Benalmadena is a municipality of the province of Málaga consisting of three main urban areas; Benalmadena Pueblo, Benalmadena Costa and Arroyo de la Miel. The city of Malaga is about 12 km to the west with Marbella 42 km to the East.
Undoubtedly, one of the most emblematic tourist spots of Benalmádena, through which all tourists visiting the Costa del Sol pass by, is the Puerto la Marina de Benalmádena. This is a beautiful place. Since its inauguration in 1979, has not stopped collecting awards and accolades around the world. All thanks to its beauty and groundbreaking, innovative design.
The large marina has been a leader in water sports. Since many activities such as fishing, hiking and others can be performed. The port is also the center of entertainment in Benalmádena. It features numerous restaurants, bars, terraces and all kinds of stores and shopping centers. Each year attract more than 7 million tourists. It is in the evenings, after the sun sets, when the port shines the most and local bars and nightclubs get full of people that want to enjoy the night on the Costa del Sol in a fabulous atmosphere.
Another remarkable tourist spot of the city is the old town, situated at 300m high on top of a hill. Here, the best option is to let yourself go and wander aimlessly through its streets enjoying the tranquility and peace that permeates this place. Their houses are painted in a pristine white, where the vivid color of the flowers decorating the balconies stands out. In the center of the old town, there is a pretty church and a beautiful vantage point from which to contemplate an incredible panoramic view of the Costa del Sol.
Besides all its attractive spots, undoubtedly the main factor that makes Benalmádena a tourist choice are its 20 kilometers of coastline. It features 12 beaches of all kinds, but generally of fine sand, which range from very crowded to isolated beaches. In virtually all of them, you will find all the necessary services to spend a fantastic beach holiday.
The beaches are located in 3 of the 4 villages. As Benalmádena town is located in the inner area, so the beaches are shared between the cores of Arroyo de Miel, Benalmádena Costa and Puerto Marina. Among them, we recommend visiting Playa de Bil Bil, wich features the beautiful Bil Bil Castle in the background. Playa de Santa Ana, bordered by the promenade, the beach of Melilleros featuring its famous wave, loved by surfers, which arrives everyday at dusk, the Playa del Tajo de la Soga and Viborilla beach for nudists.
Curious places to visit in Benalmádena
Benalmádena is full of curiosities. One of them is the Estupa de la Iluminación. The largest Buddhist temple in the West was built in 2003 as a monument to peace, prosperity and harmony in the world. It is an ideal place to relax and meditate. It has a height of 33m and a nice view to the city. Thre is a butterfly garden next to it.
Another curiosity of this place is Castillo de Colomares, a modern building built by a surgeon who was in love with the architecture and history of this place and devoted all his efforts and money to build this unique castle. It is dedicated to Christopher Columbus and the Discovery of America. It’s a nice visit due to its originality and it’s a good option to see the beautiful gardens surrounding it.
If you’d like to enjoy exceptional views, you just have to go to the Tivoli Fair. Buy some tickets for the cable car, and from there, you will enjoy spectacular views of the Costa del Sol. In addition to equestrian shows and birds of prey training. This is definitely a worthwhile experience.