Family holidays are one of the biggest expenses of the year for most people. Once you have booked your accommodation and flights the last thing you want to do is spend hundreds of pounds on activities and attractions while you are on holiday. Well you don’t have to! The Costa del Sol is full of great free activities that you can enjoy without having to break the bank. Here are just a few of our suggestions…
The Beach – Probably the most obvious of suggestions but you can’t visit the Costa del Sol without enjoying its golden sandy coastline. The Costa del Sol has such a variety of beaches that you can find a quiet spot even at the busiest times of the year. Sun loungers don’t tend to be free but you can take your own towel or lilo to lie on and it coasts nothing to enjoy floating around in the Med, splashing in the waves or making sandcastles. A personal favourite beach is Carvajal Beach, between Benalmadena and Fuengirola which is really family friendly and not so full of tourists vying for a space on the sand.
View our Panoramic Villas Fuengirola that are just a few minutes from the beach.
Alcazaba and Castillo de Gibralfaro, Malaga – One of Malaga’s most famous landmarks, the Alcazaba and Castillo sit high above the city surrounded by stunning gardens full of Jasmine, bougainvillea and honeysuckle. If you visit the Alcazaba and Castillo on a Sunday afternoon you can get free entry to both attractions. This of course means that it is a fairly busy time to go but lots of people don’t know about the free entry and there is more than enough space to wander around these ancient Moorish walls.
Take a Walk in the Mijas Mountains – The Costa del Sol is largely seen as a place where you can lie by the pool or the beach but the mountains that run almost the entire length of the coast are also worth exploring. The Sierra de Mijas is a fantastic area for walking with hidden valleys and lush pine forests. It is best to walk when the weather is a little cooler from October to early June and spring is a particularly lovely time to explore with flowers blooming over the mountains. The Mijas tourist office organises free walking tours on Wednesdays (there are different walks to suit all levels) and they also provide free maps if you prefer to go exploring yourselves.
We have lots of great property in the Mijas area. Click here for more details.
The Picasso Museum, Malaga – If you want to take in a bit of culture whilst you are staying on the Costa del Sol you can visit the ‘Museo Picasso Malaga.’ On the last Sunday of every month you can get free entry to the museum after 3pm (usual entry fee of 6 Euros for an adult.) Picasso was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and he was born in Malaga. The museum didn’t open until 2003 when Picasso’s son and daughter-in-law decided they would like to exhibit his work in his home town. The museum was re-modelled to look like a typical Andalusian house and the collection of artwork here is quite impressive; well worth a free visit!
Parque de la Paloma, Benalmadena – Situated right in the centre of Benalmadena this wonderful park covers 200,000 square metres so there is plenty of room for you to relx and enjoy the greenery! The park is great for kids with a large, free playground and a lake. There is a large climbing and activity centre on the largest playground in the park. There are lots of birds in the park including a large pen of emus, and geese and ducks wandering around. There are even some mountain goats and wild rabbits hopping around! This is a great place to picnic away from the beach if you don’t want sand in your sandwiches and there are also 3 small cafes in the cafe if you want to get an ice cream for dessert.