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Best Things To Do in Benalmádena Pueblo & Costa

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One of the best places to visit near Málaga is Benalmádena, which sits in between Torremolinos and Fuengirola. Benalmádena is separated into three parts: the coast, the old town, and the modern town. I’m going to be focusing on a mixture of the coastal attractions and the old town, but the modern part of Benalmádena is a great place to go for nightlife and restaurants. Benalmádena is one of the most popular places to visit along the Costa del Sol, so its beaches can get very crowded in the warmer months. However, there are a lot of things to see in Benalmádena other than the tourist hotspots.


Like most of Southern Spain, Benalmádena has a very interesting history that can be traced back to prehistoric times. It grew substantially during the ancient period and the time of Muslim rule, and evidence of its past is still noticeable today. The name Benalmádena is actually derived from an Arabic word meaning “sons of the mine”. Although most visitors today come here to soak up the sun or party long into the night, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the history of Benalmádena during your visit too. Here are some of the best things to do in Benalmádena both along the coast and further inland in the pueblo.


Walk along the sea promenade

Seafront promenade lined with restaurants in Benalmadena.
Promenade

No matter what time of the year you visit Benalmádena it’s always a great idea to take a stroll along the sea promenade. It runs for around 2 km and you can actually reach Torremolinos if you pass through the Puerto Marina. Make sure you take the time to admire the unique mosaics that line the promenade, and of course take in the amazing sea views too. There are a lot of nice beaches in Benalmádena to choose from which you’ll pass by during your walk, but I would recommend either Playa Arroyo de la Miel or Playa de Carvajal.


Castillo Bil-Bil

Moorish style building painted in red with palm trees outside.
Castillo Bil-Bil

One of the best Benalmádena attractions to visit is Castillo Bil-Bil. It was built in the early 20th century in a Moorish architectural style that reflects the deep rooted history of this area and how much Benalmádena developed during the Moorish period. Visiting Castillo Bil-Bil is also a fantastic free thing to do in Benalmádena as it’s open to the public most days and often displays exhibitions or stages concerts inside.


Puerto Marina

Puerto Marina in Benalmadena with a pirate ship docked.
Puerto Marina

You certainly won’t fall short of things to do in Benalmádena. A major tourist attraction along the coast of Benalmádena is the Puerto Marina. It’s one of the most vibrant and busy ports in Spain, and is lined with beautiful shops and unique places to eat. It’s always an enjoyable place to walk around in the summer months, especially if you like to admire boats of all shapes and sizes. You may even come across a pirate ship if you’re lucky!


Parque de la Paloma

Miniature lake inside a large park in Benalmadena.
Parque de la Paloma

A short uphill walk from the coastline will bring you to Parque de la Paloma. It’s considered by many to be one of the best parks in Europe, and is a nice place to visit in Benalmádena with the family. This large park is a little oasis along the Costa del Sol and is home to a number of plant species and animals roaming around such as rabbits and chickens. If you have some spare time during your trip to Benalmádena then Parque de la Paloma is worth a visit.


Benalmádena Museum

White building with pillar entry in old town Benalmadena.
Benalmádena Museum

If museums are of interest to you, then you’ll want to add the Benalmádena Museum to your list, which also houses the Archaeological Museum. This is another free thing to do in Benalmádena and is located in the heart of the old town. The museum focuses on the area’s history before the time of Columbus, so it really is a unique indoor activity in Benalmádena to do, especially if you love history as much as I do.


Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzmán

A white painted church surrounded by trees in plaza.
Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzmán

Benalmádena Pueblo has quite a few interesting sites to visit even though it’s much smaller and quieter than the coast. One of these is the Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzmán which sits in the grounds of the Jardines del Muro. From here you can get some incredible views of the surrounding landscape and take a break from the hot sun. The church itself was originally built in the 17th century making it one of the oldest religious buildings in town. If the church doors are open don’t forget to take a quick look inside.


Plaza Andalucía

A small plaza lined with palm trees and white houses.
Plaza Andalucía

More often than not old town plazas are beautifully maintained and are a great place to relax for a while. Plaza Andalucía is no exception, located not too far from the Benalmádena Museum. This plaza is shaded by tall palm trees and lined with traditional white buildings. At one end you can see a gorgeous example of a tiled fountain which is a popular photo spot in Benalmádena.


Plaza de España

A cobbled plaza in white village with fountain in centre.
Plaza de España

At the very top end of the list of things to do in Benalmádena is to visit the beautiful Plaza de España and admire the fountain of a little girl in the centre. This plaza is one of the most visited sites in the pueblo, and is surrounded by popular restaurants that are a hit with locals and tourists. This is also where one of the town’s main streets, Calle Real, begins and in the summer months you can expect a lot of people hanging around this plaza. However if you’re like me and enjoy travelling in the off season then you may be lucky and have the place to yourself.


Castillo Monumento Colomares

A large stone monument in the shape of a castle.
Castillo Monumento Colomares

For just €2.50 you can explore one of the most well known tourist attractions in Benalmádena - Castillo Monumento Colomares. It’s referred to as a castle but is more of a monument to Christopher Columbus - completed in 1994. It’s a fascinating monument adorned with relief carvings that tell the story of the most important events in his life, and the views of the coastline from the towers are unmatched. Many tourists will add this to their list of day trips from Málaga.


Stupa of Enlightenment

A large Buddhist stupa with gold top in Benalmadena.
Stupa of Enlightenment

Just a short drive from Castillo Monumento Colomares is the beautiful Stupa of Enlightenment. As far as hidden gems in Benalmádena go, this probably isn’t one of them. But although you can see it from the highway, you’d be surprised at how many tourists miss out on this attraction in Benalmádena. It’s open most days of the week and is free to enter, with free parking spaces available next to it too. It’s the tallest stupa in Europe and really is impressive to see up close. The stupa sits across the road from the very popular Benalmádena Butterfly Park as well so you can cross off two things to do in Benalmádena in one go.


Depending on your interests you’ll probably find many more places to visit in Benalmádena during your visit. If you have the time I would recommend taking the 15 minute chair lift up to the highest point along the coast, Mount Calamorro - the views are breathtaking. There are also hiking trails available in this area which are a good option when the weather is slightly cooler. Whatever you plan on doing in Benalmádena, and whether you’re planning a day trip from Málaga or are staying here for a longer period of time, you won’t run out of things to do in Benalmádena or along the Costa del Sol.


If you would like any tips about visiting Benalmádena or other places to visit near Málaga with a car please drop me a message below or get in touch via email. You can always reach out on Instagram too and follow along with my travels for more tips.


 

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