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10 Adrenaline-Pumping Activities to Try Next Time You Visit the Costa del Sol

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Adrenaline-Pumping Activities to try on the Costa del SolAre you looking for something more adventurous to do next time you visit the Costa del Sol?

A visit to this beautiful part of Spain doesn’t mean you have to make do with sun, sea and sangria. If you’re a bit of an adrenaline junkie, you’re going to love this list of 10 exciting activities to try next time you are here.

If you’re travelling with kids, you might want to take a look at our monster blog post featuring 50 fun things to do with kids on the Costa del Sol, we guarantee you won’t have any kids complaining of boredom with this list under your belt! 😊

 

#1: Buggy Safari

These self-drive guided buggy safaris are great fun for all the family. You’ll climb aboard a two-seater, road-legal and easy-to-drive buggy and speed through the Andalusian countryside splashing through shallow rivers following the old trade routes and cattle tracks to discover wonderful groves, be it Almond, Olive, Lemon or Oranges.  The tour includes many stops allowing you to take in the vista and capture these treasured moments on your camera. One of these stops is at a typical Spanish ‘Venta’ so that you can enjoy a refreshment en-route.

Price: €145 for a shared buggy

Location: Mijas Costa

 

#2: Caminito del Rey

Since re-opening this stunning walkway has earned the title of ‘Worlds scariest walkway’. A short stroll along its narrow wooden planks and you’ll soon understand why!

Built along the rock face of the Gaitanes gorge in a beautiful area called El Chorro, El Caminito del Rey is a must-visit if you enjoy the outdoors and aren’t bothered by heights – at some points along the walkway, you’ll be 100m above the river bed.

A visit to the Caminito requires a prior reservation as demand is high and there are waiting lists. We recommend you book well in advance of your holiday. You can do this by going to the official website or, if you’re staying at Sunset Beach Club, contacting the Leisure Desk on the 6th floor of the hotel; they’ll be happy to call and book for you.

If you’d like more information about the Caminito del Rey, we wrote a detailed blog post HERE where you’ll find all the information you need, including maps on how to get there.

Price: Approx. €10

Location: Ardales/El Chorro

Caminito del Rey

Caminito del Rey and it’s spectacular views

#3: Power Boat Ride

Take an extreme power boat ride aboard a Moggaro M700 waterjet speedboat packing more than 440 horsepower!

Skimming over the waves you’ll experience 360º turns and power breaks as you scream your head off (hopefully in delight) on this 20-minute adrenaline rush. Don’t believe us? Just watch the video below…

Price: Approx. €35 per person

Location: Benalmadena Marina

#4: Go-Karting

There are quite a few go-karting venues along the Costa del Sol but for simplicity’s sake, we’re going to recommend Kart & Fun which is located next to the Plaza Mayor shopping centre in Málaga (just by the airport).

They offer 3 types of go-cart: Extreme, for adults; Junior, for kids aged 10 to 15, and one for kids aged 5 to 10. They also offer special events such as races for groups.  and prices start at €10 for kids and €20 for adults.

Price: Kids from €10 & Adults from €20

Location: Málaga (next to Plaza Mayor)

Go Karting in Malaga

Go karting in Malaga

#5: Aventura Amazonia

Fancy gliding down the longest zip line in Andalusia (240 metres)?

Well, a visit to Aventura Amazonia in Marbella will allow you to do that and more! This treetop adventure park actually has 20 zip lines and 83 challenges split into different difficulty levels. From the Mini Kids circuit (4 to 6 years old) to the challenging Adventure circuit for the fearless. Better give this one a miss if you’re not keen on heights. 😊

Price:

Location: Elviria, Marbella

Aventura Amazonia in Marbella

Aventura Amazonia Tree-Top Adventure Park

#6: Aqualand

The Costa del Sol’s largest water park is located just minutes from Sunset Beach Club (in Torremolinos). You’ll find a fantastic selection of water slides including the famous Kamikaze which is one of Europe’s highest water slides and features an almost vertical drop which will certainly get your heart racing.

If you’d like more information about Aqualand, you can read our in-depth review of the water park here.

Price: Children from €17 and Adults from €26

Location: Torremolinos

Aqualand in Torremolinos

A couple of the water slides at Aqualand (Kamikaze on the right)

#7: Parasailing

Imagine flying high above the sea, harnessed into a parachute which is attached by a 200-metre line to a speedboat pulling you on a breathtaking ride with the most exclusive views of the coast… That’s what you get when you go parasailing!

There are various places along the coast offering this experience. If you’re staying at Sunset Beach Club you can try the watersport centre on the beach next to the hotel or you can head down to Benalmadena Marina where you’ll find another company offering parasailing trips.

Price: Approx. €45 per person

Location: Sunset Beach Watersports (next to the hotel but nothing to do with us) & Playa Rafa (Torremolinos and Benalmadena Marina)

Parasailing in Benalmadena

Parasailing in Benalmadena

#8: Scuba Diving

We’re really fortunate to have our own PADI dive centre within the grounds here at Sunset Beach Club. Guests and visitors from outside the hotel can enjoy dive lessons for beginners as well as more advanced PADI certifications.

Whilst beginners will start their scuba diving experience in the Sunset Beach Club swimming pool, more advanced divers will get to explore dive sites along the coast.

Price: €90 for the PADI ‘Discover Scuba Diving’ course

Location: Sunset Beach Club (Benalmadena)

Scuba diving at Sunset Beach Club, Benalmadena

Scuba diving in the Sunset Beach Club pool

#9: Paintball

Fancy a fun afternoon covered in paint? Paintball is a great activity for relieving stress and getting your adrenaline pumping. Whilst there are a few places along the Coast for practicing this activity, we think Paintball Mountain is a great choice. They offer 5 different scenarios for paintball battles and also cater for groups and special celebrations.

If you’ve got kids, they have Paintball Splatmaster which is specially designed for younger players aged 8+, allowing them to play safely and without injury.

Price: From €15 per game

Location: Campanillas, Málaga

Paintball in Malaga

Paintball fun in the hills behind Malaga

#10: Kite Surfing

Kitesurfing is probably one of the most popular water sports in recent years. We’ve been told by pro’s that, unlike windsurfing, it can be picked up reasonably quickly and you can be skimming over the waves in no time!

If you fancy giving it a go, there are various beaches along the coast where you’ll see locals practising their favourite sport: Guadalmar in Malaga; Los Alamos in Torremolinos, Rio Real in Marbella or Heaven Beach in Estepona. If you’d like to try a lesson, you’ll have to go to Heaven Beach in Estepona and sign up for some lessons with Freedom Kite School.

If you’ve got a car, we recommend you take a drive down to Tarifa, on the Atlantic coast, the mecca of kitesurfing in Europe. The wind is strong and there are literally dozens of Kite Schools for you to choose from if you want to book lessons.

Price: Lessons start from €80 for a 3-hour lesson

Location: Heaven Beach (Estepona) or Tarifa

Kite Surfing on the Costa del Sol

Kite Surfing…

So what do you think? Will you be trying out one of these adrenaline-packed activities the next time you visit the Costa del Sol? Let us know your favourite in the comments below 😊

Here’s a Google Map which shows the location of each of the above activities.

If you’re looking for a hotel for your stay, Sunset Beach Club Hotel is ideally located to serve as a base for your adventures. Just a 20-minute drive from Malaga airport, we offer comfortable apartment-style accommodation and fantastic facilities for a fun holiday in the sun. Please visit www.sunsetbeachclub.com for more information and to check availability.

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 ‘La Cazuela de la Abuela’ Gastronomic Contest: A Great Opportunity to Sample Traditional Spanish Casserole Dishes

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If you enjoy a warm and hearty casserole during these cooler winter days (well, cooler by Costa del Sol standards) then we highly recommend you take a quick trip down to Fuengirola for their annual ‘Cazuela de la Abuela’ (Grandma’s Casserole) event.

poster for Grandma's Casserole event in FuengirolaFrom the 16th February to the 4th March, locals and visitors to Fuengirola will be able to sample tasty traditional Mediterranean casserole dishes – including yummy ‘lentejas’ and ‘callos’- just like the local’s Grandmas used to make (or still do!). Continue Reading →

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It’s Carnival Time in Benalmádena!

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Poster for Benalmadena CarnivalIt’s almost Carnival time in Benalmadena!

This traditional festivity of colourful fun, singing and dancing starts on the 9th February, and goes on until Sunday 18th February, offers local residents and visitors a full events programme with activities and entertainment to suit all ages.

The fun-packed programme takes place in Benalmadena Pueblo and in Arroyo de la Miel; however, to save you the hassle of deciding what to see, we’ve taken the liberty of putting together a few suggestions…  Continue Reading →

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Carnival ‘Madness’ in Malaga (and the rest of the Costa del Sol)

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Poster for the 2018 Malaga CarnivalWe’re just a few days away from the start of Carnival Season and most towns and cities on the Costa del Sol are gearing up for a week of fun and entertainment.

Although the Carnival is celebrated all over Andalucia – The Cadiz Carnival is probably the most famous – for the purpose of this article, we’re going to focus on the Málaga Carnival; only 25 minutes from our hotel and easily accessible, it’s a ‘must visit’ if you are planning a trip to the Costa del Sol in February.

We’re lucky enough to enjoy mild winters and this luxury allows the city of Málaga to live one of its most colourful, multicultural and spontaneous festivities of the year: The Carnival.

With hundreds of activities and events taking place during the week-long (sometimes a little longer) festivities, you’re guaranteed to have a ball! Continue Reading →

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Weekend of Soul & Motown in Benalmádena: Costa del Soul

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Poster for Costa del Soul February 2018Northern Soul promoters, GoldSoul, are heading back to Sunset Beach Club this February with another edition of their 5-night winter soul break. 

As many of you know, for the last 10 years we’ve welcomed GoldSoul for their week-long Costa del Soul events. These usually take place at the end of October, and are, undeniably, the top soul music events on the Costa del Sol.

Building on the success of their autumn Costa del Soul holidays, GoldSoul recently added a new event to their calendar: a 5-day Soul and Motown Break!

From the 2nd to 7th February (2018) Soul and Motown music fans can enjoy a fun-packed break in the sun with music every night in the Sunset Beach Club Moonlight Theatre. Continue Reading →

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Have You Made Any Plans For Valentine’s Day?

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Valentines Day at Sunset Beach Club, BenalmadenaHave you made any plans for Valentine’s Day?

This year the 14th February falls on a Wednesday so we’ve decided to offer our Valentine’s Gala Dinner every evening from Saturday 10th February to Saturday 17th February so that you can choose the day that works best for you! We’re going to celebrate it in style here at Sunset Beach Club! 🙂

Surprise your loved one with a romantic dinner in our Oasis Restaurant with live music and a superb menu our chefs have put together for the occasion. 

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The Rockin’ Race Jamboree: A 50’s Music Festival in Torremolinos

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Poster for Rockin Race Jamboree in TorremolinosThursday 1st February 2018 sees the start of another edition of the Rockin’ Race Jamboree music festival in Torremolinos. This is the event’s 24th anniversary and will attract thousands of visitors from all over the world eager to enjoy a fun packed long weekend (1st, 2nd,3rd & 4th February) to the sounds of their favourite musical genre: music with American roots from the 50’s.

This year’s festival features  some of the world’s top artists exclusively for the event! There are approximately 28 artists and bands playing during the 4-day event, including:

  • The Ragtones
  • Pike Cavalero
  • The Vargas Brothers
  • Si Craunston
  • Wayne Hancock
  • Untamed Youth
  • The Savage Hornets
  • The Bullets
  • Chris Montez
  • Scotty Baker
  • James Intveld

Please click here to see all the featured artists at this year’s Rockin’ Race Jamboree

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Ricky Lavazza’s Rock n Roll 50’s Rewind Weekender

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poster-ricky-2018-alojamiento-copyRicky Lavazza, one of Sunset Beach Club’s most popular entertainers, is putting on a special and fun-packed weekend of Rock ‘n roll on the 27th and 28th January with great music and activities throughout the weekend.

It all kicks off on Saturday 27th January with a welcome drink followed by the first of two amazing shows in the Moonlight Bar. ‘The Rock ‘n Roll Rewind Show’ featuring Ricky and The Memphis Trio, the Costa del Sol’s nº1 Rock ‘n Roll band!

On Sunday 28th January, you’ll be able to enjoy the classic car show featuring over 20 stunning cars from the ‘Classic Car Club Andalucia’. A couple of these cars will be parked around the main pool area! Continue Reading →

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Timetable for the Three Kings Parades in Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Málaga 

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Three Kings Parades in Malaga, Benalmadena and Fuengirola
On Friday evening (5th January) kids all over Spain will be lining the streets of all the main towns and cities to watch the traditional Three Kings Parades.

This is the highlight of the Christmas festivities and a must-watch for anyone visiting at this magical time of year. Many of our guests like to venture into town and watch the colourful parades so we’ve put together this blog post highlighting some of our favourite processions with timetables and exact locations of each. All you have to do is choose the one which most appeals to you! Continue Reading →

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Things to do in Malaga in Winter: Visit these Fantastic Art Exhibitions

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Art and Culture in MalagaMálaga city is quickly becoming one of the top cultural destinations in Europe. The impressive selection of museums coupled with the splendid weather enjoyed year-round make it a perfect choice for a cultural winter getaway.

Many of the city’s top museums offer unique temporary exhibitions to add to their already stunning permanent collections. Continue Reading →

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