WITH 70 British pubs, ten fish and chip shops and cheap sangria by the gallon it is not apparently the perfect destination for romance.

But Benidorm has been voted one of the romance capitals of the world this Valentine’s Day, a UK poll reveals.

Website Travelrepublic.co.uk claims Benidorm breaks for February 14 have soared by 55 per cent, leapfrogging Paris, Rome and Madrid.

The poll left managing director, Paul Furner, “gobsmacked”.

Another surprise was Torremolinos beating Venice and Dublin into seventh spot, just narrowly pipped by New York.

The poll left managing director, Paul Furner, “gobsmacked”.

He said: “Demand has been really strong for short city breaks, with Rome, Paris, Prague and Amsterdam following hot on the heels of Benidorm.”

According to Professor Duhamel, from the University of Angers, Benidorm was an “unknown cultural gem”.

“Benidorm is the Dubai of Europe and this city deserves to be presented as a candidate to UNESCO,” he added.

Formerly a peaceful fishing town Benidorm has been transformed over the last 50 years and now counts on 600 bars, with 500,000 Brits a year visiting and even a Johnny Vegas sitcom

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