Top Ten Things to Do in the Costa Tropical With Kids
10 Fun Things to Do in the Costa Tropical with your Kids
The Costa Tropical was made for kids! There is an endless number of things for your kids to do while on vacation here. From waterparks, bouncy aquatic parks, an aquarium and bird park... to outdoor sporty adventures like hiking, kayaking, paddle board and just hanging on the beach.
Here is a list of the top 10 things for kids to do in the Costa Tropical. Have fun!!!
1. Fútbol Game
Ahhhhh, Fútbol... Spain's favorite past time! If you're kids are into soccer (or fútbol as they say in Spain) there are some great opportunities for seeing some of Spain's best players. I'm speaking of Ronaldo Cristiano and Lionel Messi.
The stadium in Malaga (45 min away) hosts games quite often and some are between Malaga and Madrid or Malaga and Barcelona.
Take a look at the schedule before you come and see what games will be on... The atmosphere at a Spanish Fútbol game is electrifying!
2. Feed the Fish in the Marina del Este
Who doesn't love a stroll through a beautiful, tranquil marina in the afternoon? The Marina del Este in La Herradura is an upscale marina with lots of nice shops and restaurants right on the water. The kids will enjoying seeing the boats.
Take some bread with you and they can feed the fish while you're there. There are thousands of huge carp that live in the marina that would just love a snack!
Head over to Playa Berenegueles when you're done and let the kids run on the beach.
Rent a motorboat in the Marina del Este and take the kids to explore the coast on your own.
3. Visit Some Castles
There are numerous castles in the Costa Tropical that despite their age are still in fantastic condition. Times were tough during the Roman and Muslim periods and the castles were the towns first line of defense.
Almuñécar, Salobreña and La Herradura all have castles you can visit. Going down the coast to the east you will find other castles, watchtowers and other strategic fortresses built for coastal defense.
4. Hike to the Top of Cerro Gordo
We all know that kids like to climb things. Well, there's no more perfect place in the Costa Tropical than the Cerro Gordo point to climb to the top of.
Making up the western arm of the La Herradura bay is the Maro / Cerro Gordo National Park. You can drive up to the top, then get out and follow the path to the tip of the point --- behind the Cerro Gordo Watchtower.
The views are fantastic and if the kids are quiet and pay attention, they might spot one of the wild Ibex that live there...
5. Spend a Day on the Beach
This really goes without saying, but we're going to say it anyway, one of the best things to do with your kids in the Costa Tropical is spend the day on the beach. Luckily for them there are dozens to choose from, and all offer something special.
Most of the beaches have tons of fun activities for the kids, such as kayaking, paddle board, water-bikes, snorkeling, diving and more.
A lot of people book online. We recommend booking ahead if you can because kayaks & jets skis are limited.
6. Bounce on the Aqua Marina
From July thru September the kids can enjoy another type of waterpark, the inflatables. These inflatable parks are all the rage along the coast right now and open in each of the larger Costa Tropical towns. Almuñécar, La Herradura and Salobreña all have one, and the kids love them!
Bouncing is booked by the hour and by the end, they will all be exhausted... a plus for the adults as well!
7. Spend the Day at the Aquatropic Water Park
The Aquatropic Waterpark will keep your kids entertained all day long. It opens in the morning and stays open all day. You can drop your kids off or stay and relax under the olive trees and enjoy a good book.
The park is great for all ages, it has play areas for toddlers and young children and high octane, adrenalin inducing, super-fast slides for the older ones.
Read our full review of the Aquatropic Waterpark here.
If you are planning on going to the water park for the day... buy tickets in advance! The lines are LONG and VERY SLOW!!
8. Hike to the Waterfalls of the Junta de los Rios
If your kids are a little older and enjoy hiking, they will love the Junta de los Rios Natural Reserve in Otivar. You can keep things slow and easy and stop at the first large pools for a picnic --- and rock jumping, or you can make a day of it and hike all the way to the waterfalls. Either way your kids will have a blast!
Read our full review of the Junta de los Rios here.
9. Visit the Aquarium
Head over to Almuñécar and visit the Aquarium. It's located just opposite the local daily mercado (or marketplace). The Aquarium is one level below ground and full of interesting fish and other aquatic species.
There is also an underwater tunnel where the kids can experience sharks and sting-rays swimming all around them.
More information on the Almuñécar Aquarium
10. Squawk at the Parrots at the Loro Sexi Bird Park
Just under the Almuñécar Castle is this quaint little bird park that the kids will love. The Loro Sexi Bird Park specializes in parrots, but there are numerous other interesting bird species from all over the world, as well as other types of small fuzzy mammals like lemurs and prairie dogs for them to enjoy.
More information on the Loro Sexi Bird Park
11. Explore the Caves by Kayak
A favorite activity for kids that visit the Costa Tropical, and for the adults too, is renting Kayak's in La Herradura and paddling around the Cerro Gordo point. Once you've rounded the point there are several small caves and one larger one that you can paddle into.
Kayaking & Snorkeling Tours - Experience the natural beauty and explore the caves of the Cliffs of Maro-Cerro Gordo while getting a good snorkeling and kayaking workout with this tour.
Bring your snorkel, Calaiza Beach is on the way and it's a great place to stop off for a swim.
12. Take the Almuñécar Train
Kids love a train! During the summer months the Almuñécar Tourist Train makes hourly loops around the town in the afternoons. It's a great way to see a city and get your bearings.
If you save your ticket, sometimes they will allow you to hop on and off too, so you can see a few of the sites along the way.
13. Take a Break in the Majuelo Gardens
Majuelo Gardens is a great place to take the kids. Not only can they see the ancient ruins from the Phoenician Fish Salting Factory (which sit right at its center), but they can also try identifying the different exotic trees and palms that are brought in from countries all over the world.
There are also cool statues placed throughout the park and the 'Province Houses' (local craft shops) where they can buy a souvenir or two.
More information on the Majuelo Botanical Gardens
- Almuñécar Travel Guide
- La Herradura Travel Guide
- Almuñécar Beach Guide
- La Herradura Beach Guide
14. Take the Kids to an ADVENTURE PARK!!
Just down the coast from the Costa Tropical area are loads of different types of adventure parks your kids will LOVE. There are zoos, aquariums, amusement parks with roller coasters and water slides, a butterfly park, dolphin adventures and more...
These are the parks we take our kids to every summer and they are a HIT without fail:
(just over an hour from La Herradura)
This is an ALL TIME favorite of ours... but has long lines to get in! Buy BEFORE you go! Mobile tickets are accepted.
My daughter LOVES this one...
Going in the other direction towards Almeria... This one is also a favorite!!
15. A Few More TOURS and ACTIVITES Your Kids Will LOVE!!
And, last but not least... There are other fun activities you can do with your kids in some of the nearby towns (within an hour's drive).
If you are visiting the area, we HIGHLY recommend that you spend some time visiting Malaga and Granada, if you have kids you might want to include some of these fun things to do while you're there...
This can be done in Malaga, Granada or even in Nerja...
This is in La Herradura...
From December to April...
This is in Benalmadena (1 hr 10 min away) --- The Marina there is a great place to spend the day...
A great way to see a city with kids...
16. Spend the Day at the Las Palomas Swim Club!!
OOOPS --- Another one I forgot to mention.... In the Las Palomas urbanization, the point on the western end of La Herradura, there is a large private pool and club. If you are staying somewhere that doesn't have a pool this is a great place to take the kids. It's very rustic, but clean and well maintained. There is a larger pool and smaller ones for the little kids. There is also a lifeguard on duty at all times, so the parents can relax.
Read more about it here...
How to Arrive - Costa Tropical
From Granada: Drive south on the A-44 for 45-50 minutes to reach the Costa Tropical.
From Málaga: Head east on the A-7 for 50 minutes to reach the Costa Tropical.
If you need a car rental, we recommend RentalCars.Com - Spain as a GREAT low cost option.
We hope that you have a wonderful vacation and take advantage of all the super-fun and KID-FRIENDLY activities that can be found here!! ;-)