Marbella – the sunkissed Andalucian town famed for its luscious green golf courses, beautiful resorts and vibrant nightlife.
A short drive away (30-45 minutes on the scenic A7) is Benalmádena – with a spectacular coastline and marina that pull in tens of thousands of holidaymakers every year.
However, if you fancy a different style of travelling, these two towns equally have nothing short of amazing to offer.
1. Old Town, Marbella
Forget your map. Take a stroll aimlessly along the streets of Marbella’s Old Town that oozes history and character. As you pass through Plaza de los Naranjos, stop for fresh churros served with an indulgent hot chocolate sauce at Churreria Ramón.
2. Parks, Marbella
Cross the Avenida Ramon Y Cajal. Enter the tranquil Parque de Alameda, adorned with tiled mosaic benches and towering palm trees.
A little further down the road is a bigger park, called Parque de la Constitución. From here, you can easily hop over to the next street for a breezy seaside walk.
3. Old Town, Benalmádena
Like many pueblos in Andalucia, Benalmádena is a quaint little town lined with whitewashed houses on its steep and narrow streets.
Check out Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzmán, a local church that gives stunning view of the coast.
For a quick lunch, check out this little place opposite Restaurant El Muro on Calle Santo Domingo. Get four tapas and one drink for just €5.
4. Castillo Monumento Colomares, Benalmádena
The Colomares Castle is a rather unique monument that honours the great traveller Christopher Columbus.
It took seven years to build and spans 1,500 square metres, featuring different elements that represent Columbus’s journeys and achievements.
The castle also houses the world’s smallest church in the world, as listed in the Guinness Book of Records. Read more about it here.
Daily: 10am–1:30pm, 4–6pm
Autumn & Spring
Daily: 10am–1:30pm, 4–7pm
Daily: 10am–1:30pm, 5–9pm
Entrance Fee: €2
5. Theme Park & Cable Car Ride, Benalmádena
If you are travelling with family or young children, Tivoli World and the nearby Teleférico Benalmádena, which runs cable car rides that offers panoramic views of Sierra Nevada and the coast, are perfect for a fun-filled day out.
Opening Times: check website for latest schedule.
Entrance Fee: check website for different packages.
April to June: 11am-7pm
Entrance Fee: from €11.90, check website for latest prices.
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