A big name

Benalmadena has carved itself a big slice of the Costa del Sol, with a whopping 20 kilometres of coastline to its name. And it’s divvied up its spoils well. Up in the old town it’s all whitewashed houses and narrow streets, while the main centre packs in the bars and restaurants. And down on the seafront, you’ve got back-to-back beaches and a marina that looks so hot it’s won awards.

Lots of beaches

You’ve got about a dozen beaches up for grabs along Benalmadena’s coast. There’s a real pick ’n’ mix to choose from with busy, sandy strips and quieter shingle-lined coves. Most of them are backed with bars and restaurants and serve up a raft of watersports. You’ll even get ones with children’s playgrounds.

Family-friendly resort

Benalmadena really packs in the family attractions. Top of the league table is Tivoli World, a theme park so big it has its own currency. No shabby second is Sea Life, an aquarium that’s swimming with sharks and seahorses. You’ve also got Paloma Park – it’s spot on for picnics and lakeside walks. And if you’ve got a head for heights, you can take a cable car up into the mountains.

Close to Malaga and Torremolinos

The resort sets you up nicely to explore 2 Costa titans. You can walk along the promenade to Torremolinos in about 40 minutes – get stuck into the pedestrianised Calle San Miguel for the shops and cafes here. Or a 25-minute drive gets you to Malaga with its 16th-century cathedral and Picasso Museum.

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