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Costa del Sol Theme Parks
The Costa del Sol is one of Spain's metropolitan areas with the most theme parks, so entertainment for people of all ages is assured.
1. Aqualand (Torremolinos)
Aqualand was the first water park built in Spain. It is located in the northern part of the city, at Calle Cuba, 10. It covers an area of 70,000 square meters and has very modern facilities. Among the attractions are the Kamikaze, a water slide that is 24 meters high. There are also the Fast River and Twister, pools with waves, cascades, rapids, and tropical lagoon and gardens. There is a special zone for small children and many bars, restaurants, cafeterias and stores. The architect of the complex was Francisco Peñalosa.
2. Crocodile Park (Torremolinos)
Crocodile Park is located by Aqualand at Calle Cuba,14, and was finished in 2003. It is the only park of its kind in Europe. The park has an area of 16,000 square meters and has a lake of 6000 square meters with five large islands. There are about 300 crocodiles from all parts of the world.
3. Parque Aquatico Mijas (Mijas Costa)
This water park has slides and pools. From the middle of June there is water aerobics. The attractions are Adventure River, Body Ski, Labyrinth Slides, Wild River, Kamikaze, Wave Pool, Kiddie Slides, Lizard Island, Blue Lake, and Jacuzzi.
4. Tivoli World (Benalmadena)
Tivoli World is a very popular amusement park which has a theater where musical performances are given by famous singers. There are rides and all sorts of entertainment. There is a Western Square, which is a reproduction of a western town, a barbecue, and a show of can-can dancers. There is an Andalusian Square where flamenco dance is featured. The Jungle Square has mimes dressed as wild animals. There is a Show Boat with a pirate show. This amusement park is one of the best in the Costa del Sol.
5. Sea Life Aquarium (Benalmadena)
Sea Life Aquarium is located in Puerto Marina and shows a large number of fish species that can be found in the Costa del Sol. There are more than 30 different aquariums, that are a great educational resource. There are more than 2000 fish that can be found here, from sharks to the smallest and rarest of fish. One of the most popular attractions is to feed and caress the manta ray.
6. Selwo Marina (Benalmadena)
The Selwo Marina is located at the Parque de la Paloma in Arroyo de la Miel. The amusement park shows the marine mammals and birds of South America. There is a place that has two types of intelligent dolphins. It also has a penguin habitat made of ice that is the first constructed in Andalusia and shows different types of penguins. The park has shows that feature the dolphins, sea lions, penguins and exotic birds. There is a place for children to play.
7. Bioparc Fuengirola (Formerly Fungirola Zoo)
This small zoo is a masterpiece of design and has won many awards. Once an old-fashioned collection of cramped cages, the zoo was modernized in 2001 to feature "tropical-forest" dwellings. The zoo specializes in captive breeding for endangered species, chimpanzee-group research and tropical-forest education. The Fuengirola Zoo calls itself another kind of zoo, and it is. First of all its location is completely unexpected because it is very close to downtown Fuengirola. The zoo is quite compact but beautifully laid out. It resembles an island because there is an abundant use of trees and plants, and one does not find the bars that separate humans from the animals on display. Instead there are thick glass separators, that allow one to see the animals in a more natural way. The architecture of this zoo is really a work of art.
There is a wonderful show if front of a small grandstand. Small animals and birds seem to appear by magic from nowhere. People of all ages will enjoy the show, which is very skillfully staged. After seeing this zoo, one has the desire to return again and again. Also the zoo is very good at helping animals threatened with extinction reproduce. The zoo is also very good at educating adults and children because at every display of animals there are lengthy explanations of their habitats and how the animals survive.
8. Selwo Aventura (Estepona)
Selwo Aventura is a wild animal and nature park that has about 2000 animals from 200 different species. One can take an African photographic safari in the park in all-terrain vehicles. Among the places that one will visit are the Route of the Valleys, the Ravine of the Bears, Tiger Gorge, and Lion Hill. The safari ends at Africa's Window, the highest point of the park where one can view the coastline, Gibraltar, and the African Coast. The animals live in surroundings similar to the ones in their native habitat. There is also the Path of the Hanging Bridges, which gives great views of the park and the wild animals and plants of the park.
9. Lobo Park (Antequera)
Lobo Park has four sub-species of wolves. There is a petting zoo for other animals and a cafeteria. This encounter with wolves is very interesting and educational. There is also a Wolf Howl Night!
10. Aquavelis (Torre del Mar)
This new water park has many water slides and pools. It is located near the El Ingenio Shopping Center on the motorway to Nerja.
11. Monte Aventura, Andalucia Ecotour (Marbella, Estepona, Cala Mijas)
Guided trip to discover de Real Spain, Nature Park and surroundings, declared Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO, in special convertible four wheels vehicles. The Jeeps are driven by expert and friendly naturalist guides. In these activities you can discover the wilderness of the mountains and feel the contact with nature. You will also visit charming white villages to find the real life in Andalusia. Relaxing bath in a real "ecological paradise" with waterfalls and natural pools and river waters, Unforgettable!. (weather permitting) Full day trip with lunch included.