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Malaga offers several opportunities for the whole family to have fun – and to learn new things. Isn’t that a big part of the traveling experience anyway?

Natural tweeting

Hop on the EMT bus Nr10 and visit the Desembocadura del Guadalhorce natural park where the river Guadalhoce meets the Mediterranean. Walk one of the marked trails and keep your eyes peeled for birds. The park is one of the most important stopover points in the region for migratory birds. Some of the birds regularly seen there are eagles, flamingos, monk parakeets, white-headed ducks and nightingales. Word of warning though – weasels, foxes, snakes and chameleons are also common, so look down every once in a while.

Desembocadura del Guadalhorce Natural Park

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The world’s largest stalactite

Few things are as exciting as caves – especially caves with stalactites – so imagine seeing a 33m-long stalactite. At the Caves of Nerja, a 45-minute drive from Malaga, you can see the world’s largest stalactite with your own eyes. To avoid the long lines, buy tickets in advance online. The visit takes about 45 minutes and general entrance costs €11, although it’s probably worth the €2 additional charge to get the guided tour in English.

Caves of Nerja

Carretera de Bajada a Playa de Maro, s/n

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Visit a tropical oasis

The botanical garden of La Concepcion features 2,000 tropical and subtropical species, including 75 different palm trees, as well as bamboos and aquatic plants. There’s just no better way to learn about biodiversity.

Jardín Botánico-Histórico La Concepción

Camino del Jardín Botánico, 3

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Play that funky music

Malaga’s Interactive Music Museum enters the world of music from a kid’s perspective. Unlike many museums where you can look but you’d better not touch anything, at the Music Museum visitors are encouraged to touch and play several instruments, such as the gong, the piano or the cello. There are also interactive touch-screen displays that explain the stories of more than 1,000 pieces that the museum exhibits.

Mimma – Museo Interactivo de la Música

Calle Beatas, 15

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Stop at a classic taberna

A family also has to eat, and in Malaga nothing beats a traditional taberna. El Pimpi’s food is as genuinely Andalusian as they come. There’s also a nice patio where you can enjoy your Russian potato salad with prawns or salmorejo, a tomato cream. The walls of the restaurant feature several pictures of celebrities that have visited the place since it opened in 1971.

El Pimpi

Calle Granada, 62

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Wave goodbye to your towel

Every day, when the ferry from Melilla arrives at the Port of Malaga, it creates huge waves at the picturesque beach of Pedralejo. The locals have even come up with the name for the phenomenon, “Olla del Melillero.” They also know not to leave their towels and chairs too close to the sea, instead they just hang back and watch the ocean claim its prize.

When in Malaga, do as the Romans do

Although the Roman Theater was discovered in the 20th century, it is believed to be 2,000 years old. To learn more about one of the remaining symbols of Roman Hispania in Malaga, go to the visitor center that features different artefacts and pieces of the Lex Flavia Malacitana, a local statute in Latin.

Calle Alcazabilla, 8

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