Mariposario de Benalmádena

Costa del Sol

Next to the Buddhist stupa, in a quasi-Thai temple in Benalmádena (get off the train at Torremuelle station), this butterfly park is a delight. There are some 1500 fluttery creatures, including exotic subtropical species, moths and cocoons (in action), along with impressive plants and water features. Two iguanas, a wallaby and a giant tortoise are resident in the park.

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1. Buddhist Stupa

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2. Museo Benalmádena

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3. Virgen de la Peña

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4. Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Mijas

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5. Casa Museo de Mijas

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6. Plaza de Toros

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7. Puerto Deportivo de Benalmádena

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8. Bioparc

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