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 Internacional 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.
Benalmádena is one of the main destinations on the Costa del Sol. Every visitor should stop by the Bil Bil Castle. There is also the Castillo de Colomares; it is a castle built at the end of 20th century to honour Christopher Columbus and the exploration of North America. Inside the building is situated the smallest chapel in the world.
Malaga and its historic centre:
Malaga was founded in 8th century BC, and then was influenced by many different cultures. Centuries of art and architecture can be admired by tourists in the old city of Malaga. The heritage of this city is one of the most interesting in the province. As a birthplace of Pablo Picasso, Malaga naturally have two museums dedicated to him; Museo Casa Natal de Picasso and Museo Picasso Málaga. Not far from those two, there is the Alcazaba de Málaga – the palatial fortification was built in 11th century on the ruins of another roman bastion. Located next to the fortress are the remains of roman theatre which is prove of Roman presence in Malaga. A short walk from there is Castillo de Gibralfaro – a fortress designed and constructed by Arabs. The castle is open to visitors; from the watchtower it is sometimes possible to see the Rif mountain range in Africa.
Marbella and Puerto Banus:
A beautiful coastal city of Marbella is widely known for its glamorous beaches, however, this city has much more to offer. In Marbella, you have a chance to see Salvador Dali’s original sculptures on the Avenida del Mar. There is also the Museum of Spanish Contemporary Engravings which exhibits the works of most important Spanish artists, including Picasso. Marbella also has a historic Old Town.
The white towns:
Another “must see” when it comes to a cultural visit are The White Towns: Mijas, Casares, Gaucin. Those are typical Andalusian villages with their whitewashed houses and tiles, their white flowered façades of jasmine, geraniums and bougainvillea.
Benalmádena is well known for its gastronomic offer; the variety of cuisines is enormous. The city is a paradise for every foodie. Seafood, fish, traditional and home-made cuisine, Spanish, Greek, Indian and Japanese cuisines are at your fingertips. Puerto Marina is a great spot for a dinner and a drink.