To be quite honest we didn’t expect too much from Selwo Marina Delfinarium. Described as a pricey scaled down version of Sea World in most reviews. So were delighted by the well-kept garden setting, by the shows and the care they take with the animals. But don’t get ahead of ourselves.
Selwo Marina Delfinarium is marine park located in Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmádena, Spain (it is signposted from the A7 motorway exit 222) and is the only park of its kind in Andalusia offering four different ecosystems: the West Indies, The Hollow, The Island of Ice and Amazonia. The complex is part of a huge green free area called Paloma Park.
The park small in size (1.67 hectares) but it’s great where it really counts: (i) the animals was very well-trained and the show are great. I loved the amazing dolphin show, the exotic bird show and the feeding of the penguins; (ii) The park is very well themed, clean and well sign posted; (iii) And yes reasonably priced if you book online!.
In fact, the dolphins and sea lions show is the highlight of the park and does not disappoint. They spin, leap and splash and make amazing musical sounds. The park also have penguins in the Arctic area, and an Amazonian area which contains exhibits such as chameleons, snakes (some very big ones!) and you can enter the cage with the spider monkeys. There is also an outside area with alligators and an open area where the flamingos live. The only disappointment was the Sea Lion show which was very limited and short.
Saw sea lions, dolphins, and various other animals they all looked very well cared for and as though they were happy in their surroundings.
Booking in advance online will save you money on the entry price so I definitely recommend it. On entry you get a timetable with all the shows and times listed along with a map to lead you around the park. The food stands only serve the usual overcharged fast food so schedule your visit early in the morning or after lunch. You only need 3/4 hours for a full visit so you don’t need to buy anything in the park apart from refreshments. Benalmádena could be very hot in the summer so drink as much fluids as you can.
Overall Selwo Marina Delfinarium it’s an amazing small park and we will definitely visit again.
Location: Lugar Parque Paloma, 0 S N, 29639 Benalmádena, Málaga, Spain
Tickets: 19.50€ Adults: Discounts online.
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