A Short Guide to the Best places to visit on the Costa del Sol for Families
Choosing the right place for a holiday with children can be difficult. As matures, you want a place where you can relax and unwind while you have enough to do to keep kids from getting bored. That’s why we wrote this short guide to the best places to visit for families on the Costa del Sol!
The sunny Costa del Sol in Spain has its back when it comes to having family fun in the sun, with more “blue flag” beaches than anywhere else in Europe and a population that leans back when it comes to being child – friendly. Whether it’s fun on the beach or an adrenaline rush in one of the many theme parks or wild animals up close, there’s no better place to spend a holiday with children. So here are the best places for families to visit on the Costa del Sol:
When it comes to finding a base for your summer holiday with children, you won’t be mistaken if you choose a hotel or rental property in the pretty coastal town of Nerja. The great thing is that a transfer from Malaga to Nerja takes only 60 minutes, so that the children are not too excited after landing on another long journey. Nerja is not overrun by tourists on package holidays and always keeps this friendly, small town where it is safe to walk, no matter what time of day or night.
Things to do in and around Nerja
For an activity that children will remember throughout their lives, hire a sea kayak from Burriana or Maro beach and explore rocky coves and underwater caves as you paddle to the Doncella waterfall. The area is a protected marine area, making it one of the best places in Andalusia for snorkeling and diving.
Other nearby attractions include the Nerja Caves and a hike along the Chillar River with steep rock canyons and natural swimming pools, which are a great place to picnic.
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 will not have a chance to get bored as there is so much to do:
Activities to do in and around Torremolinos
What would a holiday in Spain with the children be without a visit to the water park? The largest is Aqualand Water Park in Torremolinos, but there are many others to choose from. The park houses the 22 meter high KAMIKAZE slide and a 1,440 square meter pool with a wave machine. There is also a Kidzworld area where young children can safely have fun. For a family evening, visit Tivoli World in Benalmádena, where you will find more than 40 rides and attractions, including the traditional Ferris wheel and bumper cars. There is always live entertainment on the street and a Wild West show that kids will love. In Benalmádena you can also take a 15-minute drive to Mount Calamorro, where on clear days you can see the African coast and the rock of Gibraltar.
To experience wild animals like you’ve never seen before, the nearby Fuengirola Biopark (Fuengirola) has changed the way we think zoos forever. Gone are the traditional enclosures, which have been replaced by a living zoo, in which the animals are allowed to roam freely. Children will love to be able to walk safely between the animals on wheelchair-accessible paths. Bioparc Fuengirola is not only a living zoo, but a breeding center for endangered species. Although it was only opened for a short time, it gained wide recognition for its work in Spain and beyond.
This is just a handful of what the Costa del Sol has to offer families looking for a holiday that is suitable for everyone. Then visit Spain on your own and see why it is one of the most popular destinations in the world.