18:00 hours when the doors opened until approx. 05:00 hours in the morning, when those attending left for the various bars and discotheques in the area.

     

    MACU ESTEVE

  • Cultural Activities in Benidorm August 2010

    Musical Evenings in the l Anfiteatro Oscar Esplá - Parque de LÀigüeramusical notes

    Free entrance limited places due to size.

    6th of August 22:00 hours Crash, Somenoise.

    13th of August 22:00 hoursLa Hoguera, Can Pigas

    20th of August 22:00 hoursBig Band Adlibitum

    27th August 22:00 hours Meeting Swing Salsa

    Music

    7th of August 22:30 hours  Auditorio Julio Iglesias - Parque de L'Aigüeracine

    Zarzuela :  La Gran Vía y La Revoltosa

    Numbered seats 30€- Othersl 20€

    10 th of August 22:30 hours Bull Ring

    Miguel Bose - Cardio Tour

    Tickets purchased in advance 30€  -  35 € from the Box Office + Distribution costs.

    22 of August 22:30 hours Auditorio Julio Iglesias - Parque de L'Aigüera

    Musical Face to Face.  A homage to  Michael Jackson & Elvis Presley.

    Cinema in the Anfiteatro Oscar Espla - Parque de L'Aigüera dance

    1 st of August 22:00 hoursTiana and the toad  (2009)

    29 th of August 22:00 hours Mi Vecino Totoro (1988)

    Dance- Anfiteatro Oscar Espla - Parque de L'Aigüera

    3rd August 22:00 horas  Veronica Berenguer Acadamey of Dance.

    Theatre

    8th of August, Theatre for children,  Anfiteatro Oscal Espla - Parque de L'Aigüera 22:00 hours

    Yllana - Zoo  Winner of the MAX for best childrens show 2010.  Family show Entrance 3€

    14th of August, Theatre for Adults,  Anfiteatro Oscar Espla - Parque de 'Aigüera - 23:00 hoursarts

    Markeline - Terapias.

    Theatre for Adults - Entrance 7€

    15th of August, Magic show,  Anfiteatro Oscar Espla - Parque de l'Aigüera 22:00 hours

    Yunke - Arte

    Apt for all ages.   Entrance 3€

    19th of August Auditorio Julio Iglesias - Parque de L'Aigüera 22:30 hours

    El Pisito

    Numbered seats 15€, Others  10€ at the box office plus distributions costs.

    21st of August,  Theatre for adults,  Anfiteatro Oscar Espla - Parque de L'Aigüera 23:00 hourspaint

    Miguel Such "Misterios " de Dario Fo

    Entrance 7€

    Arte.

    5th -  27th of August 09:00 al 13:00 hours

    Art Exhibition in the Town Hall.

    IX Biennal of Art by  Pascual Tomas - UGT Pais Valencia

    Every Day from 19:00 -  21:30 hours Parque de L'Aigüera.

    The reading corner for children.

  • Cultural Activities in Benidorm August 2010

    Musical Evenings in the l Anfiteatro Oscar Esplá - Parque de LÀigüeramusical notes

    Free entrance limited places due to size.

    6th of August 22:00 hours Crash, Somenoise.

    13th of August 22:00 hoursLa Hoguera, Can Pigas

    20th of August 22:00 hoursBig Band Adlibitum

    27th August 22:00 hours Meeting Swing Salsa

    Music

    7th of August 22:30 hours  Auditorio Julio Iglesias - Parque de L'Aigüeracine

    Zarzuela :  La Gran Vía y La Revoltosa

    Numbered seats 30€- Othersl 20€

    10 th of August 22:30 hours Bull Ring

    Miguel Bose - Cardio Tour

    Tickets purchased in advance 30€  -  35 € from the Box Office + Distribution costs.

    22 of August 22:30 hours Auditorio Julio Iglesias - Parque de L'Aigüera

    Musical Face to Face.  A homage to  Michael Jackson & Elvis Presley.

    Cinema in the Anfiteatro Oscar Espla - Parque de L'Aigüera dance

    1 st of August 22:00 hoursTiana and the toad  (2009)

    29 th of August 22:00 hours Mi Vecino Totoro (1988)

    Dance- Anfiteatro Oscar Espla - Parque de L'Aigüera

    3rd August 22:00 horas  Veronica Berenguer Acadamey of Dance.

    Theatre

    8th of August, Theatre for children,  Anfiteatro Oscal Espla - Parque de L'Aigüera 22:00 hours

    Yllana - Zoo  Winner of the MAX for best childrens show 2010.  Family show Entrance 3€

    14th of August, Theatre for Adults,  Anfiteatro Oscar Espla - Parque de 'Aigüera - 23:00 hoursarts

    Markeline - Terapias.

    Theatre for Adults - Entrance 7€

    15th of August, Magic show,  Anfiteatro Oscar Espla - Parque de l'Aigüera 22:00 hours

    Yunke - Arte

    Apt for all ages.   Entrance 3€

    19th of August Auditorio Julio Iglesias - Parque de L'Aigüera 22:30 hours

    El Pisito

    Numbered seats 15€, Others  10€ at the box office plus distributions costs.

    21st of August,  Theatre for adults,  Anfiteatro Oscar Espla - Parque de L'Aigüera 23:00 hourspaint

    Miguel Such "Misterios " de Dario Fo

    Entrance 7€

    Arte.

    5th -  27th of August 09:00 al 13:00 hours

    Art Exhibition in the Town Hall.

    IX Biennal of Art by  Pascual Tomas - UGT Pais Valencia

    Every Day from 19:00 -  21:30 hours Parque de L'Aigüera.

    The reading corner for children.

  • Terra Natura Evening Performances Summer 2010

    portada_terra_naturaTerra Natura has organised a series of comedy shows in the evenings starting from Friday 16th July  2010 and finishing 11th of September.   The events will open with a performance from:

    Ramon Guama on 16th July,

    Luismi 1st of August,

    JJ Vaquero 15th August,

    Maria “La Vikinga” 29th August

    Borja Sumozas will close the event on the 11th September.

     

     

  • Terra Natura Evening Performances Summer 2010

    portada_terra_naturaTerra Natura has organised a series of comedy shows in the evenings starting from Friday 16th July  2010 and finishing 11th of September.   The events will open with a performance from:

    Ramon Guama on 16th July,

    Luismi 1st of August,

    JJ Vaquero 15th August,

    Maria “La Vikinga” 29th August

    Borja Sumozas will close the event on the 11th September.

     

     

  • Bastille Day in Benidorm Palace

    fachadaLast Wednesday 14th of July 2010,  1000 French residents from the Costa Blanca celebrated the French National Bastille Day Celebrations in the famous Benidorm Palace night club.

     

  • Bastille Day in Benidorm Palace

    fachadaLast Wednesday 14th of July 2010,  1000 French residents from the Costa Blanca celebrated the French National Bastille Day Celebrations in the famous Benidorm Palace night club.

     

  • Discovering the Roman Villa of Albir

    When Constantine I and later Theodosius where leading a still splendid Rome, Albir, the coastal resort of Alfaz del Pi, was just farm land.

    Albir was then dependant on the city of Allon, which is now Villajoyosa.  It was a rural area presided over by a large Roman Villa, the same one that was discovered on a plot of land approximate 20 years ago a few hundred metres from the beach.

    Next to this villa in other parts of the surrounding countryside were small cottages that cannot match the splendour of this villa, a splendour that is obvious from its private baths.sepultura_bebe_anfora_romana_hallada_l_alfas_pi

    The villa, now a project of the Town Hall, is to be financed by state funds from the “Plan E” and it aims to preserve, protect and exploit the baths.

    The plan is to cover the baths and install walk ways, some made of wood and others transparent that allow the area to be seen without risk to the site which is one of the most important archaeology discoveries in the province of Alicante.

    According to the archaeologist Carolina Frias only the roman baths have been fully uncovered and a small section of the residential room that was used by the villa’s owners.

    There is still a vast area to be excavated and it is hoped they will uncover the oil press where they produced their olive oil and also the area where they made their own wine.  Even though these part of the villa are still hidden the archaeologists are aware of their existence due to the fact that they have found artefacts used in the production of oil and wine which according to Frias are very similar to what we use today.

    This work should take place from October or November when the new EMCORP project from the Valencian Government will be put into practise.  This will be the third project of its kind related to this villa and will pay for the excavations.  By then the site should be covered and the walkways provided over the baths.  Once the site is covered the excavations can continue and guided tours will commence.roman villa

    Visitors to this site will have the added attraction that the excavations are in full swing, therefore those who visit will be able to see the archaeologists at work.

    They will also be able to learn how the private baths we used.  The baths consisted of three different areas, one with cold water, the second with warm and the last with hot water.  The last area not only had hot water but also a heating system that heated the room as well as the water.  The heating system was based on a firewood oven that heated a chamber.  Later on in the 300 years that the villa was in use other pools were added along with a water tank that supplied the baths.

    Last November, very close to these baths, the villa revealed one of its best kept secrets, a funeral amphora, which contained the remains of a baby or a young child.  The future excavations could reveal much more facts that have been hidden underground for centuries.

     

    MACU ESTEVE.

  • Discovering the Roman Villa of Albir

    When Constantine I and later Theodosius where leading a still splendid Rome, Albir, the coastal resort of Alfaz del Pi, was just farm land.

    Albir was then dependant on the city of Allon, which is now Villajoyosa.  It was a rural area presided over by a large Roman Villa, the same one that was discovered on a plot of land approximate 20 years ago a few hundred metres from the beach.

    Next to this villa in other parts of the surrounding countryside were small cottages that cannot match the splendour of this villa, a splendour that is obvious from its private baths.sepultura_bebe_anfora_romana_hallada_l_alfas_pi

    The villa, now a project of the Town Hall, is to be financed by state funds from the “Plan E” and it aims to preserve, protect and exploit the baths.

    The plan is to cover the baths and install walk ways, some made of wood and others transparent that allow the area to be seen without risk to the site which is one of the most important archaeology discoveries in the province of Alicante.

    According to the archaeologist Carolina Frias only the roman baths have been fully uncovered and a small section of the residential room that was used by the villa’s owners.

    There is still a vast area to be excavated and it is hoped they will uncover the oil press where they produced their olive oil and also the area where they made their own wine.  Even though these part of the villa are still hidden the archaeologists are aware of their existence due to the fact that they have found artefacts used in the production of oil and wine which according to Frias are very similar to what we use today.

    This work should take place from October or November when the new EMCORP project from the Valencian Government will be put into practise.  This will be the third project of its kind related to this villa and will pay for the excavations.  By then the site should be covered and the walkways provided over the baths.  Once the site is covered the excavations can continue and guided tours will commence.roman villa

    Visitors to this site will have the added attraction that the excavations are in full swing, therefore those who visit will be able to see the archaeologists at work.

    They will also be able to learn how the private baths we used.  The baths consisted of three different areas, one with cold water, the second with warm and the last with hot water.  The last area not only had hot water but also a heating system that heated the room as well as the water.  The heating system was based on a firewood oven that heated a chamber.  Later on in the 300 years that the villa was in use other pools were added along with a water tank that supplied the baths.

    Last November, very close to these baths, the villa revealed one of its best kept secrets, a funeral amphora, which contained the remains of a baby or a young child.  The future excavations could reveal much more facts that have been hidden underground for centuries.

     

    MACU ESTEVE.

  • The Alfas Film Festival

    Alfas del Pi has been closely connected to the Spanish film industry for the last 22 years.

    Last Friday, the 2010 edition of the Alfas Film Festival commenced.   An important event which honours famous films stars every year.   The stars to be honoured this year are the Argentinean actress Soledad Villamil and the Spanish actor Emilio Gutierrez Caba.Both have been awarded the highest award of the festival the “Faro de Plata”or Silver Lighthouse.  This award has in previous years been awarded to the directors Pedro Almodovar and Alejandro Amenabar or to the actors Paco Rabal, Carmen Maura, Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega and Geraldine Chaplin. All of these and hundreds more over the last twenty years have walked the red carpet and made this one of the most important film festivals in Spain.

    The film that has won this year’s edition of the festival is “Pablo” directed by Nely Reguera.

    The Festival starts with the inaugural gala which is traditionally held in the Casa de Cultura.  Along the esplanade, admired by approximated 2000 spectators walked many well known faces from film and television, directors, producers as well as the two stars honoured with this years “Silver Lighthouse”.  On the red carpet we saw, Neus Asensi, Carmen Conesa, Jordi Rebellon, Ana Rujas, Antonio Valero, Elisa Lledo, Angel Pardo and Bibiana Fernandez among others.  Bibiana presented the gala for the second year running and added glamour to the event by arriving in a horse drawn carriage.soledad_villamil

    Soledad Villamil was the first to receive the award, this was the first Spanish award that the actress has received for her role in “El secreto de sus ojos” ( The secret in their eyes) which converted her into a star outside her native Argentina.

    Thanks to her role in this film she was nominated for a Goya for the Most Promising New Comer .   Unfortunately she was unable to collect the Goya personally or to attend the Oscar Ceremony where “The Secret in their eyes.” won Best Foreign Language Film, due to  other film commitments.

    The actress was presented with the Silver Lighthouse by two of the producers of “The Secret in their eyes”, Spaniard Gerardo Herrero, and Paraguayan Mariela Besuievski.   The actress was thrilled to receive the award which she believes bridges the gap between one side of the Atlantic and the other.

    Emilio Guetierrz Cabo also received his award from friends, in his case from the Theatre Director Mario Gas and from the Valencian actor Jorge de Juan, with whom he has worked on many occasions.  The Festival of Alfas has wanted to honour Emilio for many years as he is considered to be one of the greats of Spanish theatre and film.emilio_gutierrez_caba

    The final touch to the evening was a musical performance of Milongas, Tangos, Coplas and other Argentinian rhythms all sung by Soledad Villamil herself, who is also a singer with two recorded albums to her credit.

    With the Festival officially open approximately 100 films will be screened.  The most important films that have premiered during the year , nationally and internationally with a special reference to the Hollywood films.  The films are shown in different locations, one of them being the beach in Albir, which allows the festival to reach everyone as the Festival Director Juan Luis Iborra pointed out.  Differing from the screenings held  in the Casa de Cultura or in the Cinema Roma, the beach screenings are in the open air and attended by hundreds of people every night.

    Apart from the screenings and the competition for the Best Short Film , this edition of the Alfas film festival has added a new section.  A debate or discussion between some of the stars and directors of the most popular Spanish films of the year.  Among them Daniel Monzon, whose camera captured the winner of the previous year Cell 211.  He was accompanied by Alberto Ammann, winner of the Goyafor Most Promising New Comerand by Villamil and Herrero who starred together in The secret of their eyes along with Miguel Angel Tobias director of the Documentary  “ Sueños de Haiti” (Dreams of Haiti).

    Another film discussed was “Me Too” starring Lola Sueias and Pablo Pineda , the young Down Syndrome actor who shone in his role.  Accompanying Pineda were the directors Alvaro Pastor and Antonio Naharro.

    Short Films

    These are the main feature of the festival.  Audio- visual stories less than 20 minutes in duration.  This year 128 short films have been entered and the judges will then select those they think have the best visual quality with the best script.  The 16 selected films La historia de siempre, Lost, Gracias, El opositor, Adios muñeca, 9 , Burbuja, El orden de las cosas, La autoridad, Killer, La Rubia de Pinos Puente, Mi amigo invisible, Pablo, Ona, Recuedos a Wy-Fly & Ultimo minuto,  have been selected by the jury for the Best Short Film in this edition of the festival.

    The 16 films can be seen during the festival, they are screened over the period and before the full length films shown during the festival. The majority of these short films are dramas that enter into the depth of human nature but there are also some comedies, from Madrid, Cataluña, the Basque Country or Andalucia.

    The Valencian Community has entered two short films into the competition this year, in previous years they have entered various projects from local directors , filmed in the Valencian region which help to promote awareness  of the Valencian Film Industry.

     

    Macu Esteve.

  • The Alfas Film Festival

    Alfas del Pi has been closely connected to the Spanish film industry for the last 22 years.

    Last Friday, the 2010 edition of the Alfas Film Festival commenced.   An important event which honours famous films stars every year.   The stars to be honoured this year are the Argentinean actress Soledad Villamil and the Spanish actor Emilio Gutierrez Caba.Both have been awarded the highest award of the festival the “Faro de Plata”or Silver Lighthouse.  This award has in previous years been awarded to the directors Pedro Almodovar and Alejandro Amenabar or to the actors Paco Rabal, Carmen Maura, Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega and Geraldine Chaplin. All of these and hundreds more over the last twenty years have walked the red carpet and made this one of the most important film festivals in Spain.

    The film that has won this year’s edition of the festival is “Pablo” directed by Nely Reguera.

    The Festival starts with the inaugural gala which is traditionally held in the Casa de Cultura.  Along the esplanade, admired by approximated 2000 spectators walked many well known faces from film and television, directors, producers as well as the two stars honoured with this years “Silver Lighthouse”.  On the red carpet we saw, Neus Asensi, Carmen Conesa, Jordi Rebellon, Ana Rujas, Antonio Valero, Elisa Lledo, Angel Pardo and Bibiana Fernandez among others.  Bibiana presented the gala for the second year running and added glamour to the event by arriving in a horse drawn carriage.soledad_villamil

    Soledad Villamil was the first to receive the award, this was the first Spanish award that the actress has received for her role in “El secreto de sus ojos” ( The secret in their eyes) which converted her into a star outside her native Argentina.

    Thanks to her role in this film she was nominated for a Goya for the Most Promising New Comer .   Unfortunately she was unable to collect the Goya personally or to attend the Oscar Ceremony where “The Secret in their eyes.” won Best Foreign Language Film, due to  other film commitments.

    The actress was presented with the Silver Lighthouse by two of the producers of “The Secret in their eyes”, Spaniard Gerardo Herrero, and Paraguayan Mariela Besuievski.   The actress was thrilled to receive the award which she believes bridges the gap between one side of the Atlantic and the other.

    Emilio Guetierrz Cabo also received his award from friends, in his case from the Theatre Director Mario Gas and from the Valencian actor Jorge de Juan, with whom he has worked on many occasions.  The Festival of Alfas has wanted to honour Emilio for many years as he is considered to be one of the greats of Spanish theatre and film.emilio_gutierrez_caba

    The final touch to the evening was a musical performance of Milongas, Tangos, Coplas and other Argentinian rhythms all sung by Soledad Villamil herself, who is also a singer with two recorded albums to her credit.

    With the Festival officially open approximately 100 films will be screened.  The most important films that have premiered during the year , nationally and internationally with a special reference to the Hollywood films.  The films are shown in different locations, one of them being the beach in Albir, which allows the festival to reach everyone as the Festival Director Juan Luis Iborra pointed out.  Differing from the screenings held  in the Casa de Cultura or in the Cinema Roma, the beach screenings are in the open air and attended by hundreds of people every night.

    Apart from the screenings and the competition for the Best Short Film , this edition of the Alfas film festival has added a new section.  A debate or discussion between some of the stars and directors of the most popular Spanish films of the year.  Among them Daniel Monzon, whose camera captured the winner of the previous year Cell 211.  He was accompanied by Alberto Ammann, winner of the Goyafor Most Promising New Comerand by Villamil and Herrero who starred together in The secret of their eyes along with Miguel Angel Tobias director of the Documentary  “ Sueños de Haiti” (Dreams of Haiti).

    Another film discussed was “Me Too” starring Lola Sueias and Pablo Pineda , the young Down Syndrome actor who shone in his role.  Accompanying Pineda were the directors Alvaro Pastor and Antonio Naharro.

    Short Films

    These are the main feature of the festival.  Audio- visual stories less than 20 minutes in duration.  This year 128 short films have been entered and the judges will then select those they think have the best visual quality with the best script.  The 16 selected films La historia de siempre, Lost, Gracias, El opositor, Adios muñeca, 9 , Burbuja, El orden de las cosas, La autoridad, Killer, La Rubia de Pinos Puente, Mi amigo invisible, Pablo, Ona, Recuedos a Wy-Fly & Ultimo minuto,  have been selected by the jury for the Best Short Film in this edition of the festival.

    The 16 films can be seen during the festival, they are screened over the period and before the full length films shown during the festival. The majority of these short films are dramas that enter into the depth of human nature but there are also some comedies, from Madrid, Cataluña, the Basque Country or Andalucia.

    The Valencian Community has entered two short films into the competition this year, in previous years they have entered various projects from local directors , filmed in the Valencian region which help to promote awareness  of the Valencian Film Industry.

     

    Macu Esteve.

  • Discovering the Roman Villa of Albir

    When Constantine I and later Theodosius where leading a still splendid Rome, Albir, the coastal resort of Alfaz del Pi, was just farm land.

    Albir was then dependant on the city of Allon, which is now VillajoyosaIt was a rural area presided over by a large Roman Villa, the same one that was discovered on a plot of land approximate 20 years ago a few hundred metres from the beach.

    Next to this villa in other parts of the surrounding countryside were small cottages that cannot match the splendour of this villa, a splendour that is obvious from its private baths.sepultura_bebe_anfora_romana_hallada_l_alfas_pi

    The Mayor Vicente Arques and the Cultural Minister Maite Garcia have made the villa a project of the Town Hall, with the aim to preserve, protect and exploit the baths.  This is to be financed by state funds from the “Plan E”.

    The plan is to cover the baths and install walk ways, some made of wood and others transparent that allow the area to be seen without risk to the site which is one of the most important archaeology discoveries in the province of Alicante.

    According to the archaeologist Carolina Frias only the roman baths have been fully uncovered and a small section of the residential room that was used by the villa’s owners.

    There is still a vast area to be excavated and it is hoped they will uncover the oil press where they produced their olive oil and also the area where they made their own wine.  Even though these part of the villa are still hidden the archaeologists are aware of their existence due to the fact that they have found artefacts used in the production of oil and wine which according to Frias are very similar to what we use today.

    This work should take place from October or November when the new EMCORP project from the Valencian Government will be put into practise.  This will be the third project of its kind related to this villa and will pay for the excavations.  By then the site should be covered and the walkways provided over the baths.  Once the site is covered the excavations can continue and guided tours will commence.roman villa

    Visitors to this site will have the added attraction that the excavations are in full swing, therefore those who visit will be able to see the archaeologists at work.

    They will also be able to learn how the private baths we used.  The baths consisted of three different areas, one with cold water, the second with warm and the last with hot water.  The last area not only had hot water but also a heating system that heated the room as well as the water.  The heating system was based on a firewood oven that heated a chamber.  Later on in the 300 years that the villa was in use other pools were added along with a water tank that supplied the baths.

    Last November, very close to these baths, the villa revealed one of its best kept secrets, a funeral amphora, which contained the remains of a baby or a young child.  The future excavations could reveal much more facts that have been hidden underground for centuries.

    MACU ESTEVE.

  • 1st Benidorm Palace Golf Trophy

    SATURDAY 10TH OF JULY 2010.  GOLF PITCH Y PUTT SIERRA CORTINA FINESTRAT.

    DETAILS.

    STARTS :  Tee off 09:30golf

    Class:  Individual Stableford Handicap.

    Participants:-  Players must be over 18 years of age and hold a Federation Licence with a handicap from the RFEG.

    PRIZES & CATEGORIES: TWO  categories.

    1st  CATEGORY  ( 0-20,4)

    1st  Prize: Dinner and show  ( for 2 people)

    2nd prize: Dinner and show ( for 2 people).

    3rd prize: Dinner + drink  (for 2 people).

    2nd CATEGORY  (20,5-36,4)

    1st prize: Dinner and show (for 2 people)

    2nd prize: Dinner and show (for 2 people)

    3rd prize:  Dinner and drink  (for 2 people).

    RAFFLE: Tickets for the Benidorm Palace show.

    FOR FUTHER INFORMATION www.sierracortinagolf.com

    Golf P&P Sierra Cortina Finestrat Telf  966 11 20 9
  • 1st Benidorm Palace Golf Trophy

    SATURDAY 10TH OF JULY 2010.  GOLF PITCH Y PUTT SIERRA CORTINA FINESTRAT.

    DETAILS.

    STARTS :  Tee off 09:30golf

    Class:  Individual Stableford Handicap.

    Participants:-  Players must be over 18 years of age and hold a Federation Licence with a handicap from the RFEG.

    PRIZES & CATEGORIES: TWO  categories.

    1st  CATEGORY  ( 0-20,4)

    1st  Prize: Dinner and show  ( for 2 people)

    2nd prize: Dinner and show ( for 2 people).

    3rd prize: Dinner + drink  (for 2 people).

    2nd CATEGORY  (20,5-36,4)

    1st prize: Dinner and show (for 2 people)

    2nd prize: Dinner and show (for 2 people)

    3rd prize:  Dinner and drink  (for 2 people).

    RAFFLE: Tickets for the Benidorm Palace show.

    FOR FUTHER INFORMATION www.sierracortinagolf.com

    Golf P&P Sierra Cortina Finestrat Telf  966 11 20 9
  • New Guinness World Record in Aqua Natura Benidorm

    DAVID CALVO SETS A NEW WORLD RECORD SOLVING TWO RUBIC CUBES IN THE AQUARIUM AT AQUA NATURA BENIDORM.

    The young man completed both puzzle cubes in 1 minute 16 seconds while submerged with six sharks.

    David Calvo from Bilbao set a new World record this morning 2nd July 2010 when he solved two rubic cubes in less than 1, 24 minutes while submerged in the aquarium at Aqua Natura Benidorm.  David is the President and founder of the Spanish Rubic Club and demonstrated the art of a speed cuber by  solving the cubes surrounded by sharks some of them as large as 2 metres long.  He completed both cubes in 1,16 minutes.cuborubik

    The 24 year old beat the record previously created in April of this year on Italian televison where the record holder resolved two cubes one after the other while under water, in doing so, David earned his 4th Guinness world record.

    After donning his neopreno diving suit David  was submerged in the aquarium at Aqua Natura Benidorm, which holds 1,5 million litres of sea water and contains many different species of fish.  For security reasons a trained diving instructor was with David during the record attempt.cuborubik3

    David obtained his first Guiness World record in 2008  when he solved the highest number of rubic cubes in one hour, completing a total of 185.  His second record came a year later achieving the highest number of completed cubes while under water and his third title when he completed five cubes with just one hand in exactly 2,27 seconds.

    David was Spanish Rubic Cube Champion in 2006 and 2007 and his personal record is to complete a cube in 12,35 seconds.  There are 19 different speciality ways to solve a rubic cube  for example using both hands, one hand, completing the cube with your eyes closed and with cubes of different sizes.

     

     

     

  • New Guinness World Record in Aqua Natura Benidorm

    DAVID CALVO SETS A NEW WORLD RECORD SOLVING TWO RUBIC CUBES IN THE AQUARIUM AT AQUA NATURA BENIDORM.

    The young man completed both puzzle cubes in 1 minute 16 seconds while submerged with six sharks.

    David Calvo from Bilbao set a new World record this morning 2nd July 2010 when he solved two rubic cubes in less than 1, 24 minutes while submerged in the aquarium at Aqua Natura Benidorm.  David is the President and founder of the Spanish Rubic Club and demonstrated the art of a speed cuber by  solving the cubes surrounded by sharks some of them as large as 2 metres long.  He completed both cubes in 1,16 minutes.cuborubik

    The 24 year old beat the record previously created in April of this year on Italian televison where the record holder resolved two cubes one after the other while under water, in doing so, David earned his 4th Guinness world record.

    After donning his neopreno diving suit David  was submerged in the aquarium at Aqua Natura Benidorm, which holds 1,5 million litres of sea water and contains many different species of fish.  For security reasons a trained diving instructor was with David during the record attempt.cuborubik3

    David obtained his first Guiness World record in 2008  when he solved the highest number of rubic cubes in one hour, completing a total of 185.  His second record came a year later achieving the highest number of completed cubes while under water and his third title when he completed five cubes with just one hand in exactly 2,27 seconds.

    David was Spanish Rubic Cube Champion in 2006 and 2007 and his personal record is to complete a cube in 12,35 seconds.  There are 19 different speciality ways to solve a rubic cube  for example using both hands, one hand, completing the cube with your eyes closed and with cubes of different sizes.

     

     

     

  • Terra Natura, precio especial

    Terra Natura + Aqua Natura con precio especialDisfrúta de un precio muy especial en la entrada conjunta a Terra Natura Benidorm y Aqua Natura Benidorm.

    Por sólo 29 € los adultos y 23€ para los niños y senior.

    ¡AHÓRRATE HASTA 15€ COMPRANDO LA ENTRADA COMBINADA!

  • Terra Natura, precio especial

    Terra Natura + Aqua Natura con precio especialDisfrúta de un precio muy especial en la entrada conjunta a Terra Natura Benidorm y Aqua Natura Benidorm.

    Por sólo 29 € los adultos y 23€ para los niños y senior.

    ¡AHÓRRATE HASTA 15€ COMPRANDO LA ENTRADA COMBINADA!

  • Nace en Mundomar KIRA una nueva cría de león marino

    Kira, la nueva cría de león marinoMundomar, el Parque de Animales Marinos y Exóticos de Benidorm, ha visto crecer su población tras el nacimiento de una nueva cría de león marino, una hembra que ya alcanza los 12 kilogramos de peso y a la que sus cuidadores han bautizado con el nombre de Kira.

    Tras este alumbramiento, que tuvo lugar el pasado mes junio, son 23 los ejemplares de leones marinos que habitan en el parque y el sexto que ha tenido lugar en sus instalaciones, una de las más completas y modernas de Europa. El caso de Kira es único en el parque, puesto que es la primera cría nacida del cruce de dos especies, la del león marino de California y la de la Patagonia.
  • Nace en Mundomar KIRA una nueva cría de león marino

    Kira, la nueva cría de león marinoMundomar, el Parque de Animales Marinos y Exóticos de Benidorm, ha visto crecer su población tras el nacimiento de una nueva cría de león marino, una hembra que ya alcanza los 12 kilogramos de peso y a la que sus cuidadores han bautizado con el nombre de Kira.

    Tras este alumbramiento, que tuvo lugar el pasado mes junio, son 23 los ejemplares de leones marinos que habitan en el parque y el sexto que ha tenido lugar en sus instalaciones, una de las más completas y modernas de Europa. El caso de Kira es único en el parque, puesto que es la primera cría nacida del cruce de dos especies, la del león marino de California y la de la Patagonia.
  • Las Noches de Terra Mítica

    Noche en Terra MíticaTerra Mítica ha decidido ampliar durante todos los días de agosto la programación nocturna. La zona de Egipto permanecerá abierta hasta las 2:00 h y todas las atracciones del parque hasta las 24:00 h. Para aquellos que sólo quieran disfrutar de "Las Noches de Terra Mítica" se ha puesto a la venta una entrada de 9€ con parking gratuito válida desde las 22.00 horas hasta la hora del cierre.
  • Las Noches de Terra Mítica

    Noche en Terra MíticaTerra Mítica ha decidido ampliar durante todos los días de agosto la programación nocturna. La zona de Egipto permanecerá abierta hasta las 2:00 h y todas las atracciones del parque hasta las 24:00 h. Para aquellos que sólo quieran disfrutar de "Las Noches de Terra Mítica" se ha puesto a la venta una entrada de 9€ con parking gratuito válida desde las 22.00 horas hasta la hora del cierre.
  • Entrevista a Joanna Climent Yarwood

    (Directora de la sala de fiestasBenidorm Palace)

    joanna_webDirectora del Benidorm Palace
    Joanna Climent Yarwood es hija del Presidente del Grupo Palace, Vicente Climent Llorca, y lleva varios años trabajando codo con codo junto a su padre. En estos momentos, recién inaugurada la treintena, Joanna acaba de asumir un gran reto en su vida profesional; ha recibido la “batuta” de la dirección de la sala de fiestas de manos de su padre.

    -Joanna, esta pregunta quizás debería hacérsela a tu padre pero, bajo tu punto de vista ¿Cuál es el secreto de los 32 años de vida de Benidorm Palace?

    -Nuestra empresa familiar tiene tres secretos en su funcionamiento; trabajo, trabajo y más trabajo. Desde pequeña “he mamado” el amor por el Palace y todos los miembros de mi familia arrimamos el hombro, incluida mi madre que se ocupa de atender a los medios de comunicación extranjeros. La clave del éxito puede radicar en que cada día trabajamos como si fuera el primero, nunca damos las cosas por hechas y con constancia y esfuerzo diarios la maquinaria del Palace funciona a las mil maravillas.


    ¿Cómo alguien tan joven como tu se enfrenta al reto de dirigir a mas de 150 trabajadores directos y otros tantos proveedores?


    -He tenido un buen espejo en el que mirarme y en este sentido continuo con la línea de dirección que emprendió mi padre hace mas de 20 años. Si que es cierto que ha traído aires frescos producto de mi edad y de mi formación moderna pero siempre tengo en cuenta los consejos de mi padre, fruto de la experiencia, y procuro aplicar con cabeza lo que me dice mi corazón.

    ¿Explícanos como es el renovado Benidorm Palace, ya que últimamente habéis acometido varios cambios externa e internamente?


    -Hace un par de años renovamos la fachada y el hall e hicimos un innovador edificio que se ha convertido en punto de referencia de la arquitectura vanguardista de la Comunidad Valenciana. En cuanto a nuestra cocina hemos contratado a un experimentado Chef internacional, Hauswald, que consigue traer sabores y texturas únicas y platos realmente elaborados. Si te refieres al show en estos momentos tenemos en cartel “Crescendo” un autentica viaje por los sentidos.

    ¿Si por algo es conocida vuestra sala es por las coreografías y las variedades artísticas de tanta calidad?

    Muchísimas gracias pero yo también estoy de acuerdo contigo. Hay que recordar que Benidorm Palace ha acogido eventos de tanto prestigio como Miss España, El Festival de la canción o actuaciones de tanto renombre como Julio Iglesias, Money M, Isabel Pantoja, el fantástico cómico Moncho Borrajo y un sinfín de grandes figuras del mundo del espectáculo. En cuanto al cuerpo de baile en estos momentos tenemos un elenco de unos 40 bailarines de todo el mundo que cada noche hacen vibrar a los espectadores con su fantasía y sus increíbles ritmos. Desde estas líneas quiero animar a todos a que nos visiten y disfruten con las sorpresas que depara el renovado Benidorm Palace.

    -Para terminar Joanna. ¿Eres consciente de que vuestra sala se ha convertido en un lugar obligado cuando uno visita Benidorm?

    Claro, pero yo diría mas, hemos llegado a un nivel tan alto de acogimiento que vienen clientes desde muy lejos y por eso hemos tenido que ampliar nuestra oferta incluyendo noche en varios hoteles de la ciudad. Normalmente las personas que vienen de lejos quieren hacer un a noche en la cuidad pero ellos en realidad vienen a pasar una velada a Benidorm Palace, así es que estamos muy orgullosos del lugar que ocupamos dentro de la cuidad.

    Entrevista de M. Encabo
    M. Encabo

     

  • Entrevista a Joanna Climent Yarwood

    (Directora de la sala de fiestasBenidorm Palace)

    joanna_webDirectora del Benidorm Palace
    Joanna Climent Yarwood es hija del Presidente del Grupo Palace, Vicente Climent Llorca, y lleva varios años trabajando codo con codo junto a su padre. En estos momentos, recién inaugurada la treintena, Joanna acaba de asumir un gran reto en su vida profesional; ha recibido la “batuta” de la dirección de la sala de fiestas de manos de su padre.

    -Joanna, esta pregunta quizás debería hacérsela a tu padre pero, bajo tu punto de vista ¿Cuál es el secreto de los 32 años de vida de Benidorm Palace?

    -Nuestra empresa familiar tiene tres secretos en su funcionamiento; trabajo, trabajo y más trabajo. Desde pequeña “he mamado” el amor por el Palace y todos los miembros de mi familia arrimamos el hombro, incluida mi madre que se ocupa de atender a los medios de comunicación extranjeros. La clave del éxito puede radicar en que cada día trabajamos como si fuera el primero, nunca damos las cosas por hechas y con constancia y esfuerzo diarios la maquinaria del Palace funciona a las mil maravillas.


    ¿Cómo alguien tan joven como tu se enfrenta al reto de dirigir a mas de 150 trabajadores directos y otros tantos proveedores?


    -He tenido un buen espejo en el que mirarme y en este sentido continuo con la línea de dirección que emprendió mi padre hace mas de 20 años. Si que es cierto que ha traído aires frescos producto de mi edad y de mi formación moderna pero siempre tengo en cuenta los consejos de mi padre, fruto de la experiencia, y procuro aplicar con cabeza lo que me dice mi corazón.

    ¿Explícanos como es el renovado Benidorm Palace, ya que últimamente habéis acometido varios cambios externa e internamente?


    -Hace un par de años renovamos la fachada y el hall e hicimos un innovador edificio que se ha convertido en punto de referencia de la arquitectura vanguardista de la Comunidad Valenciana. En cuanto a nuestra cocina hemos contratado a un experimentado Chef internacional, Hauswald, que consigue traer sabores y texturas únicas y platos realmente elaborados. Si te refieres al show en estos momentos tenemos en cartel “Crescendo” un autentica viaje por los sentidos.

    ¿Si por algo es conocida vuestra sala es por las coreografías y las variedades artísticas de tanta calidad?

    Muchísimas gracias pero yo también estoy de acuerdo contigo. Hay que recordar que Benidorm Palace ha acogido eventos de tanto prestigio como Miss España, El Festival de la canción o actuaciones de tanto renombre como Julio Iglesias, Money M, Isabel Pantoja, el fantástico cómico Moncho Borrajo y un sinfín de grandes figuras del mundo del espectáculo. En cuanto al cuerpo de baile en estos momentos tenemos un elenco de unos 40 bailarines de todo el mundo que cada noche hacen vibrar a los espectadores con su fantasía y sus increíbles ritmos. Desde estas líneas quiero animar a todos a que nos visiten y disfruten con las sorpresas que depara el renovado Benidorm Palace.

    -Para terminar Joanna. ¿Eres consciente de que vuestra sala se ha convertido en un lugar obligado cuando uno visita Benidorm?

    Claro, pero yo diría mas, hemos llegado a un nivel tan alto de acogimiento que vienen clientes desde muy lejos y por eso hemos tenido que ampliar nuestra oferta incluyendo noche en varios hoteles de la ciudad. Normalmente las personas que vienen de lejos quieren hacer un a noche en la cuidad pero ellos en realidad vienen a pasar una velada a Benidorm Palace, así es que estamos muy orgullosos del lugar que ocupamos dentro de la cuidad.

    Entrevista de M. Encabo
    M. Encabo

     

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