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Benalmadena Holiday Reviews

Have you taken a holiday in Benalmadena this year? If so, why not share your experiences with others?
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We had our first family holiday in Benalmadena this year and the only downside to it was that we had not visited before. The children aged 7 and 9 had so much to occupy themselves with that not once did we hear the usual "im bored". The Jupiter apartments where we stayed had a gigantic swimmimg pool where they spent many happy hours. The weather in the UK was atrocias at the time, but in Benalmadena we hardly saw a cloud in the sky for the whole two weeks. The children loved Paloma park and we also took them on the cable car, Tivoli fun park and after feeding the fish in the lovely marina visited the Sealife centre. My hubby loved the price of lagar which worked out at less than £1.50 a pint in the bar we used, where last year it was almost double that in Majorca. And thanks to this wonderful website, we knew so much about the resort before leaving the UK that we didnt need to trapse the streets looking for things. And guess what, we have already booked the same apartment for next years holiday because the children wont let us go anywhere else now.
Judy M from Manchester.
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Well, where do I start?
I first visited Benal last easter. I had booked a holiday there for the end of June and decided, in November, that I had better do some "research". I came across the Benalmadena Visitors Guide and saw that there was heaps to do and see. As it had been a long, cold winter, I decided to go off at easter as there seemed to be too much to do to fit it all into 2 weeks in the summer.
I was pleasantly surprised. I arrived at night, so it was off to the hotel and to bed. I went out exploring the next day and came across Paloma Park. What a great, peaceful, restful place. I could just spend hours there. I did, over the 2 weeks, spend time wandering about the resort, along the paseo, to the marina, torremolinos, arroyo, to name but a few places. I met up with a few members of the forum and had great fun. The weather was fine - warm enough most days to wear shorts, though it was a bit cool a couple of times. Nothing like the weather back home though (snow)!
It was with reluctance that I left Benal at the end of my 2 weeks. I had my 2 weeks at the end of June to look forward to, though.
At the end of June, I was back in Benal. To a different hotel this time, but again it was 2 weeks of pure bliss and relaxation for me. I managed to fit in a visit to Marbella. As it was so warm, I just took things easy and "chilled out" by not doing too much. Again, I met members from the forum and it was great putting faces to names.
I think I'm now "hooked on Benal". I've already booked 2 weeks there next April and 3 weeks at the end of June. I just have to sort out my flights.
In the past, there are places that I returned to on holiday, but at no times had I been reluctant to leave. There's "something" about Benal that makes it feel homely, everyone is very pleasant, it's got a good atmosphere and I feel completely safe (as a lone traveller). I just wish I had found it years ago!
My sister-in-law, after listening to all I had to say about Benal, asked me if I would "up sticks and retire there". She just got the feeling that I had enjoyed things so much and that I was missing being there. She's never said that to me about anywhere else I've been! I'm just counting down the months until I'm back over there!
Yvonne R from Inverness.
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We had a great week in Benalmadena in early December. The resort was really quiet but the weather was splendid. Temperatures reached 75F on a few occasions, which was really a surprise for the time of year. A few people were even swimming in the sea. We only paid £210 for two flights and accommodation, which was a self catering studio in Minerva near Bonanza. Eating out was a bargain if you shop about. And hubby was well pleased when he found a bar selling pints of lager at €1. All in all a great holiday at a great price. Will definitely return.
Lorraine T from Crawley.
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I wish we had found Benalmadena years ago. We have had many holidays in Benidorm, Majorca and Ibiza which we have thoroughly enjoyed, but our recent visit to Benalmadena tops the list. We visited Benalmadena Pueblo, Paloma park and rode on the cable car. We marvelled at the beautiful marina and the lovely walk along the promenade. The people are very friendly and prices of things are cheaper than in other parts of Spain. We stayed at the Bali hotel, and we found this very good value and the food was great. The weather was just as we had expected, cloudless skies for all the time we was there. We will definitely be returning some time soon.
Jim and Marion W from Droitwich.
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Recently returned from a fortnight in  Benalmadena and we had a fantastic holiday. After having rain for a week on an earlier holiday in Cornwall, we decided to splash out for 2 weeks of guaranteed sun. We were not dissapointed as not a cloud did we see for the whole of our stay. Really friendly people and the prices for food and drink were half what we paid in Cornwall. The lovely marina and park were our favourite places. Will be returning soon.
John and Helen K from Leicester. 
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Our first time in Benalmadena will certainly not be our last. We've just returned from seven days self catering in a private apartment in "Plaza Ole" - found on owners direct . It is close to all amenities, beach, shops, bars/restaurants, transport links and the award winning marina. 
Everything is within walking distance (even with a 3 year old) but if you wanted to venture further afield (which we did, more than once) the bus service is second to none - even on a Sunday, and is cheap as chips .
Local fares 1.50 euro , even Fuengirola (market on a Tuesday) was only 1.60 euro. We could've got return tickets or even a travel card (usually loaded with 10 trips worth) but we didn't because we weren't certain how often we'd travel.
Food & Drink was very reasonable most places doing a 3 course 'Menu del Dia' for anything from 8 euro to 18 euro some with a free bottle of wine between two, or you could have Tapas or 'A la Carte',  the choice was massive between all the restaurants ( you could get English food too if you wanted  )
Places to visit are a plenty - We did the butterfly place up the hill, (the bus stops right outside) the pueblo is a beautiful Andalusian whitewashed village (10 min walk downhill from the butterflies) . Arroyo de Miel is another mix of shops restaurants and tapas bars neatly wedged into the whitewashed homes of the town. 
There is also a sea life centre on the marina, and plenty of places to pay for excursions - I noted Gibraltar was within budget  for next time. Paloma Park is famous on this site, I now know why, after a major refurbishment it is easy to while away the hours in the sun feeding the animals taking in the flora and fauna or even relax in the shade while watching your kids burn off some energy. 
So I may be sitting here showing off my holiday tan but I know where I would rather be...............
Dave C from Liverpool.