The municipality of Benalmadena is found on Spain’s southern coast, 12 km to the west of Malaga in between Torremolinos and Fuengirola.
A popular year round destination for tourists and home to many expats, Benalmadena consists of 3 different locations that in total cover an area of 27km² from the coastline to the summits of the Sierra de Mijas.
Benalmadena has good connections to Malaga and other areas of the Costa del Sol by the A-7 highway that crosses the territory and the Cercanias commuter train line.
An important tourist destination Benalmadena has many attractions for holidaymakers including an amusement park, award-winning marina, a cable car, two aquariums and a casino.
The oldest area is the Andalucian white village of Benalmadena Pueblo that is 3km inland of the coast. Located 200m above sea level, traditional whitewashed houses and narrow streets lead off from a central square called Plaza de Espana. A beautiful Spanish church and its courtyards lie at one end of the village and provide shady areas to sit and relax and marvel at the stunning views of the Mediterranean.
Benalmadena Pueblo is also home to an archaeological museum that displays artefacts that date back from the Bronze Age, a butterfly park that has hundreds of different species on show and the largest Buddhist Stupa in western Europe standing 33m tall. A stupa is a monument which represents peace, prosperity and harmony, as well as being a place for meditation. The stupa in Benalmadena is set in a stunning location and offers the most amazing views of the Costa del Sol coastline, sometimes on clear days; you are treated to Gibraltar, the Pillars of Hercules and the North African coastline of Morocco revealing themselves in all their glory. Visit at sunset, you will not be disappointed.
In the evenings the pueblo is transformed into a delightful place to dine with many restaurants offering al-fresco dining in the warm summer air. The quality of many restaurants is first class with a number of fine dining restaurants to choose from.
Arroyo de la Miel
Originally a separate village, Arroyo de la Miel, which means stream of honey, was situated between Benalmadena Pueblo and Benalmadena Costa and has been gradually swallowed up by development over the past three decades.
Arroyo de la Miel is the main commercial and residential area for the area. Wide boulevards, decorated with colourful flowers, have many pavement cafes and restaurants which make this an ideal place to explore and provide a safe environment for children to walk along away from the road.
There are many shops, supermarkets, a Friday open air market, the Tivoli World theme park and Teleferico cable car all operating from the centre of town. Good connections to the town are catered for with many bus routes and the modern train station which links the town with Malaga City, Malaga Airport, Torremolinos and Fuengirola.
Benalmadena Costa as the name suggest is located on the coast. Here you will find long stretches of golden sand beaches and many bars, restaurants, themed pubs, discos and a casino all catering to the tourist trade. The beaches are of good quality with plenty of space for sun-seekers and a promenade provides a safe walkway for all, well away from main roads that leads along to the award winning Benalmadena marina.
Plenty of attractions for all the family can be found in Benalmadena Costa, Selwo Marina is a theme park with a dolphin show, sea lions, penguins and many other species. The Sealife aquarium in the marina provides a fascinating insight into life under the sea and Parque de la Paloma is a beautifully landscaped park area with a lake, children’s playgrounds and many shaded green areas, perfect for cooling off and relaxing.
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