17 Aug Top things to do in Benalmádena (Attractions & Travel Tips)
Benalmádena has become one of the favorite destinations for foreigners, not only for tourism but also to establish their vacation home there. Today, Benalmádena is one of the most visited destinations in Malaga, notable for its lively nightlife, and its leisure establishments, which include an amusement park, two aquariums, a casino, a cable car, and one of the largest marinas in Malaga, Andalusia. This town, located on the Costa del Sol, is one of the most beautiful towns in Spain, and what better way to visit it than by renting a car at Haro Rent A Car?
At Haro Car, we want to bring you good activities to do during your visit to this wonderful city.
1. Walk the streets of the old town
The municipality of Benalmádena is home to different population centers: Benalmádena town, Benalmádena Costa and Arroyo de la Miel. Therefore, a good place to start your visit is its old town [Benalmádena pueblo]. Its small cobbled streets decorated with hundreds of colorful plants give the town a special charm. There you will find a lot of traditional shops, tapas bars and very pleasant terraces where sitting down to have a drink under the sun is a good plan.
2. Visit Plaza de España
Since you are strolling through the historic center, what better than visiting the Plaza de España, built at the end of the 70s? It is a modest square, like the one you could find in any Andalusian municipality, but it has its charm, in the center of the square you can find the sculpture of the girl, a famous bronze statue that offers water in a shell and represents friendship with tourists who come to town.
If you visit the square in spring, you will have the opportunity to walk around, accompanied by the characteristic aroma of orange blossom. This square is covered by orange trees that, when they bloom, give walkers a super pleasant aroma.
3. Visit the Tivoli World (activity for children)
If you are on vacation with your children, Tivoli World is the perfect plan to enjoy with your family. It is one of the largest theme parks in Andalusia and Spain, located in Benalmádena, an establishment that offers a total of 40 attractions, fairs, rides, shows, theme restaurants, shops, and much more entertainment.
Your children will spend an unforgettable moment thanks to the different attractions that are in the complex but this does not mean that only the little ones will have a good time, but that the complex has games, and shows for all ages. Before visiting this amusement park, we recommend that you review its complete guide to visiting Tivoli Word.
4. Castillo de Colomares, an essential
Colomares was built by Dr. Esteban Martín and two masons from Malaga between 1987 and 1994 in a completely traditional way and with techniques typical of the Middle Ages. It intended to document and relate to its visitors how the conquest of America has conceived and all the events that led Christopher Columbus to present to the Catholic Monarchs his plan to travel west to reach the Indies.
The construction of the castle lasted 7 years and they used brick, stone, cement, concrete, and wood. Thanks to his knowledge of art, history, and architecture, Dr. Martín was able to shape that work, turning it into an icon for the way of narrating the conquest of America.
We recommend you visit the Castillo de Colomares first thing in the morning, especially during the summer season, since after 5 pm most tourists visit the area.
5. Stupa of Enlightenment
Last but not least, we recommend you visit the Enlightenment Stupa, where you will be surprised by a Buddhist monument built in 2003.
This stupa is the largest in the West, with a height of 33 meters and a base of 25 meters long and 25 meters wide. It is located in the middle of Avenida de Retamar, where you will find a wonderful museum and incredible panoramic views. Its opening hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday. It is a spectacular space that you must visit.