Renowned for its glitz and glamour, Marbella isn’t all about high-end shopping and villas. Families can come here and have truly fantastic and unique holidays, thanks to the large variety of things to do. Here are our top things to do during family holidays in Marbella.

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Visit the Plaza de Los Naranjos
This is vintage Marbella, in all it’s glory. The colorful Plaza de los Naranjos or the Orange Tree Square, is something of an institution. The square first came into existence in the late 15th century and today the location displays a little old school glamour. The buildings are the sparkling white that we’ve come to associate with the countries of the Med, the orange trees themselves offer plenty of shade and the Renaissance-era fountain in the square is there for you to splash a little cold water on your face. It’s a beautiful square and kids will love all the colors as well as the traditional “churros” covered in hot chocolate sauce. No family holidays in Marbella would be complete without a trip here.

Go Horse Riding In The Mountains
As well as oozing decadence and glamour, the Marbella area is also spoilt with some beautiful scenery. So take the kids out for a trot in the mountains on horseback and explore the countryside as a family, or if you’re kids are well-schooled in the art of horse riding, take them to an equestrian school where they can pick up a few new tips. The equestrian centre on The New Golden Mile is well known for the quality of its horse riding.

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See A Flamenco Show
If the kids are old enough to stay up late during your family holidays in Marbella, you should take them to a flamenco show. Some hotels will even put on their own shows for the guests, so that families don’t miss out on the thrills of the flamenco experience. You’ll see dancers twisting and stomping their feet intensely in time with the music as the ‘duende’ (spirit) courses through their veins. Shows often start at midnight, but hotels will sometimes schedule their own flamenco performances for 10.00 pm.

Funny Beach
The name has been mistranslated and is supposed to mean ‘fun’ or ‘full of fun’, but there’s no mistaking that the activities at Funny Beach available will guarantee a good time all round. Kids can race each other, as can adults, on the go karting track, or if you’re not feeling competitive, you can  share a two-seated go kart and let your partner do the work. If you prefer to be in the water, the most fun during family holidays in Marbella is in banana boating! Activities such as wakeboarding, paddle surfing and parasailing are also available at this bizarrely named, but incredibly action packed venue.

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Treetop Adventures

Head to Aventura Amazonia, an adventure park in the trees which boasts 83 challenges in the trees and 20 ziplines, including the longest treetop zipline in Andalucia at 240 meters long. These are distributed over six adventure circuits. The park is situated in Elviria, which is 20 minutes away from the major towns of Estepona and Fuengirola.

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