Benidorm extends beach booking times as tourists moan about two-hour long queues

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Back in June, Benidorm beaches reopened to tourists and locals with new rules in place.

Brits were able to soak up the sun on the beach as restrictions lifted for the first time in Spain.

Since there's nothing quite like a holiday on the beach, many tourists were left queuing for hours to get in to places.

Ahead of arrival, holidaymakers were advised to book slots at the Playa de Levante beach to avoid waiting long.

It had around 1,557 slots that can be reserved for morning, afternoon or evening.

But it is believed many tourists were forced to wait two hours just to enter the beach.

According to local media, 1,487 slots were reserved online one day, leaving just 70 spaces available for people booking in person.

One angry holidaymaker said: "This is a shame. I am 86 years old and have come for a month on vacation and 10 hours by bus from Bilbao to now have to be here for two hours."

The scheme saw reservations online for the beach open from 12pm, which has now been extended to start at 9am.

Maria Gomez, Benidorm's beach councillor, said: "We've listened to the concerns lodged by people and introduced the new hours.

"The council has always said that beach safety measures and the way they are enforced will always be subject to change."

Holidaymakers who want to book a slot can visit the Benidorm Beach Safety website.

Meanwhile, Brits have been told to book Benidorm trips now before it's too late.

Karen Maling Cowles, president of the Benidorm British Business Association, believes a second coronavirus wave could put another halt on travel later this year.

And since "we don't know what will happen in the future", Karen recommends booking a flight this summer.

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