We know what most of you are thinking – when it comes to Marbella, the Golden Mile or Puerto Banus, the first things to come to mind are fast cars, designer items and celebrities. Although, Puerto Banus and yes, sometimes even Marbella is frequented by the rich and famous, there’s more to this glorious city than you realise.
Marbella is unique, and in many ways completely under-rated when it comes to families. What you probably didn’t know is that Marbella is perfect for all age groups, and there is plenty to do for the entire family, not just the kids.
During the summer months, the Costa del Sol welcomes hundreds of thousands of tourists, and Marbella is high on many must-do lists. The actual city of Marbella sits on the coast line, and only a few minutes inland is Old Town Marbella – it’s the only place in Spain where the modern meets the ancient world.
Marbella in the summer bustles with activity, and there is plenty to do to keep boredom at bay. We understand when it comes to holidaying with the entire family stress levels can be high, especially if you are struggling to find ways to entertain the whole family. Sure, you can simply hang out at the beach, choosing a stretch of the many kilometres of Blue Flag beaches at your disposal; but there is more to Marbella than beach life. If you need is a bit of variety, there is no better place than Southern Spain for culture, diversity and healthy outdoor pursuits.
The best of Marbella – Family friendly locations
Sporting adventures for the entire family can be found in Marbella, and throughout the Costa del Sol. Mini golf is always a family favourite, and there is no better place to enjoy mini-golf than on the Costa del Sol. Go at sunset is the best advice, this way you can avoid the intense sunshine. One new facility is Happy Days (a pirate themed course) located in San Pedro Alcantara right on the famous Boulevard. Only a 10 minute drive from the centre of Marbella, you and the entire family can enjoy mini-golfing, and a lot more!
Happy Days also has the first all weather, eco-friendly and synthetic ice rink. So besides 9 holes of mini-golf, you and the family can skate at night, and skate till late. The location also offers an authentic Airstream American Diner, providing great food and drinks at great prices.
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Marbella’s most popular cultural places to visit
Culture and a bit of ancient history is a must see and hear on the Costa del Sol. Your entire family can see some wonderful things, and all the while learn a few things or two as well. The Municipal art gallery is one location worth visiting; it has a good range of paintings, sculptures, and ceramics. Every time a new exhibit is on display, they host a great event.
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The Marbella Bonsai Museum should also not be missed. This bonsai garden is rated the best collection of bonsai trees in all of Europe. This museum also holds the “Pinsapo” pine tree which is in danger of extinction. Even if you’re undecided about the attraction of mini trees, it’s worth a visit to see this soon to be extinct specimen alone.
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Alternatively, you could immerse yourself in ancient history by visiting the Paleo Christian or Moorish Cemetery which dates back to the fifth century. If you like archaeology, you’ll love visiting this location. Recently, works have been uncovered on the floor of the basilica, and there is a necropolis that surrounds the basilica with more than 18 different types of graves.
Another great day out is in the surrounding pueblos. The Costa del Sol is famous for its little white villages, such as Mijas, Coín and Casares. These are the type of villages that are postcard pretty and really give you a glimpse into the traditional Andalucian way of life. You can get more information on the different places to visit at Andalucia.com.
For those rainy days, go for some fun indoor activities in Marbella
Feel like winding down a bit? There are plenty of fun indoor activities to keep the kids busy while you chill out. A trampoline centre in Marbella can certainly keep them busy or how about Costa Jump? A brand new destination in the San Pedro Poligono. The entire family can challenge themselves to this unique obstacle course.
Another great family outing would be at Fantasy Land. Fantasy Land Parque Infantil is a great place for the kids with lots to enjoy. Outdoors and indoors you will find an unlimited list of fun things to do.
So you see, it doesn’t matter what age you are or where your interests lie, there is something to do for everyone. For more ideas about what to do in Marbella, check out Marbella Family Fun, the perfect site for everything available to families on the Costa del Sol.