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Benalmádena on the Costa del Sol Benalmádena is on the coast in-between Fuengirola and Torremolinos, a 10 minute drive away from the CN-340 turn-off and 15 minutes to Mijas which is set a little further inland. The nearest golf course is Torrequebrada, others include: La Cala Resort, Santana, Alhaurin, Lauro and Mijas Golf which is closer to Fuengirola.

Located fifteen minutes drive away from Málaga airport is Benalmádena; the town offers a large range of activities compared to others anywhere on the coast.

Benalmádena has grown steadily to become the second most popular tourist destination on the Coast after Torremolinos. It is hard to believe that as little as 20 years ago, when Marbella was flexing its muscles as the hottest spot on the Med for the jet set and international celebrities, Benalmádena was only in the first stages of its development. Today it has seemingly endless hotel and apartment facilities with more under development. Benalmádena also has a stunning marina, the winner of the prestigious Best International Port in the World award. This town has museums, theme parks and a long line of nightlife venues, which start in Benalmádena and end in Torremolinos. While it is certainly true that the older "concrete jungle" sections are in need of some serious renovation, most of the newer areas are well designed and provide adequate and comfortable hotel and apartment facilities.

Benalmádena was founded more than 30 centuries ago by the Phoenicians, while its importance increased during the Arab occupation due to its mineral wealth. The name Benalmádena is Arabic and means Children of The Mines.

Located between the sea and the mountains, this area was strategically valuable both for defensive purposes, with lookout towers located in the mountains and as a port providing trade for its mining exports.

In the town centre you will find the watchtowers Torre Muelle, Torre Quebrada and Torre Bermeja, a church from the seventeenth century and an archaeological museum all of notable interest.

Local crafts in the area reflect its mining past, with forging and smelting workshops producing all kinds of local products from jewellery to intricate iron gates.

The marina is perfect for water sports and deep-fishing trips. The sea life centre in the port offers the unique experience of the undersea world of the Mediterranean, with many exotic fish and sharks viewed from an underwater tunnel. Benalmádena has a major theme park,Tivoli World, which has many rides and attractions and is famous for its live concerts and flamenco shows.

Also located here is Snake City, a park that encourages visitors to confront their fear of reptiles! It's great fun, though and a golden opportunity to prove to your friends and family just how brave you can be...

If you enjoy golf then Golf Torrequebrada is a superb golf course, with excellent views, located in the hills above and running down to the coastal road. The mountains above Benalmádena also provide a platform for hiking, climbing and parascending in this area.

After a day of frantic activity you will be pleased to learn that the local gastronomy is extremely varied and to be found in an almost bewildering array of restaurants. As in all parts of Andalucía, the fish menu is usually particularly impressive, but anyone who prefers international cuisine can get it.

The Hotel and Casino Torrequebrada offers exclusive evenings in which guests can enjoy dinner and a show which are usually of the Las Vegas "glitz and glamour" variety. The nightlife is particularly active in the summer, but it can be enjoyed all year round.

One particular plaza is known locally as 24-Hour Square and features a dozen or so clubs and bars. Then there is the port of Benalmádena, which seems to suit the more mature crowd. Benalmádena doesn't include merely the newer coastal part of the town, but stretches into the hills into Benalmádena Pueblo, a small town with the appearance of a white village. This area is more peaceful than its younger seaside brother and the small central square has some first-class restaurants. You will know when you've found it, as there is a statue of a girl holding a seashell, which has become the symbol of Benalmádena.

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