Exchange rate 1115

User Rating: 5 / 5

Star ActiveStar ActiveStar ActiveStar ActiveStar Active

View from Avd EuropaMany of you will have walked down the Avd Europa and passed what can only be described as a concrete monstrosity, surrounded by corrugated metal sheets about half way down towards the main Avd Mediterraneo. This is hopefully not Benidorm’s Sagrada Familia – the still unfinished Gaudi Basilica in Barcelona, which was started in 1882!

The 11,000 square metre structure is a blot on the landscape but one that will hopefully at long last be addressed in the coming months.

SignThe project is for a cultural centre, which originally included a 1,200 seater auditorium plus second smaller one, museum and parking for 400 cars when it was proposed back in 1996 - with an initial budget of €12 million. However, as with most things, by 2003 this had escalated to an eye watering €48 million.

sideIt was chosen from one of 93 submissions, presented by Juan Navarro Baldeweb although his estimate was already two million euros, or 1,600 million pesetas as it was then, over the budget earmarked for the project.The land is owned by the council and was a football pitch until around 2002 – they bought it at a “very good price” on the proviso that it was used and enjoyed by the public and residents of the town.

arialThe plan also included two music conservatories – Benidorm is the only town where it is located in a bullring. However, with the financial crisis both the town hall and Generalitat – Provincial Government, ran out of money to complete the project. In July of this year a motion was passed to cancel the original plan and they are now waiting to sign off a revised one, which will see the completion of one music conservatory, the smaller of the two auditoriums, a cafeteria and the cladding of the entire outside – minus the car park.

StructureThis will mean that to passersby – including the millions of holidaymakers who visit every year, it will look finished and more importantly, presentable. The town hall have to replace the metal fencing every few months around the perimeter to stop vandals and squatters entering – a costly matter and paid for out of the towns already stretched budget.

abandoned groundsEmployees at a hotel, which is located right next to the abandoned structure are unhappy at the current stalemate. They say that every week they are having to call the police because children are entering and playing on the roof - an accident waiting to happen. Also, squatters and undesirables hide out, laying in wait on unsuspecting holidaymakers heading back to their hotels after a night out - sometimes a little worse for waer and so easy targets.

Grand Luxor HotelIn order to help finance this project, the Generalitat are selling off land around Terra Mitica, which is earmarked for 2,000 new houses. The newest building to have been completed is the stunning Grand Luxor Hotel, directly in front of the theme park.

Levante beachBenidorm is one of the few town’s without a cultural centre, which considering it’s size, number of visitors and money it brings into the province, somewhat of an anomaly. Granted most come for the beach, cheap alcohol and free nightlife, but it will certainly add a new dimension to the resort.

In 2006 it was announced that an outside company – The Thematic Projects Society, would initially be awarded a 15 year contract to run the centre on its completion, after which it would be handed back to the town hall. Lourdes Castelles, Councilor of Town Planning, the department under which this project falls, envisages that works will commence before the end of this year and the plan is to finish Phase 1 by 2019.

Add comment

Security code

28% OFF

Use code COSTA28

Located in the Old Town

Grupo Aurrera is Tapas Alley

Quote of the day

Automatic simply means you cannot repair it yourself

Latest Comments

  • Buying medicine in Spain

    Tammy 16.03.2018 08:18
    does anyone know If i can get lamictal or lamotrigine over the counter in spain..?
  • Tapas Alley in Benidorm Old Town

    Henry 15.03.2018 14:26
    The best part of Benidorm eating out is definitely tapas ally always visit and enjoy the experience every ...
  • Catching up with Asa Elliott

    Ross 09.03.2018 03:25
    live in the USA. Is Asa'a cd available anywhere in the USA? Saw him on the Doo Wop in Jersey.

News Snippets

  • Retro crisps +

    To mark their 70th anniversary, Walkers are launching a limited edition range of flavours from yesteryear, to celebrate the last six decades. Based on the flavours of Britain's classic dishes, they will include Coronation Chicken, Roast Lamb & Mint, Cheese Fondue, Chicken Tikka Masala, BBQ Rib and Sweet Chilli.
  • 2 for 1 No-Go +

    Plans are being drawn up by Ministers to ban supermarkets from offering two-for-one deals on cakes and biscuits. They also want to extend the ban on junk food adverts to include all family shows such as The X Factor. Good idea or too much interference?
  • No more diesel +

    Toyota have announced that they will stop selling new diesel cars in the UK and Europe by the end of this year. Instead, they will focus on petrol-hyrid cars, which last year accounted for 45 per cent of all UK sales.
  • Prescriptions +

    NHS prescription charges will rise from April 1st by 20p - making the cost of each item £8.80 - it's amazing that anyone in the UK can afford to be ill anymore!
  • Sad loss +

    British actress Alice Chambers, who played dippy Alice Tinker in BBC's The Vicar of Dibley has died at the age of 53. She also played Honey in the Film Notting Hill with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts.
  • All Girls +

    Britain's first women-only members club is set to open on March 8, to coincide with International Woem's Day. The club, in Bloomsbury., London will offer a library, exhibition space, meeting rooms, wellness and a beauty area. The bar will stock wines from all-female vineyards and cocktails will be named after famous women. Restricted to over 21's, it will incur an annual membership fee of £750... and already attracted thousands of applicants.
  • 1
Sign up for our newsletter to receive exclusive offers and vouchers.

Receive HTML?

Joomla Extensions powered by Joobi


°F | °C
Humidity: 61%
50 | 60
10 | 15
Scattered Showers
49 | 62
9 | 16

Upcoming Events

Sat Mar 17 @10:00 -
Mundomar re-opens
Mon Mar 19 @23:59 -
Burning of Fallas
Sat Mar 24 @12:00 - 20:00
Fundraiser at Albir Arms
Sun Apr 01 @20:00 -
Gary Puckett & The Union Gap plus Paul Da Vinci show
Fri Apr 20 @12:00 - 17:00
Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show
Fri Apr 20 @12:00 - 23:00
Elvis Festival - 3 day event
Sat Apr 21 @12:00 - 17:00
Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show
Sat Apr 21 @12:00 - 23:00
Elvis Festival - 3 day event
Sun Apr 22 @12:00 - 23:00
Elvis Festival - 3 day event
Sun Apr 22 @20:00 - 23:00
Elvis Extravaganza at Benidorm Palace

Cigarette Prices

  (per carton)

B&H 49.50€
Berkeley 48.50€
Camel 46.50€
Embassy 51.50€
JPS 44€
L&B 47.50€
Marlboro 51.50€
Mayfair 44€
Silk Cut 49.50€

Tobacco 50gm x10

Golden Virginia 89.50€
Old Holborn 90€


What People Say

  • Upto date news and reports on things we have seen featured on tv

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9