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13 Unforgettable Family Friendly Activities in Fuengirola

Jun 14, 2023Attractions and Activities

Kicking Off Your Family Adventure in Fuengirola

Fuengirola, located on Spain’s sunny Costa Del Sol, offers more than just beautiful beaches and sparkling sea. It’s a go-to destination for families in search of a memorable holiday with a variety of activities.

With so many family friendly activities in Fuengirola, each day promises a new adventure for kids and adults alike. This guide highlights 13 unforgettable family activities. And for the perfect accommodation during your family holidays in Fuengirola, Villa Carmen is an excellent choice.

1. Visit Bioparc

A visit to the Bioparc Fuengirola is like stepping into a different world—one filled with exotic animals and lush landscapes. This innovative zoo, designed as an ‘immersion park,’ has recreated natural habitats for the animals, allowing visitors to feel like they are walking through the animals’ natural environments. Kids will marvel at the sight of gorillas, tigers, and lemurs, to name just a few. The Bioparc’s commitment to education and conservation also means your visit contributes to a worthy cause.

2. Enjoy a day at the beach

No family holiday in Fuengirola is complete without a day at its beautiful beaches. Fuengirola boasts over seven kilometers of sandy coastline, and many of these beaches hold the Blue Flag status for cleanliness and safety. Spend a day building sandcastles, paddling in the sea, and soaking up the Spanish sun. Beach facilities like playgrounds, cafes, and restrooms ensure a hassle-free beach day for families.

Enjoy family time at the many beautiful beaches across Fuengirola

3. Discover the Castle Sohail

Perched on a hill at the mouth of the Fuengirola River, the Sohail Castle offers a journey back in time. This 12th-century Moorish castle is not only a historical treasure but also a venue for concerts and festivals. Climb to the top for stunning views of Fuengirola and the Mediterranean Sea—an activity that kids and adults alike will enjoy. The castle’s open spaces are perfect for a family picnic or a game of tag.

Castle Sohail is a great place for families to explore and provides stunning views of Fuengirola

4. Have fun at the AquaMijas Water Park

What’s better than spending a hot summer day splashing around in a water park? Aquamijas Water Park is one of the top water parks in the area and offers a range of water rides and slides for all ages. From the Kamikaze slide for thrill-seekers to the kiddie pool for the little ones, there’s something for everyone at Aquamijas Water Park. Located just a short drive from Fuengirola, AquaMijas is a must-visit destination for families.

5. Costa Water Park

An inflatable water park floating in the sea, Costa Water Park offers hours of exciting fun for kids and adults. With a variety of obstacles to tackle—from climbing walls to trampolines—it’s sure to be a hit with older kids and adults. Lifeguards on duty and the provision of life jackets help ensure everyone can enjoy the water park safely.

Costa-Water-Park-is-great-fun-for-older-kids and adults. Image credit: costawaterpark.com

6. Fuengirola Adventure Golf

Tucked away in the heart of Fuengirola, the Adventure Golf course is a mini-golf paradise suitable for all ages. With 19 beautifully landscaped holes including pirate-themed obstacles and waterfalls, it’s sure to be a hit with both kids and adults. The course is challenging enough to keep adults engaged, yet manageable for younger children, making it a perfect family bonding activity.

7. Visit the Fuengirola Street Market

Every Tuesday and Saturday, Fuengirola’s main square transforms into a bustling street market one of the biggest outdoor markets on the Costa Del Sol. The Fuengirola Street Market has local produce and delicious street food as well as a treasure trove of clothes and accessories. Children will love the lively atmosphere and the joy of discovery as they explore the different stalls. It’s a great opportunity to introduce them to the concept of bargaining and the importance of supporting local businesses.

8. Butterfly Park (Mariposario de Benalmádena)

Just a short drive from Fuengirola (20 minutes from Malaga), the Butterfly Park is a magical experience for children. This stunning Thai temple is home to more than 1,500 exotic butterflies from around the world. Walk amongst these beautiful creatures as they flutter freely in the tropical garden. The park also hosts educational workshops that provide an enlightening insight into the life cycle of butterflies.

9. River Fuengirola Park

River Fuengirola Park, stretching along the banks of the Fuengirola River, is a haven for families seeking a respite from the bustling beachfront. The park’s broad paths are ideal for leisurely walks, cycling, or rollerblading. With well-equipped play areas, children can enjoy themselves while adults relax in the park’s serene surroundings. Keep an eye out for the local birdlife, adding an extra touch of nature to your park visit.

10. Parque De La Paloma

Spanning over 200,000 square meters, Parque De La Paloma is one of the most beautiful parks on the Costa Del Sol. With a large lake, exotic wildlife, beautiful gardens, and play areas, it offers endless amusement for children. You might spot rabbits, peacocks, and even goats roaming freely around the park. Pack a picnic, let the kids enjoy the playgrounds, and enjoy a relaxing family day in the midst of nature.

11. Go Bike Riding

Bike riding in Fuengirola is an enjoyable and active way for families to explore the city and its beautiful surroundings. With dedicated bike lanes along the seafront promenade and rental shops offering bikes for all ages, it’s a hassle-free and eco-friendly activity. Pedal at your own pace and take in the scenic views, stop for a picnic on the beach, or explore the charming side streets of Fuengirola – it’s a flexible and fun option for all family members.

Family bike riding in Fuengirola is easy with many places to hire bikes and bike paths

12. Take a Boat Tour

Taking a boat tour allows families to experience Fuengirola’s stunning coastline from a different perspective. Whether it’s a dolphin-watching tour, a fishing excursion, or a leisurely sightseeing cruise, boat tours offer a unique adventure at sea. The opportunity to spot marine life in their natural habitat or simply bask in the mesmerizing sunset views makes it an unforgettable part of any family holiday in Fuengirola.

13. See a Concert or Show

Outside of Sohail Castle, there is a park Marenostrum Fuengirola where you’ll regularly find events and concerts. This spectacular setting with the Sohail Castle and the Mediterranean Sea in the background, attracts a huge range of concerts. Check out the schedule for Marenostrum Fuengirola concerts and you may discover the perfect family friendly show. Organise your stay at Villa Carmen around a fantastic concert or show.

Final Thoughts

Experience a multitude of family friendly activities in Fuengirola, a perfect mix of beach fun, cultural history, and adventurous outings. From Sohail Castle’s historical charm to interactive animal encounters at Bioparc and thrilling water activities at Costa Water Park, Fuengirola ensures memorable family holidays. And if you are looking for a fantastic base for your Costa Del Sol family holiday, consider Villa Carmen.

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