18 photos of our holiday in Benalmadena, Costa del Sol

18 photos of our holiday in Benalmadena, Costa del Sol

We visited my mum in Benalmadena, Costa del Sol, in Spain for a week over the school holidays. We spent lots of time in the parks, splashing in puddles, and some time indoors doing drawing and watching movies. We had two days out, firstly to the Mariposario in Benalmadena, and secondly to Malaga on the train.

my mum buying bread from the bakery in Benalmadena

My Mum buying bread from the bakery in Benalmadena

During our day out to Malaga, we walked up the ramps and steps to Castillo de Gibralfaro. We had the pushchair with us, and Rob shoved it up the steep ramps to the top! Noah fell asleep half way up, such is life as a three year old. As soon as I took over pushing the stroller, he woke. I had tried to make sure he didn’t fall out, but obviously buckling him in some how woke him. No matter – he loved running around the walls with James, which he wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise!

view of tall buildings, sea and trees half way up the climb to castillo de gibralfaro

The view from halfway up Castillo de Gibralfaro. I loved all the blues in the sea and sky!

tall trees in Castillo de Gibralfaro and part of the wall

Inside the Castillo walls. It’s hard to make out but there is a huge star mosaic on the ground under those trees.

Two boys run along the walls in castillo de gibralfaro

These guys loved running along the castle walls. They made up a game as they ran, which involved shouting a magic chant every time they needed to climb up or down.


We went for plenty of walks along the promenade next to the beach in Benalmadena. The floor tiles are much loved by the boys, and they invent little stories and games to go past the creatures or vehicles.


The beach at benalmadena

The beach at Benalmadena.

flower wall benalmadena promenade

One day I’ll pull together a collection of all the flower photos I take whenever I go anywhere. Even leaving my own house for a little stroll I end up with hundreds of flower snaps.

The floor tiles at the promenade of Benalmadena are varied and interesting.

The floor tiles at the promenade of Benalmadena are varied and interesting.

racks of butterfly chrysalis in mariposario benalmadena

We escaped the rain for a while by visiting the Mariposario or Butterfly Centre, in Benalmadena. It’s housed in a Thai temple. A bell sounded whenever there was to be a educational talk. We learned that the butterfly chrysalis hang in the window until they hatch. Look at the golden chrysalis! When the butterflies have hatched, they wait for 4-5 hours while they dry out, and then fly off into the room, where they live for 2-3 weeks.

A see-through butterfly - greta oto - in mariposario benalmadena

Greta Oto – a see through butterfly!

blue tongued boy

The boys were given a sheet and pencil, with photos of the various kinds of butterflies that can be seen in the mariposario. After the boys finished the hunt for butterflies, they were rewarded with a blue-heart lollipop.


boy with paper aeroplane with people drawn on.

James has been learning how to fold paper aeroplanes during his Easter holidays. His homework from school was to learn something! We tried learning to whistle first, but he couldn’t settle to just make the noise with his mouth and not his voice. However, he’s really enjoyed making, adjusting, and decorating paper aeroplanes.

Park pocoyo in benalmadena has a boingy car

The parks in Benalmadena are fantastic. This is in Park Pocoyo, and we’ve spent hours here this past week!

lake in paloma park benalmadena

Another park in Benalmadena, this is the lake of Paloma Park.

bird in paloma park

Paloma Park is full of chickens, roosters, chicks, and rabbits! They all roam free around the park.

two boys enjoy crusty bread sandwiches in paloma park benalmadena

We enjoyed picnics in the park!

boy enjoying ice cream on holiday in benalmadena

And of course which holiday is complete without ice cream every day?!

boy thumbs up under signpost to worldwide destinations in spanish

Where shall we go next time?!



  1. April 16, 2018 / 5:35 pm

    It looks like you had a lush time, lovely photos X

    • babyfoote
      April 16, 2018 / 6:50 pm

      We did thank you, Lindsay! x

  2. April 30, 2018 / 2:55 pm

    Great photo’s, made me feel like we need a getaway x

  3. May 5, 2018 / 2:22 am

    Awesome collections, everything was above my expectation, especially that butterfly.

  4. kayleigh watkins
    May 20, 2018 / 3:41 pm

    It looks amazing, sounds like you all had a wonderful time, great memories to treasure when they are older too xxx

  5. kayleigh watkins
    May 20, 2018 / 3:42 pm

    It’s looks like you all had a wonderful time, great memories to treasure when they are older too xxx

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