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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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What people are saying about Benalmadena

Brilliantly and seamlessly executed by wonderful guide and driver

We were met at the cruise terminal by a charming and friendly driver, Jose, who took us in his super comfy van to Granada, to meet our guide, Alberto. The site is spectacular and the guide was knowledgeable, fun, pleasant and very fluent in English. All in all an absolutely great tour! Thanks.

Private Alhambra Tour From Malaga & Surrounds Reviewed by Michal, 04/04/2019

The tour guide was excellent, helpful, polite and very informative.

The gardens in Alhambra are very beautiful. The castles are amazing. It was one of the best tours I have ever been to. I would recommend this tour to anyone.

Private Alhambra Tour From Malaga & Surrounds Reviewed by Michele, 09/18/2018

Well informed, but too little time in Gibraltar.

Pick up times and location were well communicated, but kept changing. Waited a allotted location and time. After 30mins phoned agent who told me coach was late, but I was in wrong location. Told him that was the last one received, the reply came back "that was a mistake" well how the hell am I meant to know that!. Time in Gibraltar was just over 4hrs. It gave us a taster to go back. The guide was tri-lingual, and talked about our route and "the rock" history for the hour trip there. That said enjoyable day.

From Costa del Sol: Gibraltar Shopping Shuttle Reviewed by Michael, 03/23/2019

Beautiful hike with some info on nature and history and lots of sun

We (couple 32/30) took the "Caminito del rey" tour on the 1/12 and its was just was a lovely day (400 days of sun a year in andalusia ;) ). The hike was not too exhausting but still a little challenging, nature and countryside were beautful and transport from and back to Malaga city center was also nice. Totally recommended if you want to explore something special apart from the city and the beach.

Could be better, need improvement and bus had to be refurbished.

Nice city to explore with Hop On Hop Off Bus to gave insight and a little bit history of Benalmadena. Bus really need to be refurbished to increase the excitement and the quality of the tour. Not enough information about the tour itself. Longer operating hour and more frequent tour would be nice.

Benalmadena Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 24-Hour Ticket Reviewed by Kelvin, 11/23/2015