Family Fun - Get the adrenaline going!
Sunshine, seafood and siestas – the Costa del Sol is famed for many things, but one particular aspect that tends not to make the guidebooks is the array of adventure sports on offer. With an average of 320 days of sunshine per year, the wonderful climate and vast landscapes make the Coast an ideal location for exploring and enjoying unforgettable experiences with the family. Not every activity may be entirely suitable for young kids, but there is plenty to get your collective pulse racing with thrills galore.
Snow Sports – Sierra Nevada
Just a two hour drive from the Coast lies Sierra Nevada; a snowy paradise where you can try your hand at many adrenaline-fuelled activities including skiing and snowboarding, or perhaps sledging or even just hiking the mountains in the snow. For more experienced snowboarders and skiers there is even a snow park offering a wide range of challenging obstacles, including the largest half-pipe in Spain, plus snow ramps, runs, jumps, boxes, rails and slopestyle modules for all levels. Open from November until April, the area is Europe’s most southerly ski resort and with the mixture of fantastic snow and abundant sunshine it’s a huge hit with all the family.
Kayaking – Nerja
A kayaking trip in Nerja is one of the most unforgettable natural experiences to be had on the Coast. See Nerja from a different perspective, exploring caves and waterfalls, and discover hidden beaches with cliffs perfect for jumping and diving. Burriana Beach in Nerja also offers many activities including jet-skiing, parasailing, stand-up-paddle boarding and scuba-diving.
Guadalmina River - Benahavís
Aquatic hiking, walking by rivers and canyons, sliding down waterfalls, jumping into stunning natural pools – the Guadalmina River in Benahavís has it all. A great opportunity to mix your climbing and swimming techniques, you’ll feel like a mountaineer exploring areas of incredible beauty whilst indulging your senses in the untamed beauty of nature. Best thing about it – it’s completely free!
Water sports – Tarifa
If water sports are your thing, then you need to get yourself down to the golden sands of Tarifa, pronto! With some of the best wind in Europe, Tarifa is internationally renowned as a surfing hotspot. Every kind of surfing imaginable is on offer, including kite-surfing, bodyboarding and windsurfing, and it’s also a great place to sit in awe and watch the pros. Bring your own gear or hire on the beachside, there are spots to cater for all levels and surf schools open all year round.
Climbing – Mijas, El Chorro, El Torcal
There are literally hundreds of climbing routes across Southern Spain. A hugely diverse area with something for everyone, El Chorro – located just 50km inland from the Coast – offers a whole range of single and multi-pitch routes, including the popular El Chorro gorge, famous for the once-notorious walkway known as El Caminito del Rey. Ideal between the months of October and April, El Chorro has become a classic winter climbing venue. Closer to the Coast there are also a small collection of rock faces fringing the tourist mecca of Mijas. These cliffs boast some of the most outstanding views you’ll find on the entire Coast and are popular for beginner and mid-level climbers. There are climbs available across the mountains towering over the Costa del Sol too, including one of Marbella's most recognised landmarks - the mountain of La Concha. You can follow winding paths and climb the chiselled rock faces to make your way up to its impressive peak. The more sedate can simply choose to hike up to the top from El Refugio de Juanar.
Skydiving – Sevilla
Okay maybe we’re cheating a little here, not quite on the Costa del Sol, but nor is Tarifa or Sierra Nevada. But Andalucía certainly. The Sky Diving centre in Sevilla is world famous. Offering a once in a lifetime experience for little more than €200, you can throw yourself out of a plane at 15,000 – 20,000ft. You can’t get much more extreme than that. One perhaps that the kids should watch from the ground.
Cliff diving – El Chorro
El Chorro is also home to some of the most beautiful lakes (actually reservoirs) in Spain. An absolutely stunning place to spend a summer’s day. Hidden by the winding mountain paths, the lakes are framed by trees and cliffs, perfect to throw yourself off into the gorgeous fresh water below. A paradise not to be missed and one custom-made for adrenaline junkies.
Mountain biking trails
The mountains of the Costa del Sol are the perfect place to find some of the best biking trails around. There are tons of tour operators solely focusing on mountain bike trails up and down the Coast, and inland too, and with over 100 municipalities in Andalucía – each offering individual routes for biking – you will find yourself spoilt for choice. There are some truly outstanding areas to explore on two wheels, so what are you waiting for?!
Aventura Amazonia – Elviria
In the heart of Elviria, 500m from the beach, lays an adventure playground hidden in the trees. Follow the circuits by swinging between the trees and throwing yourself down ziplines for an adrenaline fuelled experience. A real challenge for even the most physically fit, the course is specially adapted for both adults and children. Enjoy an incredible day out.
Cable Ski – San Pedro de Alcántara
Located on a beautiful natural lake in Guadalmina Alta in San Pedro de Alcántara, just five minutes from Marbella, is the popular cable ski centre. Try your hand at waterskiing, wakeboarding or kneeboarding while being pulled on a cable system. Great fun for pros or beginners alike!
There is a large choice of fabulous off-road quad bike experiences here on the Costa del Sol. A fantastic way to experience the beauty of rural Málaga province away from the popular tourist resorts. Rough-ride the endless trails in the heart of the mountains and countryside. A fun and exciting experience that will certainly get your heart racing!