Although the Costa del Sol is of course land of the beach, swimming pool and general relaxation, if you’re visiting in low season – perhaps to visit Wedding venues, or to enjoy your wedding taster meal, there’s plenty of other things to keep yourselves and the family entertained during your trip. Here I’ll share a few of my family’s favourite’s with you:
Located just a short walk from Fuengirola train and bus station, the Bioparc zoo is very easily accessible. Entrance for the day is around 20€ per adult, child under 3 go free. Size wise, this place isn’t big, but there are a wide variety of animals, a gift shop, restaurant and play park. It’s ideal in fact for whether you’re wanting to spend just an hour visiting the animals, or a whole afternoon there.
The coast is littered with rent a bike shops, especially in the main resorts: Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Malaga and Marbella, and they’re very reasonably priced. With baby seats, tandem bikes and electric bikes all available, you can enjoy either a leisurely cycle along the seafront, or a full day out.
Battery Park (Parque Bateria)
In Torremolinos, accesible by train or car is Parque de la Bateria. There is a boating lake in the centre (open weather permitting), and lots of grassed areas with trees, ideal for a picnic. There are also two big play parks, suitable for ages 1-15. Entrance is free of charge.
Paloma Park (Parque de la Paloma)
It’s a popular spot, as is in easy walking distance from most Benalmadena hotels, and the Arroyo de la Miel train stations and bus stops. Parque Paloma is a large park area in Benalmadena costa full of chickens, birds, rabbits and peacocks. A simple and fun day out. Entrance is free of charge.
Slightly East of Malaga centre you can find the Jardines Botanicos of Malaga. Entrance prices are very low, and the gardens are open every day, all year round. It’s usually best to take a picnic with you, but there is a bar for drinks and snacks too. This is a gorgeous day out for any age, with plenty to see.
Beautiful by day, or by night – Malaga centre holds many hidden gems – Picasso museum, Alcazaba and Muelle Uno. Lots of tapas bars to be found and enjoyed, also great fine dining experiences including Michelin star restaurant on the Malaga Port.
If you’re up for travelling a little further afield, the snowy peaks of Sierra Nevada are just over 2 hours away from Malaga. The ski, snowboard and sledge resort is a popular spot during the winter months.
Another option if you’re planning to rent a car – Gibraltar is around 1hr30mins away, and has a high street for shopping, a luxurious marina for dining and of course the famous rock – Complete with cable cars and very cheeky gibbons – Hold on to your sandwiches!
Looking for something a little more chilled?…
If all of the above look a little too taxing for during your winter getaway, there are of course some more relaxed options – tapas and drinks bars are everywhere on the coast, and there’s lot of great spots where you’ll be able to have a vino in the afternoon sunshine. Also, although the beaches may not have the beds out, there’s still plenty of sunshine, so why not grab your towel and a picnic and spend an afternoon by the sea.
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