Tuesday 27 March 2012

Holy Week 2012 in Benidorm

Now available on our web the program of events for Easter Week 2012 in Benidorm, taking place between the 1st and the 8th of April.

Friday 30th of March
20’30 h. San Jaime Church. Announcement of the Holy Week, followed by a Religious Concert of “Camerata Ars Cantica de Benidorm”.

Sunday 1st of April, PALM SUNDAY
11’00 h. Nuestra Señora de la Almudena Church . Benediction of the Palms and Procession by the surrounding streets, followed by a Holy Mass.
San Jaime Church. Benediction of the Palms and Procession by the streets Santa Faz, Paseo de la Carretera, Alameda, Mayor and Plaza de San Jaime, followed by a Holy Mass.
Ermita de Sanz. Benediction of the Palms and Procession, followed by a Holy Mass.

11’30 h. Nuestra Señora del Carmen Church and San Francisco de Asís Church. Benediction of the Palms and Procession, by the surrounding streets, followed by a Holy Mass.

12’00 h. El Buen Pastor Church and Nuestra Señora del Mar Church. Benediction of the Palms and Procession by the surrounding streets, followed by a Holy Mass.
Church of San Juan Bautista (La Cala). Holy Mass followed by Benediction of the Palms and Procession by the streets Vicente Llorca Alós, Alfaz del Pi, Santander, Mont-Benidorm, Pajares and Plaza de las Tiendas.

20´30 h. El Buen Pastor Church. Solemn Procession of Our Father Jesus of Health and Humbleness and Our Lady of the Hope and Peace escorted by the music band “La Primitiva” from Callosa, the musical society Virgen del Sufragio, the Roman Century and the National Police of Benidorm.
Itinerary: Church of El Buen Pastor, Puig Campana, Roldán, Almendros, Mercado, Tomás Ortuño, Maravall, Apolo XI and Maravall, and return to the Church.

Sunday 1st, Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd of April
19’00 h. Mass and triple duo for Our Father Jesus Nazarene. San Jaime Church.

Monday 2nd, Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th of April
19’00 h. Triple duet for the Christ of the Forgiveness and Good Death. Nuestra Señora de la Almudena Church.

Wednesday 4th of April, HOLY WEDNESDAY
22’00 h. Solemn Procession by the Brotherhood of Our Father Jesus Nazarene. San Jaime Church.
Itinerary: Plaza de San Jaime, Mayor, Alameda, Plaza de la Cruz, Paseo de la Carretera, Tomás Ortuño, Apolo XI, Almendros, Paseo de la Carretera, Santa Faz and Plaza de San Jaime.

Thursday 5th of April, HOLY THURSDAY
21’00 h. Solemn Procession of the Silence at Nuestra Señora de la Almudena Church with the Brotherhoods of the Last Supper, the Christ of the Forgiveness and Good Death and the Virgin of Sorrow.
Itinerary: La Almudena Church, Ginés Cartagena, Capitán Cortés, Castellana, Velázquez, Acacias, Goya, Jardines, and Ginés Cartagena, to finish at the Church.

21’00 h. Solemn Procession of the Brotherhood of Our Lord during his Agony at the Olive Trees Mountain, with the Drums and Cornets Band and the Music Band L´Illa de Benidorm. San Juan Bautista Church (La Cala). Itinerary: Plaza de las Tiendas, Pajares, Mont-Benidorm, Vicente Llorca Alòs, Santander, Mont-Benidorm, Pajares, Plaza de las Tiendas, to get back to the Church.

23’00 h. Holy Hour at the Church of San Jaime, Nuestra Señora del Carmen, San Francisco de Asís and El Buen Pastor.

24´00 h. Holy Hour at the Church of San Juan Bautista.

01´00 h. Holy Hour at the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Almudena.

Friday 6th of April, GOOD FRIDAY
07’00 h. Procession from San Jaime Church going to Monte Calvario (Old Graveyard),where the Way of the Cross and the Sermon of the Seven Words will take place.

20’30 h. General Procession of the Holy Burial, with all the Brotherhoods, from San Jaime Church. Itinerary: Plaza de San Jaime, Mayor, Alameda, Los Ángeles, Pintor Lozano, Ricardo, Martínez Alejos, Paseo de la Carretera, Santa Faz and Plaza de San Jaime.

23’00 h. Way of the Cross. San Juan Bautista Church (La Cala). Brotherhood of Our Lord during his Agony at the Olive Trees Mountain. Departure from the San Juan Bautista Church going to the Chapel of Our Lady of the Sea (Tossal).

Sunday 8th of April, EASTER SUNDAY
08’00 h. Procession of the Encounter of the Lord and the Virgin. Departure from San Jaime Church. Afterwards “Embassy”.


Costa Blanca Cup 2012 Easter

The Easter Costa Blanca tournament has now reached its 7th edition. The main venues for the tournament are Benidorm, La Vila-Joiosa, Altea and Calpe.

The tournament will take place between the 5th and 8th April. Thursday 5th the teams will be welcomed at the organisers offices, at the Hotel Mediterráneo, where an age control will take place and all official documentation will be presented. Friday 6th and Saturday 7th matches will be held throughout the day as well as the the qualifying games amongst the first classified to see which teams will play in the final of each catgeory. Sunday 8th the finals will take place at the Rincón de Loix football pitches.

For this edition there are a total of 30 clubs, participating, 80 teams of differing categories. Most of the participating teams are Spanish but there are also clubs from Scotland, France and Portugal. Within Spain participate teams from Cantabria, Castilla – La Mancha, Castilla y León, Cataluña, Comunidad de Madrid, Islas Baleares, País Vasco and of course from the Comunidad Valenciana.

Aproximately 1100 personas will stay in various establishements offered by the organisers, which means more than 3000 room nights during the Easter high season.

Source: en.visitbenidorm.es

Friday 16 March 2012

Fallas in Benidorm

In Benidorm we are in Fiesta; the light, color and fire ... above all the fire,will floods the streets of our town for a few days. From this hospitable town we invite you to fully live and experience the Fallas, undoubtedly our most internationally known festival.

For five days the castles, monuments and “mascletaes” become the protagonists of Benidorm, where the smell of gunpowder is interspersed with the smell of flowers and the music of the bands with the sound of masclets. A transformation that occurs as a prelude to spring, and on March 19, everything ends and everything begins; with the last of the ashes people start to dream of Fallas again for the following year.

This excellent Valencian fiesta takes place in Benidorm from the 14th to March 19th, the festivity of San José.

There are three Fallas Commissions: falla “centro”, falla “rincón” and falla “els tolls”, which are responsible for creating their Fallas constructions in their respective districts and organise the fiesta. Parades, and flower offering are the most significant events, culminating in the feast day (the 19th) with the "cremá" (burning of the fallas).

The six children’s and adults versions of monuments are burned at different times for people who want to view all the burnings.

Source: visitbenidorm.com

272th Commemoration of the Finding of the Virgin of the Suffrage

At the time of the dawn on Friday 16th of March the image of Our Lady of Suffrage, patron saint of Benidorm, will walk along the beaches of the town to mark its arrival in the town 272 years ago. The Major Patron Festivals Commission and the Department of Festivities have developed a full program of activities for the Finding.

On Friday, 16th of March, about 5:30 pm, will sound an air raid at the time of dawn, with bell ringing and prayer to Our Lady of Suffrage in the Plaza de San Jaime. Following the opening of doors of the temple, the image of the patron will walk through the streets of the Old Town and the beaches of the town, ending with the traditional verse recited to the Virgin this time by Carmela Soria.

In the afternoon, at 20 hours, concelebrate Mass in honor of the patron, headed by Pedro Juan Diaz, the son of Benidorm, sung by the Choral Group Benidorm. But the acts of the 272 anniversary will begin this Saturday, 10th of March, with a Mass in the parish of Sant Jaume and Santa Ana, at 10 hours, followed by a ringing of bells.

At 17 hours will be the entrance to gangs and collection of the Virgin of the Suffrage at its headquarter in La Barqueta. At 17:30 pm a salute will be fired in honor of the patron on the Paseo de Colón. The solemn procession will pass through the Paseo Colón, Plaza de la Creu, Alameda, Calle Mayor and Plaza de Sant Jaume, where the offering takes place.

Then it will be sung the traditional 'copletes'. On Sunday 11th of March there will be two concerts, one at 12 pm in the Plaza Mayor, in charge of the Musical Union of Benidorm, and another concert at 20 hours, by the Rondalla of ACR La Barqueta in the church of Sant Jaume and Santa Ana. On Tuesday 13th of March will be a lecture by Vicenta Perez Bayonne, on 'The Mare de Deu del Sofratge i copletes'. It will be at 19 hours in the auditorium of the Casa del Fester.

Finally, on Thursday 15th of March, at 18 hours, winners of the X Contest of Drawing and Painting La Barqueta will receive their awards in the town hall.

Source: visitbenidorm.com

Friday 9 March 2012

Bollywood chooses Benidorm as the scene of a blockbuster

On next Monday Benidorm will become the scene of shooting of a Bollywood blockbuster. The Spanish producer Camino Media is responsible for the Indian film 'Anna Bond' has chosen the town to record the music scenes in this romantic film.

A team of 40 people including 30 supporting actors, come to Benidorm in the early hours of the morning to shoot various music video clips that will stage the Paseo de Poniente, the Kings Park of L´Aigüera.

The film, which will debut next April in India, is virtually complete absence of the musical moments inserted into the plot. The production 'Anna Bond' has three Bollywood stars in the universe, such as Puneeth Rajkumar, Nidhi Subbaiah and Priyamani. The music is provided by V. Harikrishna, musical director and renowned Indian singer who has to his credit three Filmfare awards for best music for movies with the films: Gaalipata (2008), The Shouwman Raaj (2009) and Jackie (2010).

Anna Bond, shot in kannada language is directed by Duniya Soori and produced by Parvathamma Rajkumar. The bulk of the film has finished shooting in the Akash Studio, located in the indian town of Kota, in the absence of the three music videos that are shot in Spain now.

Source: visitbenidorm.com

Thursday 8 March 2012

Benidorm, selected the second best beach destination in Spain

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, today announced the winners of its annual 2012 Travelers’ Choice Beach Destinations awards. One hundred eighty-one top beach locations were named around the world, covering 21 regions around the world, classified in different regional categories.

Award winners were determined based on the most highly rated beach destinations by travellers in TripAdvisor reviews. Benidorm was the second most voted beach Destination in Spain and the 5th In Europe.

Yolanda Pickett from the Visitbenidorm tourist board quotes that “In Benidorm we are delighted and proud to have received this distinction as chosen by trip advisor reviewers as one the best beach destinations in Spain and Europe of Travellers Choice 2012, which for us has more value as is nominated by visitors to Benidorm and also for being part of the leading travel site trip Advisor. The tourist board frequently participates in the Tripadvisor forums and updates articles and photography for Benidorm".

Source: en.visitbenidorm.es

Friday 2 March 2012

1st Benidorm Montain Bike Open "Ciudad de Benidorm"

The next 3rd of march Benidorm helds the 1st Mountain Bike Open “Ciudad de Benidorm”. The event will take place between 15 and 18 h, and will go by an urban circuit with the departure and finish point at the municipal sports centre of Foietes.

The race will count for the Regional Mountain Bike Championship Cross Country and for the ranking of the Royal Spanish Cycling Federation. All participants will receive free tickets for the animal park of Benidorm Terra Natura.