Dolphins, ice skating and the Buddha - what's not to love? Sure, Benalmádena is touristy - this is the Costa del Sol, after all - but it's a pretty nice version of touristy. And if you get away from the modern city, where over-development has killed the charm, there's still the old town to show you why all the tourists came here in the first place.
So why not have it both? Spend a morning exploring the old whitewashed houses of Benalmádena Pueblo and the afternoon at the marina, taking in dolphin shows. There's also an iceskating rink and an enlightenment stupa built by one of the world's foremost Buddhist masters.
And when you're done saying Om? Back to the salsa bars!
Benalmádena is in Malága, mid-way between Torremolinos and Fuengirola.