Hello all. Just registered on the forum as I've been reading all your posts for the last couple of days as I'm trying to decide if me and my partener would like Benalmedena. I'm sorry for asking so many questions! Please just answer any that you can, I'm sure all contributions will help other hesitant visitors too and I absolutely promise to write up loads of info when I get back if I book for July as I'm hoping. Thank you!
As a couple, for our holidays of this type we have previously been to Salou in Costa Dorada, Alcudia in Majorca and Playa del Ingles in Gran Canaria. Liked them all, probably liked Salou the best.
1 I'm getting the impression that Benalmedena and Torremelinos are two large resorts next to eachother which practically merge in the middle. Is this right? If so, I like the sound of that as we like really big resorts where you can walk in a different direction and explore a different part.
2 I like the sound of the Marina at Benalmedena. Is this on the side near Torremelinos?
3 If so, can you walk from the Marina to Torremelinos? We don't mind a nice walk.
4 Is the Marina area near the centre or best part of Ben?
5 Everyone mentions a hill in Ben. Is it really that steep? What is at the top / bottom of the hill that you have to go up / down to get to?
6 I'm guessing 24 hour square and Bonanza square are the same thing. How far is it from the Marina?
7 I've read about getting a bus to Malaga. Is this recommended for a day out or better for a night?
8 I read you can get a boat to Fuengirola for 10 Euros - does anyone reccomend this for a day out?
9 Can you get a boat to Malaga / Puerto Banus for a day out?
10 What is the shopping like in Ben / Tor?
11 I've read about a shopping centre called Myramar that you can get to by bus. Is it a big shopping centre and worth the visit? What kind of shops does it have?
12 Is Malaga worth a day out for shopping and / or site seeing?
13 On the map on the Thompson holidays site (when you search you can view the hotel results on a map) there's an area which must be the Maria but then another area a fair bit West which I think was marked Marina Shopping Complex. Is this a good shopping area?
14 Are there good shops around the resort of Ben and Marina area? eg nice little shops open late to walk around in the evening, little supermarkets for the daytime, icecream bars etc? Sorry if this sounds like a daft question but a few reviews I've read have made it sound that there's nothing there but from other reviews it sounds really built up. We like built up.
15 How late do the buses run generally? ie could you get a bus to Tor for the evening and come back at say 11pm or do the buses stop much earlier?
16 If anyone has heard of Kukuxumusu, do you know anyone in the costa del sol which stocks the stuff? I've only found it once in Saou in Costa Dorada and a tiny bit of stuff when we went to Playa Del Ingles in Gran Canaria. We really like it and it's expensive to buy direct from the online.
17 Daft question - is Kas Naranja widely available in Ben? BF is addicted to it when we are on hols!
18 Any recommendations for a hotel near the Marina? We don't mind noise, will go s/c or hb. Also any recommendatins for who you booked with and good deals you got? We will be going at beginning of July.
19 Can anyone tell me a bit more about the Marina? I've convinced myself that's where we want to be but don't really know that much about it!
20 Are all the usual tourist items about to buy? Lots of perfume shops in the resort, costume jewellery, t-shirts etc? The obligatory fake sunglasses salesmen and hair braiding ladies?!
Twenty is more than plenty so I'll leave it there. I get a bit anal with holidays so I'm sorry for all the questions. As I'm in charge of choosing I'm also in charge of getting it right, hence all the questions to check it's our kind of place.
Thank you so much. I'm looking forward to being a regular member of the forum!
You are correct in assuming that Benalmadena and Torremolinos run into each other, with there being a little resort called La Cirahuella in the middle linking the two. It was here that we stayed a few weeks ago in a small b&b called El Tiburon. We had a fantastic deal diy, flying easyjet and only paying £70 per couple for a week's accomodation. Yes you did hear right, and this was Easter week!! I've put a review of the hotel in the review section. We found it very central. The promenade linking Torri and Benalmadena runs just one row back from the hotel. Us women found plenty to do in the Cirahuela area and didn't venture in to Torri at all (we were only here for a week). However, our men took a walk in one morning (took them about 15 mins) and reported back that there was a good shopping centre there. We did go the other way into Benalmadena one evening for a meal but didn't venture to the bars in 24 hr square. We stayed around the marina area which was beautiful. Please bear in mind though that the restaurants here charged a lot more as you're paying for the view. I'd say that you'd do well to choose either of these resorts as you like variety and there's plenty here to amuse you. Have fun. Sorry can't answer a lot of your questions as we were there in March and everything wasn't in full swing so it wouldn't be a true picture.
2 Benalmadena Marina is slap in the middle of the resort, maybe a good 45-minute walk to Torremolinos proper, although the actual boundary (where Saltillo and Montemar start) is only 400 yards or so to the east.
3 Answered above.
4 Answered above.
5 Yes, it is that steep, especially Avenida Telefonica, where the Bali Hotel is situated. At the top of the hill is Arroyo de la Miel, an altogether more "Spanishy" village than Benalmadena itself.
6 No, Sol-Y-Mar Square (24-Hour Square) is just off the main N340 road, near the marina, while Bonanza Square is a 15-minute walk away on the way up the hill to Arroyo.
7 No problem getting a bus to Malaga, though many would consider the train from Benalmadena/Arroyo (one and the same station) a better option.
8 Yes, the pleasure boat to Fuengirola is a good day out. Maybe think about getting the train back. Much easier on the sea legs.
10 Excellent. Especially the new Carrefour shopping mall at El Pinillo.
11 The Mirimar in Fuengirola is well worth a visit, even if you do not like shopping. See link for outlets.
12 Absolutely. Take the hop-on, hop-off bus and take your time to see the sights.
15 Last bus back from Torremolinos is currently 01.26 (Mon-Fri) and much later at weekends. Timetable on final link.
16 Never heard of it.
18 The Triton, or Riviera. Have a look at the deals available on the Travel Republic website.
19 Voted the best marina in the world a couple of times (see link). Need I say more!
20 You got it. Yes!
Hope this helps. Tony.
See this link for a lot more info.
I have to admit I'm far to lazy to answer all those questions but thought I would just say that I love Salou and I love this area of Spain also.
I think you'll have a great time, its just as built up as Salou is!
When I got the first couple of replies a few weeks ago I did some more looking and have decided we definately want to go to Benalmadena. We are planning to go from about 26 - 29 June for 2 weeks and I've been searching for the right hotel and deal.
We are sure we want to be in Benal and that we want to go half board. I have looked at the videos the op mentioned and the Riu Puerto Marina looks like a dream place to stay! Being so lovely it's also very expensive! As it's now 6 weeks to go the prices are coming down a bit. The cheapeast I've seen a package to the Riu at the end of June is just under £700. Does anyone know how reasonable this is or do you think I should wait a little longer?
Usually we spend up to £400 for a 2 week decent half board in Spain (from Gatwick). Even the very cheapest and lowest star hotels I can find are coming in at over £500. Can anyone confirm for me, is Benalmadena a more pricey resort or is the strong Euro rate pushing the prices above normal?
If anyone can tell me, is the beach nice nearest the Riu? Is it a bit sand and shingle?
If we can't afford the Riu and have to look at one of the hotels nearer the £500 mark - can anyone recommend what they think is the best value - most important to us is that the hotel is in the middle of things, near a nice beach and not up a massive hill.
I have read lots of hotel reviews but some can be so mixed with some loving and some hating! Also, they don't often mention how near to the beach or how nice the beach is.
ETA: The cheaper hotels I have found are: Las Arenas (mixed reviews - sounds a long way from Marina - is it central Benal?), H10 Palmasol, Riviera, Bali.
Why don't you put the holiday together yourself using one of the low cost airlines (Easyjet or Jet2) and book an apartment through Owners direct. (I would have given a link but it will not allow me)
We used Jet2 and Owners direct last October and I can highly recommend both, in fact we have booked up with Jet2 and the same owner (different apartment) for this July.
Also there is no "under Occupancy" charges and there a loads of extra facilities such as Sky TV, DVDs (both great for my little boy), HiFi, Fridge Freezer, Cooker, Washing Machine etc.
The owner we have booked with also picks us up and drops us off at the airport for a small fee.
By the way Benalmadena is Brill with absolutely loads to do for all ages, which is why we booked up for a second visit so quickly.
Been reading info on Benalmedana this afternoon as I'm trying to help arrange a Hen weekend
I happened upon Benal whilst searching but Torremolinos was also mentioned, I get fact they're one resort that blends into another having read other posts. I just wondered if there'll be enough for 26 of us to during the day if we fancy not going to the beach.....what's the beach like at both resorts ? And more importantly the nightlife at each ?
Any help appreciated.......and please don't cringe at the whole Hen weekend abroad thing......they have to go somewhere
I'm not telling in that case........2009 is all I'll say
20 nubile girls and you don't want to be there
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