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Benalmadena: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

1. Benalmadena: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Sail on the Catamaran “Magic Vision”, a boat with a Blue Flag sustainability award.  Depart from Puerto Deportivo de Benalmádena and sail into the open sea in search of dolphin's in their natural habitat. During your trip you will have plenty of space to sunbathe on the deck or you can stay indoors in the shade. If you like, you can also purchase a drink at the bar or observe the marine fauna trough the underwater views. Once the captain has found the idyllic place for a swim, you can jump into the water to take a refreshing swim if the weather conditions and the captain allows it.

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From Costa del Sol or Málaga: Caminito del Rey with Tapas

2. From Costa del Sol or Málaga: Caminito del Rey with Tapas

Discover the scenic beauty of the Caminito del Rey trail on a guided excursion from Málaga or from selected areas of the Costa del Sol. Traverse the El Chorro Gorge and enjoy some tapas after the hike. Start your day with pickup by bus from different points of the Costa del Sol or Málaga and depart for Ardales. Stop for breakfast (not included) along the way at a local restaurant with plenty of typical local products. Finally, arrive at the northern access point of the Caminito del Rey. The group will then walk through a small and quite long tunnel to reach the natural paths that leads to the entrance check point of the Gorge. At that point, you'll receive a helmet together with the safety instructions. Your guide will also join you to give you further explanations of what will be found during the trek but also many hints about the history of this peculiar construction. The Gorge, called Desfiladero de los Gaitanes, is a natural pass across the hills that separate the Málaga coastline from the inlands. The River Guadalhorce flows at the bottom of the gorges, after having passed through the reservoirs. El Chorro means "the Spurt": your guide will explain why. El Caminito del Rey is nowadays a rebuilt path that stretches between two gorges, canyons and a large valley, along pathways or boardwalks. It is safe and comfortable to walk as most of the path is flat or downhill. The route goes in one direction, downwards from the north to the south.  Your bus will be waiting near the exit point, but before driving back to the Costa del Sol, you will try some local tapas from a small bar close by. Once this light lunch is over, travel back to Costa del Sol and be dropped off at your pickup point.

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Benalmádena: Mount Calamorro Cable Car Ticket

3. Benalmádena: Mount Calamorro Cable Car Ticket

Book your round-trip cable car ticket to travel from Benalmádena up to 769 meters above sea level at the peak of Mount Calamorro. Take in panoramic views, walk along one of the hiking trails, spot local flora and fauna, and more. Enter your cabins and begin your exclusive 3-kilometer, 15-minute journey to the peak. The cabins go up and down continuously and they can accommodate up to 4 people per ride. Start with views of the whole of Arroyo de la Miel and Benalmádena Costa, two of the towns that make up Benalmádena. As you ascend further towards Mount Calamorro, watch the landscape widen, providing a unique view of Benalmádena and the Málaga coastline. Upon arrival at Calamorro’s peak, enjoy a range of ways to spend your time. Embark on one of the 6 hiking routes through the Sierra de Benalmádena or spend time admiring the Calamorro mountainside and the botanical wealth of this typical Mediterranean area.

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From Malaga: Caminito del Rey Private Guided Tour

4. From Malaga: Caminito del Rey Private Guided Tour

Be collected at your accommodation and embark on the 55-minute journey to the site. On arrival, take a tour with an official guide for two hours and see the stunning views of The Caminito del Rey (King’s Little Path). The Caminito is a narrow cliffside path hanging 100 meters above the waters of the river Guadalhorce. It was built onto the side of the limestone rock face. It passes through the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes (Gaitanes Gorge), which is also known as Garganta del Chorro (the throat of Chorro). It offers spectacular heart-stopping views down a sheer drop to the churning waters. The path runs from the Embalse de Guadalhorce reservoir, through the famous El Chorro gorge, and to El Chorro village, which is a major center for rock-climbing with a couple of rural hotels and a train station. The nearest town is Alora to the south along the Guadalhorce river valley. After your tour, enjoy 45 minutes of free time exploring the attraction before your return journey to your accommodation. 

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Benalmádena & Fuengirola: Round-Trip Ferry

5. Benalmádena & Fuengirola: Round-Trip Ferry

Set off from the architecturally impressive Benalmádena Marina or the chic port in Fuengirola on a ferry ride that shows the Andalusian coast in all its glory. Take a round-trip boat ride between Benalmádena and Fuengirola and enjoy the views of the old Benalmádena Pueblo, which is one of the many charming white villages you can spot scattered across the Costa del Sol. Discovering Fuengirola is a must for lovers of designer clothes, boutiques, and those all-important market days that give you a sense of the local culture. Jumping aboard this pleasure cruise will deliver picturesque, panoramic views of the coast, resorts, and local attractions that are difficult to beat on any other mode of transport.

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Costa del Sol and Malaga: Ronda and Setenil de las Bodegas

6. Costa del Sol and Malaga: Ronda and Setenil de las Bodegas

After leaving the Costa del Sol and Malaga, continue along a scenic route via the white village of Ardales and Cuevas del Becerro. Make the first stop of the day at the bull and horse breeding farm, Reserva Tauro, which is located in a UNESCO-declared Biosphere Reserve, just 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Ronda. Take a tour of the farm and get close to mother cows and their calves, as well as the herd raising the foals of pure Spanish breed horses. The land on the farm is a good example of the local vegetation with olive trees and cork oaks. Then, proceed on a short drive to Setenil de las Bodegas, one of the most beautiful and original white villages in the province of Cádiz. Take advantage of your free time to enjoy this peculiar town. Visit the houses embedded under the rocks of the precipice and sit down for a coffee. In Ronda, you will arrive at the bus station before continuing on foot to discover the deepest city. Take in the incredible views of the Puente Nuevo, which crosses the “Tajo” on the Guadalevin river, and enjoy the old town, the cathedral, and the museums. Participants meet to have a glass of red wine and some snacks on a terrace with an exclusive view of the Tagus Bridge. Alternatively, use your time to discover the oldest bullring in Spain, the immense bullring of Ronda (entrance not included; audio guides provided inside the bullring). Enjoy your free time to explore the city at your own pace and ask your guide for any recommendations so you don't miss the best spots.

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From Costa del Sol: Ronda and Setenil de las Bodegas

7. From Costa del Sol: Ronda and Setenil de las Bodegas

Depart the Costa del Sol, and travel on a comfortable coach through the beautiful countryside of the white village of Ardales and Cuevas del Becerro. The first stop of the day will be the bull and horse breeding farm Reservatauro, declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO and located 5 kilometers from the city of Ronda. Tour the interior of the farm and get close to the bulls with their calves and the foals of purebred Spanish horses. The grounds of the farm are a good example of the local vegetation with olive and cork oak trees. Continue on for a short drive to Setenil de las Bodegas, one of the most beautiful, original white villages in the province of Cadiz. Take advantage of some free time to enjoy this peculiar village, stop to enjoy a coffee, and visit the houses embedded under the rocks of the cliff. Next you will arrive at the bus station in Ronda to continue the tour on foot and discover the city. See the incredible views from the Puente Nuevo, which crosses the Tajo River, and enjoy the old town, the museums, and the cathedral. You also have the option to visit the huge bullring of Ronda, the oldest in Spain. The entrance fee is not included, but there is time to visit it on your own. With free time to explore the city at your own pace and with the recommendations of your guide, you will not miss any relevant spots. After a full day touring these beautiful Spanish towns, you’ll return by coach to the Costa del Sol.

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Costa del Sol: Day Trip to Ronda and Setenil

8. Costa del Sol: Day Trip to Ronda and Setenil

Travel to Andalusia, one of the most wonderful regions in southern Spain. Meet your expert tour guide in the Costa del Sol and hop on the coach to Setenil de las Bodegas. Stroll around the charming town, known for its mesmerizing white houses built into the surrounding cliffs. See the beautiful town of Ronda, learn about the culture and history from your guide as you walk. Visit the iconic bullring Plaza de Toros de Ronda and enjoy the museum. Next, walk through the atmospheric Plaza de España, visit the New Bridge and take pictures of the spectacular Tajo de Ronda. Marvel at the sacred St Mary's Church before visiting Ronda’s Arab Baths. Next stop, visit the Mondragon Palace and enjoy a walk around the spectacular gardens. Feeling hungry? No worries, you have time to grab food or explore the city at your own pace. You will return by coach to the Costa del Sol with amazing memories and priceless photos.

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Benalmadena Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 48-Hour Ticket

9. Benalmadena Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 48-Hour Ticket

See the top sites of this popular Mediterranean city on a hop-on hop-off tour with a 48-hour unlimited use ticket. Discover the attractions of Benalmadena, such as Puerto Marina, which is home to the Sea Life Aquarium and an array of delightful boutiques and restaurants. Hop off at Tivoli-Teleferico and take a cable car to Mount Carramolo from the entrance of Tivoli World. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, stop and soak up the sun on beautiful Malapesquera Beach. Visit Playa Arroyo de la Miel, which translates as stream of honey, a product that once was the main source of income. This is now the primary commercial area and is bursting with small shops, restaurants, and cabaret bars. You can hop off and back on as often as you wish, enabling you to explore sites that interest you. The Tour’s Stops: • Puerto Marina • Malapesquera Beach • Hotel Riviera • Benalroma Ruins • Selwo Marina • Parque de la Paloma • Renfe-Arroyo de la Miel • Tivoli-Cable Railway • Arroyo de la Miel Beach • Bil-Bil Castle • Exhibition Centre

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Costa del Sol: Private 1-Way Transfer to/from Malaga Airport

10. Costa del Sol: Private 1-Way Transfer to/from Malaga Airport

Ensure your travels are hassle-free with this private 1-way transfer to your chosen destination in Costa del Sol from Malaga Airport, or vice versa. Travel in maximum comfort and safety with a professional driver. Get picked up in a Mercedes-Benz Vito, Volkswagen Caravelle, or similar vehicle. Enjoy room for up to 6 passengers and 6 pieces of luggage. Simply choose your desired transfer, then sit back, relax, and enjoy a stress-free ride to your destination.

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Planning Your Visit

  • Hang out at the Benalmadena Harbor

    Spend a lot of time at the marina to get a real sense of the people and energy of the city. There’s plenty more to do than admire the boats— it’s surrounding architecture is a fascinating blend of Arabic and Gaudi influence. Check out the shopping or enjoy a glass of wine while watching the sun set over the sea.

  • Rent A Car

    Costa del Sol day trips! The best thing you can do in southern Spain is hit the road and see which beach it leads to next. Benalmadena or Torremolinos isn’t a decision you have to make.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    There's really no bad time to visit, it just depends on how warm you want the weather to be. In September, the temperature is warm, but not unforgiving, rainfall is low, and the water at the beaches is still warm after the hot summer months.

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What people are saying about Benalmadena

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3,012 reviews

This was the most fantastic tour I’ve ever had! Very personable driver who spoke fluent English was waiting for me at cruise terminal and whisked me away to Alhambra where I met my guide who was fluent in Arabic as well as English, and very knowledgeable in Islamic culture and history, which enabled him to provide detailed explanations of the Alhambra’s unique design, artwork and symbolism throughout the palaces. Tour time also allowed me to explore Granada’s old town before being returned to ship. I highly recommend.

Excellent day out and a lovely walk. Alex our guide was a lovely man but did not keep us as a group going around the walk like others did. Real shame not to have had the information as we walked around but non the less, this is a great day trip. Tapas was nice at the end of the tour and drinks were very reasonable.

Excellent service, great trip and extremely knowledgeable guide (thanks, Ales)

It was an amazing trip , I would highly recommend it.

Nice crew and nice view from the sea. Recommended.