Although not actually in Benalmadena Costa as it is on the Torremolinos side of the border this area deserves a feature on the Benalmadena site as it is so far from the centre of Torremolinos and only 40 metres away from the Marina and a few hundred metres from Plaza Sol y Mar where the nightlife is focused.

It is next to the Carihuela beach and the many fantastic bars and restaurants along there but it is also only a stones throw from Benalmadena so many of the visitors staying in Benalmadena Costa hotels and apartments wander down to Montemar as it is the place to find brilliant Irish bars, the best chippy for miles and live music / karaoke every night of the week.

The area of Montemar reaches from the beach back to the main road for almost a mile but the focus of its bars and restaurants are along the road that runs parallel to the beach, C/ Salvador Allende, behind the Sol and RUI groups of hotels. You can get here from the Marina by walking up the side of Sol Aloha Puerto opposite Burger King, or simply walk / drive past LIDL and the Torremolinos sign and turn right at the roundabout leading towards the sea.

We’ve featured some of the bars and restaurants below but you really need to take a wander down here yourself as there is a whole world of fun to be had, and you cannot forget to visit The Carvery just up from the Fig & Olive as the experience is one that will make any vacation a memory to live on forever. Mark and the team there do an amazing job of serving as much perfectly cooked meat and vegetables as you want for slightly more than the price of a packet of cigarettes in the UK.

You also can’t miss the amazing Billy No Legs karaoke show at the Rose & Crown, he’s not the tallest guy in the world but there is some serious powerful lungs packed into that frame and he’s a great laugh to boot. The Fat Fajita has live singers and karaoke every night also, together with tasty Mexican and English food if you can manage to pass the Chippy next door without being tempted in.

There are many bars, each with big personalities and that’s what has made this area of Benalmadena / Torremolinos so very popular for so many years with both residents and tourists.