Split into 3 districts, Benalmadena is a great mixture of old and new, providing a destination that is popular with familes all year round. Situated on the Costa del Sol in Spain, Benalmedena is blessed with glorious sunshine 300 days a year and has 9km of beaches to explore along the sweeping coastline.
The old town of Pueblo, just one of the districts here in Benalmedena, has retained the quaint charm of the town as it was many years ago. In contrast to this, Arroya de la Miel, is an animated commercial centre which attracts many people to it’s shops and restaurants every day.
All this activity is surrounded by beautiful beaches and craggy tree covered mountains, meaning there’s plenty of countryside to discover in this beautiful resort of Benalmedena.
Although Benalmedena retains the feel of a Spanish coastal resort, the restaurants around the resort certainly take their influence from the variety of visitors that come to the Costa del Sol every year. With menus serving up Chinese, Italian, Dutch, Lebanese, English and Irish food, among many others, there’s a lot to choose from in Benalmedena. Certainly great if you have some fussy eaters in your brood!
For an authentic paella or some Spanish Tapas, head down to the promenade where there are plenty of “chiringuitos” to feast at. These meals are best enjoyed with some local sangria all while watching the sun set over the ocean.
If you don’t want to end your night on the beach though, Benalmedena has a lively night life to keep you occupied until the early morning. There are classy bars down by the glamourous marina, where you can also enjoy an evening meal, or head towards the centre to find bars such as Molly Malone’s and Maracas Bar.
Benalmedena is a family resort through and through with plenty of attractions to entertain both kids and adults. For a fun day out, visit Tivoli World themepark! This huge attraction contains over 40 rides that range from dodgems to a 60 metre free fall tower! That ride is certainly one for the thrill seekers!
If visiting a theme park isn’t your cup of tea though, next to Tivoli Word is the Benalmedena Cable Car. This 15 minute journey will take you up 769 metres to the summit of Calamorro Mountain which is one of the highest spots on the Costa del Sol. From here you’ll have views over to Gibraltar and on a clear day you can even see the coast of Africa!
Back down by the shoreline, take a wander along the promenade which runs parallel to the sandy beaches of Benalmedena. Along this beautiful walkway you’ll see mosaics made out of stone, wood and metal, creating a natural outdoor exhibit which complement the surroundings of the promenade. The sights you’ll see along the way are Bil Bil castle, a striking Arabic-style, red building surrounded by flowing fountains. You’ll also come across the marina of Benalmedena which has been voted one of the world’s most beautiful. As well as being home to many million dollar yachts, the marina also showcases the Sealife Centre where you can admire thousands of tropical fish and watch sharks being fed!
To see more of Benalmedena’s wildlife, take a wander through Paloma Park where you can search for peacocks, emus and turtles roaming through the trees. There’s also a picturesque lake at the centre of the park which is fun to cycle round on one of the parks “Quadricycles”!