Benalmadena Travel Guide: What to visit in Benalmadena
Along Costa del Sol there is a town waiting to offer its tourists a wide range of activities and entertainment to spend an unforgettable holiday. Benalmadena is one of the main tourist destinations nowadays due to the wide range of leisure establishments it has. What to visit in Benalmadena is a question which can be difficult to answer because the options are very varied and interesting, which may mean that you will run out of time to live all the experiences that this city has to offer its visitors.
One of the activities is the theme and show Park TivoliWorld. It was opened in 1973 and not only does it offer rides, but it also offers its visitors shows such as concerts, comedy shows or dancing shows. Tivoli in Benalmadena has restaurants, exhibitions or theme parks, so that the whole family can enjoy an unforgettable day. One of the most popular rides at Tivoli in Benalmadena is the free fall tower which is 60 metres high or the passage of terror, famous for its setting and tradition.
Sea life Benalmadena is an aquarium, a fantastic opportunity to discover the secrets of the deep ocean. Sea life Benalmadena is located at the entrance to the marina and it was opened in 1995. It is a centre dedicated to the protection of sharks and more than 5,000 sea creatures from the Mediterranean, Atlantic Ocean and tropical areas such as The Indian Ocean, The Pacific, Red Sea or The Amazon. It has nine rooms which in total contain twenty-five aquariums where you can contemplate the best of deep sea species.
Another leisure activity that Benalmadena offers to its visitors which is also related to sea life is the dolphin aquarium and the penguin enclosure Selwo Marina. Selwo Marina is a park which displays the most diverse and spectacular sea life. It has an ice penguin enclosure, the only one in Andalucia. This park is near to Parque de La Paloma.
Another thing to do in Benalmadena is enjoy the green areas that this destination in Costa del Sol boasts. Jardines del Muro are situated on the grounds of an ancient fortress. It is made up of spectacular gardens which house the Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman, the most ancient church in Benalmadena. From here there are outstanding views of the coast from its viewpoint. Parque de La Paloma is another option, enabling its visitors to enjoy all nature offers. The area of 200,000m2 contains lakes, grass and pine forests where you can spend a wonderful day. One of the main attractions of Parque de La Paloma is the wildlife that lives there. Ducks, swans, peacocks, chickens and rabbits all amaze visitors who go to this spectacular park in Costa del Sol.
Another place you must visit in this town is the Butterfly Park in Benalmadena, a Thai temple to walk around amongst 1,500 exotic butterflies from all over the world. In the Butterfly Park of Benalmadena it is possible to coexist with wild butterflies in an idyllic environment in between waterfalls and flowers of all types. In this butterfly park you can learn everything about the impressive world of butterflies, how they live, how they reproduce and coexist, in a paradisiacal environment of colours and aromas.
Another activity to highlight in this Andalusian town is the cable car of Benalmadena. The cable car of Benalmadena connects the centre of the town of Arroyo de La Miel with Mount Calamorro. It has a length of 5,565m and a gradient of 635m. It opened in the year 2000 and it has become one of the main leisure activities along the Andalusian Coast.
What to visit in Benalmadena: Benalmadena Beaches
As a coastal town, the beaches of Benalmadena house incomparable surroundings for everyone who wishes to enjoy a day at the beach with the best of services. The beach of Benalmadena extends to 20 kilometres along the coast and is divided into 17 beaches where you can either relax and enjoy the peacefulness of the sea, or enjoy the hustle and bustle, depending on which beach you choose. The beach of Arroyo Hondo is surrounded by wild vegetation of the area, which creates a unique and incomparable paradisiacal environment. The beach of Fuente de la Salud is a beach of dark sand and calm waves. Another tranquil beach is La Perla, a small setting with has all the necessary services to spend an unforgettable day on the beach, such as restaurants, beach bars and shops. You can access all the beaches from the promenade which runs the full length of the town and houses a vast number of beach bars (chiringuitos).
What to visit in Benalmadena: Leisure and culture of Benalmadena
In addition to all of these leisure and entertainment options, Benalmadena also has interesting sites which should not be missed during your stay in this Andalusian town. The Buddhist Statue of Illumination was unveiled in 2003 and represents prosperity, harmony and peace. It was designed by Buddhist Master LoponTsechuRinpoche and it is a place of meditation. We highlight its golden dome which allows us to locate the monument from anywhere along the coast as it is situated within a mountain. In Benalmadena you can also find a premises which lends itself to a mosque used by members of the Islam community and a Muslim cemetery, which are remains of the origins of this town nowadays.
Other examples of the history of Benalmadena can be found at Cueva del Toro, a prehistoric site discovered in 1969 where you can find impressive cave paintings. Other sites from Antiquity are located in this town of Costa del Sol such as the Phoenician site of La Era, which is evidence of the presence of the Romans in Benalmadena since the 2nd Century B.C. Torremuelle, Torrequebrada and Torre Bermeja are three lookout towers which are located in Benalmadena. They form part of the fortification system of the Andalusian coast.
A place which you must not forget to visit in Benalmadena is the Castle of Colomares, a monument in honour of Christopher Columbus and the discovery of America built between 1987 and 1994. It has diverse architectural styles and diverse materials used in its construction, as well as the stained glass windows in the interior.
Plaza de España dates back to the 18th Century and is formed by houses built to accommodate workers of the paper industry of the era. Nowadays we preserve the configuration of the square and the stone arch at the entrance. A symbolic sculpture of Benalmadena is the so called Niña de Benalmadena. It is made of bronze by Jaime Pimentel and is a city icon located in the centre of Plaza de España. It represents a girl offering water in a shell and it was used for the award of the Author’s Film Festival which was celebrated in the Exhibition and Conference Centre.
We look forward to receiving you in Benalmadena. In this gem of Costa del Sol and its surroundings you will find everything you need to make your holiday unforgettable.