THE number of UK citizens actually living full time in Benidorm has been steadily falling over the past ten years.
The idea that Benidorm is purely a British-dominated municipality cannot be further from the truth, as recent figures show that of the 66,000 registered on the local Padron, only 2,825 are from the UK. This compares to almost 5,000 a decade ago. However, reports suggest that the real number is now somewhere between 7,000 and 9,000.
According to the last official figures from the Spanish Institute of Statistics (INE) from December 31, 2017, Britons now only account for 12 per cent of the total number of non-Spanish registered; down from the 20 per cent in 2008. One of the reasons suggested for this drop may be explained by a high number that reside in Benidorm but simply don’t bother to register. Each year, the council organises a campaign to remind foreign residents the importance of being on the Padron.
Benidorm is certainly a cosmopolitan area with 33 per cent of non-Spanish citizens (23,549) coming from 135 different countries.
UK citizens everywhere living in Spain, not just in Benidorm, are strongly advised to register on the Padron if they haven’t done so already, and to equally ensure that they are as legal as they can possibly be in the country with the uncertainties of Brexit looming around the corner.