Made up of the whitewashed Benalmadena Pueblo, the vibrant coastal resort of Benalmadena-Costa and the thriving town of Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmadena offers visitors a host of amazing things to do, including great beaches, lively nightlife, a Sea Life Centre and an award-winning marina.
The oldest area is the Andalucian white village of Benalmadena Pueblo, which is 3km inland from the coast. Located 200m above sea level, traditional whitewashed houses and narrow streets lead off from a central square called Plaza de España. A beautiful Spanish church and its courtyards lie at one end of the village and provide shady areas to sit, relax and marvel at the stunning views to 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, Gibraltar and Morocco (on clear days).
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 town. Wide boulevards, decorated with colourful flowers, and a wide choice of pavement cafes and restaurants make this an ideal place to explore and provide a safe environment for children to walk away from the road.
You will find a wide range of 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 and from the beach and the old town are covered by frequent bus routes and the modern train station which links the town with Malaga City, Malaga Airport, Torremolinos and Fuengirola.
One of the most popular places to visit in Arroyo is the secluded Plaza de España, a pretty and tranquil square that is entered through the 18th century Portal de San Carlos, which bears the coat of arms of the town’s founder, Felix Solesio.