Benalmádena, a unique town
Benalmádena is an oasis located in a strategic point of the coast of Malaga that offers you the greatest amount of cultural, leisure & resting alternative along Costa del Sol
La Estupa de la Iluminación (Benalmadena Stupa), Bil-Bil Castle or Colomares Castle are some of the most iconic and unforgettable places on the Coast. Benalmadena is a cultural reference place and it is home of the only pre-Columbian art museum in Spain.
Overlooking the world, ours is a lively and vibrant city that awaits you with open arms. You must come and enjoy our lively nights out, water sports, live music, our wonderful beaches and first-class gastronomy, which will surprise even the most exquisite of palates.
You will never forget us.
Benalmádena is an oasis located in a strategic point of the coast of Malaga that offers you the greatest amount of cultural, leisure & resting alternative along Costa del Sol
The historic centre of the municipality. Standing 241 metres above sea level and 2.7 kilometres from the coast, it conserves the traditional flavour and charm of the Andalusian mountain villages. Due to its unbeatable and privileged location, it is a point from which the entire coastline can be admired, and is, as its coat of arms states, "vigía de la Costa" (watchtower of the coast).
Things to see
Explore a unique and unforgettable museum
In the "Plaza de las Tres Culturas" (Three Culture Square) in Benalmádena Pueblo is the Felipe Orlando Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, which houses one of the most important collections of archaeological pieces from pre-Columbian America in Spain.
One of the most outstanding cultural references on the Costa del Sol, the museum also houses a collection of numerous archaeological pieces found in different parts of the municipality that give an idea of the more than 5,000 years of our history.
Recreate and let your imagination fly and travel back to the Inca ages or get to know the Mayan culture by the hand of its vestiges. A unique experience not to be missed.
The "Plaza de las Tres Culturas" (Three Culture Square) in Benalmádena Pueblo
Stroll around the historic quarter of our municipality and discover the town centre of Benalmadena Pueblo: "La Plaza de las Tres Culturas" (Three Culture Square) . The obelisk of the same name stands and marks the entrance to the Pre-Columbian Museum.
The monolith, the work of the sculptor Francisco Javier Galán, presides over the centre of this space, completely remodelled in 2009, which on many nights is the setting for numerous events and popular festivals.
Mingle with us, make the most of the occasion and sit down for "tapas" or a drink on the terraces of one of the hotel and restaurant establishments that line this emblematic space that is so much our own.
Calle Real in Benalmádena Pueblo
La Calle Real (Main Street) is the most emblematic street in Benalmadena. With more than five centuries of history, this place is the most important meeting point among locals and foreigners... - Its straight line design divides the historic centre of Benalmadena Pueblo (Old Town) by following a layout likely inherited from the Arabs, back when Benalmadena was a small village on the top of a cliff. .
Nowadays, full of life, light, colours and flanked by whitewashed houses typical from Andalusian white villages, it crosses the centre of Benalmadena Pueblo to Plaza España (Spain Square) where "La Niña" waits for every visitor. The great icon that identifies Benalmadena around the world.
La Niña de Benalmádena
Symbol of the hospitality of a people open to the world
In the "Plaza de España" in Benalmádena Pueblo, in the heart of the historic quarter, the murmur of a small fountain lulls the great symbol of our town: "La niña de Benalmádena" (the girl of Benalmadena). The work of the famous sculptor Jaime Fernández Pimentel, it is one of the most iconic pieces in the whole province of Malaga, like the famous "Cenachero".
This unique sculpture, which identifies us all over the world, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018 and was inspired by a young girl from a fishing family.
The "Plaza de La niña de Benalmádena" (The Girl of Benalmadena Square) , holding a seashell in her hands in an offering attitude,is a symbol of the hospitality and generosity that can be found in Benalmadena and its local population. She is also smiling to the world with the innocence of a little girl.
The church of Santo Domingo de Guzman
Beauty and sobriety in an enclave where the Reconquest resounds
Situated in an extraordinary vantage point in the heart of the historic centre of Benalmádena Pueblo, this secluded church, which is the star of our town, is located where the old mosque probably stood, and had to be almost completely rebuilt after the earthquake of 1680.
Reformed on two occasions during the 20th century, its interior houses the image of the Virgen de la Cruz, which, according to tradition, appeared to some pilgrims centuries ago not far from this enclave. The image of the patron saint of Benalmádena Pueblo is the work of the Sevillian sculptor Antonio Eslava, since the original was destroyed by the vicissitudes of our history.
Walk in the Jardines del Muro
The charm of Benalmádena's old Muslim wall reinterpreted by the great architect César Manrique
The Muro de Benalmádena gardens are one of the most magical places through which our town overlooks the Mediterranean.
Built along the route of part of the old Muslim wall of Benalmádena, of which only a few scattered remains remain, its design is the work of the Canary Islands architect César Manrique, who in 1980 reinterpreted the whole area to convert it into a promenade that allows you to enjoy splendid views of the coast.
Discover a place to isolate yourself with the mountain slopes and the sea as a backdrop and fly with your imagination as far as you want to go.
A walk through the "Parque de Los Limones"
Located on the site of the former "Los Limones" estate, this green space in Benalmádena Pueblo is one of the most beautiful spots in Benalmádena Pueblo.
Crossed by an old irrigation channel that used to supply water to a completely restored flour mill, this green lung of about 1,500 square metres is a peaceful place to stroll with the children before or after having "tapas" in the streets of our historic quarter.
In one of its corners is located the work of the sculptor Elena Laverón "Pareja tomando el sol/Couple sunbathing". An iconic sculpture to which the people of Benalmadena feel linked and which presides over a charming space, ideal for rest and reflection.
Eat in the restaurant La Fonda
La Fonda Restaurant is located in Benalmádena Pueblo and is housed in a hotel designed by the Canarian architect César Manrique. La Fonda, which is part of the Escuela de Hostelería de Benalmádena, offers Mediterranean and traditional cuisine, although there is no lack of innovation and creativity.
Selecting the best seasonal products with a detailed and daring preparation, we present such appetising dishes as: cachorreña soup with diced cod and sour orange; traditional Andalusian gazpacho; roast monkfish with smoked bacon, cream of peppers and alboronía and sirloin steak with three peppers.
Very good value for money.
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Castillo de Colomares/Colomares Castle
Our most photographed location
At the foot of Benalmádena village, in the Finca La Carraca, stands one of the most photographed enclaves of Benalmádena, a castle that commemorates the figure of Cristobal Colón and the discovery of America and receives thousands of visitors every year.
You must visit this unique building, a must-see, where architectural styles such as Neo-Byzantine, Neo-Romanesque, Neo-Gothic and Neo-Mudejar blend together. Inside there is the smallest chapel in the world, dedicated to Santa Isabel de Hungría (Saint Elizabeth of Hungary), and the views from its gardens, which dominate a large part of the Costa del Sol and are unique, are breathtaking.
You cannot miss it
Syncretism and universality
The Buddhist Stupa of enlightenment
Situated on a hillside in the Sierra de Mijas, almost on the border of our municipality, the Buddhist Stupa of illumination, the largest in Europe, attracts thousands of people every year who come to see this unique monument.
Its excellent views and the light of its sunsets are something not to be missed in an enclave that breathes peace. Thirty metres high, its interior houses a meditation space dedicated to the figure of Buddha at the moment of mystical enlightenment.
Live an unforgettable experience in the most universal and open to the world Benalmádena.
Discover Europe's largest butterfly garden inside a spectacular Thai temple. You can enjoy a stroll among more than 1,500 exotic butterflies from all over the world flying freely in a tropical setting amidst waterfalls and flowers.
See how these wonderful animals are born, how they reproduce and enjoy learning about them in a unique place.
Silent witnesses of our past
A place for quiet and meditation, the International Cemetery of Benalmádena Pueblo is an example of the most cosmopolitan vocation of our town.
A pioneer of its kind, the remains of people of all nationalities rest there, and even agnostics could be buried there, irrespective of their origin.
Among the most illustrious people who wanted to rest among us are María Ernestina Bacardi, descendant of the founder of the famous brand of spirits, the British writer Allen Carr, the Prince of Sweden Carlos Bernadotte, the actress Imperio Argentina, or Paul Lukas, Hollywood actor who won an Oscar in 1943 for his role in "Watch on the Rhine", alongside the unforgettable Bette Davis.
A link between Benalmádena Pueblo and Benalmádena Costa. It is a village within a village with the mountains and the sea as imaginary borders. Arroyo de la Miel is the most important commercial centre of the municipality; linked to the coast by modern urbanisations with picturesque gardens, it mixes its most modern architecture with typical Andalusian architecture. With excellent communications it offers a quality of life capable of satisfying all demands.
Things to see
Take a walk through the heart of Arroyo de la Miel and discover La Tribuna building, built in the 18th century, which is the most important vestige of what the first industrial revolution left in our municipality.
The whole area was a complex for the production of paper created in 1784. Thanks to a group of paper mills that no longer exist, which took advantage of the numerous watercourses that originate in our mountain range, paper was produced in the Arroyo de la Miel in the 18th century for the Royal Playing Card Factory in Macharaviaya.
Very close to "La Tribuna" building is the "Plaza de España" and the lintelled arch of San Carlos, also from the 18th century, which marked the entrance to the paper mill.
In Benalmádena, history is at street level
Discover La Tajea
This century-old water channel is the last of the hydraulic infrastructures built in Benalmádena in the 18th century and through it water was channelled from the springs in the mountains to the paper mills in Arroyo de la Miel.
Its archaeological remains can be found in Avenida Ciudad de Melilla, and give an idea of the economic strength that the municipality reached at that time in history.
Linked to the origin of this population centre of our town, its structure, on four semicircular arches, is one of the points of interest of the town and is fundamental for understanding our history.
The "Plaza de España" or "El corralón" is another of the most picturesque places in our municipality. What is now Arroyo de la Miel developed around this enclave and in its surroundings there are Arab vestiges and a neoclassical gateway constructed in this place in 1791: the linteled arch of San Carlos.
Part of a paper mill complex founded in the 18th century, this is where the first inhabitants of this part of the municipality lived, which is why the Plaza de España is linked to the memories of several generations of Benalmadenians.
Transformed in the second half of the 20th century into a square, today it is a charming place frequented by numerous tourists wishing to experience something of the most authentic and traditional Benalmádena.
Tradition and avant-garde at the "Casa de la Cultura"
Home to the Benalmádena International Short Film and Alternative Film Festival, heir to the legendary International Week of Auteur Cinema, this building of typically Andalusian architectural style located in the Plaza de Austria in Arroyo de la Miel, is the nerve centre of art and culture in our town.
Built in 1981, its central courtyard is sometimes used as an exhibition hall and its auditorium hosts numerous theatrical performances and events, such as the "Gran Gala Final of the Concurso de Comparsas y Chirigotas" of the Benalmádena Carnival, which is participated by groups from all over Andalusia.
Paloma Park/Parque de la Paloma
Fall in love with one of the great green lungs of the Western Costa del Sol
Voted one of the most beautiful parks in Europe in 2015, the Parque de la Paloma is located in the very heart of Benalmádena, 100 metres from Santa Ana Beach, and extends over an area of some 200,000 square metres.
This collection of green spaces, fountains and ponds, inhabited by all kinds of animals, such as goats, rabbits, ducks and pigeons, was designed by the architect Eduardo Caballero and is one of the most romantic places in our municipality, as well as being an extraordinary counterpoint that allows locals and visitors alike to enjoy moments of relaxation.
Come with your children. Come with your partner and spend an unforgettable afternoon in this unique dream place on the Costa del Sol.
Come to see the "Plaza de la Mezquita"
A key point for fun and party nights in Arroyo de la Miel
In Benalmádena every day is a good day to go out for a drink with your partner or friends. Visit the Plaza de la Mezquita, right in the centre of Arroyo de la Miel, which is one of the main leisure spots in our town.
Equipped with a stage where shows take place all year round, discover the wide range of restaurants and bars that make this enclave an essential place to have a good time with whoever you want.
Benalmádena Cable Car
With a length of more than 5,000 metres, the Benalmádena cable car infrastructure will allow you to reach the top of Mount Calamorro and its recreational area in just a few minutes, enjoying exciting views of the town.
Inaugurated in the year 2000, it has a drop of approximately 700 metres and is one of Benalmádena's most popular tourist attractions.
You cannot miss it
Enjoy children's entertainment shows, variety shows, galas and concerts that take place throughout the season. Visit with your kids this emblem of the Costa del Sol with more than 40 attractions, or come with your partner and vibrate in our Plaza del Oeste.
Tivoli has a wide variety of catering facilities: Chinese Restaurant, Pizzeria, Brewery, Ice Cream Parlours and themed Burguers to satisfy your appetite as you like.
Benalmádena Costa stretches the length of the municipality, with almost 9 kilometres of clean and well-kept beaches, equipped with a wide variety of services. The fine sands alternate bustling beaches with small intimate coves which, thanks to the climate of the area, can be enjoyed all year round. A modern marina with more than a thousand moorings and a wide range of services delight the visitors who come to the municipality every year.
Things to see
The Benalmadena Marina
A door to the Mediterranean
Today our port is one of the most important sports marinas in Andalusia. Modern and equipped with the latest technology to offer an impeccable service to its clients, our port is Benalmádena's great commitment to a sustainable and quality tourism model.
Attractive and dynamic, the Port has hosted numerous national and international nautical competitions that have attracted thousands of people to its docks and is a reference point for deep-sea fishing and sailing thanks to a calendar of activities that is without equal in our area.
Its Club Náutico Marítimo, which offers sailing, diving and jet skiing classes, its Municipal Nautical School, where the quarry of those who will be our future "sea dogs" is trained, and an auditorium fully equipped to host forums and meetings, make it a key element that allows us to welcome everyone with open arms.
Benalmadena Marina has it all.
El Paseo Marítimo/The Seafront Promenade
A long walk along fine sandy beaches to let yourself be carried away by the sensations
Benalmádena's coastline has a total of 17 fully equipped beaches, most of which are accessible from a lively promenade several kilometres long which, in practice, runs almost from one end of the municipality to the other. At the foot of the promenade you will find beach bars, restaurants, hotels, restaurants, shops and numerous other establishments to ensure that your holiday lacks for nothing.
The beaches to the east of Benalmádena are wide, while those facing west are rocky coves, often isolated by small cliffs and therefore quiet, ideal for passing unnoticed.
Linked to the sea since time immemorial, in many of Benalmádena's beaches you can go scuba diving, in fact, in some of them, such as La Viborilla or Las Yucas, you will enjoy some beautiful underwater rock formations and you can even visit the remains of a sailing ship sunk in the 19th century.
Take the pulse of art and culture
Built entirely of brick to evoke the architectural style of the Nasrid walls, the Benalmadena Costa Exhibition Centre has something of the cultural pulse of our municipality. The result of a cultural initiative of the Town Hall which was born with the aim of making the different artistic disciplines available to everyone: painting, sculpture, architecture, design, engraving, photography or historical exhibitions, a whole range of cultural, educational, informative, social or leisure activities and proposals take place in its premises.
Designed to serve as an Exhibition Centre that would place the municipality on the national and international art circuits, the Exhibition Centre has hosted exhibitions of Goya, Dalí and Miró, among others, in recent years.
Las Torres vigías/The Watchtowers
Silent witnesses of old stories of wandering sailors and pirates
In Benalmádena there are three centuries-old watchtowers that give an idea of the strategic value that the location of our municipality had for the people of antiquity.
Built at different times throughout the 14th and 16th centuries, these towers, which are even referenced in the municipality's coat of arms, afforded a wide view of the coast and the Alboran Sea, as well as serving to communicate the town with other towers and nearby villages by means of a system of fire and smoke signals to warn of the presence of enemy ships and to call for their help in the event of attacks, which were frequent until the end of the 17th century.
The Torremuelle Watchtower (Torre Vigía de Torremuelle) is probably the oldest and has its origins in a small Phoenician settlement that was later extended and reinforced by Rome, which built a jetty at this point, the remains of which are still submerged.
The Torre Bermeja, the most emblematic and popular of them all, located at the entrance to our Marina, is originally of Muslim construction and the Torre Quebrada, which gives its name to an entire neighbourhood in our town, is the most strategic point on the coast between Torremolinos and Fuengirola. Its present appearance is the result of its last reconstruction, in 1567.
In Benalmádena, the past is in full bloom. Stroll along Benalmádena Costa and find yourself at the Roman archaeological site of Los Molinillos, at Benalroma, on the gentle Phoenician-flavoured slopes of Cerro de la Era or Torremuelle.
Go into the mountains and discover the place of our first settlers, the cave of El Toro, inhabited more than 18,000 years ago, the cave of La Zorrera, the cave of Los Botijos, which is one of the most important Neolithic sites in the province.
A walk through these enclaves of our mountain range offers you almost infinite possibilities through unknown natural spaces of great historical and landscape value.
Rotonda de los Molinillos/Molinillos Roundabout
This roundabout is located at the junction of Avenida Antinio Machado and Avenida Federico García Lorca. A crossroads of poets in front of Santa Ana beach, a few metres from the Roman site of Los Molinillos, it is decorated by a series of masts similar to those of a sailing ship with coloured windmills that move in the wind.
Clearly playful in tone, this sculptural ensemble was designed by Angel Cañizares, architect and film set designer of unforgettable films by Samuel Bronston, such as "55 Days in Peking", "Papillon", "Doctor Zhivago", among others.
The Benalmádena Municipal Auditorium is a meeting place for cultural activities organised in the municipality, especially in the summer season, when every year there are performances of all types.
The Municipal Auditorium is a modern venue with functional facilities and the appropriate services for holding all kinds of open-air events. It has 1,177 seats arranged in different areas and with wide distribution corridors.
Castillo El Bil Bil/El Bil Bil Castle
The magic of a castle at the foot of the waves
Leave the hustle and bustle of Benalmádena Costa behind and immerse yourself in one of our most emblematic and charming enclaves: Castillo de Bil-Bil (Bil-Bil Castle). A "neo-Andalusian" style palace built on the edge of the sea that nostalgically evokes the classic style of Andalusian architecture built at the beginning of the 20th century.
Originally conceived as the summer residence of an immensely rich foreign couple, after being completely restored in the 1980s, it is now a cultural centre where numerous exhibitions, recitals and conferences are held.
Delicate and surprising, this castle was the setting for numerous national and international films, some of them starring the actor Boris Karloff, star of the legendary film "The Bride of Frankenstein", who visited this unique building in 1967.
Benalmadena was a place of retreat and rest for some film stars, such as Imperio Argentina or Alain Delon.
Nearby is the sculpture of Ibn Al Baytar, considered one of the most influential Andalusian botanists, doctors and pharmacologists of the Middle Ages. Although there are no historical sources to confirm this, he is considered to be the most important historical figure born in Benalmadena.
Sculpture and Temple of the Happy Buddha (Buda Feliz)
A white marble sculpture of a seated Buddha, a figure associated in Chinese culture with good luck, abundance and hospitality. The ensemble is completed by two lions and a typical oriental temple.
This work of art is the result of a donation to Benalmádena from the authorities of the Chinese town of Dongying, as a result of the twinning between the two.
A further example of the hospitality and syncretism to which Benalmádena is open is its Hindu temple, next to the Parque de la Paloma. Emulating the temples of Khajuraho, this religious building has a single storey with five small domes representing a divine chariot resting on the earth in which the gods sit. At the entrance is a small shrine called Shivlink.
This temple is a point of reference for the entire Hindu community living on the Costa del Sol.
Discover a water and animal park that allows you to get up close and personal with wildlife from all over the world. Experience unforgettable experiences close to dolphins and sea lions, exotic bird displays and talks about the different areas and species in the park, such as the Amazon and the Tropics.
Interact with penguins and participate in their feeding. Swim with the sea lions and take home a photographic souvenir with the most fascinating and representative species.
Walk among sharks in a unique aquarium on the Costa del Sol. An ideal option for children to come into contact with marine life in a beautiful and original environment in the heart of our marina.
You can't miss the experience of touching starfish, turtles and rays with your bare hands in a jaw-dropping pool.
More than 5,000 species of sea creatures await you.
The commercial dock of Puerto Marina
Exclusive fashion and prestigious restaurants by the sea
Our Marina identifies Benalmádena all over the world. One of the best marinas in the Mediterranean, it is the largest on the entire Andalusian coast and together with its quays and more than 1,100 moorings you will find an important part of the best of our leisure and restaurant offer: hotels, restaurants, pubs, shops and a unique aquarium on the Costa del Sol. Everything at your fingertips in an environment open to the city that receives hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
A real jewel in the crown of our tourist patrimony, you have everything to discover in an exclusive location whose architecture, with an Andalusian and Ibizan style, is enchanting.
Enjoy a day of shopping, the best gastronomy or the wonderful atmosphere in one of our essential enclaves.
Benalmádena and its marina: Impossible to forget.