Malaga family holidays

You'll find fun-filled family holidays on Malaga's Costa del Sol

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Andrew Forbes

Andrew Forbes
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Malaga and the Costa del Sol Malaga is one of the eight provinces that make up Spain’s southern autonomous region of Andalucía. The capital is Malaga city, birthplace of Picasso and the centre of a growing arts, cultural and restaurant scene. It’s also home to Spain’s 4th largest international airport, the gateway for most visitors to the area.

With some of Andalucía’s most stunning natural parks, quintessential Andalusian white mountain villages, broad sandy beaches and Europe’s best climate, it is little wonder that Malaga is such a popular holiday destination. Yet more than anything, it is probably the warm welcome of the local people, the ‘Malagueños’ that leaves a lasting holiday memory. The Spanish are renowned for their love of children and family life, and visiting families are made very welcome; in restaurants, at cultural events, or at Malaga’s many visitor attractions.


Explore the fun family side of Malaga Province


Nerja Caves Nerja Caves

Less than an hour’s drive east of Malaga city is the beautiful town of Nerja, at the eastern edge of the Costa del Sol. The coast here boasts some of the best beaches in Spain and a unique subtropical climate; but for some ‘cool’ family fun head underground into the ‘Nerja Caves’. These ancient, huge caverns, with evocative names such as ‘Ghosts’, ‘Cataclysm’ and ‘Waterfall’ stretch for five kilometres and are fully accessible to all ages via spacious illuminated walkways.

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Benalmádena Butterfly Park

At the heart of Malaga’s Costa del Sol is the resort town of Benalmádena, home to some of the province's well-known family theme parks. Children will be mesmerised by the hundreds of delicate butterflies in the Thai-style tropical ‘Butterfly Park’. Make a day of it by hopping onto the City Sightseeing bus that stops right outside the Butterfly Park, and connects all the main sights nearby. The younger ones can play with dolphins, or swim with sea lions at the ‘Selwo Marina’ animal park, while older children can take a breathtaking rollercoaster ride at ‘Tivoli World’, or cool off from the summer heat at nearby ‘Aqualand’.

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Karting Experience, MijasKarting Experience, Mijas

Between the picturesque hilltop white village of Mijas Pueblo and the beaches at Mijas-Costa is ‘Karting Experience’. This is a high performance Kart track that will make any family day out a thrilling and unforgettable experience. This is adrenalin-pumping fun that all the family can share; there are twin karts, ideal for a parent with a younger child, adult karts, as well as models for juniors. Cheer on your family from the trackside cafe, or put your own driving skills to the test, whilst the youngsters try to beat you to poll position.

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Adventura AmazoniaAventura Amazonia, Marbella

There’s nothing like playing in the great outdoors to bring smiles and laughter on a day out. ‘Aventura Amazonia’, just ten minutes east of Marbella is a new tree canopy aerial adventure park. The whole family can enjoy the excitement of going from tree to tree via rope bridges and zip lines. There are challenges for all ages, and even a creche and a MiniKids area for toddlers. Enjoy the thrill of a tree top adventure in this Mediterranean pine forest, just minutes from some of Marbella’s finest beaches.

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Puerto Banús

Marbella’s upscale marina, Puerto Banús, is world famous for its extravagant yachts and luxury cars. This glamorous enclave makes for a fantastic day for the entire family; with boutiques, departments stores, cinemas, restaurants, as well as some great beaches. People watch for celebrities from a marina cafe: enjoy a meal at one of the trendy new family restaurants, or take in the latest movies in English. It’s not just a playground for the rich and famous; it’s also Marbella’s top family-orientated leisure area.

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Malaga Holiday Apartments

2 Minute Walk from Beach and 5 Minutes from Marina Banus

Club Playas del Duque, Puerto Banus beach front Two luxury apartments (for which there are more photos and references available on request) in the 5 star Club Playas Del Duque complex, known as the most exclusive accommodation address in Puerto Ba...

Beautiful and modern apartments in the heart of Malaga. Internet

Welcome to EnjoyCostadelSol Apartments! Our three self-catering apartments in the heart of Malaga historic centre are ideal for couples on romantic breaks, but also for a group of friends or family with a maximum of 4 persons. Less than 400 metres...

Beachfront 4 bedroom villa with spectacular sea views.

This 4 bedroom beachfront villa is set on a secluded and quiet complex of 20 private villas in a resort and enjoys spectacular sea views. Possibly the best location on the Costa del Sol, the area is very tranquil. The villa has been restored to a ...

Superb 5 bedroom Villa offering stunning views over the sea towards Tangier and the Rock of Gibralter

This superb 3 storey, 5 bedroom villa is located in the countryside behind Estepona in Andalucia offering stunning views over the sea towards Tangier and the Rock of Gibraltar. The villa is perfectly located for all the best golf courses and Marbe...

Large apartment with gardens and swimming pool.Ideal settings

The apartment is modern, tastefully furnished and well equipped. This ground floor apartment is within 5 minutes walking distance of the beach and makes a great base. There is a large, totally secure terrace with both patio furniture and sunbed...

Villa San Antonio - beach 1.6km Shops 700m, restaurants 700m

This villa is located in a quiet urbanisation just a few minutes drive from Nerja town and the beaches. It is constructed on a very large plot and benefits from sea and coastal views. The accommodation is all on one level, accessed by a flight of ...

Villa Rocio - beach 1.6km, shops 700m, restaurants 700m

Villa Rocio is a delightful detached villa conveniently located above Nerja, providing magnificent sea views. A short stroll from this privileged Villa are a number of superb Blue Flag beaches, one of the most popular being Burriana Playa, with it...

Luxurious apartment with amazing sea views - final cleaning incl/no deposit.

We have a lovely apartment for rent in the 4 year old apartment complex Calaceite which is located 100 meters from the Mediterranean Sea between Nerja and Torrox Costa. The climate in Torrox is known as the best in Europe with an average temperatu...

Villa Christina *beach 0.5km *shops/restaurants 0.1km

This superb detached villa is located in an enviable position to the East of Nerja's famous Burriana Beach, as well as an array of shops and restaurants all within easy walking distance. The three bedroom villa is fully furnished throughout with a...

Villa Bergonia *beach 1.6 km *shops/restaurants 0.7 km

Villa Bergonia is a pretty traditional detached villa situated on a cul de sac with fantastic views across Nerja and out to the Mediterranean Sea. The villa has a lovely authentic feel to the design and furnishings but with a modern clean finish. ...

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