a guide to marbella for families

A Guide to Marbella for Families


Mummy says…. I love travelling with my family, and finding out about new places to visit. One place that fascinates me is Marbella in the Costa Del Sol between Malaga and Gibraltar. Well known as a playground for rich and famous, I wondered if it had anything to offer families, and it certainly does! I have been doing a bit of research to find out more, and share with you my guide to Marbella for families.

a guide to marbella for families

Why would I consider going to Marbella when there are so many other places to visit? Well, I really love the sound of the climate there – Marbella has it’s own micro climate, it is sheltered by mountains which gives it a lovely warm climate all year round. Living in Pembrokeshire, where we get more than our fair share of rain, this sounds perfect! Marbella s top of the most visited city in Spain time and time again, so it must be pretty awesome.

I could fly into Malaga airport (55km away) or Gibraltar Airport, (77km away),  and the flight is only just over two and half hours long. Perfect travel times for children.

So what could we do when we arrive?

One reason why people love Marbella is for its beaches. Living near the sea, we love beaches and with 23 to choose from, we will be spoiled for choice.

One such beach is Nueva Andalucia which has fine sand, a lovely little cove and shallow water which makes it perfect for Pickle.

Puerto Banus is Marbella’s most famous marina, and whilst is has a buzzing nightlife, it looks perfect for families to have a walk around in the daytime, we can feed the fish there and have a meal too.

In the warmest part of the year from June to September I would love to take the children to a water park.  They LOVE water parks. There is Aqualand in Torremolinos which sounds fantastic. It is the biggest waterpark in the Costs Del Sol and only 30 minutes from Marbella. There are 14 different  attractions, and even sea lions too! A top tip is to buy your tickets online for a discount.

Or there is Bahia Aquapark in Algeciras which is 45 minutes from Marbella. It has a range of rides for all ages and various pools, a cafe, picnic area and sounds so much fun.

As well as beaches and aquaparks there are mini golf, a zoo, an animal park and a Sea Life at Benalmadena, 25 minutes away from Marbella. We could catch a movie at the Cines Teatro Goya in Puerto Banus which shows English movies.

For babies in Marbella there are indoor play centres such as Kidz Kingdom in Estepona or Galaxia in San Pedro. They are perfect for an hour or two if the weather is just too hot for bubba.

Have you been to Marbella?


  1. My daughter visited here last year with her grandparents and had the best time, she loves the waterpark. I visited myself when I was younger too and remember visiting nearby Gibraltar x
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  2. It sounds wonderful, I live in rainy Wales too, I have never been abroad but would love to go when the baby is a bit older xxx

  3. No I haven’t but my friend has and she talks about the trip all the time. Would love to visit one day.

  4. I never knew Marbella had so much to offer for families. I love waterparks

  5. I would love to explore Marbella too. It sounds like it does have things for families, we will have to visit next time we are on the Costa Del Sol
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  6. ah i so want to visit marbella and this guide will be very helpful!

  7. Marbella sounds like a great place to go. Beaches are beautiful.
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