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    Malaga with the family: Fun spots to drive to

    With its mixture of beaches, historic buildings, and museums, Malaga city is a great spot for a cultural yet relaxing family holiday. What's particularly fantastic is that there are so many wonderful things to do just outside the city as well, which means you can have a really varied, exciting break.

    Of course, if you're hoping to explore outside of the city, you'll be best off hiring a car. This way, you can stick to your own schedule and bring everything you'll need for your family day out without having to struggle with it on public transport - real benefits when travelling with children! Here are some of the top family-friendly spots to drive to during your time in Malaga.

    Nerja Caves
    45 minutes from Malaga via the A7
    One of the best-loved attractions in Andalucia, the Nerja Caves are a must-visit. Dating back hundreds of thousands of years, these caves are filled with spectacular rock formations, not to mention prehistoric cave paintings. So, they're great at capturing the imaginations of visitors of all ages.

    Formed over millions of years, the caves are karstic cavities and, quite impressively, they're believed to house every kind of known rock formation. While being fascinating to the adults, this might not quite be enough to grab the attention of children - but what will are the absolutely stunning stalagmites and stalactites. In fact, these caves are where you'll see one of the largest stalagmites in the world, at a whopping 32 m high.

    As well as admiring the caves' natural wonders, take the time to see the cave paintings too, which you can view in the Torca Chamber and the Chamber of Ghosts.

    Hanging bridges of Monachil
    1.5 hours from Malaga via the A-92
    If you're hoping for a little family adventure during your holiday, it's well worth embarking on the one-and-a-half hour drive to the hanging bridges of Monachil. Scenes from Indiana Jones will immediately spring to mind as you catch sight of these vast hanging bridges amid a landscape of waterfalls, river pools and beautiful countryside.There are lots of routes you can take, but the one that follows the Monachil river is probably the best for families, with its stunning views and plenty of good places to stop for a picnic. As well as feeling like budding explorers when crossing the hanging bridges, you'll definitely feel intrepid as you thread your way through caves and, if you get too hot, splash about in a rock pool.And don't worry - the hanging bridges may sway a little as you walk across them, but they're very safe!

    El Torcal Natural Reserve
    1.5 hours from Malaga via the A-45
    For another kind of outdoor adventure, take the kids to El Torcal Natural Reserve. The magical landscape is famous for the many fossils that have been - and are still being - found here. It is better known, however, for its unusual and spectacular rock formations, which lend this landscape an otherworldly feel.

    There are a number of walking routes you can take here, some of which require a guide. The yellow and green routes, however, can be walked independently and aren't too challenging. Easiest to complete is the green route, which takes roughly 30 minutes to walk in its entirety. Whichever route you decide to follow, don't forget to seek out the Mirador Las Ventanillas viewing point, which offers gorgeous vistas across the countryside.

    Via Verde de la Sierra
    1.5 hours from Malaga via the A-357 and the A-384
    Cycling is always a great family activity, and you'll find that the local greenways provide a host of excellent routes. Among the best is Via Verde de la Sierra, which is well worth the drive from central Malaga, with it having been voted as the best greenway in Europe back in 2009.

    Come here to cycle through valleys and meadows, along riverbanks, over viaducts and through tunnels. This really is an incredibly exciting, scenic route that people of all ages can enjoy.While most people tend to cycle a loop from Olvera village, if you fancy something a little shorter, you can begin in Corpe instead, which is around halfway along the route and can be reached by car.

    Tivoli World
    20 minutes from Malaga via the MA-20
    Rounding off our list is Tivoli World, which is a fantastic theme park in Benalmadena. Set in tropical gardens, this park offers a great mix of fairground rides, entertainment, theatre and other attractions, which means there is something for all ages here. In fact, there are more than 300 rides and attractions in total! There is even a dedicated area for the youngest family members, so even toddlers will have plenty to keep them occupied.

    In addition to enjoying whizzing along on speedy roller coasters, holidaymakers of all ages can enjoy some of the best Flamenco shows in the area, making this a great destination to mix some good old fashioned family fun with soaking up a little culture. This park also hosts concerts and all kinds of theatrical productions, so don't forget to look out for what will be on while you're there.

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