Axarquia, Costa del Sol, Andalucia, Spain

BENALMADENA

Benalmádena lies on the coast 22 kilometres to the west of Malaga. It has an extensive and attractive marina with unusual surrounding architecture. The well kept beaches stretch for 9 kilometres and there are plenty of hotels and appartments for rent. Two kilometres from the coast, at an altitude of 280 metres, there is an old inner city with traditional houses typical of a white Andalucian village, with narrow and well maintained streets.

Benalmádena has a population of 28,000 and three different urban nuclei: Benalmádena-Pueblo, Benalmádena-Costa and Arroyo de la Miel.

Marina at BenalmadenaAncient remains in the area are from Neolithic, Iberian, Phoenician, Roman and Arab eras. The name of the town is Arabic in origin and means 'children of the mines' in reference to past mineral mining.

Tivoli World, an attraction park, is located in the Arroyo de la Miel area. It has magnificent gardens and live shows. Other attractions include a natural submarine park called Sea Life, Selwo Marine Park, Casino Torrequebrada, and Bil-Bil castle which is now a cultural centre.
Sightseeing:

  • Church of Santo Domingo (Iglesia de Santo Domingo) - 17th century Baroque style.
  • Watchtowers - built in the 16th and 17th centuries for defense over the beaches. There are three in Benalmádena; torre Bermeja, torre Quebrada and torre Muelle.
  • Colomares CastleCastle Bil-Bil (Castillo de Bil-Bil) - an Arab construction decorated with red plaster, tiles and bas-reliefs.
  • Colomares Castle - a unique building, combining various architectures.
  • Iberian Village (Poblado Ibero) - located on Capellanías hillside.
  • Municipal Archaeological Museum - includes a pre-Columbian art collection donated by the Mexican painter Felipe Orlando.
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