Most people planning a family holiday to Spain will jump in taxis from M laga airport straight to the big resorts, but Marbella has just as much to offer.
If you thought of Marbella as being exclusively a glitzy, ‘grown up’ destination, then think again. From the public beaches with entertaining ‘elephant showers’ to theme parks and adventure playgrounds, the city has a range of family-friendly activities to keep everyone happy.
Marbella has more than 23 beaches along its 17-mile coastline, 12 of which have been awarded the Blue Flag in recognition of their high quality.
The Spanish love children so don’t be afraid to let them loose to play and enjoy the beach. There are also plenty of umbrellas, bars and restaurants offering cooling shade during the hottest part of the day.
The sea is a natural playground so relax as the kids splash around and when they’re finally tired of paddling they can play in the elephant shaped showers available on the public beaches along the Paseo Maritimo.
From Tivoli World, with its thrilling fairground rides in Torremolinos, to the 19-hole miniature golf course at Fuengirola Adventure Golf and Funny Beach in Marbella, there’s loads of family fun to be found along the Costa del Sol.
Funny Beach, in Marbella, is set on the beachfront with its own pool and restaurant and a range of family activities from go-karting and trampolines on land to banana boats and jet skis on the water.
A half hour drive from Marbella is the Parque Acuatico Mijas waterpark with its range of slides and rides for all ages. If the children ever agree to come out of the water there are also rock-climbing walls, mini golf and live stage shows.
Just 15 minutes from Marbella is the Selwo Aventura wildlife adventure park. Spanning an amazing million square meters, a fascinating selection of wildlife from around the world are able to roam free in large, natural enclosures.
Along the coast in Benalm dena is the stunning Teleferico cable car which will whisk you and your family up a breath-taking 800 metres in 15 minutes with a variety of hiking and cycle routes waiting for you at the top.
Sightseeing doesn’t have to be boring for the kids. In Marbella you can choose to explore the beautiful city by a fun city train, a horse and carriage ride or even cycle along the famous Golden Mile.
The city has plenty of parks, many of which have children’s playgrounds. The Sierra Blanca Urbanisation, close to the Golden Mile, has barbecues, picnic tables and a fun adventure playground for the kids, making it a great place for families to spend the day.
How to Get There
Cheap flights to M laga are available from most UK airports. For the most hassle-free option , book an airport transfer to meet you when you land. An airport transfer will drive you and your family directly to your hotel in Marbella and will save you from queuing for hours for taxis from M laga airport.