That’s the Gran Hotel Bali and it’s the tallest building in Spain”, grins my taxi driver as we speed towards the mini Manhattan skyline on the horizon. “And if it wasn’t in a valley, it would be even taller!” He laughs, summing up the surreal allure of the spirit of Benidorm.

The Gran Hotel Bali’s crown is about to be stolen by the twin towers of it’s neighbour Residencial In Tempo, just as soon as they’ve completed the diamond centre that will connect the towers.

The In Tempo will no doubt reinforce the already popular comparisons between Benidorm’s skyline and that of Manhattan. But unlike it’s cosmopolitan compadre across the pond, Benidorm’s sole existence and purpose is to give holiday pleasure to the millions of visitors who annually flock to its heat-shimmering beaches to soak up the sun.

From morning until late afternoon rainbow-coloured sun umbrellas turn the shoreline into priceless real estate as towels and prone bodies vie for their personal space until, sated of sun for the day they hit the bars that bridge the gap twixt sand and skyscrapers.

Andrea (Andy) Montgomery is a freelance travel writer and co-owner of Buzz Trips and The Real Tenerife series of travel websites. Published in The Telegraph, The Independent, Wexas Traveller, Thomas Cook Travel Magazine, EasyJet Traveller Magazine, you can read her latest content on Google+

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