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.
Best time to visit Barcelona
Anytime is a good time to visit Barcelona, but the best months would be from May to June. Spring and Fall are the best seasons, which will give you the optimal temperature to check out museums, pubs, and other tourist attractions without being too warm or too cold. August is the hottest month of the year in Barcelona and the weather will give you that sticky, uncomfortable feeling. If the cold does not bother you so much, visiting Barcelona around November or February will give you the cheapest rates on hotels and airplane tickets.
Five Best Things to do in Barcelona
1. Visit the Iconic Sagrada Familia
This iconic architectural masterpiece of Antoni Gaudi is something you should not miss when visiting Barcelona. The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, also known as Sagrada Familia, is a Roman Catholic minor basilica, but you do not have to be a Catholic to be able to get inside. The lines tend to be long, so it is better to buy tickets online ahead and opt for the “skip the line” option. The Sagrada Familia hasn’t been completed yet, but when finished, it aims to be the tallest church building in the world. Several other architectural styles are fused in the construction of the basilica including Catalan Modernism, Art Nouvea, and Spanish Late-Gothic. You can also arrange a visit to the Gaudi House Museum through the Sagrada Familia website.
2. Hit the Beaches
Barcelona’s beaches are one of the top places to visit in Spain with kids. The shoreline in Barcelona stretches for miles. The Nova Icaria Beach is the perfect place for families because of its sandy beach where little kids can play and adults can lounge and relax for hours. It is also considered as the most peaceful beach in Barcelona. For a more upbeat vibe, Barceloneta Beach offers more shops, restaurants, and water activities such as windsurfing and kite surfing. Other great beaches in Barcelona include Ocata Beach, Bogatell Beach, and Mar Bella.
3. Sample local produce at La Boqueria
Spain is known as the healthiest country in the world, and visiting La Boqueria in Barcelona will tell you why. If you are staying long term or has the option to cook in your accommodation, do your food shopping in La Boqueria. You can find everything from meat to fresh fruits. Make sure to sample the cheese and olive products being sold in here. There are also market bars and food stalls where you can buy ready-to-eat meals. Aside from grocery shopping, locals also come here for the tapas and beer.
4. Drop by Casa Battlo
Casa Battlo is another masterpiece designed by Antoni Gaudi located in the center of Barcelona. Due to its skeletal aesthetics, the local name for this building is Casa dels ossos which translates as House of Bones. Do not miss the chance to take a photo outside the house, but if you have ample time, check out the insides, too.
5. Hangout in Park Guell
Park Guell is a haven for children. This is one of the largest green spaces in Barcelona. There are picnic areas where you can relax and let the kids roam free. You will see a lot of locals jogging, biking, and just simply hanging out. There are interesting landmarks in the park, too, that are worth checking out such as “the stairs of dragon”, the Greek Theater or Nature Square, and the Porch of La Bugadera. There are also cafes and snack bars in the Park in case you don’t want to pack a picnic basket.
What Not to Miss in Barcelona
You will run out of vacation days before you will run out of things to do in Barcelona. The city simply has so many things to offer. Some of the places that you should not miss include Museo Picasso (which houses the early works of Picasso), Camp Nou, and Casa Mila-La Pedrera. Taking a catamaran cruise along Port Vell is also an adventure that you should not miss when in Spain with kids.
Top Three Places to eat in Barcelona
1. Cerveseria Catalana- Try their razor clams. It is the specialty of the house. This restaurant is also child-friendly, so you need not worry about bringing the littles along.
2. Tucco Real Food- This place offers affordable Italian and Argentine cuisine. Their spinach pesto ravioli and vegetable lasagna are highly recommended.
3. Ciutat Comtal- If you are looking for a tapas bar place, Ciutat Comtal is the best place to try in Barcelona.
Our Expert Tip for Visiting Barcelona
Barcelona will capture your heart just like it captured ours. Take a stroll along the popular La Ramba, but try not to eat or shop in there. This is popular amongst tourist, so prices for food and other shopping items tend to be more expensive in here. If you have enough time, enroll into a cooking class or two and learn how to cook your own paella or Catalan tapas.
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.
Best time to visit Madrid
The best time to visit Madrid is during autumn between September to November, or in spring from March until May. Summer is at its peak during August which is not ideal to be out and about during daytime as it tends to be hot and sticky during this month.
Five Best Things To Do In Madrid
1. Bike along Madrid Rio
Parque Madrid Rio offers a wide and open space for recreational activities. This project was done by the city of Madrid to make a practical and recreational use of space of the Manzanares River region. Spending an afternoon biking along Madrid Rio would be a great bonding moment with the kids.
2. Stop and smell the flowers at Real Jardin Botanico
This garden which was founded by King Ferdinand IV’s royal decree occupies 20 acres and is two-and-a-half centuries old. Drop by early morning or late in the afternoon and enjoy a leisure stroll around the gardens. The garden has been divided into seven outdoor gardens and five indoor greenhouses. Make it fun and educational for the kids by letting them spot flowers and plants that you don’t see at home often.
3. Take a ride on Teleferico de Madrid
Also known as Madrid Cable Car, Teleferico de Madrid is a gondola lift that you can take which links Parque del Oeste and Casa de Campo. This was opened in 1969 and has been one of the must-try things do to when visiting Madrid. The 11-minute full ride will give you a bird’s eye-view of the beautiful city below.
4. Snack on churros at San Gines
You may have tried churros in your home country, but the best ones are found in Madrid. After being out and about all day, head towards San Gines with the kids. This is the oldest and most popular chocolaterias in Madrid. Their deep fried churro and thick creamy chocolate dip is something not only the kids would want, but adults, too.
5. Catch the sunset at Templo de Debod
Also called the Temple of Debod, this is an ancient Egyptian temple that was dismantled, brought over, and assembled in Madrid. As the sun sets, its light is reflected on the water surrounding the temple, thus giving it a magical look. You will see a lot of locals and photo enthusiasts come here to catch the sunset.
What Not to Miss in Madrid
There are so many places to visit in Madrid, but if you are running out of time and can only visit a few more, make sure to go to Gran Via. This is one of the highly recognized landmarks in Madrid; you may have seen this in postcards. Gran Via is the city’s entertainment, shopping, and cultural center. If you are a fan of the brand Zara which originated in Spain, you will find one of its biggest stores in here.
Top Three Places to eat in Madrid
1. Restaurant Sacha- You know that a restaurant offers good food if locals eat in there, too. Restaurant Sacha is a crowd favorite in Madrid. Do not miss out on ordering the house specialties such as decadent faux lasagna.
2. El Cisne Azul- This hole-in-the-wall in Chueca has the best wild mushrooms you have ever tasted.
3. Cruz Blanca de Vallecas- This is home to Madrid’s most iconic dish. Order cocido madrileno with your favorite glass of wine.
Our Expert Tip for Visiting Madrid:
For delicious and authentic local quick bites, drop by Mercado de San Miguel. This is Madrid’s first gourmet market, which has loads of food choices that even your little picky eaters will find something to their liking.
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.
Best Time to Visit Malaga
Malaga is blessed with Mediterranean climate thus making any month a good month to visit, although July and August can get really warm and sticky. Autumn, September to November, and spring, March to May, are the best months to enjoy outdoor activities in Malaga.
Five Best Things to do in Malaga
1. Feel like a royal in Alcazaba of Malaga
This palatial fortification was built by the Hammudid dynasty in the early 11th century and has been Malaga’s most important landmark. Roaming around the nooks and hallways of this Alcazaba would make you feel like a royal. Taking a walk on the fortification would also give you the best views of the city.
2. Explore the Roman Theater
Located just outside the outer walls of Alcazaba of Malaga, the ruins of the Roman Theater is a great piece of historical architecture. You can explore by yourself or join a guided tour. If you happen to be visiting during summer, come early in the morning or late afternoon. The area is exposed to the sun, so make sure to bring water to hydrate.
3. Put your brave on and go spelunking in the Caves of Nerja
Are you an outdoorsy and adventurous family? If you are up for it, go spelunking in the Caves of Nerja, Malaga. This chain of caves stretches up to about five kilometers. You can also find in here the world’s largest stalagmite at 32-meter high. The paths inside the cave have been paved and reinforced. There are also proper lighting inside. It is a safe place to explore with kids, but a guide is still highly recommended.
4. Laze in the sandy beaches of Playa de la Malagueta
What’s a visit to Malaga without hitting the beaches, right? Playa de la Malagueta is the main beach in Malaga. It is a great place to just laze around while reading a book and letting the kids build sand castles or swim in the clear waters.
5. Take a stroll on the King’s Pathway
Also known as El Caminito del Rey in local language, the King’s Pathway is a walkway built along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro. Taking a stroll here is quite an experience and you will be treated to the breathtaking scenic landscape surrounding King’s Pathway.
What Not to Miss in Malaga
Take a flamenco dance class and sway your hips away with the Flamenco dancers in Malaga. If you are not up for dancing, you can simply sit back and enjoy the performance of the flamenco dancers and musicians. If you cannot get enough of the beach, head up to Costa del Sol town of Marbella.
Top Three Places to Eat in Malaga
1. El Pimpi- The themed rooms in an 18th-century house are some charms that attract guests to El Pimpi, but it is their superb traditional Spanish dishes that keep the customers coming back.
2. Vino Mio Cervantes- You have to try their black tagliatelle with marinated chicken. The cod fillet here is also a must-try.
3. Amador- This winner of Trip Advisor’s 2013 Certificate of Excellence has the best paella in town. The art collection displayed in the restaurant also attracts guest.
Our Expert Tip for Visiting Malaga:
You would want to spend a lot of time at the beaches when visiting Malaga, so make sure to pack your swimwear, the kids’ sand toys, and loads of sunscreen.
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.
Best Time to Visit Granada
July to August are the best months to visit Granada. Unlike the wet, sticky summer in Barcelona, Granada’s summer has a dry heat which is bearable. You would get to enjoy doing outdoor activities, especially those at the beach.
Five Best Things to do in Granada
1. Learn about Moorish history in Alhambra Palace
The Alhambra Palace is a popular place amongst tourist in Granada, Spain. This grand fortress of Moorish and Christian styles is a palace, a castle, and an enclosed town in one. The fortress dates back to 1200s, to 1300s. Taking a guided walking tour around Alhambra is a fun and educational way to spend your afternoon in Granada.
2. Hike up Sierra Nevada National Park
This mountain range in the region of Andalucia, Granada is a hiker’s paradise. Sierra Nevada National Park is the highest mountain range in Spain and it is also the largest in area. If you would like to stay for a night or two, the park also has camping sites. They also have villa accommodations for a comfortable stay, especially for families with kids.
3. Bathe in Hammam Al Andalus
There are a lot of Arabian buildings and structures in Granada and one of these is Hammam Al Andalus. Experience taking a relaxing bath in a traditional hammam (bath house). You have options to try the hot, cold, and steam rooms. This is a great place to end the day of exploring.
4. Go on a walking tour in Albaycin
This UNESCO World Heritage district in Granada is known for its historical importance. Join one of the walking tours and journey through the cobbled streets and narrow alleys while learning about the history of the place. Make sure to bring your camera with you because you would want to take pictures for sure.
5. Explore Sacromonte
Sacromonte is Granada’s home of the gypsy community. Situated east of Albaycin and in front of Alhambra, this traditional neighborhood still has cave houses carved out of a rock. It’s not every day that you would get to see a neighborhood like this, so spend an hour or two wandering around Sacromonte.
What Not to Miss in Granada
Flamenco performances in the gypsy caves in Sacromonte is such a treat. If you are in the neighborhood, try asking around for scheduled performances, show up, and have a good time.
Top Three Places to Eat in Granada
1. El Claustro-If you are looking for a luxury dining experience in Granada, El Claustro is the place to wine and dine. While enjoying your delicious food, you can enjoy the view overlooking the 16th century courtyard.
2. Los Jardines de Zoraya- The grilled Iberian pork is something you should order when dining here. For dessert, go for the mojito sorbet.
3. Ruta del Azafran- Halal meat and vegetarian options are available in Ruta del Azafran. This is highly recommended, especially if you are in Alhambra area.
Our Expert Tip for Visiting Granada:
Bring some cash and head over to Alcaiceria bazaar for some shopping spree. There are stalls where you can buy souvenirs, clothes, bags, silks, spices, and other precious goodies.
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.
Best Time to Visit Valencia
The Mediterranean climate makes Valencia a nice city to visit anytime of the year. If you would like to spend a lot of time at the beach, July, August, September, and October would be the best months for you to come. March and June also bring warmer weather with fewer crowds.
Five Best Things to do in Valencia
1. Appreciate art at El Carmen Street
Go on an art appreciation trip by dropping by El Carmen Street Art in Valencia. The colorful and vibrant art murals of the walls of this bohemian district is fun and attractive, especially to the kids. These art works are done by local artists who have spent hours painting them. These painted walls would make a perfect background of your family holiday photos.
2. Participate in La Tomatina
La Tomatina is an annual tomato throwing festival in Valencia, Spain. It started in 1940s and now occurs every last Wednesday of August every year. Spain has recognized La Tomatina as an official Fiesta of International Tourist Interest. Dress up in white and join the ultimate food fight in Valencia. The kids will love it. Make sure to bring protective goggles, so you won’t have tomato juice in your eyes.
3. Have a meet and greet with Gulliver at Parque Gulliver
This would be such a treat, especially if the kids are fans of Gulliver’s Travels. Parque Gulliver in Valencia, Spain has a massive fiberglass statue of this famous literary character right in the middle. The statue is so massive it will make you feel like a Lilliputians. Visitors can climb up and slide down this giant statue. It is guaranteed that the kids would love it here and would want to spend an hour or two playing around.
4. Get a glimpse of the Holy Chalice of Valencia
Tourists, especially Catholics, pay Valencia Cathedral a visit to get a glimpse of the Holy Chalice that is housed in this cathedral. Even for non-Catholics, this is a lovely religious treasure to see.
5. Hangout at the Central Market of Valencia
To the untrained eye, this building looks like a church instead of a market. Valencia’s Central Market is a great example of an Art Nouveau. The public market even looks more aesthetically pleasing at night once the lights are turned on. You can come here anytime from Mondays to Saturdays and check out the stalls full of local products and touristic wares. There are also a couple of restaurants and bars that are great places to meet new people or hangout with friends.
What Not to Miss in Valencia
Have you always wanted to go on a hot-air balloon ride? You can make that a reality in Valencia. There are a couple of companies that offers hot-air balloon services. It would breathtaking to see the scenic Serra Mariola mountains from up above.
Top Three Places to Eat in Valencia
1. Navarro- You know the food is great when getting a table reservation is a challenge sometimes. Navarro is a favorite amongst locals and visitors. A combo of paella and sangria is highly recommended here.
2. La Rentaora- La Rentaora has the best tapas in the city. Their seafood dishes are also excellent.
3. Belmondo- If you would like to take a break from traditional Spanish dishes, Belmondo offers a variety of European food including burgers and pasta.
Our expert tip for visiting Valencia:
Valencia is one of the safest cities in Spain, but taking extra precaution of your valuables while in public places is still advised.
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 several 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.
Best time to visit Toledo
August is the hottest month in Toledo which reaches up to 37 degrees Celsius. The best time to visit Toledo for ideal weather is from mid-April to end of June. Mid-September to early November are also ideal for doing outdoorsy touristy stuff in Toledo.
Five Best Things to do in Toledo
1. Cross the San Martin Bridge
Locally known as Puente de San Martin, crossing this bridge in Toledo, Spain will make you feel like you’re entering a medieval era. The bridge was first built in 1300s over Tagus River. It is rather picturesque here on warm summer afternoons. Take a leisure walk on the bridge and spot the small statue of a woman in the middle arch of the bridge.
2. Visit Museo del Greco
This museum in Toledo, Spain celebrates the life and works of mannerist painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos, popularly known as El Greco. A visit to a museum in a new city is always a good idea. The museum was established in 1911 and is also home to works of other 17th-century Spanish artists. Be on the lookout for the paintings “Azulejos” and “View and Plan of Toledo” during your visit.
3. View the city up above from Alcazar of Toledo
The Alcazar is the highest part of Toledo, Spain. This stone fortification was once used as a Roman palace in the 3rd century, but was restored in 1540s under the rule of Charles I and his son Philip II of Spain. The alcazar is a great place to learn about the history of Toledo. Presently, there are exhibits that center around the evolution of military strategy and weaponry. From up here, you will get a panoramic view of the city below.
4. Take a family photo outside Catedral de Toledo
This may not be as grand as the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, but Catedral de Toledo has its own architectural charm. The soaring tower and Gothic style architecture of Catedral de Toledo makes it one of the most important landmarks in Spain. Gather the family and take a photo with the cathedral in the background. The interior is also breathtaking. Take a moment to admire the grandiose collection of paintings inside the cathedral. You can find here El Greco’s Disrobing of Christ as well as Goya’s Arrest of Christ. Paintings of artists such as Morales, Titian, and Raphael can also be found in Catedral de Toledo.
5. Check out Castillo de San Servando
Castillo de San Servando is an 11th century castle built opposite of Alcantara bridge. This castle is a Madejar style fortress which is common in Spain. Although the interiors are not open to the public, visitors are free to explore the exterior and the grounds.
What Not to Miss in Toledo
Nights in Toledo are also meant to be spent outside. The city has a whole different charm to it once the night creeps in and the city lights start to flicker. Ruta nocturna is a popular guided walking tour in Toledo at nighttime. Spain is known for having late dinners (around 9pm to midnight), so going on a city night tour before your dinner reservations is a good way to spend your time in Toledo.
Top Three Places to eat in Toledo
1. Taberna Embrujo- The grilled squid and mushroom in Taberna Embrujo is worth the rave. It is best with the restaurant’s special citrus cocktail. A lot of locals eat here, and that’s how you know that the food is great.
2. Alfileritos 24- Modern Spanish dishes such as cannedlloni stuffed with Iberian pulled pork is what keeps the customers coming back to Alfileritos 24.
3. Lo Nuestro- The multi-course Toledan cooking is what this restaurant has been showcasing. You can enjoy saffron-scented soups and traditional Manchegan sweets in this 16th-century covered courtyard.
Our Expert Tip for Visiting Toledo:
If you are looking for handmade jewelry pieces, head over to a small shop called Simon. This shop has been operating since 1963 and specializes in damascene which is the art of decorating steel with threads of gold and silver. One of a kind necklaces, pendants, and decorative art pieces are sold here.
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!
Best time to visit Palma de Mallorca
If you are planning to spend a lot of time outdoors during your trip to Palma de Mallorca, which you should, visit during the months of March, April, and May. During these months, the weather is warm in daytime and cooler at night.
Five Best Things to do in Palma de Mallorca
1. Marvel at Es Pontas
Es Pontas is Palma de Mallorca’s version of Malta’s once standing Azure Window. This rock that forms an arch stands in the middle of the sea, located in the southern part of Palma de Mallorca. You cannot swim here, but this is worth stopping by and taking a photo of.
2. Spend a day in the water at Es Trenc Beach
There is no shortage of beautiful beaches in Palma de Mallorca, but one of the best beaches here is Es Trenc Beach. The two kilometer sandy shoreline is perfect for a beach picnic. The crystal clear water on this beach is very inviting. There are a couple of restaurants and cafes in the area as well as water sports to keep you and the kids entertained. This could get too crowded during summertime though, so make sure to come early to secure a nice spot to lounge on.
3. Visit the quaint village of Valldemossa
What makes Valldemossa charming is its cobblestone streets, well-maintained gardens, olive groves, sandstone buildings, and small cafes. It is a great place to spend a few hours walking around and checking out the local boutiques while snapping some cool photos in the narrow alleys. If you see a bakery, sample some coca de patatas (potato roll). It is Valldemossa’s specialty, and it is perfect to pair with your morning coffee.
4. Spend an afternoon on a catamaran
Soak up that Mallorca sun by lazing in a catamaran. Most catamaran cruises offers barbecue and tapas and wine onboard. You can also hop off the catamaran and go snorkeling in the ocean. Paddle boards and kayaks are available for rent. Chill and catch the sunset as you cruise back towards the shore.
5. Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables at The Santa Catalina Market
If you have enough restaurant food and would like to prepare your own meals, Santa Catalina Market, which was built in 1920, have the best produce available. You can buy fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, a variety of cheese, seafood, baked goods, and a lot more in here. There are also a lot of food stalls in the market area if you just want to grab a quick bite before heading to your scheduled adventure for the day.
What not to miss in Palma de Mallorca
The viewpoint at Mirador Es Colomer is a must-see when you are in Palma de Mallorca. If you can, rent a car and drive up here. You will be welcomed by a panoramic view of towering cliffs and the blue ocean. You would need to hike up a little bit for the best view though, but it is worth it.
Top three places to eat in Palma de Mallorca
1. Sadrassana- The restaurant is in a 19th-century Mallorcan manor house in the city’s Old Town. The ambiance itself is worth a visit, but the food is also superb. Sadrassana’s rack of lamb and suckling pig are must-tries.
2. Kurobota- If you are looking for vegan options, this is the best place to go in Palma de Mallorca. They also have meat options for non-vegan eaters, of course. The seafood dishes such as scorpion fish dumplings and soft-shelled crab are best sellers in here.
3. La Rosa Vermuteria- This pub grab is one of the new food places in the city and the locals have been raving about it since its opening in 2015.
Our Expert Tip for Visiting Palma de Mallorca:
You will not run out of beaches to hit during your trip to Palma de Mallorca, so prepare to be spending most of your time near the ocean. Nassau Beach Club Mallorca is popular amongst families.
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.
Best Time to Visit Seville
To enjoy Seville with fewer crowds and cheaper rates on accommodations and activities, the best time to visit is March, April, and May. But, you can visit any other time in the year that works best for you as there’s never really a bad time to be in Seville.
Five Best Things to do in Seville
1. Watch a bullfight
Bullfighting is popular in the whole of Spain but even more so in Seville. If you’re into bullfights or want to get a sneak view of what it’s about, the best place to watch it is in Plaza de Torros de Sevilla. But make sure your kids or you are not sensitive to bullfights before you decide to do this.
2. Discover the secret corners of Real Alcazar
Real Alcazar is located in the center of Seville. It is one of the oldest palaces still in use in Europe. Spend an hour or two on a guided tour to discover the secrets of Real Alcazar and you’ll want to return for more.
3. Go boating in Plaza de Espana
This grand square in the heart of the city is worth spending an afternoon in. This was built in 1929 and has since become a symbol of the Ibero-American Exposition World’s Fair. You can take the kids and go boating in the river in the square area.
4. Watch a Flamenco Show in the first Flamenco museum in the world
The Museo del Baile Flamenco is the best place to catch a flamenco show in Spain. You will also have the chance to explore the museum and know more about this art, which plays a huge part of the Spanish culture.
5. Join a walking tour in Barrio Santa Cruz
This charming neighborhood is one of the oldest in the city. Take a walk around its narrow alleys with or without a guide and know more about the city’s history.
What Not to Miss in Seville
Seville has a lot of great rooftop bars and cafes. If you want a less strenuous afternoon, hit up one of these bars or cafes. Enjoy your drink and the sunset at the same time.
Top Three Places to Eat in Seville
1. Abantal- This Michelin-starred restaurant in Seville is a little pricey, but the food is worth it. They offer a seven-course tasting menu that you should try when you are in the area.
2. Hosteria del Prado- This is one of the kid-friendly places to eat in Seville. The menu is a mix of Mediterranean and Andalucian. They have workshops for kids during weekends, too.
3. La Azotea- This family-owned restaurant offers a changing menu depending on the season, but fresh seafood and yummy drinks are always guaranteed.
Our Expert Tip for Visiting Seville:
If visiting during the summer, look for accommodations with rooftop pools. This will keep the kids entertained on days that you just want to stay in for a bit.
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 breathtaking.
Best time to visit Bilbao
Just like most of Spain, the best time to go to Bilbao is during May, June, and September.
Five Best Things to do in Bilbao
1. Explore Bilbao via boat
Take a boat down the Ria de Bilbao. Along the ride, you would have a glimpse of the Guggenheim Museum, the Ribera Market, and the Ayuntamiento. This is a great way to see a lot of Bilbao from a different view. Be prepared to take pictures along the ride.
2. Ride to the top of Mt. Artxanda
This is the perfect place to see a city from up above. Come during late afternoon so you can see the city basked in sunset as well as the warm city lights during early evenings. Take your camera with you to get that picture of a perfect sunset.
3. Grab some refreshments at Plaza Nueva
This is a favorite place among locals and foreign tourists. There are a lot of cafes and bars in this 19th century structure. This is a great place to grab some refreshments and wind down after a full day of doing touristy adventures in Bilbao.
4. Visit Museo Bellas Artes
This Fine Arts Museum in Bilbao has been opened since 1914. You can see displays of the works of Goya, El Greco, and Francis Bacon in this museum. This is one place the kids would love to visit as they can learn a lot if they are into art.
5. Shop at La Ribera Market
Aside from being one of the main sources of produce in the city, La Ribera Market is also part of the city’s nightlife. The food scene is alive and thriving in this market. There are also local bands that play in the bars every night. This market is kid-friendly though you might want to get an adult night alone without the little ones.
What not to miss in Bilbao
Squeeze crossing the hanging bridge of Puente de Vizcaya in your schedule during your trip to Seville. The Vizcaya Bridge became a World Heritage Site in 2006 and is the first industrial heritage site in Spain. The bridge has served Bilbao for a long time since its construction in 1983. It is exciting and quite an adventure to cross the bridge riding the hanging gondola. If you are extra gutsy and heights do not scare you, you can climb up 50 meters to the very top of the bridge where you can start crossing the 160 meter long wooden walkway.
Top Three Places to Eat in Bilbao
1. Restaurante Mandoya- This restaurant has been serving traditional Basque cuisine for over 50 years. Seafood is the restaurant’s specialty.
2. Rio-Oja- Snail in garlic and tomato sauce is just one of Rio-Oja’s specialty.
3. Guria- Guria specializes in variety of typical cod dishes.
Our Expert Tip For Visiting Bilbao:
You may have your fill of tapas in other cities in Spain, so while in Bilbao, ask for pintxos. Pintxos are small pieces of bread topped with a variety of ingredients. You can eat this with your cocktails.
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. And even though Ibiza has an “adult crowd” reputation because of its lively nightlife, it is also home to quiet quaint villages and quiet beaches that families love. It’s an island in the Mediterranean Sea, just about 90 miles from Valencia, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Best time to visit Ibiza
Ibiza has a reputation of getting crowded because of its beautiful beaches, but the best times to visit are May, June, July, August, September, and October. November, December, January, February, March, and April are off-seasons in Ibiza.
Five Best Things to do in Ibiza
1) Ibiza Museum of Contemporary Art
Also known as Museu d’Art Contemporani, this museum houses the permanent collection of Antoni Mari Ribas who is one of the most talented painters born in Ibiza. Temporary collections are also displayed here, including the collection of designs by the LOEWE fashion house.
2) Go surfing
The waves are good in Ibiza. If you are just a beginner, if your kids are still learning, there are over twenty surfing shops that teach surfing for beginners. They have professionals that will guide you to the best spots for newbies and will teach you the basics of surfing.
3) Visit Aquarium Cap Blanc
Aquariums are always a hit to the kids. This aquarium is set up in a sea cave where the local fishermen used to set their traps for lobsters. The aquarium is also a habitat for sea turtles, so the kids would be able to see little sea turtles. Visitors can go underground and see more marine life such as grouper, conger, rays, and morays.
4) Catch a ferry to Formentera
You should catch a ferry to Formentera when you have the chance. This is in Ibiza’s South Coast, where the beaches give off tropical vibe. Playa de Ses Illetes is the most popular one in Formentera. You can even find a big tidal pool here that is a perfect swimming spot for the kids.
5) Have a Spa day
Ibiza is known for its relaxing spas. There are about twenty spas in the island. Book a reservation at Atzaro Spa and get massages surrounded by citrus and olive groves. You can enjoy the sauna, a huge pool, and can even join a yoga class or two.
What Not to Miss in Ibiza
The beaches in Ibiza should be the center of your trip. Cala Comte is a great beach for families. Its 800-meter strip of sand is perfect for making sand castles, having a picnic, sunbathing, or playing beach volleyball. You can also find lagoon-like shallow pools in this beach, which is great if you have small children that cannot get enough of the turquoise waters.
Top Three Places to Eat in Ibiza
1) Bambuddha- This famous Asian restaurant in Ibiza has been serving cuisines from Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam for over fifteen years.
2) Sa Capella- Sa Capella’s signature suckling pig keeps customers coming back to this restaurant. The interior of the place also gives it a perfect ambiance for a romantic dinner.
3) La Casita- This cozy little restaurant offers the best beef bourguignon and chateaubriand steak.
Our Expert Tip for Visiting Ibiza:
The beaches and the party scenes are what makes Ibiza so popular with tourists, but allocate at least a day to go on a city tour and you will be surprised with the historical sites and quaint charming cafes you will find.
This article is part of our popular series, Place To Go With Kids!