Thanks to the work of Pasqual Almiñana Orozco, a professor of literature and author of several works on toponymy of the Marina Baixa, we recently discovered that the English poet Ted Hughes (1939-1998) and the American writer Sylvia Plath (Boston 1932-London 1963) enjoyed their honeymoon in Benidorm, specifically in 1956.
This curious research, has allowed us to see what Benidorm was like before the tourist boom. Straight from the mouth of Sylvia Plath, Benidorm was a beloved town: “As soon as I found that little town … after an hour of travel by bus through deserts of red sand hills, olive groves and scrub all so typical, and I saw that sparkling blue sea, the clean curve of its beaches, its immaculate streets and houses-all with a small town and relumbrante dream, I felt instinctively, like Ted, that this was our place…”.
The writer couple got married June 19th, 1956 and their honeymoon took them to Paris, Madrid and Benidorm. They had two sons and separated in 1962. Sylvia Plath committed suicide shortly there after in London.
The couple stayed in his summer residence, which is now on the streets of Tomas Ortuño. This route, then was almost on the outskirts and offered peace and quiet to write and even mountain views by the absence of apartment towers.
source El País