San Pedro de Alcantara in Marbella is an ideal destination for family-friendly holidays, centrally located to enjoy all of the activities for kids on the Costa del Sol. There is so much to see and do during your stay for the whole family to enjoy!
At Villa Guadalain we have two swimming pools and a private garden, and the beach is an easy walk from the villa. But if you want to take the children out for a day’s excursion, you’ll find so many options: aqua parks, indoor play centres, dolphin watching, and horse riding, to name just a few.
The Costa del Sol is home to so many amazing children’s activities. Here are just a handful of our favourites:
If you want to get the little ones out of the sun, why not take them to Kidz Kingdom in Estepona. An indoor adventure park with play facilities for children from 0-11 years of age, under parental supervision.
Tel: 952 928 936
Address: Kidz Kingdom, N340 KM 166 2, Bel Air, Estepona 29680, Málaga
An adventure and safari park, located in between San Pedro de Alcantara and Estepona. Selwo Aventura is a great day out for children of all ages.
Your children will be able to experience an expedition in the middle of nature, moving through different territories of Africa and other continents. Meet with incredible species such as the lion, the white rhinoceros, the giraffe, the hippopotamus, the cheetah, the Iberian lynx, the Asian elephant or the red panda.
They will also get to cross suspension bridges and enjoy adventure activities such as the Ziwa zip line, Kuruka trampolines or test your aim in shooting with Mshale bow.
Tel: 952 577 773
Address: Avenue Parque Selwo s/n A7 highway km 162,5 29680 Estepona, Málaga
The sister park of Selwo Aventura, Selwo Marina is situated in the town of Benalmadena, around a 40-minute drive from Villa Guadalain. Here your children will enjoy a marine adventure with dolphin and penguin encounters, swimming with sea lions and getting up close to some of the most emblematic marine species on earth.
Where: Parque de la Paloma, s/n, 29630 Benalmádena, Málaga
Tel: 952 57 77 73
Costa Water Park
The most fun on the water. Costa Water Park is a giant bouncy assault course for kids and adults alike. There are giant slides, balance bridges and static surfboards to clamber across. There are Costa Water Park centres in San Pedro de Alcantara, Puerto Banus, Elviria, Fuengirola and Benalmadena. It’s a giant bouncy adventure park in the sea!
Check the website for seasonal open dates: http://www.costawaterpark.com/en/
The Costa del Sol’s famous waterpark with nine giant water slides, a wave pool and normal pool with water fountains and sprinklers. This is a must-visit for children on the Costa del Sol. Beware of queues from early in the morning, this place gets busy! There are special entrance deals for afternoon slots, but your children will thank you for taking them!
Address: Autovía A7, Salida 208B, 29651 Mijas Costa.
45,000 square metres of parkland and 3,000 square meters of water. Bahia Park is a popular water park at the western end of the Costa del Sol in Algeciras. There are plenty of wild slides, a wave pool and Jurassic river run. Plus the largest Jacuzzi in Andalucía!
Address: Avenida Virgen de La Palma s/n, 11203 Algeciras, Spain
Phone: 956 63 33 30
There are various equestrian centres along the Costa del Sol and kilometres of countryside to enjoy a safe horse riding experience with the kids. Head down to the Costa de la Luz and you will even be able to enjoy a sunset beach walk.
One of the most renowned centres is the Escuela de Arte Ecuestre Costa del Sol and close to us between Marbella and Estepona is Ranch Siesta los Rubios.
Address: Diseminado Rio Padron 159 Cn 340, 29680, Estepona
Phone: 952 80 80 77
Get your children out onto the ocean waves with a dolphin watching excursion. The best place to see dolphins is from Gibraltar and along the Costa de la Luz where you might even spot a whale. If you want to stay closer to home there are boat companies from Fuengirola to Estepona that offer dolphin watching trips. Or why not just catch the little cruiser that runs from Benalmadena port to Marbella. Take a picnic and enjoy the scenery of the coast from a different angle.
Splash Water Sports Cabopino
Waterskiing, jet skis, bananas and doughnuts, Splash Water Sports in the little port of Cabopino, just to the east of Marbella, have been organising fun water sport adventures for families for over 20 years.
Address: Puerto Cabopino | Local 9c, 29600, Marbella, Spain
Tel: 670 65 92 18
Wakeboard Marbella Centre in San Pedro is marvellous for older children. Our family has spent many hours at this cable ski water park. This activity is more popular for ages 10 and up.
It is a well-run business which the children all love. They are provided with all the equipment including life vests and can kneeboard, wakeboard and water-ski. It also has a cafe and picnic area for parents to watch the fun or have a go themselves!
Where: Parque de las Medranas, S/N, 29670 San Pedro Alcántara, Málaga, Spain
Tel: +34 952 78 55 79
BIOPARC Fuengirola is an animal park which has recreated some of the most amazing rainforests in the world: the island of Madagascar, Equatorial Africa, Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific islands.
They have put emphasis on reproducing the vegetation, the role of water in tropical forests, and how species are organized and interact together. This is a great family-friendly visit for children to enjoy and learn all about their natural habitat.
Where: Calle Camilo José Cela, 6, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga
Tel: 952 66 63. 01
Kitesurfing in Tarifa
About an hour’s drive down the coast this windy beach is one of the best places to kitesurf in the world, Tarifa and the Costa de la Luz. The wide long sandy beaches of the Costa de la Luz and the wind blowing in from the Atlantic ocean make this an ideal destination for water sports enthusiasts.
There are lots of kite surfing and surfing school which cater to children from Tarifa to El Palmar beach and the beautiful village of Conil de la Frontera.
Very popular with teenagers and older children!