Benidorm is a Valencian coastal town
and municipality located in the
comarca of Marina Baixa, in the
province of Alicante, Spain, by the
western Mediterranean Sea.
Prior to the 1960s, Benidorm was a
small village. Today it stands out
for its hotel industry, beaches and
skyscrapers, built as a result of
its tourist-oriented economy.
According to the 2004 census,
Benidorm has a permanent population
of 64,956 inhabitants, ranking as
the fifth most populous town in the
Alicante province. It is one of the
most important holiday resorts in
Spain, with an area of 38.5 km² and
a population density of 1,593.56
inhab/km². Due to the unique skyline
formed by its numerous tall hotels
and apartment buildings it is
sometimes referred to as the
"Manhattan of Spain" or "Beniyork",
which is unlike any other on the
Costa Blanca (White Coast).
According to the Urban Age project,
Benidorm has the most high-rise
buildings per capita in the world.
Benidorm itself is dwarfed by the
1406 m tall Puig Campana, which is
one of the most impressive mountains
of the Costa Blanca.