Benalmádena covers an area of just over than 27 km2 that extends from the summits of the Sierra de Mijas to the sea, falling in some places as a cliff. The territory is crossed from east to west on Highway A-7, which connects with the provincial capital and other centers of the Mediterranean coast.
The population is concentrated in three main centers: Benalmádena Pueblo, Arroyo de la Miel and Benalmádena Costa, although the high urban growth and demographic tends to unify the three cores.
In the early twentyfirst century Benalmádena Pueblo is one of the main tourist destinations on the Costa del Sol, with leisure facilities including an amusement park, two aquariums, a casino, a cable car and one of the largest marinas of Andalusia.
The municipality has three main urban areas:
The original village, which lies about three kilometres inland at an elevation of approximately 200 m above mean sea level. Its core consists of a typical white-fronted Andalusian village, although including numerous recent buildings in modern architectural styles. The town of Benalmádena also has an archaeological museum with locally derived artefacts dating back to the Bronze Age.
Arroyo de la Miel (Honey Stream)
Originally a separate village, is in the interior between the other two areas. It has become the main residential area, and is also the most commercially active. Buildings, many of them apartment blocks. are tightly packed. It has attractions such as the Tivoli World amusement park, and a teleferico (cable car) running to the summit of the 769-metre Calamorro mountain, which provides panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada, Gibraltar and, on clear days, the Moroccan coastline.
An urban agglomeration on the coast. Here there are discos, hotels, beaches, shopping centers and an extensively-equipped marina. Tourist attractions include SeaLife aquarium and Selwo Marina, a theme park with dolphins, penguins and seals among other species. The Parque Paloma is a more recent addition to the attractions, a landscaped park containing a large lake and animals running wild.
Monuments & Heritage
Cueva del Toro was discovered in 1969 and is the most important prehistoric site in the municipality. It was occupied 15,000 years ago and used as a sanctuary in the Upper Paleolithic. Many rock paintings can be found within, one of the most famous represents a good-hearted acephalus. This cave is located on Mount Calamorro and other important caves are the Cave of the Botijos, the Cave of the Zorrera and the Cave of Alquibla, remains of which can be seen in the archaeological museum of Benalmádena.
Ancient sites: there are several Ancient Age sites to be found in Benalmádena. Among the most notable is the Phoenician site of La Era. From the second century b.c. the Romans were present in the town, of particular note there were several garo factories such as the Benal-Roma complex, Torremuelle (no longer exists) or Los Molinillos located in Benalmádena Costa.
Lookout towers: three watchtowers are located within the municipality: Torremuelle, Torre Quebrada and Torre Bermeja. Some of them are part of the system of fortifications built on the coast of Eastern Andalusia as a defensive system of the Nazari Kingdom of Granada, and then restored or rebuilt during Christian repopulation to protect the Spanish Mediterranean coast from the invasion of the Barbary pirates. Throughout the centuries they have been reconstructed due to damage caused by the passage of time and the action of earthquakes.
Buddist Stupa: The township of Benalmádena has the largest example of a Buddhist stupa in the Western world, Benalmádena Stupa, constructed in 2003.
Castillo de Colomares (Colomares Castle): Castillo de Colomares is a monument, in the form of a castle, dedicated to the life and adventures of Christopher Colombus. It was built near Benalmádena in Spain, between 1987 and 1994. Covering an area of 1,500 meters, it is the largest monument in the world to the explorer, but also contains the smallest church in the world.
Plaza de España: containing the “Portal de San Carlos” (San Carlos gate) with the arms of Solesio and the “La Tribuna” building. A monument to the founder of this complex was erected in the square.
La Niña de Benalmádena: is a bronze sculpture that was constructed by Jaime Pimentel. It is one of the icons of the city and is located in the centre of a fountain in the Plaza de España in Benalmádena Pueblo. It represents a girl with her hair in a ponytail and offering water in a shell. The sculptors model for this piece was the niece of a fisherman of Almayate - Manolo "El Petaca". A statuette with La Niña was the award given to the winner at the Festival de Cine de Autor byt the authorities of Benalmadena during its celebration in the Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions of the Costa del Sol.
From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benalmadena
Amusement and Entertainment Park Tivoli World, opened in 1973. It offer not only focuses on rides, but also entertainment (concerts, comedy, dance), restaurants and exhibitions.
Enjoy the best shows in Tivoli World!
In high season, you can enjoy a wide and varied program of shows in our different squares.
Live the Wild West in the West Square, the Andalusian folklore in the Plaza de Andalucía with Flamenco Show, and enjoy shows for the little ones in the Squares Of the Jungle, Tivolilandia and the Mysterious Boat.
The park has 4 areas; 'Antillas', 'Las Hondonada', 'Amazonia' and 'Isla de Hielo'. 'Antillas' is where the dolphin and sea lion pools are located. There are 4 large pools, three of which are home to their three bottlenose dolphins, and the last used for interactive programmes such as Swim With a Sea Lion. The main large pool (The 'Show Pool') is used by both the dolphins and sea lions during shows, however the sea lions do not have access to it otherwise. 'Las Hondonada' is the area in which the Bird and Snake Shows take place. There are also aviaries to view the parrots when they aren't performing. 'Amazonia' is a small indoor area containing tank of snakes, lizards, fish, caimans and a collection of others. 'Isla de Hielo' translates to 'Island of Ice' and is home to their collection of penguins. The penguin exhibit mimics that of their natural habitat; the amount of light they receive during the day is relative to what they would receive in the wild, so that during the summer the lights are at their dimmest, and in winter they are at their brightest.
From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selwo_Marina
Benalmádena Cable Car and Mount Calamorro: from the center of Arroyo de la Miel to the top of Mount Calamorro, at 771 meters above the sea level, a journey of 5,565 meters. From the top of Mount Calamorro you can see the coast, the Mediterranean and, on clear days, Gibraltar and the African Atlas. At the top of Mount Calamorro you can make excursions, there is a cafeteria and shops and a spectacle of birds.
Butterfly Park in Benalmadena Pueblo is he largest butterfly park in Europe.
Sea Life Benalmadena Aquarium: located in the nice Marina of Benalmadena Marina, is a conservation center for sharks opened in 1995. The Sea Life brand belongs to the group Merlin Entertainment, which manages more than twenty similar aquariums in Europe.
Casino Torrequebrada: opened in 1979 and located next to a five star hotel with the same name. It also offers shows. It is located in front of the beach and near the golf course of Torrequebrada.
The museum's origins come from the private collection of Felipe Orlando García-Murciano, a famous artist, poet, writer and anthropologist of Mexican origin, who donated it to Benalmadena, his adopted people for decades. He transformed his residence into the Locality into this unique museum, and was its conservative director from its opening in 1970 until his death.
THE MUSEUM OF PRECOLOMBINO ART Felipe Orlando also has a collection of archaeological pieces found in different enclaves of the town, representing a journey through the history of the town, from its first settlers, with remains more than 5,000 years old, to the present day.
On April 27, 2005, the Museum re-opened its doors after an ambitious renovation, which has made it possible for the museum to be fully adapted to the requirements of the new museology, with a new exhibition and functional design.
Nowadays, this museum has become one of the archaeological references of the Costa del Sol, and due to its magnificent collection of pre-Columbian pieces the only museum in Andalusia of these characteristics.