Fuengirola, Spain

On our penultimate day in Spain, Grandma and Grandpa decided to take a tour of Gibralter. They left on a bus around 8am, so we decided to have a completely kid-focused day. And what could be more kid-focused than a zoo?

Actually, do not call the Fuengirola Bioparc a zoo because it’s so much more. It’s located in the middle of town and covers a rather small space. But when you’re inside, you’re absolutely transported. They’ve used landscaping, bridges, and other techniques to make it feel as if you’re exploring a vast array of terrains, and discovering animals in their natural surroundings as you come around each corner. We were so happy we went.

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Of course the first thing I did was lose Linus. Yen took Mina off to look at the lemurs, and Linus and I started arguing over which way to go. I turned to look at an animal and then… Where the heck was he? It turned out we circled each other over ramps and bridges for a good five minutes. When we found each other again, we had a lot to show each other.

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Mina learned a new word: crocodile. I love to hear her mangle it.

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Never mind the animals, Linus found the infrastructure.

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

They’ve got a little area where you can stand right next to the birds, and there are even bats overhead.

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

And then we found a playground! I let Yen go off by himself while the kids played for half an hour. Here’s Mina bravely scaling the only entrance to the slide.

Ball pits kind of freak me out, but the kids had a good time. Mina did get a little in over her head, as you can see in the video below.

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Meanwhile, you can see what Yen checked out without us. Wow.

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Back together again, we made our way to the entrance. Slowly.

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

Fuengirola: Bioparc

And then it was time for lunch! Yen wisely chose a little place near both the beach and a little plaza so the kids could roam while we waited for the food.

Fuengirola

Fuengirola

There’s me, dining alone!

Fuengirola: Restaurante Bahía

Afterward it was pants off at the beach!

Fuengirola

Fuengirola

Fuengirola

Fuengirola

Fuengirola

Fuengirola

Fuengirola

When the kids started to shiver, we headed to a playground.

Fuengirola

Fuengirola

Fuengirola

Fuengirola

Fuengirola

The day ended when we headed back to the hotel, changed into our bathing suits, and hit the pool. Not bad at all!