Where is Benalmadena located?
20 km away from Malaga, Benalmadena is located on the southern coast of Spain where you can enjoy approximately 320 days of sunshine a year.
Andalusia is a particular area as there is a variety of landscapes for mountain lovers who can go skiing in the Sierra Nevada in Grenada and beach lovers who can sunbath from May to October.
The temperate climate in Andalusia allows you to enjoy dinners on the terrace most of the year. Spain is known for its Mediterranean cuisine: tapas, paella, tortillas! Benalmadena offers local cuisine but also Italian and Indian restaurants to suit all budgets.
What about transportation?
It is pretty easy to commute to Benalmadena for people working in Malaga. Indeed, there is a train station that has 2 stops one in the center (Arroyo de la Miel) and another in Torremuelle. There are 3 bus lines that reach the main surrounding towns and cities: Malaga, Torrremolinos, Fuengirola and Mijas.
Andalucia, a happy place to be….
Andalusians are known for being very relaxed and joyful people. Traditionally there are numerous celebrations throughout the year: the fiestas! The most well-known are the Sevilla’s Semana Santa (Holy week) and the Cádiz Carnival, one of the most genuine and important festivals in Spain.
The Cadiz carnival has been declared of International Tourist Interest. During a week, there are dozens of groups that display their ingenious repertoires through the streets of Cádiz, to the delight of citizens and visitors.
The main fiestas in Torremolinos (4 km from Benalmadena) take place towards the end of September every year. Locally they are referred to as La Fería de San Miguel as they are centred around the feast day of St. Michael the Archangel on 29th September.
Between participants and spectators, it is estimated that around 200,000 people take part in the event which makes it the region’s 2nd most important Romería after El Rocío. Throughout the pilgrimage there’s traditional Andalucian music and dancing together with plenty of sherry doing the rounds, all of which adds to the joyous atmosphere.
What to do in Benalmadena?
Benalmadena is a charming town for families but there is truly something for everyone.
Along the Benalmadena Paseo, you can either walk, jog or cycle along the seaside. Indeed, there are dozens of beaches where the whole family can have fun.
Boats and jet skis can be rented out. During summer, volleyball is another option to enjoy on those lively beaches. You can also try windsurfing and sailing or even try your hand at fishing.
Andalusia is famous for its marinas. Benalmadena one is worth making a detour for the architecture of some Arab influenced buildings, its restaurants and the illuminations that make it a unique place at night.
The city is full of places of entertainment for children.
First, the Selwo Marina Zoological Park, which allows you to be immersed in a tropical forest as well as meet dolphins, penguins and sea lions.
Are you a fan of thrills and adventure? Tivoli World is the perfect spot. This amusement park offers more than 25 attractions for all ages:
– Giant Ferris wheel, roller coasters, thrill rides, children’s circuit, karting
The site regularly offers shows and the garden lights up at night (not to be missed!)
One of my favorite sites is the park in a Thai temple where you can admire more than 1,500 species of exotic butterflies from all over the world that fly free in a tropical paradise between waterfalls and flowers.
Another place of interest: the cable car from which you can access several viewpoints and which is the starting point for beautiful walks.
For young children, the Paloma Park is entertaining because you can see rabbits, chickens and ducks; however we quickly went around it because it is small.
The Colomares monument allows you to take beautiful photos for the view. These are facades reconstructing castle decorations in homage to Christopher Columbus. The visit is only outside.
The last charming place to see absolutely is Benalmadena Pueblo (*1st picture above) which is the first white village that you see while coming from Malaga. It is a pretty little white village where the little alleys will lead you to the square with the fountain and the sweet smell of orange trees.You can take a walk that ends in pretty squares and the Church of Santos Domingo. Although there are restaurants, bars and shops, a certain serenity has been preserved in this village to enjoy a peaceful stroll and admire a viewpoint over the whole town and the coast.
With a glorious friendly culture in a warm climate, where you can enjoy beautiful sunrises or sunsets on the beach while having a cocktail in hand or walking in beautiful nature on your doorstep there only remains one question…when are you coming here?