The Levante beach at sundown. Taken by Cesar E. Noble-Medina.

Costa Blanca- Imagine walking by the beach, enjoying the sunny weather and feeling the Mediterranean breeze. Benidorm have had exponential tourism growth in the last three decades. Located in Alicante, the Costa Blanca is a coastal corridor known for having amazing beaches, many local restaurants, and the infamous Spanish paella. Tourism has become the economic muscle the pulls and thrives.
According to Benidorm Mayor’s Office, there are more than 131 hotels in the city and 1,177 restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and nightclubs. This fact ensures that jobs related to the hospitality industry need all year long. Insync with the reports of the Mayor’s Office, more than 11 million of tourist spend the night in Benidorm, claiming a spot among the most visited cities of Spain. Walking in Alamedas street and in the old part of the center of Benidorm, most places are looking for waiters and cook.
According to Benidorm Mayor’s Office, there are more than 131 hotels in the city and 1,177 restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and nightclubs. This fact ensures that jobs related to the hospitality industry need all year long. Insync with the reports of the Mayor’s Office, more than 11 million of tourist spend the night in Benidorm, claiming a spot among the most visited cities of Spain. Walking in Alamedas street and in the old part of the center of Benidorm, most places are looking for waiters and cook.


Food and beverage jobs are in high demand between July and September, obviously seasonal contracts are the rule of the day for businesses who which to survive the fluctuating occupancy of the summer.Among the tourist that visit Benidorm in 2018, 35% of the total is from Great Britain, this became a tendency over the past two decades, and local business owners started to invest in bars and pubs where tourist would feel at home. There are several blocks and streets in the center of Benidorm and near the beach, known as the English Zone. That business model has made quite an impression on the economic growth of the city.


On the other hand, most hotels and restaurants use the so-called high season (between July and September) to create agreements with universities across the globe and hire interns to train as future employees. As most culinary and tourism colleges require practice hour or internships, the industry receives a flutter of students looking for their first job experience and a reference letter. Laws in Spain have and will keep on changing in favor of a fair and just internship experience. Most hotels, companies, and restaurants are offering room and board throughout the internship and an allowance or stipend to cover their basic needs. The debate still open for everyone who is interested, if whether interns are valuable in the constantly evolving food and beverage industry, to which point the tradition of internships still valid and need.