Located about midway between Malaga and Marbella, Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol offers five miles of golden sand beach stretches along the shoreline. The beach promenade is lined with hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars. If you’re visiting Fuengirola with kids, here are my tips for five fun things to do.
Fuengirola’s newly redesigned and expanded Bioparc (formerly known as the zoo) has won tremendous acclaim, richly deserved. It specializes in captive breeding of endangered species, and includes a tropical forest with most of the resident animals living in what appears to be almost total freedom and contentment. During July and August you can visit at night time and see the nocturnal animals by moonlight.
The Adventure Golf course is designed with fun in mind, as opposed to serious golfing. It’s more along the lines of crazy golf putting green with plenty of water-themed holes. A family of four, two adults and tow kids under 16, can play (putter and ball hire included) for 20 Euro (price in June 2010).
Park Aquatico Mijas is a fantastic water park just minutes from the town centre, where you can spend a whole day on some pretty exciting water rides such as the Labyrinth Slides with more than a 300 metre descent, full of twists and turns. There are also well-monitored kids’ areas where smaller ones can try their water wings. There are live shows at various times of day and plenty of places for refreshment and/or a recliner and parasol if you need a rest. An 8.5 Euro Menu of the Day is also available. There are buses from Fuengirola city centre to the water park. There are often discounts for online booking, so check this out when arranging your visit. A family for 2 adults and 2 kids aged 4 – 12 years will pay 44 Euro (price in June 2010).
The 90 minute Aqua Vista catamaran trip offers a high change of spotting dolphins through the vessel’s glass sides. As there are two hulls there’s a much larger underwater viewing area than on a traditional glass bottomed boat.
A ride on the Beast Xtreme motor boat is a white knuckle wet thriller with wave jumping. However for younger kids (height restriction of one metre) or those not seeking an adrenaline high, the trip be tamed down from wild to mild, to more of a leisurely sea safari.
Posted : Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 at 12:15
Karen Bryan is the founding editor of the UK based, multi author Europe a la Carte Blog which features Europe travel tips about the best places to visit in Europe.