Benidorm - the eighth wonder of the world
Boozy Spanish tourist hotspot Benidorm plots bid to become Unesco world heritage site alongside wonders of the world
The package holiday destination could join sites including the Grand Canyon and Great Barrier Reef on the list
BENIDORM – the home from home of boozed-up sunburnt Brits – could become a world heritage site alongside iconic landmarks such as the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and the Great Barrier Reef.
The Spanish town’s council plans to submit a bid to Unesco next year for heritage status, according to The Times.
The Costa Blanca holiday hotspot would be a surprising addition to the list. But mayor Antonia Perez insisted the town has plenty to offer.
He said: “We are unique both in terms of our natural beauty and our man-made model of a sustainable city.
“We have beautiful beaches and a vertical city which is very sustainable.
“Benidorm has expanded upwards unlike many other cities and we have not built on our bay or the islands nearby.”
The town reportedly has the third highest skyline in Europe after London and Milan, with its 200-metre tall Intempo building and the 186-metre Gran Hotel Bali.
Across the world there are more than 1,000 Unesco world heritage sites, which are deemed “masterpieces of human creative genius” or to represent “an important interchange of human values”.
Benidorm has been a hugely popular tourist destination since holidays abroad took off in the 60s and is said to welcome more than five million tourists a year.
It is home to 70 pubs, including the Yorkshire Pride and Piccadilly Corner, and has at least 10 fish and chip shops.
Back in the 50s, bare flesh on the beach was banned in the strict Catholic country.
But mayor Pedro Zaragoza reportedly rode to Madrid on a moped to appeal directly to General Franco for an exception to be made.
He was desperate to capitalise on the three miles of glorious beach in the declining fishing village and turn it into a top holiday destination for northern Europeans.