‘Home away from home’: Brits see Benidorm as ‘little Britain’ – ‘a sauce with everything’ | Travel News | Travel
Benidorm is a favorite holiday spot for Britons as well as those who want to escape the cold and the permanent sun.
Why are the British drawn to Benidorm?
Sharon, assistant manager of reception at the Rio Park Hotel, thinks it’s because the destination offers consistency to Brits.
Sharon said: “It’s a home away from home, really. I see it as a little Britain.”
Nelson, the food and beverage manager, added: “Guests always try to eat what they eat in England. If you cook the same way they eat at home, they’re happy. “
Tourists and expats alike can enjoy the warm climate and lively atmosphere, without compromising on their favorite dishes.
Nelson added: “Sauce with everything: with beef, rice, potatoes, fish, pasta – whatever, with salsa.”
Customers can be spotted enjoying English dishes such as fries.
There are 192 hotels in Benidorm, according to Nelson, with Britons flocking in their thousands.
Moreover, Nelson explained that the British love Benidorm because they are always received with open arms.
He said: “The reason guests come year after year, after year is because we’re really friendly.
“The most important thing is friendship.”
The documentary saw neighboring couples Rob and Audrey, and Brian and Maxine, swap the caravan park for the Benidorm swimming pool for a two-week vacation.
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Extremely accommodating for Brits, it looks like they can enjoy the comforts of home – with the added bonus of 28 degree heat.
Artist Tom moved to Benidorm from the UK.
He said: “When I was growing up I never knew what I wanted to do. As soon as I got here I realized, ‘Damn, that’s cool’. I love it.
“We get the same guests three, four, five times a year, every year.”
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Of course, British tourism allows expats like Tom to earn a living.
And he has a personal love for the island, as his mother was a frequent visitor to the Rio Park Hotel.
She eventually settled in Benidorm herself, alongside several of her friends.
Britons feel incredibly safe moving to Benidorm, as they immediately feel at home.
Lebenidormguide.com said: “All bar, restaurant and shop owners can speak English and German.”