Area of Benalmadena Pueblo
Benalmádena Pueblo is just as enchanted and beautiful as the white neighbour village Mijas Pueblo. Those white traditional Spanish villages are very typical in Andalusian. Both villages are originated from the Moorish settlement in the 8th century and the influences are still visible. The origin of the name Benalmádena derives from the Arabic ” Bani al-Medina” or “Son of the mines”, because of the presence of the mines in this area. The exquisite Benalmádena Pueblo is unique situated on the foothills, right above the Mediterranean Sea and it has breathtaken views of the sea and Costa del Sol.
Benalmádena consist of 3 different population centers; Benalmádena Pueblo, Benalmádena Costa and Arroyo de la Miel. Benalmádena has around 30.000 inhabitants, but during the high season, it can house easily the double amount of people. Therefore Benalmádena is in every way a very actractive holiday destination.
Benalmádena Pueblo has several historical and cultural attractions, amongst which is an old arena, where bull fights are still held, an archeaological museum with locally artefacts dating back to the Bronze Age, and the 1 minute stroll away Colomares Castle.
The old center of the village has many narrow streets and relaxing squares with several bars, excellent restuarants with menus based on the local gastronomy We surely recommend you the Jardines del Miro, from the hightest top at the white church you have an absolutely breathtaken panaromic view of the surroundings and the Mediterranean Sea. Furthermore Benalmádena is also home to the Enlightment Stupa and is very much worth a visit.
Benalmádena Costa has a coastline around 9 kilometers. Along these sandy beaches you find al lot of local bars, chiringuitos (cafes) and restaurants where they serve mostly typical dishes from Malaga (a lot of fish). Benalmádena Costa is the cosmopolitan part of Benalmádena and offers you many hotels and resorts along the coastline. Every week in hotel-casino Torrequebrada Flamenco and international shows are held in Sala Fortuna.
The largest tourist attraction is Puerto Marina. In this marina you will find so many types of bars, clubs, restaurants that there is always something to suit all tastes. From the latest club sounds with top D.J. to swish sophistication and and the live jazz, or salsa dancing till dawn. In this Marina you will find many types of bars, clubs and restaurantsso there ia always something to suit all tastes. This Marina, built in a Moorish style was rewarden in 1999 as the most beautiful marina of Europe.
Close to the marina you will also find Sea Life, a aquarium with over 2000 different fish species. Puerto Marina an ideal place for making boat trips or to rent a yacht. Close to the sea and further way from the rush, you will find the castle Bil y Bil, a remaining from the historical Moorish history. Concerts and expositions are held there.
Arroyo de la Miel is where the nightlife comes to life and where every Friday the street market is been held. In the center of Arroyo de la Miel you can find Casa de la Cultura, where modern art, culture and technology plays an important role.
Paloma Park, rich of breathtaking nature, flora and fauna. Here you can also find a theatre, aquarium for dolphins with parrots. Also very near situated is Tivoli Park, with over 300 attractions. Tivoli Park offers you several fair attractions, theaters, fountains and restaurants. The park is mainly focused on families with children. You will also find here cable cars (Telecabina) to the highest peak of the region Malaga, Monte Calamorro. From this peak you have an absolutely magnificent view over the Meditarranean Sea, Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmádena Cost, the Guadalhorce Valley and Sierra Nevada mountains. On a clear day you can even see Gibraltar, the Atlas Mountains and the North African coast.
There are many things you can do at Monte Calamorro, you can go horse riding or hiking in this exquisite and botanical area, rich of all sorts of flowers and plants. During your trip you will get also company from eagles, hawks, nitwits, cats and mountain goats.
Benalmádena, a populair holiday destination
Because of the central location of Benalmádena in Costa del Sol, Benalmádena is becoming since recent years a very populair tourist attraction. Not only because of the location at the coast, but also the near to the International Airport (Malaga Aeropuerto) and the tourist places; Malaga, Torremolinos, Mijas, Fuengirol and Marbella. This is a reason why many people book their holiday in Benalmádena.
Benalmádena, a starting point for a discovery of Andalusia
There are so many interesting places within 2 hours driving; Nerja, Antequera, Granada, Ronda, Alceciraz, Gibraltar and Tarif (among the surfers) If you are planning to visit the places, Cdiz, Jerez de la Frontera, Servilla and Córdoba, we recommand you to book a stay. These places are worth a 2-day visit. We have books, brochures and maps with a lot of information of the possibilities in this exquite area.
Benalmádena and sport
The climate of the Costa del Sol is very mild and nice during the whole year. This makes it possible to continue with practicing a lot of (outdoor) sports. There is a reason why many North European sportteams continue their trainings here. Benalmádena offers a lot of opportunity, such as golf (golf courts), tennis, water sports (several dive and sail centers) and horse riding. Lovers of winter sports can practice their sports untill may and Sierre Nevada is only 2 hours driving.