If you’re looking for some family fun in the sun this year, Marbella on Spain’s Costa del Sol takes some beating.
With year-round sunshine and a host of things to see and do for all ages, Marbella is known as the ‘California of Europe.’ Golden beaches, water sports, award-winning restaurants and kid’s activities are just some of the attractions that keep millions of holidaymakers flocking back for more.
Combine this with luxurious family villas in Marbella and a great location just 30 minutes from the airport and you will see just why this part of southern Spain is a magnet for sun seekers and fun seekers.
Also popular for weddings in Spain, Marbella offer cultural attractions, including the Old Town with its cobbled streets and quirky independent shops & cafés, the fishing port where you will find some of the finest seafood in Europe, the seafront promenade which is lined with bars and restaurants where you can dine al fresco all year round. Throw in Puerto Banus, with its glitzy atmosphere and waterside bars – take the kids for a stroll around the Marina to see the ‘big boats’ or book a charter out to sea.
Aquamijas Water Park is just a 20-minute drive from Marbella and is guaranteed to keep the younger ones happy with adrenalin-fuelled slides, rides, chutes, a wave pool and a small kid’s area. Spend the day and make the most of the facilities, including a bar and restaurant where you can enjoy a range of snacks and meals.
Lago de las Tortugas, or Turtle Lake is a popular destination for the whole family, with its many trees, lush foliage and glorious mountain views and of course, its turtles. The lake is situated in Nueva Andalucia in Marbella and is home to many water birds as well as the curious and fun turtles. Children can swim in the lake and it is the perfect spot for a relaxing picnic in the shade on a hot summer’s day.
Luxury Marbella family villas are among the most popular accommodation types in southern Spain.
Selwo Aventura is a great place to get up close and personal with some wildlife – where hundreds of species live in a semi-natural ‘safari park’ environment. The Park is situated near Estepona, just a 20-minute drive west of Marbella and provides a great day out for all the family.
A day trip to Gibraltar is also popular thing to do – take a rock tour and see the Barbary Apes, originally from the mountains of Morocco – the only wild monkey population on the European continent. During World War II, Gibraltar was an important base for the Royal Navy and historical attractions include St. Michael’s Cave and the Siege Tunnels.
Whatever time of year you decide to stay in a luxury family villa in Marbella, you will find a vast choice of things to see and do. From water sports in the warmer months, to multi-plex cinemas, fabulous shopping centres, including La Cañada just outside Marbella and Myramar in Fuengirola, Adventure Golf, restaurants galore and some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches – what are you waiting for?