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Club la Costa at Benal Beach

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Featured Review: Club la Costa at Benal Beach

by Beverly Mumma, Lusby, MD 
First printed in May/Jun 2011

Week 2: Benalmadena - Club la Costa at Benal Beach. This resort is a high-rise X-shaped building, with beautiful gardens on the two sides of the X, check-in and parking on the front side, and swimming pools on the back. The pools are huge, with the fanciest waterslides I've seen outside of a water park.

Unfortunately the pools aren't heated, so each day I gazed at the slides and asked myself if I had the courage. I never did. But it wasn't necessary. The lower floor of the building has a formidable spa with heated pools, whirlpools, steam room and saunas, and nearly a hundred workout machines of various types. We would have liked to spend more time there but the beach called its siren song.

Spanish towns have miles-long promenades along the beach. They are generally about 20 feet wide, with occasional benches, a low wall for sitting, and along the street side dozens of little shops and restaurants. Benalmadena's promenade is on three levels. The closer to the beach the more expensive the restaurants, and the poorer the food. But it's fun to stroll menus, and watching the food being cooked. They fill an old boat with sand and build a fire in it, with a huge pan of paella in the middle, and other foods speared neatly around the outside. The special treat is Spanish ice cream. No ugly tubs there. Their very creamy ice cream is heaped in trays, each flavor artistically arranged, and then decorated with a design of nuts or berries, perhaps rows of peach slices, or orange halves carved into roses, or swirls of chocolate. The sidewalks and promenades are made of beautiful tiles laid in decorative patterns, and homes are built with little courtyards full of flowers, surrounded by a wall with a wrought iron gate. So where do you walk your dog? Along the sidewalk. It's a little treacherous after dark, but every morning somebody with broom and dustpan cleans all the walks, so there are no papers or cigarette butts or remembrance of dogs past. All except on the beach. You can't very well sweep the beach, so there are prominent signs with the "prohibido" red slash across the middle, displaying a dog very graphically doing what is forbidden. There's even a turd halfway to the ground.

We spent one day in the park across the street from the resort, an enormous green area with all kinds of wildlife. There are signs warning you not to abandon animals, but the park is swarming with unwanted chickens and occasional lop-eared rabbits, baby ducklings, and other odd things. We spent another morning at the flea market just up the street. It was acres of garage sale items and collectibles, accompanied by cheerful chatter. Unlike the usual weekly markets, this one had a lot of English vendors, making a little money in their retirement. The Costa del Sol is one of the most popular places for people from the UK to retire, so language is never a problem. Spain is so happy to get their money, that all foreign pensioners are provided with a card that gives them 50% off practically everything in Spain including medical treatment.

We had wanted to take the cable car from town to the top of a nearby mountain, where there's a zoo, a restaurant, and I don't know what else. But it's a trip for next time - it was too windy all week. We did, however visit the Fuengirola zoo• definitely worth the time.

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Club la Costa at Benal Beach is also known as:

  • Benal Beach Complex
  • Benal Beach
  • Benal Beach Complex Hotel
  • Benal Beach Complex Hotel Benalmadena
  • Benal Beach Resort
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