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Update: Sympathies go out to the family of Kenny Ireland and the cast of Benidorm. Mr. Ireland, who played aging swinger Donald Stewart, passed away after a battle with cancer on July 31, 2014.

As Winter Storm Hercules pummels the eastern regions of the US, it seems to be the perfect time to ponder a warm weather getaway, right? I normally eschew beachy vacations; I don’t like to be sweaty, I’m not a strong swimmer and I find lounging in the sun to be mind-numbingly dull.  That’s what makes telly so great – I can watch other people having a disastrous holiday and I don’t even have to don a bathing suit – another thing I avoid at all costs.

So over the past few days I chose to take the less sandy option and started watching series one of a long running ITV sitcom called Benidorm. The show follows a strange mix of tourists from around the UK who return year after year to the same Spanish holiday resort.


ITV's Benidorm Series 1 cast

ITV’s Benidorm Series 1 cast


What keeps these vacationers coming back? As far as I can tell  the biggest selling point is being a good value for money (that’s English-speak for cheap, by the way).

Here are a couple of the things I learned by visiting Benidorm, via YouTube of course.

1. That Benidorm is an actual place:

Spanish coastal town and tourist resort on the Mediterranean Sea

Spanish coastal town and tourist resort on the Mediterranean Sea


Located in Eastern Spain on the Costa Blanca, Benidorm became a preferred vacation destination for Western Europeans. Popular for its affordable package holiday schemes, Benidorm’s visitors gained a reputation for being binge drinking ruffians in the 80’s; however, it transformed into a more family friendly leisure spot in the subsequent decades.


2. The British desperately seek out the sun, some to an unhealthy degree:



I sort of knew this already since many of my expat friends choose tropical climes whenever they go on holiday.  Regardless of the exact location, I always seem to hear stories involving Germans who attempt to reserve deck chairs with their beach towels or some such breach of sunbathing etiquette.  After Benidorm, it all becomes a tad clearer though no one I know personally is as “dedicated” to the rays as old Madge (Sheila Reid).


3. They aren’t very adventurous travellers. It’s as if the Brits really just want to go somewhere warm and rain-free and for everything else to be just like home – the fry-ups, the accents, the karaoke and pub quizzes.  And they take their trivia very seriously in the UK I can tell you.  Just meet The Oracle (Johnny Vegas) if you don’t believe me.



At the Solana resort your holiday expenses (food, drink and activities) are all-inclusive, as long as you stay on the property which consists of a pool, a swim up bar, a cheesy nightspot called the Neptune Bar and the most basic of hotel accommodations.



You’re not going to spend that much time in your room anyhow, right? Not when you’re on your holidays.


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