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Family-friendly holidays on the Costa del Sol in Spain

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Family on Los Boliches beach in Fuengirola, Spain - Photo copyright Anne Sewell

The family needs a break from everyday life and it’s time to take the children away on holiday.  Now to find the ideal location that is both family-friendly, but also great for mum and dad.

The Costa del Sol in southern Spain is the ideal choice, with plenty of fun activities for the children and Baby Friendly Boltholes offers some great family-friendly accommodation to make the family more independent and at home during their stay.

Let’s have a look at some of the best locations to visit and a little of what is on offer for the children to enjoy.  Fuengirola is a popular choice, as this seaside resort has so much to offer besides the seven kilometers of clean sandy beaches which run all the way from the Sohail Castle through to Carvajal, close to Benalmadena Costa. 
Fish and turtles at Bioparc Fuengirola
Photo copyright Anne Sewell
All along this impressive beach promenade can be found many fun activities, including old-fashioned, attractive carousels to ride, fun play parks and beach activities.

Right in the center of town is the Bioparc Fuengirola – an astounding leafy and green place where the children can enjoy visiting chimps, tigers, monkeys and other animals in natural and beautiful enclosures.

Photo copyright Anne Sewell
Photo copyright Anne Sewell

Close by in Mijas is a great water park for the kids.  “Parque Acuático Mijas” as it is known in Spanish has loads of different water slides and attractions including the Rio Bravo, a wave pool, the Kamikaze, a water slide labyrinth for real adventure, the Blue Lake, Lizard Island and Adventure River.  There is also a pool especially for the tiny tots, so they don’t get left out of the fun.
Close by in Benalmadena Costa can be found Sealife Benalmadena, with so much for the children to see. 

Sealife offers feeding demonstrations throughout the day, including the sharks, as well as the Rockpool Experience, where children can hold a crab or touch a starfish (hopefully gently!). 

There are in total 36 displays in Sealife, including sharks, giant turtles and rays, and in total over 2,000 sea creatures are living there. 

If the kids get a little tired, there is also a soft play area where they can relax and have fun and their parents can visit the sea view café for a little refreshment along the way.

Getting around the area is easy, with regular suburban buses and the Renfe train service, which runs between Fuengirola and Malaga city, so it is not always necessary to hire a car and handle the traffic, sometimes on the wrong side of the road in your mind, with tired children in the back.

For a holiday with the children that doesn’t break the bank, always check online before you even leave home to find out if the particular adventure activities you are planning to enjoy have any special offers or events on offer, and most important of all, have great family fun.

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