Surprises, the Costa del Sol has them at every turn so when families decide to leave the beaches for something different to do, they have amazing choices including adrenalin pumping adventure, thrills and spills, discovery and enchantment.
From ever popular water parks with daredevil chutes and slides such as Mijas Aqua Park and Aqualand Torremolinos, to jungle excitement at Amazon Adventure inviting you to travel 240 metres of treeline zipline, theme parks old and new compete to offer tantalising experiences with many open all year round – and some very, very late at night in high summer.Tivoli World is one of the long established, with stage shows, concerts, rides and attractions to appeal across the generations, while the nearby Teleférico cable car soars up the mountain for incredible views of the coast; fun if you don’t suffer vertigo! So far, much as you might hope for in a favourite holiday destination, but wait… there’s Fuengirola BioParc, a new concept ‘immersion’ zoo home to fabulous creatures, such as the Sumatra tiger and breeding gorillas; Crocodile Park with its lake, African village and 3,000plus crocs; Selwo Marina where playful bottle nose dolphins delight audiences; Selwo Adventure with 2,000 animals, camel rides and exciting activities and Sea Life Benalmadena opening up the mysteries of the underwater world.
If your kids have ‘seen it all, done it all’, prove them wrong, go horseriding at the unique Lobo Park where wolves of many species roam; witness a ‘miracle’ butterfly birth at the beautiful Butterfly Park and happen upon a ‘fairytale’ castle, Castillo Colomares – which is not what it seems but rather an enchanting father and son built monument to the famous explorer Columbus. And we are still only scratching the surface!
Picture credits: Pedro Lozano and Terry Wha