Whether you are planning a family holiday in Marbella or anywhere else on the Costa del Sol, you will find a wealth of children’s attractions within easy reach.

Some of the most exciting attractions for children are situated along the coast and whatever age your children are, and however adventurous or non-adventurous they may be, you will find plenty of things to keep them entertained.

Funny beach is just 1km from Marbella centre and offers a wide choice of things to do, including paragliding, jet skiing, karting and video games. Test your skills on the Formula 1 simulator or soak up the sun at the infant’s park, with miniature rides for the little ones. Enjoy an adrenalin fuelled fly board experience or hop on the banana boat.

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Amazonia Aventura has over 70 attractions for all ages including bridges, jumps, zip lines and ladders between the trees. Situated in Elviria, just 6km east of Marbella, this fantastic adventure park provides fun for all ages, both children and adults. A full safety briefing is given before kids are allowed onto the rides.

No trip to the Costa del Sol is complete without a day or two at a water park, and Aqualand Torremolinos and Parque Acuatico Mijas are two of the best. With white knuckle rides down steep mega slides and a wide range of things to do for the smaller kids, the water parks are hugely popular in the summer months.

Selwo Aventura in Estepona, just a 25 minute drive from Marbella, is one of the best parks of its kind in Europe, and is home to over 2,000 animals and birds. Take your time to wander around the park, and stroll through the impressive aviary as eagles swoop overhead. Safari trucks will take you around the top of the park which is home to the lions, the bears, the giraffes and the tigers, and you can stop at the café for refreshments and enjoy the stunning views down to the coast and over the nearby hills.

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Fuengirola Bioparc is a perfect place to visit for animal lovers of all ages. You can get up close and personal with the crocodiles, marvel at the white tigers, or view some of the world´s rarest reptiles.

The Butterfly Park in Benalmadena, or the ´Mariposario´ as it is better known, houses some of the most beautiful species of butterflies in the world, and is situated close to the Buddhist Stupa near the old town.

Selwo Marina is situated in Benalmadena-Costa, just beside Paloma Park, and is home to dolphins, penguins and many species of sea life. Children can also learn about conservation and enjoy a dolphin show.

The Marbella ‘train’ tour transports visitors around the sea front, close to the marina and around the old town. This ‘train on wheels’ provides a great way to get around the town or hire a horse and carriage. Hitch a ride outside the Cafeteria Marbella on the main C/Ricardo Soriano in the town centre.

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