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Mariposario Benalmadena butterfly park
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Mariposario Benalmadena butterfly park

Butterflies are the world's most beautiful and delicate insects. And at the Mariposario de Benalmadena, you'll learn about the many exotic species that fly freely within this custom-built butterfly park and breeding centre. It is beautifully located next to a Buddhist temple and boasts large numbers of species from both the Americas and Asia. It's also home to some turtles, iguanas – and even a wallaby. Regular tours are on offer where the guide will impart fascinating knowledge about these creatures. And magnified viewing stations enable you to get an intimate look into the life cycle of the residents.

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Benalmadena Open-top Bus Ticket
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Benalmadena Open-top Bus Ticket

Explore the Benalmadena area with absolute flexibility – from the great vantage point of an open-top bus. This tour ticket is valid for 48 hours, and allows you to explore everything from Benalmadena's renowned marina to the hilltop village of Benalmadena Pueblo. What's more, entry to the famed Mariposario butterfly park is included. Your ticket will take you all around the other local attractions such as La Paloma Park and the award-winning Puerto Marina. The bus also travels twice a day up to Benalmadena Pueblo, a whitewashed hilltop village.

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Sea Life aquarium in Benalmádena
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Sea Life aquarium in Benalmádena

Explore the wonders of the aquatic world in fantastic marine sanctuary and aquarium. Let this interactive aquarium take you on a journey through the world of colourful tropical fish, seahorses frozen in stillness, proud Moray eels and proud sea turtles. There are lazy-looking jellyfish, huge crabs, sharks, octopus – and even the fearsome Piranha! There's also feeding demonstrations, talks and special presentations, face-painting for the little ones, and you can even feed and touch the friendly rays. There's a souvenir shop and restaurant, and pirate-themed mini-golf on the roof – which is great family fun.

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Malaga Sightseeing Bus Ticket
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Malaga Sightseeing Bus Ticket

This ticket-only tour allows you to explore the Costa del Sol's capital on an open-top double-decker. You'll get great panoramic views of the city, and the flexibility to hop on and off whenever you like. What's more, there are headphones providing commentary. Check out La Alcazaba fortress and hilltop Gibralfaro castle, both offering superb views over the city. Or visit the cathedral and the acclaimed Picasso Museum. You can upgrade your ticket to the Malaga Experience. This package includes a boat trip, a guided walking tour and entry into attractions such as the Picasso Museum and Rosaleda football stadium.

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Costasol Cruceros boat trips
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Costasol Cruceros boat trips

Enjoy some sun, sea and relaxation on your choice of two cruises along the Costa del Sol. Search for dolphins on a two-hour trip, or take an hour's sail past bustling Torremolinos. From Benalmadena you can head out, hoping to see dolphins playing or feeding in the distance. The bottlenose variety call this place home and your captains know just where to head. Or, spend a short cruise admiring views of the popular tourist resort of Torremolinos. On both sailings, you'll have plenty of space to top up your tan on the open deck or get some shade indoors. Then, if it's summer, you'll be able to jump in the water for a refreshing swim.

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Gibraltar Tour from Costa del Sol
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Gibraltar Tour from Costa del Sol

This rocky and sunny slice of Great Britain is utterly unique. There are plenty of options on this full day excursion – such as the Rock tour, St Michael's Cave, a dolphin-watching cruise and duty-free shopping. You can take any of the various options and combine them how you like.There's a guided two-hour tour of the Rock in a minibus. It passes the pretty bay of La Caleta and stops at Europa Point, the Upper Rock nature reserve with its free-roaming Barbary apes, and St Michael's Cave, once home to Neanderthal man.You can also choose to take a wild dolphin-watching cruise – these waters are home to more wild dolphins than anywhere else in Europe. With its red phone boxes and arched doorways, Gibraltar town centre has a distinctly British feel. It's great for sightseeing, lunch and duty-free shopping during your free time. Choose any combination of the above to make the most of your five hours in this eccentric British outpost.

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Crocodile Park
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Crocodile Park

At Crocodile Park in Torremolinos, you'll discover Europe's largest collection of these prehistoric creatures. Learn about some of their fascinating secrets and how the species has miraculously survived on Earth for 200 million years. Follow the life cycle of the crocodile from birth to adulthood – you'll even see recently hatched baby crocs. And don't miss 4m-long Big Daddy, the giant Nile crocodile, and hear his epic roar. Fully guided tours with demonstrations, including the crocs being fed, are offered at least three times daily. A great family experience that'll change your perception of crocodiles.

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Nerja and Frigiliana Tour
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Nerja and Frigiliana Tour

Considered the most picturesque part of the Costa del Sol coastline, Nerja is a trip that you shouldn't miss out on. First up is the village of Frigiliana. Set in the foothills of the Almijara Mountains, you'll have some free time to explore under your own steam. The town is ranked as one of the prettiest in Andalusia – thanks to its plant-festooned homes and colourful doors. Then it's over to Nerja, a resort that's retained a typical Andalusian atmosphere. Here, you'll discover a charming town centre crammed with shops and cafés. You'll also head to the ‘Balcon de Europa', which has great views over the coast and the surrounding mountains.

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Benalmadena cable car
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Benalmadena cable car

Enjoy spectacular views of the Costa del Sol, the mountains of Malaga to the North and the Sierra Nevada in the East, by taking a breath-taking cable ride up Monte Calamorro. At the top you'll find bird of prey shows once or twice a day – these are accompanied by informative talks. Discover local flora on the several kilometres of hiking trails near the summit, as you drink in the magnificent vistas. There's also a bar and a shop up there, plus plenty of space for a picnic. Make a real excursion out of it by combining it with a visit to the Friday market in Arroyo del la Miel – located right next to the cable car.

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Aqualand Torremolinos water park
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Aqualand Torremolinos water park

A day of fun that appeals to all ages is the name of the game at Aqualand waterpark in Torremolinos. Get your adrenaline pumping with crazy rides like the Boomerang, the terrifying Black Hole and the 22-metre-long vertical freefall slide. Then relax in the tranquil Niagra Lake and large wave pool. The three children's pools have lots to keep little ones amused. Plus, you'll find plenty of sunbeds and grassy areas where you can soak up the sun before taking the plunge again. There's lots of poolside cafes – but also a picnic area, if you want to bring your own food. Everyone will love this ticket-only, family-friendly day out.

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Sevilla Tour with Cathedral Visit from Nerja Area
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Sevilla Tour with Cathedral Visit from Nerja Area

Sensational Seville is packed with world-class attractions. On this tour of the city, you'll kick off with a panoramic coach tour to the flamboyantly tiled Plaza de España before getting down to some serious sightseeing in the old town. There's a visit to the gargantuan Gothic cathedral – famed for its Giralda belfry – and walking tour of the picture-pretty Santa Cruz district, plus free time.

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Mijas & Boat Trip
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Mijas & Boat Trip

Discover the Costa del Sol by land and sea with this fun afternoon outing. Take the comfortable fast ferry from Fuengirola to Benalmadena, then head inland for a visit to Mijas – the coast's most popular whitewashed village. Once there you can shop, explore with free time.To warm up for the main event, you'll journey to Fuengirola and hop on a boat for a coastal cruise to Benalmadina. On docking, you'll board the bus and head up to Mijas in the hills. Once we've arrived, there'll be a glass of local wine and a tapa waiting for you at a nearby bar in the heart of the centre. Afterwards, you'll have free time to explore the town's winding alleys at your own pace. You can shop for typical Andalusian products such as leather goods and ceramics, see the chapel in the rocks or ride the famous donkey-taxis – the kids will love it.

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