Benalmadena is one of the most popular holiday resorts on Costa del Sol in Spain. But apparently not that many people know that the coast isn’t the only part of the town. In fact, Benalmádena has three main parts and each has something different to offer. In this post, we’ll focus on the best things to do in the old part of town called Benalmadena Pueblo.
An interesting fact to start with. The name Benalmádena probably originates from the Arabic ‘Ben-al-Madina. It means “Children of the Mines” as the area had plenty of iron ore mines, centuries ago.
It’s also good to know that Benalmadena is a great starting point to explore other places in Spain that are nearby, like Mijas Pueblo, Malaga, Ronda, Caminito del Rey, or Antequera. So if you ever feel like you’ve seen everything and want more, there are plenty of options nearby.
Three parts of Benalmadena, Spain
Throughout the years area evolved and right now consist of three distinct parts:
- Benalmádena Pueblo – calm traditional Andalusian village, located on a hill, at the foot of the Sierra de Mijas (at a height of about 200m a.s.l) overlooking Benalmádena Costa
- Benalmádena Costa – holiday resort area, known for its sandy beaches, many tourists attractions, and vivid nightlife
- Arroyo de la Miel – area where most of the local population lives
As we really enjoy old Spanish villages and towns and want to share their beauty we’ll show you the best things to see in Benalmádena Pueblo, so let’s go and just explore that.
7 Best Things To See In Benalmadena Pueblo, Spain
Benalmádena Pueblo Streets
Benalmadena’s old town retained the authenticity of a typical Andalusian village. Of course, it’s full of narrow cobbled streets, and whitewashed houses generously decorated with colorful flowers. Just wander around in this mesmerizing labyrinth and discover what each corner has to offer. You can for example sit on one of many squares, enjoy coffee or tapas, and observe the town’s slow life.
Plaza España in Benalmadena Old Town
While wandering around the Old Town, there is no way that you’ll miss Plaza España. It’s a pretty little square with orange trees, restaurants, and a fountain with a small girl – “La Niña” (The Girl).
Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzmán
The church is one of the oldest buildings in the Benalmádena Pueblo. Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzmán is from the 17th century. Possibly raised on the foundations of a previous smaller temple and the last time it was restored in the 20th century. The church is located in a small garden – Jardines del Muro.
Jardines del Muro
César Manrique (mostly known for his work on the Canary Islands) designed Jardines del Muro. Gardens offer spectacular views of the town, Castillo de Colomares, and the coast. You can also find playground, benches, shaded areas, a waterfall, and a restaurant there.
Castillo de Colomares
Castillo de Colomares (eng. Colomares Castle) is one of the most stunning pieces of architecture you’ll see in your life. It looks like a fairy-tale castle but in reality, it’s a monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus and his discovery of America. The look is one thing but the most fascinating fact is that it was built by only… 3 people!
Learn more: Castillo De Colomares In Benalmádena, Spain
Estupa de la Iluminación de Benalmádena
Estupa de la Iluminación de Benalmádena (eng. Stupa of Enlightenment Benalmádena), or just Benalmádena Stupa was built in 2003. It is a Buddhist temple for peace, harmony of the world and a place of meditation. The temple was the idea of Lopon Tsechu Rinpoche, the Buddhist Master from Bhutan. The government of Benalmádena approved and supported the construction, and so this beautiful, peaceful building came to life.
Benalmádena Stupa is beautiful from the outside, but from the inside as well. Once you’re inside, it’s best to walk around in a clockwise direction just to honor the tradition. Many believe that wishes made near a Stupa will become true, so don’t forget to make a wish. It is also the place where you can join guided meditation on Sunday evenings.,
Outside the Benalmádena Stupa, you can admire beautiful views of the Costa del Sol and after that, you can visit a souvenir shop that offers traditional ceramic figures or books to learn more about Buddhism.
The entrance is free. Opening hours can be found on the official website.
Mariposario de Benalmádena
Mariposario de Benalmádena is located right next to Benalmádena Stupa so there is no need to travel much to see both at once. There you can walk amongst 1500+ butterflies from all around the world, flying freely above your head, between artificial waterfalls and many flowers.
Opening hours: every day from 10 am to 7:30 pm
Normal tickets cost €8.5 & children €7.5 when bought online at the official website. However, prices at the ticket office onsite are slightly higher: €10.00 & €8.50 (April 2022)
Bonus – Best things to do in Benalmádena Costa
If Benalmadena old town is not enough for you, you can check out Benalmádena Costa. Here are highlights of best things to see there:
- Marina Benalmádena
- Parque de la Paloma
- Castillo de Bil Bil
- Benalmádena Beaches
- Playa Arroyo de la Miel
- Playa Malapesquera
- Playa de Santa Ana
- Benalmádena Cable Car (15-minute journey up Mount Calamorro)
How to get to Benalmádena Pueblo?
Benalmadena’s old town is located only 3km from Benalmádena Costa, 8km from Mijas Pueblo, 25km from Malaga, and 35km from Marbella so it’s fairly close to other popular places. As always, the fastest way to get there is by car.
Where to park in Benalmadena Pueblo?
You can leave your car in Benalmádena Pueblo Free public parking.
Where to eat in Benalmádena Pueblo?
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Where to sleep in Benalmádena Pueblo?
There are a lot of hotels and apartments in Benalmádena Pueblo. Choose the best one and spend your next holidays there.
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