When it comes to choosing the ideal holiday destination, Spain has cemented itself as one of the top locations. Its brilliant combination of glorious weather, tourist attractions, culture and vibrant nightlife makes it the perfect destination to spend our holiday period and with all this to offer, it comes as no surprise why many choose to visit time and time again.
However, when it comes to choosing an appropriate family holiday, many of us can become unsure as to where the best destinations are. When it comes to Spain however, there is plenty to satisfy all families, no matter what type of holidays you may be used to.
Barcelona has been a favourite location for many who enjoy nothing more than soaking up some brilliant culture and scenery. Although this is primarily a more sight-seeing location, it also provides a fantastic backdrop for a family holiday-especially for those families who have slightly older children. With a wide range of galleries and museums, there is plenty to keep your family entertained here, and also provides a great way in which to escape some of the scorching hot weather you can hope to experience during its hotter months.
You will also find many street performers and entertainers throughout the city as you explore which are sure to put a spring in your step and leave you astounded with their talent. For those who are keen on sport, a must see location is the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys which was home to the 1992 Olympics and the Nou Camp Football Stadium, home to world-famous Barcelona FC. With fantastic transport facilities in the city, you will have the chance to experience everything the city has to offer-perfect for families who love to learn and explore at the same time.
To top it all, Barcelona also boasts wonderful sandy Mediterranean beaches just minutes walk from the city centre.
For those families who love a bit of fun and frolics, Benidorm has to be the ideal location. Located just outside of Alicante, Benidorm houses glorious, sandy beaches, masses of entertainment and fantastic eating facilities-perfect for both families with both young and older children. Many parents may worry about their children becoming bored, but with various attractions within Benidorm, that is something you need not worry about.
One of the biggest attractions is the Terra Mitica Park which is a theme park guaranteed to leave all involved exhilarated and wanting to stay all day! However, for those who are looking to escape from the heat there is also the Aqualandia Water Park which is a fantastic day out for those who love water rides, or who simply wish to lie back and soak up the rays.
You will also find the Terra Natura Park and Mundormar Marine Animal Park for those looking for animal and nature lovers. With a great variety of night entertainment from live music, family friendly pubs and a wide range of cuisine in the restaurants, everyone is sure to be happy here.
Galicia is not an area within Spain many have heard much about, but is known as being one of Spain’s provinces. This is the perfect destination for sun worshipping families who love to mix relaxing in the sun with exploring their surroundings. It is known for providing its tourists with a ‘real’ sense of Spain with its fantastic display of culture and heritage, but also has some breathtaking landscapes in the form of mountainous countryside, bays and coves.
What’s more, this is the perfect place to experience all the Spanish cuisine has to offer with many of the restaurants providing some of the most delicious tapas you will ever experience. Again, this is more situated for an older family, but is a great place to explore and experience.
When it comes to Spain, many of us will automatically think of its beautiful weather and sandy beaches. However, for those families who wish to have a bit of adventure mixed with culture, Granada is the ideal holiday destination. Granada is situated by the Sierra Nevada ski resort, providing its tourists with the chance to mix lying in the sun with skiing through the snowy slopes-a brilliant combination for both novice and experienced skiers.
However, if skiing is not really your thing, there are many gorgeous areas oozing with culture and beauty for you to explore such as the Alhambra Palace and Generalife, which houses beautiful fountains and gardens-the perfect way to spend a glorious day out with your family. You will also find some magnificent museums such as the Archaeological Museum and the Science Museum-guaranteed to keep your children quiet and amused! However for those children who may get slightly bored by this, a quick whizz down the ski slopes or fun at the beach with the many water sports which are available, are sure to keep them happy and entertained.
Finally there is the fantastic city of Madrid. Originally popular due to its vast amount of culture and sights, its popularity has led to some fantastic developments which has now made it a popular family holiday location. As with many of the areas within Spain, Madrid houses masses of attractions such as the Faunia Theme Park, Zoo-Aquarium and Warner Bros-Madrid Theme Park-perfect for children of all ages, and adults!
As you would expect from a city, you will also find a wide range of shops here from traditional trinket stores to designer’s stores which will allow you to bring some souvenirs back or merely take advantage of any possible discounts typical of European shopping. For night time entertainment, you will be spoilt for choice in Madrid with cinemas, theatres, the ballet, and opera and for those old enough-some of the best night clubs in the whole of Europe. With masses of restaurants serving food from all over the world and many family friendly pubs providing some great live music, there is something for every family here.
When it comes to a great family holiday in Spain you will be spoilt for choice. So take the plunge and see what a great holiday experience you and your family can have on the holiday of a lifetime!