Benalmádena is a town in southern Spain popular with holidaymakers because of its predictable and warm climate. The weather in Benalmádena is good all year round. Even in winter temperatures tend to drop no lower than 17 °C.
Benalmádena weather averages and climate information
Located along the Costa del Sol, Benalmádena enjoys hot summers and mild winters. The weather in Benalmádena is one of the reasons that it has become a major tourist destination.
When is the best time to visit Benalmádena?
For holidaymakers seeking sunshine, the best time to visit Benalmádena is in July and August with long, hot sunny days, warm nights and a gentle breeze off the sea keeping night-time temperatures pleasant.
Spring and autumn are also popular seasons with slightly lower temperatures. However there is a higher chance of rainfall the further into October and November you go.
Benalmadena climate information
Winters in Benalmádena are mild with average temperatures around 17 °C, though the nights can be much cooler, with temperatures dropping as low as 4 °C.
Rainfall is at its highest from November through to January, with average monthly rainfall totals between 73 and 112 mm. Visitors can expect to enjoy around five to six hours of sunshine through the winter months, which increases to around 7 to 8 in the spring months.
The Benalmadena climate in summer is what pulls the tourists in, with average highs of around 30 °C and up to 11 hours of sunshine each day in July and August. The sea is much warmer during the summer months making it an ideal time to enjoy both sunbathing and swimming.
Evenings can be ever so slightly cooler because of the sea breeze, but only in comparison to the daytime heat.
The rainfall in June through to August is minimal, with averages of 3 mm in the whole month and most of this likely to fall in one day.
Average rainfall in Benalmádena jumps significantly in September to around 32 mm while October and November tend to be the wettest months with average monthly rainfall totals between 56 and 77 mm.
The climate in spring is extremely pleasant with around 8 hours of sunshine in the day and temperatures averaging 23 °C from April through to June. Sea temperatures though are a little on the cool side, so you might be forgiven for opting to swim in the pool rather than the sea.
Benalmádena tourist information
Benalmádena 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 1960s.
Benalmádena 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 Benalmádena coast, there's the award winning harbour: Puerto Marina. Because the summer 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.
Benalmádena 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 Benalmádena Pueblo, Benalmádena Costa and Arroyo de la Miel. Benalmádena 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.
Benalmádena 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.