Benidorm is a coastal City in Alicante,
Spain, on the Western Mediterranean sea.
Until the 1960s, Benidorm was a small fishing
village; today it is known for its hotel industry, beaches and skyscrapers.
According to the 2014 census, Benidorm has a permanent population of 69,010
inhabitants, making it the fifth most populous town in the Alicante province.
Benidorm has the most high-rise buildings per capita in the world
The town is divided into five parts, Poniente
and Levante, each fronted by a beach of the same name, the old town
(also called El Castell), La Cala situated to the west side of
Poniente and El Rincón de Loix (or El Racó de l'Oix) situated to
the east side of Levante. Between the two beaches lies a rocky promontory and
The old city occupies the promontory and the
area immediately inland, while most of the hotels occupy the more recently developed
sections inland from the two beaches. A few miles from shore is an uninhabited island which provides a
dramatic centrepiece to the seascape.
In 1954 Pedro Zaragoza Orts, the
then young Mayor of Benidorm, created the Plan General de Ordenación
(city building plan) that ensured, via a complex construction formula, every
building would have an area of leisure land, guaranteeing a future free of the
excesses of cramped construction seen in other areas of Spain. It is the only
city in Spain that still adheres to this rigid rule. Most of the streets in the
city are named after places such as Avenida de Uruguay, Avenida del Mediterráneo,
Calle Pekín, etc. Avenida del Mediterráneo is a wide avenue that crosses
Levante and links the old town with Rincón. Avenida Europa crosses Levante at
right angles linking the western city limits with the Levante beach. Climb to
the top of the Sierra Helada, the promontory at the end of El Rincón de Loix,
for a view of how green the city is and just how close it is to the mountains.
Benidorm is connected to
railway line between Alicante (Alacant) and Dénia. The section to
Alicante is now converted to tram operation and trams run at least every half
an hour between