Just 16 kilometres away from Malaga, Benalmadena is ideally located on the Costa del Sol and is fit to burst with attractions and facilities to entice all kinds of travellers and tourists. Try the death-defying thrills and spills of Tivoli theme park and the sweeping vistas atop Mount Calamorro or the peaceful environment of the Parque de la Paloma. And when the sun goes down, Benalmadena's dynamic bar scene comes alive.
The town itself is split into three main urban areas – Benalmadena Costa, Arroyo de la Miel and Benalmadena Pueblo. The former is where most of the action is concentrated – running along the pristine shoreline, it is home to the majority of hotel complexes and amenities.
Set slightly further back, Arroyo de la Miel - literally "Stream of Honey" in English - is home to the majority of the region's shops and fine dining establishments, while the Pueblo is reminiscent of other Spanish towns dotted among the mountainous areas of Costa del Sol.
As with almost any town providing cheap holidays to Costa del Sol, Benalmadena's primary draw for most tourists is its amazing beaches. With more than eight kilometres of sandy excellence to choose from, you won't have to stray too far to find somewhere to lay your towel. Malapesquera and Carvajal in particular have been recognised for their high levels of cleanliness and impeccable facilities with the Blue Flag standard.
Arroyo is a great option for those serious about their swimming, while Benalnatura is a nudist beach if you're keen to return home without tan lines. Tajo de Soga and the beaches adjacent to it are secluded tend to be quite private.