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Phil & Jackie Stanley known as Mr and Mrs Suits are no strangers to Benidorm regulars and locals. although for some their flamboyant dress sense may appear strange. Their style of dress and choice of bright colours have certainly caught the eye, not just in Benidorm but throughout the UK as well since their appearance on Bargain Brits in the Sun. Always dressed immaculate and in matching colours, they are both big supporters of the Benidorm Cabaret circuit and well known to just about all of the entertainers. They have been members of Benidorm Seriously since day one and regular attendees at group meetings. So expect to run into them out and about around Benidorm. You will have no problem spotting them and both are always happy to pose for a quick snapshot.
Benidorms Tallest Buildings - Benidorm is famous for its tall buildings but - Did you know?
Benidorm has the most high-rise buildings per capita in the world?
Benidorm is the second city in the world with more skyscrapers per square metre? beaten only by New York!
Benidorm is the 2nd Spanish city with constructions of more than 150 meter? Madrid is the first and we even beat Barcelona.
Benidorm is the 3rd city in Europe with the highest concentration of tall buildings? 1st place goes to London and 2nd Milan.
And the top 10 of Benidorms Tallest Buildings are -
1 - Intempo - 192m, (height to tip 200m) - 52 floors
This is the tallest building in Benidorm and the tallest in Spain outside Madrid it is also one of the tallest in the world for a city of less than 100,000 inhabitants, and the tallest residential structure in Spain and is visible from six miles away and now dwarfs everything else in the area
Love it or hate it this is probably Benidorm´s most famous building but not necessarily for the right reasons - In 2005, a year before the start of building, developer Olga Urbana secured a €92m loan from the now-defunct savings bank Caixa Galicia. The company said In Tempo was “an unquestionable banner for the future”. It certainly was, but not in the way that the company or its lenders had hoped.
Work began on the Intempo building back in 2006 and has been hampered with lots of problems including the economic crisis back in 2008, there was also a publicity stunt that went horribly wrong when it was stated that the lifts did not go to the top floors as no lift shafts were installed this was totally incorrect information, but people still state this today. The developer behind Europe's tallest residential building attacked this "fake and insidious" press coverage of the project, that claimed the building had been built without elevators which went viral at the time. Rafael Ballesta, sales manager for the development actually described the media storm as "ridiculous" and said: "We are constructing the highest residential skyscraper in Europe so how is it possible to build without elevators?"
However poor planning did lead to unsafe working conditions for the builders, and a construction elevator collapsed hurting 13 construction workers, their injuries were made worse when ambulances were unable to gain access to the site because a proper road entrance had been overlooked in an attempt to save money.
The building consists of two parallel towers separated by a gap of 20 metres (66 ft) and connected by a cone-shaped structure between floors 38 and 44. Its frontal view, vaguely resembling the number 11 and the letter M, and is widely rumoured to commemorate the terrorist attacks of 11 March 2004 which took place in Madrid.
The Intempo building houses 256 apartments, distributed over the 45 floors, within the central cone are four two floor duplexes connected by an internal lift and one even has a jacuzzi on the balcony there are also 398 parking spaces and 133 storerooms.
Intempo was acquired at the end of last year (2017) by an affiliate of an SVP Global fund, the property developer behind the tower block, the company Olga Urbana now ceases to exist following its bankruptcy.
June 2021 - All major building work is now completed and the occupation licence should be granted by Benidorm Council some time in July, meaning the first apartments will be delivered in August.
40% of the properties have already been sold and are priced from 250,000 euros to more than one million. The pilot floors are located on the second, 22nd and 35th floors.
Benidorms tallest buildings
2 - Gran Bali Hotel - 186m 50 floors
Previously number 1 until the construction of the Intempo. The Gran Bali is situated in the area of Cala de Benidorm.
The 4 star hotel, is actually a set of four buildings and was designed by architect Antonio Escario has 776 rooms (with capacity for up to 2,000 guests), 18 lifts, gardens and swimming pools.
This is Europe’s tallest hotel and was built between 1987-2002 the hotel opened in May 2002, there is a viewing platform that is open to residents and non residents for a small fee, (2.50 for residents, 6€ for non residents) once on the viewing platform you will have spectacular views right across to Calpe, the whole of Benidorm, La Cala and the surrounding area.
Benidorms Tallest Buildings
3 - Torre Lugano - 158m, 43 Floors
This is a residential building located in the Rincon de Loix area and until the construction of the Intempo was the tallest residential building in Benidorm, construction started in 2006 and was completed in 2008 and was designed by A. Rodriguez.
The building is the shape of an arrowhead and can withstand winds of up to 40mph the building is a total of 59.901 square meters spread over 43 floors, it also has gardens, swimming pool, paddle tennis court, social club, gym, and children's areas.
4 - Neguri Gane - 145m, 39 floors
The construction of this residential building started in 1997 and was completed in 2002 and at that time was the tallest skyscraper in Benidorm, it only held this position for a short time until the Gran Bali was completed.
The building was completed in the brutalist style. It is named after the Neguri neighborhood of Getxo, in the Basque Country of Spain and the and name means Height of the winter city. There is a swimming pool situated on floor 26.
5 - Edificio Kronos - 140m, 41 floors
The Kronos Building, is again a residential building situated next to situated next to Neguri Gane This fabulous skyscraper with a height of 140 metres and 41 floors, has multiple communal areas, two swimming-pools, spa, gym and green zones and is one of the first tower blocks you see when entering Benidorm via the AP-7 motorway.
The fantastic large glass terraces make it easily recognizable by its flashes, due to the reflecting sunlight.
Benidorms tallest buildings
6 - Mirador del Mediterraneo - 135m 38 floors
This residential building is also located in the Rincon de Loix area and constructions started in 2003 and was completed in 2006. Its name Mirador del Mediterráneo emphasizes the spectacular views of Benidorm that can be seen from the building. This building has 35 floors (6 are used as garages and another three used as technical floors, with a total of 42 floors).
The building is made of concrete, although at first sight it does not look like it, and has twin towers joined from the foundations to the seventh floor (garages), from there the two towers are created these are joined by metal walkways. These walkways have a complex system of rollers that allow the rocking of the towers in case of large gusts of wind; the walkways can also be used as an evacuation system from one tower to another in case of fire.
7 - Edificio Don Jorge - 124m, 36 floors
The Don Jorge is a very modern looking building and is now used as Tourist Apartments and is linked to the Palm Beach Hotel where holiday makers can use all the hotel facilities.
It is located in the Rincon de Loix area on Calle Oslo, up quite a steep hill which means it has fantastic views from the higher floors.
The undulating roof of its attic which makes the design very different from the surrounding buildings is said to simulate a wave in the sea, some say that it is tilde used on the Spanish Ñ.
Benidorms Tallest Buildings
8 - Torre Levante - 120m, 36 floors
Another residential apartment block but also popular with tourists due to its location right on the Levante sea front.
The building was completed in 1985 and was designed by architect Carlos Gilardi and is a modern apartment block with plenty of garden space and common areas. Torre actually means tower in English.
Built in 1985, this was the tallest building until 2002.
9 - Residential Costa Blanca (formerly Torres Soinsa) - 116m 36 floors
A residential apartment block built in 1993. Comprising of two skyscrapers, called Costa Blanca 1 and Costa Blanca 2. The first is the highest with 116 meters of height, located in the area of Los Juzgados. It is characterized by a wide front and a very narrow side
Benidorms tallest Buildings
10 - Miragolf Playa 2 - 115m 33 floors
Residential apartments built in 2005. The residential complex which consists of the Miragolf Playa 2 towers of 115 meters and 33 floors and the Miragolf Playa 1 and Torre Pinar towers of 105 meters and 30 floors high
Other buildings that exceed 100m include - Gemelos 26, Torre de Obo, Sol de Poniente, Beni Beach, Playa Azul, Torre Pinar, Residencial Islamar and Las Terrazas de Benidorm, and just hitting the 100m is Gemelos 22.
Before getting a Tattoo in Benidorm or on any abroad holiday, have a read through the advice below
One of our most asked questions on the Benidorm Seriously Facebook group, refers to having a tattoo done whilst here in Benidorm, so here are some tips and safety guidelines.
The healing process takes about 4-6 weeks. Get your tattoo done towards the end of your holiday to give you time to enjoy the beach beforehand. Find a shop early in your trip and make an appointment for the day before you leave.
1. Choose a parlour that’s clean, reputable and has some talented artists working there. Not the first one you wander past just because your feet are aching and it’s getting too hot to be wandering around, do your homework and have a chat with the tattooist first before making an appointment. See below for some recommended places.
Needles should be new, unwrapped and opened in front of your eyes. Also, he/she should wear Latex-one-way-gloves at any time when using the machine on you. Everything should be disinfected.
Note - If you are in any doubt about the tattoo parlour you are visiting ask to see their licence, as Authorisation is issued by the individual City Councils.
Where to get a tattoo in Benidorm, click on the links below for more info
2. One of the most important things is choosing a design that you know you’re going to love seeing every single day for the rest of your life.
A good artist will find the time to answer your questions and to talk about your ideas.
Check the spelling and grammar and speak up if you spot a mistake, it’s your body that will have to bear that misplaced apostrophe or spelling error forever. If you’re getting something written in a foreign language, make sure it says what you think it says. Also, respect the culture of the country where the tattoo originates from. make sure it’s placed the right way up.
Have a look at plenty of the tattoo artists previous work.
3. Price. When you’re on your holidays you may be on a budget or at least looking to get a deal so that you can have more money for booze. But when deciding on a tattoo that will be on your body for life– price shouldn’t be an issue. If it’s a large piece you’re planning, obviously that’s not going to be cheap. If you have a copy of the art work get a couple of quotes and book with the tattooist that you feel most comfortable with. Remember cheapest is not always best!
4. Don’t even think about doing this drunk or off your face on who knows what. A reputable tattooist won’t even let you in their shop in this state. Alcohol is a blood thinner as is coffee too much of either in your blood stream and you may start to bleed very quickly (and maybe a lot), which then effects the colour of your tattoo. In addition it effects your blood circulation and could make the process a lot more painful.
5. Eat a full meal to make sure your blood sugar levels are fine, have a shower (hygiene works both ways) and depending on how long you’re going to be sat in the tattooist chair take something to distract you such as your iPod and headphones.
6. Aftercare - Wash it properly, put the anti-bacterial crème given by your artist and follow his/her instruction. Protect your tattoo from sand, dirt, dust, salt-and chlorine water.
Don´t scratch it so much it bleeds.
Leave the clingfilm wrap on for as long as you’ve been told, only touch it with clean hands,
Stay out of the sun, avoid swimming and when it’s healed always try to keep it moisturised and covered in high factor sun cream on future holidays.
Getting a Tattoo in Benidorm
Questions and answer's
What age can you get a tattoo in Spain?
The regional laws differ in Spain but in Benidorm you must be over 18.
Can you get a tattoo while you have a sunburn?
When you have a sunburn, your epidermis gets red, painful, and in some cases, blisters. This could also penetrate down to the dermis which is where your tattoo will be. Your body is already trying to heal your sunburned skin, so more damage will only mean trouble for a fresh tattoo. So the answer is NO, try to avoid getting sunburnt.
Can you travel after getting a tattoo?
The general rule is it is fine to get a tattoo shortly before flying, however one thing to remember is you will be in some discomfort on the plane. You will also want to ensure you are not allergic to the ink, as the last thing you want to do is land the plane early due to you becoming severely ill. What to do and where to go if you need medical assistance.
How long after getting a tattoo can I go in the sun?
Keep out of the sun altogether until the tattoo has completely healed. After the tattoo has completely scabbed and peeled, you should then be able to start applying sunscreen to the area and expose the tattoo to the sun. It's recommended to wait at least 3-4 weeks.
How long until you can swim with a tattoo?
Think of the tattoo as an open wound at risk of infection. Don't go swimming or immerse your new tattoo in water until every bit of scab and dry skin has fallen off. This can take as long as four weeks. There is a big difference between getting your tattoo wet (during a normal shower) and entirely submerging or soaking your fresh wound in water. It is OK to get a new tattoo wet; – you just can't soak it. Fully submerging your tattoo for any extended period of time into a body of water like a hot tub or bath in a bath will often cause serious damage.
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Hair and Beauty is a popular subject in Benidorm and we are often asked where can I find a Hairdresser? or where can I get beauty treatments? etc and of course Benidorm has something for everyone including those all important beauty treatments from having a wonderful new hair cut to having full Botox and other facial treatments and of course plenty of places to get a full manicure and pedicure and even qualified make up artists to give you that special sparkly look for Fiesta events or just a night out on the town.
Here you will find some of the most popular places as recommended by our members. Not sure where they are located, click on the links on the poll below and it will bring up more detailed information on each business, including a fully interactive map and also offer you the opportunity to contact the business direct if you have more questions on any individual treatment and of course you can book your appointment.
Feel free to add votes for your own favourites to help other members
Soon to be added to this list Fame Barbers. Brand New British Barbers coming to Benidorm.
Thank you for voting. Come back and visit again when votes over one month old drop off and you can vote again.
2020 - Atlético Ciudad de Benidorm and Benidorm CD have merged forming a new club Atlético Benidorm Club Deportivo
There are positive winds of change in the Benidorm football community as they undergo changes to improve the footballing structure and teams in the town.
The two most important clubs in the city have joined forces to compete in the Regional Preferente to get Benidorm back to the Third Division. Atlético Ciudad de Benidorm and Benidorm CD have merged forming a new club Atlético Benidorm Club Deportivo
Benidorm CD Football Club Child Season Ticket 2020 - 2021. Allows entrance to all home games. Children aged under 6 FREE Collect from the stadium
Benidorm football club with the new team will compete in Regional Preferred league and a structure that will have the academy teams in the best lower categories of the Valencian Community.
The club has not only changed in name and structure but has also changed the clubs branding. Atlético Benidorm Club Deportivo presented the new badge on the eve of Sant Jaime, patron saint of Benidorm, as a gesture to the town to which they owe everything. The new badge of Atlético Benidorm Club Deportivo brings together the coat of arms of La Villa, the castle over Canfali, Les Caletes, l'Aguiló, l 'Illa and according to its seafaring tradition, the sailboat and the Sant Jaime cross. The reference to the Kingdom of Valencia remains after the football, the then the name of the city and the team also appears.
Benidorm CD now with British Input
Benidorm football club has struggled for many years but back in May 2019 they approached a British Expat who owns several business in and around Benidorm for sponsorship, he did not sponsor the club but saw a wonderful opportunity and offered to buy it instead. Four months later he is now the proud new owner of Benidorm CD with the hope of turning the club around, not only making it a profitable business but something for everyone to enjoy.
"Whether you´re into football or not, we plan on making match days fun for the whole family"
The first change to the club was the appointment of a new Manager Javier Surbirats (details below), and with Javier at the helm and the help of local supporters they hope to put Benidorm CD back on the map. The club is not far off the league. "So if you love Benidorm, please help make this work and come and watch our fabulous team"
Like any business Benidorm CD needs to become profitable in order to grow and the first step is to increase not only season ticket sales but match day tickets as well.
Prices have been kept low to encourage sales with the price of a season ticket at only 40€, this allows you to enjoy all the home matches during the season, there is also a well stocked bar at the Foietes Football Stadium.
Match tickets are priced at only 7€ and there are plans to introduce some great deals with these such as free beer or bocadillo, in fact the first match on 31st August was completely free, with donations going to Aspanion Local Board, the association of children with cancer, with Maria and Aitana, two members of Aspanion, who were responsible for making the honor roll of the game, which began with a minute of silence in memory of children killed by cancer, including the daughter of the former national coach Luis Enrique
Both season tickets and tickets for single matches can be purchased at the Foietes Sports Center, Guillermo Amor stadium which is situated close to the railway station this is easily reached by the number 1 bus, or is just a short taxi ride away from anywhere in Benidorm which will cost around 10€ each way, so a great evening can be enjoyed by all the family at a very reasonable cost.
There are also plans for using the facilities as a training ground for youngsters from all over the world to be given the opportunity to train under the Mediterranean sun with professional footballers, this is popular in the US and the plan is to develop this here in Benidorm. "So kids from the UK can come and train here, too, but one step at a time - Right now I need the help of the British public to help take us there, we need their support"
Before the season kicks off there has been a clear statement of intent from Benidorm CD with the exciting appointment of a new manager Javier Surbirats and he leaves no doubt about the direction of Benidorm CD.
Javier has come on-board on an initial 1 year contract and brings vast experience in Spanish football to propel Benidorm Football forward in the coming season.
Javier´s career began on the pitch, progressed to the dugout and ultimately to the boardroom, initially a youth player at his boyhood club Valencia, he impressed the trainers and was given the opportunity to play for the 1st team where he made just under 300 appearances over 3 decades, his loyalty was rewarded with a spell managing the team, before he was made director of football. It was in this position that he spotted the talent of unknown Rafael Benitez and campaigned a reluctant board for his recruitment.
His instincts proved correct and it was during this period that Valencia achieved their greatest period of success with Javier´s appointment of Benitez leading to their 1st league title in 31 years, followed by another title 2 years later and a UFEA cup final win over Marseille in 2004.
Javier´s experience can not be questioned and it is with great pride that he is welcomed to Benidorm CD football club.
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