Benalmadena It is one of the most famous towns in Andalusia, especially on the Costa del Sol. It is in the province of Malaga, about 20 kilometers south of the capital. The most striking thing is that it is divided into three very different urban centers: Benalmádena Pueblo, Benalmádena Costa and Arroyo de la Miel. The first of them is the typical Andalusian town with star streets, the second is the most touristic, while the last is a district that is the economic center and that has the train station.
This municipality became very famous in the 1960s, and since then it has been one of the main tourist destinations in the Costa del Sol, with beaches, a marina and a multitude of entertainment venues so there is no lack of entertainment. But not everything is beach tourism, there are many very interesting places, such as monuments or museums.
What to see
– Church of Santo Domingo: it is in Benalmádena Pueblo and it is one of the most beautiful churches in Andalusia. It was built in the 17th century.
– Gardens of El Muro: it is next to the previous church and has a spectacular viewpoint, in which the canary César Manrique designed these gardens, which have the sea as a background.
– Felipe Orlando Museum of Pre-Columbian Art: it is in the center of Benalmádena Pueblo and it is a very important cultural space in the area. It houses the most important collection of pre-Columbian art in the entire province and one of the most important in Spain.
– Bil-Bil Castle: It is next to the beach and is an Arab-style castle with exquisite decoration. From its exterior you can enjoy the best beach views of the municipality.
– Stupa of Enlightenment: It is a Buddhist stupa, the largest in the western part of the world and which is topped by a gold cone.
– Watchtowers: they are the towers of Torrequebrada, Torremuelle and Torrebermeja, and they belong to the defensive zone that was used to prevent pirate attacks centuries ago.
– Sea Classroom: it is an aquarium in which there is a great exhibition of marine fauna. There are various environmental education activities.
Benalmádena has almost 20 kilometers of coastline, with a total of 17 beaches, including Arroyo Hondo, Bil-Bil, Carvajar, La Morena, Fuente de la Salud, Arroyo de la Miel, Las Viborillas, Melilleros, Torremuelle or Santa Ana. You access all the beaches by a promenade It goes from one end to the other of the municipality, where there are many beach bars, bars, shops, restaurants and all kinds of entertainment venues.
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