Discover the Green Oasis of Benalmadena: Paloma Park

Discover the Green Oasis of Benalmadena: Paloma Park

Dubbed the ‘Most Beautiful Park on Costa del Sol’, Paloma Park will certainly make you feel like you’re visiting an exotic destination, and not strolling through a small town on Costa del Sol.

200,000 square meters of gorgeous lush surroundings with sea views, exotic tree varieties and bunnies chasing running around in the grass – what’s not to love here?

Let me introduce you to Paloma Park, my favourite place and one of the best things to do in Benalmadena!

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What’s in Paloma Park?

Paloma Park is a huge urban oasis in the middle of Benalmadena, walking distance from the train station and also the coastline area (Benalmadena Costa).

It has an artificial lake in the middle, complete with swans (and their babies!), turtles sunbathing on the rocks, ducks and perfectly manicured gardens.

As you walk around, you can spot chickens, ducks, rabbits and peacocks strolling around and finding new hiding places among the exotic trees and plants in here.

If that wasn’t enough, there are over 90 species of palm trees and one of the best collections of bamboo, cactus and succulents in Europe.

The walkways are all named and easy to navigate through, and when you get tired you can take a sip of coffee in one of the three cafes here.

The absolute highlight for me was the cactus garden, in fact, Europe’s richest collections of cacti and succulents. Just the sheer size of them was amazing and I was walking around like Alice in Wonderland.

My husband and son didn’t share the same enthusiasm as running around prickly friends in 36C heat wasn’t their idea of fun. To get you an idea of the size, there are over 2,000 cacti from over 450 different species. 

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Where is Paloma Park?

The park is located in the heart of the city, walking distance to the beach and also the city center (Arroyo de la Miel). See the location on the map below and I have also shared instructions how to get there at the end of the article.

Photo Tour: Paloma Park Benalmadena

Do you want to join me for a walking tour?

I have documented almost every corner of the park in the images bellow, taken in spring. For more info about how to get to the park and opening hours, scroll to the end of the article.

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paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain
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paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain
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paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain
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paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain
paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain
paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain
paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain
paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain
paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain
paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain
paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain
paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain
paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain
paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain
paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain
paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain
paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain
paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain
paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain
paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain
paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain
paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain
paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain
paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain
paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain
paloma park benalmadena, andalusia, spain

How to Get to Paloma Park in Benalmadena

By Car

If you’re driving, Paloma Park is easily accessible by car and is well-signposted throughout Benalmádena. There is ample parking available around the park, especially near the main entrances. You can use a GPS or a map app by inputting “Paloma Park, Benalmádena” as your destination.

By Public Transport

Public transport is a convenient option if you’re not driving. From the heart of Benalmádena, you can catch buses that stop near Paloma Park. Look for buses numbered 103, 112, or 121, which are frequent and affordable. The bus stops are conveniently located just outside the park.

If you’re arriving by train, you will get off at the Arroyo de la Miel train station, and then walk about 10 minutes downhills, and you will see the entrance to the part on your left side.

On Foot

If you’re staying nearby, walking could be the best way to reach Paloma Park. It’s a pleasant stroll from many parts of Benalmádena, especially from the Arroyo de la Miel area. Walking lets you explore more of the town at a leisurely pace.

Tips for Visiting Paloma Park

  • Best Time to Visit: The park is open year-round, but spring and early autumn offer the best weather.
  • Events: Check local listings as the park often hosts events and festivals.
  • Wildlife: Don’t forget your camera for the peacocks and other wildlife!
  • Child-Friendly: There are a few playgrounds for kids to use and lots of space to run about.
  • Picnic Haven: Bring your own food and set up a picnic under the trees, locals’ favourite thing to do on weekends.

Final Thoughts

A visit to Paloma Park is a delightful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, offering a blend of natural beauty, leisure activities, and scenic spots perfect for relaxing or taking memorable photos.

Whether you’re visiting alone, with friends, or with family, it’s a must-see destination in Benalmádena.

Explore More Near Paloma Park

Mariposario de Benalmadena (Butterfly Park)

Selwo Marina in Benalmadena: Worth a Visit?

Castillo de Colomares: The Fairy Tale Castle in Benalmadena

LOVE it? SAVE it for Later!

Save these pin images to your Pinterest board so you can plan your trip later and don’t forget about this spot. You can also explore my Benalmadena boards where you will find inspiration for the best things to do and what to explore in Benalmadena Pueblo.

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Lucia has been living on Costa del Sol since 2020, and through her love of photography and travel, she has been documenting the best places to see in Southern Spain and uncovering hidden gems only known to locals. All the articles on Viva La Vita are written based on personal experience and local expertise.

Hi, I'm Lucia

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