Whether you are spending 1 day in Almuñécar, 1 week, 1 month or all year, we share with you the best 25 things to do in Almuñécar with kids! This isn’t just a list of great things to do with kids, but it has been kid-tested over and over again, with rave reviews. Yes, we have kids and friends, so this list comes to you with much experience and expertise. Enjoy your family time in Almuñécar with kids! By the way you don’t need to be a kid to have a blast, so join in on the fun.
Adrenaline at the Arcades!
If playing video games is your thing, there are a few places around town with some games. None of them are huge, but you can still have a good time. The locations are in the lobby of Hotel Playa Senator, at the New Royal Pool, Hotel Best Alcazar in bowling alley. During the summer months, you will find pool tables, foosball and other games at Aqua Tropic water park. There may be a few more random machines around town, but these offer the most.
Spotting sea life at the Aquarium
This hidden gem is literally hidden below Plaza Kuwait, just behind the Municipal Market. The entrance is on the side with a walkway bringing you on a great journey under the sea. It presents marine wildlife from both the Mediterranean Sea and more distant oceans. You will be in for a treat with the “shark-tunnel”, which gives a great and up-close view of these amazing creatures. Read more about Acuario Almuñécar here.
Splashing around at Aqua Tropic (Summer only)
Splish, Splash, Swirl and Smile! With water slides, wave pool, splash garden, cafe, arcade and more! This salt-water aqua park is great summer fun and is open from mid June through early September. You may purchase a season pass, attend for just 1/2 day or a full day. It’s located at the point of the south end of Velilla Beach and the east end of Puerta del Mar. Bring your sunscreen and let the kids run wild!
Being free at the Beaches
Whether you are skipping stones, building sand castles, running from the waves, swimming in the sea, playing paddle ball, or just hanging out. You will have no shortage of fun at any one of the many beaches on offer. Let the kids run around and expend all of their energy. We have some of the best beaches in Costa Tropical for kids, and provide detailed information on each one of them in our Almuñécar Beach Guide.
Bring your own bikes or look at the many options for bike rentals in Almuñécar. You can enjoy the entire coast with designated bike paths along Velilla Beach and San Cristobal Beach. There is also a bmx bike park at the far end of Velilla beach near the Mediterranean Park, which is great fun for the adventurous cyclists.
Swing by a Roman Aqueduct
This is an amazing Roman Aqueduct to see. It is just out of the town center up the dry river bed or on the road out to Jete and Otivar. Just after you pass the Santa Cruz primary school, turn left and go to the end of the road to park. Here you will walk through a gate and down a path to find the playground and Roman Aqueduct. Roman Aqueduct Seco III – behind Santa Cruz Resort
Update 2021 – The park is no longer there, as it has been renovated as a summer concert venue. But the Aqueduct is still there and it is a nice walk from town.
Visit the Jardín Museo del Bonsái. This is a lovely little garden with over 200 Bonsai plants, little pins, and many other midget trees which are quite old. It is all presented in a maintained Zen ambiance, with ambient music in the background. There are many small shaded paths and places to sit as well. The kids may love seeing all of the tiny trees.
Hopping around the Children’s Play Center
Parque Infantil Bolaventura is perfect for the young kids in the family, to play or have their birthday party! They are located along Calle Pintor Manuel Rivera in Edificio Mediterraneo S/N. If you would like their contact info or prices for birthday parties, check our directory listing for more information.
If you want to enjoy a special treat, then head on over to the Best Alcazar Hotel on Punta de la Mona. They offer several bowling lanes, pool tables, arcade games and they can also host parties. They usually have great prices for “happy hour” each day. Read more info on our business directory.
Be Royalty at San Miguel Castle
Perched up on the hill in the center of town is the beautiful San Miguel Castle. This is a great place for the kids to combine a bit of history with loads of fun. They can look out to see and pretend to spot invading ships. They can go down into the cellars and see the museum and climb in the tower. This is a very inexpensive activity, but it is great for active imaginations.
Collecting Sea Glass
Of course this is a fun activity for all ages and with so many beaches to choose from, you can do this all day every day. We have found the most abundant amounts of sea glass at the following beaches; La Herradura, San Cristobal, and Puerta del Mar. Once you have the smooth glass, and sometimes ceramics, you can make your own mosaic art.
Join the summer party at the end of San Cristobal Beach
This is a small carnival at the west end of San Cristobal Beach, along the paseo. It is a summer-only activity and typically runs from late June through early September. The dates usually coincide with the end and start of the local public schools. There are kiddie rides, bungee jumping on trampoline, bouncy house, and more.
Hide and Seek in Majuelo Park
This beautiful botanical garden and piece of history is a great place to let the kids run around. They can play hide and go seek behind trees and statues, run up over the bridge and around to the amphitheater. It is all located in the heart of Majuelo Park, just below San Miguel Castle.
Hiking the hills, rivers, & trails
There are many fun hiking options in Costa Tropical and many are great for the kids too. They will love hiking up rivers, through dry river beds and happening upon old Roman aqueducts or possibly farm animals. Read more in our hiking guide.
Loro Sexi Bird Park
Nestled on the slopes of San Miguel Castle, there are some 1,500 specimens of birds belonging to more than 100 different species, with a selection ranging from the common pigeon to the spectacular peacock, through the striking parrots, toucans, cockatoos, macaws, swans and ducks. A beautiful cactus garden completes the visit to the park. Read more about the park and their opening times here.
McDonald’s renovated their restaurant and terrace winter 2018. Now the terrace has some shade and the playground has changed. We just need to get a new photo up for you. They don’t open up early, except for Friday. The little ones will still have fun, as the playground is outside and available at any time. Enjoy a cup of coffee or an ice cream too.
While there isn’t a traditional movie theater in town, we still find ways to see the movies! There are often movies in Spanish year-round at the Cultural Center. This is a great Spanish immersion activity for the entire family. During the summer months there are outdoor theaters in town, showing films in Spanish. If you want a film in English, from September – June, it is offered once a week at the Cultural Center. Please see our full Almuñécar Movie Guide for more info.
Go underground at the Nerja Caves
Technically this isn’t in town, but it is great fun for the kids! There are a series of huge beautifully lit caverns stretching for almost five kilometres and boasts the world’s largest stalagmite. Now that’s something to tell the other kids about when they get back to school! Not all of the caves are open to the public, so you won’t need to walk the 5 km, but do be prepared for navigating some stairs. Check out Wagoners Abroad tips for exploring the Nerja Caves.
Playing in the Plazas & Paseos
- This is likely the most local thing you could do with your kids. Take the little ones out to play with the other kids (maybe between 17:30-20:00). Now it may not be every plaza in town, but Plaza Kuwait (near Aquarium), Plaza Los Magnolios, Plaza Madrid, and Plaza de la Constitución are also popular. Of course the playgrounds along paseo Puerta del Mar, Paseo San Cristobal and Paseo Andrés Segovia (La Herradura) are full of activity too. Please see our plaza map and descriptions.
- If you have teens or tweens, they too go out to the plazas just a little later in the day and on the weekends. They don’t really play, but they do hang out with their friends.
Playgrounds & Parks
There is no shortage of choices for the kids to play, slide, swing, and climb. There are several playgrounds around town and along the beaches and we have them all detailed in our Almuñécar with kids Playground Guide!
Oh what fun it is to explore the life under the sea. Most days the water is calm and this is a perfect family activity in Almuñécar. While you can just hop in the water and go where you like, some of our favorite spots are around Penones del Santo, and the cove at the east end of La Herradura, below Punta de la Mona. Click here to get your snorkeling supplies.
Sports, Clubs and Social Groups
During the school year, there are many activities available for the kids, like martial arts, fútbol, dance, yoga, gymnastics, tennis, padel, volleyball, and more. There are also several clubs available for you to choose from. Check out our list of sports, clubs & social groups. If you are looking for sporting goods, you may find some good deals online.
Activ8You offers great summer activities for the kids from 3 to 14 years of age, at Club Camp-La Herradura. It is based on the IES building “Villanueva del Mar”, across from the beach (in front of the chiringuito “Bueno” at 100m from the Municipal Market). They allow you to sign up for 1 day, a week, a fortnight or by the month. Special rates are offered for residents with empadronamiento from Almuñécar-La Herradura. If you are here for just a holiday or living here full-time, it is a great experience for your kids.
There is something magical about searching along the beach and in the rocks to see what the tide left behind. You can find sea urchins, mussels, small fish and more. There are a couple of great tide pool spots in town. For the little kids, it is best to go just east of Playa Puerta del Mar, before you reach the Aqua Park. Just across from the Las Gondolas Apartments, you will find a nice shallow stretch of beach which is perfect for this activity. If you have kids a little older, you may want to go explore the end of Cabria beach.
During the summer months there are so many watersports to choose from. You may rent a boat, jet skis, paddle boats, SUP, kayaks and of course bounce around on the floating water park. Not to worry the sea is still there the remainder of the year and you can still do many of the activities as well. Year-round you can rent kayaks or bring your own, check with the windsurf shop in La Herradura.
For the bigger kids, the youth center (La Casa de la Juventud) is a place for meeting friends, and seek guidance from the Youth Information Office. There are also leisure activities and workshops, spaces for associations, groups and creative expression spaces, as well as free internet stations, computer classes and more. Located at Plaza Teatro, just in from the Paseo del Altillo. They are open Monday – Saturday 17:00-22:00.
Fostering dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies! If you are here for a month, for the winter or long term you can help by caring for some furry friends, while they await adoption. Read more about the non profit association APAMA (Asociación protectora de animales y medio ambiente), which helps to protect animals, rescue animals, spay, neuter, pet adoption and also pet fostering. Donations and volunteer help is also appreciated. Learn more about temporarily fostering pets or pet adoption.
Jumping parks! Let the kids run wild and Jump (Granada or Malaga opening soon)
This one is open in Malaga
Mediterranean Park Almuñécar
Enjoy a hike, walk or picnic at Parque Mediterráneo Almuñécar (Mediterranean Park). Surrounded by nature, paths, beaches & gorgeous sea views too. We shared a few photos of the Mediterranean Park on social media and they were a big hit. Many people wanted to know more about where it was located and how to access it. Therefore we are going to take you on a photo walk and provide you more information about Parque Mediterráneo en Almuñécar!
Charca de Suárez in Motril
Enjoy a day out bird watching at Charca de Suárez in Motril. This is the most important wetland on the coast of Granada, with over 160 species of birds, as well as wildlife and numerous plants and vegetation. This 15.6 hectares (almost 40 acres) environmental site has plans to double in the future, which is critical for the endangered bird species in the area and their survival. This is the ideal refuge for many species in addition to a strategic location for migration. Read more about the wetlands, Charca de Suárez.
Most of these activities can be found on our custom town map.
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