Family Holidays on the Costa del Sol
As we head further and further into winter, with the mercury continuing to fall and the sun seeming to all but disappear, there’s one place not too far away that still boasts plenty of sunshine and tons of outdoor activities perfect for a family holiday – Costa del Sol, Spain.
Set in Andalucia, in the province of Malaga, on Spain’s southeast coast, the Costa del Sol tends to have downright mild weather at this time of year, especially in comparison to most of the rest of Europe. Because of this, it’s possible for those lucky enough to be staying in this region to get outdoors and enjoy a range of pastimes wide enough that there should be something that appeals to every member of the family.
One of the best ways to take advantage of all that this area provides – during the winter months, and indeed throughout every season – is to stay at a superb CLC World resort in Malaga province. A mere 28 kilometres away from Malaga airport, each of the many CLC World resorts on the Costa del Sol, (part of Malaga province), features plush, a splendid set of first-rate amenities, an impressive array of fine dining establishments and amazing teen and kids’ clubs that ensure the youngest in the family are taken care of and as happy just as much as the eldest.
Plus, each spectacular CLC World resort in Malaga province can serve as the ideal base from which to discover the many charms of the Costa del Sol. Here are some of the highlights of what this sunny region in Spain has to offer.
Bioparc Fuengirola | Experience an exciting new way to interact with animals in their natural habitats when you explore the Fuengirola Bioparc. Billed as an “immersion zoo”, this innovative zoological park – which is situated near to each of the CLC World resorts in Malaga province – is a dream come true for nature-lovers.
Bioparc Fuengirola faithfully recreates the habitual surroundings of different varieties of wildlife from Asia, Africa and Madagascar, and once you step through its gates, you’ll feel like you’ve entered a whole new ecological universe.
Stroll through lush rainforests and past gushing waterfalls. Marvel at crocodiles lazing on the banks of a simulated river, or goggle at Sumatran tigers on the prowl. Watch in amazement as lemurs swing through trees, just as if they had never left the shores of their Madagascan homeland. Everywhere you look, everywhere you turn, you’ll come across unusual and exotic species, all interacting and enjoying their lives in an authentic representation of their usual habitats.
Benalmadena Cable Car | When you take a thrilling ride on the Benalmadena cable car, you’ll be treated to panoramic views that literally take your breath away. Only a 15-minute drive from the CLC World resorts in Malaga province, the Teleférico cable car sets off from Benalmadena/Arroyo de la Miel. From there, it makes a sustained ascent up to the Peak of Calamorro Mountain.
Standing atop this elevated vantage point, you and your family will be able to feast your eyes on stunning, 360-degree vistas that encompass a 300-kilometre expanse of land. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see the entire Costa del Sol. In fact, you can gaze at a landscape that runs all the way from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in the east, to Gibraltar, which lies across the Strait of Gibraltar, off the very southern tip of mainland Spain.
City of Malaga | No trip to a CLC World resort in Malaga province would be complete without a visit to the city of Malaga. Capital of the province that bears the same name, Malaga showcases both ancient architecture and a timeless Mediterranean ambience that somehow melds seamlessly with a more recent infusion of contemporary styles and pleasures.
Wander through winding streets filled with atmospheric taverns that sit adjacent to sophisticated boutiques displaying the very latest fashions. Spend an hour or two at the waterfront district, perhaps sharing a drink or sampling delicious local fare, such as freshly caught sardines. Or, if you’re in the mood for a taste of culture, you can check out the Picasso and Carmen Thyssen museums or the Pompidou Centre. Take your pick of enchanting discoveries, as you get to know this charming Andalucian spot nestled in the south of Spain.