Spain with kids: how to plan the perfect trip
Spain is a wonderful destination for a family holiday.
If you are looking for a sea and sun family holiday, Spain has lovely family-friendly beaches with wonderful resorts excellently equipped for kids of all ages.
If you are looking for family sightseeing and city breaks with kids, Spain has some of the most beautiful cities in Europe, offering endless museums, parks and cultural sites.
Last but not least, Spain has delicious food that is sure to please even the fussiest of eaters: the concept of tapas, small plates, is ideal for families as it allows children to get small portions even in standard restaurants, limiting the need for strictly family-friendly establishments (kids are welcome almost everywhere in Spain)
All this and a wonderful welcoming attitude towards kids make Spain one of the best destinations for a family holiday.
We have been to Spain with the children several times and these are our top tips for visiting Spain with kids and Spain with kids' travel guides.
Where in Spain is good for families? The best places to visit in Spain with kids
Spain is a large country offering several types of vacation options to families, depending on the experience you are looking for.
At a glance, the best places to visit in Spain with kids are:
Perfect for a family city break, Madrid is a large European capital with plenty to offer to adults and children alike.
Culture loving families will relish the many city museums, most of which are well equipped also with family-friendly tours and activities for kids, the city excellent parks and the many child-friendly attractions such as the famous Football Stadium Bernabeu, home of Real Madrid.
Madrid is the best place to visit in Spain with kids if you are looking for an easy and culture-filled city break in Europe. Find below our full guide to Madrid with kids.
Barcelona was the first city we visited with our kids and still now one of our favorite thanks to its family-friendly vibe and the variety of child-friendly attractions on offer.
Visiting Barcelona with kids, you have the chance to see the world-famous Barcelona architecture by architect Gaudi, which is easy to enjoy for the kids too, thanks to its imaginative shapes and colors, wonderful museums, a wonderful aquarium and also the beach! Barcelona is the best place to visit in Spain with kids if you want to mix a city experience with handy access to a nice beach.
Scroll to the bottom of this page for our guide to Barcelona with toddlers and our recommendations for the best things to do in Barcelona with kids.
Mallorca is an island off the coast of Barcelona and the best place to holiday in Spain with kids.
It has wonderful beaches, some with white sand and shallow waters that will make you feel like you are in the Caribbean plenty of family-friendly resorts and hotels to choose from and a lovely city, Palma, with an impressive cathedral and old city center.
This is a wonderful destination for a sea and sun family holiday in Spain with kids
Andalucia, in the South of Spain, is a wonderful region to visit with kids. Andalucia has some of the most beautiful cities in the whole of Spain, including stunning Granada, famous for the Alhambra (so impressive, kids always love it!), Cordoba and its incredible Mezquita and Seville, which has the amazing Alcazar and wonderful locations of Star Wars fame.
As well as cities, Andalucia has some of the most developed coastlines in the whole of Spain when it comes to sea and sun holiday, the Costa del Sol. Built-up, busy and well equipped, this is the best place to holiday in Spain with kids if out are looking for all-inclusive resort and plenty of entertainment for the kids.
Bilbao, San Sebastian, Basque Country
The Basque Country is in the North of Spain and it is the best place in Spain for kids if you are looking for a beautiful summer destination in Spain that is not too hot. This area has wonderful cities and nice beaches and it is also equipped with nice family camping sited with several activities and packages for families with kids of all ages.
Spain is also a wonderful destination for family skiing. The Pyrenees offer amazing and budget-friendly family ski holiday options and are among the best family destinations for a snow holiday in Europe.
The best time to visit Spain with kids
The best time to visit Spain with kids depends on what you want from your holiday in Spain and how you deal with hot climate.
The best time to visit Madrid and the central part of Spain is the spring and the autumn. At this time, you have usually dry weather and mild temperatures perfect for sightseeing.
The best time to visit Andalucia for sightseeing is outside of the summer. At this time, you avoid the scorching heat and, especially in the winter, you will find the lowest crowds.
The best time to go to Andalucia with kids for a sea and sun holiday is the summer. Despite being hot and crowded, this is the time when you have all activities in full swing and will benefit the most for being close to the water.
The best time to visit the Basque Country with kids is the summer, when the weather tends to be good yet doesn’t usually get excessively hot.
The best way to travel with kids in Spain
Spain is vast and the best way to cover long distances with kids is either by train or plane.
The official train travel website for Spain is Renfe.es – the best trains, if available between your destinations, are the high speed AVEs, which connect several cities in a flash and have excellent on board service.
Family travel guides Spain
Browse our family travel guide for planning a trip to Spain with kids. You will find specialized family guides to Madrid, Barcelona (one specific for families with babies and toddlers, one also for older kids), Seville and Mallorca however, don't forget to also check out posts about Toledo and Segovia: while not specifically for families, these are wonderful destinations in Spain that are very easy to enjoy with children too!