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 storey villa, beach on doorstep, pool, south-facing balcony with sea vie

Only 40 metres separate this 2- storey,semi-detached villa from the ocean. It boasts magnificent sea views and is beautifully decorated. The Oasis Club is an exclusive complex ON the beach,and houses just 21 other properties. It is situated betwee...

Villa - Puerto Banus

Well designed with 4 levels. Floor area ~ 200m2 + roof terrace + small garden at the front/back, with a terracotta patio and a lovely sun terrace/ solarium on the roof: Downstairs; semi-basement & garage, separate utility area plumbed. Separate ...

Marina Banus beach side penthouse apartment with stunning views 'in' Pto. Banus

'Marina Banus' beach side penthouse apartment - stunning views in Puerto Banus! Fantastic 180°+ - sea, beach, coast & mountain views together with all local amenities. Spectacular - modern hi-quality - fully furnished & equipped. With a privileged...

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...

Fabulous spacious five bedroom detached villa with private pool

Set over three floors the villa is tastefully decorated with marble floors and furnished with great care to offer very comfortable accommodation to sleep up to 12. The master bedroom has a large en-suite, marble top double sink and a walk-in show...

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...

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 ...

Casa Los Pinos, Estepona

Overlooking the last green of the delightful La Resina Golf course, Casa Los Pinos is on a par with all our other luxury villas featured in the ever popular Costa del Sol. As we were sitting on the smart and salubrious outdoor sofas, overlooking t...

Villa Paradise , Estepona

When we visited Villa Paradise we knew immediately that we had stumbled upon something special. As you may know, we proudly feature a Something Special range of villas here at Solmar Villas, and Villa Paradise not only qualifies for this category,...

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