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History of Benidorm
The Benidorm area has been inhabited since the Stone Age, and ancient burial grounds and the remains of Roman settlements have been found in the area. However, Benidorm itself did not exist until 1325, when Admiral Bernat de Sierra granted it a town charter as a way of encouraging Christian settlements in the area to drive out the Moors.
Over the next few centuries, Benidorm weathered numerous attacks from Barbary pirates, nearly being wiped out several times. However, Benidorm's deep-sea fishermen became famous throughout Spain for their skill at catching tuna and other desirable fish. Irrigation canals in the 17th century brought agriculture to the area, and groves of olive and citrus trees sprang up around Benidorm.
When road and rail links to the rest of Spain were completed in the early 20th century, Benidorm slowly became a popular destination for Spanish vacationers. In the 1950s, as the fishing catch began to decline, Benidorm focused on its tourist industry, improving roads and adding the Alicante airport in 1967. Business boomed as package holidays to Benidorm became popular with vacationers all over Europe, hitting twelve million annual visitors in the 1970s. Today, Benidorm still receives an estimated five million tourists a year.
Despite the heavy tourist traffic, Benidorm has remained a small town, covering only 38 square kilometers. Construction in Benidorm is subject to strict laws that regulate how much space a building can take up, avoiding the overbuilt, overcrowded feel that afflicts many other popular tourist resorts.
Benidorm has two beaches, Poniente and Levante, divided by a rocky ridge that supports the old city. The ridge was also the site of the long-destroyed Benidorm Castle. Beyond the beaches are the Rincon de Loix and La Cala neighborhoods.
Benidorm's climate is mild and dry, rarely dipping below 60 F even in the dead of winter.