The Andalucia region

The aptly named Costa Del Sol has over 300 days of sunshine per year. This lively resort attracts visitors all year round.

Benalmadena is also ideally placed to visit further afield, with the scenic towns of Ronda, the cosmopolitan Marbella and posers paradise of Puerta Banus all within 1.5 hrs drive away.

In the Spanish town of Arroyo De La Miel (5 min walk) there are plenty of shops to enjoy with prices generally lower than the UK. Market day in Arroyo is Friday on Tivoli World car park.

  • Apartment / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 6

Benalmadena has more than 8km of clean, safe, sandy beaches full of sun loungers and shady umbrellas to rent daily.

The apartment overlooks a delightful place for those of you who like to stroll, the Parque de la Paloma (Doves Park). This is a massive green belt area in the town and the only park on the Costa del Sol with free roaming Rabbits, Ducks, Hens, a collection of Emus, a pondful of Turtles and the Doves that gives the park its name.

The park also caters for the kids with lots of free space to run around in, and free use of its play areas containing swings, slides and various climbing frames.

Selwo Marina at the edge of Paloma Park has a Dolphin show, as well as, Penguins in an icy replica of the Arctic, Sealions and Children’s activities. (entrance fee)

Central to Benalmadena Costa is the Marina designed in a moorish style. This marina as well as being host to hundreds of boats is the main nightlife area, full of discos, restaurants and a vast range of shops selling everything from designer wear to sunglasses and perfumes.

From the marina you can walk all the way along a flat promenade to Torremolinos, with plenty of bars and restaurants on the way. Yes, it can be a long walk, but the train back to Arroyo is only 1 euro 25 cents.

There’s plenty of entertainment to amuse the kids, parents and the 18-30 brigade alike. Tivoli World amusement park in nearby Arroyo de la Miel has Wild West and flamenco shows. Next to Tivoli World take a Cable Car Ride to the top of mount Calamorro, where, there is a Rodeo show and a collection of Birds of Prey to see, as well as the best view of the coast.