Things to do
Of course, the Costa del Sol is renowned for being home to numerous fantastic golf courses including San Roque and Valderama (host to the Ryder Cup). We are just five minutes from the following clubs: El Paraiso, Guadalmina, Atalaya and Flamingoes Golf; ten minutes from Marbella Club, Monte Mayor, La Dama de Noche, Las Brisas, Aloha, Los Naranjos, La Quinta and Estepona
Tennis. Fishing, Bowling (lawn) and Ski-ing:
The Bel-Air tennis club is just a few minutes away where social tennis is arranged. The Benavista Bowling Club is very popular with visiting bowlers. Fishing trips leave from Puerto Banus and Estepona and skiing in the Sierra Nevada just two hours away
Many beach bars have jet skis, kayaks and pedal boats (water bikes) available for hire and surfing banana boats which seats about 10 and are great fun! For water skiing, there is Cable Ski Water in San Pedro www.cableskimarbella.com At Funny Beach (just beyond the Marbella arch) they also have jet skis and water bikes in addition to numerous other activities for the more energetic members of your family, while you can quietly enjoy the water, sand, deckchairs and restaurant with buffet service if you need to recharge your batteries. This fun park offers everything you need to have a good time (www.funnybeach.com).
For those quieter underwater explorers and mariners, there is the Happy Divers' Club Scuba for diving, snorkelling and boat excursions at the Atalaya Park Hotel. Sailors also have a wide range of boats to choose from at the Puerto Deportivo. Discover the joy of sailing and take sailing classes (at the Escuela Náutica Deportiva courses of all levels and types are given) or simply sit back and relax and enjoy a cruise around the bay.
If you are into watersports, you can't holiday in Andalucia without a trip to Tarifa, the surf capital of Europe . Everyone is currently going mad over kite surfing there, with loads of schools and 'surfy' shops on offer. Even if you're not into water sports, you'll be 'blown away' by Tarifa's beaches; in fact you'll think you've landed in heaven. It is the closes that you can get to beach paradise in Europe and the sea is crystal clear. However, it does get pretty windy, so be prepared. Although, it will feel a lot cooler than the Costa del Sol , you can burn very quickly.
Selwo, based on the African safari park, is just ten minutes drive. Here you can enjoy a full day of African adventure by walking through the Park or hopping on one of the all-terrain vehicles.
If it's animals you're after then you might also want to check out Fuengirola Zoo, the Selwo Marina, the Sea Life Centre in Benalmadena or the Crocodile Park in Torremolinos. If you're visiting Gibraltar, there's more to the Rock than apes, there's dolphins too! Dolphin World does a cruise around the bay, which gives you the chance to get close to dolphins, flying fish and occasional whales.
For thrill seekers there is Tivoli World amusement park, in Benalmadena .
You can't visit the Costa del Sol during the summer without a day at one of the water parks. There's 'Parque Acuatico' in Mijas or 'Aquapark' in Torremolinos
You don't need to spend a lot of money to show the kids a good time. As well as the obvious day at the beach, there are many impressive playgrounds located along the coast. Estepona has an enormous one along the promenade.
The shopping centre. La Canada has multi screen cinemas often showing films in English, an amusement arcade with video games and a ten-pin bowling alley.
The Golden Mile is littered with top quality restaurants, bars and clubs, as is the port area of Puerto Banus where you'll find the casino and English speaking multi cinema. You'll find the Casco Antiguo or Old Town of Marbella awash with excellent restaurants and cheap back street tapas bars. The place is bursting with life at night.
After your meal it's time to either take a walk along the numerous npromenades or take your pick of the huge range of bars and clubs offering all night entertainment. There are sophisticated piano bars, flamenco shows, live cabaret, rock music, karaoke and some excellent clubs.
If its night life you're after but you haven't brought your babysitter don't think you're doomed to stay in every night with little ones. During the summer, every town has a feria with a funfair, music, market, local food and a fantastic family atmosphere. They don't really take off until very late and you see Spaniards arriving with their babies at midnight!