Coming to Malaga with the family?
A while back we posted an article about 10 things to do in Malaga with kids, and given that it is so popular, we decided to give you more ideas of fun activities in Malaga for families so everyone can enjoy their visit in our wonderful city.
Now keep in mind that not all of these places are in Malaga city, but they are in the metro area, therefore in a short train or bus ride, you can easily get there. For Benalmadena in particular we’re recommending 4 places to see, so save a few days of your visit for this town, as there is plenty to do with the kids.
So grab pen and paper and prepare to plan a fun holiday!
Castillo de Colomares – Benalmadena
This castle is something that both kids and adults will enjoy alike. Better described as a monument, it was built in honor of Christopher Columbus by a U.S. medical doctor and local builders in a period of seven years. The monument has the shape of a boat, and because it is on a hill, you get incredible views of the sea. A great visit for families, it is the perfect place to play pirates…Arrgh!
Jardín de las Águilas (Garden of the eagles) – Benalmadena
Close to the Castillo, you will find the Garden of the Eagles. This is another fun activity in Malaga for families. It is a center dedicated to protecting and raising over 160 different types of bird of prey. If you happen to visit at a moment when they have chicks, they will even let you hold them… and we know kids love that! They have daily shows (at 13:00 and 17:00) in different languages where you can see eagles and condors fly.
Price: adults 6€, children 5€ (included with cable car ticket)
Another family-friendly visit in Benalmadena is the butterfly park. With more than 1.500 species of butterflies, it is located in a Thai-style temple. The whole experience and environment in a tropical garden and butterflies flying freely around you is fantastic. You may want to bring a bottle of water since it is very warm and humid. Make sure your kids witness how butterflies hatch from the chrysalis and spread their wings in the nursery.
Price: adults 10€, children 7,50€ (discounts if you buy them online)
If you want to see the best views in Costa del Sol, then you definitely have to ride the Benalmadena cable car. This is something everyone in the family will enjoy. Not only is the ride comfortable and with great views, but once at the top, you can choose a lot of activities to do. See the birds of prey show, have a light meal or drink at the cafeterias or go on hiking paths with the mediterranean as backdrop. Make sure to bring a hat and sunblock, especially during the hot summer days.
Price: adults 12,50€, children 10€ (prices in ticket office may be higher)
The ultimate activity in Malaga for families is a theme park. You will have a hard time not coming back to this water park in neighboring town of Torremolinos. Slides, swimming pools of all sizes, floats, half pipes. What can we say? Family fun all ’round! It’s a water park, so fun is guaranteed!
Prices vary depending on ages/groups and if bought at ticket offices or online, so check their website.
You know what they say: Costa del Sol, costa del golf. How about miniature golf for the whole family? That’s what you’ll find at Adventure golf in Fuengirola. A cool activity in Malaga for families is taking on the 19-hole course. The setting includes water fountainsa and streams. If you don’t feel like playing golf – or finished before the rest of your party- you can play pool or relax with a cold beverage in the bar.
Located in the marina of Fuengirola you will find Pirate parasailing, a British-run company specialized in watersports. Go for a fun parasailing ride with your children, inflatable banana, jet skiing, tubing, and much more.
Price: 40€ and up depending on ride
57 kms away from Malaga in the town of Nerja you will find the entrance to the underground caves. This huge group of caves are almost 5 kms long altogether. There, you will find the world’s biggest stalagmite, which measures 32 meters high. The cave’s galleries are so big, that symphonic orchestras sometimes have concerts there. There are smaller galleries (halls) with prehistoric paintings. Access to these halls is limited, so if you want to see them, it might be good to check their website first.
Price: adults 10€, children 6€ (under 6 years old, free)
In the main harbor of Malaga (Muelle Uno) you can hire catamaran and other sail ship rides; catamaran being the easiest on your stomach! You can choose between sailing at sunset, a 1 ½ hour ride with a stop for a swim in the sea, or having a barbecue on board. Check for times and availability through their site or stop by the day before.
Price: adults 12€, children 8€
Parque de la Paloma – Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmadena
Parque de la Paloma is the main park in Benalmadena, with over 200.000 square meters it hosts two playground areas for children, an artificial pond, bike/running trails, animals, etc. Perfect for a picnic, playing frisbee or football with the kids or just hang out. You can take the train from Malaga to Arroyo de la Miel, and from there a short 15 minute walk to the park.
So there you are, ten great ideas of fun activities in Malaga for families, now all you have to do is which one to do first. You can visit our previous post 10 things to do in Malaga with Kids, for even more things to do. Of course, you can always head to the beach with a bucket and make sand castles with your children, but we thought you might want to spice it up a bit.
See you in Malaga!