Benalmádena is a coastal town located in the heart of the Costa del Sol between Malaga and Marbella/Puerto Banus. It is only 20 minutes away from each of them, and from Malaga International Airport. Benalmádena enjoys a Mediterranean climate of mild winters and pleasant summers. There are more than 300 days of sunshine a year and an average annual temperature is over 20˚C.
Costa del Sol stretches along the coastline for 159 kilometres. Around 20 km of belong to Benalmádena. That makes 13 beaches and all of them are bordered by a promenade which makes them easily accessible.
Activities – Sports
The Costa del Sol is also known as the Costa del Golf; it is a popular spot for golf lovers. There are 30 golf courses in the local area of Vithas Xanit International Hospital. Some of them are very challenging and have been designed by the best architects. Others welcome beginners and less advanced player. Thanks to the beautiful Spanish weather, you can to pick up this wonderful sport at any time of the year.
Puerto Marina, the sea port in Benalmádena, offers a wide variety of water sports. You can easily sign up for lessons of scuba diving, windsurfing, wakeboard etc., or rent the equipment and have fun on your own. Additionally, there is sailing, kite surfing, paddle board and all types of floats like bananas, fly-fishes, air streams and more. You can also rent or charter a yacht, a sail boat or a jet ski. Moreover, Puerto Marina is a perfect place for a dinner. Choose from Indian, Greek, Italian and Japanese cuisines and enjoy your time in Benalmádena.
Benalmádena is located in an especially favourable area for hiking. There are approximately 45 kilometres of walking routes enabling you to take in breath-taking panoramic views. Many of the walking trails go through Penibética mountain range which stars only 3,5 km from the beach. The variety of routes allows everyone to participate as they are organised by difficulty level from easy to very difficult, there are also trails for experts only.
These are only some of the wide range of sport activities that you can find in Benalmádena. There are many other sporting activities which you can participate in, including: adventure, canoeing, paragliding, rock climbing, horseback riding, etc.
There are plenty of things to do in Benalmádena. Both children and adults will definitely find an activity they’d enjoy. The youngest visitors will surely appreciate the time spent in an amusement park called the Tivoli World. There are also Selwo Marina – a wildlife park and a dolphinarium, which is the only park of its kind in Andalusia. A good place to visit is also an aquarium Sea Life Benalmádena, where three times a week you can watch sharks feeding. More animals can be seen in Parque De La Paloma in Benalmádena and Bioparc Fuengirola Zoo.
The Cable Car Benalmádena is also available and offers a spectacular fifteen-minute journey that connects Benalmádena Coast with the Monte Calamorro. The panoramic views of the coastline are a great daytime entertainment for visitors of all ages.