Costa del Sol – Planning a family holiday for children of all ages
A family holiday in the Costa del Sol can include much more than just sunbathing on a beach or at the hotel pool. While it can be challenging to entertain a group of children with a diverse age range; there are so many attractions available in southern Spain that children of all ages can be occupied to the full. Here are some suggestions for booking your next fun-filled family trip.
Thrilling amusement parks
Whether it’s old-fashioned roller coaster and Ferris wheel rides at Tivoli World or adrenaline-pumping water slides at Aqualand, Costa del Sol’s amusement parks have something for the entire family.
For breathtaking views that stretch across the Mediterranean to North Africa; take the cable car from Benalmádena to the peak of Mount Calamorro. Your cable car ticket entitles you to a special mountaintop bird of prey demonstration.
Selwo Aventura in Estepona is much more than a zoo, offering a little slice of African safari in southern Spain. All-terrain vehicles transport you around the safari area, where your family can get up close to giraffes and zebras. Camel rides, bird shows, huge wooden bridges and walkways all add to your family adventure day out. This open-air zoo is a safe bet for all age groups because it ensures none will be left out.
For older and more active teenagers, canyoning is an exciting new adventure sport that allows you to trek and swim through gorges, waterfalls and giant rock pools. Near Marbella is Angosturas Gorge, a beautiful location surrounded by mountains that is idyllic for this new adventure sport.
Twisting and turning its way for over 1 km before opening into a small lake that locals use as a beach, the trek will have you smiling from ear to ear while also testing your nerve as you jump from overhanging rocks into cool clear mountain pools. It doesn’t matter whether you are experienced at canyoning or not, or even if you prefer not to make the jumps, as the awe-inspiring scenery is enough to make you want to come back here again and again.
Fuengirola Bioparc Zoo in Malaga
Visit the amazing Fuengirola Bioparc for the chance to get close to exotic animals in their natural habitat. The zoo is open all year round due to the superb weather in southern Spain. The animals benefit from being outdoors in such a wonderful climate. A show that runs throughout the day has park animals running free, looking for food that has been put out for them. The show lets spectators of all ages observe wild species closer than usual, while maintaining a safe family environment.
If you own a holiday home in the area or visit Costa del Sol more than once a year; you may find an annual pass for the Bioparc to be a good value. When on promotion, the low-price pass gives free entrance all year round for almost the same charge as one adult ticket. Malaga comes alive on summer nights when the Bioparc zoo stays open until late.
Nerja Caves and Burriana beach
Just a short taxi journey from Malaga are the exciting Nerja Caves. The caves were discovered by adventure-hungry school children who could not have imagined how spectacular their discovery really was. The caverns offer undercover day tours for all ages, and at night they become the ideal location for acoustic-loving concerts. A tour around the fascinating caves is 10 euros per adult and 6 euros per child.
If you’re staying in a hotel in Nerja and you have time to spare, you may enjoy a morning at the caves and an afternoon on a pedalo (pedal boat) at the famous Burriana beach.