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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.

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