Located just 10 minutes from Málaga Airport, the southern Spanish resort of Benalmadena continues to be popular with British holidaymakers.
Welcome to this ultimate guide to Benalmadena. Benalmadena is located on the Costa del Sol and sits between the towns of Fuengirola and Torremolinos with a population of around 45,000 people. The resort is split into three distinct regions; the coastal region of Benalmadena Costa, the old town of Benalmadena Pueblo and the modern town known as Arroyo de la Miel.
While Benalmadena has been a popular holiday destination for people flying from the UK, it also has a large ex-pat community. In recent years, this has led to a number of shops and restaurants opening to cater specially for the British taste and style. Of course, if it’s a taste of Spain you’re looking for, there are still plenty of Spanish shops, restaurants, bars and attractions on offer.
Getting to Benalmadena
Most holidaymakers flying to Benalmadena land at one of the countries largest airports, Málaga Airport. Málaga Airport is located only a short drive from Benalmadena. This combined with the popularity of the journey keeps transfer costs incredibly low.
Beaches in Benalmadena
For many holidaymakers, it’s the award-winning sandy beaches and warm waters that attract them to booking a holiday in Benalmadena. Benalmadena has more than 8km of blue flag beaches. Whether you prefer a lounger and an umbrella on one of the many tourist beaches or a quiet secluded spot away from the hustle and bustle, there’s a beach for everyone in Benalmadena.
Bil Bil Beach
The beach, located near the famous Bil Bil Castle in the heart of Benalmadena Costa is the largest beach in the region. Its promenade features many shops, cafes and restaurants catering for both Spanish and foreign tourists.
Located close to Sunset Beach, Torrevigia is a popular beach for families will a child-friendly playground area and facilities for disabled access. You’ll also discover plenty of places to eat and shop.
Tajo de la Soga
If you’re looking for a beach that’s a little quieter, Tajo de la Soga is for you. It’s much smaller than some of the other beaches on this list but because of this is a great place if you want to avoid the tourist hustle and bustle. There’s still a couple of shops and restaurants though so you won’t go hungry!
Fuente de la Salud
The final beach on our list is Fuente de la Salud. This beach is located at the western end of the Benalmadena Marina and is a large beach popular with holidaymakers. Like Bil Bil, this beach had many bars, shops and restaurants nearby.
Much of the coast of Benalmadena has been pedestrianised making it perfect for a quiet evening stroll. In addition to the beaches above you could also visit the Malapesquera Benalnatura nudist beach.
The Marina in Benalmadena is a popular tourist attraction. From the many boats to the unique architecture, it’s a great place to explore. Many have even rated it one of the best marinas in the world.
During the day, the marina is perfect for a relaxing walk. Families can often be seen enjoying a refreshing ice cream or feeding the fish. Many boats on the marina can be hired for trips including yachts, catamarans and even pirate boats!
The marina offers a wide range of attractions for the whole family to enjoy. At the western end of the marina is an aquarium and mini golf course. There are also attractions for fishing trips, scuba diving, kayaking and jet ski hire.
Benalmadena Old Town
Despite being an incredibly popular attraction, the old town of Benalmadena has been able to maintain much of it’s charm and character. Known by locals as “Benalmadena Pueblo”, the town has a unique architectural style combining Moorish, Spanish and modern design. The old town is definitely a worthwhile visit if you’re seeking a taste of true Spain.
It’s in Benalmadena Costa that you will find the majority of hotels and resorts. Located on the coast, the resort is popular with tourists. Whether you fancy a cheap beer on the beach or a plate of Tapas, there’s something for everyone here.
Arroyo de la Miel
It’s here that you will find the main commercial district of Benalmadena. There’s a wide range of shops, supermarkets and restaurants. A train station provides easy access to the nearby regions of Fuengirola and Malaga.
Top attractions in Benalmadena
Selwo Marina – A great day out for the entire family. A marine park featuring four destinct areas; “Antillas”, “Las Hondonada”, “Amazonia” and “Isla de Hielo”. In Antillas, you will find impressive dolphin and sea lion pools.
Sealife Aquarium – Located on the Banalmadena Marina, the Sealife Aquarium is very similar to those located in other countries (including the UK). It’s definitely worth a visit and features a roof top mini golf course.
Tivoli World – Located in Arroyo de la Miel, Trivoli World is one of the largest themes parks in Spain.
Benalmadena Marina – Great for a relaxing walk during the day or a romantic meal in the evening.
Top Hotels in Benalmadena
Benalmadena is fortunate to have some of the most popular resorts and hotels in Spain. Most are located in Benalmadena Costa and feature views of the Mediterranean.
Sahara Sunset – Located just 200 meters from the beach, this hotel features two outdoor pools and a leisure centre on-site. All rooms are air-conditioned and free Wi-Fi is available throughout.
SENTIDO Benalmadena Beach – Relax in comfortable rooms with magnificent views of the Mediterranean. All Inclusive options are available and the hotel offers a good activity program for the whole family to enjoy.
Holiday World Polynesia Hotel – A family-friendly hotel that is ranked one of the best in the Costa del Sol. Rooms feature a flat-screen TV, air conditioning throughout and Wi-Fi access.
Holiday Village – This is definitely a hotel designed for the entire family! There’s even a pirate ship where students can swim around while parents relax around the many pools.