Benalmadena

A Costa del Sol staple

Torremolinos’ next door neighbour is a gracious and well-loved resort on Spain’s Costa del Sol. It lines up modern hotel complexes and apartment blocks along the 10-kilometre seafront area called Benalmadena Costa, but also packs in plenty of Andalusian appeal in the Spanish part of town.

Tonnes of beaches

Benalmadena has around a dozen beaches to its name, from secluded spots to busy stretches. The most in-demand sands are at the Blue Flag Santa Ana Beach. Just next door is Torre Bermeja, one of the best places to hire boats and jet-skis. And there’s a busy promenade that runs behind Benalmadena’s central beaches, all the way to the swanky marina, where people take a break from the sun.

Arroyo de la Miel

Benalmadena scores high on Spanish sophistication. The oldest part of town, Benalmadena Pueblo, is a quiet tangle of cobbled streets and whitewashed houses. There’s also the Arroyo de la Miel area. As well as shops and restaurants, it has Tivoli World – a theme park with 40 rides – and a cable car that takes you to the summit of Calamorro Mountain.

World-class attractions

There’s no shortage of days out in and around Benalmadena. In town, you’ve got the Sea Life aquarium and the Selwo Marina, while Parque Paloma is a landscaped garden teeming with wild animals. Just a 25-minute drive away is Málaga, home to an impressive Picasso museum.

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  • Completely refurbished in 2013
  • Wellness centre
  • Sea-view pool
  • Free Wi-Fi zones

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  • Opposite the beach
  • Good-sized pool
  • Buffet restaurant

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  • 5-minute walk to a sandy beach
  • Close to shops and restaurants
  • 2 swimming pools
  • Free Wi-Fi in bar and reception

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