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Benalmadena: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

1. Benalmadena: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Sail on the Catamaran “Magic Vision”, a boat with a Blue Flag sustainability award.  Depart from Puerto Deportivo de Benalmádena and sail into the open sea in search of dolphin's in their natural habitat. During your trip you will have plenty of space to sunbathe on the deck or you can stay indoors in the shade. If you like, you can also purchase a drink at the bar or observe the marine fauna trough the underwater views. Once the captain has found the idyllic place for a swim, you can jump into the water to take a refreshing swim if the weather conditions and the captain allows it.

From Costa del Sol & Málaga: Caminito del Rey Guided Tour

2. From Costa del Sol & Málaga: Caminito del Rey Guided Tour

Prepare for a day of adventure as you walk the Caminito del Rey along the walls of the El Chorro gorge in Málaga. Follow a guide on a safe trail leading to the footbridge that runs through the Desfiladero de Los Gaitanes. Begin your day with a pickup from one of the many spots in Málaga and travel to Ardales. You will make a short stop in Ardales, a white village, so you can purchase breakfast in a this local area before to start the activity. Return to the bus and continue until you reach the northern access point of the Caminito del Rey. Walk through a small long tunnel to reach the natural paths that lead to the entrance checkpoint of the gorges. Then, receive a helmet and listen to the safety instructions. Learn what to expect during the trek and the guide will accompany you at the end of the group to answer your questions along the way while you enjoy the experience. Pass by the Gorge of the Gaitanes, a natural pass across the hills that separates the Malaga coastline from the islands with the River Guadalhorce flowing at the bottom. Embark on a safe and comfortable walk surrounded by breathtaking scenery. El Caminito del Rey, after many years of total abandonment, is now a rebuilt path that stretches between 2 gorges and a large valley. After finishing the downhill trail from north to south, reach the exit point where your bus awaits. Once the group is on board the bus, return to Costa del Sol and be dropped off at your pickup point.

From Malaga and Costa Del Sol: Granada Day Trip

3. From Malaga and Costa Del Sol: Granada Day Trip

We will pick you up by bus with our guide at the chosen time and place to start the tour. During the bus tour you will enjoy the journey along Malaga and the Costa del Sol while our guide will tell you anecdotes and curiosities of the city of Granada. There will also be a stop for breakfast before arriving at our destination. Marvel at the views of the Sierra Nevada! If you like to explore a city at your own pace, no problem! We will drop you off in the centre of Granada and you will have approximately 5 hours of free time to stroll through its streets of Nasrid origin. Visit the Cathedral of Granada A Renaissance jewel that symbolises the glory of the Catholic Monarchs in 1492 and where the remains of King Isabella of Castile and King Ferdinand of Aragon rest. See Plaza Nueva, Granada's oldest square and a crossroads in the historic center. Discover the famous Calle Elvira and its tea shops also ideal for tasting the famous tapas from Granada in the restaurants and bars of the city centre. Strolling through Carrera del Darrothe most photographed street, and to fall in love with the Paseo de los Tristes at the foot of the Alhambra and Albaicín. You can also explore two of the oldest quarters of the city of Granada, the Sacromonte quarter the cradle of gypsy culture, and the Albaicín quarter from where you can go up to see the best views of the city from the Mirador de San Nicolás and contemplate the Alhambra of Granada against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada. At the time indicated by our guide, we will meet again for the return to the same place of the pick-up.

From Malaga and Costa del Sol: Gibraltar Tour

4. From Malaga and Costa del Sol: Gibraltar Tour

Your tour will begin as you meet your bus in the center of Málaga, near el Corte Inglés, or elsewhere along the Costa del Sol. From there you will take a coach to Gibraltar, traveling in air-conditioned comfort complete with reclining seats, WiFi, and USB ports. Throughout the journey, your guide will provide you with information about interesting things to do and see once having arrived at Gibraltar. Once having passed through customs, your coach will drive inside Gibraltar before stopping in the city center to park for free time. If you booked the full nature reserve rock tour option, enjoy a panoramic tour of Gibraltar, visiting places such as the Strait of Gibraltar, and access to the interior of the St. Michel Caves. You will also be able to see Barbary macaques at the Apes Den. After the panoramic tour, enjoy free time for lunch and explore the area for its shopping and hotspots like Main Street, Casemates Square, Marina Bay, or the Mediterranean Steps. Your bus will return in the afternoon, leaving Gibraltar at 3:30 PM.

Benalmadena Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 48-Hour Ticket

5. Benalmadena Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 48-Hour Ticket

See the top sites of this popular Mediterranean city on a hop-on hop-off tour with a 48-hour unlimited use ticket. Discover the attractions of Benalmadena, such as Puerto Marina, which is home to the Sea Life Aquarium and an array of delightful boutiques and restaurants. Hop off at Tivoli-Teleferico and take a cable car to Mount Carramolo from the entrance of Tivoli World. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, stop and soak up the sun on beautiful Malapesquera Beach. Visit Playa Arroyo de la Miel, which translates as stream of honey, a product that once was the main source of income. This is now the primary commercial area and is bursting with small shops, restaurants, and cabaret bars. You can hop off and back on as often as you wish, enabling you to explore sites that interest you. The Tour’s Stops: • Puerto Marina • Malapesquera Beach • Hotel Riviera • Benalroma Ruins • Selwo Marina • Parque de la Paloma • Renfe-Arroyo de la Miel • Tivoli-Cable Railway • Arroyo de la Miel Beach • Bil-Bil Castle • Exhibition Centre

Benalmádena & Fuengirola: Round-Trip Ferry

6. Benalmádena & Fuengirola: Round-Trip Ferry

Set off from the architecturally impressive Benalmádena Marina or the chic port in Fuengirola on a ferry ride that shows the Andalusian coast in all its glory. Take a round-trip boat ride between Benalmádena and Fuengirola and enjoy the views of the old Benalmádena Pueblo, which is one of the many charming white villages you can spot scattered across the Costa del Sol. Discovering Fuengirola is a must for lovers of designer clothes, boutiques, and those all-important market days that give you a sense of the local culture. Jumping aboard this pleasure cruise will deliver picturesque, panoramic views of the coast, resorts, and local attractions that are difficult to beat on any other mode of transport.

Benalmadena: Selwo Marina Admission Ticket

7. Benalmadena: Selwo Marina Admission Ticket

Fall in love with the dozens of animal species that call Selwo Marina home with this admission ticket. Visit five distinct areas: Island of Ice, Antilles, the Hollow, Amazon, and the Tropics. On the Island of Ice, visit Andalusia's first ice penguinarium and discover unique penguin species such as the king penguin from Patagonia. Afterward, travel to the Caribbean in the Antilles. Observe dolphins, sea lions, and even colorful flamingos. In the Hollow and the Amazon areas, witness the habitat of the Amazon River basin. In the Hollow, enjoy the flight of exotic birds such as macaws and cockatoos, while in the Amazon you can admire reptiles, amphibians, and tropical fish. Finally, finish your visit in the Tropics zone. Encounter exotic species such as the striking scarlet ibis or the white-headed saki, a primate native to Asia that stands out for its fur.

Benalmádena: Mount Calamorro Cable Car Ticket

8. Benalmádena: Mount Calamorro Cable Car Ticket

Book your round-trip cable car ticket to travel from Benalmádena up to 769 meters above sea level at the peak of Mount Calamorro. Take in panoramic views, walk along one of the hiking trails, spot local flora and fauna, and more. Enter your cabins and begin your exclusive 3-kilometer, 15-minute journey to the peak. The cabins go up and down continuously and they can accommodate up to 4 people per ride. Start with views of the whole of Arroyo de la Miel and Benalmádena Costa, two of the towns that make up Benalmádena. As you ascend further towards Mount Calamorro, watch the landscape widen, providing a unique view of Benalmádena and the Málaga coastline. Upon arrival at Calamorro’s peak, enjoy a range of ways to spend your time. Embark on one of the 6 hiking routes through the Sierra de Benalmádena or spend time admiring the Calamorro mountainside and the botanical wealth of this typical Mediterranean area.

Costa del Sol and Malaga: Ronda and Setenil de las Bodegas

9. Costa del Sol and Malaga: Ronda and Setenil de las Bodegas

After leaving the Costa del Sol and Malaga, continue along a scenic route with local vegetation such as orange trees, olive trees, and cork oak and the white village of Ardales and Cuevas del Becerro. Arrive at Setenil de las Bodegas, one of the most beautiful and original white villages in the province of Cádiz. Take advantage of your free time to enjoy this peculiar town. Visit the houses embedded under the rocks of the precipice and sit down for a coffee. In Ronda, arrive at the bus station before continuing on foot and enjoy a guided tour of the main sights. A walking tour in the romantic town center with its churches, mini-palaces, and Spain's oldest bullring, offers plenty to uncover. Enjoy the incredible views of the Puente Nuevo, which crosses the “Tajo” (the Cut) on the Guadalevin river where you'll taste a local Ronda wine on a terrace with an exclusive view of the Tagus Bridge. The Palacio Mondragón, also known as Palacio del Marqués de Villasierra, is, without doubt, an interesting visit, being a landlord Palais with Arabic gardens, but it is also the Archeologic Museum of Ronda, with interesting pieces proving the antiqueness of the city. Enjoy your free time to explore the city at your own pace.

From Málaga and Costa del Sol: Morocco Day Trip

10. From Málaga and Costa del Sol: Morocco Day Trip

Discover Moroccan culture and flavors on this day trip from Málaga and Costa del Sol. Visit the traditional Moroccan city of Tetouan, cross the Strait of Gibraltar by ferry, and see the Royal Palace or Khalifa Palace, the Archaeological Museum, and the Center of Modern Art. Meet your guide at the pickup point in Malaga and hop on the bus to Algeciras. During the trip, journey through Malaga and along the Costa del Sol while the guide tells you anecdotes and curiosities about Morocco. Arrive at Algeciras to board an express ferry. Sail for 60 minutes to Ceuta across the strait. Once in Ceuta, set foot on Moroccan soil and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city of Ceuta. Drive by the Royal Walls and the Moat of San Felipe. Take a scenic drive from Ceuta to Tetouan which lasts about half an hour. Arrive in Tetouan, take a pleasant walk with a local guide to see the most iconic areas of the city. In Hassan II Square you'll stop outside the Royal Palace or Khalifa Palace, the Archaeological Museum, and the Center of Modern Art. Stroll through the narrow streets of the old Jewish quarter or Mellah and see the Bengualid synagogue. The souk of Tetouan is a real journey through time that will allow you to get to know the work of its craftsmen. Continue through the Medina of Tetouan and be surrounded by the white walls and green doors of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop for lunch at a typical Moroccan restaurant. Listen to live music while savoring cous cous and Arabic pastries. After lunch, stroll through the shopping area of Tetouan and visit some establishments for shopping and a typical Moroccan Herbalist with natural products to discover all the benefits of the properties of Argan Oil. At the time indicated by the guide, meet again for the return to Ceuta and embark to Algeciras to return to the pickup point in Algeciras. 

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What people are saying about Benalmadena

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 5,404 reviews

we had great weather. The bus picked me up on time, bus was comfortable. guide tald us about the history of the mountain. We got there, split into language groups. we got helmets. we walked kind of at our own speed within reason and met up frequently for instructions and more information. I am NOT a hiker and the next day my calves hurt but at 71, i did it! I would recommend it.

Excellent little hiking trip..not arduous..the guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely a good trip from Malaga.

Great day out! Dont look down when you cross the bridge at the end. Even if you’re not afraid of heights it’s scary.

Wonderful experience! We saw so many kinds of dolphins. Boat was not crowded and my kids really enjoyed.

The shows were well organised and the dolphins never amazing