During the summer months most youngsters would be happy to spend just about every day enjoying the fun at one of the Coast’s water parks – the main two are Aqualand Torremolinos and Parque Acúatico Mijas – but that can become a bit too much for even the most accommodating parents.
No problem on the Costa del Sol: the kids won’t be protesting too loudly if the day’s revised agenda includes a visit to Fuengirola’s Biopark zoo, with its Madagascar, Equatorial Africa and South-East Asia habitats and internationally recognised breeding programme for endangered species, Selwo Aventura wildlife park near Estepona, Crocodile Park Torremolinos or Mariposario Benalmádena butterfly museum.
And, if they still have water on their minds, the kids can “meet the dolphins” at Selwo Marina in Benalmádena or check out the 2,000-plus creatures (including sharks) at Sealife Benalmádena.
Just up the road, in Arroyo de la Miel, is the breathtaking magic of the Tivoli World show and amusement park and, outside its gates, the starting point for the Teleférico Benalmádena cable that transports passengers 800 metres above sea level to the peak of Mount Calamorro.
For those with a taste for more “high-jinx”, Aventura Amazona’s Treetop Adventure Park in Elviria (eastern Marbella) offers ecologically-friendly routes through the pine forests.