Why is Benidorm so full of English and Americans?

It’s like this town is literally telling the British “hey this is Benidorm, you can come here it’s like at home [full of English pubs and stores with their products] but with the beach and sun!”
This is my first time visiting this part of Spain and I was shocked, it’s so strange.

I assume that there are reasons that this area is the way it is, but I feel a bit weirded out to see all these businesses on the beach that have nothing to do with Spain. It’s like you go to a country to see and learn about their culture but then instead you’re bombarded with another country’s stuff.

Bonus question: why are there so many huge buildings/skyscrapers?



5 Comments

  1. Benidorm is clearly not for people who want to experience Spain. It’s for people who want sun and sand without leaving Britain. If you want to experience Spain, do not go to the touristy areas on the Mediterranean coasts. Go to lesser known places like Peñíscola, for example.

  2. Benidorm is clearly not for people who want to experience Spain. It’s for people who want sun and sand without leaving Britain. If you want to experience Spain, do not go to the touristy areas on the Mediterranean coasts. Go to lesser known places like Peñíscola, for example.

  3. About Skyscrappers, well more apartments means more money. Some of them were built out of the law while “The brick bubble” (2008 crisis) and there are few that had to go back and been taked down

  4. Where I am….the English Pub is owned by a German guy. The two cafes beside it, which have a lot of British stuff on the menu, are owned by Spanish people. But as the number of hotels here has reduced and it’s becoming a more Spanish neighbourhood I can see that changing. It’s a resort town for sure, but it’s a resort town for Spanish people (and one lost Irishman)

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