As the children get older, I’m putting together a bucket list of all the places we’d like to visit.
Buoyed by our fabulous holiday to Spain, I have been researching child-friendly holidays and places to explore in the region.
While I love spending lazy days going from the beach to the pool and back again, there are plenty of sights in mainland Spain and islands that I am desperate to see and for the kids to enjoy too. Spain is a wonderful and welcoming place for people with young children so I know it is a place we shall be spending many more sun-soaked family holidays.
As the kids are so young at the moment, not all activities are completely suitable for them. I often fear they aren’t buggy friend, too much of a trek for little legs or it not being appropriate for an 18-month-old.
Having said that, my children won’t be little forever and it’s nice to put together a bucket list of places to enjoy as a family for future adventures.
Mainland Spain is filled with places to see and do. From culture and heritage in Barcelona to the sandy beaches of Costa Del Sol, there is a different type of holiday for everyone. Our family holiday was to Costa Blanca and we stayed near El Campello and I can’t wait to return to try out the many days out on offer.
This came highly recommended by a family friend and I am certain it will make for a memorable day out as the boys get older (and have learned how to swim!). Set in the beautiful Les Fonts de l’Algar Nature Reserve, families can take a swim in the pools and splash about in the waterfalls. This little paradise is 15 kilometres outside of Benidorm and is easy to get to by car or bus.
Swimming with Dolphins, Mundomar
I’ve always wanted to swim with dolphins but for some reason, I’ve only ever associated this with Florida. So I was a little amazed that swimming with dolphins is something you can enjoy close to home. Mundomar is an animal park near Benidorm and the place to go if you love seeing different species of reptiles, mammals and birds. Visitors are able to swim with sea lions or dolphins too which is very popular.
Majorca is an excellent place to visit with its golden beaches and family-friendly hotels. Whether you are seeking adventure or to chill-out time near the pool then there is plenty to keep everyone happy. There are plenty of Majorca holiday deals for the summer holidays too.
Alcudia Old Town
Alcudia is a jewel in the Majorcan crown. My husband and I went around a decade ago and spent the day meandering through the narrow cobbled streets and people watching as we sat drinking coffee. It’s not just for adults though as there is plenty for children to explore in this medieval town, especially if they’re interested in history. Take a walk along old walls to get fantastic views of the town. Twice a week there is a market and the children may enjoy visiting the church and its museum.
Cuevas del Drach, Porto Cristo
My first holiday abroad was to Majorca and I remember clearly the day trip we took to Cuevas del Drach. The limestone caves are dark and dramatic and visitors can take a boat ride on one of the biggest underground lakes in the world.
Menorca is a laid-back island and has some gorgeous coves to discover and swim in the clear blue seas. It’s been a while since I’ve been but I remember going to the Cala Coves as a teenager. It was quite a walk down to the small beach but when we got there, we were rewarded with the most stunning blue sea and rocky coves.
Menorca en Kayak, Cala En Porter and Es Grau
The sea in Menorca is usually really calm which makes it perfect conditions for kayaking. Guided tours give beginners, adults and children to have their first taste of kayaking. Kayaking feels like a real adventure as you see the cliffs and caves, with the opportunity to snorkel or sunbathe.
Los Delfines Aquacentre Water Park, Cala’s Blanes
We haven’t taken the kids to a water park yet so should we head to Menorca on our holidays I’d love to go to this one. It’s not huge but has just enough slides to keep children of all ages amused. It’s best for under 14’s where even 1-year-olds can be entertained. There’s also a playground, picnic areas, gardens and a restaurant.
Known for its volcanic landscape and sandy beaches, Gran Canaria has held a firm spot on my travel wish list for many years. It is known as a popular destination for families with child-friendly hotels and can offer refuge during the cold British winter.
This is a perfect opportunity to see Gran Canaria in a different way and appeals to my adventurous side. Expert 4×4 drivers will take you off the beaten track through rugged scenery and across narrow dirt roads to explore the secluded territory. Head through charming villages and then cool off in the mountain streams.
Ever since seeing this on a travel documentary (I am sure it was Travel Man but I can’t find it!) I’ve wanted to go. The town San Agustin was built for the film industry back in 1972 but has now become a popular tourist destination. Step back into Wild West of America with a saloon, cowboys and Indians, BBQ and plenty of dancing.
So that is my Spain family holiday bucket list. I’m sure I’ll keep adding to this as time goes on!
Which places are on your family holiday bucket list?
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