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10 Things you should do on the Costa del Sol

There are hundreds of sights, activities and fun things to keep everyone happy on the Costa del Sol. We’ve picked out a few ideas for starters… and no matter how many times you return, you’ll discover many more with new attractions appearing all the time.

1.Extreme Trial 4×4 – Costa del Sol

Extreme Trial 4×4 is coming to Spain and to be more exact – Mijas! In previous years, this off-road competition had been held solely in Portugal, so we’re really fortunate to have its first foray into Spain so close to the resort.

The event will be held on 20th & 21st October, at La Cala de Mijas and will involve around 100 vehicles racing to overcome water, steep inclines and, of course, their competitors. Combining speed, endurance and the ability to overcome a range of obstacles, the specially modified vehicles will be going all out for a win.Not only will there be the main races but a 4×4 Crawler radio control vehicle competition and a static vehicle display.

If you love Extreme motor sports, you won’t want to miss this event!

 

 

2. Fuengirola

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It’s virtually on our doorstep: a short bus ride or turn left at the beach and keep walking. As the name suggests it’s FUN. If you love to stroll the prom, streets and thoroughfares of a lively tourist town, with interesting shops, international bars, clubs and restaurants, as well as enjoy authentic Spanish experiences – it’s for you. Explore the lanes radiating from the church dominated main square.

The town loves foreign visitors and visiting Spanish families adore Fuengirola. Everyone mingles in trendy tapas bars, joined recently by a gourmet marketplace! The best are located by the post office building, a few steps back from the sea.

3. Mijas Pueblo

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Is a pretty, inland mountain village with sweeping views across the coast. Mijas (pronounced Mee-has) is a tourist magnet but retains a strongly traditional Spanish feel. Expect beautiful whitewashed houses and cobbled streets, with many bars, restaurants and shops, and a collection of museums recording village life, bullfighting, an amazing collection of miniatures, wine and chocolate making and, a more recent addition, a modern art centre dedicated to Picasso.

Religious sites include two 18th century chapels and several shrines. Many festivities are held throughout the year with Easter processions moving and magnificent.

4. Marbella

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Marbella is altogether different. Think celebs, luxury lifestyle, swanky nightclubs, champagne fuelled beach clubs and shopping… all go to create ‘Marbs’! Marbella’s walled Old Town and Orange Square come as a surprise: a maze of lanes with whitewashed buildings, churches, open air cafes and original shops. Walk the Avenida del Mar to the beach and admire/touch Dali sculptures. Neighbouring marina Puerto Banus is where stars and millionaires’ yachts are found; it also hosts a hugely popular Saturday market of antiques, clothes, arts and crafts. Ogle expensive international designer boutiques, top range cars and mega yachts; don’t worry, you’ll also find plenty of affordable style and souvenirs.

5. Cabopino

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Been there, ‘dune’ this? Attractive Cabopino, roughly midway between Select Marina Park and Marbella, has a stylish marina with good restaurants, an ancient watchtower, an excellent family beach with Andy’s famous ‘chiringuito’ – and conserved dunes dotted with pine trees.

All the ingredients for a great day at the beach!

 

 

 

6. Activities

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Both landscape and weather favour Sports on land and water. Long known as: ‘Costa del Golf’, this is a leading European golf destination with more than 70 courses and all level of challenges, complemented by fabulous country, mountain and sea views.

For something faster paced and adrenaline fuelled, roar across the ocean piloting a motorboat or jet ski, join a canyoning or canoeing expedition, go scuba diving, flyboarding, deep sea fishing or get active on a quad safari, horse riding, hiking, biking, tennis, sailing, surfing or windsurfing. Prefer to take it easier? How about a boat excursion, or whale and dolphin spotting expedition.

7. Selwo Aventura

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On the subject of animals… Selwo Aventura is well worth the ride out to Estepona for a real safari style adventure. You can trek the park (wear comfy shoes) and brave the hanging bridges if you dare, to visit several zoned areas. But the highlight is taking the all terrain vehicle, with a guide, for the Serengeti Safari.

This allows you to get up close to many species of the African wild and actually feed giraffes, zebras, hippos and rhino. Eat a picnic in the Central Village, with its food outlets, overlooking the lion enclosure… Other thrills include a 116 metre lake crossing zip wire, high jumping Kuruka trampolines, and camel rides.

8. Mijas Aqua Park

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Another memorable family day out is nearby Mijas Aqua Park. Exciting slides and attractions include Kamikaze, New Divedragon, Labyrinth and Wild River, a wave pool, kiddie play areas, mini golf and live entertainment.

With water, water everywhere, you may like to splash out and get drenched for a really special day that everyone can take part in (open April to October). Of course, you could just watch the youngsters while rocking yourself in a hammock, or gently relaxing in the Jacuzzi. There’s a picnic area and a restaurant.

9. Food & Drink

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Spanish food bursts with character and flavour. Not the pie’n’mash territory that some folk believe, the Costa del Sol is dining out heaven. If you hanker for Brit foods you’ll find them, also Italian, Japanese, Indian, Thai, and Chinese etc. Spanish eateries reign though, from bars serving tasty tapas (light bites) to upscale dining from award winning chefs, and cafés, beach chiringuitos and roadside ventas offering home cooking in-between. Acorn fed pigs supply succulent Iberico ham; goats’ cheeses are locally made; fresh seafood and fish are abundant; meats are griddled and roasted; spinach, peppers, avocados and rich red tomatoes add vibrancy. Be sure to try the region’s chilled vegetarian soups: salmorejo and gazpacho, refreshing to eat in the heat.

10. Shopping

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The 21st century has seen shopping opportunities rocket, with many bustling commercial centres, boasting influential Spanish chains such as Zara, Mango, Stradivarius and Pull & Bear. Expansion continues. The closest is Miramar, with a cinema showing English language movies, while super-size La Cañada is toward Marbella. On the outskirts of Malaga, with a local train stop, is village-style Plaza Mayor, with the novelty of low flying planes overhead! The coast’s most famous department stores are El Corte Inglés (the English cut), locations include Fuengirola, Marbella, Puerto Banus and Malaga, and the Irish owned clothes and home-ware store Dunnes Stores.

11. Health & Fitness

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If you like to stay fit while you’re on holiday, then our on-site Fitness Centre with gym, aerobics studio and sauna is ready-made for you. With a range of cardiovascular equipment – including stationary bikes, treadmills, rowing machines and steppers – plus weights machines, you can give yourself a full-body workout. The aerobics studio is the ideal place to find your zen with yoga, Pilates and stretching classes or on your own with a stability ball.
Further relaxation can be found in the mixed sauna or the beautician’s. Get those muscular kinks ironed out with a soothing massage, rejuvenate your skin with a fabulous facial or have your hair blow-dried for a romantic evening meal.

Look beyond the surf and sand on the Costa del Sol, and this part of Andalucia is home to a rich history, pretty white villages and stunning monuments. Select Marina Park is perfectly located to explore the very best of the region, and at Marina del Sol reception desk we’ve made it easy to book a number of different excursions. Here are some of our recommendations:

1. Jeep Safari

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In modern open top Jeeps, go on a journey of discovery through wonderful countryside and authentic white washed villages, via a mixture of on-road and off-road tracks.

Meander through the many olive, almond, orange and lemon groves, and let your senses come alive with the flora and fauna of this unspoiled landscape.

 

 

2. Jeep Tours

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For visiting Nerja (and its famous caves), Gibraltar or Ronda, you can book a guided Jeep excursion and discover the rich diversity of the region. On the Nerja tour, you’ll sample the beautiful Andalucian mountains, their flora and fauna, wildlife and spectacular views of unspoiled coastline, as well as the famous caves. Enjoy a tour to Gibraltar and take in the fascinating World War II tunnels, make acquaintances with the cheeky Barbary Apes, do Duty Free shopping; even a Rock Tour can be arranged. If a trip to cultural Ronda is on your bucket list, a Jeep Tour is an alternative means of getting there. Here, marvel at the spectacular El Tajo gorge and the Puente Nuevo bridge which straddles the 100m chasm.

3. Buggy Safari

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Test your skills in the rough mountain terrain in your own, road legal self-drive, two-seater buggy. Follow the old trade routes and cattle tracks to discover wonderful almond, olive, lemon or oranges groves, with many stops for you to take in the vista and capture the views on camera.

This tour is an incredible and exciting way to discover landscapes you would never dream of, the diversity of driving through bumpy river beds, splashing through shallow rivers and past beautiful woodland. This is a nature trip and safari all rolled into one.

 

4. Dolphin Boat in Fuengirola

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Explore Fuengirola Bay on a lovely boat trip in search of dolphins. Friendly, multi-lingual guides make this tour a load of fun, and if you’re lucky the dolphins will swim alongside your boat, so make sure you have your camera ready. But don’t worry if you don’t spot any, there are plenty of other cool sights to see on this enjoyable trip, such as flying fish and different bird species.

The boats are well-appointed with a bar, seating and toilet.

 

 

5. Coach trip to Seville

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Book a coach trip to Seville, the capital of Andalucia and a truly captivating place. This panoramic tour takes in a visit to the stunning, semicircular palace of the Plaza de España, the world’s largest Cathedral (tickets included) and gives you time to explore the city by yourself.

 

 

 

 

6. Coach trip to Ronda

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If you’re in search of a cultural experience, an excursion to the spectacular mountain-top city of Ronda should be on your bucket list. Famous worldwide for its dramatic views, and the deep El Tajo gorge that carries the rio Guadalevín through its centre, Ronda is one of Spain’s oldest towns.

You should make a beeline for the 18th century Puente Nuevo ‘new’ bridge, which straddles the 100m chasm below, for its unparalleled views out over the Serrania de Ronda.

 

7. Coach trip to Granada

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Easily reached on a day-trip from Select Marina Park, Granada is steeped in incredible history and culture. No visit to Granada – or even to Andalucia – would be complete without seeing the jewel in the city’s crown that is the Alhambra Palace. Visited by around 3 million people every year, the Alhambra is Spain’s best preserved monument from the period of Moorish occupancy and richly deserves its status as a World Heritage site.

From Archery to Zumba in the pool, we have an A-Z of activities to entertain both the young, and the young at heart.

For our pint-size guests (4 to 11 years) our supervised Miniclub is a fun-filled oasis where new friendships will be made as they enjoy playing different games together, such as paintballing, pool sports, cup cake decoration and jumping on the bouncy castle. In the evening, big fun for little ones continues with a weekly mini disco and a cinema night.

From sun up to sun down, everyone can find endless ways to fuel their adventurous and energetic side, such as tennis and mini golf. Air rifle shooting and archery are particular popular activities with teenagers (aged 12+) and during school holidays, Nerf battle, laser tag and multi-aventura are a big hit. Adults too can enjoy a full-on programme of activities from yoga and Pilates through to Spanish classes and Sangria demonstrations using traditional recipes.

Please note, for some activities a fee does apply if it is not included in the events programme. Ask for details.