Taking the kids on holiday to Spain can feel like a no-brainer: sun, sea, and sand, what more could they possibly want? There’s a lot more on offer than just the fabulous beaches though, so if you’re considering a trip to the Iberian Peninsula, it’s worth digging a little deeper to find out more about the family-friendly fun that awaits you. We’ve picked out three of our favourite ‘playcation’ destinations to give you an Oliver’s Travels guide to the best local attractions.
This region is best known for its historic capital city, but it’s also home to some spectacular luxury villas for rent in Spain, like the Cortijo Hoya. Once the kids have spent a few days exploring the Arabian garden and swimming in the outdoor pool, it’s time to head into Granada itself to explore the many architectural and cultural treasures. If your children aren’t old enough to appreciate the majesty of the Alhambra, try them out on the Parque de las Ciencias, a large interactive museum complete with planetarium and butterfly garden.
If you’re keen to leave other tourists far behind, the unspoilt region of Extremadura will allow you as much quiet family time as you could wish. The picture-postcard views around Finca Valle encapsulate the region’s distinctive beauty, and there’s plenty of space for outdoor games in the colourful grounds. Take a trip back in time by driving to explore the mediaeval city of Cáceres, where you can buy delicious homemade sweets and pastries from the ancient convents. Just outside the city you can travel to the natural monument of Los Barueccos, home to a large colony of white storks who build their nests among the granite boulders.
For the ultimate beach holiday, Mallorca is the obvious choice, and Villa Lucia is located on the Puerto Alcudia beach. And if you managed to tear your kids away from the beach for long enough, head to Bellver Castle to learn about the fascinating and dramatic lives of the historic Kings of Mallorca. This unique circular castle also offers spectacular views of the surrounding forests and hills. After they’ve soaked up enough culture, it’s time for Mallorca’s biggest waterpark, the Aqualand El Arenal, where the adults can relax in the sun and the kids can splash around to their hearts’ content.
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