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We are very lucky here on the Costa del Sol and usually have bright sunny days, even in the winter, however it’s not always beach weather, so for those of you planning an off-peak break with kids, we’ve put together a list of recommendations for you.
Visit the zoo – We love the zoo in Fuengirola on a sunny winter’s day, as it’s quieter and all the walking around is much easier when it’s not too hot. Selwo Aventura near to Estepona is amazing as well, it’s a huge zoo with animals including lions, hippos, giraffes and zebras. You can pay extra to go on their safari tour, get up close to the animals, learn about them from the zoo keeper and even feed the zebras which is a great experience. If you’re staying around Sotogrande, then Castellar Zoo is a great choice too, where you can pet and feed many of the animals!
Take a Hike – The countryside just inland of the Costa del Sol is spectacular and perfect for exploring in autumn and winter. We’d recommend the foothills of La Concha near Marbella for a lovely stroll and a place to collect pine cones to burn on your log fire, or the hills behind Mijas Pueblo have some lovely trails to follow.
Make chocolate – Mijas Pueblo also has Mayan Monkey the world’s smallest chocolate factory, where you can do fun workshops to make your own chocolate!
Visit a play centre – There are several great play centres, including the newly opened Mundo Mania in Cancelada (between Marbella and Estepona), which is the biggest in the area, and has zones for babies and toddlers, 3-12 year olds and even a teen zone, so it’s one for all the family! There’s also Kidz Kingdom in Cancelada, Fantasy Land in La Cala and BosquiPark in Sabinillas.
Have a bite to eat – Almost all restaurants on the Costa del Sol welcome kids with open arms, but if it’s a nice day, then eating in one of the chiringuitos (beach restaurants) right on the sand is a great choice. If you want something with more for the kids to do, Funky Forest between Marbella and Estepona is a lovely café with a lawn, swings and a slide, a play house and even rabbits to feed and the food is great.
Head to the playground – Everywhere you go on the Costa del Sol you will find playgrounds and they are great fun at any time of year!
For more great tips on off-peak holidays on the Costa del Sol read last month’s blog post, where we shared some advice on choosing your location, accommodation and holiday type, to make the most of this very affordable time to get away. We have a selection of great holiday rentals on the Costa del Sol, which are the ideal home from home for a family holiday. Many are equipped with kids’ toys, cutlery and plates and high chairs, so you can travel a little lighter, and they are a great place to relax and enjoy a holiday with the little ones. Hope to see you here soon!