I visited the Butterfly Park in Benalmadena this week and here is everything you need to know. And some pictures to enjoy.
Benalmadena is a small town close to Malaga, Spain. Located in Andalucia, the weather is great and it is a well-known destination for the whole year.
Benalmadena is also the home of the largest butterfly park of Europe. I told a bit about it in this post about activities in Benalmadena and I want to go a little bit more into it.
Playing tourist for a day
So as some might know, I moved to Benalmadena this year. But I also work a lot in a restaurant and don’t have time to visit everything I want to.
But I had a few days off, so I decided to go and visit the Butterfly Park Benalmadena. Time to play the tourist! Next to the Butterfly park is also the Buddhist Stupa, so I also visited that.
The Butterfly Park, Benalmadena
So the park is located a bit on the far end of Benalmadena. It is easy to reach with the train or bus. It is also only 20 minutes from Malaga.
The Spanish name is Mariposario de Benalmádena. So the signs and everything might be in either English or Spanish.
Time for facts!
Everyone knows butterflies. Most people love them and get happy when they see them.
As butterflies have a short lifespan, the species that you can spot change every time. So if you go for a second or third time, you will find new species.
I never saw so many butterflies in one place and was pretty surprised with how big and beautiful they can be.
You really have them in all colors and sizes and I loved it!
So the word moths is a word that gives a lot of people the creeps. But they are actually really beautiful!
I have to be honest, I didn’t notice them the first time. I saw one big one and was like, Wow! and then after a minute, I noticed that there were 20 others around him.
The park also has some other animals. Two turtles, an iguana, some birds, and even a wally.
Wally is a Bennett Wallaby. They adopted him to help improve his life. He feeds on the plants that are fundamental for the butterflies, so that is why it is not possible to get more.
When you go to the park, you have to look for him. He moves freely through the park. I spend 15 minutes looking for him and then I found him!
The iguana is probably easier to find. They like to spend their time relaxing by the water, so look there first!
Where can I buy tickets?
You can buy your tickets online on their site or at the butterfly park itself.
How much are the tickets?
You have three different prices.
Adults are €10,-
Children (2-12 years) are €8.50
Seniors (65+) are also €8.50
These are the prices on time of writing (July 2019) Check the site for the latest updates.
When can I visit?
The Butterfly Park in Benalmadena is open from Monday to Sunday from 10.00 AM to 20:30 PM
How can I get there?
By car: take the autovía del Mediterraneo A7. You need exit 217 and then you will find signs until the parking.
By train: Take the train to Arroyo de la Miel/ Benalmadena. Here you can find the bus or a taxi station for the last part.
You can take the L2 and get out by the stop ‘ Stupa Tibetan’
By bus: If you are already in Benalmadena, the easiest way is to take the bus. Take the L2, 103, 112, 121 or 126.
See which one is closest to where you are. The bus stop you need is also the ‘Stupa Tibetan’
The Butterfly Park
So here you are. All you need to know about the Butterfly Park in Benalmadena.
I really liked the park. You can spend a morning or afternoon there. It is a bit small for an entire day.
The Buddhist Stupa
Next to the butterfly park is the Buddhist Stupa. When you are there anyway, why not stop by.
It is free to visit, but they do appreciate donations. This is the money they keep it nice and beautiful.
There are also some guided meditations.