As you plan your trip, you will see that vacationing in Spain is incredible. It is delightful and allows you to explore another part of the world. A Spanish adventure cannot be summed up in one sentence, nor can a single person’s understanding sum it up since everyone’s travel experience is different.

Spain, with its vivacious culture, stunning landscapes, and glorious history, is a perfect destination for a family vacation. From the pristine beaches of the Costa del Sol to the bustling streets of Barcelona and the historical wonders of Madrid, Spain offers multifarious experiences that complement the taste of every traveller.

To ensure your family vacation in Spain is nothing short of extraordinary, we have compiled a comprehensive Spain vacation travel guide with top tips and recommendations.

So, pack your bags and prepare for an unforgettable adventure with your loved ones in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula.

General tips

  1. When planning your Spanish adventure, learn a few basic Spanish phrases to make your vacation comfortable and enjoyable. Though English is widely spoken in the country, people only understand Spanish in smaller cities and towns.
  2. Carry plenty of cash on your Spain travel vacation. Many local shops, food vendors, and small merchants may not accept credit cards; they prefer only cash. ATMs are plentiful and readily available all over the country.
  3. Always respect the culture and traditions of a foreign country. Cover your knees and shoulders before entering the cathedral or other consecrated places. Moreover, summer in Spain is scorching, so wear a scarf or shrug over your sleeveless top.
  4. Siesta plays an integral part in Spanish culture. Most businesses stay closed from 2 pm to 5 pm (Except Barcelona and Madrid). If you want to stay active during your family vacation in Spain, utilize this time by visiting a place that remains open or may go for outdoor activity.
  5. Babysitters are unfathomable among locals as children are heartily invited all over. You can find toddlers or kids enjoying themselves at restaurants or in city squares, even at 11 pm.

When and where to go for family vacation in Spain

    1. If you are travelling to Spain for the first time and looking for a perfect Spain travel itinerary, you can consider three prime regions Catalunya, Andalucia and Madrid. First, fly to Barcelona, then take the train to Sevilla and finally reach Madrid, from which you will eventually fly home.
    2. You can reverse the order and visit Madrid first. All three cities are brimming with major attractions that cater to the needs of every traveller.
  1. If you want to spend more time, you can combine your Spanish adventure with Portugal or Morocco. A plane or car could be the best option for Lisbon or Porto.
  2. Andalucia is bursting hot from May through September. But you can’t skip this place if you plan your Spain travel vacation only in summer. You can start your Spanish adventure early in the morning before the heat spikes. And then again begin in the afternoon when the heat settles down.
  3. Are you planning to travel to this European country in winter? Spain is blessed with many family-friendly ski resorts, mainly in the Pyrenees, that shares the border with France. The Pyrenees are also one of the favorite hiking destinations for families in warmer seasons.
  4. Spain is known for its beautiful beaches and plenty of family-friendly options. Look for beaches with gentle slopes and calm waters, making it safe for children to splash and play. Some beaches offer play areas, beach clubs with kids’ activities, and water sports suitable for young adventurers.
  5. Spain is famous for its vibrant festivals and events that cater to all ages. Some exciting options include the La Tomatina festival in Buñol, the Fallas festival in Valencia, and the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona. The Running of the Bulls is usually held from the 7th to the 14th of July each year. The entire city gets adorned with festival celebrations and activities. If you want to watch it, do it from the balcony for your safety.
  1. Mallorca is a popular Spanish island for kids. The island offers plenty of family accommodations, azure water, and a wealth of beautiful beaches. The island is also safe for young kids; thus one of the perfect holiday destinations for families with toddlers.
  2. Families with older children might consider the ancient pilgrims’ walk at Camino de Santiago. This walk attracts travellers from around the world, irrespective of age and stage.

You can start the walk from various points based on your time and stamina. The walk ends at the famous Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, the reputed burial place of Saint James the Great.

 Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

Accommodations

  1. Hotels are quite expensive in Spain, particularly in major cities. Standalone apartments are the cheaper options and give you a taste of living like a local. Always book your hotel with reputed travel agencies like Bookit N Go.
  2. In Madrid, our recommendations are,
  • Hotel Aravaca Garden ($31 per night**)
  • Aandamp;Z Javier Cabrini ($41 per night**)
  • Vertice Roomspace Madrid ($45 per night**)

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  1. In Barcelona, our recommendations could be,
  • Porta De Gallecs ($61 per night**)
  • Campanile Barcelona Barbera ($67 per night**)
  • Sant Quirze De Besora ($77 per night**)

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  1. If you plan to visit the southern part of Spain during summer’s scorching heat, choose to prioritize accommodations with air conditioning and a pool.

Activities and sightseeing

    1. Are you planning to visit Park Guell, La Sagrada Familia, the Alhambra or other famous attractions on your Spanish adventure? Book online to save time. Both La Sagrada Familia and Park Guell require timed entry tickets that you must purchase in advance.
    2. The Alhambra issues tickets in three batches for visitors. But those are very demanding, so book in advance for a hassle-free trip.
  1. For a tension-free and enriching experience, consider joining a family-friendly guided tour. Many tour operators offer tailored packages with activities suitable for different age groups, providing an opportunity to make new friends while exploring Spain together.
  2. Spain houses some of the best interactive museums for families. The CosmoCaixa in Barcelona, Science Museum in Valencia, and Madrid’s Museo del Ferrocarril (Railway Museum) are just a few examples. These hands-on museums offer educational and enjoyable experiences for both children and adults.
  3. All Spanish cities are blessed with parks and plazas where kids can run and play. Bring a soccer ball to make many friends instantly.
  4. Andalucia is the best part of the country to watch a Flamenco show. But ask the locals or tour operators for recommendations of some of the best shows.
  5. Sevilla is the best place for a bike tour due to its stable weather and flat terrain. Barcelona could be the second choice.

Foods and drinks

  1. Spanish people used to dine late; thus, most restaurants don’t serve dinner before 9 pm. Locals used to have lunch between 1:30 and 4:30 pm, which is the prime meal of the day.
  2. In Spain, most restaurants used to offer a proper lunch menu with several choices, each for a first course, a main course with a side, and dessert. The restaurants also serve a glass of coffee, wine, or soft drink. The cost of a proper meal is around $15 per person.
  3. Tapas (the Spanish version of snacks) help control your hunger until midnight. It can serve as a meal for kids who need to eat early. You can bring your kids to fancy tapas bars, though shoving amid the crowds may frighten novices.
  4. During your Spain travel vacation, don’t forget to taste Pintxos (pronounced “pinchos”), which are the Basque cousin to tapas. They come up with a slice of bread, toppings with a toothpick. To enjoy the local flavor, visit different bars and sample one or two at each.
  5. Though you may not get a special menu for your child, popular dishes like tortilla española, patatas bravas, and ham and cheese croquetas could satiate the taste of picky eaters.
  6. Many Spanish cities are brimming with fabulous markets ideal for a picnic. La Boqueria in Barcelona, Mercado San Miguel in Madrid and Mercado de Feria in Sevilla are the best picnic spots. You can also check smaller or less-crowded options.
  7. Jamon is a source of national pride and a popular Spanish dish. It is freshly cut at the venue where it’s served. You can see jamon everywhere, from the giant legs of jamon hung in eateries to cones filled with paper-thin slices on display at markets.
  8. On your Spain trip, don’t forget to try tinto de verano (red wine and lemon soda on ice), Spanish wines and beers.
  9. Madrid has the reputation of being the best tap water in the world. In restaurants, ask for agua del grifo to avoid paying for a sealed water bottle.

Getting around

  1. Spain has an efficient and extensive public transportation system. Utilizing trains or buses can be a convenient and cost-effective way to travel between cities, saving you from the hassle of driving and parking. Children usually enjoy train rides, making them a part of the adventure.
  2. Children under six can travel for free by rail in Spain with a reservation. Children between 7-14 years need to pay 60 per cent of the adult fare.
  3. If you need to move out of the city, fill your tank. Gas stations are not frequent and far between along the highways.
  4. Spain experiences diverse weather conditions based on its geographical location. Coastal regions tend to have milder climates, while central areas can get hot during summer. Pack accordingly with sunscreen, hats, and light clothing, and stay hydrated, especially during outdoor activities.

Toddlers and Babies

  1. You can easily get baby products like diapers, formula, baby food and sunscreen in most pharmacies and supermarkets. But if you are using any specific brand, bring the essentials with you on your Spanish adventure.
  2. If you need to visit subway stations, museums and crowded sidewalks, carry an umbrella stroller for easy navigation. If you plan a hike or need to walk through cobbled streets, a backpack carrier could be your best option.
  3. It’s always advisable to pack a changing mat as it may challenging for you to find baby changing facilities everywhere.
  4. Waiters in bars and cafes feel delighted to heat a bottle or warm up baby food for you.

Spain’s charm lies in its ability to cater to families of all sizes and ages, offering diverse activities and experiences.

By following this Spain vacation travel guide, you are bound to create lasting memories on your family vacation. From indulging in delicious cuisine to exploring historical wonders and enjoying the sunny beaches, Spain promises an unforgettable journey that every family member will treasure for years.

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FAQs

Which part of Spain is the best for a family holiday?

  • Best for beaches: Menorca
  • Best for a coastal city break: Valencia
  • Best for kids’ activities: Tenerife
  • Best for culture: Malaga
  • Best for active adventures: Costa Dorada
  • Best for a bit of everything: Benalmadena
  • Best for foodies: Mallorca

Is Madrid or Barcelona more family-friendly?

Madrid and Barcelona are family-friendly cities, offering a wide range of activities and amenities suitable for families.

Madrid has numerous parks and gardens, such as Retiro Park, Casa de Campo, and Madrid Río, providing ample opportunities for outdoor activities and picnics with children. The city boasts many family-friendly museums, including the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (National Museum of Natural Sciences) and the Museo del Ferrocarril (Railway Museum), which offer interactive exhibits for kids.

Madrid hosts various family-oriented events and festivals throughout the year, catering to both locals.

On the other hand, Barcelona’s proximity to the Mediterranean Sea means families can enjoy the beaches and coastal activities during the warmer months. While not as numerous as Madrid’s parks, Barcelona still offers family-friendly spaces like Park Güell and Parc de la Ciutadella.

Attractions like the Barcelona Zoo and the Cosmo Caixa science museum provide entertainment and educational experiences for kids.

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