Marbella is most certainly one of the most  family-friendly Spanish town’s on the Costa del Sol to choose to visit, or purchase a holiday home as there is something for everyone. More and more ex pats are settling here every year, drawn to this beautiful beachside town by the great quality of life, the healthy living, the stunning landscapes, the cosmopolitan environment and, of course, the sun. Family life in Marbella is absolutely incredible and something not to be missed!


The Spanish lifestyle is a relaxed one, most activities start in the late mornings, the eating hours are a couple of hours later than those in other European countries and then there is of course the Spanish siesta hours from 2 PM to 5 PM when everything but the restaurants and bars are closed. So whether you are thinking of finding your dream home in Marbella, getting a second home in nearby Nueva Andalucia or
just planning to visit for a holiday , take advantage of all the little Spanish habits and enjoy the plentiful family time that they value so much.

Here are the best ways to spend family life in Marbella; there are so many great activities to choose from, fun theme parks and memorable attractions available nearby, making your life here difficult to get bored of.

The Stunning Marbella Beaches

What better way to enjoy the gorgeous weather Andalucia has to offer than down by the beach? The beaches in Marbella are well taken care of, perfect for sunbathing and swimming, and the sea is usually calm enough to practice watersports or sailing. You can also enjoy a freshly caught fish for lunch or dinner at a beachside chiringuito, or go to a beach party at one of the beach bars dotted along the New Golden Mile. If you have children, it won’t be a problem because everybody takes their kids everywhere here in Spain!



The great weather allows you to enjoy a great family fun day at one of the many waterparks in the area from May until September. The biggest waterpark in Costa del Sol is approximately 20 minutes from Marbella center: Aqualand Torremolinos, where you can try out all the water slides and pools, or even go surfing in the Aqualand’s “Surf Beach”, a big pool with 1 meter tall waves. There are also waterparks in Marbella, Puerto Banus or Fuengirola, which are Costa Waterpark, and Parque Acuatico in Mijas, so why not try them all?

Amusement Parks

The biggest and amusement park on the Costa del Sol is Tivoli World in Benalmadena. This is a place where the whole family is guaranteed to have a really great time. Apart from the over 20 exciting and diverse rides, during the high season there are a lot of entertaining shows taking place on the streets and in the squares of the beautifully decorated park. You can also visit all the gardens or grab a bite at one of the themed restaurants.


Animal Parks

Costa del Sol is an animal lovers’ dream location and the best part is that all the main attractions are really close to Marbella and easy to access. You can check out over 2000 sea creatures at the Sea Life Centre in Benalmadena,  or go and see the most beautiful zoo-like open establishment at Biopark Fuengirola where you are separated from the animals by a thick glass making the experience truly unique and allowing you to get close up and personal to the animals. The Crocodile Park in Torremolinos or see some more exotic animals at Selwo Aventura in Estepona. which is a safari style animal park,

The possibilities are endless for you and your family to have a great time together during your stay in Marbella. Apart from it’s luxurious side, there is always something entertaining happening in the area: concerts, festivals, workshops, fun outdoor competitions and many others. The multicultural part of Marbella plays a big part in making ex pat families feel comfortable and the growing expat community in the area has made the Andalucian local resident more welcoming than in other areas in Spain, so making friends and connections is never difficult either either expats or locals.

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