Things to do in Benalmadena

Our most recommended things to do in Benalmadena

Benalmadena: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

1. Benalmadena: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Explore the waters of Benalmádena Coast and look out for dolphins in their natural habitat. You can dive into the water for a refreshing swim or relax on the deck while soaking in the stunning views. You will depart from Puerto Deportivo de Benalmádena and sail into the open sea in search of dolphins 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 through 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 allow it.

From Costa del Sol & Málaga: Caminito del Rey Guided Tour

2. From Costa del Sol & Málaga: Caminito del Rey Guided Tour

Prepare for a day of adventure as you walk the Caminito del Rey along the walls of the El Chorro gorge in Málaga. Follow a guide on a safe trail leading to the footbridge that runs through the Desfiladero de Los Gaitanes. Begin your day with a pickup from one of the many spots in Málaga and travel to Ardales. You will make a short stop in Ardales, a white village, so you can purchase breakfast in a this local area before to start the activity. Return to the bus and continue until you reach the northern access point of the Caminito del Rey. Walk through a small long tunnel to reach the natural paths that lead to the entrance checkpoint of the gorges. Then, receive a helmet and listen to the safety instructions. Learn what to expect during the trek and the guide will accompany you at the end of the group to answer your questions along the way while you enjoy the experience. Pass by the Gorge of the Gaitanes, a natural pass across the hills that separates the Malaga coastline from the islands with the River Guadalhorce flowing at the bottom. Embark on a safe and comfortable walk surrounded by breathtaking scenery. El Caminito del Rey, after many years of total abandonment, is now a rebuilt path that stretches between 2 gorges and a large valley. After finishing the downhill trail from north to south, reach the exit point where your bus awaits. Once the group is on board the bus, return to Costa del Sol and be dropped off at your pickup point.

From Malaga and Costa del Sol: Gibraltar Tour

3. From Malaga and Costa del Sol: Gibraltar Tour

Your tour will begin as you meet your bus in the center of Málaga, near el Corte Inglés, or elsewhere along the Costa del Sol. From there you will take a coach to Gibraltar, traveling in air-conditioned comfort complete with reclining seats, WiFi, and USB ports. Throughout the journey, your guide will provide you with information about interesting things to do and see once having arrived at Gibraltar. Once having passed through customs, your coach will drive inside Gibraltar before stopping in the city center to park for free time. If you booked the full nature reserve rock tour option, enjoy a panoramic tour of Gibraltar, visiting places such as the Strait of Gibraltar, and access to the interior of the St. Michel Caves. You will also be able to see Barbary macaques at the Apes Den. After the panoramic tour, enjoy free time for lunch and explore the area for its shopping and hotspots like Main Street, Casemates Square, Marina Bay, or the Mediterranean Steps. Your bus will return in the afternoon, leaving Gibraltar at 3:30 PM.

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

4. 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 such as orange trees, olive trees, and cork oak and the white village of Ardales and Cuevas del Becerro. Arrive at 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. A walking tour in the romantic town center with its churches, mini-palaces, and Spain's oldest bullring, offers plenty to uncover. Enjoy the incredible views of the Puente Nuevo, which crosses the “Tajo” (the Cut) on the Guadalevin river where you'll taste a local Ronda wine on a terrace with an exclusive view of the Tagus Bridge. The Palacio Mondragón, also known as Palacio del Marqués de Villasierra, is, without doubt, an interesting visit, being a landlord Palais with Arabic gardens, but it is also the Archeologic Museum of Ronda, with interesting pieces proving the antiqueness of the city. Enjoy your free time to explore the city at your own pace.

Andalusian Horse and Flamenco Show in Malaga

5. Andalusian Horse and Flamenco Show in Malaga

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.

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

6. 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

From Costa del Sol or Malaga: Granada and Alhambra Tour

7. From Costa del Sol or Malaga: Granada and Alhambra Tour

The Alhambra is the most visited monument in Spain and an essential stop for anyone visiting Granada. If you want to discover all its secrets, its exclusive Nasrid Palaces, and the Generalife Gardens, do not hesitate to book this excursion. You can choose to be picked up from one of the different pick-up points in Costa del Sol or Malaga at the indicated time. Then, enjoy a scenic drive across the mountain range of Málaga to reach the historical city of Granada. Upon arrival, discover the monuments that form the Alhambra. Firstly, take a walk across the Generalife Gardens which holds the Palace of Charles V. With this option, you do not enter the Nasrid Palaces. After this exciting visit, enjoy a panoramic view of the city and then have some free time in Granada town. You can have lunch or walk through the typical streets of the Alcaicería. After, return to Costa del Sol where your tour will end.

From Costa del Sol: Granada, Alhambra + Nasrid Palaces Tour

8. From Costa del Sol: Granada, Alhambra + Nasrid Palaces Tour

Discover the secrets of the Alhambra Palace, the most-visited attraction in Spain. Relax with pickup from different meeting points on the Costa del Sol and in Malaga before making your way to the palace. Along the way, take in the panoramic views of the Sierra de Malaga before you reach the historic city of Granada. Upon arrival at the Alhambra, visit the palace of Charles V, the Generalife Gardens, the Nasrid palaces and the famous Patio de los Leones. Enjoy free time in the Granada city center, where you can explore the architecture of one of the most magical and emblematic cities in the world. Also take time to enjoy the exquisite gastronomy of the area before returning to the Costa de Sol.

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.

Benalmadena Aquarium Visit

10. 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. 

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What people are saying about Benalmadena

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A good full day tour - the only downside is the early start (6.30 am) from Malaga and you go through many other places to pick up passengers before heading on the road to Gibraltar. I don't think there is any way around this as it would be impractical and too expensive to run smaller buses from each town - thus having less pickups. However, the trip is worth it - there is some stunning scenery along the route and the view of three continents as you enter Gibraltar is beautiful - even better on a clear day when you can see Africa very clearly.

Excellent experience with watching delphine. My children and my mum were over the moon. There was music and you can buy drink also so it was like a party for kids. Will recommend to everyone. Thank you

Great organization, really nice tour guide (Ana) and the driver. ;) Big Joe from tour to the Rock was also AMAZING (and extremely funny!). Love it!

Le transfert a été rapide et efficace ,la chauffeuse était très sympathique

War alles TOP! Gut organisiert, ich habe super viel Spaß gehabt.