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Reviewed on 3 Feb 2020
Lying along Spain’s beautiful Costa del Sol, Benalmádena is a popular spot for holidaymakers seeking sunshine, sea and possibly a few sangrias! The town has many highlights in addition to its golden beaches and is a short distance from Malaga airport. With a population of over 53,000, the town is said to double in size during the busy summer season.
Hotels in Benalmádena
Many of Benalmádena'a hotels offer magnificent sea views and have great facilities to ensure guests make the most out of their stay. As in nearby towns, there are a mixture of low- to high-end hotel options, many of which are family friendly and others that may prove to be more suitable for individuals and couples.
Things to Do near Benalmádena
Benalmádena has plenty of award-winning beaches to enjoy during a visit there. What is more, beaches such as Luna and Sunset Beach have great beach clubs, where snacks, drinks and some shade throughout the day. Along the waterfront there are also several reputable companies selling boat tours and water activities such as paragliding, jet-skiing and scuba diving.
Paloma Park (or Parque de la Paloma as it is locally known), is a pretty green area within the town of Benalmádena. The park is a good alternative to the beach, with several walks, play areas and wild animals to discover within it. There is also a regular market within the park where it is possible to pick up souvenirs, local food and drinks.
Another highlight of Benalmadena is Tivoli World, a land- and water-based amusement park that will provide hours of fun for any visitors.
An activity not to miss on a visit to Benalmádena is Teleferico, the town’s impressive cable car, which reaches over 700 metres to the top of Mount Calamorro. Once at the top, visitors can soak up incredible views over Benalmádena and beyond.
West of Benalmádena town is Benalmádena Stupa, a large, elevated Buddhist centre that offers a peaceful place to enjoy magnificent views over the town and ocean that lies below.
Colomares Castle, a monument built in 1984 to commemorate the explorer Christopher Columbus, is another sight worth visiting when in Benalmádena. Also, for those interested in history, Benalmádena has an archaeological museum exhibiting pre-Roman artefacts, as well as other historical items from years gone by.
The town or ‘Pueblo’ of Benalmadena is a pretty town to roam around early evening when the sun is not so strong. Plaza España, in the centre of the village, is a pretty square surrounded by great eateries and places to stop for a drink and to people watch.
Entertainment, Eating and Drinking in Benalmádena
Speaking of food and drink, Benalmádena is not short of places to try traditional foods such as tapas and fresh seafood. There are also plenty of restaurants and cafes serving up more contemporary food and ensuring home favourites are not missed.
A popular nightlife spot, Benalmádena really comes alive in the evening, particularly during the summer months when visitors can’t get enough of the lively bars and nightclubs within the area. Of course, this part of a holiday is always optional.