For a typical Spanish beach holiday experience that also boasts excellent transport links to interesting cities close by, Benalmadena is placed in an unbeatable location.
Holidays in Benalmadena
Tanning buffs, loved-up couples and families with young children reside joyfully alongside one another on a sun-kissed stretch of coastline that is full of surprises at every turn. Scale the dramatic slopes of Mount Calamorro by cable car, peruse the pretty boutiques of Puerto Marina and amble amidst free-roaming rabbits, peacocks and chickens at Parque de la Paloma.
Featuring Blue Flag beaches fringed by a panoramic promenade that enables visitors to take a peaceful stroll into neighbouring Fuengirola and Torremolinos, Benalmadena is a great prospect all year round.
Only 15 minutes away from Malaga Airport by car, Benalmadena offers tourists a swift transition into a relaxed holiday spirit. While spending an entire week here is perfectly acceptable, coach tours into nearby Malaga as well as Gibraltar and Seville further afield only increase its allure.
Benalmadena is incredibly popular with holidaymakers due to the year-round sunshine found on the Costa del Sol. The average summertime temperature ranges between a scorching 22-24°C throughout June and September, while average December to February temperatures still rank at 11-12°C.
With tourists guaranteed warmth no matter the season they travel, sun worshippers will fall in love with July and August. After all, Benalmadena only experiences an average of two rainy days during these two months.
Things to do on holiday in Benalmadena
While Benalmadena is by no means the biggest of Spanish holiday destinations, it’s still densely populated with a great assortment of things to see and do both in town or, alternatively, in areas that are only a short coach or train ride away.
Great cities to explore close by
Benalmadena is a fantastic base for those who intend to discover the Andalusian cities of Malaga, Seville and Granada. This is not forgetting the unique British overseas territory of Gibraltar which is only one-and-a-half-hours away by road.
A mere 24-minute train journey to Maria Zambrano station in Malaga will treat shopaholics to Vialia Centro Comercial, featuring well-known labels such as H&M, Pull & Bear and Zara.
While the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the Alhambra can be found in Granada as well as La Giralda in Seville, coach trips to Gibraltar are incredibly intriguing for first time visitors.
Popularly referred to as ‘Britain in the Sun’, The Rock truly is the gift that keeps on giving for sightseers. Tick off your to-do list that usually comprises barbary ape encounters, the Great Siege Tunnels, dolphin watching, shopping around Casemates Square and views of Morocco across the Gibraltar Strait from Europa Point.
Resorts in Benalmadena
Benalmadena is made up of three distinct areas, namely Benalmadena Costa, Arroyo de la Miel and Benalmadena Pueblo.
All distinctive in their own way, Benalmadena Costa is a huge draw for families with young children. A series of child-friendly attractions can be found along or close to the coastal promenade, namely Sea Life Benalmadena, Selwo Marina Delfinarium and Parque de la Paloma.
With a plethora of gift shops, convenience stores, fast food diners, restaurants and golden sandy beaches located beside the N-340 thoroughfare, entire days out can be conquered by foot. For some light relief however, a hop on, hop off tourist train regularly provides an enjoyable journey uphill from the marina to the Teleferico Benalmadena cable car, stopping by aforementioned attractions en route.
The cable car itself is actually based in Arroyo de la Miel, formerly a sleepy town in its own right but now a part of greater Benalmadena. Home to the town’s train station as well as wide paved boulevards that are home to traditional Spanish eateries, a variety of self-catering apartments make up the area. Other worthwhile day trips include the Tivoli World amusement park and butterfly park.
Benalmadena Pueblo is distinctive given the pretty whitewashed buildings found in this Muslim-founded area of the region that earned the town its name from the original ‘Ben-Al-Madina’. Altogether more cultural, the La Nina statue, Santo Domingo Church and Colomares Castle represent popular photograph opportunities for more inquisitive types.
Gain unbeatable Costa del Sol views
If you’re craving superb photographs to remember your Spanish holiday by as well as sampling the adrenaline of scaling a mountainside, the Teleferico Benalmadena cable car is a must visit.
Taking visitors from the base at Arroyo de la Miel to the summit of Mount Calamorro in just 15 minutes, you’ll truly feel on top of the world. With the route climbing high above the AP-7 motorway with extremely good views across not only the Costa del Sol coast but also the sprawling city of Malaga to the east, you won’t be rushing to complete the descent either.
When you’ve reached the mountain’s peak at over 771 metres above sea level, fascinating birds of prey exhibitions take place at regular intervals throughout the day. Stare in awe as falcons, eagles and vultures soar high above your head in the Valley of the Eagles.
Additionally, there are a series of railed mountain paths that visitors can amble with relative ease although walking boots will help.
Catch some rays
With Benalmadena boasting five beaches that have been awarded Blue Flag status since 2013, you could forgive tourists from racing to top up their tan on day one of their holiday.
Currently enjoying prestigious Blue Flag status, Torrebermeja - Santa Ana beach is wide enough to cater to volleyball and beach football in addition to nucleuses of thatched sun loungers.
Sited close by to the thriving Puerto Marina precinct which is awash with the sound of music pouring out from bars come nightfall, the golden sand here is ideally located.
Carvajal beach is another popular choice for not only families but those looking to cram lots into a single day. Located adjacent to the Carvajal rail station with connections into Malaga and Fuengirola, you can laze by day and shop by night.
While this beach can prove really popular in the daytime, it is generally quieter than the sands belonging to central Benalmadena and is stunning to amble with loved ones at remote, irregular hours.
Appreciate Moorish-style architecture
Andalusia is teeming with North African-influenced architecture and a tremendous way to appreciate Moorish design up close is by visiting Bil-Bil Castle.
Proudly overlooking the Mediterranean, this iconic red plastered building is surrounded by palms and contemporarily functions as a cultural space that regularly hosts exhibitions as well as being a popular spot for weddings.
In local folklore, the castle was constructed by a Spanish merchant who aimed to make his Moorish bride feel more at home on the Iberian Peninsula.
Nowadays, visitors can explore passageways complete with pretty tiled patterns leading to a garden with fountains.
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