Thursday 29 May 2008

Blues Festival in Benidorm

Next 6th, 7th and 8th of June there will be a Blues Festival in Oscar Esplá Auditorium.

Friday 6th / 22.30h: Shemekia Copeland Blues Band - 18 euros in Ticket Office / 15 euros in advance.

Sábado 7 / 22.30h: Gene Taylor & The Blueshackers - 12 euros in Ticket Office / 10 euros in advance.

Domingo 8 / 21.00h: The Robert Cray Band - 24 euros in Ticket Office / 20 euros in advance.

Source: Ona Sol Hotels

Keep Young and Beautiful

As part of their plan to promote innovation and accessibility on Benidorm's beaches the Community Council have installed half a dozen exercise machines on Levante Beach. The idea is that tourists and natives alike can use them to flex their pecs and minimise or maximise the gluteus.
Primarily aimed at elder people (research on over-65's has demonstrated that signs of ageing in muscles appears to be reversed by regular resistance training) the equipment can still be used by others.
It's not really designed for the body-builders amongst us but is perfectly suited to a good all over body exercise programme.
The plan is to install similar equipment on other beaches so that wherever we are on the Costa Blanca we can all be fit as fiddles.


Plans to install fibre optic network in Benidorm

The council has started a viability study ahead of offering a service to tender.

Benidorm Town Hall is trying to get a fibre optic network established for the second time. Back in 2004 a concession was awarded to a private company to create the network, but given that three years later no cabling had started the concession was removed. Now the council has voted to launch a viability study for a new tender for a fibre optic network which would bring super high speed internet and data connections.Cost of installing such a network has been estimated at 10 million €, and the company winning a tender would have to pay a sum for the concession to the town hall. Already one company has expressed an interest in developing the service in the town.


Thursday 22 May 2008

Natural Park Life

The Sierra Helada Natural Park which straddles Benidorm and Altea is now three years old and continues to grow in importance. This year it has a budget of 1.3 million euros and part of this will be used to purchase new submarine listening equipment.

This will enable the park's staff to detect whales, porpoises and dolphins as they enter its boundaries (part of it is on land but the vast majority is underwater) by their high pitched chatter. The staff are pleased that these undersea mammals are now returning to the area in much greater numbers than before.

Another benefit of the listening equipment will be to find turtles that have become trapped in fishermen's nets, one of the main causes of the decline in turtle numbers in the Mediterranean.
Its success underwater has been matched on land too as over 140,000 visitors flocked to the park last year, of which 40,000 went by boat, making it the most popular in the Valencia area!

Source: Benidorm-Spotlight

Monday 19 May 2008

Culinary delights on the seashore in Xàbia, near Denia

From 21st-25th May, Xàbia will welcome the Jornadas Gastronómicas (4th Annual Festival of Gastronomy). Those who love the sea and good food mustn't miss this chance to enjoy delicious dishes in the marquee erected right on the edge of the Arenal beach.

For a few days this point of the Alicante coastline will become the focal point for local gastronomy. For the first time, there will be live music, several ambiences and a raffle for a Mediterranean cruise.

Over the five days you can stroll around the marquee and buy "tasting vouchers" for 15 Euros. They allow you to try up to four different dishes and a cocktail, along with Denomination of Origin wines, desserts, coffee, etc.

This year, the Xàbia Restaurant Owner's Association has decided to dedicate one of the days to the pinchos (snacks) that play such an important role in restaurants along the Costa Blanca.

The 4th Jornadas Gastronómicas will be inaugurated by chefs from the Gota de Mar, La Rústica, Mezquida and Restaurante Sur. The cocktail will be prepared by the barman from the La Esquina bar.

On Thursday 22nd, the dishes will be prepared by the Calima, Club Náutico & Torremar, La Fontana and Trencall restaurants, while the cocktail will be created by the Parador de Turismo.


Friday 16 May 2008

The British are coming

Benidorm hotels are guaranteed a massive influx of British holidaymakers this summer. It seems that the terrible weather in Britain last summer kick-started an avalanche of advance bookings last September and October for some sure fire Benidorm sunshine.

Around 72% of overnight stays in Alicante province will be made by British travellers and unlike other lightweight nationalities who bring their own sandwiches, the Brits will spend, spend, spend while they are here.

A survey has revealed that despite higher costs of mortgages, petrol, food and transport the British will not be compromising on their one and only sunshine trip.

See you soon everybody.

Source: Benidorm Spotlight News

Wireless in Benidorm

Laptop users in Benidorm will benefit from the council's new WiFi zone from this saturday onwards. The whole town hall square - La plaza de Sus Majestades los Reyes de España - will be covered in invisible wireless signals which will enable us to connect to the Internet for free.

It's the brainchild of the Council for New Technologies and will enable you to keep up to date with what's happening in the outside world or to read your e-mails.

The WiFi will have an anti-virus system and good news for parents, it also has a filter for violent or pornographic material so the kids can't play Manhunt 2.

Happy surfing Internauts.

Source: Benidorm Spotlight News

Please... to the Airport???

With so many people now travelling independently and making their own way to and from the airport by hire car the Hotel Owners Association of Benidorm have noticed the poor road signs to the airport.

The Hoteliers have called on the Government to help travellers out by sticking up a few signs for the Airport on the motorway. Even more revolutionary, they also want some signs around Benidorm to give an indication which direction to take to get to the motorway for the airport.

Source: Benidorm Spotlight / Ona Sol Hotels

Monday 12 May 2008

The Mediatic Festival in La Nucia

The Camilo Cano sports centre in La Nucia is the setting for the Mediatic Festival on 16th - 17th May. The festival is now in its seventh year and has consolidated its position as one of the major Spanish musical events.

Starting at 7pm. on Friday and Saturday, there will be a vigorous succession of performances until 4.30am. No less than 22 performances on Friday and 24 on Saturday, with top acts that include La Fuga, Fangoria, Los Delinquentes, The Waterboys, Loquillo, Hombres G, Celtas Cortos and Siniestro Total.

In addition, from midnight on Saturday the Mediatic Festival will be organising Musica en la Calle (Music in the Street) in premises especially prepared for the festival, with cheap food and drink for all.

The Mediatic Festival is a renowned musical event, as it received the Premio a la Difusion de la Musica (Music Promotion Award) at the VIII Edicion de los Premios de la Musica (8th Annual Music Awards) in 2004 for its defence of and firm commitment to Spanish artist and groups.


Monday 5 May 2008

Onasol News Opening

In this blog we'll try to collect interesting news for you, news form our hotels, from Benidorm, Denia and the Costa Blanca, especially those news who might be interesting for you, like news from typical fiestas, music, theather, sports, in fact all cultural events you could go in the Marina Baixa and Marina Alta.