The Plaza de España is the central point of the old village and it is also the home of the 'Niña de Benalmadena (the little girl of Benalmádena). The May 1967 sculpture of a little girl holding out a large seashell was sculptured by the Málaga artist Jaime Pimentel. Maria Cruz Ruiz, the niece of a fisherman in Almayete who inspired the statue visited it for the first time in 2017 to celebrate the 50th aniversary.Almayate
Restaurant La Niña
The popular Restaurant, La Niña, Plaza de España is situated in the square and this traditional tavern serves some of the best Andalusian cuisine in the area.
The menu offers both tapas and al a carte menu. The homemade tapas specialties include spicy meatballs, sweet peppers stuffed with goat's cheese and walnuts, and salpicón del mar, a tomato and pepper salad with king prawns.
Lovers of meat and fish will be spoilt for choice: among the a la carte specialties are pork fillet, chicken breast, spare ribs and salmon baked with cheese and spinach sauce. There are also vegetarian dishes like artichokes stuffed with pine nuts, raisins and cheese. The restaurant also offers an extensive selection of wines.
La Niña, which has a spacious terrace with splendid views of the plaza and its central fountain, is open between 11am and 1030pm every day except Wednesday.
Plaza de España, Benalmádena Pueblo.
Tel: 952 44 91 93
Restaurant La Fuente
Located on the opposite side of the Plaza de España, one will find La Fuente, a restaurant that offers fine and innovative cuisine that will delight the senses of the most ardent foodies.The menu includes chicken, steaks, grilled sea bass, smoked haddock or the house speciality, La Fuente, a hearty seafood casserole. They also serve a special menu, which includes a starter, main course, desert and a half bottle of wine. Those with a sweet tooth should try the 'mousse pyramid' a homemade mousse served with white chocolate and caramel.
The restaurant, which is situated in one of the most charming rustic houses in the village, serves dinner from 6pm until 10.30pm. (Closed on Monday)
Plaza de España, Benalmádena Pueblo.
Tel. 952 56 94 66
Others on the street leading to the church (Calle Santo Domingo) are the Hotel La Fonda (also a catering school, so standards are high and prices reasonable), Meson Pepe and El Muro.
Serving a mixture of continental and Spanish dishes, this restaurant has spectacular views of both the mountains of Mijas and the Mediterranean coast.
Serving succulent T-bone steaks, pork fillet stuffed with Manchego cheese and figs, grilled salmon, sautéed asparagus with mushrooms or traditional seafood paella, El Muro has two dining rooms and a spacious outside terrace. They also offer vegetarian and gluten free options, including vegetable paella and Thai-style noodles with lemon and coconut.
Situated just a few metres from the Santo Domingo church, this old tavern acquires a romantic ambience at night, when the church is illuminated and the air filled with the aroma of jasmine and orange blossom.
Calle Santo Domingo, Benalmádena Pueblo.
Tel. 951 77 31 03
One of the most popular restaurants in the pueblo is La Perla, which enjoys a prime position with wonderful views of the gardens of the Mirador de Muro.
The restaurant has a comfortable dining room with elegant décor and offers some of the finest, reasonably priced, cuisine in the town. Among their dishes they highlight isthe yearling beef sirloin baked in salt, grilled octopus with celery puree, sautéed turbot with duck liver, and rice with mushrooms and Iberian pork. Desserts, like mango sorbet with red fruits and flaky apple pie, are all homemade and they have a carefully selected wine list with 150 references with certificate of origin.
(Closed on Monday) Calle Ibiza, Benalmádena Pueblo.
Tel. 952 56 81 66
Taperia de Benalmadena
This traditional tapas bar has a large terrace that serves a varied selection of dishes, including estafado, meatballs, torilla and numerous cold dishes, like the delicious ensaladarusa.
La Taperiaalso offers a 'menu of the day' and various rustic dishes like revueltos (eggs scrambled with vegetables, chorizo or prawns) snails with serrano ham and homemade hamburgers.
The restaurant has a mixed local/tourist clientele and is a nice location to sit and watch the world go by while enjoying decent traditional Andalusian cuisine at surprisingly low prices.
(Closed on Thursday) Avenida Chorrillolso, Benalmádena Pueblo.
Tel. 952 56 93 86
Temporarily closed Febraury 2023
Also of interest are La Taberna de Sinfo (short for owner Sinforiano) next to Archaelogical museum. Italian restaurant La Pala D'Oro. is popular. Hotel la Fonda has catering school restaurant.
Restaurants in Benalmadena