Benalmadena travel guide

WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: 17°C - 31°C

If you’re planning on hitting the beach and topping up your tan, you’d be best to book your holidays to Benalmadena between May and September. During the summer months, the mercury hovers between the high twenties and the low thirties °C, with up to 12 hours of sunshine a day. Spring and autumn offer slightly cooler conditions, with temperatures in the low-to-mid-twenties. Even the winters are warm, with the temperatures only falling as low as the mid-teens.

BENALMADENA IS BEST FOR...

Families: With a huge variety of family-friendly attractions, there’s no such thing as a dull day on holidays to Benalmadena. Check out the marine park, Selwo Marina, and Tivoli World theme park. 

Sun-seekers: The beautiful Costa del Sol is a prime sunshine location, and 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 getaway for groups of friends.

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FAST FACTS

Language: While the official language spoken here is Spanish, the locals are fluent in English, too. However, they do appreciate even a bad attempt at the basics, so take a phrasebook or download our language app and impress them (or make them laugh!) with simple Spanish phrases like ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.

Currency: You’ll need to exchange your Sterling for Euros, before jetting off on your Benalmadena holidays.

Local time: Benalmadena is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Malaga Airport. It takes about 45 minutes to transfer to Benalmadena. 

Flight time from UK: The Benalmadena flight time is 2.5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further 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.

GETTING AROUND

By bus: An extensive bus service operates here 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, with several 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 plenty of bike hire companies in the resort. 

EVENTS

Carnival: With Lent just around the corner, the Spanish like to brace themselves for giving things up, by doing them to excess! If you’ve booked your holidays to Benalmadena, you can expect the festivities to go on for ten 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. 

Fiesta de la Virgen de la Cruz: If you’re travelling with the children, be sure to book your Benalmadena holidays in August and catch the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Cruz. Entirely child-centric, the festivities start with the women of the town handing out sweets to the kids, followed by parties with live singing and dancing and plenty of food!