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Costa del Sol holiday attractions, activities & things to do
There is more to the Costa del Sol than just beach holidays. For family entertainment, the Costa del Sol has a huge range of holiday attractions and activities to keep the whole family happy and busy during your holiday stay in Andalucia.
ADVENTURE THEME PARKS
Isla Magica is an exciting and modern amusement park located in Seville. It is divided into seven themed areas centred on a lake, each representing a different episode in Spanish 16th century history. The seven areas are Port of the Indies, Amazonia, Pirates Cove, Gate to the Americas, Fountain of Youth, Eldorado and the Fury of the Gods.
Tivoli World in Benalmadena is one of the best amusement parks you will find in Spain. There are a host of attractions including an amusement park, funfair rides, water flume, wild-west theme town, open-air theatre and a mock Spanish plaza offering a host of shows overlooked with cafes and restaurants.
DOLPHIN WATCHING IN GIBRALTAR
Fantastic opportunity for photographing and getting close to up to 3 different species of dolphin, 7 species of whale, turtles and flying fish, while enjoying a cruise around the spectacular bay of Gibraltar. Gibraltar itself is a great place to visit and less than a 2 hour drive from Malaga International Airport.
The desert hills of Almeria were the location for many of the famous Spaghetti Westerns such as A Fistful of Dollars and A Few Dollars More. It is now where you will find the Mini Hollywood near Tabernas on the A370. A full-blooded Western Theme Park with realistic sets, saloons and staged gunfights throughout the day.
Discovered in 1959, the Caves of Nerja have become one of the most visited attractions in Andalucia and each summer hosts the spectacular Festival of Music and Dance. They are truly worth a visit to see nature's creation of the great hall with magnificent limestone designs, the centrepiece of many theatre productions.
RACE COURSE AT MIJAS HIPODROME
The Mijas Hipodromo on the Costa del Sol was the first racecourse to open in Spain for 25 years. There are two concentric tracks, floodlighting for nighttime racing, a grandstand for 5,000 spectators and trackside seating for a further 5,000 people. Knowing that many horse ridings are also dog lovers, there is a dog hotel available where you can leave your pets.
There are several scuba diving and PADI dive centres near Nerja on the Costa del Sol and Costa Tropical in southern Spain. There are PADI dive programs for all levels of divers and snorkelling trips from beginners to advanced divers.
WALKING AND HIKING IN ANDALUCIA
Andalucia is one of the best walking regions in Spain because it has everything to offer the seasoned and novice traveller. It has a great climate, one of the highest mountains in Europe, fantastic towns and cities full of history and culture. There are also wild unfrequented areas filled with dramatic scenery and some of the most interesting flora and fauna to be found anywhere in Spain.
There are many water-parks on the Costa del Sol so you shouldn't have much difficulty finding one near your holiday resort. Water-parks are a great place to spend the whole day as a refreshing alternative to the beach.
Aquatropic water-park can be found next to Velilla beach in the town of Almunecar, on the Costa Tropical. The park offers an array of water slides including the firm favourites like the kamikaze & ring-rapids, with a range of swimming pools with wave machine, waterfall, and revolving current with inflatables. There are plenty of green areas to relax and eateries offering snacks, meals and refreshments.
Aqua-Velis water-park can be found opposite the El Ingenio shopping mall in Torre del Mar. It has over 20 different rides for all ages including some super fast slides for the more adventurous. There is an inflatable ring ride and wave machine along with a large sun terrace for sunbathers and cafeteria serving food and drinks.
The water-park at Torremolinos is especially large, offering many water-based attractions including water flumes, huge slides, large pools, and artificial river with wave machine.
The Costa del Sol offers a host of holiday attractions and activities to help you make the most of your stay in Spain. As an alternative to a visit to the beach, they are a great opportunity for some fun, adventure and excitement for the whole family. Well worth a day out from a busy schedule of sunbathing and shopping.
About the Author: Steve Greenwood has lived in Nerja on the Costa del Sol for 3 years. You are invited to visit Villa Rentals on the Costa del Sol for holiday attractions, activities and things to do in Spain. Visit Ideal Rentals For You (www.idealrentals4u.com) for information on all the regions of Spain, Canary Islands and Balearic Islands.