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"Benidorm" (, ) is a Valencian coastal town and municipality located in the "comarca" of Marina Baixa, in the province of Alicante, Spain, by the western Mediterranean Sea.

Prior to the 1960s, Benidorm was a small village. Today it stands out for its hotel industry, beaches and skyscrapers, built as a result of its tourist-oriented economy. According to the 2004 census, Benidorm has a permanent population of 64,956 inhabitants, ranking as the fifth most populous town in the Alicante province. It is one of the most important holiday resorts in Spain, with an area of 38.5 km² and a population density of 1,593.56 inhab/km². Due to the unique skyline formed by its numerous tall hotels and apartment buildings it is sometimes referred to as the "Manhattan of Spain" or "Beniyork", which is unlike any other on the Costa Blanca (White Coast). Benidorm itself is dwarfed by the 1406 m tall Puig Campana, which is one of the most impressive mountains of the Costa Blanca.

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After giving the socialist PSOE majorities or pluralities in elections from the restoration of democracy in 1977, Benidorm has favoured the right wing Popular Party (PP) since the general elections of 1993. The PP gained control of the local council at the 1995 local elections and won 14 of the 25 council seats in the 1999 and 2003 elections. The 2007 election gave them a one seat majority over the PSOE however disagreements in the PP group led to a motion of censure being passed against the PP mayor in September 2009 and he was replaced by the socialist Agustín Navarro.

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The city is divided into halves, "Poniente" and "Levante", each fronted by a beach of the same name. Between the two beaches lies a rocky promontory. The old city occupies this promontory and the area immediately inland, while most of the hotels occupy the more recently developed sections behind the two beaches. A few miles from shore is an uninhabited island which provides a dramatic centerpiece 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. Climb to the top of the Sierra Helada, the promontory at the end of the Rincon de Loix, for a view of how green the city is and just how close it is to the mountains.

limat
Benidorm has a special micro-climate all year round thanks to the mountains which surround the town. With some 3,400 hours of sunshine a year and an average annual temperature on the coast of 18°C (15°C in winter and 26°C in summer). Between December and March the temperature of the sea water is around 15°C.

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Aerial view of Benidorm
Benidorm is popular with tourists from northern Europe, especially those from the UK. Benidorm"s initial growth in popularity can be attributed to the package holiday explosion, and continues year round, due to the night-life based around the central concentration of bars and clubs. The large number of free cabaret acts that start around 2100 hours and continue into the early hours set Benidorm apart from other similar resorts.

The author and "Guardian" journalist Giles Tremlett identified the resort as the birthplace of package tourism in the book "Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through a Country"s Hidden Past" and remarked that culturally the resort contradicted conservative notions of National Catholicism that General Franco had espoused. The accessibility of Benidorm to a wider social strata was also detailed in 1990 by the columnist Jani Allan describing in the "Sunday Times" "These days you just have to look at the numbers of wide-bodied jets bearing wide-bodied holidaymakers to Benidorm to realise that package holidays and airborne cattle trucks make fun in the sun accessible to everyone."Allan, Jani. British determination to acquire a suntan; Is this the end of burning ambition? Sunday Times, 06 May 1990

Benidorm has three major beaches: "Llevante", "Poniente" and "Mal Pas"; all of them have a blue flag, the maximum quality standard recognized by the European Union. The Gran Hotel Bali, a four-star hotel located in this city since 2002, is a 186-meter-tall building which stood as the tallest skyscraper in Spain for five years, until it was surpassed by the CTBA towers in Madrid.

vents and attraction
Each summer, since 1959, the city celebrates the Benidorm International Song Festival, a song contest where international or Spanish celebrities like Julio Iglesias, Raphael or the Dúo Dinámico became famous.

Benidorm boasts three family-oriented theme parks: Terra Mítica is located inland from the city, at the foot of the mountain and Aqualandia and Mundomar are located on the outskirts of the city on the Llevant side. In addition to large shopping and commercial areas.

File:Benidorm Exercise.JPG|Early morning exercise (organized by the local council)
File:Benidorm Singing.JPG|Late morning community singing, in Spanish (organized by the local council)
File:Benidorm Playground.JPG|Exercise equipment for senior citizens
File:Isla Benidorm.jpg|Benidorm Island viewed from a beach of the city


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Benidorm is one of the most international towns in Europe and has the highest immigrant population of any town in Spain.



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*Benidorm Island
*List of tallest buildings in Benidorm

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