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Holidays in Benalmadena
A star on the famous Costa del Sol, Benalmadena holidays tick all the boxes for a buzzing summer getaway. Blessed with Mediterranean good looks, the resort has Blue Flag award winning beaches complete with silky sand and a clear, shallow shore. Benalmadena has fantastic attractions for all ages, with kid-friendly days out like swimming with sea lions at the local sea park, plus a thriving nightlife scene with top clubs and bars.
The spring months enjoy ideal beach weather before the temperature gets too hot.
Book your holiday to Benalmadena with Thomas Cook today for sunny days swimming with sea lions in Selwo Marina and balmy nights partying in 24 Hour Square.
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Take your pick from over 10 stunning beaches along Benalmadena’s coast, from tiny coves lined with greenery to clear stretches of spotless golden sand. Visit the marina to plan a boat trip and stop for paella on the seafront, or browse the bustling street markets for souvenirs. If you’re on holiday with kids, take them to meet the dolphins and feed penguins at the fantastic Selwo Marina, and visitors of all ages can enjoy the rollercoasters at Tivoli World theme park. Benalmadena comes alive in the evenings, with a whirlwind of dance clubs, sports pubs and bars in the town centre plus great places to eat Spanish-style at the marina.
Benalmadena has a gorgeous piece of Costa del Sol’s coastline, with at least 10 sun-drenched beaches to pick from on your holiday. The most centrally located is Malapesquera, a long curve of fine, white sand fringed by swaying palm trees. The beach is one of Benalmadena’s largest, with sun beds, beach umbrellas and showers. Santa Ana is the best place in Benalmadena for water sports, where banana boats and pedal boats are particularly popular. Santa Ana is located close to the seafront restaurants, and like most of the resort’s beaches, has a Blue Flag award for its excellent upkeep.
Benalmadena’s marina is one of the most beautiful areas in the resort, where the sun beams down on gleaming white yachts bobbing quietly on the water. Catch a boat and sail along the coast or head out dolphin spotting. The marina is also the one of the best places to go in Benalmadena for dining, with fresh seafood and authentic Spanish restaurants. The town is popular for its street markets, where twice-weekly stalls appear selling leather, clothing and art. Benalmadena is known as a nightlife hotspot, with a buzzing bar scene on the waterfront and the famous 24 Hour Square, alive and kicking at all hours.
There are lots of things for kids to do in Benalmadena’s much-loved marine park, Selwo Marina. The park has a fantastic interactive dolphinarium where you can see dolphins put on a show, and then meet them afterwards. You can also feed penguins, swim with sea lions and see fascinating rare birds, reptiles and monkeys. Another favourite family day out is Tivoli World, Benalmadena’s theme park. The park has some hair-rising rides and thrilling rollercoasters, as well as fun stuff for kids like bumper cars, a big wheel, go-karting and restaurants with live dinner shows.
Families: Benalmadena has lots of activities for families, including the marine park Selwo Marina and Tivoli World theme park.
Sun-seekers: The beautiful Costa del Sol is a prime sunshine location, and Benalmadena has enough beaches to sunbathe on a new one each day.
Mates: With a fantastic choice of beaches and thriving nightlife with clubs, bars and shows, Benalmadena is the perfect friends’ getaway.
Language: The language spoken in Benalmadena is Spanish
Currency: The currency used in Benalmadena is the Euro
Local time: Benalmadena is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Malaga Airport
Flight time from UK: Approximately 2.5 hours
Tourist Information: Further Benalmadena tourist information can be found at www.spain.info/en_GB/que-quieres/ciudades-pueblos/otros-destinos/benalmadena.html
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Benalmadena.
Temperature: Average of 24-29°C in summer.
Best time to visit: The spring months enjoy ideal beach weather before the temperature gets too hot.
Benalmadena’s beautiful weather is typical of Costa del Sol’s Mediterranean climate. The summers are long and dry, with over 320 days of sunshine a year and summer temperatures reaching towards 30°C.
By bus: An extensive bus service operates in Benalmadena and throughout the Costa del Sol. The buses are reliable and affordable, and are suited to short journeys within the town or visiting neighbouring resorts.
By taxi: There are plenty of taxis around in Benalmadena, with a number of taxi ranks in the commercial centre that are ideal for short trips to the beach, or returning to your hotel in the evening.
By bike: Hiring a bike is a pleasant way to get from A to B on a sunny day, and the waterfront is an enjoyable place to cycle. There are a number of bike hire companies within the resort.
Carnival: Carnival arrives in Spain every February with a bang, and Benalmadena is no different. Festivities go on for days, with colourful parades, costumes and parties. A Benalmadena Carnival special is dining on fresh mussels.
Summer festival: Benalmadena’s Summer Festival of Music, Theatre and Dance comes to town in July, filling the resort’s calendar with concerts, outdoor film screenings, dance shows and theatre.
August fair: The Malaga Feria is one of the biggest fairs in the region, with a week of parties, processions and flamenco dancing, with fun fair activities during the day for kids. The fair takes place in the city of Malaga, half an hour’s drive from Benalmadena.