Benalmadena Costa del Sol

Benalmádena is a town and municipality in the province of Malaga, on the Costa del Sol. Benalmádena is located between Torremolinos and Fuengirola and has around 55.000 residents, although this dramatically increasing during the holiday seasons as it is one of the most popular destinations on the Costa del Sol for Northern Europeans.

As with much of the Costa del Sol, Phoenicians, Romans the Moors have previously had settlements in the area. There are also 2 ‘Almenara’ towers that were built in the 15th century to guard the coast from North African pirates.

Like many areas of the Costa del Sol, the area has in recent years has been subjected to an unprecedented level of urban expansion catering to tourists from Spain and many other parts of the world.

Benalmádena itself is divided into 3 geographical areas.

Benalmádena Pueblo is located 3 km inland and is located 200m above sea level. Like Mijas Pueblo it is white village, although unlike Mijas, the more recently built properties follow a more modern design and, in this author’s opinion, detracts from its traditional character.

Arroyo de la Miel (Stream of honey) was originally a separate village south of Benalmádena pueblo and located nearer to the sea. In recent years it has become the main residential area of Benalmádena and has several attractions including Tivoli World, an amusement park and a cable car going up to the Calamorro Mountain.

Further down to the coast you will find Benalmádena Costa. This area, like Arroyo de la Miel, as been heavily developed and is the main tourist destination in Benalmádena. This is clearly seen by the large amounts of bars, discos, shops, etc… It also contains a large marina as well as the SeaLife aquarium and the theme park Selwo Marina.

For the more spiritual, Benalmádena has the honour of hosting the largest Buddhist Enlightenment Stupa in the Western World. It measures 33 metres and was the final project of Lopon Tsechu Rinpoche, a highly regarded Buddhist Master.

Benalmadena information

Andrew Belles

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