Destination: Benalmadena, Spain. Home to Europe's best harbour (decorated several years in a row), the Benalmadena marina is unquestionably the main attraction here. The wide cobblestone paths weaving one-storey and subterranean passages along restaurant entrances and the beautiful clear blue marina waters, respectively, are always packed with bustling locals as well as tourists.
On the higher levels, you can choose from breezy Italian restaurants and mainstream shops, while on the lower levels you can choose from less formal boutiques, Carte D'Or ice cream carts (generous portions) and open-air cafes serving either delicious crepes or traditional Spanish tapas, all the while enjoying views of the sparkling marina waters and the glamorous-looking harbour-front apartments that house the likes of Antonio Banderas. My tips: the crepes (you can get either savory crepes, such as ham and cheese, or sweet, like the delicious and well-laden chocolate) are not to be missed, and are the perfect lunch dish. If it's dinner you're after, however, Metro (a fantastic Italian restaurant and open-air bar) is the place to go.
And at nighttime, it's time to discover the roaring nightlife of Benalmadena's bar and club scene. Benalmadena has a seriously attractive nightlife, which is perhaps not surprising seeing as the Spanish only really get going at 11pm (you can even see young children going out for dinner around this time). The best place to go is called Kaleido. An innocent looking cafe by day (serving great hot and cold chocolate drinks), Kaleido transforms by night. It becomes a dark, coloured-strobe-lit dance club, complete with smoke machines and attractive, bikini-and-heels-clad table dancers. There's also a bar that runs the length of one of the walls of the club and serves fantastic cocktails. The club is actually split into two parts: the 'tame' dance club I've just described, and the blacked-out-windowed strip club for those tourists (or locals) looking to have a really good time. I have never paid a cover charge to get into Kaleido, or been carded, but I have seen it happen to other people, so unless you're a female wearing less than normal, be prepared, just in case.
If these delights can't occupy you for the entirety of your trip, you can always take a trip to Marbella, or Mijas. Both are only short car journeys away from Benalmadena, and offer a whole range of things to do. Marbella is the city of the wealthy and the beautiful (often both), and boasts designer shopping and great bars and restaurants where you can play Spot The Celebrity. Mijas, on the other hand, is a quaint and traditional Spanish town, yielding mule rides, tapas restaurants and the hidden, labyrinthine old town complete with a town square and orange trees. Either way, you'll find something to entertain and delight your sensibilities.