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Benalmadena Coronavirus (COVID-19) Costa del Sol Travel Report

Wolfgang Holzem

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Benalmádena is a large town on the Spanish Costa del Sol. It consists of three parts; Benalmádena Pueblo, Arroyo de la Miel and Benalmádena Costa. The most worth visiting of these is Benalmádena Costa with its long stretch of sunny beaches, a lively nightlife and excellent cuisine.

It is located roughly 15 km south west of Malaga and merges with Torremolinos lies just north east of it along the coast.

Understand

The Benalmadena coast (Spanish: Benalmàdena Costa) is the southernmost portion of Benalmádena, this is the strip along the Mediterranean Sea. There are many hotels, bars, and of course beaches, and the Puerto Marina is here. The Puerto Marina is an open-air shopping mall, marina, and on-the-water (literally) condominium complex. Don’t expect to find many people here when there’s daylight, but after 22.00 the crowds appear. Next door to the shopping portion which surrounds the harbor, there is a complex containing Benalmádena’s nightclubs. Arroyo de la Miel is the central section of the municipality. and is the home to many Britons, and its main street is lined with British pubs. English speakers will be at home here, but you will also have ample opportunity to practice your Castillian, or even more specifically, your Andaluz.

Get in

Fly to Benalmádena

The closest airport is Malaga airport , which is along the coast, just a few minutes by train or car. You can get a taxi from outside terminal 2 where there is a taxi rank. A taxi from Malaga Airport to Benalmádenatown centre is around €29

Travel by train to Benalmádena

Benalmadena can be reached by the frequent, inexpensive, and comfortable air conditioned trains which run along the coast from Malaga to Fuengirola, with a station at Malaga Airport. The station at Benalmadena is in Arroyo de la Miel, with taxis and buses to take you to all parts of the town.

Travel by bus to Benalmádena

Benalmadena is integrated in Malaga Metropolitan Transport Consortium. The following bus routes:

Route Service Timetable Map
M-110 Malaga-Benalmádena Costa Timetable Map
M-112 Málaga-Mijas Timetable Map
M-115 Málaga-Benalmádena Costa (Directo) Timetable Map
M-116 Benalmádena-Teatinos (October-June) Timetable Map
M-120 Torremolinos-Fuengirola Timetable Map
M-121 Torremolinos-Benalmádena-Mijas Timetable Map
M-123 Churriana-Torremolinos-Benalmádena Costa Timetable Map
M-124 Carola-Torremolinos Timetable Map
M-125 Torremolinos-Patronato Timetable Map
M-126 Benalmádena-Torremolinos Timetable Map
M-320 Málaga-Marbella Timetable Map

Get around

Image of Destination GuideImage of Destination GuideImage of Destination GuideImage of Destination GuideImage of Destination GuideImage of Destination GuideThere is a local bus service, the Orange buses, which costs €1.1 per person per journey operating within the town limits. It runs up to Benalmadena Pueblo via Arroyo de la Miel starting from both ends of the coastal road. Times are posted on the Orange Bus Stops. The Portillo buses, green and cream, run along to coast from Malaga right down to Estapona and from Benalmadena to Malaga or Fuengirola costs €1.2 per person. Taxis cost €5.5 per trip within the town limits during the week and 8 on Sundays; they can take up to 4 people. This place is hilly with several roads having the Cardiac Hill nickname so buses and taxis can be a valuable health aid.

Sightseeing in Benalmádena

  • Benalmadena Marina. The inner part is surrounded by shops, cafes, bars and apartments and is nice to walk around.
  • Butterfly ZooAvda. Retamar, Benalmadena Pueblo (adjacent to the Buddhist Temple). 10.00-18.00 approxThis recently opened attraction features a great variety of butterflies from different continents. From Torremolinos, Benalmadena Costa and Arroyo take the bus that goes to Mijas (every half hour during the day) and alight at Estupa which is just beyond the village of Benalmadena Pueblo. The Buddhist Temple is easy to spot. By car, Exit 217 on the autovia and head towards Benalmadena Pueblo. €11.50.

What to do in Benalmádena

  • Boat trips. Some of these include dolphin watching.
  • Cable car to top of mountain. An excellent trip. You can get there on the Sightseeing Tour Bus which tours the town on a one hour round trip and you can get on and off at any place. Get off at Tivoli World for the cable car trip to the top and then if you’re up for it, a short steep walk to the peak of the mountain where the views are beautiful. The Birds of Prey exhibition on the mountain is inclusive with the cable car price (13 euro) and is a fascinating show with eagles, vultures and owls showing off their skills.
  • Segway toursPuerto Deportivo de Benalmadena.  10AM till 7PM€35.
  • Tivoli World – Theme park near the centre of town.
  • Costa Party Catamarans operate luxury sailing catamarans and their English speaking crews are fabulous. The best boat trip, takes place daily from 10-00AM, out to sea looking for wild dolphins.

Where to eat in Benalmádena

  • The Atrium – a fine restaurant located on Avenida de al Constitución, where a nice meal will cost 10-15€ per person. There is a wide variety of dishes, and excellent recipes. It is spacious, having rejected the Spanish tendency to cram as much as possible into the smallest space. You will feel as though you’re dining in England or the United States, but the recipes bring the best of Spanish raw materials to your table prepared as nouveau cuisine.

Drink

The Harpenny Bridge is a great bar to watch football. As you guessed, it is an Irish pub and they do amazing variety of whiskeys and spirits. They also are one of the only bars around allowed to sell black vodka.

Also Monkey Business, (in front of Hotel Riviera). A great place for drinks and fun. The food is great and bar staff are Irish so there’s always great craic.

  • Picassos Show BarPlaza de Ibensa, local 14, Benalmadena Costa (Beneath Eduardo’s Restaurant.).  Picasso’s will be serving drinks and there will be a free nightly raffle. Drinks are exceptionally low priced for this type of luxury venue.
  • Robbo’s BarAvenida De Bonanza10am-2amFriendly family bar, good food (best of British) served all day, good selection of drinks at affordable prices, pool table and sun terrace, quiz nights Tu-Th Sa from about 10pm. Cheap prices.

Where to stay in Benalmádena

There are many lodging options in Benalmádena.

  • Hotel Benalmadena BeachAv. Antonio Machado, 43.
  • Holiday World Resort.
  • Flatotel costa del sol.
  • Hotel Bali Benalmadena.
  • Holiday Village hotel.
  • Holiday palace hotel.
  • Apartamentos Good Places.
  • Hydros Hotel.
  • Hostal SolymielAvda. Blas Infante, 14 29631, Arroyo de la Miel Málaga 29631, Arroyo de la Miel Málaga.
  • Apartamentos Don GustavoAvda. Antonio Machado, 60 Benalmádena Costa, 29630 Malaga, España Benalmádena Costa, 29630 Malaga, España.
  • Hotel Las ArenasAv de Antonio Machado, 122 29630 Benalmádena Costa Málaga 29630 Benalmádena Costa Málaga.
  • Apartahotel Ms AlayAvda Alay s/n 29630 Benalmádena – Málaga 29630 Benalmádena – Málaga.
  • Best TritónAvda. Antonio Machado 29 29630, Benalmádena Benalmádena.
  • Best BenalmádenaAvda. del Sol, s/n – Ctra. Cádiz Km 220 29630, Benalmádena Benalmádena.
  • Best SirocoC/ Carril del Siroco, s/n 29630, Benalmádena Benalmádena.
  • Polynesia Hotel.
  • Vincci Aleysa SpaAv. Antonio Machado, 57 29630. Benalmádena, Malaga Benalmádena.

Stay safe in Benalmádena

  • Xanit Hospital which is a privately run hospital is located in Benalmadena should the need arise.

Go next

Tours are available from almost everywhere in Benalmádena and lots go to Malaga, Marbella, Ronda, Estepona, Algeciras, Cadiz, Sevilla and Gibraltar (UK).

Be aware that if you decide to go to Gibraltar, you will need a passport or ID to get in. Some countries may require visas, although uncommon.

Former founder of Asiarooms.com and now reporting mainly on the Asia Pacific region and the global Coronavirus crises in countries such as Thailand, Germany & Switzerland. Born near Cologne but lived in Berlin during my early teenage years. A longterm resident of Bangkok, Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon and Phuket. A great fan of Bali, Rhodes & Corfu. Now based on Mallorca, Spain.

Menorca

An Introduction to Menorca Island on the Balearic Islands

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The harbour at Maó, the island capital, is the second largest natural deep water port in the world – the largest being Pearl Harbour. The whole island is a European Biological Reserve and Unesco Biosphere Reserve aiming to preserve environmental areas. More than a 75% of the territory is protected. You can watch some of the last turtles of the Mediterranean, birds and protected species.

With a population of around 92,000, the island is dominated by tourists, particularly during the summer tourist season of May – October. Due to its unspoiled beauty, it allows the more adventurous the opportunity to discover new charms and experiences. Despite its smaller size among other Spanish islands, being just around 30 miles long and around 10 miles wide, the number of beaches that Menorca has equals the number of beaches that can be found in Mallorca and Ibiza combined.

An identifying sign of Menorca is its fascination with horses. All things centre around horses and the people love them. Menorca has its own race of black horses. In all the festivities the horses and their “caixers” (riders) are the centrepieces. The “Cami de Cavalls” is a pathway surrounding the island for horse riding and it was used in the past for defense of the coast by horse, literally translating to horse path.

If you do take time to explore the interior you will discover a wealth of interesting and historic landmarks from El Toro (the highest point on the island) to the most significant prehistoric sites at Trepucó and Torre d’en Galmés.

To this day no one is certain of the significance of these prehistoric monuments in the form of Taules, T-shaped stone formations thought to be spiritual sanctuaries; Talayots which are stone towers that local people believe were once used as look-out points. There is little evidence to support these theories about Menorca’s prehistoric past nor the original function of these breathtaking creations . Taules are named after the Menorquí word for table. (Menorquí is the local dialect of Catalan which is widely spoken on the Island). Menorca is by far the richest place in Europe for sites of prehistoric settlements, mostly dating from the Talaiotic Period, which was the period of civilisation between 2000 and 1000 BC. The term Talayot is believed to originate from the Arabic atalaya meaning “watch tower”.

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La Aldea de San Nicolás Agaete Roque Bormejo Coronavirus outbreak

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The western part of Gran Canaria is mostly a destination for nature lovers.

Get in

Use the roads or port  Puerto de las Nieves in Agaete.

Towns

La Aldea de San Nicolás

  • CactualdeaOpen daily from 10 am to 6 pmA cactus park located about 2 km south of San Nicolás near the small town of Tocodomán. In addition to these South and Central American plants, there are also numerous other succulents from all over the world such as Euphorbia, Agave and Aloe. Next to a shop there is a wine cellar (with cactus liqueur) and a restaurant. Admission €7, incl. Menu €13.
  • Mirador del BalcónA lookout point on the coastal road GC-200 with parking. Good view to Puerto de las Nieves at Agaete and to the southwest side of the neighboring Tenerife island.
  • Los AzulejosStrange colored rock formations. There are smaller parking spaces at some points of interest, and a bar at the most beautiful spot.

Agaete

  • Iglesia de La ConcepciónA church from the year 1874.
  • Virgen de las NievesA small church with a Triptych by a 16th-century Flemish painter.

Other destinations

  • Tamadaba RangeThe only real mountain range on the island, covered with forests of Canarian pines. The range is a natural park, thus hiking is limited to the marked paths. The cliffs allow for sport climbing activities too.
  • Roque BormejoA small tuff mountain with a sanctuary of the pre-hispanic inhabitants to be found on its summit.
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Historical Facts of the Island of Menorca

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Since prehistoric times, the Island has been controlled by the Romans, Moors, Catalans, Spanish, French and English. All these nations have left their mark on the Island and monuments to visit from Sanisera, the archaeological site close the port of Sanitja on the north coast of the island to the ruins of the 5th century Bascilica on the beach at Son Bou.

During the 18th century, Menorca was a bone of contention among the British, French and Spanish powers. This was due to the Port of Maó, the finest natural harbour in the Mediterranean, and one of the best in the world, which could protect the largest fleets of the time in their entirety.

The Utrecht Treaty, signed in 1713, gave place to the first British presence on Menorca, which lasted until 1755. The first British Governor was John Campbell (Argyll) nominated by the Queen Anne.

Richard Kane, from County Antrim in Ireland, the second British Governor, is still fondly remembered for his effective support of agriculture on the island; he introduced the cultivation of the apple, promoted cattle breeding and built roads and reservoirs which are still in use today. The Scottish Col.Patrick Mackellar (Argyll) was the chief engineer of Menorca and responsible for the main constructions of the British legacy. The main contribution of Mackellar was the design and construction of Georgestown (Es Castell) near to Sant Felip fortress at the entry of Mahon harbour.

There were two later periods of British presence on Menorca, from 1763 till 1781 and 1798 to 1808. The British left more than their earthworks and ramparts behind. Things as varied as the growth of Maó, which enthusiastically accepted the opportunities for trade and the abolition of the Inquisition, the traditional woodworking and boat building techniques and designs and Menorca’s most popular drink, gin.

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