Benalmádena is easy to get to and just a 20 minute drive from Málaga airport. One of the most appealing features of Benalmádena is that it is located in the heart of the magnificent Costa del Sol making all of the great activities that the coast offers easily accessible. You will find cosmopolitan places such as Málaga and Marbella in close proximity.
Three for the price of one. A cable car, a fairytale castle and the Western World’s largest Buddhist temple are among the surprises of Benalmádena, a town with a tripolar personality.
The three distinct neighbourhoods that make up Benalmádena – Pueblo, Arroyo de la Miel and Costa – can keep even the most picky holidaymaker coming back for more. A veritable town of entertainment there is definitely more within its boundaries for the tourist than practically any other resort in Spain. From beaches to mountain walks, theme parks to history, there´s no doubt that Benalmádena has a multiple personality and it´s certainly not a disorder.
Any trip to the resort must begin 280 meters above sea level with the pueblo, a charming Andalucian village with narrow streets, whitewashed houses, geranium-filled window boxes and pretty squares. From here the municipality winds steeply down to the commercial and residential heart Arroyo de la Miel, finishing its journey in Benalmádena-Costa, the coastal strip where most of the tourists stay.
Benalmádena´s award winning Puerto Marina where stunning yachts, leisure facilities, restaurants and boutiques are located has space for over 1000 yachts, making it the biggest in Andalucia. It is also a social hub where people can go eat, drink, dance and enjoy live music. Fishing trips leave from the marina during the day as well as boats for dolphins and wildlife spotting. There are regular food fairs.
As visitors attractions go Benalmádena takes some beating. There is a huge range of things to do with all the family and probably the best range in whole Andalucia. Sealife in the marina offered the first walk-through underwater park of the Costa del Sol watching starfish, stingrays and sharks. Benalmádena´s Butterfly Park is the biggest in Europe with 1500 exotic butterflies from all around the world. Crocodile Park hosts 200 crocodiles including the largest croc in Europe, Paco aka Big Daddy, who weighs 600kg. In Selwo Marina which is home to dolphins, sealions, penguins, turtles, piranhas as well parrots, visitors can swim with a sealion and make friends with dolphins. Thrill-seekers will want to make their way to the ´Disneyland of the Costa del Sol´, Tivoli World which has 40 rides for various ages including a roller coaster and a 60-metre sudden drop. The Teleferico cable car takes you up to the peak of Mount Calamorro. You can enjoy various shows at the summit. There is a falconry display or you can see Andalucian horses galloping and prancing to music against a stunning backdrop of coastal views from the Sierra Nevada mountain range across to Gibraltar and the coast of Morocco on clear days. Finally Parque de la Paloma, a public park covering 200.000sqm with beautiful flowers and trees is home to ostriches, peacocks and goats as well as lakes, fountains and a cactus garden.
On top Benalmádena offers beautiful and well maintained wide sandy beaches with cosy beach bars and fine restaurants along endless boulevards.