Benalmadena - Tourist information & resort guide
A young couple on the top of Calamoro Mountain located in , with Benalmadena Marina near the girls shoulder, and Torremolinos on the extreme left. A cable car runs to nearly the top of the mountain, from near the railway station in Benalmadena Pueblo.`
Benalmadena has developed into a large resort of 27 square kilometres consisting of 3 areas - Benalmadena Pueblo, Benalmadena Costa & Arroyo del Miel
Benalmadena Costa. the coastal strip with 9 km of beaches and cove including the Nudist Beach Benal Natura and has a fabulous new marina & harbour.
The area located inland from the western coastal strip of Benalmadena Costa.The original urban centre a retaining much of it's old Andalusian village structure with flowers in window boxes, pots on the ground, in & in pots in wall brackets. Being located in the hills behind the coast there are some amazing views, especially from the church. There is also a very peculiar castle, Castillo de Colomares, a short walk from the village centre.
Arroyo del Miel
Arroyo del Miel. The area located inland from the eastern coastal strip of Benalmadena Costa. This area is the location of businesses, the main majority of the local population and some very popular attractions- the Teleferico Cable Car & Tivoli World. It is also the location of the Underground Railway station
The resort is rather hilly especially cardiac hill, Avenida de Teleferico.
- Benalmadena is located 17km west of Malaga and Malaga airport, the gateway to the Costa del Sol, which is a few kilometres closer
- Also immediately to the east and joining Benalmadena is Torremolinos the main resort on the Costa del Sol
Approximate package holiday coach transfer time 1 hour
Located on the sea front to the West of the Marina, Bil Bil castle is both a land mark and attraction. The red rust coloured painted building is in an arabic style not over interesting in it's self but the place does usually have an interesting exhibition, event or concert etc organised by the Town Hall at the venue.
See Bil Bil Castle location on our Benalmadena Map
Virtually every body who visits Benalmadena comments on how fabulous the maria is, many say one of the finest in the world. It is good for sightseeing, shopping, restaurants and nightlife.
See Benalmadena Marina location on our Benalmadena Map
- Beautiful park with very tame birds everywhere and cactus garden
- You can feed the ducks, swans & fish
- Located in the centre of Benalmadena
- On the other side is the Selwo Marina Dolphin park with daily shows
Avenida Federico Garcia Loco, Benalmadena Costa, Malaga. About 200 metres up the hill from the Windmill roundabout on the sea front Avenida Machado
See Paloma park location on our Benalmadena Map
- From the Benalmadena marina to the headland between Torremolinos Playa de la Carihuela and Playa del bajondillo takes around 30 minutes to walk
- Add another 10 minutes to reach either the steps below the watch tower (or lift) to the top of the cliff to the touristy Calle San Miguel the main pedestrian only street in Torremolinos
Located at the North West corner of Benalmadena Marina
Book Sea Life Centre in Benalmadena Entrance
See Sealife location on our Benalmadena Map
Dolphins at Selwo Marina Dolphin park, Benalmadena. Photo by Photography_Gal
- Selwo Marina Dolphin park with daily shows
- See the dolphins, penguins sea lions and other birds and animals
- A combined ticket for Selwo Marina, Selwo Aventura (Wild-life Adventure Park in Estepona and the Teleferico, the Cable Car , is available at a saving of 40%.
Book Selwo Marina Dolphin Auariun & Show Entrance
See Selwo Marina Dolphin park location on our Benalmadena Map
There are 3 old watch towers in Benalmadena built as lookout towers for pirate attacks
Bermeja Tower (Torre Bermeja)
Located at Avenida del Alay near Sealife Aquarium at the Marina & built by the Spanish in the 15th century
See Bermeja Tower location on our Benalmadena Map
Muelle Tower (Torre Muelle)
Located at Torremuelle on top of a small steep hill 50 metres from the sea front and built by the Spanish in the 15th century
See Muelle Tower location on our Benalmadena Map
Quebrada Tower (Torre Quebrada)
Located at Torrequebrada on top of a small hill 100 metres from the sea front & although surrounded by apartments & hotels there is public access. Again built in the 15th century.
See Quebrada Tower location on our Benalmadena Map
An interesting roundabout to have a look at, especially if you have children. Located on the main sea front road between the Marina & Bil Bil Castle. The windmill is a steel frame structure with about 100 large children's style of windmills on its many arms.
See Windmill roundabout location on our Benalmadena Map
Arroyo de la Miel Attractions
Teleferico Cable car ride to the mountain top Tivoli World Theme Park
The easy way of getting near the top of Calamoro Mountain with it's spectacular views over Benalmaderna
- Take your camera for the spectacular views overlooking Benalmadena from the viewing platforms on top of the 800 metre high Mount Calamorro
- The top cable car station has a cafeteria with a sun terrace with amazing views.
- Opportunity to see an excellent Birds of prey Falcon show
- Located at Arroyo del Miel, near to the rail stationand Tivoli World
How to get to the Cable car or Tivoli World Theme Park
- A short walk from Arroyo del Miel railway station
- Local buses Line 1 Puerto Marina - Arroyo Station - Tivoli World
- Benalmadena City sightseeing bus
- Benalmadena Tourist Mini Train
Book Cable Car Ride in Benalmadena
See Cable car location on our Benalmadena Map
A show , garden & amusement park with over 30 rides for young & old
- Located in the Arroyo de la Miel area of Benalmadena
- More Information Tivoli World Theme Park
See Tivoli World Theme Park location on our Benalmadena Map
Located near the top Cable Car station is a fabulous demonstration show of birds of prey and there flying skills.
Birds include falcons, eagles, owls and vultures
See Birds of Prey show location on our Benalmadena Map
Benalmadena Pueblo Attractions
Bull Ring Santo Dominica Church Muro Gardens
- Bullfights are on Sundays
- Plaza de Toros de Benalmadena - Free hotel bus service
Plaza de Toros de Benalmadena, Avenida Arroyo Hondo, Benalmadena Pueblo
See Bull Ring location on our Benalmadena Map
The Church is located in the highest point of Benalmadena Pueblo town in a district called Mijas and gardens are located on the hillside slopes below the church.
There is a lift to the hilltop
The gardens are located on the steep south western slope beneath the Santo Dominica Church. A small stream cascades over the rock face and a couple of pools of water are at the base.
From the viewing walkway (Mirador), behind the church, spectacular views are available from this high vantage point. On clear days the Atlas Mountains of Morroco in North Africa can be seen. There is a couple of drinking fountains and also a lift on the northern slope from the roadway below to the viewing area.
The long narrow, and now great beaches of Benalmadena are backed by a smart promenade.
The original beaches of sand, shell & shingle have been magnificently improved by bringing in multi lorry loads of grey sand , these improved man made beaches are protected by rocky outcrops
The better beaches are towards the east side of the town
Our Benalmadena Nightlife, Bars & Clubs Guide page has great information on some of the populat bars, clubs, shows & tthe casino in Benalmadena includinf information on the nightlife areas of:
More Information Benalmadena Bars & Clubs
Whether it is great chic boutiques , tourist style souvenir shops or daily holiday essentials try the Marina
Puerto Marina Shopping Centre Banks, bars, restaurants, shops, supermarkets
There is plenty of choice for all eating tastes, whether it be Spanish, British or international cuisine that you are looking for. From fast food outlets to gourmet cooking - take your choice.
When in Spain you must try a Spanish Tapas bar. ideal for a quick snack or choose a few dishes for a meal
For many Brit's something and chips in a British Pub may suit you down to the ground, but when you have such a variety of food be a little adventurous occasionally
The harbour & marina area have some excellent restaurants for you to enjoy a good meal and view the activity in the marina.
Penny Lane Bar & Bistro
- English home cooked food
- Pool table
Penny Lane Bar Bistro, Avenida Palmeras Local 18, Conjunto Benalmar, Benalmadena Costa, Malaga Tel 34 952 56 14 15
- Seafood, Fish & Spanish restaurant
Restaurante Zacarias, Ctra. Capitania,Benalmadena Marina - Puerto Deportivo de Benalmadena, Malaga. Tel 34 952 56 67 94
Brilliant Chines restaurant
Near the police station
On the sea front
Railway station Buses Sightseeing Bus Tourist Mini Train Nearest Airport Benalmadena Official Tourist Information Office Package Holidays tour operators to Benalmadena
See Train Station location on our Benalmadena Map
Benalmadena Bus Stop Central Outside Tourist Information Office inland from the Marina Puerto
There is a network of buses that run along the coast and to inland towns
The bus stop is located in Av de Alay 200-300 metres inland from the marina & outside the Official Tourist Information Office
Benalmadena has both local routes and inter town routes the most important local route for tourists is the one from the Marina to the railway station and Tivoli World. There are also 2 more local routes
Local Line 1 Puerto Marina - Arroyo Station - Tivoli World
Bus stops at:-
Puerto Marina - Parking Puerto Marina - C. C. Benalmar - Hotel Triton
Av. Antonio Machado - Parque de la Paloma - Jupiter Apartments - Ave. Gamonal
Arroyo de la Miel Station - Tivoli World - Rot. Av Cuba
The most important inter town route is the Coastal Route connecting the coastal towns with bus services to
Benalmadena Pueblo, Mijas, Fuengirola, Malaga, Torremolinos, Estepona, Jerez and La Linea.
Destinations from Benalmadena
See Bus Station location on our Benalmadena Map
- This is a Hop on, Hop off service with open top sightseeing buses
- Tickets last 24 hours, buses every 30 min's through the day
- Ear phones provided for a commentary in 8 languages
- Adult price around €13
- Stops at Plaza Solymar, Hotel Riviera, Ruinas Benalroma, Selwo Marina Auditorio, Parque de la Paloma
- 10% reduction if you show a ticket from a ticket from a previous trip on one of there buses throughout the world
Book Benalmadena Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour
This tourist train runs through the streets passing most of the popular attractions in Benalmadena
Public Transport between Benalmadena & Malaga Airport
Malaga Airport Transfers
This is the method that we recommend unless you are within walking distance, with suitcases, to the train station. And transfer passengers between Airport & Resort Hotel or Apartment complex.
You can easily book your Airport transfers online in advance
Very convenient but the most expensive
The Malaga Train stops at Malaga airport and can be caught at Benalmadena Rail Station at Arroyo de la Meil
Trains every 30 minutes
There is no direct bus service you would have to change buses in Torremolinos
The official Benalmadena Tourist Information Office is located on Avda. Antonio Machado, the main road from Torremolinos 150 metres inland from Benalmadena Marina
See Benalmadena Tourist Information Office location on our Benalmadena Map
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