Benalmadena Marina

The stunning marina at Benalmadena in Spain has long been rated among the very best in the world and has in fact won the "Best Marina In The World" award more than once over the last few years. A fantastic place for both sailors and land-lovers alike, the marina has a great deal of amenities, bars and restaurants available – and is the perfect place to enjoy a drink al fresco whilst watching the boats and people in the marina.

One of the best planned and serviced marinas and residential complexes in the world, Benalmadena is also known as "Puerto Marina" and enjoys a wonderful climate and exciting calendar of events throughout the year. Construction of this well-known port first began back in 1972 and took just over 10 years to be completed.

One of the Costa del Sol's busiest locations during the day and night, you'll find 1,100 moorings for yachts and other vessels. This sounds like plenty however due to its popularity, you will want to radio ahead during the busy season and reserve a space as the marina can be extremely busy. If you are looking for lively nightlife and a mix of Spanish culture and tourism then Benalmadena will be the highlight of your trip. A popular bar located right in Puerto Marina Benalmadena is Kaleido, offering food and outside seating with views across the Marina during the day and transforming into a lively nightclub bar at night. The Kaleido Group also have a sophisticated bar and restaurant located in Malaga Port with stunning views of cruise ships and super yachts moored in the Marina. There is also a Sea Life Aquarium Centre right on the port featuring Sharks, underwater viewing tunnel, rock-pool touch pool experience and over two thousand animals in total. Right by the Sea Life centre is a Pirate themed Mini Golf Course with 9 exciting holes for the whole family to enjoy.

The marina is architecturally beautiful and is one of the most attractive places you can moor in Spain, boasting excellent beaches nearby and crystal clear blue water. The architecture of the port and surrounding residential complexes is an eclectic mix of Indian, Arabic and Andalusian features that provide the area with a certain kind of charm you'll remember for years to come. The marina has a stunning sandy beach area with sunbeds and parasols available to rent for the day should you wish to spend some time relaxing off your yacht and enjoying the almost year-round great weather.

Benalmadena is the kind of marina you'll wish you stayed at longer, so be sure to set aside a few days to spend there. Enjoy a stroll through the bustling and lively port with its abundance of quirky shops, fine dining restaurants and friendly local cafes and bars whilst you pass away some time here. Be sure to try some local dishes including traditional Spanish tapas and fresh seafood, as you dine against the backdrop of the Mediterranean and listen to the familiar sound of the yachts nestling in for the night.

As you pull into the port you'll understand what makes Benalmadena the major social hub of the Costa del Sol, as the social scene and friendly atmosphere draw you in for the duration of your stay. The highlight of the marina for many visiting sailors is the quirky and unique Mississippi Willow, a carefully restored American paddle steamer that has been converted into a floating bar and restaurant that offers afternoon cruises around the bay.

Useful Marina Information :

  • Open all year around including Christmas and New Year’s Day
  • Hosts many events including traditional Spanish festivals and fiestas
  • Has room for 1,100 yachts and other vessels
  • The sailor's market is notorious worldwide
  • Some berths can be uncomfortable in strong winds
  • Take care when passing near the reefs off of Laja de Bermeja to the south of the entrance
  • Maximum draught 2.3 metres

Puerto Marina Facilities Include :

  • Petrol and Diesel pumps
  • Shower and Toilet Facilities
  • Drinking Water available
  • Supermarket in Port
  • Electricity connection
  • 24 hour surveillance and security
  • Waste Oil and Refuse disposal
  • Hard standing Moorings
  • Hoisting Tower available

Benalmadena is undeniably one of, if not the best marina in Spain, and well worth taking the time to visit. You'll find yourself among a wide variety of people, from celebrities and millionaires to tourists and backpackers – which is definitely part of the charm.