Benalmadena is situated on the Costa del Sol, about 22 km west from Málaga city and forms part of the metropolitan area of the capital. Through the municipality run the Highway A-7 and the Motorway N-340 which connect the town with the capital and the other resorts along the Mediterranean littoral.
The municipality actually consists of three areas, which due to an elevated urban growth are tending to integrate into one big nucleus.
Benalmadena Pueblo was the original village and is situated about 3 km inland and 200 above sea level, with the typical white washed houses in its historic centre.
In Benalmadena Pueblo still can be imagined a little bit the old Andalusian culture; however, who wants to get to know Andalusia should take a day trip into the interior, for example, to Ronda or Antequera.
Benalmadena Costa is the part of town that overlooks the sea. The place is pulsing with life during the summer season and is home to the big hotels, a marina with more than a thousand moorings for boats of all sizes and numerous restaurants, boutiques and shops of all kinds.
Most importantly, Benalmadena-Costa can boast a nine-kilometre long and pleasantly wide beach. Moreover, how could it be different in the 21st Century at a large resort, there is a big aqua and theme park, a leisure and sports centre, a casino and much more. In the area of Benalmadena can be found in a few km radius so many golf courses that a normal holiday is not enough to know them all.
Another major issue is water, no matter if you like water ski or rather prefer fishing, sailing, surfing, canoeing, kayaking, Jet Ski or powerboat driving.
Arroyo de la Miel
Arroyo de la Miel (Literally “Stream of honey”) is situated between the two former areas and was originally a separated village. Nowadays it has become the main residential area with a high urban occupancy. The attractions of Arroyo de la Miel are the Tivoli Amusement Park and a cable car (Teleferico) to the peak of the 769 meters high Calamorro Mountain, which offers panoramic views over the whole Mediterranean coast and Gibraltar and on clear days sights as far as Sierra Nevada and the African coast.
At present Benalmadena is one of the mayor tourist resorts along the Costa del Sol and noteworthy for its leisure time installations with an amusement park, two aquariums, casino, Teleferico and one of the mayor leisure and sports marinas in Andalusia.
In the close by foothill can be found as well the Enlightenment Stupa (an important structure in Buddhism), which is the largest Stupa in the western world.
Tapas bars, a wide range of cuisine and the open character of the people make this town a fun place to be which also offers a very enjoyable night-life.
BENALMADENA AMUSEMENT PARKS
Located in Arroyo de la Miel, offers to all the visitors an ample fan of attractions (tiovivos, chain dumps, hunting, theater, restaurants, bars… etc.), and the daily performance of artists of international category.
Address: Ctra. de Benalmádena s/n
Town: Arroyo de la Miel
Phone 952 57 70 16 – 902 114 700
A new concept of park on marine fauna that proposes an adventure to us without comparison to discover the marine mammals and more representative birds of South America. In this expedition it is possible to be enjoyed the first Delfinario of Andalusia the intelligent dolphins to mular or nose of bottle. It also counts on the only Pingüinario de Hielo of the Community Andalusian, an installation that reproduces the natural habitat where different species from pingüinos live.
Address: Parque de la Paloma s/n
Town: Benalmádena Costa
Sea Life Benalmádena
Aquarium in which a great number of species of the Benalmadena´s coast is exposed of pleasant and educative form. It is located in the same sport port of Benalmádena.It includes the ‘ Kingdom of the Pony of Mar’, in addition it is possible to be enjoyed more than 30 different showcases, more than 2,000 marine creatures, from sharks to the rarest and small fish. Account with an ample program of demonstrations: presentations, gift shop, simulator 3D and cafeteria with views to the port .
Address: Dársena de Levante
Town: Benalmádena Costa
Phone 952 56 01 50
Cave of the Alquibla
The cavity was discovered in October of 2000 when, during the workings of it reduces of the topographic levels for the laying of foundations of a construction, appeared the vault of a cavity. At first they seemed to exist cave painting indications, nevertheless, the studies made by specialists confirmed the painting nonexistence. However, the cavity appears like a geologically interesting set by abundant stalactites and estalagmites.
Cave of the Zorrera
Is located slightly to the west of the Botijos,and reveals the presence of dispersed and fragmentary anthropological material, that possibly demonstrates as to final use of the central room the interment.
The shelter, that constitutes in if same the slope of a promontory, is located under the gardens of the Wall of Benalmádena Town. Until the moment it lacks archaeological interest.
Los Botijos Cave
A longitudinal and narrow route. The materials found by almost all the cavern in addition to abundant, were of remarkable quality and presented a good state of conservation. We emphasized the forms decorated on the smooth ones, polished pastes .
Cueva del Toro
Located in the Calamorro mount to 500 meters on the level of the sea, it was a small sanctuary that probably was in use until the neolithic era; The finding of the cave took place in 1969, when a neighbor of the locality informed into the discovery. Two years later, M.s Giménez Go’mez and J. Fortea Perez made the pertinent studies, whose results kept awake the presence in their interior of paintings distributed throughout all the cavity.
The Benalmádena marina is one of the most amazing port and residential developments in Andalucia. It was awarded by the ‘best marina in the world’ , and since 1987 it has had the European blue flag due to the quality of its services and water.
It has 1,100 mooring places and offers a wide variety of activities and events, thanks to its facilities and the privileged climate of the Costa del Sol with 320 days of sunshine at year and an annual average temperature of 22ºC, makes it possible to engage in all sorts of tourist, leisure and entertainment activities.
Harbour master’s building, information, management, offices, crew, Security control Water and light at all mooring places
- Waiting pier Showers and toilets only for marina customers
- Radio Fuel supply/petrol station
- VHF Channels 9 & 16 Metereológica information of the day
- Telephone & Fax Tow service
- Post servicel Fire prevention service
- E-mail service Laundry service – ship.
- PA system Rubbish collection
- Daily ice and provisioning Varadero Travel Lift de 50 Tm Grúa de 1,5 Tm
- Co-ordinated with the local police and Civil Guard, 24-hour security guards.
- National police Civil Guard sea service Permanent crew service
- Closed-circuit television, Security gates at marshes Diving service