BRIT holidaymakers have packed hotels and apartments in Benidorm as they enjoy the first normal Easter break since Covid.
An “avalanche of tourists” has swept over Spain’s popular holiday destination, packing local hotspots in a number not seen since 2019, as the country begins to recover from coronavirus restrictions.
“After two years in which the restrictions on mobility due to Covid-19 made Holy Week pass without pain and glory, in 2022 Benidorm has undoubtedly returned to be the Benidorm of always. The avalanche of tourists arriving from all parts of Spain and other European countries spending these holidays have filled hotels, tourist apartments and second homes, reaching the records of years before the pandemic,” says a report by the Spanish press.
“Neither the rain on Wednesday nor that strong gusts of wind The data recorded on Thursday stopped the tourists who wanted to visit Benidorm and did not hesitate to go out en masse to enjoy the beaches and promenades, as well as the more commercial streets.”
The “avalanche” has resulted in many hotels putting up their “sold out” signs, while others are seeing over 90 percent occupancy.
The Hosbec hotel association had previously expressed optimism about last-minute bookings and this has proved to be the case.
The high occupancy rate is reflected in tourist apartments, which Aptur says have 90 percent occupancy.
The entire Costa Blanca will also benefit from the good figures. In this case, the average utilization is around 80 percent, says Hosbec.
In just two days, more than 100,000 cars with tourists, mainly domestic, arrived to spend the Easter holidays in Benidorm.
The numbers at airports, train stations and buses have also risen sharply.
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The Councilor for Mobility, José Ramón González de Zárate, said: “When there were no restrictions in 2020 and 2021, the people who traveled to Benidorm came mainly by car, for fear of going by bus or public transport and themselves contagious, but the data tells us that fear seems to have passed.”
Abreca, the association of bars, restaurants and cafeterias, said the celebration of Easter will help offset some of the losses incurred during the coronavirus crisis.
‘BACK TO NORMAL’
The famous beaches of Benidorm are also “back to normal” for the first time in two years at Easter.
The city’s mayor, Toni Pérez, said: “After two years of the pandemic, this will be the first Holy Week in which there will be no restrictions on the use of the sand.”
At one point during the Covid crisis, beaches in Spain were forced to close and when they were allowed to reopen they were subjected to strict social distancing measures, with sandy plots for each group of sunbathers, tight controls on access points, time restrictions and even a pre-reservation system whereby there were often long queues on the beach promenades.
Benidorm was one of the Spanish resort towns to be praised for its handling of controls.
BEACHES IN “OPTIMAL CONDITION”
Toni Pérez said the council had been working steadily throughout the year to ensure beaches were in “optimal condition” for users at Easter, which marks the start of the high season. To this end, repair and adjustment work was carried out on various elements, and the lifeguard and cleaning devices were adjusted.
Sunbeds are also a welcome return, with the mayor stating that “the maximum on the beach will be 3,500 per day”.
The number of lifeguards and lifeguards will also be increased with five on Levante beach, six on Poniente beach and one on Mal Pas beach.
They will be on duty from 10am to 6pm and two staffed ambulances will be available.
The cleaning service has also been strengthened, so that at Easter there are a total of 21 instead of the usual 13 employees.
One rule that will remain in place is the “six meters” requirement from shore. This means that sunbathers cannot sit within this line and the shoreline leaves room for people who wish to stroll along the beaches.
Spain has already lifted the obligation for beach users to wear masks as they are no longer required outside.
From April 20th, the hall rule is to be lifted.
The Mayor of Benidorm also confirmed that the beaches have not been badly affected by the recent storms as they are better protected than others.
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