Benalmadena, one of the most enduringly popular resorts on the Costa del Sol, has a buzzing nightlife scene.
Although there are restaurants and lively late-night cafés wherever you go in the town, there are four main places to find bars and clubs: the appropriately-named 24 Hour Square (it’s real name is ‘Plaza Solymar’), the Marina, the stretch of coast between Los Porches and the Sunset Beach Club, and the Arroyo de la Miel district.
With dozens of international bars and clubs (located underground to avoid excessive noise), the 24 Hour Square is a lively, raucous affair attracting a mainly youngish crowd eager to indulge in a night/early morning of drinking and dancing.
The Puerto Marina is full of bars overlooking the boats and clubs playing international hits, Spanish pop and Latin beat music. There’s a big salsa scene too. In the summer, the marina is notoriously expensive. A vodka and tonic can cost around 9 euros, for example.
Clubs - shake your stuff
With its three dance floors (playing salsa/rumbas, house, and commercial dance, respectively) Kui (Calle Los Almendros, Plaza Solymar, Benalmadena Costa; +34 952 440 518; www.discotecakiu.com) is the 24 Hour Square’s most impressive place to shake your stuff. Don’t be put off by the small entrance – it’s massive inside.
Maracas (Calle Levante, Puerto Marina, Benalmadena; www.maracasbar.es) and Kaleido (Calle Levante, Puerto Marina, Benalmadena Costa; +34 651 772 275; www.kaleido.es) are arguably the most well-known and popular pub-clubs in the marina. The up-for-it Spanish crowd certainly knows how to party.
For general information on what to expect of nightlife on the Costa del Sol, see my Costa del Sol nightlife page. For more advice on nightlife in resorts across the Costa del Sol, see Estepona nightlife, Malaga nightlife, Marbella nightlife, Nerja nightlife and Sotogrande nightlife.