Archive for Things to do in Benalmadena
One of this weekend’s highlights will be the Medieval Market which will take place at the Benalmadena Marina.
From tomorrow Friday 13th May – and until Sunday the 15th – tourists and locals who wonder down to Puerto Marina will feel like they have been transported to medieval times as they make their way around the Medieval Market which will be located in the large exhibition tent in the “Pueblo Marinero” area of the Marina.
A walk through the market will allow visitors to see artisans (my favourite are the ones who make sweets and pastries!), exhibition workshops, theatre groups, street performers and dancers, circus acts, jugglers, theatre for children, musical groups, snake charmers…the works!
There’s no doubt that the Medieval Market will provide a fun alternative for all the family this weekend. By the way…it’s free!
Photo: Keith Williamson
As from tomorrow (Friday 25th March) Benalmadena will be the home of the largest butterfly park in Europe. This new 2000 square metre installation had been built to resemble a traditional Thai building and will prove to be a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike.
This unique initiative has been backed by the Benalmadena Town Hall which has provided the plot on which the park has been built; this initiative will only help to strengthen Benalmadena’s position as the Costa del Sol’s leading resort for family holidays.
The Butterfly Park’s main building includes a glassed tropical garden which has a surface area of over 900 square metres and is 8 metres high; this is where visitors can experience the beauty of more than 1500 exotic butterflies in full flight. Read More→
Although we get many repeat guests at Sunset Beach Club, many are first timers and as a result often require local information to help them get around. Our Leisure Desk staff are more than happy to provide guests with local information and a long list of things to do; however, its handy to have a quick reference at hand before travelling so that you can plan your activities and decide where to go and what to see.
That’s why we prepared our quick guide to Benalmádena on Google Maps. If you click on the link below, you’ll be taken to our tailor made map which includes a list of places to see and things to do in the Benalmádena area. Here are just some of the interesting places highlighted on the map:
- Puerto Marina (Benalmádena Port)
- Selwo Marina
- Sealife Park
- Tivoli World
- Parque La Paloma
- And more…….
The map is by no means finished; we will constantly be adding new locations to it. If anyone has any suggestions as to places to include on the map, please let us know!
The Arab Baths are located in the centre of Benalmadena (just next to the Marina) and a mere 20 minute walk from Sunset Beach Club. Inspired by the Nazari architecture of XI century Granada, this impressive “Oasis” of relaxation is a real treat to the senses. I think the following phrase on the “Agua de Oriente” website describes the experience perfectly:
“A journey into the past, to discover a world of sensasions”
The traditional word for this type of Arab Bath is “Hammam” and in the next few paragraphs, I’ll provide you with a brief explanation of what you can expect on your visit – just in case you’ve never been before.
The “Hammam” Experience
As you can see by the photos, lighting and architecture are key components of the Hammam experience. When you enter the baths you are, literally, transported into another time period. Read More→
You can’t really miss it: More than 200,000m2 of green area in the centre of the town make Parque La Paloma (Paloma Park) one of the largest and most spectacular parks on the Costa del Sol.
Equally ideal for a family day out or a quiet and relaxing walk in the company of a loved one, Paloma Park has become one of Benalmadena’s main attractions. All who visit are impressed by the parks vast green areas, as it is built in the middle of the town. Here’s a few of the main features:
- Specially laid out pathways which are ideal for leisurely strolls. I must warn you that some parts are a little steep and might not be ideal for all visitors. If you stick to the bottom part of the part (around the artificial lake) you wont have to deal with the steep walks.
- A large artificial lake is the centre point of the park. The lake is full of large fish – I think they are Karp – as well as turtles, ducks, swans and more…..
- Don’t be surprised by the large amount of wild animals running wild around the park: Peacocks, hens, chickens, rabbits – or was it a hare? Not sure but it was pretty big! – all run around the park, much to the delight of the little ones! There is also an area where you can see ostriches and mountain goats; although you’ll be happy to know that they are kept in a closed area! Read More→
Last Saturday evening, our Moonlight Bar here at Sunset Beach Club was the venue for some fantastic live blues music organised and produced by Active Sound Productions.
Those who made it down to the hotel for the concert were treated to an evening of great live music, albeit by two very different acts; Steve Payne and the Johan Wahlstrom Band.
First up on stage was singer and composer, Steve Payne, regarded by many as one the UK’s finest guitarists (and he didn’t disappoint!). With only his guitar and accompanied by Argentine Saxophonist, Capi Breccia, Steve delighted the crowd with his unique style of guitar and distinct voice. The video below shows clips of Steve Payne’s performance. Read More→