The Costa del Sol is one of the most famous coastal regions in the world. With its 300+ days of sunshine each year it is easy to understand how it derived its name! The province of Malaga lies within the Moorish region of Andalucia (which in itself is a stunning region to visit). If you are looking for sunshine then look no further.
Benalmadena lies on the Costa del Sol, just a 20 minute drive from Malaga airport. It is made up from 3 completely contrasting areas: Benalmadena Pueblo, Arroyo de la Miel and Benalmadena Costa.
Benalmadena Pueblo is a typical Andalusian village set in the mountains with a selection of monuments, museums and a local church that are worth a visit.
Arroyo de la Miel is the village situated between the old town and the coast. It is famous for its popular attractions (eg Tivoli World, Teleferica) and is just a 5 minute walk from Minerva.
Benalmadena Costa is the stretch of coastline that runs between Fuengirola and Torremolinos. You can stroll along one of the most attractive promenades in Europe from the Parque de la Paloma to the Puerto Marina that has twice won the prestigious "Best Marina in the World" award. The Marina's fabulous array of shops, boutiques, restaurants, bars, Sealife Center coupled with its European Blue Flag status make it worth a visit.
Parque de la Paloma is the park that has something for everybody at no cost. Fabulous walkways take you around the lake where you can see a large selection of birds. With everything from peacocks to rabbits hopping freely around you the children are kept entertained whilst the adults can enjoy a coffee or beer in one of the many cafes. There are some great play areas for children who like to climb and swing. At the opposite side of the park you will find Selwo Dolphinarium. Here you can watch the dolphins and seals enchant the children and even visit the penguins in the igloo. Selwo has a wonderful park for the children in which they can climb and tunnel underground.
The beach at Benalmadena
Parque de la Paloma
Cactii in the Parque de la Paloma
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