Benalmádena is one of the most important towns on the Costa del Sol. It boasts the largest concentration of amusement parks in Málaga Province, as well as two golf courses, a casino and a 20km-long coastline accommodating 15 beaches and a world-class marina. The Benalmádena Pueblo district offers a nice townscape, with narrow streets, tucked-away squares and whitewashed houses. Benalmádena Costa, on the other hand, is Benalmádena’s holiday resort. Finally, Arroyo de la Miel is the town’s economic and financial hub.
Benalmádena Pueblo is like a balcony overlooking the Mediterranean, dominating a wide stretch of sea. The viewpoint next to the seventeenth-century Church of Santo Domingo affords great panoramic views of the coast. It is next to the wall gardens, Jardines del Muro, designed by César Manrique.
In Benalmádena Pueblo you can also find one of Benalmádena’s icons: the Girl Sculpture, in Plaza de España. Close by stands La Fonda, which is now a cookery school. The building features an impressive row of balconies with views of the sea; from Monday to Friday, you can taste the dishes prepared by the students.
The main tourist sights in Benalmádena Pueblo include the Felipe Orlando Museum of Pre-Columbian Art – housing one of the finest collection of art from Pre-Columbian cultures in Spain, along with archaeological items –, the Butterfly Farm, the Enlightenment Stupa, the Colomares Castle (a most curious building) and Garden of Eagles.
The main sight in Benalmádena Costa is the Bil-Bil Castle a Nasrid-inspired palace from the 1930s. Standing by the sea, the castle is flanked by fountains. It hosts social and cultural events. Finally, there is the Benalmádena Exhibition Centre, in the marina area.
Green spaces include La Paloma Park, wrapped in a pleasant atmosphere. It covers over 200,000m2, facilities including large gardens, recreational areas, a lake, a public library and the Municipal Auditorium. Opposite the park there is Selwo Marina, a marine park housing the only dolphinarium and penguin ice enclosure in Andalusia.
A few steps away you will come to the Buddha Shrine – a gift from Benalmádena’s twin town in China. Past this mystic corner, you will reach the Sea Promenade, leading to the Benalmádena Marina. Termed ‘World’s Best Marina’, it is a place for sports, residence and leisure.
There are over 1,000 berths in Puerto Marina, plus a yacht club and dozens of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities. The marina is home to Sea Life as well, an interactive aquarium that is the habitat of some 3,000 underwater creatures. Last but not least, Benalmádena Costa has kept three watchtowers from past times – two from the days of Islamic Spain and one from the sixteenth century.
The district of Arroyo de la Miel emerged out of a bunch of houses built around Plaza de España in the eighteenth century. The stone entrance archway dates back to those years. The area is ideal for a drink or tapas. There is also an Ice Skating Club whose ice rink is open all year round.
One of the main attractions in Arroyo de la Miel is Tivoli World, an amusement park and show venue featuring gardens, themed squares, restaurants and an open-air stage. At the entrance you will see the station of the Benalmádena Cable Car, which can take you up the Calamorro Mountain.
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