Things to do with kids in Spain
Spain is just perfect for kids! After all, there is so much to do and see here for the whole family. The added advantage is that the distances are short between cities and it’s easy to spot how the culture changes from region to region. In fact, there is a mix of Islamic, Roman and European culture. The cities are incredibly welcoming and very child-friendly. The weather is great, and the people are also welcoming and warm. The atmosphere is always buzzing, and there is no shortage of fun-filled and interesting events in Spain. All you need to do is start making plans and browse for Spanish vacation rentals to look for a comfortable and affordable place to stay whilst exploring this fantastic country with your family. Those vacation rentals are close to the local coffee shops and grocery stores and offer a more authentic living experience in Spain. You are about to enter a remarkably diverse country that is known for its fascinating history and culture as well as being full of spectacular natural beauty. Oh, and its great food, of course!
You can easily spend a couple of weeks travelling around Spain and exploring its beautiful cities such as Sevilla, Valencia, Madrid, Granada, and Barcelona. These are some of the most famous spots for Spain trips and places that have comfortable neighborhoods for families and plenty of things to do and see. You can look forward to creating some lifetime memories and enjoy lots of family bonding time. Why not try out a Segway Tour while visiting a city – it’s highly recommended for families with old enough kids. Children would love touring the city on Segway and would happily lead the way, instead of complaining about walking all day long! The family can even split up and see different parts of the town, and the added advantage is that each parent gets one-on-one time with each child. One can stroll along beaches, ride horses, learn the art of pottery making or even take flamenco lessons to make for an unforgettable trip.
There are so many flavours, colours, and aromas in the different cities and regions of Spain that are simply irresistible for the adults as well as the kids:
- Madrid remains the capital of Spain, and it is really fun exploring it with your children. One can visit Museo del Prado and the Palacio Real, go boating in the park or even walk along the wide promenades at twilight. Spanish horses have been legendary, and it is exciting to see famous figures on horseback around Madrid. Discover some amazing neighborhoods on foot on the Metro system. Enjoy looking at the tiled street plaques with beautifully illustrated street names such as Calle de Leon, Calle de la Sal, Plaza de la Villa and more. If the kids get puckish, there are several cafes and local snack carts selling delights such as “chocolate con churros”.
- Barcelona is another favourite city for families with kids who simply love the playful spirit of the city. The architectural creations of Gaudi reflect the timeless marvels of imagination. The blue Mediterranean is always there close by, no matter wherever you go in Barcelona. Enjoy lunch on the beach or stop to soak up the sun in-between touring this great city. Children simply love looking at the stuffed animals of the Parc Guell dragon, miniature mosaic houses and the beautiful mosaics and tiles in a Gaudi house. Ride Barcelona metro system to get around at a quicker pace, which is excellent. There are plenty of gourmet food shops to explore in Barcelona, whatever your preference.
- Castile and Leon is a region of northwestern Spain which has always been famous for its Gothic cathedrals, medieval cities, and universities. The kids would have a fun-filled day as they explore the vast walled cities in this central region of Spain. Visit Segovia to see the massive Roman aqueduct and you can always pick the hop on hop off bus at the Plaza de la Artilleria. Have a look at the fort from the 13th –16th centuries, the Alcazar, which is indeed a dream of a fortified castle for a kid. Avila is the highest city in Spain, and here you can take a tour of the Medieval, Renaissance, Romanesque palaces. Several churches and cathedrals are worth seeing. Salamanca city is known as the central spots of learning in Spain and boasts of the oldest universities in Europe. Explore Plaza Mayor and stroll the city and get entertained by students playing love music as you sit in a cafe and relax. Go biking around Burgos with your kids and enjoy looking at the beauty of a graceful medieval town.
- Castilla-La Mancha in central Spain is filled with farms and lands with vineyards. The picturesque landscape is dotted with several beautiful villages. As you pass through La Mancha, do visit the fantastic windmills of La Mancha. Take a tour of the interior of a windmill and show the gears, wheels and grinding stones from close to the kids. They can use their imagination to conjure up images of Don Quixote riding full tilt at a windmill!
- Andalusia in southern Spain is the name of the Moorish kingdom and has always been a great center of learning over the centuries. It is here where one finds the most cultured in Europe. As you travel through Andalusia, you can show your kids those beautiful fortresses, palaces, and mosques built in Islamic style architecture. Explore Plaza de las Tendillas, and let the kids cool off by running in and out of the water jets. Another popular spot is Costa del Sol, which is famous as a beach resort and summer holiday destination for many of us Brits. Let the kids build their sand forts and splash about in the sea. Families can relax on the sand and spend a lazy day together.
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