While most other holiday resorts experience the peaks and troughs of seasonality, Benidorm is a destination that enjoys year-round popularity.
This is made clear in a new Netflix documentary (in Spanish with English subtitles).
The film—Here comes the sun, small reflections on sun and beach tourism—examines the economic, sociological, cultural and historical aspects of the resort, and uses images of a Brits enjoying the winter sunshine at the annual fancy-dress street party—said to be the largest in the world— which this November attracted around 40,000 people.
The documentary is directed by Óscar Bernàcer and lasts 55 minutes. Numerous people appear talking about different topics related to sun and beach tourism.
It begins by examining the impact Covid had on Benidorm, and then addresses other issues, such as the future of the city, seasonality and the Imserso, the holiday scheme for pensioners sponsored by the Spanish Government.
During the off-peak season, from October to June, cheaper holidays are made available to resident pensioners in Spain, whatever their nationality.
Benidorm through the camera lens
The resort first became famous—or notorious, depending on your point of view—through the ITV series, Benidorm.
A reunion of the cast of the hugely popular ITV sitcom took place at the Melia Hotel earlier this month and ran for three days.
You can see fantastic gallery of photos of the event here.
Most recently the resort featured in the movie, It Snows in Benidorm, featuring veteran British actor Timothy Spall, above. The film was released in 2020.
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