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The name Benalmádena is derived from the Arabic phrase "Ibn al-madin," which means the sons of the mines, and is a reference to the iron over found through this area.
With its perfectly blended combination of rich, important Spanish history and a plethora of modern amenities, it is no wonder Benalmádena is highly respected amongst important destinations on the Costa del Sol, as well as one of the most visited areas for tourists of all ages. No matter what you are looking to get out of your vacation, Benalmádena can offer it to you. So, whether you are going with friends, family, of loved one just by yourself, you will find exactly what you are looking for.
Benalmádena boasts the largest selection theme parks in the Malaga Province, and also has two pristine golf courses, a world class casino and a 20-km long coastline consisting of 15 separate beaches and a recognized international marina. The Benalmádena Pueblo district is an area of town that you absolutely must visit on your vacation. It has been described as standing on a beautiful balcony looking out over the Mediterranean, as the sea dominates the view stretching wide across the coastline. The perfect spot to take some of those vacation photos will make all your friends and family jealous comes from next to the 17th century Church of Santo Domingo. This position provides a great panoramic view of the entire coast, and is also right next to the walled gardens, or Jardines del Muro, designed by Cesar Manrique, which, in themselves, are absolutely breathtaking and worth a look.
While visiting this district it can also take in one of Benalmádena's biggest icons: The Girl Sculpture. The the sculptures located in Plaza de Espnana, right near another landmark altar should take in, La Fonda. The building is now cooking school. The the building offers an impressive crowd balconies with views of the city, but perhaps more intriguing, such as the week you can taste the dishes prepared by the culinary students, which makes for a nice break while exploring the district.
There is also the Felipe Orlando Museum of Pre-Columbian Art and, which houses one of the world's finest collections of art from pre-Columbian cultures in Spain, as well as quite a few archaeological items.
Tourists will also want to flock to the district of Arroyo de la Miel. This district emerged from a few houses built around the Plaza de Espana in the 18th century. The building still have the stone entrance archways that date back to those beginnings. This district is ideal for those looking to have a few drinks or tapas. However, there is also an ice skating club, whose rink is open all year round.
Truth be told, the highlight of Arroyo de la Miel for a lot of tourists is going to be Tivolo World, an amusement park and show venue that features gardens, the squares, wonderful restaurants, as well as an open air stage. There is also the Benalmádena Cable Car, which will take you up the Calamorro Mountain, finding it absolutely picturesque view of the city.