With the summer coming to an end, the flock of tourists that visit the Costa del Sol during the warmer months will be leaving. However, the fun doesn’t end just because the summer does, as up and down all of the Costa del Sol, there are endless places to visit and activities to take part in.
The Costa del Sol has a number of wildlife parks, zoos and aquariums, popular amongst families and individuals alike.
The Crocodile Park in Torremolinos is home to over 200 crocodiles, including the famous 600kg crocodile, Paco. It takes a couple of hours to tour the park, where visitors can see live shows by the handlers and even hold a baby crocodile. Entry fees are €16 for adults aged between 11 and 65, with children and pensioners paying €12. The entry fee for toddlers aged 3 and 4 is €6. The price of the tickets for adults and toddlers is cheaper is purchased online.
The Biopark Zoo in Fuengirola may be small in size, but it has one of the widest collections of exotic animals on the Costa del Sol. You’ll see everything from tigers and gorillas to crocodiles and even some species of snakes. Entry fees are €19.90 for adults, €14.90 for children aged 3 to 9 (free entry for children under the age of 3), and €15.90 for adults over the age of 65.
The Selwo Marina in Benalmádena is one of the most popular attractions on the Costa del Sol, and is home to the only dolphinarium in Andalucía. There are dolphin and sea lion shows and chances to see the penguins, meet dolphins and swim with sea lions, among others. Adult entry to the park is priced at €19.90, and is €15 for over 65s and children under the age of 11, however, tickets are significantly cheaper when bought online via their website.
Also in Benalmádena is the Sealife Aquarium, home to sharks, turtles, jellyfish, octopus, rays and much more. The Aquarium is the perfect educational opportunity for children of all ages. Tickets can be purchased upon arrival for €16 for adults and €13 for children under the age of 9 and pensioners. There are significant savings if purchasing the tickets online in advance.
In Benalmádena Pueblo, one can find the famous Butterfly Park, the largest in Europe, and home to more than 1500 butterflies from all around the world. The butterflies fly freely amongst the tropical plants, trees and waterfalls. We encourage visitors to take their cameras, as there are endless opportunities to take photographs. Furthermore, small dogs are allowed in the park, however there is a waiting area for larger dogs, making it the perfect family outing. The entry fee for adults aged 13 to 64 is priced at €10, with children and pensioners paying €8.50.
Further down the coast, in Estepona, is the Selwo Adventure Wildlife Park, where visitors can go and see wild animals from Africa and Asia, including zebras, cheetahs, lions, rhinos, hyenas and even a number of snakes, including the African Rock Python, Yellow Anaconda and Cuban Boa. There is a hotel on-site, the Selwo Lodge, where visitors can stay if they wish to extend their visit, priced from €79 to €94 a night. Day passes into the park are priced at €24.90 for adults and €17 for pensioners and children under the age of 11. Tickets can be purchased a lower cost on their website.
Outdoor Adventures and Amusement Parks
If visiting zoos and parks isn’t your thing, there are a number of adrenaline-inducing places to visit on the Costa del Sol.
The most popular and well-known amusement part on the Costa del Sol is Tivoli World in Benalmádena. There’s a variety of rides, shows, restaurants, bars and entertaining activities to take part in. Entrance to the park starts at €6.95 and entrance plus unlimited access to the rides starts at €19.95 if purchased online.
For adrenaline junkies, the best place to visit is Aventura Amazonia in Elviria. This amusement park is perfect for adults and children alike, as there’s a mini kids area for children aged between 4 and 7. There are a total of 83 challenges to take part in, set within the trees, as well as 20 ziplines. Tickets to the park vary between €16 and €24 during Easter, July and August, and between €16 and €21 throughout the rest of the year, depending on your age.