It is feeling like Autumn is most definitely here already! I woke up to a chilly 6 degrees on the south coast today and that means getting out my gloves and scarves for the morning dog walk. Therefore, it is no surprise that I am dreaming of sunshine and warmer climes and have already booked my autumn getaway. If you are still unsure about where to head to for your Autumn family holiday I have three destinations that I highly recommend. This week I focus on the warmer climes of Spain.
I love Spain! Sunshine, great food, friendly people and best of all it is is fabulous for families. For your autumn holiday, I would recommend heading to the south of the country to the Costa Del Sol for the best chance of sunshine and warmer temperatures in the low 20’s. The family friendly resorts of Torremolinos and Benalmadena cater for children with plenty of restaurants and activities for the whole family, although since it is out of the main tourist season some of the beach bars may have closed by the end of October. Historic nearby city, Malaga, has plenty to offer for families who want to combine a city break with time on the beach.
Tivoli World, Benaldemadena
The Tivoli World amusement park is one of the most popular attractions on the Costa Del Sol with thrilling rides, arcade style amusements and live performances. It is located not far from the seafront in Benaldemadena with good access from the main A7 motorway from Malaga. Tivoli World is open weekends only in October and closes at the end of the month. A basic ticket is €7.95 and a ticket which includes entrance and unlimited access to 35 attractions costs €14.95. Children under 1m and adults over 65 are free making this a great day out for all the family.
The BioParc in Fuengirola is not what you may imagine of a Spanish zoo. Since it’s redesign in the late 1990’s there are no cages insight. Instead, this small zoo is so well designed that you feel you are in the jungle which was the aim of this immersive zoo experience. There are lots of animals your children can get up close to including crocodiles which are the other side of a transparent screen (J was far too scared to go close last year when we visited), birds which fly freely in a walk through enclosure and Lemurs which you can meet if you visit their island. This is a great place to spend a few hours with younger children. An adult ticket costs €20.50. Children aged 3-9 cost €15.50. Children under 3 are free.
Museo Automovilística de Malaga (Automobile Museum)
This museum is perfect for vintage car fans and is situated not far from the Port area of Malaga. However, this stylish museum doesn’t just showcase the finest cars, but also fashion with a splendid collection of outfits and accessories.
Alcazaba and Castillo Gibralfaro
Castillo Gibralfaro sits above the city of Malaga and was built to protect the Alcazaba. Firm favourites with visitors of all ages, they are perfect for children to explore and offer great views across the city and the Med. You can either climb the steep walk (and I warn you it is steep and probably too much for younger children) from the city up to the castle, catch the bus or drive to the car park nearest the entrance.
Centro de Ciencia Principia
This is an interactive science museum and planetarium where the learning is hands on. The Centro de Ciencia Principa divided into two main rooms where children can learn about science in nature, electrostatics, mechanics, optics and chemistry.
Whether you are looking for a historic city mini break, an busy week packed full with activities or a relaxing holiday chilling on the beach you will find what you are after in southern Spain on the Costa Del Sol. Let me know what you doing best on your half term holidays in the comments below.
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