More than just a seaside town
Benalmadena Costa on the Costa del Sol has become almost totally a tourist area with hundreds of bars, souvenir shops, discos, restaurants and other outlets catering for the holiday trade. In addition to its safe, sandy beaches and lovely promenade, the jewel in Benalmadena's crown is its leisure harbour. With over a 1000 berths and more being built, it is now rated as one of the best harbours in the world.
Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Visigoths and Arabs all passed left their mark on the Benalmadena area of the Costa del Sol, the Romans and Moors in particular having a noticeable effect on its architecture. The Catholic Kings, Ferdinand and Isabel, also established a defence base there.
Just off the promenade and by the harbour of Benalmadena Costa on the Costa del Sol, you will find the Sea Life Centre where as you walk round you can see the sharks and other fish swimming all around and over you, rated at being one of the best attractions on the Costa del Sol and well worth a visit.
In keeping with its origins, Arroyo del la Miel has become a residential and commercial area. It is here that most of the new residential building is taking place, with a mixture of new villas, town houses and apartment blocks. There is a thriving shopping area where almost anything can be bought and an industrial area tucked away out of sight of the town center. Arroyo on the Costa del Sol, has become a popular place for British ex-pats o live and at times it almost resembles an English market town. Walking along the street, one is almost as likely to hear English spomen more than Spanish.
Arroyo boasts the train station, linking it to Malaga and Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol, the cable car and Tivoli World. Because of these attractions, many holidaymakers do visit Arroyo on the Costa del Sol although many do not realise that another jewel lies further up the hill at Benalmadena Pueblo. This delightful little town is full of narrow, winding streets, flower bedecked balconies and white washed houses and should not be missed.