The Costa del Sol on the south coast of Spain has been the preferred destination for many British holidaymakers since the start of package holidays. The Costa del Sol resorts, including Malaga, Torremolinos, Fuengirola and Marbella, attract groups, couples and families for a reason; the sun is still shining, the beaches are attractive and sandy and the Costa del Sol is home to some of the largest seaside resorts in Spain.
But what about when you’re done sunbathing, visiting clubs and checking out the souvenir shops? Here are some ideas on other things to do on the Costa del Sol if you’re tired of lying on the beach.
Visit the old town of Marbella
Far from the flashy yachts of the port and the always flashy tourists, the little-visited old town of Marbella should be a tourist attraction in itself. The ornate streets are too often overshadowed by the new parts of the city that attract wealthy yacht owners, but hidden behind the glitter of Marbella is the old town where life is slower and there is a myriad of galleries, shops and craft shops.
The Picasso Museum, Malaga
Dedicated to the work of ex-resident Pablo Picasso, this museum offers a rare opportunity to see his remarkable and colourful work up close. Housed in a magnificent 16th-century manor, it presents constantly changing exhibitions of the master painter’s most famous works of art. There is a small entrance fee, but children and students have free access to the gallery. At the corner of the street is the house in which Picasso grew up in the Plaza de la Merced.
Selwo Adventure Park, Estepona
This magical adventure park is perfect for families and children. Two thousand animals live in this 100-hectare safari park. For a true sense of adventure, up to six people can be transported in a jeep through the park by an experienced guide who will show you all the highlights of the park, including Ravine of the Bears, Tiger Gorge and Lion Hill. On a clear day, the highest point in the park, Africa’s Window offers visitors a direct view of Gibraltar. With animals from five continents, the park is home to some of the most diverse botanical gardens in Europe with thousands of growing flora and fauna.
As one of the best-preserved whitewashed villages in Spain, Frigiliana is easy to find just ten miles from the resort of Nerja. It’s hard to believe that such a well-preserved village can be found so close to the scene of raging seaside resorts. Fortunately, the village was never able to “grow” due to restrictions imposed by a former mayor.
Tivoli World, Benalmedena
A huge theme park that opened in the 1970s, Tivoli World remains a favourite among the young and the young at heart. The theme park is a mix of themed restaurants, carnival rides and outdoor theatres that provide fun for the whole family.