Out & About in Benalmadena

Nightlife

Plaza Sol y Mar

There are two main areas for nightlife. Plaza Sol y Mar – otherwise known as 24 Hour Square is popular with 18-21 year olds. This is where you’ll find nightclubs, late night bars such as Lineker’s and the like.

Benalmadena Marina

Virtually every body who visits Benalmadena comments on how fabulous Puerto Marina is. It is good for sightseeing, shopping, restaurants and nightlife.

Places to visit & Things to do

Paloma Park

Located in the centre of Benalmadena this beautiful park has very tame birds and rabbits roaming free which you can feed. There is also a big lake, cactus garden, children’s play areas and two cafe’s serving snacks and drinks. Selwo Marina Dolphin park with daily shows is adjacent to the park

Promenade walk to Torremolinos

To walk from Benalmadena Marina to Torremolinos takes around 30 minutes. Add another 10 minutes
to reach either the steps below the watch tower (or lift) to the top of the cliff to Calle San Miguel the main pedestrian street in Torremolinos

Tivoli Theme Park

Family theme park with rides and attractions for all ages – great fun day out and very reasonably priced for a theme park. Visit their website

Benalmadena Cable Car

This 15 minute three-kilometer cable car ride starts at Benalmadena Costa and takes you up 800 meters above sea level to the summit of Mount Calamorro. At the top there is bird sanctuary with various species of falcons, eagles and owls.

If you’re feeling energetic you can hike on any of the 2750 meters of trails that offer spectacular view points over the Costa. There are also a number of bike trails. (Bikes are allowed on the cable cars) Visit their website

Benalmadena Pueblo

Located inland from the western coastal strip of Benalmadena Costa. The pueblo is the original village that has managed to retain its charm as a typical Andalucian village, with its whitewashed houses, narrow cobbled streets and balconies decorated with flowers. At the heart of village is Plaza de Espana, the square is home to the statue known as Fuente de la Nina. The young girl has become the symbol of Benalmadena.

Being located in the hills behind the coast there are some amazing views, especially from the church. There is also a very peculiar castle, Castillo de Colomares, a short walk from the village centre.

Market Day

Friday’s is market day in Arroyo de la Miel – Head for Tivoli Car Park and you can’t miss it.

Further afield

Getting around is easy – from the train station at Arroyo de la Miel you can take the train to Malaga City Centre (about 20 minutes) or going the other way the train goes as far as Fuengirola.

Festivals 2016

Benalmadena has of all-year-round festivals and cultural celebrations, which add to the colour and vibrancy of the town. Everything from art and sporting events to traditional and religious processions.

January

The eve of Three Kings day, (Los Reyes), is the day the Spanish really celebrate Christmas, and is accompanied with fantastic parades through the streets of Benalmadena and Arroyo de la Miel. The Three Kings parade on the evening of 5th of January includes children aboard colourful floats throwing sweets to the crowds. All the main streets are decorated with beautiful lighting effects.

April

(Easter Week) – Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is a special time in Benalmadena. Apart from the usual religious processions through the streets Benalmadena Pueblo and Arroyo de la Miel, there is also a live presentation of the Passion of Christ in the old village – Benalmadena Pueblo. Known as ‘El Paso’ the procession, made up of locals, starts at sunrise on Friday of the ‘Virgen de la Soledad’. This is one of the most traditional celebrations to take place in Benalmadena.

June

Corpus Christi is another celebration, which stirs up the people of Benalmadena Pueblo. One of the attractions of this event is the spreading of flower petals and herbs spread on the streets by the people of village on the eve of the procession. The aromatic perfume and the carpet of natural colour, transforms the village streets and creates an evocative atmosphere.

June

The 24th is the day of San Juan. Arroyo de la Miel celebrates from 24th to 29th June with its annual local fair. Record numbers of visitors attend the last night of the celebrations. This is also a favourite time because it is the start of the warmer nights on the coast. It is a popular fiesta all over Spain with bonfires and fireworks usually starting from midnight on the 23rd.

July

15th – 29th Benalmadena Summer Festival of Music, Theatre & Dance is held in the Auditorium of the Parque de La Paloma in Arroyo de la Miel.

July

The 16th sees the evening procession of the Virgin Carmen down to the sea. This celebration is known as the ‘Veladilla del Carmen’ and has become more than simply the procession of the sailor and is now something of a favourite local tradition, with a special mass and then the carrying of the virgin to the sea, where the procession continues by boat. It leaves from Church Square, Avenida Bonanza after a mass at 19:30 and then continues at 20:30 down to Benalmadena Port, where it proceeds by boat. Many people jump in the sea and at 21:30 there is music and dancing till dawn. When the virgin reaches the sea, there is a big fireworks display from the Malapesquera Beach.

August

Mid August sees festival of the ‘Virgen de la Cruz’ (The Virgin of the Cross). This annual festival of great traditional and cultural importance, is celebrated with a procession is through the streets of the Pueblo.