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Spanish culture places a huge emphasis on families. Children are regularly included in outings and adults make frequent trips to visit their parents and grandparents. This welcoming culture makes Spain the perfect place to bring your crew. If you’re considering a family vacation in Spain, let us first say that you’ve made an excellent choice! Second of all, these guide for family activities around the country will ensure that everyone has an enjoyable time.
1. Experience the wonders of Tibidabo in Barcelona
From its privileged perch on the mountain of the same name overlooking Barcelona, Tibidabo Amusement Park features thrills and fun for everyone. Since opening more than a century ago, this colourful park has delighted families from all over the world.
It enjoys a status as one of Europe’s oldest amusement parks, but masterfully combines a vintage feel with modern fun. Take a ride on the colourful Ferris wheel for unbeatable views of the city. Thrill-seekers can’t miss the winding roller coaster or whirling swing ride, either. For those who prefer to stay on the ground, the park also has several neat museums and exhibitions that kids will love. Add Tibidabo to your itinerary for guaranteed fun on your family vacation in Spain!
2. Escape to one of Malaga’s secluded beaches
It’s no secret that Malaga draws thousands of visitors every summer to its glimmering Mediterranean beaches. However, the beaches closest to the city can get quite crowded, and families may prefer something a bit more out of the way for less hassle.
On your family vacation in Spain, consider making the 45-minute drive from Malaga capital to Cala del Cañuelo. This secluded hidden gem of a beach sits on the border with Granada province. The shallow, calm waters make for great snorkelling. To make things even easier, a shuttle bus runs every five minutes between the beach and the parking lot. This would be especially useful for families travelling with picnics, umbrellas, and beach toys—plus, it only costs two euros per person for a return ticket.
3. See San Sebastian from above at Monte Igueldo
San Sebastian offers plenty of fun for the whole family. However, chances are your kids will jump at the opportunity to visit Monte Igueldo. Take the historic funicular up to the top of the mountain of the same name and you’ll arrive at a charming, old-world amusement park. Dating back to 1912, the park will enamour adults with its vintage vibe while still providing plenty of entertainment for the kids. Ride right over the sea on the Swiss mountain roller coaster or grab a horse on the gorgeous carousel for something more relaxed. As evening falls, stick around to see a picture-perfect sunset for a beautiful ending to your day.
4. Dive into the Olympic pool in Barcelona
There aren’t many places in the world where you can say you’ve gone swimming in a real Olympic pool! However, Barcelona is one of them. After the 1992 Olympics, the city opened the swimming and diving venue to the public under the name Piscina Municipal de Monjuïc.
Soak up the sun at this massive swimming pool and enjoy sweeping views over the entire city. It’s a no-frills space where hundreds of people come to relax and enjoy summer. If you’re looking for a way to chill out during your family Barcelona travel, this would be an excellent option, things to do in Barcelona are diverse, explore what attracts you the most.
5. Discover the world of science in Granada
Kids understandably don’t want to think about school while they’re on vacation. However, we certainly don’t think they’ll complain about an educational experience if it’s as fun as Granada’s Parque de las Ciencias! Located just outside the city centre, this fun and fascinating museum will amaze kids of all ages.
As Andalusia’s first interactive museum, it features groundbreaking educational material that will teach kids all about the world we live in through the fun world of science. Your whole family will enjoy learning about health, the environment, astronomy and so much more through the hands-on exhibits.
6. Brush up on seafaring skills in San Sebastian
With a stunning location on the sapphire waters of Spain’s northern coast, San Sebastian features plenty of unique opportunities to explore surrounding areas by boat. One such destination is Santa Clara Island, located right in the middle of La Concha Bay (seriously, how many cities can say they have their separate island?).
Take a ferry out to the island and spend a relaxing few hours away from the busy city. One highlight is a lovely picnic area with plenty of space for kids to run around. Another great option for boat-loving kids is to take a 15-minute drive to nearby San Pedro. There, you can see the Albaola Basque Maritime Factory and watch as historic boats are built!
Divided from the rest of the country by the natural boundary of the Sierra Morena, Spain’s southernmost region is larger in area than the Netherlands, stretching from the Atlantic in the west to the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada and it will be nice if you hike in the Sierra Nevada. This mountain area is a great place for summer hiking, winter skiing, and exploring small towns.
This area is one of the prettiest and most rugged in Spain and one of the better areas for outdoor activities in Spain. There are plenty of trails ranging in length and difficulty, as well as the possibility for guided tours. and the arid landscape of Almería in the east. Andalucia has more than 500 miles of coastline with a surprising variety of beaches.
On the Costa de la Luz on the Atlantic, La Antilla has 14 miles of golden sand, while the coves of the Costa Tropical on the Mediterranean are flanked by groves of mangoes, avocados and custard apples. The 700 years of Moorish civilisation left a splendid cultural legacy, not only in the great cities of Seville, Córdoba and Granada, but all over the region.
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