A while back we asked our Facebook fans to name their favourite bars in Benalmádena. Forty six people replied with their top choices so we thought we’d include them here on the blog in case future guests are in need of some recommendations as to the best places to enjoy their favourite drink!
Many of our guests ask us the best method of transport to travel from Málaga Airport to Sunset Beach Club; the good news is that there are various ways to get to Benalmádena, including taxi, bus, hire car or even by train.
The quickest and easiest way is by car – be it rental car or taxi – so we decided to show you the way in a slightly different format…A Timelapse video!
Whilst filming our recent series of promotional videos for Sunset Beach Club, our video producer decided to mount a small (Gopro) camera onto the bonnet of his car and shoot a Timelapse video of the journey from the Malaga Airport Terminal to the entrance of Sunset Beach Club.
Just a bit of fun and proof that you can get fromMálagaAirportto Sunset Beach Club in just over 1 minute
There are just a few days to go until the official opening of one of the most important festivities in Benalmadena’s calendar: The Fair in honour of the ‘Virgen de la Cruz’.
The town hall has prepared a full programme of events for all tastes and ages, including religious acts, fun activities and sports events. Although the official start date for the fair is the 14th August, the festivities start this Friday the 10th August with the ‘Verbena de Santo Domingo’ (A street fair) and the election of the queen’s of the fair in the Auditorium.
On Sunday the 12th August the traditional ‘Romería’ (A procession involving horses, carts and beautifully dressed locals) takes place from 10:30 am in the ‘Plaza de España’. The whole procession will make its way down to the Finca Casablanca Rustic Park where the town hall will prepare a large – and free – paella for all participants and spectators to enjoy.
ScubaTours, the dive centre located within the Sunset Beach Club facilities has recently been awarded the 5 star Dive Resort rating from PADI. This fantastic onsite facility was already a registered PADI dive centre but the new distinction serves as recognition of the courses which have been taught over recent years.
Our dive centre has certified many divers in the popular Open Water Dive and Advanced Diver qualifications; however, it has also taught many specialty courses such as photography, wreck diving (in nearby Gibraltar), search and recovery, underwater navigation and many more. This is fantastic news for Sunset Beach Club and Scuba Tours as guests who stay with us and want to take a scuba diving course can feel confident that they are receiving instruction from a registered and recommended official PADI dive centre (we’re actually listed on the PADI website :-)).
But the good news does not stop there. On the 1st November 2012 Scuba Tours will receive the rating of PADI 5 star IDC Resort. This is in recognition of the facilities they can offer to run an IDC (Instructor Development Course). This is fantastic as this will be the only IDC centre in the area that offers full instructor training facilities on site: Accommodation, conference rooms, swimming pool, storage and an open water dive site just metres away.
Please click on this link for more information about diving courses at Sunset Beach Club .
The ‘Castillo de Colomares’ (ColomaresCastle) in Benalmadena is one of the most interesting tourist attractions the municipality has to offer. It’s not really a castle, it’s more of a monument which was built between 1987 and 1994 by Esteban Martín MD as a tribute to Christopher Columbus and the discovery of America.
This unique monument unifies various architectural styles which had a marked effect on Spanish culture: Bizantine, Romanesque, Arabic and Gothic.
A walk around the Colomares Castle will allow you to discover various elements from the symbols of the Catholic Kings, from the three cultures present in medieval Spain (Judaism, Christianity and Islamism) and other elements from Christopher Columbus’ epic voyage.
Benalmadena is preparing itself for its annual celebrations in honour of the ‘Virgen del Carmen’. Also known as Stella Maris, she is the patron saint of fishermen (Please click on this link for more information on the Virgen del Carmen).
The town hall has prepared various events throughout the weekend which will end on Monday 16th July (public holiday) with a procession through the streets of Benalmádena Costa in which the fishermen will carry their ‘Stella Maris’ to the Marina; here she’ll be lifted aboard a fishing boat and paraded along the Benalmadena coastline. If you’ve got some good binoculars, a great place to watch this is from the terrace in our Panorama Bar here at Sunset Beach Club
It’s that time of year again! Arroyo de la Miel in Benalmadena is getting ready for its annual San Juan Festivities; a fun packed week full of great food; lots of drink; music and flamenco dancing!
If you’re here on holiday from the 24th to the 29th June (2012) we highly recommend you take a trip up to the fair and experience the fun atmosphere of a true Spanish “Feria”.
As with most local festivities, the San Juan Fair in Arroyo de la Miel is split into two: A day fair (form 12pm to 7pm) which is located in the centre of town and a night fair which is located just above Paloma Park.
The Marina in Benalmadena is becoming a true centre for family fun and entertainment; this weekend is no exception. From Friday the 8th June to Sunday 10th June, visitors to the Marina will be able to wander around a Medieval Market as well as enjoy an ample programme of activities aimed at families.
Workshops, kids activities, street performers, theatre, plays and a flying exhibition are just some of the activities on the cards for this weekend of fun and games.
The market will have 60 stands which will showcase more than 300 varied items such as leather goods, silver, stones and minerals, natural soaps and glass blowing. There will also be a medieval camp, a school of squires, a small stable with ponies which the little ones can ride on and a bird of prey exhibition where you’ll be able to take lots of photos.
Programme of events
Friday 9th June – The programme and evening shows will focus on medieval tyrants and mystical pirates.
Saturday 10th June – A day dedicated to Mythological Greek Gods with a fantastic evening show which includes theatre, humour, circus acts – including fire eaters, aerial acrobats and street performers.
Sunday 10th June – The final day of the market is dedicated to medieval warriors. Don’t miss the ‘Juicio de Dios’, a performance in which two warriors will do battle to conquer the ‘Villa de Benalmadena’.
The fun begins on Friday the 8th June at 7:00pm (until 1:00am). On Saturday and Sunday the market will open between 11:00am and 2:30pm in the mornings and 7:00pm and 1:00am in the evenings.
If you’ve walked around any of Benalmádena’s most popular tourist attractions lately, you may have come across some strange looking barcodes located in special frames and posted in visible areas; these are the new QR Codes (Quick Response) which the town hall will be using to provide tourists and visitors with detailed information about the town’s attractions.
For those of you who are less familiar with the latest technological gadgets and technologies, I’ll quickly explain what a QR Code is and how it works.
QR Codes are a type of barcode which, when placed at specific tourist attractions, allows visitors to access immediate information about them (opening times, historical info, photos, etc) by pointing their smart-phone at the QR Code. A special scanner within the phone – which you can download for free – reads the code and automatically sends you to a website featuring the tourist attraction in question.
The following attractions around Benalmadena have QR Codes which you can scan during your visit: Selwo Marina, Tivoli World, Sea Life, BenalmadenaButterflyPark, La Niñade Benalmádena Statue, Puerto Marina, the Casa dela Cultura, Castillo de Colomares, the Pre-Columbian Museum, PalomaPark, Santa Ana Beach and Bil-Bil Castle. There are plans to install more QR Codes in the near future.
We’re so inspired by this initiative that we’re already planning to start using QR Codes around Sunset Beach Club. Keep your smart phones loaded
Last Saturday (5th May) the Bilbao based Cherry Boppers presented their new album in the Moonlight Theatre.
We didn’t want to miss it and were there to take a few photos and video clips of the show! (See below).
The Cherry Boppers’ powerful live show and unique mix of funk, jazz and rock made for a fantastic evening of entertainment; hopefully they’ll come back again for their next album launch