Things to do and what to see?
The township of Benalmádena has the largest example of a Buddhist stupa in the Western world, Benalmádena Stupa, constructed in 2003 and its 33m tall. In Arroyo de la Miel, (Avenida Garcia Lorca), is the Costa del Sol's only real ice skating rink together with an indoor swimming pool.
Benalmadena has more than 8km of blue flag beaches some of which are in small coves and often have rocks at the ends of them. The sand is not as fine as some of the other resorts but a lot of work is done to maintain the cleanliness of all of the beaches. There are sun loungers and shades available for rent all the way along the front.
Bars, restaurants and marina
From Benalmadena marina you can walk all the way along a flat promenade to Torremolinos with plenty of little bars and restaurants on the way for refreshments. Look out for the ancient Moorish watchtowers. Alternatively you can walk in the other direction along the promenade to the western edge of the resort.
Above Benalmadena Costa on the side of the mountain is Benalmadena Pueblo which is still an attractive old Spanish village with the typical whitewashed houses on cobbled streets. A refreshing escape from the newer developments on the coast. You'll find all the eating out options you'd expect of an established resort from fish and chip shops to quaint tapas bars and plenty restaurants with an international theme. More authentic dining can be found up in the Pueblo.
There is no shortage of accommodation in Benalmadena Costa with a whole range of hotels and self catering apartments to suit every pocket. Such a range attracts budget conscious family visitors as well as the yachting fraternity.
Benalmadena tivoli and flamenco
There's plenty entertainment to amuse the kids, parents and the 18-20 brigade alike. Tivoli World amusement park in nearby Arroyo de la Miel has Wild West and flamenco shows and a cable-car ride. Equally popular are the Selwo Marina Dolphinarium and the Sealife Centre which has the biggest shark collection in Europe. There are water-sports facilities at the yacht club and plenty of golf courses in the vicinity.
Nightlife and Casino
By night there is no end of bars and nightclubs and there is a casino at the upmarket Hotel Torrequebrada.