What to do in Malaga with kids? 14 super tips!
A city break to Malaga with kids is fun! There is plenty to do to enjoy a few days with the family, and for many families with kids, Malaga is also the starting point for exploring the Andalusia region. Malaga is then a great place to start and acclimate. We list in this blog the best activities you can do in Malaga with kids below.
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How do I get to Malaga with kids?
There are several ways to get to Malaga with the family.
Most families take a plane to this Spanish city. You have several airlines that fly daily to Malaga from the Netherlands. When you go to purchase an airline ticket, it is important to compare airlines with respect to time and price.
You can also drive to Malaga by car, but keep in mind that it is quite a long drive. From Utrecht it is almost 2,300 kilometers away and it will easily take you 24 hours by car. Especially with kids, you will then have to divide your trip into several days to get to Malaga.
It is even possible to go to Malaga with kids by train, but then you will also take more than 26 hours and have to change trains several times in Paris, Barcelona and Madrid. Again, this is not a super convenient option if you are traveling with kids.
Malaga with kids: car rental
Thus, most tourists come to Malaga by plane and especially if you are going to visit Andalusia, for example, it is very convenient if you have a rental car at your disposal. We ourselves also visited Andalusia this way and we had rented a car through Sunny Cars. Sunny Cars has an all-inn formula, where they have a super comprehensive insurance package and several other benefits. We always do like that it’s such a good insurance and service package, so we don’t have to worry about our rental car at all either.
Family-friendly hotels in Malaga
You can stay in Malaga with kids just fine. The city has plenty of great family-friendly accommodations for families. We list some of them below.
Hotel + Flight:
Ilunion Malaga: This family-friendly hotel is located in the center of Malaga and has a pool where kids can swim all year round. After all, it has a roof that opens and closes. For parents, the hotel has a wonderful spa with a Turkish steam bath, Finnish sauna, and jacuzzi. With this package tour, you can book flights from Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
Barcelo Malaga: if you are looking for a hotel that is right in the center and yet also has a pool then this is definitely a good option. In fact, the pool is located on the roof of this hotel. What will be very popular with kids is the hotel’s six-meter slide, which allows you to slide from the second floor to the first floor. The hotel also has a sauna and it is also possible to work out at the hotel. From the hotel you can walk to the old center of Malaga in ten minutes with kids.
Of course, it is also possible to book your flight and hotel separately. You can stay in Malaga with kids just fine at one of the many hotels. We list the best option in each price range below. Press the blue link for more information!
Budget hotel: Hotel Las Américas
Mid-range hotel: Hotel Don Curro
Luxury hotel: Eurostars Málaga
Malaga with kids: family-friendly beaches
You can go to several family-friendly beaches in Malaga with kids. Especially in the summer months, this is obviously an ideal combination of taking a city trip and enjoying the beach. We list below the most family-friendly beaches in Malaga.
#1 Beach La Malagueta: this is the beach closest to the center and you can walk from the center to this beach in about ten minutes. The beach is about a kilometer wide and you can rent sunbeds and an umbrella and it is possible to have some food on the beach. Just keep in mind that you will be in the shade in the afternoon due to the high-rise buildings surrounding the beach.
#2 Playa de la Misericordia: This beach is located in the south of the city of Malaga and is about two kilometers wide. It is located along the promenade, so there are plenty of options for eating and drinking. Near this beach are also some play equipment for kids such as a cable car, a slide, and a climbing frame. At the end of the promenade is also a park where kids can play with water.
#3 Pedregalejo: This beach is located in the east of the city and you will see mostly locals and a lot less tourists at this beach. You’ll also find some more real Spanish restaurants and cafes here. A great advantage of this beach is that it slopes slowly, making it very suitable for kids.
What is nice is to rent a bike in the center and cycle along the promenade and visit the different beaches. Along the way, stop at the various beaches, have your kids play some in the playgrounds along the way, and stop occasionally for a snack and drink. You can rent bikes in Malaga through the Dutch company Baja Bikes. Look here for more information.
Malaga with kids #4: downtown Malaga
The old center of Malaga is fun to visit with kids. The center is car-free and there is plenty to see to take a nice stroll around town with the family. For example, in the city center you have the city ‘ s beautiful cathedral, which consists of different architectural styles. You can also visit the cathedral with its one tower. You pay an entrance fee for this, and if you also want to go all the way to the top of the cathedral, you pay an additional fee.
In addition, in the historic center of the city you still have remains from the Roman period. For example, you can visit a Roman theater in downtown Malaga. You can also visit the museum of the bullfighting arena(Plaza de Toros) in the center. If you are lucky, you can also walk right into this arena during the day to take a picture of it.
You also have a huge 70-meter-high Ferris wheel in the city center. From this Ferris wheel, of course, you have an excellent view of the city of Malaga with kids.
Malaga with kids: discovering the city
There are several ways you can explore the city of Malaga with kids. We list some of these options below.
#5 Baja Bikes: you can explore the city of Malaga by bike with kids. The Dutch company Baja Bikes organizes bike tours through the city center and in three hours you will visit the various sights of the city of Malaga. All this under the guidance of a Dutch guide. Children can also easily join the tour, as they have bikes for kids as young as six. It is also possible to rent a bike seat for the back of the bike. For more information on these bike tours of Malaga, take a look here.
#6 Hop on Hop off bus: you can also use these famous double-decker buses with open roof to visit the city of Malaga with kids. We always find this a nice and quick way to see a lot of a city. In all, the buses run two different routes through the city. You have a red route and a green route that the buses run.
If you stay in the bus on the green route the entire route it will take about 75 minutes and on the red route it will take 60 minutes. Along the way, the bus stops at various points of interest and you can hop on and off as many times as you like during a certain time period.
#7 Horse-drawn carriage: you can explore the city of Malaga by horse-drawn carriage as in most cities in Andalusia. These horse-drawn carriages are located in the center of the city, and you can talk to the “drivers” and ask what the options are for a tour of the city.
#8 Free walking tour of the city: you can also book a free tour of the city. You see this principle in a lot of cities around the world. You get a free one-hour and three-quarter tour of the city and the guide tells all sorts of things about the city and its various attractions. Of course, it is customary that you do tip the guide afterwards. In this way, these guides also earn a penny on the side.
#9 Malaga boat tour: it is also possible to see the city of Malaga with kids from the water. These boat trips take an hour, making them very suitable for kids as well. However, it does depend on the weather whether the boats sail.
Malaga with kids: trips out of town
You can also take family excursions outside of Malaga if you rent a rental car. We list three fun tips.
#10 Aqualand Torremolinos: it is also possible to go to a water park in the Malaga area. In the seaside resort of Torremolinos, you have Aqualand water park located. From the center of Malaga you can drive there by car in about 25 minutes. At this water park you have different types of spectacular slides that you can slide down. Check the website beforehand, where all your kids are allowed off, as several slides have a length restriction. For younger kids, there are also two pools with slides and play equipment where they can play.
#11 Bioparc Zoo in Fuengirola: You can also go to the zoo in the Malaga area. Just over half an hour away, this zoo is located south of Malaga and the zoo is not super big. However, the animals do live in spacious enclosures. You can go to several shows at the zoo and the zoo gets good reviews on the Internet. Expect to spend about half a day with this activity.
#12 Hiking Trail Caminito del Rey: just under an hour’s drive from the center of Malaga, you have the famous hiking trails of ‘El Caminito del Rey’. Against the rocks of the Gaitanes Gorge there are all kinds of footbridges (3 kilometers long) and if you want to walk the whole route it is seven kilometers.
This route is especially fun if your kids are a little older and enjoy hiking. You walk the route to a different point than where you put the car, and you can then take the bus back to the starting point (or walk all the way back yourself). You do need to book in advance if you want to hike these trails with your kids, because especially in the summer months, it fills up quickly.
Malaga with kids: other activities
You have a number of other activities to do with the family in Malaga that we haven’t mentioned before. We list them briefly below.
#13 Castle de Gibralfaro: this castle is located on a mountain (the lighthouse mountain) and you have a beautiful view of the surrounding area from the castle. You can walk up the mountain on foot and it will take you about twenty minutes, but it is a pretty tough climb. Especially if you are going to do this climb during the day in the summer months. You can also take the bus up the mountain. Near the castle there is also a hotel, where you can have a drink on the terrace and enjoy the view.
#14 Parque de Malaga: this city park is located in the center of the city and you can walk from the center to this park within a few minutes. The park is beautifully landscaped and the park also contains a playground for kids.