A world of attractions
Holidays to Costa del Sol wouldn’t be the same without the world-class amenities that decorate Benalmadena. Families can take advantage of Selwo Marina, an aquatic themed animal park that showcases such diverse creatures as penguins, dolphins, sea lions and crocodiles in as close to their natural habitat as possible.
There’s also Tivoli World, an amusement park complete with 37 rides, including log flumes, go-karts and rollercoasters. In addition to this, it also offers a full programme of live shows and entertainment, as well as a market selling all manner of wares every Sunday.
Just across from Tivoli World, you’ll find the entrance to the Mount Calamorro cable car station. This 10-minute ride takes you up to a height of 800 metres, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean. Though it remains one of the most popular attractions in Benalmadena, vertigo-sufferers should be aware – this is only for those with a head for heights.
Get your culture fix
After descending from the top of the mountain, you’ll find yourself in sleepy Benalmadena Pueblo. This quaint whitewashed town is the initial starting point for the sprawling metropolis and reflects the relaxed vibe the town used to enjoy before becoming a tourist hub. Labyrinthine streets, picturesque plazas and some of the best tapas going make the Pueblo a worthwhile day-trip if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the beaches and the marina.
The town is also home to one of Europe’s biggest Buddhist temples, making it an excellent pilgrimage for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. Nearby, you’ll find Colomares Castle, a fascinating tribute to the explorer Christopher Columbus.
Combining various different architectural styles including Byzantine, Gothic, Mudejar and Romanesque, the castle is representative of all of the places Columbus visited on his travels, allowing visitors an invaluable insight into the history and culture of the region.
If you’re booking late holiday deals to Costa del Sol, time it right and you might just be lucky enough to revel in the explosive and enchanting atmosphere of one of the many festivals which happen in Benalmadena throughout the year.
Festivals for Easter – Semana Santa and Christmas – Dia de los Reyes are celebrated slightly differently to how we’re accustomed in the UK, but with considerable community spirit. Brightly coloured parades march through the town and the whole comes to together to celebrate these magical moments. Other festivals of note include Corpus Christi in June and La Virgen del Carmen in July.