Benalmadena is situated between Torremolinos and Fuengirola and is one of the main attractions in the Costa del Sol for international tourism and totally devoted to the tourist world. Benalmadena has good hotels, attractive urbanisations, golf courses, amusement parks, a pleasure craft harbour and other features that make this an attractive destination for many who visit this Costa.
Phoenician, Carthaginian, Roman, Visigoth and Arab influences have all helped to shape Benalmadena which consists of three key areas: Benalmadena-Pueblo, higher up on the mountain, Arroyo de la Miel (Stream of Honey) and Benalmadena-Costa which is a first-class tourist resort. Benalmadena was the name given by the Arabs shortly after they defeated the Visigoth king, Don Rodrigo, in the battle of Guadalete in 711 a.d.
Some traditional dishes from Benalmadena include roasted baby pork (Cochinillo), fried fish, grilled sardines, shell fish and Gazpacho.
Places of interest in Benalmadena
Something important to visit is the Archaeological Municipal Museum where a very interesting collection of Neolithic and pre-Columbian pieces can be found. Other places should pay a visit include:
The original settlement on the mountainside, which maintains typical Andalucian style alleyways and whitewashed houses.
The Walled Gardens (Jardines del Muro)
Location of the Santa Domingo Church
The Colomares Castle
The Garden of the Eagles and Snake City which both providing daily demonstrations.
Arroyo de la Miel
Arroyo de la Miel (Stream of Honey - Right) is a more populated, residential and business area resting midway between the pueblo and the coastline.
An amusement park for the whole family. (Although it has to be said that this is now looking a bit on the tired side)
Casa de la Cultura (Cultural Centre)
Benalmadena also has a cable car which takes you high up into the Sierra de Mijas.
Has become one of the most popular, tourist areas of the Costa del Sol for recreation and entertainment.
In 1995 the Puerto Deportivo (sports harbour) won an award for the best international marine port.
Also worth a visit in Benalmadena:
- The Benalmadena Sealife Centre. A deep sea aquarium where you can feed Manta Rays
- The Mississippi Willow, a restored steamboat brought all the way from the USA
- The Arab style Bil Bil Castle
- La Paloma Park (Pidgeon park), consisting of over 200,000 square meters of gardens that overlook the sea
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