Benalmadena is divided into three separate parts. Cosmopolitan Benalmadena Costa is the coastal strip that contains most of the resorts hotels and some apartment blocks. Arroyo de la Miel is where you will find shops, most of the resorts apartment blocks, and many Spanish bars and restaurants. The towns train station is also here. Arroyo de la Miel is home to Tivoli World, a compact amusement park, and also the cable car. The main market is also held here every Friday.
Benalmadena Pueblo is where you will find the municipalities town hall. The Pueblo itself is like the many Spanish “white villages” found in southern Spain. Narrow cobbled streets with white painted houses, and with many displaying beautiful flowers on the outside walls.
As well as being the perfect summer holiday resort, other times to visit Benalmadena are for the festivals of Easter, (Semana Santa), and the eve of Three Kings day, (Los Reyes), which is the day the Spanish really celebrate Christmas, and is accompanied with fantastic parades through the streets of Benalmadena and Arroyo de la Miel. The Three Kings parades on the evening of 5th of January includes children aboard colourful floats throwing sweets to the crowds. It is advisable to carry an umbrella, not for the rain, but to protect yourself from these sweet missiles. All the main streets are decorated with beautiful lighting effects. The other main festivals held locally are Corpus Christi and San Juan in June, and La Virgen del Carmen in July. Also in June is the feria, (fair), which is held at the top end of Parque Paloma.
Some of the main attractions of Benalmadena are the Paseo Maritimo or promenade that stretches the length of the resort, and with a small break at Benalmadena’s wonderful Puerto Marina, continues on to the neighbouring resort of Torremolinos. The world class Arabian style Puerto Marina, which has over one thousand moorings is Benalmadena’s centerpiece and should not be missed. It houses many restaurants, bars, discotheques and shops, and should be visited both in the daytime and after dark. Paloma Park with it’s large lake, water plume, beautiful trees and landscaped gardens is a favourite with children and adults alike. Rabbits, peacocks and other wildlife roam freely. Contained inside the park is a cactus garden with species from all over the world. There are also two childrens playgrounds and three cafe’s. In Avenida Garcia Lorca you will find the indoor swimming pool and the Costa del Sol’s only real ice skating rink. The cable car or Teleferico ride from Arroyo de la Miel to the top of Monte Calamorro is another popular attraction. The ten minute journey provides fantastic panoramic views over the area, and on a clear day you may even get a glimpse of the north African coast. Recently opened and just outside Benalmadena Pueblo is Europes largest butterfly park, Mariposario de Benalmadena, containing over 150 different species from all over the world. This is next to another attraction, the Benalmadena Stupa. This is the largest monument of its kind in Europe, and stands 33 metres high. Entrance to the stupa is free.
The next places along the Costa del Sol are Torremolinos, Mijas and Fuengirola, Mijas Costa, and Marbella.