Traveling with kids is a great way to expose them to new cultures while having fun along the way, and there’s no shortage of kid-friendly activities in Malaga. As one of the most vibrant cities along Spain’s southern coast, it’s full of fun for the whole family. Here are just a few of the many kid-friendly activities in Malaga that will give them vacation memories to last a lifetime—and make them want to come back!
Kid-Friendly Activities in Malaga: City Center
1. Visit the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro Castle
Walk through history at the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro Castle, two ancient structures within the same complex that will make the past come alive. The Alcazaba fortress dates from the eighth century C.E., and while it’s older than its more famous cousins—the Alcazar in Seville and the Alhambra in Granada—it’s the best preserved Moorish fortress palace in Spain.
After visiting the Alcazaba, head up to Gibralfaro Castle. As you keep making your way upwards, you can enjoy stunning views of the city, sea and surrounding mountains from the top. For families with tired kids, there’s also a bus that goes up to the castle.
2. Get to know Malaga with a different kind of tour
3. Learn something new at Malaga’s museums
Malaga has several museums that will capture any child’s attention. Marvel at the classic cars at the Museo Automovilístico (Avenida de Sor Teresa Prat, 15) or enjoy the fun interactive exhibits at the Principia Centro de Ciencias (Avenida de Luis Buñuel, 6). And of course, get to know one of the most famous malagueños and his art at the Picasso Museum (Palacio de Buenavista, Calle San Agustín, 8).
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4. Head to the coast for a well-deserved break
Looking to relax? You’ll feel on top of the world as you ride Malaga’s gigantic Ferris wheel, and kids will have a blast. And of course, there’s always the beach! Whether you stay close to the heart of the city at La Malagueta or prefer to escape the tourist crowds at local favorite Playa de la Misericordia, heading to the beach as a family is one of the simplest and most fun kid-friendly activities in Malaga.
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Kid-Friendly Activities in Malaga: Outside the City
5. Visit a water park
Water parks are one of the best-loved, kid-friendly activities in Malaga—and just about everywhere. While the city itself does not have a water park, there are a few which are easily accessible in nearby towns.
Aquamijas (Autovía A7, Km. 209) in the town of Mijas features winding waterslides, a wave pool and even a Jacuzzi for adults to relax! There’s also Aqualand (Calle Cuba, 10) in Torremolinos, which is easy to reach by the Cercanías train from the city center. Younger children will have a blast in the Kidzworld area, while older kids can get an adrenaline rush on one of the park’s dozen waterslides.
6. Meet penguins, dolphins and more at Selwo Marina Delfinarium
Located in nearby Benalmádena, the Selwo Marina Delfinarium is an amazing opportunity for your kids to interact with beautiful marine animals. Play with dolphins, meet some playful penguins and even swim with gentle sea lions at this unique park.
Address: Parque de la Paloma s/n, Benalmádena
7. Enjoy a day of family fun at Tivoli World amusement park
Calling all thrill seekers! The Tivoli World amusement park, with more than 40 rides and attractions, is one of the most diverse kid-friendly activities in Malaga. There are also a variety of shops and restaurants, so make a day of it and catch the train to Benalmádena for an experience your kids will never forget.
Address: Avenida Tivoli s/n, Benalmádena
8. Experience the ocean at Sea Life Benalmádena
While you’re in Benalmádena, take advantage of this fun and educational experience that kids of all ages will love. At Sea Life Benalmádena, children can interact with the sea creatures in the touch pools and learn about the importance of ocean conservation. Families can also play mini golf and enjoy a boat trip out to the sea. You might even get to see dolphins in their natural habitat!
Address: Puerto Marina s/n, Benalmádena
9. Visit the animals at Bioparc Fuengirola
Located in easily accessible Fuengirola (32 km by car, or a quick ride on the Cercanías train), this zoo is perfect for animal lovers! Guests can learn about the wide variety of birds, mammals and reptiles on a free guided visit. There is also a special ticket which allows entrance to both the Bioparc and the Aquamijas water park in Mijas—a full day of family fun!
Address: Avenida Camilo José Cela, 6-8, Fuengirola
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Photo Credit: Selwo Marina Delfinarium