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Andalucia

Day Trips for Families

  • Parque Aquatico Mijas

    Recommended by Michael Byass

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    Water Park. Times vary throughout summer - check the website for more details.
    Carretera Nacional 340km 209, Mijas, Costa 29.649, Malaga (Just off the Coin exit on the Fueguirola by-pass)
    www.aquamijas.com

    Comments:

    "A bit pricey especially as they charge you for sunbeds, lockers, rubber rings etc once youre in. But theres a 40% discount if you go after 3pm. Great fun and the kids were sound asleep by 8 that evening!" (MB)

  • El Chorro, Málaga

    Recommended by Mary Roulston

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    12 km west of Alora, along the river Guadalhorce, El Chorro is a breathtaking gorge formed by the river. Over 200 meters high with a narrow opening leading to the reservoir now formed by the dam, it is an amazing site.
    Ardales, Malaga

    Comments:
    "Lovely campsite where you can pick a pitch in the trees overlooking the lake - feels like rough camping. There are pedalos for hire and BBQ areas" (MR)

  • Ciudad de los niños, Córdoba

    Recommended by Helen Harstein

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    Slightly further afiield but this is an excellent play park for children from toddlers to teenagers if you happen to be in Cordoba. It is open every day (apart from Mondays) from 10am until 9pm
    Parque Cruz Conde, Córdoba
    http://ciudaddelosninos.cordoba.es

    Comments:
    "Beautifully kept and well supervised. We took a picnic and had a great day out last week. Was voted the best play park we had visited by the boys and much better than the nearby zoo." (HH)

  • Lobo Park, Antequera

    Recommended by Mary Roulston

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    This wolf reserve park is opened daily from 10am until 6pm with daily guided tours.
    Ctra. Antequera-Alora (A343), 16 km Apartado de correos 244 29200 Antequera
    Tel 34 952 03 11 07 info@lobopark.com
    www.lobopark.com

    Comments:
    "Fantastic seeing different types of wolves in a near-wild state. Also petting enclosures for younger children to enjoy. Very educational, conservationist message." (MR)

  • Tivoli World, Benalmadena

    Recommended by Emma Tremlett

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    The Costa del Sols main attraction park, entry: 7€ Open 12 til 7pm at weekends.
    Avenida Tivoli, Benalmadena
    952577016
    www.tivoliworld.es

    Comments:

    "Nice gardens as well as rides for all ages. A pleasant day out" (ET) 

  • Ancraa Donkey Sanctuary, Estepona

    Recommended by Hannah Davies

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    Ancraa is the National Association of Breeders of the Andaluz Donkey in Spain whose purpose is to ensure that this breed of donkeys does not become extinct. The project´s mission is to breed and re-populate the Andaluz Donkey.
    At Km 164, Carr de Cadiz, Estepona
    www.ancraa.org

    Comments
    "It is nice to teach children about the donkeys and teach them about conservation and the dangers facing animals on our planet. It is also possible to sponsor a donkey at only 50 Euros a year." (HD, Jan 2010)

  • Sierra Nevada

    Recommended by Jess Lawton

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    Sierra Nevada is the most southerly of all the ski resorts in Europe with a season from December through until March. There are a 75 pistes in total with ski schools for kids. For those who dont want to ski there are various snow activities on offer such as snow driving, sledging, iceskating and spas.
    www.sierranevadaski.com

    Comments:
    "It is quite a small resort so I think expert skiers would be bored but the facilities and activities are fab and its great for kids. Unlike most other resorts the creche takes babies from 4 months old" (JL, Dec 09)

  • Selwo Aventura, Estepona

    Recommended by Hannah Davies

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    Selwo is a large safari park, which you go round on a safari truck.
    Autovia del Mediterraneo KM 162, 500 Estepona
    (34) 902190482
    www.selwo.es

    Comments:
    "This is probably one of the better animal parks in Europe and we were literally there from the moment it opened until the moment it closed as there was so much to see and do. It looks small from the outside but its huge inside and the animals have loads of space to roam around. It is expensive but for us worth every penny. As well as sitting in the trucks there are areas you can walk through with hanging bridges and paths. Excellent but pricey day out" (HD, Nov 09)

  • Aqualand, Torremolinos

    Recommended by Jenny Rigby

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    Just outside Torremolinos, this is a huge Aquapark with fabulous rides for kids of all ages. There is even a mini park for the little ones.
    C/ Cuba, 10 29620 Toprremolinos
    Tel: 95 238 88 88
    www.aqualand.es/torremolinos/index.php

    Comments:
    "I went here on holiday with the kids and they had such an amazing time we went back there the following year" (JR, July 10)

  • Crocodile Park, Torremolinos

    Recommended by Jenny Rigby

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    Situated in Torremolinos, the heart of the Costa del Sol. Get up close and personla with these prehistoric creatures which have survived 200 million years of evolution. You can gaze at the gigantic crocodiles by silently walking beside them, observing the secrets of one of the most fascinating creatures in the world.
    Timetables and prices vary according to season so check the website
    C/ Cuba, 14 29620 Torremolinos (MÁLAGA)
    Telf: 952051782 E-mail: info@cocodrilospark.com
    www.crocodile-park.com

    Comments:
    "This is great for kids. Mine absolutely love this place, and there is much more to it than just crocs!" (JR, July 10)

    "A little different from the normal zoo - little boys especially love seeing the crocodiles up close and personal. Also educational elements." (Mary Roulston, June 09)

  • Teleferico, Benalmadena

    Recommended by Vicky Earl

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    The Benalmadena Cable Car, which holds four people, takes 15 minutes to rise about 800 metres from the coast to the top of Mount Calamorro, where, on a clear day, unique views of Gibraltar, the African Coast and the Sierra Nevada mountain Range can be enjoyed. The cost of the ticket includes flying exhibitions by birds of prey and Andalucian Horse Riding displays. See the web site for opening times, prices and times of exhibitions.
    (+34) 902190482
    Esplanade Tivoli, Arroyo de la Miel, 29631 (Exit 222 of AP-7)
    www.telefericobenalmadena.es

    Comments

    "To my relief the children were not at all frightened as we soared above the motorway and houses, and were absolutely thrilled with the entertainment at the top of the mountain. It was a lovely day when we went, but I can well imagine that jackets will be needed in the cooler months. There are well signposted trails that I’ve promised we’ll tackle when the children are older! Of interest to star gazers … in the summer months an astronomer is there with his telescope to give information about the night sky." (VE Nov 10)

  • Selwo Marina, Benalmadena

    Recommended by Vicky Earl

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    The Selwo Marina site is compact but well laid out, making it very child-friendly. On show are Dolphins, Sea Lions, Penguins, and exotic birds, and there are well presented shows featuring these animals. Visit the web site for opening and show times, as well as prices at the restaurants.
    Parque de la Paloma, 29631 Benelmadena
    (+34) 902190482
    www.selwomarina.com

    Comments;
    "Although this was quite a pricey day out, the children really loved everything they saw, especially as they could get so close to the animals, and even touch the stingrays. We were pleased that we had planned our visit around the feeding times and show times, otherwise there would have been a lot of waiting around.  As no food can be taken into the site, we made do with just buying drinks, and then went across the road to Parque de la Paloma, where we had our picnic, and enjoyed seeing the animals there too. For days after our visit the children entertained us with dolphin sounds, and made many requests to return to see the dolphins do their tricks again, so all in all, a good family day out!" (VE, Nov 10)

  • Bahia Aqua Park, Algeciras

    Recommended by Ruth Bishop

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    This large water park offers rides, intertubes, cafes, children`s pool, wave pool, activity pool and picnic area. The main attractions include rides such as the "Kamikaze", "Grand Niagra" and "Adventure River".
    Take N340 towards Algeciras. Exit 106A and follow signposts. (Avenida Virgen de la Palma, Algeciras)
    https://bahiapark.wordpress.com

  • NMAC outdoor sculpture park, Vejer

    Recommended by Dr Alice Byram

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    The NMAC Foundation invites artists from all corners of the world to undertake site-specific projects in the form of installations, sculptures, photography, video, performances and architectural projects within nature.
    Dehesa Montenmedio, Véjer de la Frontera, Cádiz
    Tel: +34 956 455 13
    email: nmac@fundacionnmac.org
    www.fundacionnmac.org/english/home.php

    Comments:
    "Its a classic for us to take visitors there and both adults and children enjoy being able to see some art in such a lovely park." (AB, June 2011)

  • Las Cuevas de Nerja

    Recommended by Sophie Russell-Ross

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    The Nerja caves are one of Spain’s top tourist attractions, and well worth the visit especially if you have kids who are wilting in the summer heat. They are located on the outskirts of Maro, a small village 5 km from Nerja.

    Comments:
    "The site comprises a series of huge beautifully lit caverns stretching for almost five kilometres and boasts the world’s largest stalagmite. Now that’s something to tell the other kids about when they get back to school!" (SRR, Jan 2015)