Set in the centre of the Costa del Sol’s sun-splashed coast, Benalmadena is an ideal holiday destination for those travelling with children and the perfect escape for couples looking to spend some quiet, quality downtime together. In addition, the vibrant nightlife makes it something of a hotspot for those who like their nights filled with dancing and music and their days spent relaxing on the beach.
Holidays to Benalmadena are packed with attractions for everyone. Kids will enjoy days out at the Sea Life Aquarium, while if you’ve got an interest in the region’s culture and history you’ll enjoy a trip to the Picasso Museum. With so much to see and do, you can make your Benalmadena holidays exactly what you want them to be!
Benalmadena is best for…
Families: With a huge variety of family-friendly attractions, there’s no such thing as a dull day on holidays to Benalmadena. Check out the marine park, Selwo Marina, and Tivoli World theme park.
Sun-seekers: The beautiful Costa del Sol is a prime sunshine location, and has enough beaches to sunbathe on a new one each day.
Mates: With a fantastic choice of beaches and thriving nightlife with clubs, bars and shows, Benalmadena is the perfect getaway for groups of friends.
Fast Facts about Benalmadena
Language: While the official language spoken here is Spanish, the locals are fluent in English, too. However, they do appreciate even a bad attempt at the basics, so take a phrasebook or download our language app and impress them (or make them laugh!) with simple Spanish phrases like ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.
Currency: You’ll need to exchange your Sterling for Euros, before jetting off on your Benalmadena holidays.
Local time: Benalmadena is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Malaga Airport. It takes about 45 minutes to transfer to Benalmadena.
Flight time from UK: The Benalmadena flight time is 2.5 hours.
Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at www.spain.info/en_GB/que-quieres/ciudades-pueblos/otros-destinos/benalmadena.html
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday.
Benalmadena Weather and Climate
Temperature: 17°C – 31°C
If you’re planning on hitting the beach and topping up your tan, you’d be best to book your holidays to Benalmadena between May and September. During the summer months, the mercury hovers between the high twenties and the low thirties °C, with up to 12 hours of sunshine a day. Spring and autumn offer slightly cooler conditions, with temperatures in the low-to-mid-twenties. Even the winters are warm, with the temperatures only falling as low as the mid-teens.
Getting Around Benalmadena
By bus: An extensive bus service operates here and throughout the Costa del Sol. The buses are reliable and affordable, and are suited to short journeys within the town or visiting neighbouring resorts.
By taxi: There are plenty of taxis around, with several taxi ranks in the commercial centre that are ideal for short trips to the beach, or returning to your hotel in the evening.
By bike: Hiring a bike is a pleasant way to get from A to B on a sunny day, and the waterfront is an enjoyable place to cycle. There are plenty of bike hire companies in the resort.
Carnival: With Lent just around the corner, the Spanish like to brace themselves for giving things up, by doing them to excess! If you’ve booked your holidays to Benalmadena, you can expect the festivities to go on for ten days, with colourful parades, costumes and parties. A Benalmadena Carnival special is dining on fresh mussels.
Summer festival: Benalmadena’s Summer Festival of Music, Theatre and Dance comes to town in July, filling the resort’s calendar with concerts, outdoor film screenings, dance shows and theatre.
Fiesta de la Virgen de la Cruz: If you’re travelling with the children, be sure to book your Benalmadena holidays in August and catch the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Cruz. Entirely child-centric, the festivities start with the women of the town handing out sweets to the kids, followed by parties with live singing and dancing and plenty of food!
Things to do
This part of the Sunshine Coast is blessed with more than 10 stunning beaches, from tiny, secluded coves fringed by fragrant pines, to vast, sweeping stretches of golden sand. The resort’s marina is packed with bobbing boats, many of which are available for hire or offering tours of the coastline. The beachfront restaurants offer an extensive range of cuisine, from quick and easy fast food, to authentic tavernas serving traditional paellas.
There’s family entertainment on tap: take the kids to meet the dolphins and feed penguins at the fantastic Selwo Marina, and visitors of all ages can enjoy the rollercoasters at Tivoli World theme park. This town comes alive in the evenings, with a whirlwind of dance clubs, sports pubs and bars in the town centre, plus great places to eat Spanish-style at the marina.
Beaches: Whether you’re looking for water sports, family-friendly fun or a secluded bay to enjoy some peace and quiet, there’s a beach with your name on it! The most centrally located is Malapesquera, a long curve of fine, white sand fringed by swaying palm trees. The beach is one of the Spanish resort’s largest, with sun beds, beach umbrellas, and showers. If you want to get your heart pumping, head to Santa Ana, which is the best beach for water sports, and there’s plenty to choose from, too. For families, Santa Ana is located close to the seafront restaurants and, like most of the resort’s beaches, has a Blue Flag award for its excellent quality facilities and clean water.
Activities: The marina is one of the most beautiful areas in the resort, where the sun beams down on gleaming white yachts bobbing quietly on the water. Hop aboard one of the cruise boats and sail along the coast or go dolphin spotting. The marina is also the one of the best places for eating out, with fresh seafood a speciality. The town is popular for its street markets, where twice-weekly bazaars appear selling leather, clothing and art. By night, you’ll find the bars turning the tunes up. There’s a buzzing bar scene on the waterfront and the famous 24 Hour Square does exactly what it says on the tin!
Family Attractions: There are plenty of things for kids to do in the much-loved marine park, Selwo Marina. It has a fantastic, interactive Dolphinarium where you can see dolphins, and you can also feed penguins, see sea lions and fascinating rare birds, reptiles, and monkeys. Another favourite family day out is Tivoli World. A fun-filled theme-park, it’s almost overflowing with hair-rising rides and stomach-testing rollercoasters, as well as fun stuff for kids, including bumper cars, a big wheel, go-karting and restaurants with live dinner shows.