Seaside Resorts in Today's Society

1230 Words Feb 21st, 2018 5 Pages
Stillness is the attribute of death. The stagnant pond collects the weed which will finally choke it, but the moving river clears itself’ (quoted in Matless, 1998, p.88)

Looking at the seaside resorts in today’s society, we find that season holidays where millions of people rush to through the summer period are associated simply with leisure and a chance to relax.
The view and use of these resorts have changed over the centuries; seaside resorts have always been recreational environments although until the mid-19th century such recreations were a luxury only for wealthy individuals. The development of the beach as a popular leisure resort from the mid-19th century was the primary manifestation of what is now the global tourism industry.

The visits to the seaside have a long story (‘The origins of the seaside resort: 1750-1840’ – The Seaside, 2014); in Roman times these resorts were populated by wealthy people who were able to spend a lot of their time at leisure and had villas by the sea or made trips to the shores of the Mediterranean. Thereafter the seaside lost its attractions, becoming a working place rather than an entertaining place, however the seaside became popular again in the eighteenth century. ‘The idea of a seaside as a healthy place has a long history’ (Brunton, 2014, p. 170), doctors in the 1730 begun to recommend drinking and bathing in seawater; bathing at that time contrary to what we think today was considered a therapy where…
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