THE MONUMENT TO FISHERMEN
Favorite thing: Erected as a monument to all fisherman, this impressive sculpture of a fisherman casting his net, is located in front of the Plaza del Remo. It can be seen on the Paseo on the way to Benalmadena. This area has long been known for its fishing industry and boasts some of the freshest and great variety of fish.
BENALMADENA COSTA MARINA
Favorite thing: The absolute focal point of Benalmadena Costa is its award-winning MARINA. The Marina can accommodate 1000 boats and yachts. The Marina is THE place for Benalmadena's social scene and is central to the resort. Along the Paseo de Las Islas, which winds around the Marina, there are numerous shops, restaurants, ice-cream parlours and of course terraces where one can see and be seen, that's what it's all about here.
From Benalmadena Marina, you can walk all the way along the Promenade to Torremolinos. which Hans and I did once, as it's quite a distance from our Bajondillo. We took the whole afternoon to walk there as there were plenty of little shops and restaurants on the way, if you need refreshments.
A BIT ABOUT BENALMADENA
Favorite thing: Located in Andalucia on Spain's Costa del Sol and approximately 12 km west of Malaga, BENALMADENA is easy to reach by road, bus or train.
Benalmadena has three distinct areas:
Benalmadena Pueblo - Old Village
Benalmedena Costa - the beachfront area
Arroyo de la Miel - commercial zone
Benalmadena is one of the best places on the Costa del Col for nightlife. With so many bars, nightclubs and restaurants, there is something to suit all tastes.
There are also plenty of things to do for families like the Tivoli World Theme Park. See Penguins and dolphins at Selwo Marina and SeaLife with its touch pools, underwater tunnels and Lost City of Atlantis and which has the biggest shark collection in Europe. Or take a ride in the Cable Car up the 769 metre Monte Calamorro for fabulous views of the coastline.
There is also a Casino at the classy Hotel Torrequebrada.
Favorite thing: Another view of Benalmadena and the promenade, looking towards the harbour. All very clean and tidy, but a week later this area was devistated by a severe storm. Beach front shops damaged, pavements lifted and tons of sand and other debris strewn over the promenade. It didn't take long, however, before the authorities and local population started clearing things up.
Blue Skies and Golden Beaches
Favorite thing: The promenade stretches from the harbourside at Benalmadena to Torremolinos and beyond. It is a relaxing walk with no steps or other obstructions for the more mature, or infirm visitor to worry about. A gentle stroll will take you from between 30 and 40 minutes one way, but longer if you browse in the many shops!!
Flanked by the blue sea on one side, and numerous small shops, restaurants and apartments on the other, we walked from Torremolinos to the Marina and back several times.
More of the Beach
Fondest memory: This picture, taken at the end of the beach, before the harbour, shows the golden, sandy beach, where a game of volleyball was underway. Just in front of Mary, and behind the camera, is a Burger King. We were waiting for our Burgers, which Jaymes had gone to buy. Good boy!
Take a Boat Ride
Favorite thing: On a nice day, why not go for a relaxing boat trip to Malaga or Fuengirola? Trips along the Torremolinos coast are also available for 10 or more people. The journey time to either Malaga is about 75 minutes, and Fuengirola is about an hour. The return fares were (March 2003) 10 Euros to Fuengirola and 11 Euros to Malaga.
Boats and Buildings
Favorite thing: To me, the most attractive part of Benalmadena has to be the Marina and harbour complex. With over 1,000 berths and more being built, it is amongst the best harbours anywhere in the world.
There's so much to see here, and you can just meander through between the moored boats on one side, and the attractive, modern shops and apartment buildings on the other. Lots of places to eat, or just have a glass of wine or a cup of coffee.
The Beautiful marina
Favorite thing: The old fishing port has now been rebuilt, and has now become one of the major sports harbours on the Mediterranean, and there are no remnants of the original village to be found, although there are still some ruins from the earlier Roman occupation.
Modern Day Benalmadena
Favorite thing: Not so many years ago, Benalmadena Costa was a small fishing port, and Arroy de la Miel was little else but a paper making factory. The population mainly lived in the area now known as Benalmadena Pueblo, and many of the inhabitants used to walk daily, down the hill to work in the factory, of which the remains can still be seen.
The advent of tourism has ensured that the little fishing village has changed out of all recognition. The needs of the tourist industry meant that Benalmadena Costa was born. with its many hotesl, bars , restaurants and shops.
Favorite thing: Its amazing to think how crowded this beach will become in the High season.
Plenty of sunshine and lots of people enjoying the beach with a good book and a cool drink.
Fondest memory: Coming here at the end of season I had the whole beach to myself, not that this is a fond memory just pointing this out in case you wonder why there's no one in the picture.
Useful words and phrases
Favorite thing: Hello hola
Do you speak english? Habla ingles?
How are you? Como esta?
Thank you Gracias
Where is...? Donde esta...?
See you again Hasta luego
Nothing more thanks...Nada mas, gracias
Excuse me Perdon
Souvenir from Benalmadena
Fondest memory: I never leave one place before bying something. I bought, therefore, a new suitcase which anyway I needeed because the ones I had with me they were not enough after days of shopping.
I don't remember if the picture was taken before or after.It doesn't matter.
Actually we flew to Malaga but...
Favorite thing: Actually we flew to Malaga but stayed in Benalmadena-if your looking for culture this is not the place, but if you want sun,sand and sea the is the place to be!
Fondest memory: Loads of Restaurants to choose from varying from the typical English/Irish pubs to local bars selling Tapas. The Marina which has now been finished is a must very upmarket with loads of bars and Cafes, good tourist shops as well. If you want a bit more of a quieter village atmosphere then head inland about a mile to Arroyo, where there is also a great cable car ride and the main train Station (very good service)
Where to Park?
Favorite thing: If you drive to Benalmadena, there is a large car park close to the Marina, open 24 hours a day. The charge (March 2003) was 90 Cents per hour, or part of. It's got to be more now!