Best Kids attractions in Malaga and on the Costa del Sol

Malaga as a mature destination has a huge offer of leisure and entertainment. Discover with us the best kids attractions in Malaga and on the Costa del Sol.

The Costa del Sol is one of the best family destinations in Europe, due to its proximity and connections with more than 120 cities and a wide range of hotels and services.

And of course, as a leader in tourism, this offer also includes some fantastic proposals for a great family holiday on the Costa del Sol.

Water parks on the Costa del Sol

Water parks in Malaga

Do you want to spend a day of refreshing fun? The water parks on the Costa del Sol offer large fresh water pools and a large number of water attractions for the whole family.

There are water parks in Mijas (Fuengirola), Torremolinos and Torre del Mar.

In addition, there is another no less fun modality, the floating water parks.

They are installed a few metres from the shore and the entrance fees are paid by the hour. Have a cold beer while you watch your children having fun. Or join them!

Selwo Parks on the Costa del Sol

There are 3 Selwo parks on the Costa del Sol.

Selwo Marina Delfinarium Benalmadena

Delfinarium Benalmadena

One is Selwo Marina in the centre of Benalmadena. It is dedicated to marine wildlife and you have the opportunity to swim with sea lions and dolphins.

Benalmadena Cable Car

Benalmadena Cable Car
Photo Viajero Feliz

If you fancy taking to the heights to see the coast from the top of Mount Calamorro, you can ride the Benalmadena cable car and visit the Eagle garden.

Selwo Aventura Estepona

Selwo Parks on the Costa del Sol
Suspension bridge at Selwo Aventura Estepona

And a different experience is Selwo Aventura in Estepona. There you can immerse yourself in 40 hectares of land in an African experience with animals in semi-freedom.

In the park you can also enjoy exciting adventures: a zip line, trampolines, archery, a 65-metre long and 15-metre-high suspension bridge or go on an off-road safari.

Selwo Aventura offers the possibility of a stay in the heart of nature in comfortable African-style villages.

Boat trips on the Costa del Sol

Boat trips in Malaga

The ports of the municipalities offer boat trips perfect for children to experience the great feeling of sailing.

There is for example a regular route between the ports of Benalmadena and Fuengirola.

We have a very complete article where we tell you many good ideas to rent a boat in Malaga, along 160 km of the Costa del Sol, and we introduce you to the best companies in each municipality.

By the way, did you know that for small boats you don’t need a licence? So, take a look, it’s a very nice idea!

alquiler barcos Málaga
You can rent boats up to 5 metres in length that do not require a licence.

Whale watching

Whale watching
Photo Fundación Firmm

Have always dreamed of seeing dolphins and whales up close? Then you have to go a little further away from the coast.

The best place for this experience is undoubtedly the Strait of Gibraltar.

There are some excellent whale watching companies in Tarifa.

We have done it ourselves (on another birthday) and it was a very nice experience. We can personally recommend Fundación Firmm.

Although there are dolphins all along the coast, the best places for sightings are: Nerja and beyond Marbella and Estepona towards the strait.

Attractions for kids in Malaga

Malaga Music Museum

Music Museum

This interactive music museum in the old town offers many interesting activities for children.

Museum of Imagination Malaga

Museum of Imagination

This space located in the centre of Malaga is full of optical illusions. Great fun to take some fantastic photos.

Aeronautical Museum at Malaga Airport

Aeronautical Museum

Free museum is located next to the airport (and almost opposite our office). It´s a must if you’ve always wanted to see a cockpit from the inside.

Automobile Museum of Malaga

Automobile Museum

If you like classic cars you can visit the Automobile Museum of Malaga.

Attractions for kids in Torremolinos

Crocodile Park Torremolinos

Crocodile Park Torremolinos

Situated next to the Aquapark. In this enclosure you can get up close to 200 crocodiles and also the baby crocodiles with a guided tour.

La Batería Park Torremolinos

Batería Park Torremolinos

This 74.000 m2 park has an artificial lake, cycle paths, jogging tracks and even rowing boats for hire. From its tower there is a nice view of the coast.

Attractions for kids in Benalmadena

Sea Life Benalmadena

Sea Life Benalmadena

Situated in the marina of Benalmadena. There you can see almost all kinds of tropical fish and even some sharks.

Butterfly Park Benalmadena

Butterfly Park Benalmadena
Photo Miguel Ledesma

The Benalmadena Butterfly Park is located in a beautiful building in the style of a Thai temple. Marvel at more than 1500 butterflies in all their stages of growth.

By the way, just a few metres away is the magnificent Enlightenment Stupa, in fact the largest Buddhist Stupa in the West, you’ll definitely want to see it while you’re there!

Attractions for kids in Fuengirola

BioParc Zoo Fuengirola

This small animal park in the centre of Fuengirola offers the zoo immersion concept. There is a family of lemurs, turtles, gorillas, tigers and crocodiles among others.

Adventure Golf Fuengirola

Adventure Golf Fuengirola

You can have a fun time at this mini golf course. It is located next to the Miramar shopping centre and the river park in Fuengirola. If you get thirsty, there is also a bar.

Go Karting Miramar Fuengirola

Karting Miramar Fuengirola
Photo Vicky Benitez

Located on the terrace of the Miramar shopping centre. It has a circuit for adults and one for children, as well as an open-air bar-cafeteria.

River Park Fuengirola

Ziplining and Kayaking Fuengirola
The author at the Fuengirola Zip line

Just below the famous Sohail Castle in Fuengirola, in the river park. You can combine several activities for a fun afternoon.

You can combine two zip line jumps with a canoe ride on the river. And then have a refreshing drink in one of the bars by the river. We did it for a birthday and had a great time.

Throughout the park you will also find ping pong tables, a bio-healthy area, a basketball court and a large Skate Plaza just a few metres away. There are games for all ages and picnic areas with barbecues.

parque fluvial Fuengirola
Photo Ceferino González

Attractions for kids in Mijas

Museum of Miniatures Mijas

Museum of Miniatures Mijas

In the village of Mijas is located El Carromato de Max. There you can see his private collection of curious miniature objects from all over the world.

Mayan Monkeys Mijas

Mayan Monkeys Mijas

You are a chocolate lover and a sweet tooth? Then you can’t miss this fun proposal.

Located in the beautiful white village of Mijas. At Mayan Monkeys you can make your own chocolate bar or eat fabulous homemade and organic ice creams.

Attractions for kids in Marbella

Aventura Amazonia Marbella

This tree park is located in Marbella. It has the longest zip line between trees in Andalusia, with 250 metres in length.

The site has 6 multi-adventure circuits of varying degrees of difficulty from 4 years old to advanced sports level.

Trampoline San Pedro de Alcántara

Trampoline San Pedro de Alcántara

An indoor space with 50 trampolines to bring out the trapeze artist in you. Open every day. It can be a good option in case of rain.

Attractions for kids in Nerja

Nerja Cave

Nerja Cave

You can discover the impressive underground galleries of the largest cave in the province.

Kayaking in Nerja – Maro

Kayaking in Nerja
The author enjoying the Cliffs of Maro Cerro Gordo

On another birthday we tried kayaking in Nerja, a total success.

It is a guided tour of about 2 hours in turquoise waters along the spectacular cliffs of Maro.

We can personally recommend the company Educare.

During the tour they take photos with the gopro. Later they are available free of charge on their website for download.

Diving in Nerja – Maro

Diving in Nerja
Buceonatura Photo Rafa Camacho

Whether you are already an expert or you want to try diving for the first time to discover the wonderful underwater world:

The best place on the Costa del Sol are the waters of the natural park Maro Cerro Gordo.

Although it already belongs to the province of Granada, we nevertheless include it if you don’t want to miss this experience.

holiday in Nerja
Photo Rafa Camacho
  • We personally recommend Buceonatura in La Herradura, with Rafa Camacho at the helm, expert diver and passionate underwater photographer.

More attractions for kids in the province

SunView Park, Alhaurín de la Torre

SunView Park
The longest double zip line in Andalusia, 1,3 km long.

They also offer horse riding, archery, disc golf and a bar on the hill with a terrace and panoramic views.

Júzcar, the Smurf Village

Smurf Village

If you feel like going a little further inland in the beautiful province of Malaga, you can discover a very special village: Júzcar, the smurf village.

The whole village is painted blue. And on a stroll through its streets you can meet many of the characters from the film that was shot there.

Treasure Cave, Rincón de la Victoria

Treasure Cave

No less impressive is the Cueva del Tesoro in Rincón de la Victoria, one of the few sea caves in the world. Legend has it that there is still a treasure hidden there.

Fuente de Piedra Lagoon Antequera

Fuente de Piedra Lagoon

This saltwater lagoon is located in the north of the province of Malaga. It is home to the largest colony of flamingos in the Iberian Peninsula and the second largest in Europe.

The best months to observe them are from March to July. The area has an interpretation centre and guided tours.

Donkey Santuary Fuente de Piedra

Donkey Sanctuary

While you are in Fuente de Piedra to see the lagoon and its flamingos, take the opportunity to visit this sanctuary. Meet the donkeys and you even adopt one from the distance.

Wolf Park Antequera

Wolf park in Antequera

And something else you can do in Antequera that children will love: see wolves in their natural habitat.

Lobo Park is a huge park of 400,000 m2. There you can book a guided tour to learn more about these beautiful animals and see them up close.

Adventure sports and active tourism

Active tourism in Malaga
Photo flickr

Do you like to try different things? The province of Malaga offers a wide range of possibilities for active tourism and adventure sports all year round.

You will be surprised at what you can do:

  • Zip-lining, climbing, paragliding, rafting, kayaking, diving, snorkelling, horse riding, cycling, archery. Hot air ballooning, downhill mountain biking, canyoning, caving, paintball, via ferrata, vertigo trails, tandem paragliding (yes, we’ve done it on another birthday too!), surfing, windsurfing and much more!
  • Discover them all here!
Tandem Paragliding Malaga
Malaga from the sky – Enjoy the eagle view with Tandem Paragliding

You like hiking in breath-taking places? Situated just a few kilometres from the coast, you can’t miss:

Caminito del Rey
The Caminito del Rey is one of the most spectacular natural sites in Malaga and Spain.

The best Escape Rooms in Malaga

Escape Room

Have you ever tried an Escape Room? It is a very fun activity for groups, lasting one or two hours where you have to solve various riddles and tests.

Not only is it a fabulous idea for a rainy day in Malaga. There are also several outdoor offers. They combine solving the mystery with getting to know a bit more of the city.

Why choose Benalmadena for your family holidays

Benalmádena family holidays

There are many families who on their holidays want to relax and only move within a certain radius of their hotel.

Among all the coastal towns with their huge offer, Benalmadena is probably the most suitable destination for a family holiday without having to leave the town.

The family leisure offer is very wide: Parque de la Paloma, a huge urban park where you can picnic in the shade of the trees and see rabbits, peacocks, swans and turtles in the wild.

Two marine zoos with dolphins, penguins and sea lions. A cable car, a skate park, a butterfly park and the largest Stupa in the west, just to mention a few.

The best family hotels in Malaga

family hotels on the Costa del Sol

We have dedicated an entire article to the best family hotels on the Costa del Sol, from Nerja to Estepona.

All of them have children’s facilities, mini-club and entertainment and some even have their own water park.

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