Benalmadena is a town in southern Spain, in Malaga province, and is around 20km from the city of Malaga. The town has a population of close to 55,000 Benalmadenses ?its natives and is situated in the center of the Costa del Sol. The Benalmadena municipality is divided into three areas i.e. Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmadena and Benalmadena Pueblo, which is the oldest among the three.
The name Benalmadena, meaning children of the mines, originated from the Arabs. It was initially a village developing around a mine. The initial residents of this village were the Phoenicians and Romans at the Paleolithic period i.e. during the 7th and 8th centuries. The town grew greatly in the 20th century. It was then that some of the first hotels were constructed.
Malaga International Airport is about 5 miles from the town and has a railway station linked to it. One can take a cab to the town costing roughly 15 euros and car hire in Malaga would prove to be a cheap and nice option for anyone planning to visit the town. Information about car hire companies in Malaga or Benalmadena can be found online and tripindicator.com is one such link.
The Benalmadena nightlife is fantastic and there are many places one can visit such as Benalmadena Marina, which is a port complex that was opened in 1982 and consists of artificial islands of extraordinary architectural design that blends Indian and Arab styles.
Other sought after tourist sites in the town include the church of St. Domingo that is located in Benalmadena Pueblo and dates back to the 18th century as well as the municipal museum, Selwo Marina and Fiestas. There is also the Estupa Budista ? a Buddhist enlightenment stupa that also happens to be the largest in the western world and was constructed in 2003. There are many other places for visitors to see and things to do like basking on the various beaches in the town. Finally there is the Tivoli World an amusement park with loads of rides and open air theatre, the Mississippi Willow and the Sea Life Center where one can see over 30 different species of marine life such as sharks, octopi and eels etc.