Benalmadena holidays have variety in spades. We're talking beaches to tickle every taste, an assortment of activities and a generous dollop of Andalusian history.

A town of three parts

This Costa del Sol stretch is divvied up into three. Benalmadena Pueblo – the oldest part – is all about narrow streets, whitewashed houses and cafés that spill out onto the pavements. The Arroyo de la Miel area’s more modern and brimming with bars and restaurants. Then, there's the town’s famous 24 Hour Square, which brings the party people flocking. The final piece of the puzzle is, of course, the coast, with its lively marina and chain of 12 prom-backed beaches.

Bevy of beaches

Stretching out along over 10 miles of coast, Benalmadena's beaches are a mix ‘n’ match affair. You’ve got the Blue Flag-waving Santa Ana, where sloping sands and shallow waters team up, making it a great choice for a family holiday. If you’re all about the watersports, try Torre Bermeja, where you can take to the waves on a jet ski, or bounce along on a banana boat. Chilled-out coves and low-key shingle beaches are in decent supply, too.

Plenty of options

Benalmadena has it all when it comes to activities. Tivoli World Theme Park’s enough to satisfy any thrill-seeker. For the green-fingered, Paloma Park’s packed with garden-inspo. Culture vultures should put the town’s big Buddhist temple at the top of their to-do lists – it’s the largest of its kind in the west. If you’re after a pic that’s sure to rake in the Insta likes, take the Benalmadena cable car up to the tip of Calamorro Mountain.

At a Glance

  • Wander through the pretty Paloma Park
  • Take your pick of beachy spots
  • Go on a daytrip to the city of Malaga