Top attractions in Benalmadena
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.
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.
Perfect for the little ones, this amusement park wonderland is packed with rides and entertainment for the whole family.
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.
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.
This tiny museum is jam packed with the third largest Pre-Columbian collection in Spain. Architecture buffs will enjoy the modern exterior, too.
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.
Pack a picnic or buy some ice cream in this scenic park filled with peacocks, rabbits, and other critters wandering about.
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.
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.
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.
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- 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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I took a day trip with Get Your Guide from Malaga to Gibraltar. And we had a very patient, excellent driver and fantastic storytelling local guide (Chris?), which I can highly recommend. He also had a focus on the safety relating to the monkeys. But I do also suggest some changes to the set-tup. We were a small group (8-10 total) of which 4 hadn't read / understood the trip guidance, and showed up without no passport/ID, which delayed us at the border. This could have been avoided, if the driver had checked ID/passport-situation before leaving Malaga. Shouldn't be necessary, but.. 2 from that specific group also had challenges committing to the guide's instructions and were constantly late. This meant that we had to cancel our planned trip to the old city in Gibraltar due to timing. I know it is not Get Your Guide's fault, but yet made me change my way for the next trip (Ronda) - I went on my own.
We were picked up on time and arrived at Caminito del Rey no problem. Once we got there however, we were given no instructions on where to go. The bus driver seemed confused as well. She finally walked us toward the 1.5km we needed to walk to get to the entrance. Once we got there it was another mass confusion with all different tour groups waiting to get in. We were then herded like cattle through the caminito del Rey hike as there were many groups waiting their turn since it had rained earlier. The hike was great, but more organization is needed to know where to go when you get there
We sort of expected a local guide during the walk in the park, which unfortunately wasn't present. Still the tour guide took us past an unusual route before we entered the park, which was fun. Furthermore, he (probably) told most of the stuff in the bus but it's harder to concentrate without visuals.
Views were fantastic, nice easy walk, just a lot of waiting around (to get the group ready, to get in, to wait for tours in front of us, even to take the bus back) still worth it tho. Suppose to be a 3 hours tour, we left at 10 and didn’t make it back to the starting point until 3pm
Not to be missed.Both places are a must see. The tour leader spoke different languages perfectly,very well informed about the history of all the places and showed and explained to us from the start till the end of our trip. I would suggest to keep constant control of belongings