1. MIJAS PARK is one of the main water parks on the coast and is located along the main road heading towards Fuengirola. Open from 10:30 hrs. to 18:00 hrs. and with a discount for people who arrive after 15:00 hrs, as well as free entrance for children under the age of four and other special rates for parties and season tickets.
Facilities include self-service restaurant, changing rooms, safety deposit boxes, gift shop, floats and a picnic area.
Just remember if you are planning on spending the day at the aqua park, bring along plenty of suntan lotion.
2. CROCODILE PARK.
Tel. +34 952 051 782
Imagine an African Adventure at Your Feet, but fenced off! Europe's only crocodile park with 200 crocodiles, from babies right up to the huge five-metre long adults approx weighing in at almost 500 kilos. The park has now set up a mini zoo especially for the children with mouflons, Nan dues, deer and miniature ponies Crocodile Park is home to more than 300 crocs, including the massive Giant of the Nile and 'Big Nose', an old age pensioner of 77, measuring nearly 5 metres. The park's 'nursery', always busy thanks to the park's successful breeding program, thanks to which each female has 30-50 eggs. There is also a museum where you can swot up on croc facts, a video presentation, restaurant and souvenir shop. Open daily 10.00-18.00.
Adults: 7.50 euros Kids: 5.25 euros +65: 5,25 euros. Children under 4 years: Free. An adult must accompany children under 12 years.
3. PRADO WORLD (Estepona)
Tel. +34 952-79-11-74
Fax +34 952-79-11-66
This theme park is located in Estepona along the main road. With a water park as well as other attractions such as Mini Golf, Football, TV Room, Shooting Gallery, Basket Ball and Remote Control Lorries.
There is also a restaurant, bar, parking and facilities for the disabled. Prado World also caters for birthday parties and there is a picnic area if you want to cook your own food.
Water slides, miniature golf, trampolines, kids activates.
4. SEA LIFE CENTRE (Benalmádena)
Tel. +34 952-56-01-50
Fax. +34 952-44-67-84
SEA LIFE in Benalmádena Port (30 Km from Marbella). The 'Danger in the Reefs' exhibition here allows you to experience the ocean's most deadly creatures, ranging from the Blue Ring Octupus, capable of killing a person in 20 seconds, to the comical Puffer Fish which is only fatal if you are foolish enough to eat it!.
This is a great one to take the kids to, they will love it. Loads of local and more exotic Mediterranean wildlife, sharks, rays, eels and more. The underwater passage is always popular and there is a great deal to look at and learn.
5. SELWO COSTA DEL SOL (Estepona)
Ctra.N-340, Km.162,5. Las Lomas del Monte
Tel. +34 952-79-21-50
Fax. +34 952-79-65-32
SELWO is a nature park unique in Europe where animals of the five continents co-exist in semiwild conditions.The park is divided into several zones, each of which features a variety of different animals. The first remarkable area which you will encounter is the lagoon which is populated by exotic birds, including some colorful flamingos. Nearby are habitats suitable for birds and monkeys.
One of the park's most striking man-made features is the bird canyon, a massive enclosed area of hills and plants, within which more than 40 different species of birds live freely.
A great part of the circuit is made in all-terrain trucks, although there is lots to see on foot, so I recommend you to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Also there is limited shade so summer visitors should remember to bring along a hat and sun cream.
The Park has restaurants, shops, parking and much more services and facilities.
6. SNAKE CITY (Benalmádena)
Arroyo de la Miel.
This park lives up to its name, with many types of snake on display, along with related reptiles, such as turtles. A regular show allows visitors the opportunity to participate and hold a selection of nasties, from pythons to tarantulas.
7. TIVOLI WORLD (Benalmádena)
Arroyo de la Miel
Tel. +34 952-57-70-16
Fax. +34 952-44-50-45
Tivoli World is an amusement park located in Arroyo de la Miel, just 2 kms from the Benalmádena Costa. There are various rides as well as a tiny tots section, restaurants, bars and a professional calibre programme of concerts mainly by Spanish performers, as well as some 'lookalike' stars.
Recent additions to the park include Tivolilandia and Tivoli Agua; the former is an infant area with 11 rides and other attractions specially adapted for very small children and babies; the latter is a water mountain flume ride which opened last year and has proved very popular.
8. AQUAPARK TORREMOLINOS (Torremolinos)
Tel. +34 952-38-88-88
Fax. +34 952-37-01-99
Aquapark Torremolinos is located 50 Km from Marbella. It is said to be the largest aquapark in Europe covering more than 70,000 square metres, rides here include the hair-raising kamikaze twister and several near vertical slides, together with a tiny tots area, 'waves swimming pool and even a Jucuzzi.
This aquapark has all the attractions you would expect from a park of this size, with plenty of space within the park for sunbathing as well as many restaurants and a golf zone. Special prices for groups and children under three free. Located along the main coast road.
Slides, Multi Slides, Jacuzzi, Children's Zone, Kamikaze Twister, Rapids, The Black Hole.
9. FUNNY BEACH. (Marbella)
29600 Marbella East
Tel. +34 952-82-33-59
Action and fun for all the family and much more in Funny Beach. Trampolines, Go-Karts for adults, Mini-motorbikes for children and many others attractions such a Water skiing, Jet-skis, etc.
In their restaurant you can enjoy a varied menu for all the family.
10. DOLPHIN SAFARI (Gibraltar)
Marina Bay Complex.
Tel. +34 956-77-19-14
Touch a DOLPHIN or view the underwaterworld in a special glass bottom boat.
11. HORSE RACING
The Hipodromo Costa del Sol.
It is situated at Urb. El Chaparral 29650 Mijas-Costa, Málaga and can be accessed from four different exits along the N340 between Fuengirola and La Cala.
The Hipodromo Costa del Sol was the first new racecourse to open in Spain for 25 years and it has proved to be an unqualified success. It now has two concentric tracks, with floodlighting for night-time racing, a grandstand for 5,000 spectators and trackside seating for a further 5,000. The circuit is the focal point of what will be, in the fullness of time, a full leisure resort, which will include a show jumping field, track-and-field stadium, shopping centres and a 5-star hotel.
Since its inauguration on 1 July, 2000, residents and visitors to the Costa del Sol have been able to enjoy the extraordinary excitement and adrenalin rush of seeing their chosen horses vying for top slot at the Hipodromo Costa del Sol, at Mijas. The twin-track course represents many years of hard work and lobbying for a number of people, not the least of whom is the former Mayor of Mijas, Antonio Maldonado. It was he who pushed the vision to have a top-class track through the multi-layered bureaucratic maze, fought with those who said it would never work and finally saw his dream come true.
The track’s main incentive for racehorse owners - apart from the highest prize money in Spain - is that the Hipodromo Costa del Sol racing season lasts throughout the winter, when most European courses close due to bad weather and the jump jockeys take over. For trainers it is the ability to be able to school their horses and race them throughout a season which lasts this year from 13 January right through until 15 December.
Night-time racing on Saturdays, from 10pm, takes place during June, July, August and September. From October to May, daytime racing takes place every other Sunday, starting at 11am and, from June to September, every Saturday, again starting at 11am.
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