the early 1950s Benidorm, Spain was a centre for tuna fishing with about
3,000 inhabitants. Former farmland with olive and citrus groves were
built upon after the Plan General de Urbanismo was passed in 1956. Initially
it was planned as a Garden City. The size of the built up area multiplied
146 times between 1955 and 1964 and, in the following 20 years, by 760%.
Nearly 4 million tourists visit Benidorm each year. The tower block
hotels have been described as 'democratic', because they allow a view
of the sea to a greater number of people. Others see them as an urban