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Andalucia

Costa del Sol, Costa de la Luz & Gibraltar

As the name suggests the Costa del Sol is Spain´s sunniest coast. Comprising 161 kilometres of Malaga coastline, it includes the cities and towns of Málaga, Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Mijas, Marbella, San Pedro de Alcántara, Estepona, Manilva, Nerja and Sotogrande. With its reputation as a playground for the rich and famous this area is home to an increasingly large community of Expats.
 
The Costa de la Luz, or the Coast of Light is the Atlantic part of the Andalusian region and includes the popular destinations of Tarifa, Cadiz and Huelva. Less inhabited by Expats than the Costa Del Sol, this area of Andalusia is a popular tourist destination for the Spanish.

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean. It has an area of 6.0 km² and shares its northern border with the Province of Cádiz in Andalusia, Spain. Gibraltar is accessible by land via Spain. The size of Gibraltar’s population is circa 30,000. Throughout its history, Gibraltar has been inhabited by a range of immigrants from differing cultural backgrounds including Spanish, Genoese, Maltese, Moroccan, Jewish and Portuguese who combined with the British settlers to form a varied and multi-racial community. The official language in Gibraltar is English although a mixture of English and Spanish is spoken in casual conversation. This local “dialect” is referred to as “Yanito”.

Here we have listed everything we think you should know about Costa del Sol, Costa de la Luz and Gibraltar for kids, as recommended by our members, from where to shop & eat to play-groups & day-trips. We are constantly adding to all our sections and would love to hear your recommendations and comments.

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*Living in Costa del Sol, Costa de la Luz & Gibraltar - A Family Guide*

Pregnancy and maternity services in Costa del Sol, Costa de la Luz and Gibraltar
Including hospitals, doulas, midwives and English speaking gynaecologists.

Baby & Toddler Groups and Activities in Costa del Sol, Costa de la Luz and Gibraltar
Including baby swimming, pilates for mum and baby and play groups.

Activities for Kids in Costa del Sol, Costa de la Luz and Gibraltar
Including soft play areas, parks, dance schools, sport activities and swimming.

Day Trips for Families in Costa del Sol, Costa de la Luz & Gibraltar
Including hiking, skiing a donkey sanctury and a safari park.

Childrens Shops in Costa del Sol, Costa de la Luz & Gibraltar
Including clothes shops, book and gift shops and furniture shops.

Services for Children in Costa del Sol, Costa de La Luz & Gibraltar
Including dentists, baby sitters and baby & toddler equipment hire.

Family-friendly Restaurants & Cafes in Costa del Sol, Costa de La Luz & Gibraltar
Including beach front restaurants, American style restaurants and pizza and pasta restaurants.