Benidorm is a Western Mediterranean (Costa Blanca) cruise port and city in Spain's Alicante province, with a population of around 70,000. Costa Blanca is an approx 200 km (120 mi) long coastline in the province, extending from Denia (north) to Pilar de la Horadada (south). Costa Blanca's a well-developed tourism industry attracts annually millions of mainly British and German tourists.
The town became a tourism travel destination since 1925 when the seaport was extended and started the extensive construction of hotels and resorts. Since 1952, Benidorm was developed as a summer vacation travel destination for predominantly domestic tourists (coming from inland Spain, and mainly from Spain's capital Madrid). The current-day city is also internationally famous for its beautiful beaches, skyscrapers, premium hotels, and resorts, numerous luxury villas (for rent), theme parks, nightclubs, and taverns.
In the 17th-18th-centuries the town developed a strong tuna fishing industry, agriculture, coastal shipping trade, and shipbuilding. By hotel capacity and annual tourist volumes (5+ million), today Benidorm is ranked Spain's largest holiday resort destination. Most of the international tourists are from UK-Ireland, Germany, Belgium, and Holland. The city's best (as facilities and amenities) and the largest beaches are Playa de Levante, Playa de Poniente, and Playa de Mal Pas. The 4-star Gran Hotel Bali (2002-built, height 186 m) was Spain's tallest skyscraper until 2007 - when in Madrid's CTBA (Four Towers Business Area) were opened the 4 skyscrapers - Espacio (2007, 224 m), Cristal (2008, 249 m, PwC (2008, 236 m) and Cepsa (2009, 248 m).
|Date / Time||Port|
|13 Sep 18:00||Departing from Bremerhaven, Bremen, Germany|
|15 Sep 08:00 - 21:00||Saint-Malo, France|
|17 Sep 09:00 - 18:00||La Coruna, Spain|
|20 Sep 08:00 - 20:00||Praia da Vitoria, Terceira Island, Azores|
|21 Sep 08:00 - 17:00||Horta, Faial Island, Azores|
|22 Sep 08:00 - 23 Sep 07:00||Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, Azores|
|23 Sep 13:00 - 19:00||Santa Maria Island, Vila do Porto, Azores|
|25 Sep 08:00 - 23:00||Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal|
|26 Sep 07:00 - 14:00||Porto Santo Island, Madeira, Portugal|
|28 Sep 08:00 - 18:00||Malaga, Spain|
|29 Sep 13:00 - 23:00||Benidorm, Spain|
|01 Oct 09:00||Arriving in Villefranche-sur-Mer, Nice, France Riviera|
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