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Planning a family holiday on the Costa del Sol? We give you some great & fun ideas that can become absolute holiday highlights.

Do you think the Costa del Sol is only for a beach holiday? Not at all!

There is a wide range of excursion destinations and attractions for a family holiday on the Costa del Sol. And as a mature holiday destination, the area is one of the safest and most popular in Europe.

Selwo Aventura, Estepona

Selwo Aventura Estepona. Family holiday Costa del Sol

Many things are possible during your Family holiday on the Costa del Sol, even a short trip to Africa. All you have to do is travel to Estepona. There is a 40-hectare area where you can set off with your kids on exciting safaris and much more.

Walking across a 65 metre long and 15-metre-high suspension bridge is sure to provide adrenaline-fuelled moments for young and old alike. Or how about a round of ziplining, trampolining and archery? A great family adventure awaits you here!

Experience animals in semi-freedom and if you want you can even stay overnight in the heart of nature in comfortable African-style villas.

By the way, on their website you also find the Benalmadena Cable car and the Benalmadena Dolphinarium, two other great family ideas.

Júzcar, the Smurf village

Juzcar smurf village

Abou 25 kilometres Ronda lies a small village that is painted completely blue.

There is a reason for this, of course: in 2011, Júzcar was used as a film set for the film “The Smurfs” and the inhabitants simply couldn’t part with this colour.

So it stayed blue – and since then the village has become a charming destination for children who have taken the little blue characters to their hearts. Even Smurf weddings and Smurf markets are occasionally held – when the inhabitants dress up as Smurfs. Great fun!

Aventura Amazonia, Marbella

Aventura Amazonia Marbella. Family holiday Costa del Sol

Great idea for an active and sporty Family holiday on the Costa del Sol. Situated close to the sea, Aventura Amazona is an outdoor multi-adventure circuit.

This large tree park offers varying degrees of difficulty from 4 years old to advanced sports level. And It has the longest zip line between trees in Andalusia, with 250 metres in length.

Kayaking in Nerja

Educare Kayaking in Nerja. Family holiday Costa del Sol

Go on a guided Kayaking tour on the westernmost Costa del Sol, in fabulous turquoise waters and along the spectacular cliffs of Maro.

We can personally recommend the company Educare. During the tour they take photos with the gopro. Later you can download the pics of your adventure free of charge on their website.

Mayan Monkeys, Mijas

Mayan Monkeys Mijas. Family holiday Costa del Sol

Are thre any chocolate lovers and sweet tooths in your family?

Then head to the white village Mijas Pueblo, just 7 km from Fuengirola and discover the delights at Mayan Monkeys!

They don´t have just fabulous homemade and organic ice creams. What is special about this place is that you can make your own chocolate bar! Delicious, creative fun for the whole family.

Go Karting, Fuengirola

Karting Miramar Fuengirola
Photo Vicky Benitez

Staying in Fuengirola? There is plenty of fun available for the whole family, as for instance, situated in the MiraMar shopping centre, next to the river park and a few metres from the seashore you can go Karting.

The circuit has a circuit for adults and one for children, as well as an open-air bar-cafeteria.

Bioparc Fuengirola

Bioparc Fuengirola

A visit to the zoo can be a wonderful experience for children. It’s even better when the animals are kept in their natural habitats – like in this nature park in Fuengirola, a zoo concept of a different kind.

The Bioparc is located in the town centre. During the summer months there is also a diverse evening programme.

The Enchanted Forest, Parauta

The Enchanted Forest in Parauta

An hour’s drive from Marbella, in the middle of Serranía de Ronda, lies this natural site.

The special thing about the place, apart from the natural beauty, is a 3 km linear route where you can discover all kinds of magical beings integrated in nature, carved and sculpted in wood by the local artist Diego Guerrera.

This visit is more for nature-loving families who also want to combine a day in the countryside with a special visit.

Our Tip: There is little space to park, go early and if possible, avoid weekends and holidays.

Museum of Imagination, Malaga

Museum of Imagination Malaga

Are you staying close to Malaga city or plan an excursion there with kids?

Then don´t miss this fun space with lots of optical illusions where you literally can take some fantastic photos, that will challenge your senses: from walking on the ceiling to experiencing life in miniature.

SunView Park, Alhaurín de la Torre

SunView Park, Alhaurín de la Torre

Feeling like releasing some adrenaline?

Then head for Sun View Park, with the longest double zip line in Andalusia, 1,3 km long. In addition they offer horseback riding, disc golf and archery

If you want to rest afterwards or just enjoy watching, there is a nice hilltop terrace bar with panoramic views.

Butterfly Park, Benalmadena

Butterfly Park, Benalmadena

When staying in the area, you should not miss a visit to the lush tropical Butterfly Park in Benalmadena.

Discover butterflies of all colours and sizes fluttering around you from up close, observe their different stages of growth and discover a few other inhabitants of this enclosure, located in a beautiful building in the style of a Thai temple.

Our Tip: The interior has a constant temperature of 26°C and very high humidity, so don’t carry your coat in winter.

And, impossible to miss: Next to the Butterfly Park is the largest stupa in the West, the Enlightenment Stupa, with beautiful views of the coast. Buddhist talks and meditation classes are regularly hosted inside the Stupa.

Sea Life, Benalmadena

Sea Life Benalmadena. Family holiday Costa del Sol

Situated conveniently in the marina of Benalmadena, you may want to pay a visit to this small aquarium and see from close all kinds of tropical fish and even some sharks.

Crocodile Park, Torremolinos

Crocodile Park Torremolinos. Family holiday Costa del Sol

If you ever wanted to see from close up crocodiles, you can do so in Torremolinos.

The Crocodile Park is conveniently situated just next to the Aquapark (another great idea to spend a refreshing fun day in summer!).

On this guided tour you will learn interesting things about Crocodiles and also see Baby crocodiles.

Guadalhorce reservoir

guadalhorce reservoir

Fancy swimming in the countryside? You can also enjoy a refreshing dip with your family surrounded by coniferous forests.

One possible excursion destination could be the Guadalhorce reservoir, for example. There are more than just hiking trails around the beautiful turquoise-coloured lake. The area is best known for the Caminito del Rey.

For climbing enthusiasts: This is one of the most popular climbing areas in Malaga. There is also a Tibetan bridge and easy beginner routes.

Our Tip: Sector Rocabella: Great climbing routes for the summer, with lots of easy routes for beginners and children to enjoy. With spectacular views of El Chorro and the Guadalhorce Valley.

There is boat or canoe hire at the reservoir itself. If you would like to stay a few days longer away from the hustle and bustle of the coast, you have the option of staying overnight at the lakeside campsite, Camping Ardales.


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