The famous Spanish seaside resort on the Costa Blanca has long been popular with British tourists.
But the generation who lived through the iconic Club 18-30 holiday era back in the 70s and 80s are reliving their party exploits.
Grans and grandpas are heading to Benidorm in their droves to cause carnage on the Spanish streets.
The resort has 2,305 full time British residents which is 11% of the total population. Many of them are older and have been going to Benidorm for more than 30 years.
Pensioners have seen the resort change over time from the 1980s when it was notorious for drunken yobbery to now when it has become synonymous with elderly Brits thanks to shows like ITV’s Benidorm.
You don’t have to scratch below the surface to discover a seedy underbelly still exists with sex shows and prostitution all readily available, according to reports.
The sordid cabaret shows revolve around the clubs during the course of the night and all are free to watch.
There are a wide variety to choose from but all ensure the popular bars like Chaplin’s and the raucous The Red Lion pack in the punters into the early hours.
One man on a stag do said: “I thought Benidorm was going to be boring like that TV show – I did not expect to see Darth Vader have sex.”
The lesbian show at Chaplin’s escalates quickly into crowd participation and it was not long before tourists were being stripped, and whipped on stage in front of a crowd of giggling tourists.
“The drugs are cheap enough here to be fair”
Dinner lady and granny
Cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana are all reportedly on offer on the streets throughout the day and it was not unusual to be offered drugs while out for lunch or simply taking a stroll along the seafront.
One grandmother, a dinner lady from Yorkshire in her late 50s, boasted how she smuggled cocaine into the resort in a sinus inhaler while wearing a t-shirt that read “Coke Whore”.
She said: “It’s easy, no one thinks to check the tube in the inhaler amongst all my pills, although the drugs are cheap enough here to be fair.”
Carefree OAPs played bingo in the day, travelling around on their two-seater mobility scooters, and then partied into the night on the infamous English Square.
Here hoards of British tourists come to party together with stag dos mixing with families while strippers on outdoor podiums perform in front of everyone, young or old, throughout the night.
Betty Thirlwall, 66, told us: “You have everything you could want here, sun, sea and booze – if you can make it over, why would you ever leave, people love it.”
Elsewhere on the eastern end of Calle Gerona, the strip of bars where most of the Brits congregate to get drunk at night, the scene can take a darker turn.
Prostitutes ply their trade openly on the street and drug dealers have no qualms about dealing in broad daylight in front of family restaurants.
Mirror reporters claim they were continually offered sex by eastern european hookers up and down the Calle Gerona, many of whom would offer to take them to back alley for as little as €60.
One resident, who did not want to be named, believes the reason they turn a blind eye is because it does not affect the Spanish.
He said: “All the Brits congregate down here (Calle Gerona) while all the Spanish tourists mainly keep to the old town so it’s always seemed to have been a case of as long as it does not hit the Spanish families then the Brits can take care of themselves, that is nothing new, just look at how hard we had to complain for them to do something about the pickpockets.”