What to do during a weekend in Málaga?
It’s Friday! The work week has almost come to an end and everybody is preparing for the weekend. But what to do this weekend in Malaga? You can go tanning on the beach again, eat a lot of tapas or spend your money on shopping, but those are the usual activities. Have you already checked out all the 12 things you should visit in Málaga? We add two places to this list (although they are not in the city Málaga itself) to give you some ideas on you how you could spend your weekend differently!
Bioparc Fuengirola[ultimate_spacer height=”30″]
I visited the Bioparc last year when I was on holiday in Fuengirola. I really like to go to a zoo and just watch the animals behave crazy, see them sleeping or enjoying the sun. The owners of the park have tried to create such an atmosphere where you feel surrounded by natural environment of the animals when you enter the zoo. The scarcity of crowds in such a quiet and lush setting is what makes the zoo so special. The nice thing about this park is that they have a lot of features that the majority of the zoos don’t have. You can get closer to the animals than you image… It is even possible to walk in the cage of the lemurs (those animals you probably know from Madagascar)! They also hold animal shows where they present animals that are not widely known or look a bit funny (or at least different than the others). The animals walk on the stage, but also through the audience sometimes!
In the summer period the park is even opened until midnight, so guests can observe the nocturnal creatures in action. You can find the complete overview of their opening hours by clicking on this link. The Bioparc is the most famous and most often visited zoo in whole Andalusia and is widely known as well nationally as internationally. A day-ticket for the park costs €19,90 per person. Children between the ages of 3 to 9 can buy a ticket for €13,50 and elderly (65+) for €14,50. Do you want to see what animals you can encounter or do you want to be fully prepared and have a map of the park? Click here. It is not very difficult to get to the Bioparc from Málaga centre with public transport. Take train C1 to Fuengirola. This is also the parade where you should leave the train and it takes about 45 minutes. When you arrive in Fuengirola the park is on walking distance. You can also go by car to the park, which will take approximately 35 minutes.
Parque de la Paloma in Benalmádena[ultimate_spacer height=”30″]
Another possibility is to go to the lovely city Benalmádena. It has a terrific and widely known harbour where you can enjoy the massive ships floating in the water while enjoying a nice meal or drink. I visited Benalmádena twice and there is a lot you can do and see here.
One thing you should do when you are in Benalmádena is going to ‘Parque de la Paloma’. It is one of the biggest and most comfortable parks in Europe, with more than 200.000 square meters of green, closely located to the beach. This park belongs to the list of the most beautiful parks of Europe, which contains parks like ‘Parc Guell’ in Barcelona or ‘Hyde Park’ in London. The park is famous because of the many animals that live there. There are animals like goats, rabbits, parrots, many birds, dogs, swans, turtles, chickens and many more. The park is perfect for a long walk or a picnic. It is a paradise for as well children, since it has some playgrounds, as for flora and fauna enthusiasts since the park also has a magnificent cactus-garden. During the summer they sometimes arrange concerts, performances for children, outside cinema’s and many more activities. The park is open every day from 9:00 to 22:00 during the winter period and from 9:00 to 23:00 during the summer period. To get here you can take train C1 to Fuengirola, but leave the train at Benalmádena. Here again the park is on walking distance.