The beautiful beach resort of Benalmádena is located on the southern Mediterranean coastline of Spain. This super tourist hot spot is well known for it’s sandy beaches and Puerto Marina (Marina Port) that houses the Sea Life Aquarium and vast array of moored yachts.
The Beautiful Benalmádena, Costa del Sol
Benalmádena lies on the coast of the popular Costa del Sol in the traditionally Spanish region of Andalucia. Sandwiched between the equally busy tourist towns of Torremolinos to the east and Fuengirola to the west, Benalmádena covers an area of around 27.5 km which is inhabited by some 65,000 people. Like most of southern Spain and what is now referred to as the Costa del Sol, Benalmádena spent over half a millennium under Moorish rule. During this time, there was significant redevelopment of the town, many constructions such as the Moorish Castle can still be seen and visited today. The super weather in Benalmádena is fantastic all year round with an average yearly temperature of 19 Celsius. The coldest month is January when the temperature is around 11 Celsius, the summer average temperatures are normally in the late twenties but will frequently exceed 35 Celsius.
Best Things to do in Benalmádena
Like most of the popular tourist resorts along the southern coastline, there are plenty of things to do in Benalmádena and some interesting places to visit. Benalmádena is split into three districts, the coastal area (costa), Benalmádena Pueblo (old village) and Aroyo de la Miel (honey stream). The coastal area has around 10 km of sandy beaches to enjoy during your visit, the Marina is located here also. The picturesque Puerto Marina (pictured above) boasts the popular Sea Life Aquarium, floating hotels, the luxury yachts and boats of the rich and famous and some excellent places to shop and enjoy fine dining. Benalmádena Pueblo is located just inland away from the busier coastal areas and well worth a visit. Aroyo de la Miel connects the old village to the coastal areas and beaches. There is also a train station at Aroyo that allows travel to Malaga, Fuengirola and some of the other resorts along the coastline. Below we provide a little information about some of the top attractions and things to do in Benalmádena.
Sea Life Benalmádena – The popular Sea Life aquarium is home to over 2000 different types of marine animals and the underwater tunnel allows you to get up close and personal. The interactive rock pool allows it’s visitors to touch some of the smaller marine animals such as crabs and starfish.
Selwo Marina – The Selwo Marina is the only park of it’s kind in the whole of Andalucia and another good educational experience for the young ones. We have an extensive article that provides all the information you will need about Selwo Marina when visiting with lots of useful insights.
Tivoli World Theme Park – Located in Aroyo de la Miel, Tivoli World Theme Park in Benalmádena is one of the top attractions for the whole family. Here you can find over 300 rides, attractions, shops and enjoyable things to do. The outdoor theatre has a capacity for 3000 people alone, here you can find and assortment of musical events and shows such as Flamenco. For refreshments there are over 30 bars and restaurants dotted around Tivoli along with multiple themed areas that host a variety of shows and entertainment. The opening times and ticket prices vary greatly throughout the year but you can purchase a ticket for under 7 euros if you buy online. Follow this link for latest ticket price information and timetables.
Benalmádena Pueblo is the original village located a few kilometres from the coastal area at the foot of Mount Calamorro. This traditional Spanish looking village has an elevation of 200 metres which offers some of the most stunning views of the coastal areas below. Here you can find the picturesque Plaza de España, and idyllic location containing bars and some great restaurants to enjoy fine dining.
Garden of Eagles or Jardin de las Aguilas is a picturesque bird of prey centre set 250m above the Mediterranean Sea level. Here you can watch spectacular displays of flight throughout the afternoon while being treated to the amazing views on offer. In all, there are around 160 birds of prey to enjoy which includes, eagles, vultures, condors, hawks, falcons and Owls. It’s important to bear in mind that this place is set at altitude and is only accessible by cable car which may be a nervy experience for some. Jardin de la Aquilas is open all year round from 1pm-5pm but stays open later in the summer months. The ticket prices at time of writing is 6 € for adults and 5 € for children, this includes the cable car fare.
Benalmádena Butterfly Park or Mariposario in Spanish is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the butterflies in Spain. The butterfly park is the biggest of it’s kind in Europe and contains over 1500 butterflies from more than 150 different species. These butterflies come from a variety of tropical environments from around the world. It’s interesting to note that although the butterflies come from all over the world, there is no conflict between them and they live in perfect harmony for their 2-3 week life span. Follow this link to the English version of the Mariposario de Benalmadena website.
Costa del Sol
Stupa Benalmádena is a Buddhist monument dedicated to peace, prosperity, harmony of the world and an ideal place to learn, reflect, and meditate. The monument was inaugurated on October 5th, 2003 and has quickly become one of the most interesting and spiritual places in the town.