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Benidorm, Spain´s Premier All Year Round Tourist Destination
The city of Benidorm is divided into five parts, Poniente and Levante, the old town, La Cala situated to the west side of Poniente and El Rincón de Loix situated to the east side of Levante. Between its two main beaches lays a rocky promontory and the old city and port which occupies the promontory and the area immediately inland. Most of the hotels occupy the more recently developed sections inland from the two beaches. A few miles off-shore is an uninhabited island which provides a dramatic centrepiece to the seascape and horizon.
If you climb to the top of the Serra Gelada, the promontory at the end of the Rincon de Loix you will see just how green the city is and how close it is to the mountains.
This is because in 1954 it was deemed that every building would have an area of “leisure” land which guaranteed that the excesses of cramped construction, as seen in other areas of Spain, would not happen in Benidorm. It is the only city in Spain that still adheres to this rigid rule.
Benidorm has three major beaches and each of them have been awarded blue flag status since 1987, the highest quality standard recognized by the European Union. Being surrounded by mountains which create a special micro-climate, the area enjoys superb weather all year round, some 3,500 hours of sunshine and an average annual temperature, on the coast, of 18°C
Benidorm’s initial growth in popularity may be attributed to the package holiday explosion but it is lively all year round thanks to the night-life, bars and clubs based around the centre. The large number of free cabarets and acts that start around 21.00 hours and continue into the early hours set Benidorm apart from other popular resorts.
During the 80s gained a negative reputation and families we’re put off visiting the resort but the town is once again popular for a family vacation and noticeably with more and more elderly people from Northern Europe coming to stay here during the winter.
In addition to large shopping and commercial areas in and around Benidorm it has four family-oriented theme parks. Terra Mítica and Terra Natura are located inland at the foot of the mountains and Aqualandia and Mundomar are located on the outskirts of the city on the Llevante side.