Another example of Zoo immersion (like Fuengirola Bio Park) is the Butterfly Park of Benalmadena where visitors are immersed in the habitat of animals; they don´t watch them from the outside, but are invited to share their space and observe their world from within.
This space opened in 2011 is the largest Butterfly Park in Europe with over 900 square meters, located in a beautiful Thai-style building, with many of the decorative elements brought directly from Thailand.
In the enclosure with glass roof are kept stable climatic conditions recreating a lush tropical garden with 80% relative humidity and 24 - 29°C temperature, where between 500 and 2.000 butterflies from exotic species originating from tropical areas worldwide flutter around the visitors. Throughout the year you can see over 150 different species.
Visitors can also see the chrysalis, and butterflies as they are born; all in a very carefully maintained area with abundant tropical plants, specific to the needs of different butterflies. But in this lovely garden also more live animals that visitors will discover during the stroll; a nice experience for the whole family.
Interestingly, a few meters from Butterfly is located the Enlightenment Stupa, the largest Buddhist temple in the West. From the terrace you can enjoy the magnificent view of the coast.
Photographs are permitted, including the use of flash. Accessible for Disabled.
Ticket prices: Adults 9,50 €, Children 6,50 €, Retired 7,50 €, Disabled 7,50€
By car: Mediterranean Motorway A-7, exit 217, Calle Muerdago (Next to the Buddhist temple) El Retamar. 29639 Benalmadena. Malaga.
Public transport: Renfe Suburban train, stop Benalmadena-Arroyo de la Miel and bus lines 103, 112, 121 and 126.