Benalmádena on the Costa del Sol

Information about the city of Benalmádena, including the main tourist attractions, local pastimes, history, geography and important telephone numbers...

The town of Benalmádena, along with Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmadena Costa and Benalmadena Pueblo, make up the Municipality of Benalmádena. The town of Benalmádena is situated 20 Km Southwest of Malaga. It is part of the autonomous community (comunidad autónoma) of Andalucía (Spain is comprised of 17 autonomous communities). The city is approximately 26.6 Km² in size and has a summer population of more than 100,000. The city is very popular with British tourists.

Local Life

Nearby Benalmadena Costa is considered the urban centre of the Municipality of Benalmádena, with quite a few restaurants and pubs, many of them English, Irish and Scottish. Along the busy beachfront, numerous restaurants serve regional dishes and fresh fish. In Sol y Mar square, also known as the "24-hour Square", there is an active nightlife, with many clubs offering salsa dancing, DJs and live music into the early hours.


The House of Artisans (Casa del Artesano) is a refurbished historical building where craftspeople demonstrate how artisans have been making the local crafts for many centuries. The Selwo Marina is an aquarium with myriad sea animals, ice sculptures, exotic birds, snakes, a 3-D cinema and touch pools. Bil Bil Castle (Castillo Bil-Bil), a Moorish-style residence built in the 1930s, has an exhibition room with a large number of mosaics, textures and paintings. The town often hosts event here. More information can be found regarding the changing exhibits on the Angloinfo What's On Guide.

Leisure Activities In and Around Benalmádena

Every Wednesday the local market takes place across from Selwo Marina.

Benalmádena Information and Contacts

Service Contact
Ayuntamiento de Benalmádena (town hall)
: Avda. Juan Luis Peralta, s/n. 29639 Benalmádena, Málaga
Tel: 952 579 800

Benalmadena Costa Municipal Tourist Office
At: Avenida Antonio Machado 14, Benalmadena
Tel: 952 442 494
Policía Local (municipal police) Tel: 952 579 849 (Pueblo)
Tel: 952 563 665 (Costa)
Tel: 092
Bomberos (fire brigade) Tel: 952 563 429