If you surf the net, you can find thousands and thousands of pages about Spain, thousands and thousands of pages about Spanish property and almost zero about Spain with and/or for children. I was delighted to find Marbella Family Fun and, whilst its focus is Marbella, there is much useful information about the Costa del Sol in particular and Spain in general.
Marbella is a 30 minute journey westward along the coast from Fuengirola by car. You have the option of the toll motorway or the N340 coast road. There are regular buses from Fuengirola bus station and there is “talk” of the local railway line being extended all the way into Marbella. Watch this space! Whilst Marbella may be famous for its glitz and glamour, court cases and corruption, these are probably not things that are going to interest a child. So what does Marbella offer children …. and their parents?
I will let the owners of the site take up the story.” Marbella Family Fun is a unique resource for people traveling to the South of Spain with children. It is a family project that gives the point of view of each family member regarding the numerous attractions and activities you can find on the Costa del Sol”.
“Let’s face it! Traveling with kids is ‘different’… ”
“Sharing the experience, the laughs and discovering new places as a family is very rewarding and creates fantastic memories that last a lifetime… ”
“But it can also be a strain! Children’s interests vary with age and can be quite different from their parents’. Their endurance, patience, and mood can sometimes spoil the moment… ”
“So why not engage in activities that the whole family can enjoy? ”
“Here, you will find a quick description of most of the things you can do around Marbella, followed by a unique evaluation by each family member on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being an ‘Nightmare / Skip it!’ and 10 being ‘Excellent / Must go!’). Of course, these are our humble opinions and must be taken with a grain of salt… ”
“This site is a genuine Marbella family initiative. It is the result of numerous trips, fun experiences and sometimes different points of view… ”
“Yes, you will find a comprehensive description of many activities you can do around Marbella and we will introduce you to our favorite spots on the Costa del Sol. You will also find some useful information about Andalusia travel and our opinion about places we usually go to. ”
“To make this site even more objective, we also invite friends and visitors to share their experiences.”
So, there you have it – a genuine “must-read”site for all those who have children in Spain or intend travelling here for the younger ones. As this is very much a “work in progress” and a collaborative project, you will be able to praise where praise is due and advise on what it not to be recommended. In particular the sections on food and eating out should be read as a child’s idea of a great restaurant may not be yours ….. or vice versa. Enjoy!