When planning the activities you’re going to do whilst staying in your Spanish property, it can be challenging to know how to keep your children, or grandchildren entertained. Children often have high energy levels and can become impatient quickly, which makes it difficult to find an activity the whole family will enjoy. In this article, we outline some of the best attractions in Costa del Sol, Murcia and Costa Blanca that will not only keep the kids entertained, but you too!
Best attractions in Costa del Sol:
1. Make a splash in Parque Acuatico Mijas
What kid doesn’t get excited at the thought of going to a waterpark? Costa del Sol is famous for its 320 days of sunshine a year, so when you need a break from topping up your tan at your Spanish property, waterparks can be a great way to cool off and have some fun with the kids at the same time!
From toddler-friendly slides to epic attractions for thrill-seekers, the Parque Acuatico Mijas is one of the best family-friendly waterparks in Costa de Sol. Youngsters can enjoy splashing about in the children’s pool, while those with a taste for adrenaline will find the waterslides with 15-metre drops more than enough to test their nerves! With a massage centre for parents in need of a little pampering, and an on-site restaurant, there’s truly something for everyone.
2. Get a hole in one at the Happy Day Costa del Sol mini golf course
Located in Marbella, in the middle of the Costa del Sol strip, Happy Days Costa del Sol offers a 9-hole mini-golf course, where kids can challenge their parents. Once the kids have had their fill of the fun, they can tuck into authentic American burgers at the Happy Days trailer diner, along with traditional Spanish treats. The American-style diner also features large-screen televisions and an area for parents to relax whilst the kids explore the park. This makes for the perfect place to enjoy the evening after a busy day in the Spanish sun.
3. Enjoy family time at the Parque Vigil de Quiñones
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to Spanish parks, but one of our favourites is the Vigil de Quiñones as it’s the perfect spot for a day out of your Spanish property, and is ideal for the whole family. Located only a short distance from Marbella, your family can enjoy a picnic or barbecue using the facilities on hand, while relaxing in the shade of the trees. The playground area will keep your children busy all day, whilst athletic kids can take advantage of the football pitch and sports courts. The park is free to enter and could be the cost-effective family-friendly escape you were looking for.
Our top picks for entertainment in Murcia:
1. Parque Rafael de la Cedra, Tentegorra
Although Spanish properties are favoured for being near white sandy beaches, sometimes it can be nice to escape into the forest areas of Spain. The Parque Rafael de la Cedra in Murcia is one of the most loved adventure parks and has been a family favourite of the locals for almost 60 years. Everything from aerial assault courses, treetop walkways and zip-lines means there’s no chance you should miss the beach!
2. Learn about the animals in Terra Natura
The Terra Natura is a new concept of a zoo where individuals can observe and make contact with animals in spaces designed to recreate the natural habitat of each species. This is unlike any English zoo, as a tour of these parks not only shows the different species but also the vegetation and curious characteristics of their habitats. With over 300 animals to see, you’ll be sure to keep your family entertained all day.
The best part? Terra Natura is not only an animal park but also homes a fantastic water park, designed for the whole family. If you’re looking to escape your Murcia property, the Terra Natura is the perfect place to enjoy nature as a family as well as for the little ones to learn and have fun.
Finally, the fun that can be had in Costa Blanca:
1. See the beauty of the Algar Waterfalls, Alicante
If you crave a change of scenery from your Spanish property, and fancy a spot of unspoilt nature and a breath of fresh air, a day trip to the Algar Waterfalls may be your answer. Take a dip in the natural pools, admire the waterfalls and enjoy the peaceful surroundings – a perfect family activity when staying in your Costa Blanca property.
2. Escape on a boat trip to Tabarca Island
The island of Tabarca is located at about 20km from the city of Alicante, along the coast of Costa Blanca. It is the biggest island belonging to Valencia and the only one which is inhabited. Every day from the Torrevieja Marina, a boat leaves for the island where you can enjoy a refreshing boat trip on the water, plus a day exploring the island, which was once inhabited by pirates!
You’ll find a wide variety of seaside restaurants offering traditional Spanish seafood, historical museums, beautiful porches, and symbolic buildings such as the Casa del Gobernador (the Governor’s house), and San Pablo church. There’s so much to explore on this island that you and your kids could never be bored!
3. Kick back and relax on the Costa Blanca beaches!
Whether you own property near the sea or not, a day at the beach cannot be missed! Kids are always keen to build sandcastles in the sand, and splash around in the sea, which can be an affordable, easy option to keep them occupied when staying in your Spanish property.
The Costa Blanca region is famous for its 70 miles of award-winning beaches, so you’ll be sure to find one the whole family likes! One of the most popular beaches is Playa de Levante which is great for paragliding, sailing and jet skiing. It is also Blue Flag recognised, so very safe and extremely family-friendly.
Find your dream Spanish property
This article has only highlighted a few of the best activities to enjoy with your children or grandchildren when staying in your Spanish property. From exploring secret islands, making a splash in the waterparks, or simply relaxing on award-winning beaches, Spanish properties can cater to every member of your family.
If you’re ready to find your dream Spanish property, we’d be delighted to help you with your search. To start your property journey, why not enquire today about booking a Spanish property viewing trip? Our trips cost just £99 per person, and we’ll show you 8-10 properties per day that match your requirements and budget. You can also have a browse of properties for sale on our Rightmove page.