SPIRIT OF SPAIN
Leisure & Sports
For those seeking more than sand, sea and sun the Costa del Sol offers an ever increasing range of theme parks, attractions and sports that bridge the generation gap and guarantee action-packed fun in the sun for everyone.
Water Parks - there are two for you to choose from-
Parque Acuático - Mijas. Situated on the outskirts of Fuengirola there is the 'Adventure River' for the fearless, a mini park for the little ones and swimming pools for the sensible. Full program of activities guarantees an action packed day out. Open from Late April to Late September every year - discounts are available and under 4’s are free
Tel: 952 460 404
Aquapark Torremolinos - The coasts original water park - attractions include mini-golf, water toboggans, flumes, wave pools and kamikaze twister ride.
Tel: 952 388 888
Tivoli World - Fun for all the family. Trilling rides and spectacular shows Open throughout the year. - but please check opening hours before you travel
Tel: 952 577 016
Cable Car - Telecabina Benalmadena starting just outside Tivoli World in Arroyo de la Miel the small 4-person cabins take you up to the viewing stations where on a clear day you can see the Rock of Gibraltar and across the sea to Morocco.
Tel: 952 575 038
Fuengirola Zoo - Designed to replicate the natural habitat of all the species living there - you can see about 250 animals and 62 different species and there are no bars or cages anywhere in sight. Open daily - website - www.zoofuengirola.com
Tel: 952 666 301
Monkey Magic - In Gibraltar, a cable car trip to the summit of the Rock to meet the famous Barbary Apes - the only place in Europe where you will find apes living in the wild
Tel: 956 777 826
Dolphin World -full day out on fully equipped boat from Gibraltar. Possibility of seeing five species of whale, three species of dolphin, sunfish, turtles and flying fish.
Tel: 954 481 000
Selwo Adventure Park - in Estepona offers the chance to see more than 2000 animals living in semi-wild conditions. This is a fun filled day out for all the family.
Tel: 952 792 150
El Ranchito Horse Show - near Torremolinos offers full riding facilities as well as their weekly show which includes displays of the famous dancing horses
Tel: 952 383 140
Eagles, Snakes and Fairy Tale Castle - near Benalmadena village at the Jardin de Las Aguilas (Garden of Eagles) there are regular displays of birds of prey put through their paces by expert handlers. You can also visit the Snake City and the Castillo Colombo a miniature fairy tale castle.
Tel: 952 118 318
Sea Life Centre - at Benalmadena Marina with 'touch pools', underwater glass tunnels and a Sting Ray tank. Open daily all year -your ticket is valid all day-children under 3 free. Website www.sealife.es
Tel: 952 560 150
Aqua Vista - Boat trips from the Port at Fuengirola in a catamaran equipped with glass viewing cabins. The sea-beds are lit up for you and it is usual to see dolphins too. They sail every day.
Tel: 679 554 067
Horse Racing at the Costa del Sol Hipodrome - Just outside Las Cala de Mijas regular horse races are held at the Hipódromo. See local press for details.
There are bars, restaurants, souvenir shop and betting shop.
Tel: 922 592 700
Golf - Spain is ranked No. 1 in Southern Europe for golf and the 'Costa del Golf' is the jewel in the crown. There are over 30 course between Gibraltar and Malaga offering golf all year round. Many of the courses also offer driving ranges, putting greens and lessons for all abilities.
Tennis - Spain is the ideal place for tennis, not just because of the climate and many hours of sun but also because of the number and quality of its clubs and courts. Many hotels, complexes and commercial zones often have rental courts.
Bowls - There are a number of bowls clubs along the coast where visitors are always welcome. There are often matches with visiting teams from the UK.
Squash - Squash courts can be found at many of the larger hotels and complexes, often as a pay and play facility, or at municipal sporting arenas.
Fishing - The Atlantic and Mediterranean shorelines are perfect for fishing. Beach casting is a very popular past-time with the Spanish and most marinas offer open sea fishing trips.
Ballooning - for truly spectacular views hot air ballooning is the way to go - trips are organised from the white village of Ronda Tel 952 877 249
Horse Riding - Tours on horse back have become very popular and there are no shortage of places to ride - a great many farms, stables and riding schools offer reasonably priced riding lessons, horseback tours or simply horses for hire.
Water Sports - all along the coastline are dotted an ever-growing number of marinas with excellent facilities. Apart from sailing there are usually facilities for fishing, motor boating, jet skiing, water skiing, snorkelling and diving.
Skiing - yes skiing!! just 2 hours drive will take you to the Sierra Nevada Mountains offering 45 runs covering an impressive 62Kms of courses and circuits.