Tivoli World Amusement Park is located in Arroyo da le Miel, 2 km inland from Benalmadena Costa, and can be reached by the train which runs from Malaga to Fuengirola or by bus from most resorts along the coast. It is the biggest amusement park on the Costa del Sol and offers both rides and a varied program of shows including Flamenco and Wild West shows. It has an area of the park called Tivolandia which is specially for younger children.
From November to March it is open only on Sundays from 12 noon till 8pm, in October and April it is open on Saturdays and Sunadays from 12 noon until 8pm, in May it opens from 1pm to 9pm (11pm at weekends), in June it opens from 4 or 5pm to midnight and in July, August and the first half of September it opens from 6pm to 2am.
Benalmadena Cable Car
Situated right next to Tivoli World, the Benalmadena Cablecar runs to the summit of Monte Calamorro. From the top you can enjoy fantastic views over the Costa del Sol, Sierra Nevada and on clear days of Gibraltar and the North African coast. Each of the cars has space for four people and the journey takes approximately 15 minutes. At the top there is a cafeteria with terrace overlooking the coast. Donkey rides, exhibitions of birds of prey and Spanish horse riding exhibitions are included in the price of the ticket. For those who are feeling more energetic there are paths to walk back down or even to mountain bike down. The cable cars can carry bikes.
The Cable Car is open every day from 10am to 9pm. For more information you can phone 902 19 04 82
Benalmadena Sea Life Aquarium
Benalmadena Sea Life Aquarium is located next to the Marina in Benalmadena and can be reached by the bus which runs from most of the resorts along the coast. It contains a shark reef, a tank with rays, a sea snake enclosure and various other displays. They only display creatures which will be happy and flourish in this environment so this means there are no dolphins or whales as they would not do so. Sea Life is committed to promoting education and awareness of the world’s oceans and they encourage this by involving visitors in the interactive area and by allowing some people to help at feeding times. They encourage groups from educational establishments and will meet with leaders beforehand to arrange a visit to suit the specific needs.
If you are also going to vist the 2 Selwo parks and the Cable Car it is a good ides to buy the Selwo Pack which is cheaper than buying the 3 tickets separately.
It is open all year from 10am. For more information you can phone 953 56 01 50
Aqualand aqua park can be found only 10 minutes from the centre of Torremolinos. If you don’t have a car you can get there either by bus or train from most of the coastal resorts. The largest water park on the Costa del Sol, Aqualand covers more than 70,000 square metres and has rides such as Boomerang, the only one of its kind on the Costa del Sol, the incredibly exciting Kamikazee Twister, Rapids and the Black Hole. There is also an area for small children, waves pools, lots of grassy areas for those wishing to sunbathe, many restaurants and an 18-hole mini golf course
Aqualand is open from approximately May 21st until September 18th. Its opening hours are from 10 am to 6 pm in May, June and September and from 10 am to 7 pm in July and August. For more information you can phone 902 11 49 96 or 952 38 88 88
Selwo Adventure Park is located just off the main road along the Costa del Sol near Estepona at Kilometre 162.5. It is a mix of nature park, safari and adventure park and is unique in Europe. It has a huge wilderness with more than 2,000 animals from all over the world such as elephants, lions, and tigers living in semi-freedom and you can explore this either in 4×4 jeeps or on foot using the overhead walkways. You can slide on a flying fox over a huge lake, try out archery and ride on the back of camels. There is a large aviary with more than 1000 birds and there are exhibitions of birds of prey.
You can also stay overnight in one of the two “villages” which make up the Selwo Lodge. The cabins are round and decorated in an African style on the outside whilst being a comfortable hotel room inside with all the modern facilities that you would expect.
Selwo Adventure is open every day from January to October from 10am until 6pm or 8pm from June 2nd to September 30th. In November it is only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and in December it is open everyday from the 1st to the 10th. For more information you can phone 902 19 04 82.
Selwo Marina can be found just one street back from the sea front in Benalmadena Costa opposite the Parque de la Paloma. Selwo Marina has created an environment where you can come to experience some of the marine life of South America. There is a Dolphinarium housing dolphins and sea lions with different pools and walkways allowing you to look in from above and also a viewing area allowing you to see their under water behaviour. The Ice Island is home to an extensive range of species of penguins and Amazonia takes you to the tropical jungle and the marine life there. There is also a children’s playground, a touch and explore pool and many other areas to enjoy.
Selwo Marina is open every day from February 12th to October 31st from 10am until. In November it is only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and in December it is open everyday from the 1st to the 10th. For more information you can phone 902 19 04 82
If you are going to vist the 2 Selwo parks and the Cable Car it is a good ides to buy the Selwo Pack which is cheaper than buying the 3 tickets separately.
The Mijas Aqua Park is located in Fuengirola just off the main Costa del Sol road. There are buses every 30 mins from the Fuengirola bus station or alternatively you can walk from either the bus or train station in less than 20 minutes. Apart from the range of water slides there is a wave pool, a jacuzzi, a lake for swimming in and an area of slides for kids. There is also a games arcade, a picnic area and restaurants. From June 15th till September 15th there is a daily aerobics session, a music and dance show and a parrot show.
Mijas Aquapark in open daily from 24th April till 1st October from 10am till 6pm or 7pm in July and August. For more information you can phone 952 46 04 04
Natura Aventura is an adventure park in San Pedro de la Alantara, 7km from Marbella. It has activities suitable for all ages including rock climbing, rapelling down canyons, kayaking, archery and paintball. There is also a play area for kids and 8 cabins available for over night stays.
It is open all year from 11am to 9pm. For more information you can phone 902 01 10 77 or 952 85 32 30
Other Costa Del Sol Things to Do
Fuengirola Zoo can be found in the centre of Fuengirola opposite Mijas Aquapark. It is open all year from 10am. For more information you can phone 952 66 63 01.
Torremolinos Crocodile Park is located in Torremolinos next to Aqualand. It is open all year from 10am. For more information you can phone 952 05 17 82
Senda Retiro is a Botanical and Ornithological Park located in Churriana, inland from Malaga. It is open daily from 10am. For more information you can phone 952 62 35 40
El Ranchito in Torremolinos offers an Equestrian Show, dinner and Flamenco show every Wednesday starting at 5.45pm. They offer a free bus service. For more information you can phone 952 38 31 40
Megabowl Marbella in the La Cañada mall is a bowling alley and sports bar.