‘Joy’ as Britons return to Benidorm after Covid pandemic brought station ‘to its knees’ – .

‘Joy’ as Britons return to Benidorm after Covid pandemic brought station ‘to its knees’ – .

After a 20-month absence, the British are finally returning to Benidorm as the popular seaside resort recovers from the crippling pandemic.

Bar owners and vacationers alike have expressed their joy at the return, with stag and hen parties on the agenda.

The Costa Blanca hotspot was almost brought to its knees when Covid shut it down early last year.

But after testing rules were relaxed for fully vaccinated visitors, clubs are open again until 7 a.m., and the end-of-season buzz was making up for lost time.

Bulldog pub owner Scott O’Brien, 55, said: “Finally the Brits are back. Benidorm is alive again. You can feel the relief and the joy.

“The atmosphere is incredible. It is freedom for these people. Everyone is much happier and more calm than I remember being in previous years.

Since last Sunday, UK tourists who have suffered both jabs only need a lateral flow test on their return home – costing around £ 20 – rather than a PCR, which can go up to 100 £.

Bride-to-be Jade Fieldhouse, from Warrington, and 16 friends flew to Benidorm on Wednesday.

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Angie Barker celebrates 50 years with friends and family in Benidorm


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The 27-year-old is not fully vaccinated, but is happy to pay for a PCR to spend some time in the sun.

She said: “It costs me a lot more than the others, but it’s 100% worth it.

“Forget the money. I haven’t been away during Covid and I’m getting married in February, it’s time to let go of my hair. “

Educational assistant Angie Barker, of Hull, was joined by her mother Janet Tomlinson, 75, and 12 friends and family to celebrate her 50th birthday.

She said: “We booked it in February and we were just hoping for the best. Honestly, I had a great time.

Liam Booth, 30, and friends from Townville Cricket Club in Castleford, West Yorks, arrived at the complex for an end-of-season party.

Liam Booth with his friends from the Castleford cricket team


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He said: “This is our first time in two years, so you can bet we’re going to make the most of it. “

Debra Powell, 55, and her husband David, 56, of Huddersfield have enjoyed their first break since before the pandemic.

David said: “It’s so much easier now to leave and we couldn’t be happier. “

Up to 60,000 Britons are expected to travel to Benidorm soon for the city’s first annual festival since 2019.

But holidaymakers have denied claims that hordes of visitors have caused a spike in Covid in the region.

Local Health Minister Ana Barcelo said cases started to increase when British tourists started arriving. Scott called the claim “nonsense.”

Nightclubs are full of Brits again


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He added: “Everyone here is outside, masks are always worn in stores and before you sit in a pub or restaurant. “

The mayor of Benidorm, Toni Perez, also insisted that the British were not the problem.

He added: “There is no incident that I have heard of regarding tourist infections in hotels and apartments. “

Unvaccinated Britons still need negative PCR tests to enter mainland Spain.

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