These images show how huge crowds of British tourists invade Spanish beaches following the terrorist attacks in Tunisia.
Thousands of people flock to the resort town of Benidorm on Spain’s east coast as families seek a great-value vacation after the mass shooting in June.
Bathers were pictured crowding together on Levante and Poniente beaches during the first week of the UK summer holiday.
It comes as it was revealed that Spain set a new visitor record, with 29.2 million visitors to the country in the six months to June, 4.2% more than in the same period in 2014.
Popular: Thousands of holidaymakers flock to Benidorm on Spain’s east coast as they seek value-for-money trips abroad
High-rise building: bathers were photographed crowding together on Levante beach against the backdrop of huge hotels and apartment buildings
Lots of shade: Umbrellas block almost any view of sand at Poniente Beach in Benidorm. Spain set a new visitor record this year
Fancy a dip? Huge crowds were seen on Levante Beach in Benidorm. More than 29 million people descended on Spain in the six months to June, 4.2% more than in the same period in 2014
Earlier this month, the Daily Mail revealed that 300,000 Britons planning to visit Tunisia had to seek alternatives, after the government advised against going there following the recent terrorist attack.
He also reported that last minute bookings to Greece were on the decline due to the country’s debt crisis. Spain’s renewed popularity has come despite the Foreign Ministry raising the country’s terrorist threat level to “high” earlier this month.
Some 15 million Britons visited Spain and its islands last year, up from 11 million in 2010. Spain’s popularity peaked in the 1970s when 17 million Britons visited each year – but it has since then faced competition from more exotic destinations.
Hundreds of thousands of Britons planning to visit Tunisia have had to seek alternatives, after the government advised against going there following the recent terrorist attack.
Sun loungers have been popular on Levante Beach as the popularity of Spain vacations continues to soar
Benidorm – which inspired an ITV sitcom of the same name – saw its reputation crumble after the high-rise hotel boom of the 1970s and the influx of British tourists from the 18-30 Club
Spain expected to be top destination for tourists looking for value-for-money all-inclusive vacations after attack in Tunisia
Tourists fill the beaches of Benidorm. The city has now asked the UN to be declared a World Heritage Site, alongside the Grand Canyon and the Great Wall of China
Some 15 million Britons visited Spain and its islands last year, up from 11 million in 2010 – but it has since faced competition from more exotic destinations
Benidorm – which inspired an ITV sitcom of the same name – saw its reputation crumble after the high-rise hotel boom of the 1970s and the influx of British tourists from the 18-30 Club.
But the city has now asked the UN to be declared a World Heritage Site, alongside the Grand Canyon and the Great Wall of China.
And authorities on the holiday island of Magaluf have banned street alcohol consumption and public nudity, hoping to rid the resort of its reputation for drunkenness and debauchery.
The coastal town of Benidorm in Spain in 1950. It’s unrecognizable from what the popular holiday destination looks like today. The first British tourists started arriving around 1959 through tour operators such as BEA Airtours. They landed at Valencia airport
Vacationers can be seen on the beach in the 1960s. It was the decade when air travel became more affordable and popular with tourists.
Benidorm through the ages: This photo, taken in July 1971, captured the start of the emergence of new high-rise vacation hotels. Four years before the opening of this Alicante airport, marking a tourism revolution for Benidorm and facilitating access for the British
The beaches were much more crowded in the 1980s. It followed a boom in hotel construction in the early 1970s to meet growing demand.
Packed up: In the 90s, Benidorm hotels managed to take a big step forward by breaking the seasonal influx of visitors. This meant that the city maintained high levels of hotel occupancy in summer and winter.
Masses of colorful umbrellas are pictured filling Benidorm’s beaches in the early 2000s, with little room to spare