Hola! It’s not just something Spanish people say when tourists arrive. The warmth of a Spanish welcome stays with you, long after you leave this country with such colorful culture and geography. I am here to give you the inside track of the best places you and your little ones can visit during your Spanish holiday vacation.
There are so many things to do and so many places to visit in the Spanish city of Barcelona. An easy way to kick off your city tour is through the “hop-on hop-off” bus tour, which will take you to the most visited places in the city, including the world renowned Sagrada Familia and the La Rambla complex. If your little ones love food, they will also enjoy the Spanish cooking sessions that the city offers. Plus, a fun walking tour of central Barcelona with stops for chocolate, churro, beverage tastings at five local cafes, bakeries, and chocolate shops will definitely make the visit worthwhile.
The Spanish capital city of Madrid hosts several activities for the kids and the traveling families. Here, travelers can enjoy the rides at Parque de Attractions that houses over 30 attractions for both children and adults. This amusement park is one of the most popular destinations for both locals and tourists. There are also other kid-friendly places that offer exhibits and shows for kids and adults, such as the Natural Science Museum. Faunia, and Zoo, Aquarium, two crowd-pleasing attractions that lets the family see and interact with animals.
From castles to airport museum to white sand beaches, Malaga has it all. Malaga is not your typical Spanish city that is known to the world, but it is a city worth spending a few days exploring the history behind. This place is also home to a waterpark named Aqualand Torremolinos, which kids will absolutely love. Another reason to visit this place is Parque de la Alameda because of its accessibility. It is situated in the central part of the city, and certainly has enough room for the kids to run around.
I’d suggest visiting Granada in Summer. The city organizes summer activities for the kids to enjoy and have fun, while you spend time to relax. Just like Malaga, Granada is also home to a waterpark – the Aquaola. Your family can relax under the shade of the trees, while the kids find themselves enjoying the many water slides and swimming pools. If you are out of the water, you can bring the kids to the Science Park, another kid-friendly and interactive attraction the city offers. This park features inventive hands-on science and technology exhibits that the kids will enjoy.
Valencia is another city that the kids will love. A visit to Oceanographic is a good way to spend the trip in the city. It is a must-visit place for the family, since it is the largest aquarium in Europe. The Oceanographic is composed of different structures housing examples of the most important ecosystems from each of the planet’s seas and oceans, and you will meet almost every type of sea creature imaginable. Visiting the place will be an unforgettable experience for the whole family. Another attraction that Valencia brags about is the Bioparc. It is a highly recommended place to visit where the family can see crocodiles, tigers, and gorillas. It gives visitors the most authentic African experience while in Spain.
Moving on to Toledo. This place offers less of the waterparks and zoos, but more of the charming cityscape. You can opt to hop on those double decker buses and take the tour around the city. But the best way for the family to enjoy the city is by walking on foot. By walking, you can see the cobblestone streets, which are illogically arranged, making them look like a maze or more of a stone labyrinth. There are also a number of museums that you can visit in the city. If you’re up for some adrenaline rush, Fly Toledo is a must-try attraction, where you can zip through a cable line from one point to another, overlooking the beautiful city.
7. Palma de Mallorca
Undoubtedly, Palma De Mallorca is an adults’ haven, but it is also home to several attractions that can bring fun distractions to your Spanish family trip. There are several ways to tour this port area of Spain. Among the popular and the easiest options are the “hop-on hop-off” tour buses that will take you to the Bellver Castle and the ferry tour to enjoy the Mallorca harbor front. The more traditional, but cost-effective way of exploring the city is by foot. You can walk around the city and see the Cathedral, La Almudaina, and the San Francisco Church. Palma de Mallorca is just as packed with attractions for the kids. Castles to scale, beautiful beaches to enjoy, and wild water parks to splash, name it and they have it!
Kids can burn their energy in Seville by learning a lot about history, while enjoying the gastronomic treats the city has to offer. Centuries ago, it was here where explorers left Spain to conquer new lands or to simply sail for food and spices. Today, there are guided tours that will enrich kids with an educational and information tour of the city’s extensive historical past. You can also start your tour at Seville’s Cathedral, an impressive religious building, which is the third largest Gothic style church in the world. Now, if you have someone in the family who loves Star Wars, then take them to Plaza de España. Though this place has been featured in several Hollywood movies, Star Wars is the most famous.
Guggenheim Museum is almost synonymous to Bilbao. If there is only one thing you must do in the city because you have very limited time, then it has to be to see Guggenheim. The museum is as interesting as its exhibits. Jeff Koons’ massive “Puppy” that welcomes visitors at the entrance of the museum is an instant hit for the kids and the kids-at-heart. Another attraction to lookout for is Frank Gehry’s undulating building. It is simply breathtaking.
Ibiza is known for its crowd and of course, for its party scene, but it also has the best beaches in Spain, which kids will definitely enjoy. The family will enjoy the summer sun in this part of Spain. There are a number of beach resorts where you can take the kids for picnics and barbeque in Ibiza.
This article is part of our popular series, Place To Go With Kids!