A group of us 1970’s workers visited Benidorm in early April 2011, it was fascinating looking what my old work places had become, The Western Saloon has become Richards New Look Bar, the Istanbul Disco looks like a store for the Hotel Diplomatic and Tramps Disco is now a lap dance bar. Some of the other places where I socialized were still there, but Bar Calou in the old town is now a sex shop, the Ex Bar is bricked up and Jack’s Scottish Bar is now a Tile shop. Benidorm is ever changing, the big clubs are out of town and the noisy late night bars are mostly located in what’s now known as ‘The Square’ but there are still plenty of themed bars dotted around old and new Benidorm.
As old friends from the 70’s chatted, we all agreed that Benidorm has still got a special feeling about it; we walked for hours around the old and new town amazed at how big modern it has become. There is something about eating paella in Aitona’s, nibbling tapas down the alley, sitting on the point with a cold beer in the early evening and even just plain people watching that makes Benidorm special. I’m sure we will be back next year for another reunion, hopefully with an even bigger group, we will all take in and enjoy the new Benidorm as well a reminisce the old.
Has anybody any thoughts and memories on some of the changes from 60’s to 90’s Benidorm, to what it’s become now.