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Picture of the week: It's the Spanish renaissance

By Helen Carson

Published 25/07/2015

The famous Spanish holiday resort of Benidorm is enjoying a revival in popularity and Levante Beach was crammed with tourists this week as the Costas once again become a magnet for holidaymakers
The famous Spanish holiday resort of Benidorm is enjoying a revival in popularity and Levante Beach was crammed with tourists this week as the Costas once again become a magnet for holidaymakers

The famous Spanish holiday resort of Benidorm is enjoying a revival in popularity and Levante Beach was crammed with tourists this week as the Costas once again become a magnet for holidaymakers.

Holidaying on the famous coastal resorts in Spain became a staple family destination in the Seventies, when package travel deals made going abroad affordable.

But the traditional holiday towns which proved hotspots for UK tourists for decades fell out of favour when budget airlines provided cheap travel to European cities, as well as the US.

Now, though, the beaches of Benidorm and other popular resorts in Spain are enjoying a renaissance, with visitors flocking there in their droves to soak up the sun. The latest figures have revealed there are record numbers of people visiting Spain, with 29.2 million jetting there in June - 4.2% more than the same period in 2014.

Travel experts have predicted that Spain is set to become the main destination of tourists seeking a value-for-money holiday. And while, the Spanish tourist trade is set to boom, holidaymakers on a budget could find resorts overcrowded as sun-worshippers stream in at the height of the season and school holiday periods.

Visitors found themselves among crowds of people as they tried to enjoy the beach in Benidorm this week. The scene on Levante Beach showed hundreds of sun parasols surrounding a lifeguard's watchtower, which is barely discernible in this picture.

As families with school-age children are largely confined to the summer months, or potentially face financial penalties for taking their children out during school term, the peak month of July is likely to mean more packed beaches next summer, too.The Government's austerity measures appear to have impacted on some UK tourists' choice of destination, especially families looking for a sunshine break on a budget.

HELEN CARSON

Belfast Telegraph

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