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Benalmádena Costa is the lower part closest to the coast. Characteristic of Benalmádena Costa is Puerto Marina, with its round yellow-white buildings appearing like castles with luxury yachts around. From the port area you can find sailing trips, fishing excursions and paragliding. Several of the boats are beautiful and suitable for weddings or company trips. The harbor has plenty of apartments, shops and restaurants. West of the marina below the coastal road, you will find a 2 km long beach promenade lined up with exquisite fish restaurants and other restaurants. The whole area is tiled, with spots of mosaic. Here the waiters are ready to spoil you right away. Under one of the thousand umbrellas on the beach, you can relax with a cool drink in your hand. You will be offered refreshments, massage, clothes, watches and sunglasses. West of the promenade is one of Europe's most luxurious casinos, Casino Torrequebrada, and a number of fine golf clubs.
Benalmádena Pueblo is just up the mountainside and is a typical old Spanish village with a lovely old church, cobbled streets and typical Spanish restaurants. Here you will find tranquility and romance. The old Spanish style is well preserved with low whitewashed houses. All terraces and pots are bursting with flowers and there are small and large cobbled squares with benches and fountains. In the Pueblo there are traditional flamenco evenings every week with local cuisine, Spanish guitar and passionate clapping.
Arroyo de la Miel is the city centre of Benalmádena with modern shops, fitness centers, schools and parks. If you like shopping you should pay a visit. The train station is In Arroyo de la Miel with connections to Fuengirola and Malaga. In and around Arroyo de la Miel there are mostly permanent residents. In Arroyo de la Miel there is also a large plaza with a stage for various events. Here all the major events and local happenings are being held. Below Arroyo de la Miel is also a skate park and a municipal pool being used as a skating hall in winter (indoors, of course).
Beaches in Benalmadena
Benalmádena has beaches on both sides of the marina that are usually busy and packed with water sports activities. There are plenty of beach restaurants (chiringuitos) where you can enjoy a light meal or a complete dinner and of course you can hire sunbeds on most of the beaches. The beach on the northern side of the marina continues to Torremolinos.
See our list of good restaurants in Benalmádena here...
Also the "Pre columbian" Museum is worth a visit. This is the last of its kind in Spain. Here are collected archaeological finds from the site and you will see the remains of early cultures of Mexico and Central America. Down in Benalmádena Costa you will find the Arabic red castle Castillo del Bil Bil. This is used for exhibitions and concerts and many nice weddings are being arranged here.
Activities in BenalmádenaIf you are a tourist and enjoy parks and attractions, there is much to choose from. Arroyo de la Miel has a large Tivoli with a large ferris wheel and exciting rides for every bravement level and there is also a huge scary haunted house with live actors. Right next to the fairground is also the departure station to Teleferico, a cable car which takes you to a mountain with stunning views over the Costa del Sol. On a clear day you can see all the way to Africa from here. Up there on the mountain there is a bird park which hosts bird shows with eagles and condors.
Every Friday Arroyo de la Miel holds a street market at the Tivoli park. Down by the harbor there is an aquarium, Sea Life, that portrays sea life in the region. There are organized diving and dolphin safaris every day (during the tourist season). The Paloma park is the city's large park with lots of wild chickens, rabbits and turtles. Here you can wander around among the beautiful flowers, trees, artificial waterfalls, ponds and fountains, you can sunbathe on the grass or simply bring your picnic basket and have a picnic. The Paloma park has lots of play grounds for children of all ages. Right next to the Paloma park is Selwo Marina, with ia Sea lions, dolphins and shows with tropical birds. If you have a dream to swim with dolphins you may find it here.
For a tourist there is much to see and do around Benalmádena. The white mountain village of Mijas Pueblo is very beautiful with views of the Costa del Sol and is suitable as a day trip. You can get there by car or bus. Mijas Pueblo is full of souvenir shops where you can buy traditional ceramics and leather goods, visit the very special bull ring, you can take a donkey-taxi or you can climb up to the top of the mountain or enjoy a lovely dinner overlooking the Costa del sol.
The Zoo in Fuengirola is very small, but the space is well utilized. The zoo is decorated with the animal's natural habitat, and you get very close to the animals. In 2004 the Fuengirola zoo was awarded as Europe's best.
Gibraltar is located west of Benalmádena and is one of the places to see and experience while you are here. Travel Agencies arrange day trips to Gibraltar or you can rent a car.
The only horse race track on the Costa del Sol, Hipodromo Costa del Sol is located in Mijas, just above La Cala de Mijas. It hosts a range of activities such as horse racing late at night during the summer, sometimes concerts and sometimes horse shows.
The water park in Mijas, Parque Aquatico Mijas, is located at the border between Fuengirola and Mijas Costa. Here you will find water slides for children and adults, wave pools and lots of fountains and small pools for children of all ages. The park is open from late April to late September. There is another water park in Torremolinos.
There are also many nice places to visit just a few hours' journey from Benalmádena, such as Seville, Granada, Morocco and of course Tarifa.
Car hire in BenalmádenaWhen you need to hire a car in Benalmádena there is a wide range of small and large companies to choose from. If you arrive Benalmádena by plane you can also pick up your rental car at the airport in Malaga. Read more...
Traveling and transportation in BenalmádenaThe nearest airport is Malaga which is only about 15 minutes drive from Benalmádena.
Benalmádena is situated on the railway line between Malaga and Fuengirola. There are departures three times per hour from early in the morning until around at 24:00 at night. Check train schedules on www.renfe.com
There are also buses from Benalmádena to Fuengirola, Malaga, Marbella and Torremolinos etc. For timetables see Portillo's website here ...
Living in BenalmádenaBenalmádena is one of the finest places to stay on the Costa del Sol. Because of the proximity to the airport and the train line and a large selection of shops, cafes and restaurants are Benalmádena one of the most urban places you can stay on the Costa del Sol. Benalmádena is also near Malaga and Marbella are popular places to take a day trip when one is resident here.
Since Benalmádena is divided into three different districts, you can easily choose to live in the center or to stay in a quiet residential area such as Benalmadena Pueblo or one of the many kid-friendly housing cooperatives located around Benalmádena. Housing prices have not fallen as much in Benalmádena as in many other cities in Spain.
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