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Spain’s Mediterranean Diet Crowned Healthiest In The World

For the 3rd year in a row, the Mediterranean diet has been crowned the healthiest nutritional plan by a panel of doctors, nutritionists and fitness experts with its emphasis on plant-based foods, whole grains, lean protein and olive oil. Read more

Massive January Ryanair Sale To Alicante!

Ryanair is giving you the chance to beat the January winter blues and spend January in the Alicante sun! Read more

Workers In Spain Have Won Legal Right To Christmas Hamper

Spanish workers have just won the right to receive a free Christmas Hamper from their employers.
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Christmas Fireworks In Alicante

Alicante is planning two loud pyrotechnics events in the city’s Plaza de los Luceros during the Christmas period. The mascletas are scheduled for 31st December and again on 4th January both at 2pm.
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Alicante-Elche Airport Reaches 14 Million Passengers

On Monday November 25th 2019, Alicante-Elche airport beat its passenger record with the arrival of 14 million passengers with still more than a month to end of the year and it meant a Dutch visitor had a lovely surprise when she touched down at Alicante-Elche airport when she was declared the 14th million passenger to be welcomed this year.

The record milestone was marked by Alicante-Elche Airport Director Laura Navarro alongwith representatives of Spanish Airports and Air Navigation (AENA) who greeted her as she disembarked from a Transavia Boing 737-800 arriving from Eindhoven. The lady was presented with several gifts including a pass for the airport’s VIP lounge.

 

Santa Pola Moors and Christians Fiesta 2019

The Moors and Christians fiesta in Santa Pola will take place from the 31st August – 8th September 2019. The fiesta includes events like the Alicante province Archery Trophy, Carnival Parade, Ribbon Race, Sailing Regattas, Music Band Parades, Quail Shooting, Model and Radio Controlled Boat Competition, the Moors and Christians Parades, Mock Battles and Conquering of the Castle as well as daily Mascletas and three evening firework displays! Read more

UK’s Popular Summer Holiday Destinations with 4 out of the top 10 in Spain

Holidays are what many Brits love to look forward to, with plenty eagerly searching for their next holiday destination online and new research has now revealed the most popular holiday countries for 2019.
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WH Smith Officially Opens 1st European InMotion store at Alicante-Elche Airport

WH Smith’s in-store range will include power banks and headphones as well as products for the home.
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Alicante Hogueras 2019

Alicante celebrates the coming of summer with the bonfires of San Juan. In a spectacular display of music, colour and fireworks, thousands of people throng the streets to experience this fiesta which pays tribute to fire.

To celebrate the arrival of summer, the people of Alicante would traditionally flock to the countryside on 23 June for a festive dinner: they feasted on typical products, and at midnight they would light bonfires and dance around them, set off fireworks and go swimming in the sea. This custom endured over the years, and in 1928 the fiestas of the Bonfires of San Juan were formally constituted. For several days, Alicante celebrates this great homage to fire, where the stars of the show are genuine works of ephemeral art: the bonfires and the enormous cardboard and wooden figures which go up in flames on the night of San Juan.

The queen of the fiesta, known as the “Bellea del Foc” (“Beauty of Fire”), is chosen in May from among the candidates presented by a committee in each neighbourhood. The festivities officially begin on 20 June with the “plantà”, or building of enormous bonfires with their tongue-in-cheek cardboard figures which fill the streets of Alicante with wit and good humour. That day the “barracas” or large tents are also put up to serve as a public dance floor, and where fiesta-goers can sample the typical figs and “cocas” (a kind of pastry with tuna, onions and pine nuts). Some of the highlights of the festivities include the Entry of the Bands and Committees, with their respective “beauties” and their ladies-in-waiting wearing traditional dress; the floral offering to the patron saint of the city, the Virgin of El Remedio on 21 and 22 June; and the international folklore parade, a spectacular procession featuring dance troupes from all over the world. In addition, every day at two in the afternoon from 19 to 24 June, there are firework displays in Plaza de los Luceros square: these are the ear-splitting “mascletàs”, for which ear-plugs are highly recommended due to the racket of the exploding firecrackers and rockets. And finally at midnight on 24 June comes the “cremà” (burning), the high point of the fiestas. After a spectacular white palm tree of fireworks, the bonfires all over the city are set alight and blaze away amid much merriment and dancing and singing, while fire-fighters shower the merrymakers with water in what is known as the “banyá”.

But the fiesta is not over yet. From 25 to 29 June there is a fireworks competition on the El Postiguet beach, and the historic centre of the town comes alive with a medieval market and a range of shows.

Aldi £1.99 Sunscreen Offers Better Protection Than Top Brands | Alicante Holiday Villas

A recent consumer survey revealed that Aldi’s £1.99’s sunscreen offers BETTER protection than Garnier’s Ambre Solaire and Piz Buin – but costs three times less! Read more