Marbella in the Costa del Sol has long attracted all kinds of holidaymakers and has always been a firm family destination for holidays. The great climate with over 320 days of sunshine a year and plenty of Blue Flag beaches to choose from make it ideal for family members of all ages. But there is much more on offer than the beach, there are plenty of activities that everyone can enjoy and plenty of attractions for the youngest members of the family. If you want to enjoy the city and its surroundings, we have prepared 8 plans in Marbella with family and not get bored for a single minute.
The Costa del Sol is famous for its fabulous beaches with excellent facilities and safe clean water, many of which are lined with chiringuitos, or beachside restaurants, where you can enjoy a lunch with views of the Mediterranean and not have to pack up your umbrella. Many beaches also have showers, public toilets and sunbeds that can be rented for the whole day, if you want to just relax.
Some of the best beaches near Marbella include Playa El Faro, easily accessible from the city centre which is presided over by an iconic lighthouse, and Playa Casablanca, one of the longest stretches of beaches in Marbella with beach bars, a relaxed atmosphere and stunning views.
When you’re by the sea, there is no better family activity than water sports. Marbella has plenty of water activities on offer including boat tours where you may spot dolphins leaping in the wake to jet skis, fishing, windsurfing or even scuba diving. Lunapesca, Marbella Sport Boats and Royal Catamaran are two examples of a one-stop solution for family fun, and you can book all the activities you could possibly desire through this well-renowned company.
Marbella City Tours
If you want to visit the city and learn about its history, there are many fun ways to do so. You can hop on the Marbella City Train Tour, fondly known as the Trenecito de Marbella for a 25-minute tour of the city.
Alternatively, you can take a horse and carriage ride through the city for a magical experience, starting at the heart of Marbella’s old town.
Finally, you can always hop on a Segway Tour to enjoy sightseeing with a guide without getting weary feet and explore Marbella to Puerto Banus in a different way.
Adventure Amazonia (Marbella)
Not for the faint of heart, Adventure Amazonia has rope bridges, zip lines, swing bridges and plenty of treetop challenges under the highest safety standards, with training and harnesses provided. There are over 83 challenges and even a children’s adventure course designed for children from the ages of four to seven.
Go Karting at Funny Hill (Marbella)
Funny Hill is a popular choice for families in Marbella, with go-karting overlooking the Ojen mountains, and if go-karting is not your thing, there is also a video games room, bumper cars, a ball park and VR experiences.
If you prefer more of a family challenge, Fuerte de Nagüeles offers over 5,000 metres squared of paintball turf in nature for a fun day out for all the family.
Bioparc Fuengirola, situated around 20 minutes from Marbella’s city centre has a zoo based on a safari park model where children can see over 2000 animals from around the world in semi-captivity, This flagship zoo allows animals to roam in environments that recreate their natural habitats, and you can see animals such as endangered gorillas, Sumatran Tigers, Malayan Tapirs and Bornean Orangutans. The bulletproof windows and bridges and riverbank barriers allow you to get up close to the wildlife, which is sure to delight family members of any age.
Donkey Dreamland (Mijas)
Donkey Dreamland is a sanctuary for donkeys that offers many experiences with rescued donkeys, including donkey walks and brunch and donkey petting, where children can get up close and personal with one of Spain’s iconic animals. This non-profit organization is only 15 minutes drive from Marbella and has many events throughout the year to raise money to support their rescue donkeys, so there is always something to keep the family entertained.
Benalmadena Butterfly Park (Benalmadena)
This butterfly park has over 1,500 butterflies from around the world in a tropical environment where you can learn about these beautiful creatures and immerse yourself in the myriad of colours and shapes.
Selwo Marina (Benalmadena)
Selwo Marina is the only Penguinarium and Dolphinarium in Andalusia, you can explore this marine park with your family and learn about marine creatures in the interactive area where you can touch crabs and starfish in the rock pool, or marvel at the sharks and rays as you walk through the beautiful ocean tunnel. There are also feeding demonstrations, educational talks, and a play zone for children, with plenty of activities to ensure that no one in the family gets bored.
These are some of the top choices to name but a few, but there are endless activities for families in Marbella such as other water activities dolphin watching boat tours, Dune buggie (Mijas), water park (Estepona) and much, much more, ensuring that Marbella will be a family destination that you will return to time and time again.