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Benalmadena: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

1. Benalmadena: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Sail on the Catamaran “Magic Vision”, a boat with a Blue Flag sustainability award.  Depart from Puerto Deportivo de Benalmádena and sail into the open sea in search of dolphin's in their natural habitat. During your trip you will have plenty of space to sunbathe on the deck or you can stay indoors in the shade. If you like, you can also purchase a drink at the bar or observe the marine fauna trough the underwater views. Once the captain has found the idyllic place for a swim, you can jump into the water to take a refreshing swim if the weather conditions and the captain allows it.

Benalmadena: Selwo Marina Admission Ticket

2. Benalmadena: Selwo Marina Admission Ticket

Fall in love with the dozens of animal species that call Selwo Marina home with this admission ticket. Visit five distinct areas: Island of Ice, Antilles, the Hollow, Amazon, and the Tropics. On the Island of Ice, visit Andalusia's first ice penguinarium and discover unique penguin species such as the king penguin from Patagonia. Afterward, travel to the Caribbean in the Antilles. Observe dolphins, sea lions, and even colorful flamingos. In the Hollow and the Amazon areas, witness the habitat of the Amazon River basin. In the Hollow, enjoy the flight of exotic birds such as macaws and cockatoos, while in the Amazon you can admire reptiles, amphibians, and tropical fish. Finally, finish your visit in the Tropics zone. Encounter exotic species such as the striking scarlet ibis or the white-headed saki, a primate native to Asia that stands out for its fur.

Fuengirola: Parasailing Adventure in Costa del Sol

3. Fuengirola: Parasailing Adventure in Costa del Sol

Soar safely above the sea with a parasailing experience provided by a British-run company that has been operating water sports in Fuengirola for over 22 years. Experience the rush of reaching heights of 250 meters on this action-packed trip.  Check in at the activity provider's office and begin your high-flying adventure. Feel confident as you fly with a full briefing of how the activity works and what to expect, including safety procedures. Enjoy using a disability-friendly company endorsed by the APA and PPAE. Take off from the shore on a comfortable winch boat and enjoy views of the shore. Get set up with high-quality parasailing equipment that is maintained to the highest safety standards. Fly alone or with your friends and family, as up to 6 people can fly together. Marvel as uninterrupted views of the charming town of Benalmadena and the Sierra Nevadas. Gaze out at the beaches and turquoise waters of Fuengirola. Return to your starting point at the end of your trip. 

Benalmadena Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 48-Hour Ticket

4. Benalmadena Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 48-Hour Ticket

See the top sites of this popular Mediterranean city on a hop-on hop-off tour with a 48-hour unlimited use ticket. Discover the attractions of Benalmadena, such as Puerto Marina, which is home to the Sea Life Aquarium and an array of delightful boutiques and restaurants. Hop off at Tivoli-Teleferico and take a cable car to Mount Carramolo from the entrance of Tivoli World. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, stop and soak up the sun on beautiful Malapesquera Beach. Visit Playa Arroyo de la Miel, which translates as stream of honey, a product that once was the main source of income. This is now the primary commercial area and is bursting with small shops, restaurants, and cabaret bars. You can hop off and back on as often as you wish, enabling you to explore sites that interest you. The Tour’s Stops: • Puerto Marina • Malapesquera Beach • Hotel Riviera • Benalroma Ruins • Selwo Marina • Parque de la Paloma • Renfe-Arroyo de la Miel • Tivoli-Cable Railway • Arroyo de la Miel Beach • Bil-Bil Castle • Exhibition Centre

Benalmádena & Fuengirola: Round-Trip Ferry

5. Benalmádena & Fuengirola: Round-Trip Ferry

Set off from the architecturally impressive Benalmádena Marina or the chic port in Fuengirola on a ferry ride that shows the Andalusian coast in all its glory. Take a round-trip boat ride between Benalmádena and Fuengirola and enjoy the views of the old Benalmádena Pueblo, which is one of the many charming white villages you can spot scattered across the Costa del Sol. Discovering Fuengirola is a must for lovers of designer clothes, boutiques, and those all-important market days that give you a sense of the local culture. Jumping aboard this pleasure cruise will deliver picturesque, panoramic views of the coast, resorts, and local attractions that are difficult to beat on any other mode of transport.

Costa del Sol and Malaga: Ronda and Setenil de las Bodegas

6. Costa del Sol and Malaga: Ronda and Setenil de las Bodegas

After leaving the Costa del Sol and Malaga, continue along a scenic route with local vegetation as orange trees, olive trees and cork oak and the white village of Ardales and Cuevas del Becerro. Arrival to Setenil de las Bodegas, one of the most beautiful and original white villages in the province of Cádiz. Take advantage of your free time to enjoy this peculiar town. Visit the houses embedded under the rocks of the precipice and sit down for a coffee. In Ronda, arrive at the bus station before continuing on foot and enjoy a guided tour of the main sights. The incredible views of the Puente Nuevo, which crosses the “Tajo” (the Cut) on the Guadalevin river where we will have a taste of a local Ronda wine on a terrace with an exclusive view of the Tagus Bridge. Walking tour in the romantic town centre, with its churches, mini-palaces and Spain's oldest bullring, offers plenty to uncover. The Palacio Mondragón, also known as Palacio del Marqués de Villasierra, is without doubt, an interesting visit, being a land lord palais with arabic gardens, but it is also the Archeologic Museum of Ronda, with interesting pieces of proving the antiqueness of the city. Enjoy your free time to explore the city at your own pace.

Benalmadena Aquarium Visit

7. Benalmadena Aquarium Visit

Enjoy access to all of the marvels at Sea Life Benalmádena, located by the Mediterranean Sea. Discover the most amazing creatures through windows into the ocean including colorful clownfish, magical seahorses, and captivating jellyfish. Find out how it feels to touch a starfish, hermit crab, and other creatures living in the interactive rockpool experience. Embark on a unique journey through the oceans, starting in the Mediterranean area. Continue through a 180º submarine tunnel surrounded by sharks and incredible green turtles. End in the Amazonia freshwater zone filled with colorful tropical species. Don't forget to witness the otters feeding session before you leave. 

Andalusian Horse and Flamenco Show

8. Andalusian Horse and Flamenco Show

Watch 'Ritmo a Caballo', an equestrian ballet that has been performed here every Wednesday at 5:45PM uninterrupted for 30 years. The choreography incorporates a mixture of cowboy moves and dressage to Spanish music. Riders wear old Andalusian costumes and the show is directed by José Carlos González Guerrero, who was awarded the Champion of Spain in 2009. The one and a half hour show features 20 horses, all trained by their riders. Be amazed as you watch a group of Spanish horses all move in unison to the beat of the music. Rigorous training and traditional elegance are combined in this impressive performance.

Benalmádena: Mount Calamorro Cable Car Ticket

9. Benalmádena: Mount Calamorro Cable Car Ticket

Book your round-trip cable car ticket to travel from Benalmádena up to 769 meters above sea level at the peak of Mount Calamorro. Take in panoramic views, walk along one of the hiking trails, spot local flora and fauna, and more. Enter your cabins and begin your exclusive 3-kilometer, 15-minute journey to the peak. The cabins go up and down continuously and they can accommodate up to 4 people per ride. Start with views of the whole of Arroyo de la Miel and Benalmádena Costa, two of the towns that make up Benalmádena. As you ascend further towards Mount Calamorro, watch the landscape widen, providing a unique view of Benalmádena and the Málaga coastline. Upon arrival at Calamorro’s peak, enjoy a range of ways to spend your time. Embark on one of the 6 hiking routes through the Sierra de Benalmádena or spend time admiring the Calamorro mountainside and the botanical wealth of this typical Mediterranean area.

From Costa del Sol or Málaga: Caminito del Rey with Tapas

10. From Costa del Sol or Málaga: Caminito del Rey with Tapas

Discover the scenic beauty of the Caminito del Rey trail on a guided excursion from Málaga or from selected areas of the Costa del Sol. Traverse the El Chorro Gorge and enjoy some tapas after the hike. Start your day with pickup by bus from different points of the Costa del Sol or Málaga and depart for Ardales. Stop for breakfast (not included) along the way at a local restaurant with plenty of typical local products. Finally, arrive at the northern access point of the Caminito del Rey. The group will then walk through a small and quite long tunnel to reach the natural paths that leads to the entrance check point of the Gorge. At that point, you'll receive a helmet together with the safety instructions. Your guide will also join you to give you further explanations of what will be found during the trek but also many hints about the history of this peculiar construction. The Gorge, called Desfiladero de los Gaitanes, is a natural pass across the hills that separate the Málaga coastline from the inlands. The River Guadalhorce flows at the bottom of the gorges, after having passed through the reservoirs. El Chorro means "the Spurt": your guide will explain why. El Caminito del Rey is nowadays a rebuilt path that stretches between two gorges, canyons and a large valley, along pathways or boardwalks. It is safe and comfortable to walk as most of the path is flat or downhill. The route goes in one direction, downwards from the north to the south.  Your bus will be waiting near the exit point, but before driving back to the Costa del Sol, you will try some local tapas from a small bar close by. Once this light lunch is over, travel back to Costa del Sol and be dropped off at your pickup point.

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Planning Your Visit

  • Hang out at the Benalmadena Harbor

    Spend a lot of time at the marina to get a real sense of the people and energy of the city. There’s plenty more to do than admire the boats— it’s surrounding architecture is a fascinating blend of Arabic and Gaudi influence. Check out the shopping or enjoy a glass of wine while watching the sun set over the sea.

  • Rent A Car

    Costa del Sol day trips! The best thing you can do in southern Spain is hit the road and see which beach it leads to next. Benalmadena or Torremolinos isn’t a decision you have to make.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    There's really no bad time to visit, it just depends on how warm you want the weather to be. In September, the temperature is warm, but not unforgiving, rainfall is low, and the water at the beaches is still warm after the hot summer months.

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What people are saying about Benalmadena

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,984 reviews

This private taxi and private tour was the best! Our driver (Jose) tailored our drive to our interests (lookout point [Placeta de S. Nicolás] and great espresso) and allotted time for us to visit city center. Bring a taxi allowed us to enter otherwise restricted areas. Our tour guide (Jose Francisco)of the Alhambra was extremely knowledgeable (everyone of my many questions was answered) and accommodating to our interests. He allowed some decisions for our itinerary. I take a lot of photos (used 2 batteries) and Jose showed us where to get the best shots. This tour is expensive but worth every penny. It was the highlight of our visit.

Excellent experience. The guide in Granada was very cool and knew a lot. He advised us at all times. In Alhambra the guide went too fast, but he knew a lot. Very good experience

Right on time, lovely vehicles on both occasions. Very nice drivers and all ran very smoothly. Price was very competitive with taxi…if not better.

It was a magical moment seeing the dolphins was not dissapointed the crew were friendly and knowledgeable highly recommended

Superb sea trip very friendly crew and dolphin at the appointment