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Benalmadena is a town in 3 parts: there’s the hilltop old town, the bustling downtown and a choice of beaches.

A complete Spanish experience

There are a few different sides to Benalmadena, making it a big draw for sightseers and sun-seekers alike. Head to the coast to take your pick from dozens of sandy beaches; or get a feel for traditional Andalusian life in the old hillside town, with white-fronted houses, cobbled streets and hidden-away squares.

Theme parks and cable cars

Nestled between the old town and the beaches is the Arroyo de la Miel area. It’s the beating heart of Benalmadena, with lots of shops and restaurants, as well as the Tivoli World theme park. Near the park is a cable car to the Calamorro Mountain summit, about 800 metres above Benalmadena’s beaches.

Daytrips to Malaga and beyond

It’s just a 25-minute drive to beautiful Malaga. Spend a day wandering the narrow streets lined with upmarket boutiques and laidback bars. Take in some culture at the Picasso Museum or explore the grand cathedral and stunning Alcazaba fortress, before a stroll among the exotic plants at the Malaga Botanical Garden.

Insider Tip

Your cable car ride to the top of Calamorro Mountain includes a ticket to a birds of prey show including falcons and eagles – check the times as there are only two shows a day.

Best beaches

Choose from big family-friendly beaches or tucked-away coves. Spend the day relaxing on Carvajal Beach, backed by bars, restaurants and shops. And mix it up with trips to Malapesquera, a long sandy beach with sunloungers and parasols for hire. If you fancy taking to the waves on a boat or jet ski, both are available at Torre Bermeja.

Top sights

Head to the landscaped gardens at Jardines del Muro – look over the whole town and even see the coast of Africa coast across the water. There's another great view from the top of Calamorro Mountain, reached by a cable car. Don't miss Colomares Castle – actually an enormous monument to Christopher Columbus – and the red-walled Bil-Bil Castle nearer the coast.

Out and about

Take your pick from over 40 rides at the Tivoli World theme park – from rollercoasters to mini-ferris wheels. If it's nature that floats your boat you can see sharks at the Sea Life aquarium and dolphins at the Selwo Marina or glimpse thousands of fluttering butterflies at Mariposario Park. Show off your sporty side at the Club de Hielo, a leisure centre with a pool, ice rink and gym.

Eating and drinking

Get a taste of traditional Andalusian cuisine in the old town. Enjoy a meal in family-run places along cobbled streets, or take a seat outdoors at restaurants around quaint squares. Get your home favourites at the marina, where there’s everything from Italian to Sushi. For a bit of fine dining, try the elegant Baboo restaurant.


Head to one of the town’s two shopping centres for high-street brands, boutiques and beach stuff. One is in the marina, while the other – the CC Benalmar – is not far from the water either. Get your fill of souvenirs at the weekly market in the Tivoli World car park – there are stalls selling clothes, jewellery and locally-made beauty products.


Make your way to the marina and seaside promenade for family-friendly bars, pubs and outdoor shows. Here you’ll also find bars that are a little livelier and more for the grown-ups. Stay out late at the bars on the bustling Plaza Sol y Mar square, or test your luck at the Casino Torrequebrada.

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Where is it?

Benalmadena is in the heart of the Costa del Sol, a region in southern Spain. It’s about 12 km from the city of Malaga, while the airport is just 15 minutes’ drive away. Torremolinos is just next door.

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