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Benalmadena Pueblo Costa and Arroyo de la Miel make up the municipality of Benalmadena. This is in the province of Malaga. Malaga is the nearest airport and is about 12 kilometers west of Benalmadena. Marbella is 42 km to the east of Malaga. Benalmadena has grown rapidly in recent decades due to tourism. Hence iIt has become one of the Costa del Sol’s prime holiday spots. Here there is a wide and varied array of activities. No visitors will ever be bored when visiting Benalmadena, a town which is more than just a resort.
Benalmadena enjoys a subtropical Mediterranean climate. It has hot summers and warm winters. Cooling breezes from the sea make the summer heat manageable. In consequence the temperatures are an average of 30 ºC in summer and 17 ºC in winter.
Benalmadena’s beaches are mainly centred around Puerto Marina. They vary from wide sandy beaches (perfect for families), to more rocky beaches, best suited for good swimmers. If you want to find quieter and emptier beaches. head towards Torremuelle. It is true to say here you will find secluded coves that are nudist beaches. Torremuelle is the perfect base to discover the unknown beaches of Benalmadena.
Benalmadena Costa is home to the majority of the area’s attractions. Most importantly of all are the golden sandy beaches. There are many restaurants and bars that serve food from all over the world. The relaxed, friendly atmosphere certainly makes it a destination for families.
El Parque de la Paloma is a gorgeous and extensive park in the center of Benalmadena Costa. Here there is a stunning array of both local and exotic plants. There are also many animals such as hens, rabbits and exotic birds. These animals are walking freely around the park. It is beautifully landscaped with themed gardens and rocky waterfalls. The waterfalls run down to a lake. Next to La Paloma Park you will find Selwo Marina. The Marina is the sister to Selwo Adventure Park which is further down the coast. Here you can view dolphins, sea lions, crocodiles, exotic birds and snakes. Furthermore a penguin habitation has been installed recently, giving a glimpse of the Antarctic to Andalucía.
A promenade connects Benalmadena Costa to Puerto Marina (Marine Port). The port offers excellent shopping and dining. The marina is also home to The Sea Life Centre. Here 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. 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 hearts content. The train station is also found in Arroyo. This links all the towns along the coast from Malaga to Fuengirola.
Furthermore you can take a cable car to the top of Mount Calamorro. Here you can enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the Mediterranean. At the summit there are local hikes and bike routes. There are also horse and bird shows. Opposite the cable car station is Tivoli World, a local theme park.
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 a maze of alleys. However it is true to say that it is much more cosmopolitan. Visitors to Benalmadena Pueblo can enjoy fine dining in picturesque squares with awe-inspiring views of the coast and the sea.
La Capellania is a quiet neighbourhood just outside Benalmadena Pueblo. It’s a perfect place to de-stress However it is still close enough to all the entertainment on the coast if you need it. It is also however the most luxurious area in Benalmadena because of the many villas overlooking the Mediterranean. The Reserva del Higuerón neighbourhood, next to La Capellania, is another luxury resort. Fine dining, spa treatments and private sport clubs are just some of the luxuries available in the area.
Benalmadena is home to many events such as the Festival de Verano (Summer Festival). Here 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. Furthermore it is 33 metres tall and is a point of interest for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.
Benalmadena’s cuisine is wide and varies from restaurants offering typical Spanish dishes. There are also lots of seafood and rice and anything and everything you could possibly wish for. Some more traditional bars will often give you a small amount of tapas for free with a caña ( beer). Benalmadena Costa is home to chiringuitos (seafood restaurants on the beach) where you can watch the fishing boats. Very often these boats have caught what you are actually eating.
Benalmadena has a number of golf courses, putting greens and driving ranges. Furthermore Benalmadena Golf has a driving range, putting green and an easy 9 hole par three course. 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. Furthermore some of the views are spectacular