Benalmadena is one of the most popular tourist resorts in both the Costa del Sol and Europe. Situated in southern Spain on the coast of the Malaga Province, Benalmadena is popular with package holiday tourists for its beach holidays, good hotels, and consistent sunny weather with average daily maximum temperatures of 31 °C throughout July and August.
Data obtained from Malaga weather station, 7 km to north-north-east
Benalmadena sits just to the west of Malaga and is one of the most prominent resorts in the Costa del Sol. Malaga is the major metropolitan hub of the area, and the second most populated city in Andalucía. The coast to the east and west of Malaga constitutes the Costa del Sol; a name devised for marketing purposes as the resorts began to take off in the late 1950s and early '60s.
Benalmadena sits just to the west of Malaga and is one of the most prominent resorts in the Costa del Sol alongside the likes of Torremolinos, which is just a few miles up the road. The beaches are excellent and the local amenities cater directly for tourists.
At the eastern end of the Benalmadena coast, there's the award winning harbour: Puerto Marina. Because the evening temperatures are so agreeable in the Costa del Sol, the harbour is particularly vibrant at night with an assortment of holidaymakers enjoying the seafood restaurants and pavement café/bars.
Benalmadena sits at the foot of the Mijas mountain range and the resort has had the foresight to incorporate cable cars that lead part-way up the mountain. The Telecabina system can be accessed beside the Tivoli Park, and makes a good excursion for those who wish to get out of the direct heat of the sun.
The town has three distinct areas which are generally classified as Benalmadena Pueblo, Benalmadena Costa and Arroyo de la Miel. Benalmadena Pueblo is popular for its old world charm and gives a glimpse into the town's characteristics before tourism; this part of Spain always tended towards small fishing enterprises before the hotel chains took hold.
Benalmadena is fairly diverse in terms of heritage with Moorish influences still fairly prevalent. More unusually, the town is home to the largest Buddhist Stupa in the West.
Last updated: 14 March 2014