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Benalmadena, Spain is more than just long stretches of beautiful beaches—from restaurants and nightlife to family fun and attractions, this Costa del Sol city is buzzing with character. Be sure to catch these highlights.

Castillo Monumento Colomares

Castillo Monumento Colomares

This classic, fairy tale castle was built in the 80s and offers a great view. It’s pure whimsy with a fountain and tower at every turn.

Tivoli World

Tivoli World

Perfect for the little ones, this amusement park wonderland is packed with rides and entertainment for the whole family.

Benalmádena Stupa

Benalmádena Stupa

A stupa is a Buddhist meditation monument and Benalmadena is home to the largest in all of Europe. Without a doubt, a once in a lifetime experience.

Sea Life Benalmádena

Sea Life Benalmádena

Walk through the deep ocean in the glass tunnel and watch the otters tease each other. This aquarium is quaint, clean, and houses a friendly and educated staff.

Museo de Arte Precolombino Felipe Orlando
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Museo de Arte Precolombino Felipe Orlando

This tiny museum is jam packed with the third largest Pre-Columbian collection in Spain. Architecture buffs will enjoy the modern exterior, too.

Jardin de Las Aguilas

Jardin de Las Aguilas

One breathtaking trip in a cable car up the mountainside and you’ll arrive at the “Garden of Eagles,” a live birds of prey show. It’s free, but check ahead for the schedule.

Parque De La Paloma

Parque De La Paloma

Pack a picnic or buy some ice cream in this scenic park filled with peacocks, rabbits, and other critters wandering about.

Snorkeling

Snorkeling

Get an eyeful of the underwater sea life by booking ahead of time with one of the various snorkeling and scuba diving crews in Benalmadena.

Planning Your Benalmadena 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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The trip started on time for me. However, for the other participants, we had to wait for some time. That is understandable though. The guide (Mr. Alex) was cool and shared good enough information with us. The place as such, is just amazing. It is so different from the places I have visited so far. And the group of participants made it more interesting. It is not at all dangerous and is safe even for children, though extra care is to be taken while climbing the stairs. so much of fresh air, spectacular views and an amazing lunch in the end, made this trip very memorable. You are not allowed to smoke on the trip, which is good. No trash allowed. Bring water and something to eat, that's useful.

A spectacular walk along safe, easy paths at a slow pace. The walk itself is neither long nor strenuous, with amazing views over the gorge. The construction of the railway line, viaducts, dams and reservoirs are truly remarkable feats of engineering. Information boards along the way explain the history of the area along with its flora and fauna. Although our guide, Amanda, was excellent, the walk could easily be completed independently and more cheaply if more tickets were made available to individuals rather than being allocated to group bookings.

It's right in the heart of Fuengirola. If you are visiting Malaga or Torremolinos, you can use the train to reach there. It's at a walking distance from the Fuengirola train station. This biopark has a good variety of animals and they also conduct a short live exhibition of the animals, which is quite cool. Though I was sad to see the animals in the cage, I think the overall experience depends on person to person. The park, as a concept deserve full stars, but in the end, those animals don't deserve to be there. There place is in the jungle.

Bioparc Fuengirola General Admission Day Ticket Reviewed by Aditya, 08/26/2020

What an amazing time we had here! So many different animals and really up close! Was so impressed and the guide who took us through the lemurs was fab we were the only English people On the tour but she had no problem translating for us! 100% recommend any one who visits Fuengirola to check out this place

Bioparc Fuengirola General Admission Day Ticket Reviewed by Danielle, 09/03/2020

It was great. The guide was very kind and smart with a lot of knowledges! The trip was exciting and the views were amazing! For sure its one of the atractions that is a must there!