The territory is crossed from east to west on Highway A-7, which connects with the provincial capital and other centers of the Mediterranean coast.With 61,383 inhabitants according to the INE census of 2010, Benalmádena is the eighth most populous municipality in the province and the third largest metropolitan area, behind Málaga and Torremolinos.Historically the region has been occupied and settled by many cultures dating back to the Bronze Age, including the ancient Phoenicians and Romans, and has also been considerably influenced by the Moorish settlement of the southern Iberian peninsula.
Benalmádena is rich in attractive beaches and interesting places like the Colomares Castle, the 33 meter tall Buddhist Benalmádena Stupa, the largest Buddhist stupa in Europe, and the Benalmádena Marina.
that extends from the summits of the Sierra de Mijas to the sea, falling in some places as a cliff.
The population is concentrated in three main centers: Benalmádena Pueblo, Arroyo de la Miel and Benalmádena Costa, although the high urban growth and demographic tends to unify the three cores.
Benalmádena has been inhabited since prehistoric times.
In contemporary times, along with the rest of the Costa del Sol area it has become an important tourist destination.
The municipality has been subject to an unprecedented urban expansion in recent years with many new buildings and homes built, sometimes causing environmental degradation.