Benalmadena is a one of the top resorts when it comes to a break in Spain and sits in the heart of the Costa del Sol.
Easily accessible from the airport in Malaga, the resort is one that has proven to be popular with visitors who return year after year to make the most of the impressive climate and to embrace the many facilities and activities that can be enjoyed in the surrounding area.
Like many coastal destinations, Benalmadena was once a quaint fishing village that has developed through the years as the tourist industry has grown, with the modern day resort featuring a wide range of accommodation to cater for all tastes and budgets.
It means that couples, families, groups and singles looking to get away for a HOT Holiday under the sun will find options to suit their needs and only serves to show why it has become such a popular option for Britons heading abroad.
Arguably the key selling point to Benalmadena is the beaches, which are amongst the best on the Costa del Sol. In fact, more than 10km of sandy beaches can be accessed alongside the resort, providing plenty of options for everyone to enjoy.
The main beach, Malapesquera, is probably the busiest throughout the year with both locals and tourists and has been given a Blue Flag rating, with the nearby promenade housing a selection of bars, cafes, restaurants and shops in which to grab a drink, a quick bite to eat or some souvenirs to take back home.
For those who want to stay close to the beach, there are a range of water sports in various places along the coast, whilst there is also an impressive 18 hole golf course that is suitable for everyone from beginners to experts - meaning there is no excuse not to squeeze a round into your holiday...
Taking a stroll rough the narrow streets of the resort provides the opportunity to sample a wide range of cuisine in restaurants that feature food from around the world. There is also no shortage of options when it comes to nightlife, with the area around the harbour being particularly popular with plenty of bars where you can sit back with a drink and embrace the buzzing atmosphere.
When the sun goes down, you can hit the clubs and dance until the early hours if you so desire, whilst for families there are quieter options where you can relax with a drink after your evening meal.
Families will enjoy spending a day at Benalmadena's Sealife Centre, which is home to various forms of marine wildlife, or can head to one of the top theme parks on the Costa del Sol - Tivoli Park - to catch a show or sample a huge variety of rides; ensuring a fun-filled day for all.
Depending on the time of year that you visit, Benalmadena hosts various festivals with Corpus Christi in May or June and Veladilla del Carmen in July. Corpus Christi sees the people of the village spread flower petals and herbs on the streets, whilst Veladilla del Carmen sees the procession continue into the sea.
If you're visiting Benalmadena with the children, or are a child at heart yourself, then a visit to Tivoli World is a must. Open since 1972, the theme park has grown through the years and is now home to more than 40 different rides that are suitable for all ages. You can also catch a range of shows with different performances offered throughout the day, whilst there are a range of dining options on site.
Bil Bil Castle
The Castillo de Bil Bil is one of the most famous buildings in Benalmadena and is located close to the beach. Known for its red appearance, the Arabic-style castle isn't particularly old (it only dates back to the 20th century) but has been turned into a cultural facility by the local council that mow houses a range of different exhibitions throughout the year. Various restaurants and bars line the nearby beach.
Benalmadena SeaLife Centre
Home to more than 2,000 creatures, Benalmadena's SeaLife Centre is one of the top attractions on the Costa del Sol - particularly for those travelling with children. As well as being able to walk through more than 30 different displays, visitors can watch sharks feed, hold a crab (minding those fingers) and be educated on the many different species to be found in both the surrounding waters and much further afield.
Towering over Benalmadena, the summit of Calamorro Mountain stands at more than 700m above sea level and offers stunning views of the resort and the surrounding area. You might even be able to see as far as Gibraltar on a clear day. There are various walking trails at the summit, which can be accessed by cable car; a trip that provides an experience in itself.
Given how close Malaga is to Benamadena, it would be a shame not to spend some time in the majestic city, where you can spend some time shopping for souvenirs amongst the fancy boutiques, sit back and watch the world go by in the local cafes and bars or examine the culture available at attractions like the Picasso Museum.
Explore the other side to Benalmadena with a stroll through the narrow streets of the historic part of the resort. Here you can see what the resort was once like as you wander between the quaint white-washed houses before checking out the souvenir shops or grabbing a bite to eat in quaint cafes and restaurants.
It isn't hard to see why the main marina has been rated as one of the best in the world, with a wide range of top class restaurants and bars sitting alongside the small network of waterways that make up the marina. Enjoy a bite to eat or relax with a drink whilst looking out at the huge yachts bobbing around on the water or board a ship to take a cruise out to sea where you can embrace the beauty of the surrounding coastline.
Benalmadena is home to one of Europe's largest butterfly houses - an attraction that has proven to be one of the most popular in the resort. Fun for all the family, the Butterfly Park is home to more than 1,500 butterflies from around the world that are able to fly freely in a tropical paradise housed in the surroundings of a spectacular Thai temple.
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