Benalmadena is a municipality in the province of Malaga consisting of three main areas: Benalmadena Pueblo, Benalmadena Costa, and Arroyo de la Miel. The city of Malaga (and the nearest airport) is about 12 km to the west, and Marbella is 42 km to the east. The area has grown rapidly in recent decades due to tourism and has become one of the Costa del Sol's prime holiday spots. With a wide and varied array of activities, no visitor will be bored when visiting Benalmadena, a town which is more than just a resort.
Benalmadena’s beaches are mainly centered around Puerto Marina. They vary from wide, sandy beaches perfect for families to more rocky beaches that are best suited for serious swimmers.
Things to do and places to be
Benalmadena Costa is home to the majority of the area's attractions, most importantly the golden sandy beaches. There are many restaurants and bars that serve food from all over the world. The relaxed, friendly atmosphere all year round makes it a beloved destination for families.
A promenade connects Benalmadena Costa to Puerto Marina (Marine Port), which offers excellent shopping and dining. The marina is also home to The Sea Life Centre, where you will find all manners of marine wildlife. It has a petting tank where you can pet the rays. Take a stroll around the port and look at the floating hotels and millionaire’s yachts. When the sun goes down Puerto Marina becomes one of the coast’s best party destinations.
Arroyo de la Miel used to be a former sleepy village, but now it links Benalmadena Pueblo to Benalmadena Costa, which means it is right in the center of the municipality. It has grown into a fantastic area for getting a bite to eat and shopping to your heart's content. The train station is also found in Arroyo, which links the town all along the coast from Malaga to Fuengirola.
Benalmadena Pueblo is the original village, set back from the coast on the foot of Mount Calamorro. The village has a traditional Spanish look with white-washed buildings and labyrinth alleys, but the atmosphere is a much more cosmopolitan. Visitors to Benalmadena Pueblo can enjoy fine dining in picturesque squares and awe-inspiring views of the coast and the sea.
Benalmadena is home to many events such as the Festival de Verano (Summer Festival), where you can enjoy live music, street theatre and lots of other activities. During summer you can also watch films on the beach for free (Cine de Verano). There are also two food festivals where you can sample all the seafood Benalmadena has to offer.
Apart from festivals, there are also a lot of culturally significant places in the town. For example, the Buddhist Enlightenment Stupa in Benalmadena Pueblo is the largest Stupa in the Western world. It is 33 meters tall and is a point of interest for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.
Benalmadena has a number of golf courses, putting greens and driving ranges. Benalmadena Golf is home to a driving range, putting green and a straightforward 9-hole par three. It has an excellent clubhouse with restaurant. The nearest 18-hole course is Torrequebrada Golf, which offers a challenge to all levels of players. The pine trees that surround it gives it seclusion and some of the views are spectacular.