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When you go to Benidorm – sometimes nicknamed Beni York because of its skyscrapers along the shoreline – the superb and elegant adventure will delight and amaze you with its grace, beauty, and multicultural ambiance. Your splendid vacation is all due to Pedro Zaragoza Orts. This little biography will explain his role in Benidorm’s tourism industry. Often referred to as “the man who made it all happen,” Orts was mayor of Benidorm from 1950 to 1967. Before continuing, you must remember that in the 50’s and 60’s, cheap accommodation Benidorm had not been founded and even finding a hotel or apartment to stay in was very difficult.

Born in 1922, he was a young man when he took over the sleepy village of Benidorm. It had a population of around 3,000 people ad tuna fishing was the main enterprise. In 1956, under Mayor Orts, a the Plan General de Urbanismo was established. This city planning document was design to, among other things, control how new buildings were constructed. The land was primarily farmland where olives and citrus fruit were grown. The city plan, really a town plan, provided for some of the green space to be saved when new buildings were constructed.

This kept Benidorm apart from the fate of so many European cities that became concrete jungles. Although Benidorm is not really considered a particularly built up area today, there is still lots of cheap accommodation in Benidorm and cheap hotels in Benidorm are probably only going to increase in number over the coming years. The big step that Orts took that put Benidorm on the map was wage the War of the Bikini. Already aware of the beauty of Benidorm beaches, Orts was making serious gestures to lure more tourism to the area. In the 1950s, the two piece bathing suit known as the bikini exploded on the fashion world and women started appearing on beaches in the itsy-bitsy bikini. When the bikini brigade started showing up in Spain, the reaction to it was harsh and swift.

Spain was a very Catholic country and the bikini was considered way too daring by most of Spain. Orts however, instantly saw that in order to have tourists and attract more tourists, Benidorm needed to embrace the tourists and make it a pleasant place to visit. When the government and some of the residents viewed the bikini as a tool of the devil, Orts resisted. Then one day a British tourist wore a bikini into bar and was told by a Guardia Civil officer that the bikini was not allowed in the bar. She hit him and received a huge fine. Orts got into the fray. He rode his Vespa to Madrid to see General Franco about the bikini laws. Franco made the decree that bikinis were allowed in Benidorm streets and plazas and so became the first Spanish town that allowed bikinis.

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Cheap Hotels Benidorm

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When Benidorm first came to the public eye of the British holiday maker in the 60’s and 70’s a massive tourism expansion programme began on the Costa Blanca. As a result of this, hundreds of hotels were designed and constructed along the beautiful coast of Benidorm. While some of these hotels catered for the luxury-seeking traveller, a lot were built with low cost in mind and as a result of this, cheap hotels in Benidorm began to take a lot of the trade away from the more traditional hotels. For many years, Benidorm was the number one foreign holiday destination not just for Britain but for a number of European countries and as a result of this, prices were not particularly extortionate but they were not rock-bottom low either.

In more recent years, it is sad to say that the Benidorm holiday experience has not been passed down to the younger generation and Benidorm has become somewhat quieter even in the summer months. This situation has not been helped by non-European countries trying to gain a foothold in the tourism market and taking the maximum advantage of the weak pound compared to the Euro. Back in the day, the currency in Spain was the Spanish Peseta. The 1980’s were good years and one Pound (Sterling) would buy you approximately 250 Spanish Pesetas. The British holiday maker soon calculated that if he were to buy a pint (or 500ml) of Spanish lager for 100 Pesetas (the going-rate at this time) that he was only paying about 40 pence. Since Spain, along with most other European countries adopted the Euro currency a few years ago, the old Great British Pound has taken a bit of a hammering and as a result of this, a Pint of lager in Benidorm will now set you back only about one Euro however, to the British holiday maker, this is no longer 60 pence but nearer 1 Pound due to the current GBP-Euro exchange rate.

Although this is a sad story, every cloud has a silver lining. Because the Benidorm hotel owners have experienced a massive drop in reservations and a terrible under occupancy rate, they have either decided to or been forced to drastically reduce their prices and competition between them is now fierce. This means that cheap hotels Benidorm are now a real life example of market forces making your holiday a whole lot cheaper. While the main expense of a self-catering or “DIY” holiday may still be the cost of the flight from your local or regional airport, it is still possible to occasionally find a cheap flight to Alicante and with the reduced price of your hotel or apartment accommodation in Benidorm, the overall cost of a holiday to the Costa Blanca is much lower than could have been imagined just a decade ago.

While a lot of people used to use Teletext or Travel House to book a cheap package holiday to Benidorm, it seems that more and more people are making their own holiday by finding low cost flights and cheap hotels or apartments and making the most of a somewhat quieter Benidorm.

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