Benalmadena – Area Guide
Benalmadena is located 19km west of Malaga International Airport and sits in between the coastal resorts of Torremolinos and Fuengirola. Its average rainfall per year is 610mm and has an average yearly temperature of 18 degrees.
It has a population of 65,965 inhabitants. Benalmadena is one of the more popular tourist destinations on the Costa del Sol and is split into 3 main areas. These are the traditional and original settlement of Benalmadena, Benalmadena Pueblo, the cosmopolitan town of Arroyo de la Miel and the various areas that make up 10km of coast line, (13 beaches of which 5 are blue flag) that is Benalmadena Costa. Benalmadena Pueblo is situated in the foothills of the mountains and about 5km from the coast. Most areas of this village offer breath taking views of the Mediterranean from Fuengirola to Malaga.
The village attracts many day visitors as it has managed to keep its traditional Spanish village look with white washed walls, narrow flower filled cobbled streets and small plazas (squares) where traditional Spanish café bars reside. Many visitors enjoy the tranquillity of the village taken in a real taste of Spanish life whilst enjoying local cuisine and tapas.
The village is well supported by the local bus service and road trains that can take you to Mijas Pueblo further up in the foothills of the mountains and down through Arroyo de la Miel to the coast of Benlamadena, Torremolinos and into Malaga City. The village is home to Benalmadena Town Hall, Benalmadena Bull Ring, the butterfly park, Christopher Columbus Castle and the largest Buddhist temple in the western world.
Benalmadena Costa has a numerous and varied selection of hotels that align the beach front, the main road and side streets of this popular tourist destination. The main area of Benalmadena Costa lies between the award winning marina and the area of Torrequebrada which is home to Benalmadena’s only casino. Within this area there are plenty of restaurants, bars, clubs and entertainment venues that cater for many nationalities. Most of these establishments are situated on the main road, the marina and Plaza Solymar, previously known as 24hr square offering up a very lively and late night life during the summer months.
The marina is not only a nightspot but a great place to shop and dine and it is also a very popular residential spot for the wealthier. The marina offers varied international restaurants and as well boat trips to sight see, go fishing, dolphin watching and getting a water taxi to either Malaga or Fuengirola taking in the beautiful coastline of the Costa del Sol. All the seasonal sea sports are on offer and other places of interest are the sealife centre and aquarium, Selwo Marina and Paloma Park. It is also close to 15 golf courses that are less than 20km away.