Benalmádena is a highly recommended destination for any visitor who decides to go through the province of Malaga, certainly a place from which you can take the best memories. This fabulous seaside town is one of the most famous enclaves of the Costa del Sol where you can find a greater offer when deciding where to spend your summer holidays.
Charming streets, delicious dining options, stunning beaches, amusement parks, a casino and the spectacular marina combine in this town to make your stay an unforgettable experience. In the 18th century, the town began to have a progressive growth thanks to the installation of several paper mills and the cultivation of the vineyard, which reactivated its economy and, consequently, its population growth.
In the second half of the twentieth century, began the moment of greatest splendour to Benalmadena, with the beginning of a new activity that continues to these days in an unstoppable way, Tourism.
Benalmádena is divided into 3 main centres: Benalmádena Pueblo, Arroyo de la Miel and Benalmádena Coast. If you decide to spend your holidays in a place full of charm, with a vast array of offers for fun and relaxation, this is your site.
Tourists of different nationalities stroll in its streets, share drinks at its bars and enjoy the lively atmosphere of the town. The adaptation of Benalmádena to the new tourist demands is surprising; they have been able to combine the essence of the old town of white narrow streets, with bustling streets full of top hotels and parks.
One of the most emblematic places is the Plaza de España, in this square you will find, one of its most emblematic symbols, the bronze sculpture “La Niña de Benalmádena” which is located in the centre of the fountain. Around Plaza de España, there are bars and restaurants where it is difficult to get a table for being very crowded mainly by foreign tourists.
Another must-see area during your stay is the Felipe Orlando Pre-Columbian Art Museum, inaugurated in 1970 and currently considered the third in importance nationally thanks to its style as well as the valuable pieces of Pre-Columbian Art donated by different Hispanic American countries.
El Mariposario is another interesting place to visit; This Mariposario is one of the largest spaces in Europe dedicated to butterflies. It’s located in a spectacular Thai-Inspired building with a tropical garden of 900 m² with more than 2000 butterflies of different exotic species. The installation maintains a great aesthetic and conceptual harmony with the other building that is in its neighbourhood.
The Enlightenment Stupa of Benalmádena, a Tibetan Buddhist temple with a height of 33 meters that makes it the highest Stupa in the West. The views from the viewpoint are breathtaking perfect for making beautiful photographs. As final the cherry on the cake in Benalmádena town is The Castle of Colomares, built between 1987 to 1994 by Dr Esteban Martín and Martin as a tribute to Christopher Columbus and the Discovery of America.
The styles used in its construction range from Byzantine to Romanesque, Gothic and Mudéjar, narrating with their stones the discovery of a new world. During the tour, you will find symbolic fountains, story towers, shields or the prow of Santa Maria, among many other amazing figures and structures.
Arroyo de la Miel and the Coast of Benalmadena
Arroyo de la Miel is another of the urban centres that form the municipality of Benalmádena. Its origins date back to the 18th century when the Italian Felix de Solesio acquired some land in the area, with the intention of building several paper mills for the Royal Playing Card Factory in Macharaviaya, a town in the Axarquía region of Málaga, and the first Houses to house the workers.
Here you will find the cable car that climbs to the summit of Mount Calamorro in the Sierra de Mijas of 771 meters of altitude. During the ascent, you will enjoy exceptional views. Once there, you will be able to go hiking or taking pictures of the surrounding landscape.
The dolphinarium Selwo Marina and the Tivoli World amusement park are other alternatives that you have to choose if you are travelling with children, they will be delighted with the visit.
Benalmádena Coast is linked to the Arroyo de la Miel because of the urban growth of the last years. It’s the busiest of the three urban centres of Benalmádena since most of the accommodation options are located in the area.
The Bil-Bil Castle, an icon of Benalmadena, is another must-see place
Built in 1927, it stands out for its Arabic style with bas-reliefs and azulejos of Nazari tradition, has in its surroundings gardens with sources of Muslim inspiration and is located next to the Paseo Maritimo of Benalmádena.
The promenade is one of the best choices to relax in the late afternoon when the heat is milder. Restaurants, beach bars, cafes and shops abound in all its extension.
Finally, we cannot fail to mention that Benalmádena has 17 beaches in its almost 20 km of coast, separated from the town by the promenade. All of them have the necessary services to guarantee maximum comfort to the users. Furthermore, these beaches offer a vast array of water sports such as scuba diving or fishing.
If you want to enjoy the best of the city, we suggest you book your room Hotel Los Patos Park in Benalmadena, which is fabulous and will ensure unforgettable holidays in the town. Hotel Los Patos Park offers to its guests the best of both worlds, very close to the city centre as well as close to the beaches. Furthermore, the Hotel is perfect if you are planning to spend your holidays in Benalmadena with your kids.