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Benidorm launches bid for Unesco listing

The resort town of Benidorm.
The resort town of Benidorm. Image by Juan Carlos / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Spanish package-holiday resort of Benidorm has unveiled plans to apply for Unesco World Heritage recognition. If successful, the designation would elevate it to the same cultural league as world wonders such as the Pyramids of Giza and Taj Mahal. Benidorm, on Spain’s Costa Blanca, has a ‘Brits Abroad’ reputation and is renown for dishing up more full-English breakfasts than typical Spanish cuisine. It is a focus for mass tourism on Spain’s southern coast and has the highest density of skyscrapers in the world after New York. The proposal is the brainchild of an esteemed Spanish sociologist, who explained why Benidorm should qualify for Unesco status: ‘Over the last 50 years some 250 million visitors have enjoyed Benidorm, a symbol of harmonious coexistence happily bringing people together of all nationalities and languages.’ Read more: thelocal.es