Holidays in Benalmadena – One of the most popular beach resorts
Benalmadena is a mix of the traditional white washed Spanish village and a modern resort; it is also one of the most popular beach areas in the Costa del Sol. This is the perfect family friendly resort featuring beautiful beaches, the Sea Life theme park at the marina and Tivoli World, the largest amusement park on the Costa del Sol. You can take a cable car to the top of Calamorro Mountain and enjoy spectacular views of the coastline and North Africa. The population in Benalmadena doubles during the hot summer months thanks to the beaches, traditional and modern restaurants, and the lively bars, nightclubs and casinos.
There are plenty of excursions to be taken including exciting cities such as Marbella, Granada and Malaga. Benalmadena is the perfect choice for families and couples looking to enjoy days spent relaxing by the hotel pool or enjoying the vibrant beach life.
Benalmadena is at its busiest during the hot summer months, especially during the August school holidays; all of the school holiday periods will see a livelier Benalmadena. Spring and autumn holidays in Benalmadena are quieter and the beaches will not be as crowded. You can pick up some excellent savings on flights and accommodation during spring and autumn, and swimming in the Mediterranean Sea is still an option. Winter weather in Benalmadena is comparable to a warm UK spring and this is another good time to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and pick up some good holiday deals.
Daytime temperatures in Benalmadena during the summer months will not usually drop lower than 30C and the evenings will be a warm 18C. Spring and autumn are also warm with an average 20C but temperatures will usually creep towards 25C at the end of April and begin to decrease mid-October. Rainfall is rare during the summer and tends to appear infrequently from November through March. Winters are still sunny with temperatures of around 14C although the nights will be cooler at a minimum 6C. Swimming is available for much of the year but the winter months will bring sea temperatures of around 15C.
Benalmadena is one of the busier Costa del Sol resorts and prices will peak during the summer months of July and August. Booking in advance is the best option to benefit from summer holiday deals. Consider the warm spring and autumn months in order to obtain lower prices on accommodation and flights. Avoiding school holiday periods such as Easter, October and Christmas will mean you can take advantage of reduced holiday rates and will guarantee more space on the beaches.Make sure to check our best deals on offer below and browse our late deals offers for significant holiday savings.
There are direct flights from most UK city airports to Malaga Airport (AGP) all year round with a flight time of approximately three hours. Benalmadena is a mere 14km from the airport meaning a very quick transfer time of around 20 minutes. Malaga Airport provides everything a traveller could require after a flight including duty free shopping, restaurants, bars, currency exchange and car hire. Trains, buses and taxis depart from Terminal 3; taxis are unmetered and fares should be arranged with the driver.
Taxi fare to Benalmadena will be approximately 19 euros (£15) per car and there is always the option of independently booking a private shuttle online with a fare of 8 euros (£6) per person. Self-drive is another convenient option for those who wish to explore Costa del Sol, and cars can be booked independently online. The major roads in Benalmadena are in excellent condition with driving on the right.
Andalucia is home to some of the best beaches in Spain and has one of best climates in which to enjoy them. These immense beaches of fine grey sand are largely unspoilt and the warm Mediterranean Sea waters are ideal for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving for much of the year. On a Benalmadena holiday it’s easy to enjoy either a lively resort beach or a secluded little bay on which to relax and escape the crowds.
Malapesquera Beach is the most popular beach in Benalmadena and is located right next to the beautiful, award winning marina. This is the place to go if you are a watersports enthusiast, and you can hire sailing boats and jet skis from the Nautical Centre. This beach is lively but there is a quieter area lined with palm trees that is the perfect place to relax on sun loungers under the shade of a parasol. There are plenty of facilities at the nearby promenade including restaurants, bars and cafeterias.
For a more secluded beach that is frequented by the locals try Tajo de la Soga, which is also known as one of the most romantic beaches in Benalmadena. This small sandy beach is the perfect place to escape the crowds and has little in the way of services. The waters here are exceptionally clear and the many underwater reefs are perfect for diving and snorkelling.
Torre Bermeja Beach is one of most popular beaches with families due to its relaxed atmosphere and facilities. This beach includes a children’s play park and family oriented sports such as kayaking and sailing. Hammocks are available to relax on as well parasols and beach seating. Beach bars and restaurants are located nearby meaning you won’t have to wander far from the sand for a snack or cold drink.
The beach at Benalmadena stretches for 9km along the Costa del Sol and offers sun-worshippers a range of facilities, from lifeguards, sun beds and umbrellas to bars and cafes on the attractive promenade behind. The main sand and shingle beach at Benalmadena Costa is the busiest, but there are quieter rocky coves and inlets along the coast for more peaceful sunbathing.
The award-winning marina at Benalmadena is busy and bustling, and houses a sailing centre, an aquarium, and a host of waterfront bars and cafes in which to relax. Boats can be rented here, and there are regular trips to Fuengirola and Torremolinos, as well as catamaran cruises and deep-sea fishing excursions.
For active guests, scuba diving, waterskiing, sailing, wakeboarding and kayaking can be enjoyed at the resort.
The whole of the Costa del Sol is a golfer's paradise, known for its quality courses, fine weather and stunning scenery and visitors to Benalmadena can choose from a number of local courses in the area.
Tennis, volleyball, karting, clay pigeon shooting and pitch-and-putting is available, whilst the more adventurous can try canyoning, quad biking, off-road buggy riding and paintball.
A major attraction in Benalmadena, the cable car takes visitors up to 800m above sea level, offering fantastic views along the coastline and out across the sea to Gibraltar and Africa. Donkey rides are available at the summit to take passengers on tours of the area, and there is also a Bird Sanctuary at the top. Many active passengers choose to make the scenic descent on foot or on mountain bike.
This local entertainment centre is the largest on the Costa del Sol, and features plenty of rides and attractions, as well as gardens and fountains, and theatres hosting concerts and shows.
There are a number of museums and monuments in Benalmadena which celebrate the town's rich Moorish history, and the resort is home to a weekly flea market. The traditional part of the resort, Benalmadena Pueblo, offers a change from the hustle and bustle of the beachfront, with this picturesque and well-preserved village featuring narrow cobbled streets and flower-filled window boxes, great for strolls or leisurely meals in a charming setting.
The whole area is a delight to explore, whether touring by car, or experiencing the beauty of the Spanish countryside close up by hiking, biking or on horseback. There are numerous traditional whitewashed towns to visit, whilst Andalucian cities such as Seville and Grenada are interesting day trips, with plenty of history and culture, as well as great shopping and dining.