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Excited Brits are flocking back to holiday hotspot Benidorm as Costa Blanca's Little England again comes back to life after months of misery caused by the pandemic.
Some hotels catering especially for British tourists have reopened for the first time in over a year.
And crowd favourite bars and nightspots in places like Mallorca Street in the heart of Benidorm are back and thriving.
Grateful holidaymakers were today (October 4) soaking up the Spanish sunshine as temperatures are expected to reach a warm 25 degrees this week.
Classic sights like package tour holiday coaches filled with excitable Brits were seen transporting arrivals from Alicante Airport to their respective Benidorm hotels.
Alex Fratini, a member of Benidorm bar and restaurant association Abreca said: “Many businesses have reopened after many months closed because the Brits have started to return.
“Bars are hiring staff and that’s a good sign.”
Association president Javier del Castillo told local paper Diario Informacion: “Businesses are reopening and opening for longer.
“We hope this continues and more Brits come.”
Toni Mayor, president of local holiday association, Hosbec, said: “The situation has improved dramatically.
“There’s a British atmosphere in Benidorm which reminds me of the atmosphere of old before the pandemic struck.
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“Around 20 per cent of the holidaymakers in town at the moment are now British and with the other 20 per cent who’ll hopefully return now the restrictions have been eased, we’ll be back to the way things were three years ago.
“We’re hopeful that’s going to happen. All the bars and cafes in the Little England area are open and doing good business because they’re packed.
“We think the number of Brits holidaying here will rise rapidly and there could be a massive surge.
“It looks like it’s going to be a good autumn and a good winter, possibly the best winter we’ve had for the last few years.
“We know the Brits want to come to Benidorm and with the lifting of restrictions, that’s obviously going to encourage them to get on planes.”
The UK's traffic light system for travel was scrapped today and replaced with just two categories, countries on the red list and everywhere else.
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Fully vaccinated holiday-goers coming from countries not on the red list can now enter the UK without a test pre-departure.
They will not have to take a PCR test or isolate at home – just a single test is needed on the second day after arriving.
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