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I sincerely recommend Puerto Marina (Benalmádena), and Puerto Banús (Marbella), as best spanish areas for having fun under the sun of Andalucia.
About Benalmádena: covering an area of almost 30Km², and with an official 30,000 inhabitants, Benalmadena is just 19 kilometers from Malaga Airport. It's easy to reach from both Malaga capital and International Airport by road, train or bus and its privileged position looking out onto the Mediterranean Sea, it is little wonder that it has grown so rapidly in size over the last 20 years and become so popular - especially with the British. It is always lively, but the busiest time of year is during the hot summer months, when holidaymakers swell the population by more than triple - up to 100,000 people.
This area offers an easy lifestyle and a comfortable climate (minimum temperatures of 5º and a summer maximum of 35º) with the light sea breezes. Many thousands of British families have bought holiday homes and a large number of them have settled down permanently to live the life of their dreams.
Benalmadena is split into three distinct areas:
Despite the influx of foreigners, the Pueblo has managed to maintain a certain degree of decorum in the midst of the massive amounts of building works and construction developments that now surround it, where not so long ago it was rough countryside
*Arroyo de la Miel
The busy commercial town centre separating the village on the hill from the sea front. Arroyo has grown rapidly, due greatly to the excellent train service running between Fuengirola and Malaga, as well as good road connection.
The coastal area with many hotels, beaches and the award winning Marina, with excellent port facilities, fantastic nightlife and the fabulous Aquarium.
With the huge number of resident and visiting foreign Tourists to Benalmadena and the Costa del Sol in general, the variety of types of restaurants is enormous. There are many English, Scottish and Irish pubs, most of which have live big screen sporting events. You have the choice of all nationality restaurants, including, Chinese, Italian, Dutch, Lebanese, etc. There are also plenty opportunities to try out the local dishes and the best place to go is along the beach or to the Marina and visit a "Chiringuito" (Beach Bar) where fresh fish dishes are served up with a wonderful chilled wine or a refreshing glass of sangria.
One of the best places on the Costa del Sol for nightlife is Benalmadena, with so many different types of bars, clubs, restaurants that there is always something to suit all tastes. From the latest Clubland sounds with top D.J.'s to swish sophistication and the live jazz, or salsa dancing till dawn, the Marina Port has it all.
Puerto Marina rates amongst the best in the world, proof of which is the fact that it is several times winner of the 'Best Marina in the World' award. With 1,100 moorings for boats of all nationalities and up to 6 meters long, Benalmadena Port - 'Puerto Marina' is one of the Costa del Sol's busiest centres by day and night. For the energetic, the nightlife carries on in sophisticated bars and clubs.
By day you can visit the Aquarium, hire a boat, partake of numerous water sports, including; sailing, scuba diving, kayaking, water skiing. The Marina's Centro Náutico was built and set up to provide a place in the Marina where sailing enthusiasts could meet up and hold sporting events and also to meet socially. The centre has social and formal meeting rooms, a fine restaurant, commercial units, and shops selling sailing equipment.
The Marina has a beautiful beach area with beach beds and parasols for hire. The situation and overall architectural design makes this port one of the most attractive places of its kind. Since 1987 it has continually been awarded the European Blue Flag for its excellent service and clean waters. Add to this, the privileged climate with an average annual temperature of 22º and around 320 days of sunshine and you have many people's idea heaven.
Alternatively take a stroll through the busy port, with its many shops, while choosing from the vast variety of restaurants and bar for some lunch or dinner. For those who want to try out the Spanish 'tapas' there are at least 20 little terrace bars choose from, where you can sample many types of fish and other delicacies, while soaking up the atmosphere of the port and looking out over the Mediterranean or at the fabulous selection of boats in the harbour. It is certainly one of the liveliest places to dine, so close to luxurious yachts and the twinkling Mediterranean. Most famous disco/bars are Kaleido, Monet, Ikebana, etc.
celebrate your hens party I sincerely recommend Kaleido´s,
which has a proper reserved area for the stripper performance.
A favourite attraction at the marina is the Mississippi Willow, a beautifully restored American paddle steamer. At the crossroads before going down to the Port, is the Solimar Plaza, where there are more pubs and clubs for the night owls, as well as a recently built commercial centre with 8 cinemas to choose from. There you can find the famous Linekers bar. In Benalmadena there are plenty of things to see as well as enjoying entertaining family days out to places like the theme park, Tivoli World, the fabulous Jardin de Las Aguilas (Garden of Eagles), see the penguins and dolphins at Selwo Marina and Sea Life or take a ride in the Cable Car to see breathtaking views of the coast.
All along the promenade, which stretches from the Bil Bil Castle to the Marina, you will see an amazing variety of mosaics done by different artists. The styles and materials differ greatly, with some artists using a ceramic finish, while others have opted for metal, wood or natural stone. The overall impression of this outdoor 'exhibition' is the result of the Plan of Local Art Development, which has encouraged local artists to add beauty to the area by exhibiting their art in this way. The promenade is one of the smartest of the Costa del Sol and plans are afoot to extend it further. It presently covers several kilometres and stretches across the Benalmadena area with the relaxing tranquillity of sand and sea on one side and the bustling commercial hubbub of activity on the other. There are many bars and restaurants all along the sea front, where you can enjoy a pleasant time looking out across the Mediterranean or watching the world go by. Benalmádena is one of the most appealing places of the Mediterranean, a place of contrasts where the sea and the mountains meet. All this is enhanced by a whole series of places worthy of interest which will make your visit to Benalmádena a pleasure for your senses.
About Puerto Banús: Puerto Banus is located just west of Marbella, before you reach the small town of San Pedro de Alcantara. This is the place to be pampered yachtside and ogle those fabulous luxury yachts while sipping a drink at one of the many open air restaurants and bars. The setting is close to ideal, with its impressive mountain backdrop and ocean views.
Since its inception some forty years ago, the port has steadily grown and now features a casino, commercial shopping centre, a Corte Ingles department store, marine observatory and a multi cinema with films shown with their original soundtrack. The buzzing night life of 'Banus' Nightlife buzzes at Puerto Banus with your choice of alfresco bars, piano clubs and discos while during the day this is a window shopper´s dream with several of the world renowned fashions houses featured here, in addition to small, interesting shops and boutiques.
If you really want to have a bird´s eye view of the port´s magnificent position, then regular boat trips are the ideal solution and available on a regular basis from the central promenade.The beach adjacent to Puerto Banus holds a European blue flag.
Every Saturday morning at Puerto Banus by the bullring is a very popular street market where you can pick up all sorts of bargains.
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