Activities & Attractions
Three districts give you triple the choice in Benalmadena
Holidays in Benalmadena are extremely popular because its three districts ensure there’s something to suit everyone. Benalmadena Costa is where much of the activity happens, although in reality the most famous attractions in the area sit on the border between this district and the quieter Arroyo de la Miel inland. However, the real focal point is the Puerto Marina. You can even wander along the clean, wide promenade that adjoins the marina, all the way to lively neighbouring resort Torremolinos and the peaceful fishing village La Carihuela, which has some fantastic seafood restautants.
For instance, the fantastic Tivoli World theme park, as well as the cable cars to Monte Calamorro and the well tended Parque de la Paloma all sit between these two main districts. With these fabulous attractions, mini-golf, and aquariums nearby, you’d be right in thinking that Benlmadena is ideal for family holidays.
However, it isn’t all about the kids though – there are two large golf courses, Benalmadena Golf and Golf Torrequebrada that provide adults with an activity that they can really get into the swing of. Plus, the quieter Benalmadena Pueblo, also known as the Old Town is an example of Iberian architecture at its best. Low-rise whitewashed buildings and a distinctly traditional atmosphere ensure you can experience some of the famous Adalucían spirit.
And while nights out may not be as lively as nearby Torremolinos, the neon-soaked strip of 24-hour Square goes some way to ensuring you can party well into the next day and beyond! Yet in a surprising contrast, the square almost merges with the much quieter Puerto Marina. Often praised for its unique Venice-like look, smart modern apartments are seemingly built into the sea, only adjoined by a series of bridges and canals. Unlike many marinas, drinks are affordable and it’s still a great place to people watch, where the rich and glamorous tend to their shiny white yachts! These are yet more examples of how holidays in Benalmadena manage to adapt to your liking.
“Visit the Marina in Benalmedena and go on a boat trip to see the dolphins.”
Endless activities in Benalmadena
As Benalmadena is large enough to be split into three distinct districts, there’s plenty of space to fit in all sorts of activities. Recognising that family holidays to Benalmadena have been popular for over forty years now, the resort has a great variety of attractions to suit all ages.
Perhaps the most notable of these activities is Tivoli World, open throughout the summer season from March to October. Located in the Arroyo de la Miel area just over a mile from the centre of Benalmadena, this large theme park packs in lots of different rides and amusements. Ride the river plume Tivoli Agua or give the scary ghost train Pasaje del Terror a go. The park has many milder attractions for children too, including a mini-train and 2-seater go-karts. It’s not all about jumping on rides and being active either, as there are daily flamenco and Wild West shows. The choice of American, Mexican and Spanish restaurants in the park ensures you won’t have to go hungry if you spend all day here too.
For yet more family fun, the excellent Sea Life Aquarium located by the Benlamadena Puerto Marina is an ideal choice. This well equipped, modern aquarium has a whole range of colourful marine life, ranging from purple octopuses to starfish, moray eels and clown fish. You can see the manta rays in their full glory in a special shallow tank set up to view them properly. Plus, there’s a long shark tunnel where large nurse sharks (with huge jagged teeth!) swim all around you and above your head.
Another activity that kids are sure to love is the Playa Mini Golf Espana. The mini-golf course is great fun, but people also come here for the quiet, secluded location and great value drinks and meal deals. And this is something the adults are sure to love – the ice-cold beer!
Open green spaces and scenic views is another area at which Benalmadena seems to excel. The Parque de la Paloma located near Tivoli World is incredibly popular and covers 200,000 square metres with fir trees, palms and rising green hills. Kept admirably clean at all times, the main focal point is a calm lake filled with fish and turtles. Once again, consideration has been paid to families here, so there are areas with a children’s playground and an unusual little zoo that has emus and mountain goats, as well as free roaming peacocks and ducks. In fact, there’s plenty of opportunity to get up close to wildlife in two of the resort’s other main attractions, the Butterfly Park of Benalmadena and the Garden of Eagles.
And whilst we’re on the subject of natural wonders, holidays in Benalmadena would not be complete without a ride in the Telecabina de Benalmadena, or cable cars in English. At the top, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views at the pine-covered peak of Monte Calamorro and you’ll see the full panorama of the Andalucían coastine. It’ll make for some fantastic photos, as will pictures of the Castillo de Colomares. Although this monument to Christopher Columbus was actually built in 1994, it has very interesting, intricate stonework, reminiscent of the gothic spires of medieval times.
For a real castle rather than a monument, visit Bil-Bil Castle that sits looking out to sea on the coastline. Built in 1934, this vibrant red castle has a flat serrated roof and golden arches in a similar style to the Moorish castles of Spain’s past. Climb to the top and you’ll have incredible views of the shimmering water between here and North Africa.
Different districts make for different eating experiences
Holidays in Benalmadena offer you great variety when it comes to eating out. The main stretch of Benalmadena Costa is the place to go if you want a huge choice of British food. The British bars and cafés here are all competing for your business, which is great news for you as it means you can sit down and have a fantastic fry-up for a very low price. Restaurants are often happy to accommodate children and usually have high chairs, activities and special children’s menu. But be sure to look out for the ‘Menu del Día’ for yourself too, as these daily-updated set menus are excellent value and can include up to three courses and a glass of wine as well.
The area known as Benalmadena Pueblo is a favourite for dining too, as it is the Old Town, authentic version of Benalmadena. Think small whitewashed buildings and quiet narrow streets and you’ll be close to the mark. The restaurants here are generally much more traditional, presenting you with the opportunity to try tapas dishes and Andalucían delicacies. The region is famed for especto de sardinas – ultra-fresh skewered sardines cooked over a coal fire for a smoky, earthy taste.
Arroyo de la Miel, also a few kilometres inland, has a relaxed café culture. Stop by at one of the homely restaurants here and enjoy a meal at one the tables on the outdoor terrace. It’s the best way to make the most of the warm weather that Benalmadena enjoys in the evenings.
How about having all your meals taken care of? Have all inclusive holidays in Benalmadena at the Aparthotel Holiday Palace with Jet2holidays and not only will you have unlimited food and drink, you’ll also enjoy free entrance to the Beach Club waterpark throughout your stay!
“Visit the Benalmadena Pueblo, old Spain at its best and delightful.”
A massive choice of golden beaches
The huge choice of beaches is one of the best things about holidays in Benalmadena. Impressively, there is over 4 miles of gloriously golden coastline within the resort. The main stretch of sand, named Malapesquera Beach, is a long, lightly coloured arc that is made all the more beautiful by its clean, neat promenade. The beach has a British feel to it as the promenade is lined with family bars and restaurants whilst the ornate lampposts echo the elaborate Victorian era of the past. However, it’s perhaps a little more colourful, especially the bright orange balcony walls of the promenade!
The huge choice of beaches is one of the best things about holidays in Benalmadena. Impressively, there is over 4 miles of gloriously golden coastline within the resort. The main stretch of sand, named , is a long, lightly coloured arc that is made all the more beautiful by its clean, neat promenade. The beach has a British feel to it as the promenade is lined with family bars and restaurants whilst the ornate lampposts echo the elaborate Victorian era of the past. However, it’s perhaps a little more colourful, especially the bright orange balcony walls of the promenade!
Arroyo de la Miel Beach is unsurprisingly based at the coastline of the Arroyo de la Miel district. At a length of almost 1km and a width of 60m, it’s one of the largest beaches in Benalmadena and just like Malapesquera it’s well supported with bars and restaurants. Its towering palm trees and thatched roof parasols help give it a real holiday vibe too.
The dark, dusky sand of Bil-Bil Beach is overlooked by Bil-Bil Castle. Although it’s only around 400m long, this beach is ideal for children because the waves are far gentler and the water stays quite shallow for much further out to sea.
Whereas if you like your beaches with all mod-cons you may prefer Torrevigía Beach. This section of golden sand is quite small, but as it was only created in the 1990s as part of renovation works on the resort, it comes with great facilities such as clean showers and toilets.
Carvajal Beach is in the far west of Benalmadena, over three miles from the port. However, it’s worth making your way over here, especially if you’re on family holidays in Benalmadena. That’s because the waves are very relaxed due to the curving rocky headland at the beach’s end.
Authentic evenings and action-packed nights
Benalmadena divides itself neatly into districts for its nightlife too. And whilst it’s perhaps not as lively as neighbouring Torremolinos, the main area of Benalmadena Costas has a huge number of bars and clubs that stay open until very late.
True party animals should head to the Sol Y Mar Square, also known as ’24-hour Square’. As you may have guessed from the name, this area is packed with loud bars that are open around the clock. The Boals Ice Bar often grabs all the attention here, as it’s completely made of ice! Stepping inside is just the thing to cool you down on a balmy evening in Benalmadena. It’s not all bars though, as you could have a nice pint of Guinness in the Irish theme pub Molly Malones. And it won’t surprise you to learn that the most popular clubs Kiu and Mangos do not close until after 7am!
Benalmadena’s Puerto Marina seemingly merges with the 24 hour square. This award-winning marina has moorings for over 1,000 boats and makes for a pleasant evening walk. As you pass by, you’ll notice it’s elegantly lit at night, so the gloss of the pristine white yachts shimmer on the water. As a very popular place for tourists, you’ll also find there’s plenty of choice for seafront bars and restaurants, plus a children’s playground too.
However, if all the revelry and madness sounds like a bit too much for you, there’s a sedate evening out to be had in Benalmadana Pueblo. A few miles inland and rising 200m high, this area of the resort offers superb views across the Alboran Sea. Stroll around here and you’ll come across authentic restaurants and bars that charm you in with quiet Spanish music and a relaxed atmosphere.