The largest urban green area in the whole province can be found in Benalmadena. Over 200,000 square metres stretch before us, ably equipped to host both a multitude of exotic botanical species and a variety of animals.
Many of these inhabit the immense artificial lake, a hive of incessant activity whose huge volume refreshes the afternoon air, which lies in wait for the visitor behind the park’s hills. Its waters are home to veritable squadrons of ducks, geese and black and white swans, as well as carp and turtles, hundreds of them, which enjoy the sun on the banks of the pond.
However, if there is one animal species that can be said to proliferate here, it is the gallinaceans, including a number of truly unusual varieties, which can be seen strutting quite unconcernedly amongst the passers by. Other inhabitants of la Paloma Park that enjoy less freedom are the fallow deer, ostrich and dwarf goat, which inquisitively greet the visitor from behind their fences, some playfully proffering their muzzles in search of a friendly hand that will afford them some brief attention or even share a snack.
And if you do not want to miss anything, then be alert: keep your eyes peeled and you will catch a glimpse of the occasional rabbit that has lost its way or even a proud peacock in the cactus garden or among the bamboo and other palmaceous plants. We find ourselves in a heaven of peace and tranquillity, immersed in a wildlife paradise in which we can move freely among living creatures in their natural habitat like one of their own, never disturbing it, simply enjoying with them the experience of the day, of the moment.