5 Ideas For Family Travel In Spain

I’ve always loved all things Spanish from the incredible food to beautiful beaches and exciting cities.  There’s almost too much choice on ideas of where to take the kids but here are some suggestions for you:
Street scene Barcelona

  1. I spent a magical summer learning Spanish in the beautiful city of Granada in the shadow of the Alhambra.  This is the place to go if you want the fun of a Spanish city with the exoticism of a Moroccan souk.  Take the family on a tour of the Alhambra, an old palace and fortress complex first built in the 9th century (make sure to book tickets in advance).  Don’t be afraid to keep the kids up late to enjoy Granada’s delicious tapas – essentially free snacks given out at bars!  Keep them going with a good old Spanish power nap, the siesta.
  2. You are spoilt for choice for great beaches in Spain.  If you want to avoid the crowds of the more popular beaches, check out these suggestions for more secluded beaches, including Playas del Papagayo in Lanzarote.  The Canary Islands are a great place to take the kids, especially if you’re looking for Winter sun with many family friendly hotels and activities from theme parks to submarine safaris!
  3. It goes without saying that a trip to Barcelona is a must.  But why not combine it with a visit to Valencia, an easy 3 hour train ride away.  Lots of sights to fill your itinerary from a Bullfighting Museum and Plaza de Toros to the more kid friendly Oceanografic (the largest aquarium in Europe!) with sharks, belugas and whales. Don’t forget to try the horchata, a refreshing almond milk drink.Shop facade in Valencia
  4. Escape the city and enjoy the beautiful Spanish countryside.  For family friendly luxury, look no further than the Barceló de Bobadillo in Loja, set within a 900 acre estate.  The kids can go horse riding, quad biking and there’s even a Kids Club for those aged 4-12.  The hotel is situated between Granada and Malaga so why not hire a car and go driving round the region. Or for something a bit more rustic, how about a stay at an organic farm – Mas De La Taveres offers five bedrooms with views out to the Prades Mountains.
  5. Finally, a trip to the nation’s capital Madrid!  There’s so much on offer to keep the kids entertained from the Casa de Campo which houses the Zoo and Amusement Park to the Teleferico cable car.  For football mad kids, take them on a tour of the Bernabeu Stadium, the home of Real Madrid (my husband would love this one!).Real Madrid


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