Benalmádena is a municipality on the Costa del Sol
, located in southern Spain. The city is surrounded by Torremolinos, Fuengirola and Málaga
. It’s known for its beaches and the Tivoli World theme park
The modern Puerto Marina is also fairly well known. You can enjoy good food, sit at the port or even make a boat trip. And did you know that Benalmádena is also a good location to spot some dolphins?
In the old town with a traditional Andalusian style are established interesting buildings. You can visit Castillo de Colomares, dedicated to the life and adventures of Christopher Columbus. And the Benalmádena Stupa, a great Buddhist temple overlooking the Costa del Sol.
- Our favorite beach in Benalmádena: Carvajal Beach
- Our favorite restaurant in Benalmádena: Lime & Lemon
- Our favourite boat tour in Benalmádena: Private sailing charter in Benalmádena
Language and currency in Benalmádena
Spanish is the official language and local people feel most comfortable speaking Spanish, rather than English. But no worries, a lot of people in the tourism industry know how to speak English. The local currency is Euro and nowadays it is no problem to pay with card in most places.
Getting around in Benalmádena
Benalmádena can be reached by the frequent (every 20 minutes), inexpensive, and comfortable air-conditioned trains. They run along the coast from Malaga to Fuengirola, with a station at Malaga Airport. The station at Benalmádena is in Arroyo de la Miel. From there, taxis and buses can take you to all parts of the town.
Best things to do during your holidays in Benalmádena
Discover Sea Life at Puerto Marina
Sea Life Benalmádena is an aquarium located on the Costa del Sol, Spain. It’s a great experience for children. You can see a variety of sharks and the Costa del Sol's largest collection of seahorses. You can even walk under the skeleton of a Plesiosaur. Or on the Interactive Rockpool Experience, you can find out what it feels like to touch starfish and hermit crab.
From Benalmádena, it is nice to visit Fuengirola, which is just 25 minutes driving by car. This is a lively place. The busiest time of the year is during the hot summer months when there are many tourists. Don't forget to visit Bioparc in Fuengirola or try some parasailing in Fuengirola
for the most fearless ones!
Boat trip in Benalmádena
Doing a boat tour
is highly recommended and the best way to discover the beautiful coast of Costa del Sol. Now imagine, having your own private charter in Benalmádena during daytime or late in the afternoon. There might be a chance that you will spot some dolphins along the way. Sounds great, right?
Visit Lime & Lemon in Benalmádena
If you are looking for an authentic Spanish restaurant, then you should definitely visit Lime & Lemon. It’s a fresh and unique Tapas bar with local and fresh products. The atmosphere is very pleasant and the Chef will surprise you with tasty and unique food. Be sure to book this restaurant in advance, because it is very popular and gets fully booked quickly.
Enjoy the gorgeous Carvajal Beach in Benalmádena
Residents of Benalmádena and Fuengirola very often argue about which municipality this beach belongs to. Carvajal Beach is situated in the middle between Benalmádena and Fuengirola. Carvajal Beach is definitely among our favourite beaches. You can find a lot of nice restaurants nearby and some of the best beach clubs in the area.
Whatever you decide to do during your trip to Benalmádena, we promise you will love this part of Andalusia! Sunshine and a lot of fun are guaranteed! For any further tips or requests, feel free to contact us anytime.