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Puerto Marina
The Port of Benalmadena, which is at the extreme eastern end of the resort and bordering onto Torremolinos, has been described as "the best marina in the world". Whilst this is a disputable claim, it certainly is modern, attractive and has an unrivalled ambience. There are over 1000 berth points and 200 shops, bars and restaurants. The architecture has Andalucian, Arabian and Indian influences. It is an attractive place to visit both during the day and at night. Many annual activities take place here as well, which include yacht races, international fishing tournaments, and other holiday and enviromental activities. Boat trips to see the dolphins depart from the marina. The wide range of restaurants include Bobby Peru, Jacks, Coco Bongo, Toro's, Pepi y Juan, Canas y Tapas and Mamma Leone, Metro, El Greco, El Mero, Ristorante Da Fano and many more.
 
The Beaches of Benalmadena
Benalmadena has sixteen mainly sandy beaches or playas that stretch over nine kilometeres from the Puerto Marina to the village of Carvajal. Their names in that order are, Malapesquera, Malapesca, Torre Bermeja, Santa Ana, Bil-Bil, Arroyo de la Miel, Torrevigia, Torrequebrada, Las Yucas, Las Viborillas, Arroyo Hondo, Torremuelle, La Perla, La Morera, Tajo de la Soga and Carvajal. Do have a drink or a meal at one of the many Chiringuito's, (beach bars). It's an experience in itself to see how the Spanish spend their time whilst on holiday.
 
You may well have visited a Sealife Centre in Britain. This is a British company which has developed such sites all over the UK and Europe. The one in Benalmadena is situated right in the port area. Children love it. All Sea Life Centres are different and reflect the area in which they are situated. At this centre is an exhibit of sea life to be found in the Mediterranean. There is a walk-through Lost City of Atlantis where the sea and its creatures are all around, even above you. There are sharks, a tank of stingrays, pirahnas and a seahorse exhibit. Expect to spend quite a bit of time here. It is both entertaining and instructive, and opportunities to actually touch or feed some of the fish. Most of the centre is indoors so it is a suitable place to visit should the weather be bad, but there is also an outside area with a mini golf course and cafeteria. There are over 30 displays and what is claimed to be the largest collection of sharks in Europe.

Paloma Park
Paloma Park is my favourite piece of Benalmadena and Arroyo de la Miel. With landscaped gardens, a large lake with gigantic water flume and wildlife including fowls, peacocks and friendly rabbits running freely, it's like an oasis in the center of the busy resort. There are two small play parks for the children and three cafes where you can stop for a cool drink. There is also a cactus garden with many species from around the world. At the top of the park is the public library with more water features. At the top end of the park you will find the feria, (fair) ground, where a car boot sale is held on Wednesday mornings.
This compact amusement park is situated in Arroya de la Miel. During the winter, (November to March), it is open every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm until 10pm. It is open daily the rest of the year from 4pm until 1am, in June until 2am and in July & August until 3am. The main areas are Andalucia with live Spanish music and dance, Western Square with live country music and dance and Tivolilandia with children's rides. The entrance fee includes all entertainment, but Tivolino, the parks own currency, has to be purchased to use the rides which are scattered throughout the park. There is also a 3500 seat theatre which features a variety of events throughout the year. There is a wide range of restaurants, cafes and bars. If you do not have your own transport there are regular bus services and it is not too far from the Arroya de la Miel train station. There are also taxis. The regular Friday market is held in the Tivoli car park roughly between 9am and 1pm.

The lower entrance to the Cable Car or Teleferico is opposite the entrance to Tivoli World. The eight minute journey affords fantastic views across Benalmadena and the coast. On a cloudless day you may even see the coast of North Africa. At the summit of the 800 meter high Monte Callamorro, birds of prey exhibitions are presented. Vultures, eagles, owls and falcons are to be seen. You must have your cable car ticket to attend these shows.

The tourist train is to add a new route to it`s existing Puerto Marina and Arroyo de la Miel routes. The new route will tour the Avda Las Palmeras, towards Benalmádena Pueblo, up to the Stupa, where a stop will be made 45 minutes, in which tourists can enjoy the Butterfly Park and the Stupa.
From here the train will head to Benalmadena Pueblo, where passengers will have free time and having several options to visit, such as the Columbian Museum, or Colomares Castle and the Pueblo itself. After this stop, which will run for 1.30 h, the train will return to the the hotel zone, bringing the tour to an end. The total journey time will be approximately 4 hours, beginning at 9.15 h to 13.30 h. This includes a guided tour, and will cost 11 €.
You can see the times and book tickets etc on the website link above.

This facility is situated in Avenida Federico García Lorca. Bus services M112, M116, M121 and M126 stop close by.

Colomares Castle
If you approach the little church in Benalmadena Pueblo, where, incidentally Alec and Bet were married in Coronation Street, just beyond the La Fonda hotel you will see magnificent views right down to the sea. You will also see a strange, rather medieval structure that looks a bit like a castle out of a Disney cartoon, this is Colomares Castle. Drive down toward the Torrequebrada coast and you will reach it on the left hand side of the road. You can park at the side of the road here, or go a little further down and there is a car park on the left, but you will have to walk back up the castle. It is a strange looking structure that has little purpose, and is only briefly mentioned anywhere on the internet. I know when I visited, I was told that it was built in quite recent years by an American, allegedly to celebrate Columbus's discovery of America. I think that dedication came as an afterthought. It is actually what we British would call a folly. It has no real purpose and you can't live in it and indeed most of the structures cannot be entered as they are too small. However it is worth a stop to see it - pay at the entrance - but don't expect to see anything on the scale of a major British castle.

This is a newly built Buddhist temple which you pass on the main road from Benalmadena Pubelo to Mijas. It is an amazing structure, illuminated at night and can be seen from many miles away. Entrance is free although there is not a lot to see. You are supposed to walk around the inside in a clockwise direction and make strong wishes. We cannot confirm that they come true.
 
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterfly Park)
Europes largest butterfly park opened it's doors to the public in March 2011. Visitors are able to walk amongst the 1500 tropical butterflies, which are from all over the world. Also in the park are many tropical flowers and plants, moths and caterpillars. This attraction is just outside Benalmadena Pueblo and adjacent to the Benalmadena Stupa.
 
The Casino
Benalmadena has one of the finest casinos in all of Spain, and it is located within the five star Torrequebrada Hotel which overlooks the sea, and which is situated on the main N340 coastal road just a few kilometres west of Benalmedena Costa. The hotel boasts a first-class restaurant open in the evenings, and an excellent garden side restarant open at lunchtime. Both restaurants are available to non-residents. You can also have dinner in the Sala Fortuna, and take in a flamenco show and a cabaret of a very high standard. The Casino itself has a variety of games such as routlette, poker and blackjack, and a tempting aray of slot machines.
 
Bil-Bil Castle
Is an Arabian style building located above Bil-Bil beach. Concerts and exhibitions are held here.

Cruises from Benalmadena
Costasol Cruceros S.L. operate regular boat trips to Fuengirola from Benalmadena Marina. The trip takes sixty minutes each way and operates mid - October to the end of March on every Tuesday and Sunday, three times a day. The service is daily for the rest of the year. Single tickets 9 euro for adults, and 5 euro for children. Return tickets are 13 euro for adults, and 8 euro for children. The company also operates dolphin watching trips in the summer.
 
Mundomarino operates a ferry service from Benalmadena Marina to Malaga. (SUMMER ONLY)

Selwo is a Spanish company operating many attractions on the Costa del Sol. Their latest is the Selwo Marina, which is on the western edge of the Parque Paloma. The theme is South American, and here you can experience both the flora and fauna of that continent. Some of the attractions include a dolphin display, sea lion display and the largest penguin collection in southern Spain, which is set in an area called Isla de Hielo, (island of ice / coldness). There is also a large collection of exotic birds. You can reach Selwo Marina by walking up Avenida del Parque, which is to the left at the southern end of Parque Paloma. It is open every day from 11am until dusk, and entrance is ¤16 for adults, and ¤11.90 for children up to seven.

Churches
Spain is predominantly a Catholic country, with over 75% of the population belonging to this religion. The church of Virgen del Carmen in Avenida Bonanza welcomes everyone to their services. There are also the churches of Santo Domingo in Benalmadena Pueblo and Inmaculada Concepcion in Arroyo de la Miel. A map showing the location of all these three churches can be found here. Arroyo Baptist Church. Sunday Service 7 p.m. Conjunto Zodiaco. Edif. Aries. Tel: 95 2563184 / 95 2447967.


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 Emergency and useful phone numbers
Police 092 Fire Brigade 080 Ambulance 061 Tourist Info 952 442 494