Benalmadena is a popular holiday resort near Malaga on the Costa del Sol
Benalmadena lies some 19 km west of Malaga airport and the capital and sits between the towns of Fuengirola and Torremolinos with a population of around 45.000 inhabitants. The municipality is split into three areas, the old village known and Benalmadena Pueblo, the coastal part Benalmadena Costa and the modern town known as Arroyo de la Miel.
From most upper parts Benalmedana, especially the picturesque Pueblo area, you have fantastic views to sea and mountains which has encouraged a rapid growth in holiday homes and investors from around the world with British citizens the biggest buyers over the last 20 years. During the summer months, the population can grow up to 100.000 all coming to enjoy this hugely popular and vibrant tourist area.
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Benalmadena has more than 8km of blue flag beaches some of which are in small rocky coves. The best beaches along Benalmadena's coastline include:
» Bil - Bil Beach, the most popular as it is the largest sandy beach located in front of the Bill-Bil castle and runs along to the entrance of the marina. There are plenty of sunbeds to rent for the day as well as many beach bars and restaurants.
» Torrevigia is a nice beach area locates close to Sunset Beach, The beach offers plenty of parking close by, disabled access, a first aid centre, beach bars and restaurants and is very child friendly with a playground area.
» Tajo de la Soga, if you like quiet rocky covers this is the beach for you. Not particularly graced with lots of sand you will be treated to a peaceful day on the beach as the area is not frequented by lots of holidaymakers. There are a couple of beach bars but little else.
» Fuente de la Salud beach is located at the western end of the Benalmadena Marina and one of the most popular beaches with plenty of sand, bars, restaurants, showers and a first aid booth. This is a perfect beach for families close to the hotels and all other amenities.
Other beaches include Malapesquera, Benalnatura ( naturist beach ) and Melilleros all of which are worth visiting.
The seafront was pedestrianised a few years ago and runs from the western end of Benalmadena to the famous Carihuela district of Torremolinos. The absence of road traffic right along the seafront area makes it perfect for long tranquil walks day or night. The long beachfront walkway is lined with numerous beach bars offering great tapas and local fish and rice dishes.
The old village has still maintained some of its oldy world charm despite the large numbers of visitors and new constructions that have grown up near the Village. It is still possible, even in mid-summer, to walk around the old part of the village for a peaceful meander to discover some very quaint and friendly tapas bars and inexpensive restaurants. Benalmadena Pueblo has a unique architectural style which is a blend of Moorish, Spanish and modern designs.
Arroyo de la Miel
The busy commercial town centre separating the village on the hill from the seafront. Arroyo has grown rapidly, due greatly to the excellent train service running between Fuengirola and Malaga, as well as good road connection.
The coastal part is where you can find a wide-ranging variety of activities and nightlife for all the family. The fantastic award-winning Benalmadena Marina is one of the most amazing ports and residential developments in the world.
It has been awarded the prize as the ‘best marina in the world’ on two occasions, and since 1987 it has had the European blue flag due to the quality of its services and water.
A major tourist attraction in the area is the stunning Benalmadena marina. Rated as one of the best in the world and on several occasions, it has over 1.0000 moorings and is always filled with a selection of impressive boats and yachts from the smallest to the high-end luxury. The marina attracts many visitors day and night offering a large number of shops, bars, restaurants and other facilities that make it an ideal location for all the family.
During the day the marina is a real treat for visiting families who can simply stroll around the vast well maintained complex marvelling at the beauty of the unique architecture with its small islands, within the marina whilst posing for photos by the big yachts. The nightlife is fun and energetic lasting all night going for the hardened party goers.
The marina offers a wide variety of attractions including an aquarium located at the western end, fishing trips, jet ski hire, scuba diving, kayaking and water skiing. A number of boats from large catamarans to a Chinese junket offer boat trips around the marina or a little further along the nearby coastline. The night boat trips are a great way to cool down and enjoy the evening atmosphere around the marina.
For the sailing enthusiast, the marina is home to a nautical club which offers many social and sporting events throughout the year. There is also is a fine dining restaurant where you can enjoy the best quality locally caught fresh fish, meeting rooms, a large sun terrace and a sail shop.
Top attractions in Benalmadena
Benalmadena Marina - http://www.puertomarinabenalmadena.com/
The Aquarium situated within the Port area. https://www.visitsealife.com/benalmadena/en/
The Chair Lift Situated in front of Tivoli World – Fantastic panoramic views over the Coast of Malaga.
Tivoli World A huge theme park situated in Arroyo de la Miel ( the local train service has a stop nearby ) http://www.tivoli.es/
The Jardin de Las Aguilas ( Birds of Prey Centre)
Selwo Marina and Sea Life – Near Paloma Park. Dolphins, Penguinarium and other attractions. http://selwomarina.es/en
Of course, you could just stroll along the long flat promenade, taking in the sights stopping over at the Bil Bil Castle to see the local artists selling their work or simply enjoy the view overlooking the Mediterranean. One thing is for sure, you will never be bored should you choose to book a holiday to Benalmadena.
Eating out in Benalmadena
There are plenty of options when it comes to dining out in Benalmadena as just about every type of food is on show from authentic Spanish to Chinese and Indian cuisine.
The most popular dining areas include the Avenida de la Constitucion and the Avenida Blas Infante streets situated in the centre of Arroyo de la Miel, the centre of the old town ( Benalmadena Pueblo ) around Calle Marbella and Calle Santo Domingo.
And the most vibrant and stunning place to eat out and enjoy the nightlife is the impressive Benalmadena Marina which boasts a large selection of restaurants, many overlooking the high-end yachts and boats, not to be missed!
El Mero – Los Mellizos Located in the Puerto Marina this restaurant is well known for serving up the freshest of fish and seafood. Enjoy spectacular views over the marina whilst dining on some of the best seafood in town. El Mero is actually part of the Los Mellizos group which has two restaurants in Benalmadena, this one and Los Mellizos which is located in Arroyo de la Miel.
El Higueron is a highly regarded restaurant located close to the autovia Costa del Sol exit 217. The views are stunning and well worth a visit for those alone. Fortunately, though the food is as good as the vistas. House specialities include black foot cured ham, anchovies Cantabrian style, Spider Crab Pate, Asturian bean soup, potatoes with king prawns in a lobster sauce.
La Alternativa located on the Avenida de la Constitucion in Arroyo e la Miel. Here you will find a nice selection of tapas and fish dishes at very reasonable prices. Garlic prawns, fresh tuna steaks and homemade croquettes are just a few of the delicious delights served at the Bar La Alternativa.
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Recommended hotels and places to stay in Benalmadena
For luxury accommodation in Benalmadena the 5 star Vincci Seleccion Aleysa Hotel Boutique & Spain stands out amongst the rest. Located right by the beach the rooms service and facilities are second to none and include an exclusive spa and wellness centre, hydrotherapy facilities and a beauty centre. As well as an excellent in-house restaurant and dining area the hotel is just a minutes walk away from a large selection of eateries, bars, nightlife and popular beach bars. Benalmadena Marina is just a 5 minute walk away. Regular Reviewer Rating: 9.9
If you are looking for highly rated mid range priced accommodation then try the excellent 3 starred Aparthotel Pierre & Vacances Residence Benalmadena Principe. The property's modern apartments are comfortable and fully equipped for a comfortable stay. This top notch aparthotel also offers free wifi, a Turkish steam bath, kids pool and fitness centre. Situated at the western end the apartments are just a 5 minute walk to the beach and a wide choice of bars, restaurants, shops and nightlife. Reviewer Rating: 8.6
The Hotel La Fonda is a small quaint hotel located in the heart of the old village and is a real treat to stay in. The hotel has 28 comfy rooms which have all been recently refurbished. There is a delightful rooftop terrace which overlooks the coastline below, perfect place to chill out or take in an early evening drink. The hotel is home to a culinary school so guests are never wanting for authentic quality Spanish and international dining. Reviewer Rating: 9.1