10 Things To Do In Benalmadena Marina For Families
b-met .com http://www.b-met.com/blog/10-things-to-do-in-benalmadena-marina/#.UaX8Pe4wkU410 Things To Do In Benalmadena Marinaby adminBenalmadena Marina, is in the coastal resort of Benalmadena Costa on the Costa del Sol. Several timeswinner of the ‘Best Marina in the World’ award, ‘Puerto Marina’ is one of the Costa del Sol’s busiest andmost popular areas by both day and night.The locality and overall architectural design of the marina really does make it one of the most attractiveplaces to visit while on holiday here.Below we have put together a list of 10 things f or you to do there.Sea Life AquariumThe aquarium is open f rom 10 am until 6 pm every day of the year except Christmas day. With more than2,000 creatures on exhibition, it is a great place to discover the amazing ocean world and get up close withan amazing selection of sea creatures including sharks, rays, tropical f ish, seahorses, octopus, eels,otters and much more.Feeding demonstrations are held throughout the day and there are 36 spectacular displays, as well as therock pool experience, where you can hold a crab or touch a starf ish. You can also take a walk through theunderwater tunnel and your little ones can play in the sof t play area.If you plan your trip and go on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday you can see sharks devour their f ood atf eeding time.Ticket prices are:-Adult (12-65 years)………………………..16.25 eurosChildren (3-11 years)……………………..14.00 eurosConcession (65+ years)…………………14.00 euros
Guide…………………………………………….3.95 eurosDef initely one f or the kids!Pirate Adventure Mini GolfNext door to Sea Lif e Aquarium you will f ind the Pirate Adventure Mini Golf . It is open f rom 10 am every day(except Christmas day and weather permitting) and is great f or a f amily day of f un!Enjoy the lavishly themed nine hole course, where each hole has its own challenge and at the same timelearn about some of the worlds f amous pirates.Ticket prices are:-Adults ( 12+ years)…………………5.00 eurosChildren (3-11 years)……………..5.00 eurosShoppingThe marina has many shops selling perf umes, craf ts, clothes, local artef acts sunglasses, jewellery andmore. Spending the day perusing the shops will enable you to f ind those holiday souvenirs you are lookingto take home and at the same time you may f ind something f or yourself !Feed the FishChildren and adults alike enjoying f eeding f ish, so why not take a stroll along the marina, grab an ice-creamand f eed the many f ish that swim around the luxury boats. You don’t have to worry about taking your ownbread either as about half way through the marina heading towards The Metro restaurant, there is a smallbar that sells bags of bread to f eed to the f ish, f or just one euro!Dining OutThe marina is f ull of f antastic restaurants and bars that of f er both lunch and dinner menus.For those who want to enjoy some Spanish ‘tapas’, there are at least 20 little terrace bars scattered aroundthe marina f or you to choose f rom. You can sample many types of f ish and other Spanish delicacies, whileadmiring the f abulous selection of luxury yachts and boats moored in the port.Night time dining brings a completely dif f erent f eel to the marina, with couples, f riends and f amilies all tryingto decide between the many dif f erent cuisines that are on of f er. The air is f illed with the mixed aroma of
Spanish, Greek, Italian, American, Indian and Chinese f ood, to name but a f ew, so you are certainly spoiltf or choice!Once you decide which is the cuisine f or you, sit back and soak up the electric atmosphere of the port whilelooking out over the illuminated marina with its beautif ul Moroccan architecture.It is most def initely one of the liveliest, but at the same time most romantic places to dine, so close toluxurious yachts and the twinkling Mediterranean Sea.Take a Boat TripAs you can imagine, being in a marina you are surrounded by boats. Many of these are privately owned, butmany also of f er boat trips. Boat trips depart every 15-30 minutes, some of f er you the chance to seedolphins, whilst others just cruise along the shoreline enabling you to see the beautif ul coastline of theCosta del Sol.One of the most enticing boat trips is the glass bottom boat where you can see what goes on beneath thesea as you sail along enjoying the glorious sunshine. The children absolutely love this one!Another very popular boat trip is the pirate ship or ‘Junco Chino’ (Chinese Junk). It was originally f rom Chinaand was built in 1972. The boat sets sail f rom the marina every two hours between 10 am and 8 pm andtakes you around the marina, then along the coastline of Torremolinos, giving you views of the beautif ulbeaches and Malaga.Mississippi Willow Bar and RestaurantAn extremely popular attraction at the marina is the beautif ully restored American paddle steamer, theMississippi Willow. Transf ormed into a f loating bar and restaurant that runs an af ternoon cruise around thebay, it really is a great way to view the port. If you want something a little bit livelier you could wait until theevening when the atmosphere completely changes and it becomes party time on board!
Benalmadena BeachThe Marina isn’t just about boats, it also has a beautif ul sandy beach that since 1987 has consistentlybeen awarded the European Blue Flag f or its excellent service and clean waters.So tear yourself away f rom the hustle and bustle of the port, grab one of the many sunbeds and parasolsf or hire and lie back with a book and relax!Night-lifeThere are nightclubs a plenty in Benalmadena Costa, some of the more raucous ones can be f ound in 24hrsquare, just outside the marina, but the night-lif e inside the port carries on in a more upmarket,sophisticated way.You will f ind many Spanish people partying in the marina as there are lots of Latin and Salsa clubs there.Prices of drinks however are much higher, with the price of spirits averaging 10 euros each, but this isdef initely the place to be seen amongst the power boats and luxury yachts.The Tourist TrainBenalmádena has its very own tourist train that runs f rom Puerto Marina to Tivoli World and back. Ticketscan be purchased at the ticket-of f ice in the marina and cost f our euros f or a round trip.Each round trip takes 45 minutes, stopping at Puerto marina, Parque Selwo Marina, Parque de la Paloma,Telef érico cable car, Tivoli theme park and back again. It is a f un way f or young children through tograndparents to explore the sights of Benalmadena, whilst waving at the onlookers.
We hope that the 10 tips above have given you some inspiration. Don’t f orget that if you needtransportation to and f rom Malaga airport, we at B-MET would be happy to set you on your way. Visit us athttp://www.b-met.com f or an instant quote.Images courtesy of lism, Terry Wha and Sharon Ingerson.