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Top 5 Things to Do in Spain with Family

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Mother and daughter at Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

Spain boasts a rich history and vibrant culture for travelers of all ages to enjoy as a family, with these five things to do in Spain that can make for a most memorable trip.

As a family you can explore the splendor of Spanish tradition as you step into the grand palace entrance of La Alhambra in Granada or clap your hands to the stuccato beats of flamenco dancers in Seville. Explore architecture as art in Barcelona or embrace the active lifestyle of the Basque region.

No matter what kind of traveler you are or the kinds of vacations your family enjoys, during your family trip to Spain you can discover the essential wonders of the country your way.


  1. 1. Step Inside the World of Gaudi in Barcelona
  2. 2. Witness the Spectacle of the Magic Fountain
  3. 3. Experience History and Dance in Captivating Andalucia
  4. 4. Bask in the Active and Attractive Basque Country
  5. 5. Discover the Bustling Capital City of Madrid
  6. Ready to Plan Your Spain Family Trip?

1. Step Inside the World of Gaudi in Barcelona

Architectural interior of Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Discover the incredible imagination of Antoni Gaudi with a visit to La Sagrada Familia and Park Guell in Barcelona with your family.

You can marvel at the enchanting world within the walls of the fairytale-like masterpieces in the basilica, with its massive stained-glass windows and impressive winding staircase, or as you walk the pathways through the mosaic sculptures and bridges of the Park.

Antoni Gaudi’s incredible work is bound to inspire families of all ages with history for parents to unpack and fascinating facades that mesmerize younger and older children alike.

2. Witness the Spectacle of the Magic Fountain

People watching the Magic Fountain at night in Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

This beautiful water show can amaze visitors of all ages, as the fountain dances to music, with flashes of vibrant color.

The performance can feel mystical amid the historic walls and glamorous sweep of Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina that leads to the Palau Nacional. Children and teenagers can enjoy the sound of splashing waters, the captivating musical accompaniment, and the ways the waters flicker in the flashes of light.

Afterward, families can freely explore the Montjuïc neighborhood of Barcelona surrounding the fountain, and discover many fascinating landmarks and charming restaurants along the way.

3. Experience History and Dance in Captivating Andalucia

Alhambra in Granada, Spain

Alhambra in Granada, Spain

Walk the opulent halls of Granada's famed La Alhambra palace, which dates back to the year 889 AD. As you explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can pose for photos in front of beautiful mosaic walls, smell the flowers in the courtyards, and enjoy panoramic views of the city, following in the footsteps of Moorish caliphs.

Venture west to the charming city of Seville, where you will get the chance to take in a live flamenco show, clapping your hands and stomping your feet to the rhythm of the beat. Marvel at the intricate footwork, enjoy the demonstration of tradition, and learn about the history of the dance as it shares new stories.

4. Bask in the Active and Attractive Basque Country

La Concha Beach in San Sebastian

San Sebastian, Spain

Northern Spain presents families with an opportunity to get out and get active, with hiking trails and beaches to explore. From surfing lessons in Bilbao to exploring the town of Santiago de Compostela by train, or climbing to the roof of the cathedral, where suddenly you are standing as the king or queen of your own castle, taking in the beautiful view.

Spend time exploring San Sebastian and discover the Combs of the Wind, outdoor art sculptures that are sure to fascinate. Perhaps walk up Mont Urgull, which offers amazing views and a castle to explore at the top, or laze on the sand in Zarautz, the longest beach on the Basque coast.

5. Discover the Bustling Capital City of Madrid

Family boating on the lake at  Retiro Park in Madrid

Madrid, Spain

Wandering through the 17 playgrounds of the Madrid Rio, or through the street art-lined lanes on your way to finding a favorite pinchos stop in the La Latina neighborhood, offers families a delight for all five senses.

Madrid is a bustling city that intrigues visitors of all ages, with various ways to explore it, from open-top buses to the Teleferico cable car, with older children given the option to sightsee via Segway. Marvel at the Crystal Palace in Retiro Park, almost completely made of glass, and come away completely fascinated after a visit to the Madrid Robot Museum.

Ready to Plan Your Spain Family Trip?

Father and daughter walking with surfboards on the beach in Spain

Zarautz, Spain

These five things to do in Spain with your family can inspire new ways to discover a city or create unforgettable memories, while enjoying life’s simple pleasures.

Discover the right combination of excursions and explorations for your next trip with sample itineraries from our Spain Tours & Vacations. Zicasso’s Spain Travel Guide can also provide ways on exploring Spain from new perspectives.

Speak with a Spain family travel specialist for free to start planning your custom trip by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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