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Member Name: Mcdaddy
Date: 02/09/01, updated on 24/06/05 (3728 review reads)
Advantages: Plenty to do, and a very friendly atmosphere!
Disadvantages: Can tend to smell on the streets!
If any of you have read my opinion on the dire accommodation I stayed in whilst staying in the resort of Benalmadena in the Costa Del Sol you will already have a tinge of pity for me. However I am pleased to say that this was the only downside to my week away in sunny, sunny Spain.
I have always been a bit unsure on whether or not to venture out to Spain as I have heard a mixture of opinions on the country. My friends and me wanted a break so decided to avoid the glizty club capital of Ibiza and steer towards something somewhat quieter, yet still have some form of nightlife. So we opted for the Costa Del Sol, which if I remember correctly, was the location where everyone used to go and party before the introduction of Ibiza and Ayia Napa.
So off we went, the question was, was Spain ready for us?
The resort of Benalmadena is really more like a bustling town, with car packed streets and plenty of shops if you fancy taking back some souvenirs or just want to buy some general bits and pieces. The streets are relatively clean, but be warned each one seems to smell differently. This was one of my biggest dislikes of the area of Benalmadena; it seemed to smell everywhere! Now don't laugh but each street also managed to smell different, one would smell of fish, another of donkeys (which was very strange as non were to be seen!) and also another would smell of sewage. The main reason’s for this is due to it being a coastal town, hence the fishy smell, and also they have not got a very sophisticated sewer network, plus this aids pain to misery as it is so hot that the smells get even worse.
Being a resort on the Spanish coast there are a number of beaches for you to go to. We decided to venture upon one called 'Playa De Bil Bil', this choice was down to it looking bigger and cleaner than the others across the coast. The beach was clean, but it wasn't exactly golden sands, more like a murky brown, and much to my disapp
ointment the water, although very clean, was not clear. Personally the full beach experience for me has to include golden sands and crystal clear water. We did however decide to slum it and make do. The water was surprisingly colder than I had expected with it being on average between 37-40 degrees during our stay. Also due to the murkiness of the water it was hard to know how deep you were walking out in the sea until you have a mouth full of salty water for your intrepidness. Apart from that the beach was very nice, and the authorities had provided users of the beach with sun beds and large umbrella's in case they are not sun worshippers.
In terms of food, well you may as well stay in your hometown for the cuisine on offer, as most of the restaurants were either British owned or with a English menu. For example I managed to get steak and chips, McDonalds, Burger King and a KFC whilst I was there. We tried to find some traditional Spanish cuisine, but everywhere seemed to either sell just fish (not a personal favourite) or have a choice of your regular dishes that your mum has been cooking for dinner for years.
Drinking was a very easy thing to do if you wanted to, as there were a number of bars in the area more than happy to fulfil all your alcoholic desires. The bonus was that drinks worked out to be around £1.20 for a shot and a mixer, and their shots were quite literally the equivalent of three times the British standard. So you can imagine I had to partake of this amazing offer on a couple of the nights that I was there. We did have a concern about the ice in the drinks, as it is recommended that you do not drink the water and only have mineral water to drink. However these worries were soon quashed as all of the bars get their ice supply from a company that filter their water before freezing. So the drinking continued.
Well, as you can guess, three young attractive single blokes were only interested in one thing, that’s ri
ght……. Clubbing. And I have to admit that even though Benalmadena was small, it more than catered for our needs. The main nightlife venue was a 30-minute walk from the apartments that we stayed in and was known as 24-Hour Square. This to coin a phrase, was where the action was at! The place itself quite literally is a square, all around the edges you will find a collection of bars on one side, with a late night McDonald’s, and on the adjacent side you have a choice of bars and three clubs. The breakdown of these are as follows:
Mango: A variety of different music from house to RnB, the club is underground, but is well air-conditioned with two bars to buy drinks at. Entry is priced at £4.
Zona: very much like Mango in terms of music, but they only have one large bar and no air-conditioning. It is above ground so you can still get some air whilst having a boogie. Entry is priced at £6.
Disco Kui: This is a mainly Spanish club, and as a result they play local music and a mixture of popular chart hits. They also have two bars, air-conditioning and is much larger than the previous two. This is the last club in the row and is situated slightly around the corner after Zona, and is also situated above ground. Entry is priced at £6.
Out of the three I preferred Mango as the atmosphere was more relaxed and the music was more varied. Also being the cheapest option also added to the choice. The only real issue I had with all of the clubs was the lack of age control on the doors, as we were surrounded by a range of 12-15 year olds, getting rather frisky and buying alcohol freely. I am not aware of the age restriction on entry to clubs in Spain, or of the legal age required to purchase alcohol. So it was quite worrying to see all these kids partying until the early hours, with no adult supervision to be seen (alright I know I am starting to sound like a bit of a Killjoy, but these were literally kiddies!).
ms of the bars we preferred to go to a choice of two, either the 'Attika Bar', or to the one above this, 'Beer Keller'. You will have to make your choice on the night depending on what the bar reps are offering that evening, it is usually a buy one get one free on drinks, or a free shot with your first drink that they use to try and entice you in. But again the atmosphere in each is nice, with a DJ playing a mixture of music for you to listen to whilst you get mildly intoxicated.
Well that just about wraps up my stay in Benalmadena. I took £200 spending money with me and brought back £20, but I have to admit to watching my spending a little. In terms of cost you will find food and drink slightly cheaper to that in the UK, but all other things are similarly priced. The biggest bonus was taxi fares, much cheaper than what you would be able to get here. One warning however, make sure you check the price before you get in, as we forgot once and ended paying slightly extra than we were used to.
I would recommend Benalmadena for a nice family break as it has a mixture of activities in or around the area for all the family. We did not venture out to any of theses but there is a big water park, a safari park, and excursions available to larger cities. You will be sure to find something that suits all the family.
Hasta La Vista, baby!