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Benidorm was originally a small fishing town until the 1960s when tourists first started to visit the
By the 1970s, Benidorm had grown rapidly due to rising tourist numbers and relied mainly on tourism
for income...
In 1967 Alicante Airport first opened which allowed in increase in tourism into the area; in the late
1970s Benidorm saw its highest tourist numbers yet, but urbanisation was too rapid and
uncontrollable.…read more

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In the 1990s, Benidorm began to reclaim its reputation by improving the quality of the tourism and
the environment...
Benidorm contributed over 5% of Spain's GDP and the Spanish government were desperate to
regain this asset from the tourist industry...…read more

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Now Benidorm's reputation is improving and it is the largest holiday resort in Europe. Each year five
million tourists visit the resort...…read more

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