What's On in Benalmadena - Festivals
Benalmadena has of all-year-round festivals and cultural celebrations, which add to the colour and
vibrancy of the town. Everything from art and sporting events to traditional and religious processions.
The eve of Three Kings day, (Los Reyes), is the day the Spanish really celebrate Christmas, and is
accompanied with fantastic parades through the streets of Benalmadena and Arroyo de la Miel.
The Three Kings parade on the evening of 5th of January includes children aboard colourful floats
throwing sweets to the crowds. All the main streets are decorated
with beautiful lighting effects.
(Easter Week) - Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is a special time in Benalmadena. Apart from the usual
religious processions through the streets Benalmadena Pueblo and Arroyo de la Miel, there is also a live
presentation of the Passion of Christ in the old village - Benalmadena Pueblo. Known as 'El Paso' the
procession, made up of locals, starts at sunrise on Friday of the 'Virgen de la Soledad'.
This is one of the most
traditional celebrations to take place in Benalmadena.
Corpus Christi is another celebration, which stirs up the people of Benalmadena Pueblo. One of the
attractions of this event is the spreading of flower petals and herbs spread on the streets by the people
of village on the eve of the procession. The aromatic perfume and the carpet of natural colour,
transforms the village streets and creates
an evocative atmosphere.
The 24th is the day of San Juan. Arroyo de la Miel celebrates from 24th to 29th June with its annual local
fair. Record numbers of visitors attend the last night of the celebrations. This is also a favourite time
because it is the start of the warmer nights on the coast. It is a popular fiesta all over Spain with
bonfires and fireworks usually starting
from midnight on the 23rd.
15th - 29th Benalmadena Summer Festival of Music, Theatre & Dance is held in the Auditorium of the
Parque de La Paloma in Arroyo de la Miel.
as the 'Veladilla del Carmen' and has become more than simply the procession of the sailor and is now
something of a favourite local tradition, with a special mass and then the carrying of the virgin to the
sea, where the procession continues by boat. It leaves from Church Square, Avenida Bonanza after a
mass at 19:30 and then continues at 20:30 down to Benalmadena Port, where it proceeds by boat.
Many people jump in the sea and at 21:30 there is music and dancing till dawn. When the virgin reaches
the sea, there is a big fireworks display from the Malapesquera Beach.
Mid August sees festival of the 'Virgen de la Cruz' (The Virgin of the Cross). This annual festival of great
traditional and cultural importance, is celebrated with a procession is through the streets of the Pueblo.
Benalmadena has developed into a large resort of 27 square
kilometres consisting of 3 areas: Benalmadena Pueblo,
Benalmadena Costa & Arroyo del Miel.
new marina & harbour. The stunning marina has a plethora of
restaurants and night clubs.
Costa. The pueblo is the original village that has managed to retain
its charm as a typical Andalucian village, with its whitewashed
houses, narrow cobbled streets and balconies decorated with
flowers. At the heart of village is Plaza de Espana, the square is
home to the statue known as Fuente de la Nina. The young girl has
become the symbol of Benalmadena.
views, especially from the church. There is also a very peculiar
castle, Castillo de Colomares, a short walk from the village centre.
Costa, Arroyo del Miel, translates as "Valley of honey" is home to
the majority of the local population and some very popular
attractions such as the Cable Car & Tivoli World.
Bil Bil Castle
both a land mark and attraction. The red rust coloured painted building is in an arabic style not over
interesting in it's self but the place does usually have an interesting exhibition, event or concert etc
organised by the Town Hall at the venue.
the finest in the world. It is good
for sightseeing, shopping, restaurants and nightlife.
which you can feed. There is also a big lake, cactus garden, children's play areas and two cafe's serving
snacks and drinks. Selwo Marina Dolphin park with daily
shows is adjacent to the park
to reach either the steps below the watch tower (or lift) to the top of the cliff to Calle San Miguel the
main pedestrian street in Torremolinos
Tivoli Theme Park
Family theme park with rides and attractions for all ages - great fun day out and very reasonably priced
for a theme park. Visit their website
Benalmadena Cable Car
This 15 minute three-kilometer cable car ride starts at Benalmadena Costa and takes you up 800 meters
above sea level to the summit of Mount Calamorro. At the top there is bird sanctuary with various species
of falcons, eagles and owls.
points over the Costa. There are also a number of bike trails. (Bikes are allowed on the cable cars)