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Benidorm - Holidays in Spain
by laurence on Thursday, June 25, 2015
Benidorm is famed as one of the most popular Spanish tourist resorts on the Mediterranean. Situated in the province of Alicante, Benidorm is a coastal town packed full of hotels, restaurants and apartment buildings, which together endow the seaside resort with a particularly memorable skyline.
- Benidorm is naturally a popular beach side destination for tourists on vacation, promising to entertain young and old alike; despite a previous reputation as a party town, the city also has beautiful landscapes, water parks, and an array of cultural and leisure attractions.
- Benidorm has undergone quite a large transformation since its days as a small village, with its main source of income now tourism rather than fishing.
Benidorm is a favorite holiday destination with visitors from all over the world, but the resort draws in a particularly substantial crowd from Ireland, the UK, Belgium and Germany. Offering up a vibrant and balanced mixture between beaches, night spots and quaint bars and restaurants, 60% of visitors to the Costa Blanca/Valencia region choose Benidorm. Since the increase in popularity of the “package holiday”, Benidorm has seen much of its economy focus on the tourist trade. The large concentration of clubs and bars in Benidorm make it the perfect package holiday selection; the array of cabaret acts and entertainment that kicks off in the evening continue until the early hours, making the resort unique compared to other sleepier Spanish coastal towns. Tourists can also make the most of the beautiful landscapes; Benidorm’s three main beaches are Mal Pas, Poniente and Levante.
Although once perhaps tarnished with the reputation of being a prime summer holiday destination for binge drinking, loud and disrespectful tourists, other resorts such as Malia and Ibiza are now more well known for drawing in the younger crowds, and Benidorm is considered less rowdy, though certainly still sufficiently lively. Equally, the town caters for families with young children; its three theme parks, two located in the city’s outskirts (Mundomar and Aqualandia), and the other at the base of the mountain further inland (Terra Mitica) all make for popular holiday day trips.
Although settlements in the town’s region can be traced back almost as far as 3000BC, the population of the area only really began to flourish with the arrival of the Moors. However in 1245, the region was regained by King James I of Aragon, and Benidorm was given a town charter to facilitate Christians moving into the area to replace the Moors in 1325. A turning point for the town came with the implementation of a complex system in 1666 which sent water into the region. Quickly, fishermen in Benidorm became hot property, and the industry flourished, which improved agriculture in the area and built up the economy substantially. Benidorm became a well known center for sea captains; the region became busier and wealthier very rapidly. The decline of the fishing industry in the 1950s was not all bad news for the town; in approving development plans for the tourist market, the council put the foundations in place for what was to become one of the biggest tourist hot spots across Spain, drawing in on average 5 million arrivals each year.
by laurence on Thursday, June 11, 2015
Built in 1893, the famous Vizcaya Bridge in the port of Bilbao is the connection point between Las Arenas and Portugalete. It crosses the River Ibaizabal, and is the world’s oldest transporter bridge , usually referred to as the Puente Colgante, which can be translated as either suspension bridge , or hanging bridge … read more »
by laurence on Thursday, May 28, 2015
Despite the stereotypes surrounding Spanish first names , not every Spanish man is a Pedro nor every woman a Carmen. Indeed, in past generations, Carmen was a firm favorite, extremely common for Spanish girls born in the early 20 th century and for many years afterwards, along with Josefa and, of course, María. Right up until the 1950s, these names dominated the list of baby names for girls in Spain, and in the same way, Francisco, Manuel, Antonio and José hogged the top spots for boys´ names for a prolonged period… read more »
by John Bascombe on Thursday, May 21, 2015
It seems like Game of Thrones fever has even gripped Spain's political world. During his first trip to the European Union since his succession to the throne the Spanish king, Felipe VI, was presented with a box set of the GoT series by the Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias. In October 2014, GoT started filming in Spain using Andalusia as the setting for parts of its fifth series. In a previous blog post we talked about the locations used and about how the filming in Spain will put Spanish cities such as Seville on the world map. In this article I want to talk in more detail about this second point looking at how Spain's tourist industry and society have benefited from the arrival of this fantasy series to their towns and cities… read more »
by John Bascombe on Thursday, May 14, 2015
The World's Most Dangerous Road Several websites have released lists of the roads that they consider to be the most dangerous in the world. Routes in many different countries including China's Guoliang Tunnel Road and the Trans-Siberian Highway in Russia are often mentioned. However, among all of the roads around the world, one stands out as particularly treacherous. It constantly features on the aforementioned countdowns and in 1995 the Inter-American Development Bank christened it as the “world's most dangerous road.” Its name is the North Yungas Road but it is commonly known by its nickname Death Road (el Camino de la Muerte). In this article we will answer the following questions: Who built it? Why is it so dangerous? Do people still use it? And finally, is there an alternative if you do not want to put your life on the line?… read more »