A large town of bright lights and vibrant nights, holidays to Benalmadena will catapult you into the heart of the Costa del Sol; sun-soaked coasts, a bustling shopping scene and dancing dolphins all await your arrival in this fantastic location. Costa Del Sol is a hotspot for tourists, whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in Spanish culture, or delve into the deep depths of the country’s history, you’re sure to find what you’re seeking in Benalmadena. As the bright Spanish sun sets at the end of the day, the waters light up in reflection of the orange rays reaching out over the horizon on your Benalmadena holidays, before giving way to the explosion of colour that emanates from the many nightclubs that line the shores, beckoning to the wannabe dancers and obscure shape throwers who venture out to enjoy the thriving nightlife of Spain – Benalmadena perfectly capture Spain’s energetic culture.
All Year Sunshine
Benalmadena is perfectly situated along the southern coast of Costa del Sol to allow for winter sun as well as comfortable summer sunshine, although if you get a little home sick after trading in the winter cold for a slice of sunny Spain, you can always head to Boal’s Ice Bar during your holidays to Benalmadena and chill out, quite literally, in the country’s very first ice bar. As well as the ice bar you’ll have a variety of nightclubs from which to choose from, whether you want an authentic salsa experience in La Cubana or to bust a move on one of Kiu’s three dance floors, you’ll be sure to feel right at home in this party capital. If you’d rather relax in the evenings with a quiet drink to wash down the tapas during your holidays in Benalmadena, then the plethora of Chiringuitos and cosy beach bars provide calm atmospheres in which to indulge, whereas Sunset Beach Club supplies live music on most evenings in case you just want to sit back and enjoy the show. If you’ve had a night of partying hard on the town, or if you just want to drain yourself of the tensions everyday life has created, morning yoga classes are a good way to unwind or fight off the hangover; getting in touch with your spiritual side being the best way to combat what ails you. However, if you’ve embarked on your holidays to Benalmadena with the idea of having a splashing time, then Aqualand won’t disappoint. Costa del Sol’s biggest water park is worth sliding on down to and is something the whole family can enjoy, not just the kids. Another must-visit attraction will take you to Malaga; the winding castle walls of Gibralfaro climb a picturesque hill, providing princely views over the pleasant landscape.
Things to do in Benalmadena
Most visitors flock to Benalmadena for its fantastic range of beaches, its lively nightlife and its tasty and diverse cuisine. There are so many prominent Benalmadena attractions, particularly for those visitors on a family holiday.
While you’ll never run out of things to do in Benalmadena, the resort is conveniently situated in the heart of the Costa del Sol region, providing great access to many more highlights of southern Spain including the historic town of Malaga, the vibrant resort town of Torremolinos and the beautiful Mijas mountain range.
Wine and Dine
The cuisine enjoyed in Benalmadena is rife throughout the whole of the Costa del Sol, so expect some tasty Andalusian treats. Many restaurants specialise in seafood, and you’ll find it difficult to beat the tasty selection at Restaurante Los Remos.
The typical tapas affair and fantastic range of Andalusian hams and cheeses will be enjoyed the most at the brilliant Toro Restaurant, specialising in many regional dishes that are adored by locals and tourists alike. There are also a wide range of restaurants serving international fare, with many Italian, Indian and Chinese joints popping up in the resort.
If the sun is shining and your temperature is rising, there’s no better antidote than a sweet and refreshing ice cream. You won’t find a shortage of places to satisfy your urge, but make sure you don’t wander past the excellent Gelateria Di Porto Marina, one of the top Benalmadena attractions – for ice cream lovers at least!
Action and Adventure
Along the port you’ll see a number of boat trip offers being touted, all advertising a variety of activities out on the water. Heading out on a fishing trip is a great experience, allowing you to catch your own evening dinner and explore more of the Costa del Sol coastline.
You can take to the water in a number of adventurous ways in this part of the world, with a myriad of water sports opportunities awaiting you in Benalmadena. Along many of the beaches you’ll find banana boat rides, parasailing and water skiing. If you’re not after an adrenaline rush, you can just take part in some activities on the sand, such as a beach volleyball match.
One of the most adventurous things to do in Benalmadena is hopping on the cable car to the top of the nearby Calamorro Mountain. From the top you’ll be treated to great views of the town and beaches below, as well as the distant stretches of the Costa del Sol’s coastline and the Mediterranean Sea.
Benalmadena is a textbook family holiday location, with countless activities and destinations on offer to suit the young and the young at heart. One great family outing can be experienced in the form of a dolphin spotting boat trip. Many trips depart from Benalmadena offering people a glimpse of the beloved sea creature in its natural habitat.
Although not strictly one of Benalmadena’s attractions, Aqualand in nearby Torremolinos is a fantastic family location. The water park is only a 20-minute drive away, and it is worth it for experiencing the numerous thrill-inducing slides and relaxing pools.
A classic staple of the British seaside holiday is the local mini golf course. Luckily for you, the Spanish have embraced this tradition too, and Benalmadena has one of the most exciting and challenging mini golf courses in the Costa del Sol. Playa Mini Golf Espana provides a great place for families to spend an afternoon, just make sure you don’t get too competitive and fall out – or is that also a staple of a family holiday?!
Benalmadena boasts a vibrant and healthy nightlife, catering to visitors of all ages and tastes. For laid-back beverages in a lively atmosphere with live sports on the television, the Harpenny Bridge Irish Pub is the place for you. For a little more action but nothing too untoward, Monkey Business will offer you a little bit more thump to your nightly drinks.
For those in search of a night of dancing, heaving drinking and potential debauchery, heading to the infamous 24-hour Square is likely to pay dividends.
Recharge and Relax
Many of you will find a particular realm of sanctuary in the resort’s expansive collection of beaches. One of the most relaxing things to do in Benalmadena is hop between the town’s 15 or so beaches, picking a quiet spot at each one and soaking up the rays.
For those hoping for a little respite from the beach life, there are many other places to relax in the town that don’t take advantage of the sea and sand. Paloma Park is a large and beautiful expanse of green in the centre of town, providing a fantastic location for an afternoon stroll, a picnic or a kip.
If your relaxation levels need to go spiritual, there is an attractive Buddhist temple in Benalmadena. You can enter and wander around the complex, absorbing the tranquillity and peace. If you’d like to take things a step further, why not join in a meditation session if you’re feeling mega stressed – it’ll prove a great way to clear your mind.