Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterfly Park)

Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterfly Park)

I know what you probably think – Butterfly Park – how exciting could that be for an adult, right?

Well, you couldn’t be more wrong!

Mariposario de Benalmadena is the largest space in Europe dedicated solely to butterflies and it is truly impressive. The sheer number of butterflies you will see as soon as you enter is breathtaking.

They buzz around looking like they just hit the rush hour on the highway and you are not sure where to look first – admire the plants, try to see one of them land on flower or follow the sound of the waterfalls coming from the back of the greenhouse.

Let me take you for a stroll because pictures tell the story better than any words and this is one of the activities you shouldn’t miss in Benalmadena.

Park Entrance & Location

The park is located right off the main road leading to Benalmadena Pueblo, right next to the Buddhist Temple. I’m not sure if the location was a coincidence, but the building matches the style of temple and has a lot of elements of architecture from Thailand.

There are bus connection that will allow you to get here easily, but its also accessible via short taxi ride from Fuengirola or Benalmadena Costa. Instructions on the location & driving directions here. Parking is available on the side road next to the park or close to the temple.

I highly recommend to buy tickets online as its saves you quite a bit of money, especially if you’re visiting as a family. Tickets are 10 eur for adults and 8.50 eur for kids (only under 2 go free) and you can buy them cheaper online here.

Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)

Kids Activities & Facilities

We were greeted by a lovely lady who quickly checked my ticket number from my email and handed a small leaflet for kids to track & trace the butterfly on a checklist.

Right behind the reception is a small gift shop and on your right side by the entrance you will see a small cafeteria – unfortunately closed when I visited. They have a lovely outdoor terrace overlooking the Buddhist temple.

Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)

The Greenhouse

First thing that hits you is the humidity – prepare and take off any heavy clothing before you enter. The greenhouse seems massive and its filled with plants, from ground to the roof.

The plants in here are carefully chosen to complement the lifecycle of the butterflies and create natural habitat that will help them thrive.

The plants fall into three categories – ‘host plants’ are the ones used for reproduction and feeding of the caterpillars, flowering plants which provide the much needed nectar for butterflies and rest of them are decorative plants that perfectly complement the surroundings.

Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)

The Stars of the Show

All the butterflies in the park have been bred in captivity and transported at the early stages of development from places all over the world – including Costa Rica, Belize and Kenya.

75% of the butterflies in here come from their own butterfly farm in Tenerife (the dream job of ‘Butterfly Farmer’ looks like really exists), while the rest is supplied from farms around the world. The farm also provides butterflies to other parks in Spain and Europe.

There are over 1500 butterflies (of 150 different species) in the park and you really get a sense of the sheer number of them as soon as you walk in. As with any beauty – it fades with time – these butterflies have a lifespan of 2-3 weeks but are constantly being replaced by newborns.

Scroll down further to check out the ‘butterfly nursery’ station.

Benalmadena butterfly park
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)

The Butterfly Nursery

Due to the short life cycle of the butterflies they are constantly being replaced with new ones born here in this nursery.

You can peak through the windows to see butterflies in different stages of development, waiting to hatch, or even see some that just got out of their little shells.

This was certainly one of the highlights of the visit as you rarely get a chance to experience this in nature, yet alone in these huge numbers.

Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterfly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterfly Park)
Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterfly Park)

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2 thoughts on “Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterfly Park)”

  1. Yes the Butterfly farm and Stoppa are amazing. I got a year ticket for butterfly farm as I as staying a month and visited each week. So calming and beautiful. You can get the bus from Benalmadena towards Mijas and it stops on the road by the stoppa. You have to be ready to press the button! It goes from the other side of the road back to Benalmadena or you can carry onto Mijas. It goes to Fuengirola too. Cheap travel. Denise

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    • Thanks for the tip Denise, didn’t know there was also a bus from Fuengirola all the way there!
      Question – where did you look for one month long accommodation? They are really hard to find if you don’t want to pay 4 week rental at holiday apartment? I’m looking for something in the north of Spain for next summer =) Lucia

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