The flashiest jewel in the Costa del Sol can be a wonderful playground for children –not just for mega-yacht revellers. A welcoming community of resident and visiting families, combined with a relentlessly sunny forecast make it easy for kids to thrive in this vibrant paradise. Whether you’re relaxing or actively exploring, Marbella offers exciting trips for families of all ages.
Take the family on a guided ATV or walking safari where you’ll spot elephants, giraffes, lions, and bears, as well as rare birds and reptiles. Or, visit 1500 species of butterfly at The Mariposario Butterfly Park in Benalmadena.
Whales frequent the Costa del Sol on their natural migration course. Spot pilot whales as well as pods of bottlenose, striped, and common dolphins at the Natural Park of the Strait of Gibraltar. A memorable experience of nature for the whole family.
Old Town Marbella and Mijas Pueblo
An electric tuk tuk is a great, eco-friendly way for families to see Mijas. You’ll discover lesser-known areas and facts about the village from a tour guide while skipping the strenuous climb. There are also Segway tours for older kids and horse-drawn carriage rides through Marbella.
At the heart of Marbella’s old quarter is the gorgeous Plaza de Los Naranjos, or “orange tree square”. This relaxing sanctuary is one of the oldest gardens in the world. Enjoy a leisurely car-free walk to nearby shops.
Brush up on your salsa and make new friends while your kids take a ballet or Latin dance class at the Nicolas Valiente Dance Academy. This centre offers everything from belly dancing to ballroom. A great way for the whole family to stay fit while you dance flamenco.
Encourage your teenagers’ creativity with the Mijas Art Centre’s art classes. This is an invaluable form of self-discovery for young adults, and you may just want to join them to free your inner artist at the workshops as well.
Indoor Games Centres
Put away the iPads and go for some classic entertainment. Funny Beach offers kids endless activity choices. They’ll love racing Go-Karts, bikes, and electric cars, classic video games, and pool tables. Or check out Costa Jump, a massive indoor trampoline park with wall-to-wall jumping surfaces for energetic kids.
The Aventura Amazonia park is a great workout for adrenaline junkies of all ages. After a safety orientation and harness training, you’ll head for the treetops and explore an adventure circuit suited to your ability. Fun for older teenagers as well, there are five paths of varying difficulty.
Horse-lovers from ages eight-to-80 will love the stunning countryside setting of the many local horse ranches. Join them on a sea-view ride through mountains and rivers.
A Day at the Beach
The simplest pleasures are often the best, and the beach may just be the perfect form of family entertainment. Who could ask for a better playground than the Puerto Cabopino beach, a short drive from Marbella. Stroll along the sandy shore, stopping at beach bars for drinks and tapas along the way, or stop in for evening entertainment at one of many beach restaurants.