Benidorm is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Mediterranean and this once sleepy little village now attracts around five million visitors each year. You probably recognise it as a sun-drenched Spanish holiday resort of immense beaches and exciting nightlife but here are three incredible facts you might not know about Benidorm…
Home of the bikini revolution
In 1959, Pedro Zaragoza, the mayor of Benidorm, took the brave decision of signing a municipal order that would allow the wearing of bikinis on the beaches of Benidorm. Zaragoza faced being excommunicated from the Catholic Church and his stance flew in the face of the strict regime of the time. Before the order was signed the men in Spain had to cover their chests and women were ordered to wear skirts.
Allowing bikinis on the beach caused uproar and Spain’s Civil Guard were ordered to ensure that sun-lovers stayed covered up. But Zaragoza met with the military leader General Francisco Franco and won the day. So the millions of women now enjoying those endless days of sun on their holidays to Benidorm have Pedro Zaragoza to thank for that (almost) all-over tan.
If you suffer from acrophobia, or fear of heights, then carefully consider your holiday accommodation in Benidorm. This once sleepy little fishing village has become skyscraper central, and in Europe, only London and Milan boast more skyscrapers than Benidorm.
Tempo Towers, which rises to 200 metres, is the latest addition to Benidorm’s Manhattan-like skyline and this majestic building boasts 47 floors. However, excellent fitness levels are required if you wish to enjoy the top floor panoramic views as due to a building oversight, the lifts only operate to the 20th floor.
A healthy climate
You might drink and eat to excess when on holiday but there’s no need to worry. According to the World Health Organisation the Costa Blanca enjoys one of the world’s healthiest climates. Benidorm boasts over 320 sunny days per year and has a unique micro-climate created by the surrounding hills, meaning that this area is sheltered from the wind. Benidorm receives around 12 hours of sunshine per day during the summer and six hours per day during the winter months.
So in theory, any overindulgence on holiday in Benidorm should hopefully be offset by the fact that you are basking in one of the world’s healthiest climates. The perfect excuse!