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Benalmádena, Spain


Location of Benalmádena
Municipality Province of Málaga
 - Mayor Enrique Moya ([[(PP)]])
 - Total 27 km2 (10.4 sq mi)
 - Land 27 km2 (10.4 sq mi)
 - Water 0.00 km2 (0 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 - Total 50,298
 - Density 1,000/km2 (2,590/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Benalmádena is a town and municipality in the province of Málaga, part of the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. The municipality is situated approximately 12 km to the west of the city of Málaga, on the southern coast between Torremolinos and Fuengirola, in the heart of the Costa del Sol and Alhaurín de la Torre in the North. It has a population of approximately 53,000 residents, but also caters for a large number of tourists. The town is also home to the Enlightenment Stupa, the largest stupa (a structure important in Buddhism) in the West, standing 108 feet (33 m) tall.



Historically the region has been occupied and settled by many cultures dating back to the Bronze Age, including the ancient Phoenicians and Romans, and has also been considerably influenced by the Moorish settlement of the southern Iberian peninsula. Two Almenara towers on the coastline date back to the 15th century, originally built to guard the coast and its population from the frequent incursions of Barbary pirates in the days following the reconquista of the region by Henry IV of Castile.

In contemporary times, along with the rest of the Costa del Sol area it has become an important tourist destination. The municipality has been subject to an unprecedented urban expansion in recent years with many new buildings and homes built, sometimes causing environmental degradation.

The origin of the name is unknown; the most common suggestion is that it derives from the Arabic "Bani al-Medina", or "Son of the Settlement". Alternatively, Madena may be the name of a person or family.

Benalmadena has both a traditional Spanish village and a modern, coastal, tourist area.


The municipality has three main urban areas:

Benalmádena Pueblo, the original village, which lies about three kilometres inland at an elevation of approximately 200 m above mean sea level. Its core consists of a typical white-fronted Andalusian village, although much recent building in modern architectural styles has somewhat detracted from its character. The town of Benalmádena also has an archaeological museum with locally-derived artefacts dating back to the Bronze Age.

View of promenade along Benalmádena Costa

Benalmádena Costa, an urban agglomeration on the coast. Here there are discos, hotels, beaches, shopping centers and an extensively-equipped marina.[1] Tourist attractions include SeaLife aquarium and Selwo Marina, a theme park with dolphins, penguins and seals among other species. The Parque Paloma is a more recent addition to the attractions, a landscaped park containing a large lake and animals running wild.

Arroyo de la Miel, originally a separate village, is in the interior between the other two areas. It has become the main residential area, and is also the most commercially active. Buildings are tightly packed and tend to be apartment blocks. It also has several attractions such as the Tivoli World amusement park, and a teleferico (cable car running to the summit of the 769-metre Calamorro mountain, which provides panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada, Gibraltar and on clear days, the Moroccan coastline. Arroyo de la Miel translates as "Stream of Honey" in English.

Other attractions

The township of Benalmádena has the largest example of a Buddhist Enlightenment Stupa in the Western world, constructed in 2003.

In Arroyo de la Miel, (Avenida Garcia Lorca), is the Costa del Sol's only real ice skating rink together with an indoor swimming pool.


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External links

Coordinates: 36°36′N 4°34′W / 36.6°N 4.567°W / 36.6; -4.567


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Europe : Iberia : Spain : Andalucia : Malaga : Benalmádena

Benalmádena is a large town on the Spanish Costa del Sol. It consists of three parts; Benalmádena Pueblo, Arroyo de la Miel and Benalmádena Costa. The most worth visiting of these is Benalmádena Costa with its long stretch of sunny beaches, a lively nightlife and excellent cuisine.

It is located approximately 15 km south west of Malaga and merges with Torremolinos lies just north east of it along the coast.

Get in

By plane

The closest airport is Malaga airport, which is along the coast, just a few minutes by train or car.

By train

Benalmadena can be reached by the frequent, inexpensive, and comfortable air conditioned trains which run along the coast from Malaga to Fuengirola, with a station at Malaga Airport. The station at Benalmadena is in Arroyo de la Miel, with taxis and buses to take you to all parts of the town.

Looking seawards out of the inner part of the marina in Benalmadena, July 2007.
Looking seawards out of the inner part of the marina in Benalmadena, July 2007.
  • Benalmadema Marina -The inner part is surrounded by shops, cafes, bars and apartments and is nice to walk around.
  • Boat trips. Some of these include dolphin watching.
  • Cable car to top of mountain


The best boat trip, takes place daily from 10-00am, out to sea looking for wild dolphins. Costa Party Catamarans operate luxury sailing catamarans and their english speaking crews are fabulous. take a look at the website [http:/].


The harpenny bridge is a great bar to watch football , as you guessed it is a irish pub and they do amazing variety of whiskeys and spirits , they also are one of the only bars around allowed to sell black vodka.

  • Xanit Hospital which is a privately run hospital is located in Benalmadena should the need arise.
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