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What are the best Spanish destinations for families?

 

Spain is a hugely popular tourist destination. Crowds flock from all over the world to party on the island of Ibiza and check out Barcelona’s cultural attractions. But Spain is also a fantastic choice for a family holiday, not least because it offers numerous family-oriented all inclusive breaks. Affordability and stress free travel are just two reasons why all inclusive is the way to go. Here are some of the best Spanish destinations to visit with your family.

Costa Blanca

If you’re looking for a sun-soaked, adventure-filled holiday, then Costa Blanca is ideal. There are so many family friendly activities in this area, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Enjoy adrenaline-fuelled activities such as zip-lining and laser tag at Multiaventura Elche, or be amazed by the life-sized animatronic dinosaurs at DinoPark. Aqualand Waterpark offers watery fun in the form of some of the world’s highest water slides. And when you’re tired out, you can relax on one of Costa Blanca’s stunning Blue Flag beaches.

Because Costa Blanca is such a popular destination with families, many all inclusive hotels cater to children’s needs, providing kids’ pools, playgrounds and exciting activity programmes.

Menorca

The island of Menorca is quieter than neighbouring Ibiza, and it’s great for families looking for a laid-back beach break. The stunning Es Grau Beach has calm, shallow waters, making it perfect for small children.

That’s not to say that there’s nothing to do on the island. Menorca offers lots of family-friendly activities. Take a boat trip around the island or learn to kayak around the island’s coves and caves. Enjoy an off-road jeep adventure, or relax with a picnic in the tranquil countryside. Smaller children will enjoy a visit to the Lloc de Menorca Zoo, where you can even pet some of the friendlier animals.

Tenerife

One of the most popular Canary Islands (which is actually part of Spain), Tenerife has a lot to offer families. It offers a compelling mix of beautiful beaches, stunning volcanic landscapes and fun activities.

Playa de las Americas is a particularly popular destination for families. Here you’ll find a sheltered beach, perfect for kids, backed by restaurants and shops. Many all inclusive hotels in Playa de las Americas offer a free shuttle bus to Siam Park, the largest water park in The Canaries. You can easily spend all day going down the epic slides, or enjoying the wave pools.

Tenerife is the perfect destination for getting out and about in nature. Kids and grown ups alike will love the whale- and dolphin-watching tours available around the island. If you’re feeling active, Tiede National Park is a great place for a hike or a picnic.

Costa Dorada

Costa Dorada means ‘golden coast’ and it lives up to its name, offering miles of sun-kissed beaches. There are no fewer than 28 Blue Flag beaches, ranging from sheltered coves to busier stretches of sand lined with restaurants and water-sports centres.

Visit PortAventura Park, a large theme park that ranks as one of the best in Europe. Each area represents a different part of the world, with themed rides, restaurants and shops. There are also several water parks in the region, including the fun-filled Aquopolis, which has rides for the whole family.

But Costa Dorada isn’t just about the beaches and water parks. It also has plenty of cultural attractions. The ancient port city of Tarragona is renowned for its Roman ruins, and the fantastic capital of Barcelona isn’t far away.

Costa Almeria

One of the lesser-known of the Spanish coast regions, Costa Almeria has a lot to offer families. As well as some spectacular beaches, it boasts ancient fortresses and the striking Tabernas Desert, Europe’s only real desert region. You’ll feel as if you’re in the Wild West, especially if you visit Oasys MiniHollywood Theme Park. One of the areas is Western Town, where you can watch a western show and visit the cinema museum, to learn about the movies made here.

Another of the region’s great attractions is Roquetas de Mar, a huge aquarium that will enthral children. Here you’ll find everything from piranhas to clownfish, and will be able to stroke manta rays and hold hermit crabs.

Meanwhile, Cabo de Gata Natural Park is a great location for a road trip, with some fantastic viewpoints, crumbling fortresses and quaint fishing villages where you can stop for ice cream.

These five Spanish breaks offer a different experience for you and your family. To narrow down your options, we recommend searching for all inclusive package holidays that cater specifically to families.

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