are details of just some of the many local attractions for both
adults and children that are easily accessed from the area surrounding
El Presidente, ranging from numerous ways of observing a vast
both exotic and indigenous to the Costa del Sol to the many
family-oriented outdoor activities and entertainments.
there are The Fun Boats that as well as offering
trips to see dolphins, also offers cruises and fishing
Blue Dolphin Beach Club
Tel: 639 720 246
Similarly in Gibraltar there are Dolphin Safari, Dolphin
World and Nautilus
IV to choose from and they are all based in Marina Bay.
As an alternative, The
Dawn Approach is a classic wooden sailing
ship built in Scotland in the 1920s. Fully restored and
now moored in Fuengirola harbour,
offers cruises off the coast for informal lunches, sunset barbecues or
excursions to see the dolphins.
Tel: 952 665 607
Benalmadena port offers a wide spectrum of sea life inhabiting
the underwater “ruins” of
Atlantis. There are also “touch pools” where
children can handle crabs, starfish and tiny sharks, and a walk-through
glass tunnel giving amazing views of 2 metre long sharks, morays
Open from 10am to 8pm
Adults: 8.50 euros Children: (3-12 years) 6.50 euros
Crocodile Park in Cartama near Torremolinos is a conservation
centre rather than a theme park with a more hands-on experience
pose with the offspring of a successful breeding programme. The half-tonne
adults, meanwhile, are kept at a safe distance!
Open from 10am to 6pm
Adults: 7.50 euros. Children: 5.25 euros. Under 4s: Free
Tel: 952 118 318
Zoo the animals live in re-creations of their
natural habitat, separated by glass rather than bars. The
zoo is divided into
Asia, Equatorial Africa and Madagascan sections.
C/ Camilo Jose Cela, Fuengirola
Open from 10am to 7pm (to midnight in July and August)
Adults: 11.50 euros, Children: (4-12 years) 8 euros
Tel: 952 666 301
nearest that you’ll get to a real safari here is Selwo
Aventura (Adventure Park) near Estepona. With its large
off-road vehicles you are taken around a succession
of extremely large enclosures in the 100 hectares park where more
than 2000 animals from many parts of the world are able to roam
free. Try to arrive there
though as queues can get very long by 11am. See our “Visitor’s
Guide” for more details.
Km 162.5 on the N-340/A-5
Tel: 902 190 482
Marina has shows throughout the day
featuring dolphins, sea lions and penguins, as well as virtual
reality shows and simulators. See our “Visitor’s
Guide” for more details.
Parque de la Paloma, Benalmadena
Open 10am to 6pm
Tel: 902 190 482
N.B. You can buy a special “Selwo Pack” ticket for
25 euros that will save you 40% on the individual prices for
Marina and the Telecabina.
cross-country four-wheel drive treks into the stunning “unexplored” terrain
of the Sierra de las Nieves. You can experience what you would
otherwise see as qualified
environmentalist guides lead you across hanging bridges and
waterfalls to spot Spanish ibex and golden eagles.
Tel: 952 881 519
Ticket to Ride in Puerto Banus organise all sorts of adventure
days including canoeing, canyoning, hiking, quad biking and
Tel: 952 905 082
to be Wild Adventures offers jeep eco-tours to the
Unesco Nature Park and local white villages, as well as picnics
and team-building activities. Also dolphin eco-tours using
small speed boats from the beach in Estepona.
Blue Dolphin Beach Club and Restaurant
Tel: 639 720 246
The TeleCabina Cable Car trip to the top of
Monte Calamorro overlooking Benalmadena affords some of the
best views on the coast. There
are three look-out points once you get to the
top and several trails
for mountain-biking or trekking your way down
Arroya de la Miel, Benalmadena. Exit Km 222 on
Open 10 am to 6pm
Tel: 902 190 482.
A truly amazing – Andalusian – spectacle is the
equestrian ballet organised by the Escuela de
Arte Equestre Costa del Sol.
On occasional Thursday evenings at 9.30 pm during the summer months there
is a memorable
show displaying the graceful beauty of the pure Andalucian horse.
There is also an excellent riding school on the site with some
of the best facilities in Spain.
Km 159 on the N-340/A-5 heading towards Estepona
Tel: 952 808 077
For a family fun day out for all ages, visit
Tivoli World in Arroyo de
la Miel, near Benalmadena. Offering
attractions where children of all ages can
ride, jump and fly to their heart’s
content. There are also restaurants and live
shows featuring the Teletubbies and the Tweenies,
can-can dancing, flamenco, concerts
and theatre. During the summer months it
is open daily every evening and in the winter
the hours are from 4pm on sundays.
Exit Km 222 on the A-5
Tel: 952 577 106.
for those occasional days when the weather is either too hot
or too wet,
Park is an
indoor children’s park
and recreational park. The former is
a large enclosed play area, with
coffee bar, and costs 8 euros per child
for the first hour and then 2 euros per
15 minutes thereafter. The latter includes
alley and simulators. See our “Visitors’ Guide” for
photographs and more details.
Opposite El Corte Ingles in Puerto Banus
Open from 12am to 12pm
Benalmadena Municipal Archaeological Museum was
opened in 1970 to “gather, preserve and display the rich
prehistoric heritage of the area” and
also to house a collection of Pre-Columbian
arte facts from ancient South American civilisations.
Beaches and Water Parks
There are good beaches in San Pedro,
Estepona, Puerto Banus and Marbella.
good sandy beach
children is just the other
side of Estepona Marina where there
is a gently shelving and sheltered bay with
plenty of sun
Aqua parks are also very popular. One
such park is Mijas Aqua Park in Fuengirola
Opening Dates and Hours
April 23rd to 31st May from 10.30 to 17.30
1st to October 4th from 10.00 to 18.00
Tel 952 460 404
The Happy Diver’s Club is based at the nearby Atalaya Park
Hotel and offers a wide range of diving courses and packages.
Funny Beach on the other side of
Marbella offers go-karting, mini-motor-bikes,
trampolines, mini-golf, video games
and even a mechanical bull!
Tel: 952 823 359
older kids (ten years and over)
can be tried
Ski Marbella on
a huge lake in San Pedro. With
instructors to guide you and
by an overhead
than a boat
is safe and practical, with minimal
Urb. Las Medranas, San Pedro
Open 11am to 9pm (closed Mondays)
4 trips: 8 euros, 10 trips: 18
Tel: 952 785 579