Benidorm used to be a small fishing village until it reached the tourist boom during the 60s decade. It was then, with a new urban reorganization, the arrival of the bikini and the momentum of campaigns that presented this municipality as a beach and sunshine paradise, when it began to grow.
Nowadays, it is one of the main tourist destinations in Spain, and is known for its skyline of tall buildings and skyscrapers, which resemble cities like New York and made it worthy of receiving nicknames such as Beniyork or Little Manhattan.
These days, and until September 16th from 10am to 2pm from Monday to Friday, locals and visitors will have the opportunity to visit the newly opened Museum L’Hort of Colon to see a photo exhibition of the municipality of Benidorm in the 50’s and 60’s. The collection is composed of 30 images offered by Francisco Pérez Bayona, and drawn between 1957 and 1965.
The house of Huerto de Colón, recently restored, dates back to the mid-nineteenth century and has more than 280 square meters distributed in two floors. Historically, Vicente Zaragoza Ortuño (1838-1899), famous owner and captain of various cruisers, purchased a farm in 1885. This garden was walled, planted with olive trees and a pond for irrigation. This is the field which would later on be the site of a house of new construction, which would be inherited by their descendants and that, in 1988, would be ceded to the city of Benidorm.
Location: Calle tomás Ortuño, 16