Benalmádena Travel Guide

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Benalmádena Highlights

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     brilliant apartment 

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     Nearby coastal area too touristy & full of Brits. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Charming for a few days. 

Benalmádena Things to Do

  • Cablecar to Calamorro hill

    We had rented an apartment for a week in Benalmádena. From our balcony we could see the cablecar to Calamorro hill starting operation daily at 11 am. So we decided to make the trip, and it was the highlight of our stay.We bought a ticket one way only, because we intended to hike our way down. At the ticket booth we received a map with several...

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  • Valley of the Eagles falconry display

    We did not know it, but once on the Calamorro hill we saw that there is a falconry display near the cablecar station twice daily. As we had come early in the day, we had to wait just half an hour for the 1 pm display after coming down from the upper viewpoint.The show started with vultures. They were enticed by way of feeding them bits of meat to...

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  • Where to spend the day?

    Yes, there are several places where you can go. Selwo Marina park where you can spend without problem half day walking and checking out dolphins, the various small animals, the birds show with cacatuas, the sea lion show and the pinguin aquarium too with various species. There is also the Tivoli world, a big park with lot of attractions and a cable...

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  • The biggest butterfly park in Europe.

    Now this is an awesome park (inside park), The Benalmádena Butterfly Park or Mariposario de Benalmádena. It was absolutely breathtaking, butterflies flying all over, sitting on beautiful flowers of all colours. I wished VT allowed for more than 5 photos as I have such beautiful photos from my visit there. Stepping into the park is like stepping...

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  • Tivoli World - Benalmadena

    One of the main reasons we stopped off at Benalmadena was to visit Tivoli world park and keep the Small Person amused. I also had fond memories of the park as a child and looked forward to the visit. The park was a short drive from Hotel La Fonda and had lots of easy parking.There is a very reasonable entrance fee which covers 80% of the rides and...

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  • Train from Airport to Benalmadena

    Don't waste money on an extortionate taxi ride from the airport into town. Get the train, it's so simple! Come out of arrivals, cross the road and walk through the car park to the other side. You can then see the 'station' ahead of you. For less than 5 euro's you can get the train into Benal', it takes about 30 mins and will cost about a 5th of...

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Benalmádena Restaurants

  • The same, maybe better

    The menu of the several restaurants in this specific part of Paseo marítimo is very similar, and the quality is not very different too. In this restaurant, we ate the normal Spanish food, maybe a little more tasteful than in many neighbours and a little bit cheaper.The service was... cold!

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  • The best... so far

    After four days in Benalmadena this was our best gastrronomic experience. Good ambiance gente servisse, excelente food in large quantities and a regular price. To repeat... I hope.

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  • GREAT MILKSHAKES

    We stopped here on a visit by train from nearby freungirola in 2008. As usual the kids got excited when they saw Mcdonalds. Milkshake, always a good choice on a hot day.

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Benalmádena Nightlife

  • Bar

    Visited after we had a meal in the Port-o-Call & I heard the Rugby League on the TV. Stayed on after the match finished as they were having a quiz & Bingo night. Good nights entertainment as we won the quiz & had no idea how to play Bingo & had to be guided thru it? Doh!!!The host, sorry, I did not get his name, was hilarious & he contributed to...

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  • Bar

    Ian & Elaine run a good bar abley assisted by Stewart. Nice comfortable spot to have a quiet drink.Opens at 1800 till late & shows the soaps on the large screen outside & sports inside. Located 5 mins from the Sol Timor apartments (exit right)

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  • nightlife

    my experience at the dutch inn bar was not so good. i worked there as a PR for 3 weeks and had to give it up as all the other PR's we really pushy to sell drugs to punters. they offered anything from cocaine, ectasy and marijuana. they started tryin to get me to start dealing with them and i was not in the least interested. it came to a point where...

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Benalmádena Transportation

  • Train service now every 20 minutes

    Benalmadena to El Pinillo, Montemar Alto, Torremolinos, La Colina, Los Alamos, Plaza MayorMalaga Airport, Guadalhorce, Victoria Kent, Malaga Maria Zambrano and Malaga Centro AlamedaMonday to FridayBenalmadena depart: 06:23, 06:58, 07:34, 07:54, 08:14 then every 20 minutes until 22:14, then 22:33, 23:03, 23:33, 00:03, 00:33 Saturdays, Sundays and...

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  • Trains to/from Malaga and Torremolinos

    Trains run every 30 minutes between Malaga city centre and Fuengirola, stopping at Malaga Airport, Torremolinos, Benalmadena (Arroyo de la Miel) and several smaller stops en route.Up to date timetables can be found HERE The following information was correct at the time of our visit in February 2011:Trains leave Malaga Centro-Alameda station on the...

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  • Taxi from Malaga Airport to Benalmadena

    You can get a taxi from Malaga Airport to Benalmadena outside the airport but in summer there are lots of queues. Its best to pre-book online so that you know what you will pay and there are no surprises. www.malagaairporttaxi.net provide this type of service and we have used them several times.

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Benalmádena Shopping

  • Few non-tourist shops around

    For those who enjoy exercising the credit card, you will find Benalmadena a bit of a disappointment. There are shops in the Marina and some in Arroyo, but if you really want to shop, then go to Fuengirola or Torremolinos are better as both towns are much more commercial.If you have a car then you could drive to Málaga - there are 3 shopping centres...

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  • Shopping in Marina

    Well, it is a shopping centre, there you can find a lot of stores (plus 200)and restaurants, very nice and besides Marina.Is a ideal place to go specially at night .Afterall i enjoyed to see its architecture who seems inspirated in Gaudi artworks... shoes, perfum, arts and crafts...everything not expensive

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Benalmádena Local Customs

  • Midsummer night - San Juan.

    I celebrated San Juan - Midsummer night - in Benalmádena this year as they celebrate in style with a much bigger celebration than Torremolinos. Fires are lit on the beach on the whole coastline and there is dancing and drinking until the wee hours of the morning. It was unbelievably crowded especially by Castillo de Bil-Bil where I stood as from...

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  • Feria de Benalmadena.

    The feria in Benalmádena is awesome. It is held at Recinto Ferial which is the feria ground and located next to Selwo park and Park de la Paloma. The feria lasts for a week and is the most fun during the night with a big tivoli, bright lights and fun. Along the main street of the feria ground tents are lined up with food, drinks and music. Out of...

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  • Spanish eyes

    Me being seranaded by my own Spaniard WOW this was a great afternoon, obviousley my fella had to pay for the privilage but to me it was worth every penny!! Very romantic

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Benalmádena Warnings and Dangers

  • A group of bus-drivers who hate...

    I had seen photos of Colomares castle in travel-guides but it seemed as if nobody knew where it was located. Then I got information on that it was located in Benalmádena Pueblo and I could go there by bus from Arroyo de la Miel/Benalmádena. So I took the train from Torremolinos to Arroyo de la Miel and got on a bus asking the bus driver to tell me...

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  • Where exactly in Benalmádena...?

    Benalmadena is a broad area, so if you have not been there before, check exactly which area you want to be in so that you don't get duped.24 hour Square / Plaza Solymar / The Marina - the area near the marina most known for being touristy and having nightlife.Benalmadena Costa - The whole stretch of road from Torremolinos to Fuengirola and anywhere...

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  • Toilets

    I have a note in my little book about the toilets in the Marina Car Park here. Public loos are few and far between in Spain, and I think most people will use those in restaurants, etc. Do make sure you have some loo paper in your bag or pocket. The loos in the Car Park had none!

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Benalmádena Tourist Traps

  • Benalmadena Port -Corporate Shops &...

    We went down to Benalmadena port to have a stroll around as the port area had been recommended.Having lived in Boston MA, U.S.A for a year, it reminded me of a suburban U.S. shopping mall - so it was not for us on holiday in Spain! There were one or two nice shops, but mostly U.S. corporate stores like Disney etcI suspect, if you have a boat, the...

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  • Colomares Castle

    I visited Castillo Colomares in July 2004. Although the admission fee of €2 for adults is fairly cheap, there is not a lot to see. You can not go inside the castle and can only view it from one side. The grounds surrounding the castle are in an untidy state and access to them is restricted.

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  • Little old guy with shoe cleaning box.

    Myself and Fen were out walking around the town one day when this little old guy stopped us to ask for the time. He seemed so grateful at the time that he cleaned my shoes, little did I know that he was going to charge me for it. So be wary of anyone that offers you something for free.

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Benalmádena Off The Beaten Path

  • Buddha

    On the west and top end of Benalmádena, we were surprised to come across this Buddha temple. It looks fairly new, but is easy to see from all directions with it's gold tower. On the side is a café and a small store that sells artefacts, and there is a restroom facility. The view from in front of the temple is worth the visit in itself, and a moment...

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  • Fantastic flowers

    On the way up into the old town , just beneath the church, is a small but spectacular garden with views out towards the port, the flowers there were brilliant as you can see the bourganvillia in the photograph, are to name just one flowers in that garden

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  • Museo Arqueologico

    This compact but fascinating collection comes mainly from Peru and Nicaragua, before Columbus's discovery of the New World. There are also local finds from the neolithic, Iberian and Roman ears. The museum also ats as a tourist office. Open weekdays 10.00 - 14.00hrs and 16.00 - 19.00hrs Sat and Sun 10.00 - 14.00hrs Closed Monday.

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Benalmádena Sports & Outdoors

  • Horse Riding

    If you are into horses the Andalucian stables are a must, lots of stables in the area. But if you are not a rider I suggest you go to a show and watch these magnificent creatures in action.

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  • Extreme Sports

    Nothing to say... only that is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! Nothing more to say... just look the picture... all information there..:)

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  • THE MONUMENT TO FISHERMEN

    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.

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  • BENALMADENA COSTA MARINA

    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...

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  • A BIT ABOUT BENALMADENA

    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 VillageBenalmedena Costa - the beachfront areaArroyo de la Miel - commercial zoneBenalmadena is one of the best places on the Costa del Col for...

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Take the tourist train in Benalmádena.
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Teleférico - a cable-car trip 800 m up a mountain.
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Take a ride on a pirate ship at the marina.
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Parque de la Paloma.
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The most unusual building in Andalusia - Colomares
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Dolphin watching.
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Castillo de Bil-Bil.
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Down-town Benalmádena.
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The art-work in Paseo Maritimo in Benalmádena.
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Paseo Maritimo and beaches in Benalmádena.
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Visit the marina at Benalmadena.
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Feeding the fish at the marina.
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Excellent ravioli by the marina.
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Selwo marina
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The harbour
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