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 team-building and kick offs. The harbour 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 restaurants. The whole area is tiled, with spots of mosaic and 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 some golf clubs. Walking east of the marina you will come to Torremolinos
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).
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.
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.
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.
Ronda is about 1 and a half hours drive by car from Benalmádena. There are also daily buses to Ronda. The village is divided in two by a deep gorge and the views from the town are beautiful.
Malaga is the capital of the province of Málaga, and is full of old buildings and monuments for those interested in Spanish history and culture. The old Arab palace Alcazaba is situated on a hill above Malaga. The atmosphere in these ruins will immedietaley take you back to the Middle Ages.
Marbella and Puerto Banus is the center of glamour and luxury on the Costa del Sol. In Marbella you'll find tourists and celebrities sitting next to each other.
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.
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 ...
From Fuengirola to Benalmadena every day at 10:30, 12:30, 14:30 and 16:45.
From Benalmadena to Fuengirola every day at 11:30, 13:30, 15:30 and 17:45.
The ticket office is located inside the port area. www.parasailingfuengirola.comRead more about the markets and shopping in Benalmádena ... http://basicspanishclasses.com you will find Spanish courses in Benalmádena and many other cities in Spain.
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.fotocasa.es