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Benidorm – Sport’s new Mecca?

It is a town synonymous with many things; Drunken tourists. Sunburned tourists. Drunken AND Sunburned tourists. 24/7 vomit. Quite staggeringly bad entertainment. Exiled British Criminals. East European mafia. The list goes on. They’ve even made a TV programme for UK TV on location there, imaginatively titled “Benidorm” which is basically about all the above. I have no doubt it will make grim viewing, and I intend to give it exactly the same kind of body-swerve I give to the talent-free and alcohol-soaked English Quarter, which is a bit like the Warsaw Ghetto, based on tasteless excess.

But recently, Benidorm made a bid to become known for something different. It played host to one of the FIFA Beach soccer World Cup Qualifiers, the winner earning a place in the final in Marseilles this July.

Miki’s parents enjoy a spectacular view from their first line hi-rise apartment on the Playa de Levante, and it really came into it’s own when they were able to watch the soccer action from the comfort of their living room!

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Qualifier Benidorm

Spain clinched victory to win the final of this qualifiying competition, but not before the crowd had disappeared for the 3rd and 4th place play-off when pouring rain put a dampener on proceedings. It rains a lot more here than it used to, which is just one of the reasons why Miki and I are locating further south in Almeria. Still, the rain’s not all bad for Benidorm residents. I imagine they’ve come to view it as a blessing, as it washes the beer, blood and vomit into the gutters….

A tearful farewell….

So dear readers, it is with a spring in our step, yet a wistful tear in our eye that we depart our home in Turre and head west across Andalucia to the land of Vasco de Gama – Portugal, where we intend to do a little exploring ourselves. We’ll be gone for six weeks or more, but be sure that we’ll try and check in as and when we can, by finding internet cafes, or just brazenly piggy-backing on somebody’s unprotected wi-fi network. Beware!! If a motorhome is parked near your house for an inordinate length of time, he’s probably emailing on your dollar!

So from Miki and I it’s bye for now we’ll see you further on up the road…..

Kev Moore

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May 29, 2008 - Posted by | events, Festivals of the World, fun, humor, life, photography, travel, writing | , , , , , , , , ,

8 Comments »

  1. Au revoir, Bon voyage…. et à bientot!

    We’ll miss you! We’ll wonder what kind of mischief the 2 of you will be up to and how the sketching/painting/composing is going.

    Happy travels!

    Comment by Bonny | May 29, 2008

  2. Thank you , Bonny! we’ll try and keep you updated on the mischief-making!

    Comment by kevmoore | May 29, 2008

  3. Thanks for the insight there, I just booked a cheap holiday on behalf of my brothers and their friends in Torremolinos, whats that like?
    They wanted to visit Moorish Spain but this was all a bit last minute and keeping an eye on the pennies we settled for next best. What do you think?

    Comment by supersizeme | May 30, 2008

  4. Ya, that’s right, go ahead and post about the good life traveling. I don’t suppose the Pope considers it that great a sin to spread envy. And if I work hard on my imagination I can escape these cubicle walls and travel with you.

    Comment by wrjones | May 30, 2008

  5. This is a beautiful photo, as usual.

    I think the rain you are getting these days in Spain is what we used to count on in Morocco. The band of rain hitting Morocco has now moved north into Spain, making the drought in Morocco far worse than it used to be.

    Best regards,
    Madame Monet

    Comment by wpm1955 | May 31, 2008

  6. Supe – I fear that Torremolinos will not offer them the charms of Moorish Spain, but rather more earthier charms!

    Comment by kevmoore | June 2, 2008

  7. Well we love Benidorm for great hotels at really good prices. And if you dare to get beneath the underbelly of the town it is actually a very cultured and interesting holiday destination. Shame on the TV ” comedy ” it really did show the worst of Benidorm but missed the real Spanish feel to the resort. It is and always has been a Spanish holiday destination who far outway the British. Give Benidorm a visit yuo may end up loving it!

    Comment by Dave | October 2, 2008

  8. Dave – it is true that TV comedy will, by its very remit, home in on and exaggerate and distort those extremes of lifestyle, etc. that most easily define its topic. I suspect, (though I haven’t seen it,) BENIDORM is no exception.
    Although we lived only 20 minutes drive away, (having now permanently relocated further south)we never indulged in the city itself, which, although spectacular at night with its “New York-lite” skyline, doesn’t really offer me what I want from life. I understand that there is a certain class of Sun reader that will lap up the 20 euro a night hotel rooms, the cheap pitchers of beer and Sticky Vicky twice nightly, but its not my idea of a good time. The trouble is, this is what gets the press, and the giant strides Benidorm has made in recent years gets hidden beneath it. If you avoid the English Quarter, get yourslef a great value hotel, and enjoy the magnificent beach(and it is) then I guess its a holiday heaven. But I intend lobbying the government to make sure that anyone returning home with a stuffed donkey or a sombrero should be deported to Guantanamo bay.

    Comment by kevmoore | October 3, 2008


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