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Best Places to Visit on the Costa del Sol for Families

The best places to visit on the Costa del Sol for families

Selecting the right place to go on a holiday with children can be difficult. As adults, you want a place where you can unwind and relax. At the same time there has to be enough on offer to stop the kids getting bored. Spain’s sunny Costa del Sol has got your back when it comes to family fun in the sun with more “Blue Flagged” beaches than anywhere else in Europe and a population that bends over backwards when it comes to being child-friendly. Whether it is fun on the beach or getting an adrenaline rush at one of the many theme parks, or the chance to see wild animals up close, you won’t find a better place to holiday with children. So here are the best places to visit on the Costa del Sol for families:

Pretty seaside town: Nerja

There are so many things to do with kids in Malaga, but if you are looking for a quieter base away from the city,  you can’t go wrong with the pretty seaside town of Nerja. The airport transfer from Malaga to Nerja is only 60 minutes, so the kids won’t get too restless on another long journey after just landing. Nerja is not overrun with tourists on package holidays and still maintains that friendly, small-town vibe, where it is safe to stroll around no matter the time of day or night.

Things to do in and around Nerja

For an activity that the children will remember for a lifetime rent a sea kayak from either Burriana or Maro beach and explore the rocky coves and underwater caves as you paddle towards the Doncella waterfall. The area is a protected marine zone, making it one of the best locations in Andalucía for snorkelling and diving.

Other nearby attractions include the Nerja Caves and a hike along the Chillar River with steep rocky gorges and natural pools for swimming it is a great place to have a picnic lunch.

Boy on the beach playing with toys
Picture: Blue-Flagged Beaches on Spain’s Costa del Sol

Popular seaside resort: Torremolinos

In the opposite direction, east of Malaga, a transfer from Malaga airport to Torremolinos takes even less time. Along this part of the coast, younger and older children won’t have the chance to become bored as there’s so much to do:

Things to do in and around Torremolinos

What would a holiday in Spain with the children be without a visit to at water park? The biggest is Aqualand Water Park in Torremolinos but there are plenty of others to choose from. The park is home to the 22-metre-high Kamikaze water slide and a 1,440 square meter pool complete with a wave making machine. There is also a Kidzworld area where young children can enjoy themselves in complete safety. For a family night out visit Tivoli World in Benalmádena where you will find over 40 rides and attractions that include the traditional Ferris wheel and bumper cars. There is always live entertainment on the go and a Wild West show that the kids will just love. In Benalmádena you can also take a 15-minute ride up Mount Calamorro where on a clear day you can see the African coast and the Rock of Gibraltar.

To witness wild animals like you have never seen before, the nearby Bioparc Fuengirola (Fuengirola) has changed how we will think of zoos forever. Gone are the traditional enclosures that have been replaced with a living zoo where animals are allowed to roam freely. The kids will love being able to walk amongst the animals in complete safety along paths that were designed to be wheelchair friendly. Bioparc Fuengirola is not only a living zoo, but a breeding centre for endangered species. Despite having only been open a short time it has gained widespread recognition for its work both in Spain and beyond.

Lemurs in Bioparc Fuengirola
Lemurs in Bioparc Fuengirola

This is just a mere smattering of what the Costa del Sol has to offer. It has much to offer to families, and would make a great destination for one of your next single parent family holidays. So visit Spain for yourself and see why it is one of the most popular destinations on the planet.

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