Benalmadena Pueblo was founded during the Muslim invasion of the Iberian Peninsula in the eighth century. It was originally named Ben-Al-Madina by the Arabs, which when translated means “children of the mines”. This was because ochre and iron ore were once mined locally.
Today, the Pueblo has become a beautiful village of whitewashed houses, adorned by brightly coloured flowers. The municipality of Benalmadena, which includes Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmadena Costa and Torremuelle, is governed by the town hall in the Pueblo.
There are many places of interest in and around the Pueblo. Plaza Espana in the centre of the village, is a typical Andalucian square. This is where you will find a fountain with a statue of La Nina, who has become the symbol of Benalmadena. Around the perimeter of the square there are some lovely restaurants surrounded by orange trees.
A few minutes walk from Plaza Espana is the village church of Santo Domingo. The church sits on the edge of a hill and affords fantastic views over the coastline, 200 meters below, and sits above beautiful gardens you can reach by way of a lift from the parking bays below the cliff. There is a lovely little English bar right opposite the lift which has live entertainment, karaoake and even the odd quiz to entertain guests. Between the lift and the main road through the town, you can find a dozen or more great Spanish and English bars & restaurants to wet your whistle on the way up the Hill.
Below the church is the famous Colomares Castle. This monument was built in 1984 to honour Christopher Columbus and his discovery of America. The castle contains what is claimed to be the worlds smallest chapel, measuring just 1.96 sq. meters. The Benalmadena Archaeological Museum is worthy of a visit. It contains one of the most highly rated collections in Europe of Pre-Columbian artifacts from South America, together with a collection of local remains from before the time of the Roman occupation.
Just outside the village are two modern additions to the interesting places to visit. The Benalmadena Stupa, or Buddhist Temple, was inaugurated in 2003, and is the largest one of it’s kind in the Western World. The views over the coast from outside are amazing. Entrance to this not to be missed attraction is free.
The second, and most modern of all is the Mariposario de Benalmadena, or Butterfly Park, and is the largest of it’s kind in Europe. The park contains nearly 1600 butterflies from many parts of the world, and is climatised to a tropical environment. Also inside are many tropical plants and flowers. Both the Stupa and the Butterfly Park can be reached in about five minutes from the Pueblo, by car or by the M103 bus, which stops outside.
If you are spending a holiday on the coast, make sure to take a trip up to the Pueblo and we are certain you will not be disappointed. The bus timetables are on the transport page of this website. Single fare from Benalmadena Costa is approx 1.50 euro and a taxi for four is 15 to 18 euro.