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Tivoli World

Tivoli World

Tivoli World

Tivoli World (Av. de Tivoli, Benalmádena, Málaga) — surrounded by beautiful gardens, illuminated fountains and a variety of restaurants, visitors will find plenty of exciting attractions at this theme park. Enjoy the thrill of the many rides, using  the park’s own currency “Tivolino” or  alternatively you may take advantage of the “SuperTivolino”, a wristband that enables you unlimited use of 37 rides included in the offer (the use of the rides are subject to safety restrictions). Experience breathtaking rides, get swept up in the fun of our shows at the different squares and delight your appetite with diverse gastronomic options in our themed bars and restaurants. See its website for more details, including updated rates & schedules: www.tivoli.es


Selwo Adventura Park

Selwo Adventura Park

Selwo Adventura Park

Selwo Adventura Park (Av. Parque Selwo, Autovía A7 km. 162.5, 29680 Estepona, Málaga) – this is a theme park and zoo, located in the Estepona municipality (Málaga) – just 15 minutes (15 km) west of Puerto Banus. In this park you’ll be able to find over 200 animal species in semi-freedom (over 200 species and around 2000 animals). It’s undoubtedly an ideal place to enjoy nature and spend the whole day, especially if you’re visiting with the kids.

 

Selwo Adventura also offers activities like suspension bridges, dromedary rides or archery. The park also includes a hotel and cabins where visitors can stay overnight. Amongst the animals that you’ll find, there are: Llamas, Buffalos, Antelopes, Elephants, Giraffes, several species of Lynxes, Lions, Bears, Panda Bears, Nile Crocodiles, Snakes, etc.


Playa Rio Verde

Playa Rio Verde

Playa Rio Verde

Playa Rio Verde – this beach is just east of Puerto Banus (right by Rio Verde itself). Sunbathers must cross a stylist wooden footbridge to get to this beach. Due to the large number of visitors that come here during the Summer, parking can be difficult, so first timers are advised to arrive here as early as possible. Along with the beach, there is a trendy restaurant called “Playa Fantastica Las Cuchis” that’s known for its paella and seafood dishes.

Playa de Levante

Playa de Levante

Playa de Levante

Playa de Levante (Benidorm) – this beach is located between the Puerto Banus marina complex and Playa Rio Verde (just east of the main town). Playa Puerto Banús is just over 1km long with a width of 50m and boasts fine sand and a protected cove due to the construction of a breakwater. The water is calm and shallow with a warm temperature, making it very popular with families with young children.

 

Located alongside the beach is Paseo Alberto Vidiella Tudores. It has several play areas for children and in the summer a craft market. You can then cross the Rio Verde on the wooden footbridge and continue your seafront walk all the way to Marbella (which is just 6 km away).

Playa de la Venus

Playa de la Venus

Playa de la Venus

Playa de la Venus – this small family-friendly beach (which has been given a Blue Flag award for its cleanliness) is located in the center of Marbella — bordered at one end by the city’s fishing port, and on the other by its marina. Along with a play area for children, there is a variety of water sports. There is parking at La Venus beach but it fills up quickly especially during busy summer periods. There are ample facilities at this beach, including restaurants, bathrooms, showers, sun loungers, parasols, a public telephone and life guard surveillance during the Summer.

Old Town

Old Town

Old Town

Old Town (Marbella) – for a change of scenery, visitors come to this section of Marbella to explore some of its history. Marbella’s “Old Town” section is partly surrounded by the ruins of an old Arab wall with narrow white washed streets, old churches and squares, as well as lots of fascinating shops and boutiques At the heart of the old town is Orange Square (Plaza de los Naranjos), which dates back to 1485. According to Christian urban design, it is surrounded by whitewashed houses and three historical buildings – the town hall, the old governor’s house and the Chapel (Hermitage) of Santiago. The gardens are full of brightly colored flowers and orange trees and in its center stands a bust of King Juan Carlos I.

 

Dominating the square is the most important building in the town, The Church of Saint Mary whose construction began in 1618. The main facade of the building is adorned with a beautiful red stone entrance worked in Baroque style while the interior consists of three sections which underwent restoration after the 1936 Civil War. There’s also the Chapel of Santiago. Built in the 15th century, it was the first Christian church in the town. Today it houses religious figures belonging to the Brotherhood of Love and Charity, including a wooden carving of Christ in Neo Baroque style.

Mistral Beach

Mistral Beach

Mistral Beach

Mistral Beach (Ctra. de Cádiz km. 174, Marbella) – this is one of Puerto Banus’ main beach areas. Along with the usual sunbathing activities, visitors like to rent sunbeds & umbrellas to see and be seen. In addition, a number of visitors here like to go jet skiing and take in the scenery. The jet ski rental outfit “Water Sports Banus” (www.watersportsbanus.com) provides jet skis to visitors, as well as offering other water sports activities.

Lobo Park

Lobo Park

Lobo Park

Lobo Park (Ctra. Antequera-Álora, km 16, 29200 Antequera, Málaga) – this unique wildlife park is located 1 ½ to 2 hours from Marbella — located in the heart of Andalusia. This is a private wolf park where you may look at a wolf eye to eye for the first time in your life. Located in the heart of Andalucía, the 40-hectare protected and untouched nature park has innumerable rare plant and animal species. Unlike other parks, the wolves are socialized but not domesticated and live in a semi-natural environment.

 

This park is also home to other animals, such as a fox family and domestic farm animals you can touch in its petting zoo. There are also noble Andalusian horses, which are available to ride. This beautiful park offers families fun and excitement, stimulating educational programs, as well as a peaceful place to enjoy nature. Admission (guided wolf tour): €11 (adults), €7 (children ages 3-12 years). Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (daily, except Wednesdays, Christmas and New Year’s Day). See its website for more details: www.lobopark.com

Gibraltar

Gibraltar

Gibraltar

Gibraltar – located just 45 minutes from the Marbella/Puerto Banus area, the whole family will enjoy the sights and sounds of this famous rock. Gibraltar can be seen from the Marbella coastline and on a clear day it´s impressive. However, as you get closer to this peninsula you are even more amazed at the size and grandeur of this limestone rock called Gibraltar. Although technically a peninsula, many people treat Gibraltar as though it’s an island.

 

It is unique in that it signals the position of the Strait of Gibraltar, the narrow neck which separates Europe from Africa, and yet provides the only link between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. A sandy isthmus connects Gibraltar to Spain. There are also ferries to Morocco and flights to London from there. After repeated conquests and sieges, Gibraltar has been claimed a British Territory since 1704. Many tourists flock from the Costa del Sol to Gibraltar as it is very close and can make for a fun Marbella one day trip out with the family.

 

Among the sights there are: Apes Den, St. Michael’s Cave, Europa Point (lighthouse), Moorish Castle, Great Siege Tunnels, Gibraltar Museum, and Alameda Botanical Gardens. The following travel outfits provide day tours of Gibraltar: www.easydaytours.com; www.gibtours.com; juliatravel.com; www.pcbtours.eu;

Flamenco Ana María

Flamenco Ana María

Flamenco Ana María

Flamenco Ana María (Plaza Santo Cristo 4, 29609 Marbella) – for those unfamiliar with the culture of southern Spain (Andalucia province), Flamenco has been an integral part of it over the years. Flamenco is an art form that combines singing, guitar, dancing, clapping, stomping and shouts of “ole” to make for an incredible performance. The centers for flamenco are Cadiz, Seville and Jerez, but you can find wonderful performers throughout Spain and each region has added to this diverse art form.

 

Flamenco Ana María is a venue that keeps this musical tradition alive. It still holds Flamenco show on a regular basis. Reservations (for a minimum of 2 people) must be made in advance. For a ticket price of €25 per person, one gets: a typical Andalusian tapas, a Sevillanas class, and the Flamenco show. A drink is included with the ticket.

Those interested can contact Flamenco Ana María via phone (+34 667 38 49 46) or email (flamencomarbella@hotmail.com).


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