Benalmádena is a fantastic resort that is great for people of all ages. There is so much to experience so we have rounded up our top five favourite things to do and see for you here!
If you want to experience the best views of the resort, then there is really no better way than catching the Benalmádena cable car to the top of Mount Calamorro. At about 800 metres above sea level, you can enjoy stunning views of the Costa del Sol, Sierra Nevada and, on clear days, Gibraltar and the African Coast. You can also admire beautiful falcons, hawks, eagles and owls at the daily birds of prey demonstrations and in the evenings you can visit the open air Planetarium , to observe the moon, stars, galaxies and constellations.
If you are interested in adventure and history, then the Castillo de Colomares should definitely be on your list of places to visit. It is not a real castle, but a monument dedicated to the life and adventures of Christopher Columbus. Built between 1987 and 1994, with stunning fairy-tale architecture, you can enjoy special guided tours around the monument from expert guides, or explore the monument yourself, discovering the finely carved statues that represent the intrepid explorers adventures and discoveries – it is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Benalmádena.
You always hope for sun on holiday, but if it does happen to rain, then the Sea Life centre in Benalmádena is a great attraction for families. This aquarium is home to the Costa del Sol’s largest collection of seahorses, as well as stingrays, starfish, turtles and fish from all over the world. You can also get your hands wet with the interactive rock pool experience or step beneath the waves and watch feeding time with the sharks in the Jurassic tunnel. A top tip from us: skip the queue and guarantee the best price by pre-booking your ticket online, leaving you with more time to explore the ocean depths.
The Puerto Marina Benalmádena is one of the top Marinas in the world, with a friendly, bustling atmosphere and many restaurants, shops, ice cream parlours and bars for you to visit. The architecture is amazing and there are also over 1000 moorings for boats – you can even climb aboard and get out to sea for yourself on one of the tours that operate out of the Marina.
If you are in need of a little bit of history, and a lot of tranquillity then Benalmádena Pueblo is the place for you. The old village is home to whitewashed houses, orange trees, tapas bars and winding streets. The village church of Santo Domingo is well worth a visit and you can also take in fabulous views of the Costa del Sol from this point too, and the Benalmádena Archaeological museum is worthy of a visit too, with highly rated collections of artefacts from South America and local remains from before the Roman occupation. From here, you can also visit the Benalmádena butterfly park, which is home to over 1500 butterflies from all over the world.