Covering an area of about 30Km², and with about 30,000 inhabitants, Benalmadena is just 19 kilometers from Malaga Airport. It's easy to reach from both Malaga capital and International Airport by road, train or bus and its privileged position looking out onto the Mediterranean Sea, it is little wonder that it has grown so rapidly in size over the last two decades, and become so popular. It is always lively, but the busiest time of year is during the hot summer months, when holiday makers swell the population by more than triple.
The Benalmadena area offers an easy lifestyle and a comfortable climate with the light sea breezes. Many thousands of British families have bought holiday homes and a large number of them have settled down permanently to live the life of their dreams.
Benalmadena is split into three distinct districts -
Benalmádena Pueblo (The old village)
Despite the huge number of foreigners now living and holidaying in the area, the Pueblo has managed to maintain a certain degree of decorum in the midst of the massive amounts of building works and construction developments that now surround it, where not so long ago it was just countryside
Arroyo de la Miel
This busy commercial town centre separates the village on the hill from the sea front. Arroyo has grown rapidly, due greatly to the good train service running between Fuengirola and Malaga, as well as good road connection.
Benalmádena Costa This is the coastal area with its many hotels, beaches and award winning Marina, with excellent port facilities, fantastic nightlife and a fabulous Aquarium.
With the huge number of resident and visiting foreign Tourists to Benalmadena and the Costa del Sol in general, the variety of types of restaurants is enormous. There are English, Scottish and Irish pubs, most of which have live big screen sporting events. You have the choice of all nationality restaurants, including, Chinese, Italian, Dutch, Lebanese, etc. There are also plenty opportunities to try out the local dishes and the best place to go is along the beach or to the Marina and visit a "Chiringuito" Beach Bar) where fresh fish dishes are served up with a wonderful chilled wine or a refreshing glass of sangria.
One of the best places on the Costa del Sol for nightlife is Benalmadena, with so many different types of bars, clubs, restaurants that there is always something to suit all tastes. At the crossroads before going down to the Port, is the Solimar Plaza, where there are more pubs and clubs for the night owls, as well as a recently built commercial centre with 8 cinemas to choose from.
The promenade is one of the smartest of the Costa del Sol, which stretches from the Bil Bil Castle to the Marina, and there are plans to extend it even further. It presently covers several kilometres and stretches across the Benalmadena area with the relaxing tranquility of sand and sea on one side and the bustling commercial hubbub of activity on the other. There are many bars and restaurants all along the sea front, where you can enjoy a pleasant time looking out across the Mediterranean or watching the world go by.