Benalmadena lies some 19 km west of Malaga airport and the capital and sits between the towns of Fuengirola and Torremolinos with a population of around 45.000 inhabitants. The municipality is split into three area, the old village known and Benalmadena Pueblo, the coastal part Benalmadena Costa and the modern town known as Arroyo de la Miel.
Benalmadena Pueblo (Village)
The old village has still maintained some its old world charm despite the large numbers of visitors and new constructions that have grown up near the Village. It is still possible, even in mid-summer, to walk around the old part of the village for a peaceful meander to discover some very quaint and friendly tapas bars and inexpensive restaurants. Benalmadena Pueblo has a unique architectural style which is a blend of Moorish, Spanish and modern designs.
Arroyo de la Miel
The busy commercial town center separating the village on the hill from the seafront. Arroyo has grown rapidly, due greatly to the excellent train service running between Fuengirola and Malaga, as well as good road connection.
The coastal part is where you can find a wide-ranging variety of activities and nightlife for all the family. The fantastic award winning Benalmadena Marina is one of the most amazing ports and residential developments in the world.
It has been awarded the prize as the ‘best marina in the world’ on two occasions, and since 1987 it has had the European blue flag due to the quality of its services and water.
Top attractions in Benalmadena
A major tourist attraction in the area is the stunning Benalmadena marina. Rated as one of the best in the world and on several occasions, it has over 1.0000 moorings and is always filled with a selection of impressive boats and yachts from the smallest to the high-end luxury. The marina attracts many visitors day and night offering a large number of shops, bars, restaurants, and other facilities that make it an ideal location for all the family.
During the day the marina is a real treat for visiting families who can simply stroll around the vast well maintained complex marveling at the beauty of the unique architecture with its small islands, within the marina whilst posing for photos by the big yachts. The nightlife is fun and energetic lasting all night going for the hardened partygoers.
The marina offers a wide variety of attractions including an aquarium located at the western end, fishing trips, jet ski hire, scuba diving, kayaking, and water skiing. A number of boats from large catamarans to a Chinese junket offer boat trips around the marina or a little further along the nearby coastline. The night boat trips are a great way to cool down and enjoy the evening atmosphere around the marina.
For the sailing enthusiast, the marina is home to a nautical club which offers many social and sporting events throughout the year. There is also is a fine dining restaurant where you can enjoy the best quality local caught fresh fish, meeting rooms, a large sun terrace, and a sail shop.
The Aquarium situated within the Port area. https://www.visitsealife.com/benalmadena/en/
The Chair Lift Situated in front of Tivoli World – Fantastic panoramic views over the Coast of Malaga.
Tivoli World A huge theme park situated in Arroyo de la Miel ( the local train service has a stop nearby ) http://www.tivoli.es/
The Jardin de Las Aguilas ( Birds of Prey Centre)
Selwo Marina and Sea Life – Near the Paloma Park. Dolphins, Penguinarium and other attractions. http://selwomarina.es/en