Benalmadena became the holiday destination for thousands of tourists not only from Europe, but also from all over the world. It is not a surprise because the well-kept and sandy beaches are only some of its advantages. It is a part of Malaga agglomeration, and it is situated between Torremolinos and Fuengirola. There is one of the most important harbours in Spain, to which yachts from all over the world come. We used to live there for a few years, so I have a lot to say about Benal… ☺
First traces of human settlements in the area come from around 20 000 BC as indicate the archaeological remains found in three caves situated near Calamorro mountain: Cueva del Toro, Cueva del Botijo and Cueva de la Zorrera.
In the seventh and eighth century, the Phoenicians came to Benalmadena looking for mineral deposits, which they exported to the Mediterranean Basin. Next, Phoenician settlements have been replaced by the spreading Roman Empire. The today’s name of the city was given by Moors in the eleventh century – “Banu Al Madena”, which means “the son of mines”. In the middle ages, the inhabitants of Benalmadena lived insides walls that protected the city and the castle. The walls were also supposed to protect the coast between MIjas and Malaga. In 1456, as a result of Reconquista, the walls and other fortifications were almost completely destroyed, and there was little left of the city. The survivors were taken to Mijas where they could rebuilt their homesteads.
In 1485, during Ferdinand II’s last exhibition, the city was again raided and completely destroyed together with its castle. The city was completely destroyed by the ongoing pirate attacks, earthquakes and tsunami. ..
Today you can still see the remains of three towers built in that time: Molo, Quebrada and Bermeja (this one is situated in front of the harbour).
In the eighteenth century, the slow reactivation of the local economy was started by building six paper factories, and the cultivation of grapevine, sweet potatoes, almonds and figs. Later, the area was raided by various epidemics and depressions. And so the life was going slow, from one day to another, until the mid-sixties of the twentieth century, when the city and its beautiful beaches got noticed and acknowledged outside Spain due to the rapid development of commercial tourism. This development still continues, and Benalmadena is on the best resorts on the sun coast when it comes to the visits, and it is one of the most popular holiday resorts in Spain!
The city is divided into three main parts:
Benalmadena consists of almost 20 km of coastline and 17 beaches that altogether are 8 520 m long! Some of them are sandy, and some are pebbled.
• Arroyo Hondo, Carvajal
• Bil-Bil, La Morera
• Arroyo de la Miel
• Benalnatura – one of the first nudist beaches in Spain
• Fuente de la Salud
• La Perla
• Las Viborillas
• Las Yucas
• Malapesquera / Malapesca / Torre Bermeja
• Santa Ana
• Tajo de la Soga
Those are my personal recommendation, but if you know a nice place, please let me know in the comment section under this article:
• Lime & Lemon
• Panorama Bistro Bar
• La Cubana
• Erase Una Vez
• Taperia de Bodeguita
• Pocho's Bar
• Harry's Restro – very good Indian cuisine
• Restaurante La Fuente
• Restaurante El Muro
• La Tajea Gastrotaperia
• Resteurante LA Perla
Arroyo de la Miel:
• La Alternativa – a typical Spanish bar, a bit overly focused on “tourists”, but the food is fresh and tasty
• Tribu – meat, vegetarian and vegan lunches, healthy cuisine
• Tio Blas
• Rincón Asturiano
• La Taverna dei Sapori – a charming couple of “Spanished” Italians – delicious Italian food
There are lots of restaurants to choose from – everybody will find something nice and suitable for themselves.
If you are looking for a calm place to go on a holiday with your family or if you are thinking about moving, Benalmadena will meet your expectations for sure. It is a beautiful, green, well-kept city with beautiful beaches and parks. It is very well communicated with other cities. If you have any questions about Benalmadena, write a comment below!
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