Barcelona, Parc Guell, Camp Nou, Tibadabo, Poble Espanyol, Sitges, Seville, Past View, Pabellon de Navegacion
Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.
Spain's al fresco atmosphere of a fiesta is captivating for the whole family and this unique kid-friendly vacation Spain tour slowly reveals it all. Barcelona and Seville are ideal for youngsters, their interactive museums and unique style bringing the best of Spain to life. Then a 4-day beach break in Sitges ensures siesta without the crowds. With minimal travel time and tailored activities for kids, this vacation exudes the spirit of Spain without the stress of modern Europe.
Barcelona – Family Friendly Welcomes to Barcelona
Barcelona's streets are centered on broad plazas, city squares that exude the chatter of families until well into the evening. Spanish lifestyle is about the outdoors, about giving children freedom and sharing long hours in indelible settings. You're greeted at Barcelona Airport and transferred to a hotel in a quiet city suburb, one that's filled with these welcoming terraces and pedestrianized squares. Your hotel is away from the bustle and crowds of central Barcelona yet close enough to quickly reach the main attractions. Enjoy a welcome dinner at Papas & the Mamas, a restaurant that serves exquisite Catalonian food in a setting where parents can relax. A broad open-planned play area allows you to focus on the food while the kids let off some steam after the long flight.
Barcelona – Europe's Biggest Science Museum – CosmoCaixa – and the Parc Guell
Spirals and twists fill Europe's most original park, Parc Guell. Gaudi's masterpiece stands like a sentinel above the city of Barcelona. Ingenious swirls and strange bridges take you through the park, every inch an ode to its creator's unique vision. While the Parc Guell is an eternal work of art, few visitors realize that it's also a very functional park for the whole family. This is where locals take their children, the quiet benches and open spaces combining with Gaudi's fabulous style.
Pudding is another surrealist world, its fairytale design somewhere between Mary Poppins and an animated Disney playground. Enjoy lunch here, savoring a sandwich as a series of games and chalkboards occupy the children. The six floors of CosmoCaixo, Europe's largest science museum, are today's final interactive stop. The museum's scope allows every visit to be tailored to one’s personal interests. Wander through a reproduction of the Amazon, explore installations that teach science through games, and play around with the sound telescope that stands outside. Throughout the day and this whole itinerary, private transfers take you between attractions minimizing travel time and the stress of deciphering the metro system.
Barcelona to Tibadabo – A Cool Funicular to Amusements in the Mountains
A cute wooden tram slowly ascends into the Catalan mountains, the historic carriages gently pulling you to glorious panoramas over the city. It's a journey from a bygone era, an entertaining funicular that's been transporting families since 1901. Disembark at Tibadabo Amusement Park and take the Sky Walk to more sublime views over the city below, Gaudi's Sagrada Families dominating the skyline as Barcelona rolls into the Mediterranean. This isn't a white-knuckle theme park - its mix of rides and wheels are excellent for the younger generations. Return by funicular and there is a choice of afternoon activities. Choose a tour of Camp Nou, an almost 100,000 capacity soccer stadium that's home to European champions FC Barcelona. Or wander through the walkways of the city's aquarium, L'Aquarium de Barcelona, watching sharks and manta rays soar above your head.
Barcelona – A Chocolate Museum and Treasure Hunt in the Poble Espanyol
Faces are smeared and teeth are briefly stained as your family takes a chocolate making workshop at Museu de la Xocolata, Catalonia's unique chocolate museum. While the museum tells a detailed tale of chocolate's origins, the visit is made special by playing with the cacao and creating your own unusual pieces of chocolate. A lot of sugar inevitably means overexcited children. So set off on a treasure hunt through Poble Espanyol, a village of buildings that recreates the architectural styles found across Spain. Find the hidden clues in the village's lost corners, piece them together beneath glorious odes to the past, then take a well-earned rest at Poble Espanyol's quaint cafe. From late afternoon you are at leisure and the driver is at your disposal should you wish to visit other attractions in Barcelona.
Day 5 - 8
Sitges – Relaxing in Catalonia's Quaint Beach Town
Whitewashed streets curve and twist through Sitges, the seductive signs cascading from 19th century churches to broad beaches. Unlike some Spanish beach destinations, Sitges remains a low-key village atmosphere, its original architecture exuding a Mediterranean charm. Long lazy hours are spent on the beach, the sapphire water devoid of currents and shallow enough for young swimmers. Beachside cafes line the sand, reveling in their Catalonian atmosphere and ideal for an early evening dinner of paella. This isn't a deserted beach escape, nor is it an overcrowded resort town. Sitges finds an iconic middle ground, emanating the country's unique culture as it combines beach with quaint town.
Sitges is less than an hour from Barcelona by private transfer and your hotel is situated in the old part of town, just a few steps from the beach. Spend the days getting lost on quiet streets before savoring tranquil strips of sand. For a closer look at Sitges history enter the regal houses that have been converted into art galleries and cultural museums. These are the seductive old homes of Spain's new-world explorers, built with plundered wealth and excelling in the ornate. While some Spanish beach resort towns rose out of small fishing villages, Sitges has been an upmarket family getaway since the early 20th century, meaning it hasn’t lost any of the original charm. This is where the Spanish choose to go for a tranquil break and it maintains Spain's authentic spell.
Seville – A Flamenco Welcome to Andalusia
Seville's mesmerizing heart is plucked on the strings of a Spanish guitar, the improvised tune reflecting the passion and warmth of the city. Flamenco's dancers swirl in colorful dresses as a male voice poetically narrates, singing a tale of Andalusian history and family adventure. Flamenco hails from Andalusia and you're welcomed to the region by trying to dance the fandango at the Museo de Baile Flamenco. This private dance class can also include dressing the part while musical youngsters have the chance to receive a lesson on playing Spanish guitar.
After the direct flight from Barcelona Airport, this afternoon's family flamenco offers a great introduction to both a city and its culture. As always, private transfers are included and your hotel has an enviable position, within a traditional suburb but away from the hustle of the city center. As a guitar gently plays you all try to dance, the girls swirling in frilly flamenco dresses and the boys settling into the timeless musical style. After the lesson there's time to explore the museum's multi-media center that molds the history of flamenco into an audio-visual experience of performances from all over the world. Then it's time for the real thing as you enjoy a live flamenco performance on the museum's patio.
Seville – A 3-D Recreation of Ancient Seville for Children
Seville is a city for exploring. Al fresco terraces stand beneath seductive townhouses from the 16th century. Cathedral spires rise above squares of street performers. Loud colors dominate street corners and ice cream stalls keep everyone refueled. The city is liberally sprinkled with odes to the past and glimpses at its Roman, medieval, and Moorish history. But touring historic buildings doesn't always appeal to children. Past View offers an alternative jump into the city's history by using interactive 3-D films to transport people back in time. You're not watching a screen. You're standing in the film set, surrounded by Roman recreations and the sounds of what the city really used to look like. Essential days in Seville's history are recreated, from meeting Moorish locals to exploring the dodgy harbor from the 17th century. Complete your visit at the Metrosol Parasol, a strange collection of architectural mushrooms that allow you to gaze down upon what Roman Seville looked like.
In the afternoon, an easy hour-long walking route continues the evocative tales of the past. Start in the Gothic Cathedral and the crypt of Christopher Columbus (more about him tomorrow), and then explore the vast gardens of the Alcazar. Continue through Maria Luisa Park to the Plaza de Espana where revival Renaissance buildings hang above a wide choice of cafes and restaurants. With live music filling wide pedestrianized areas, Seville makes for an exquisite afternoon of lounging amongst the traditions of Spain.
Seville – Setting Sail with Colombus for Adventures on the High Seas
Back in 1492 it was all about pirates and galleons as Columbus set off on his travels. The discoverer of the Americas hailed from Seville and Pabellon de Navegacion relives the explorer's adventures on the high seas. Climb aboard model sailing ships and explore what life was like; including wonderfully gruesome medical instruments and a chance to experience what the sailors smelled like. In the back of the museum, a series of interactive games allow the children to relive parts of the voyages, including steering Columbus's ship and trying to hoist up the main sail. Animated films complete the audio-visual narration of famous missionaries, merchants, and characters that hailed from Seville. The afternoon is at your leisure.
Seville – Departure
After 11 nights of adventure you take a lifetime of memories away from Spain, a domestic flight rising above Andalusia as it takes you to an international connection in Barcelona. You're transferred to the airport after breakfast, the whole family waves goodbye to a country of color and enthusiasm.
- Explore Spain's best museums for kids, including the interactive CosmoCaixa, the biggest science museum in Europe
- Soak up the outdoor charms of Barcelona with four days that slowly take in chocolate museums, a treasure hunt, and languid hours in the Parc Guell
- Barely an hour from Barcelona, the beach town of Sitges makes for a charming four days of lounging on quiet sand and enjoying the traditional feel of Spain
- The whole family discovers the history of Spain through the cutting-edge 3D attractions of Past View, and by sailing the high seas and recreating Columbus at Pabellon de Navegacion
- Spend the final four days in the exciting yet laid-back atmosphere of Seville, a city that evokes all the great reverie of classic Spain
- Interactively learn all about Flamenco at the Museo de Baile Flamenco then take part in a dance class for both adults and children
- Private transfers between attractions ensure there's no travel stress throughout the itinerary
Spanish culture is lived outdoors, its plazas and playas filled with excitement for the whole family. Pedestrianized streets and interactive museums make the cities safe and fun for children. Likewise, calm Mediterranean waters and a serene setting provides beach relaxation for everyone. The unique appeal of Spain is wide-ranging: from flamenco dance classes to famous football stadiums and treasure hunts that span the centuries. Combining Barcelona, Sitges, and Seville, this unique vacation handpicks the best of family-friendly Spain and ensures everyone gets immersed in the country's infectious style. Follow Columbus across the high seas and explore the beauty of Gaudi, without boring the youngsters. Visit a chocolate museum, recreate ancient Spain with 3D glasses, and spend four days in a quaint coastal town that offers resort ease without the crowds. Each day is tailored to offer an evocative version of Spain that excites the whole family.
This kid-friendly Spain tour begins in Barcelona, Europe's iconic mix of Mediterranean bliss with cultural interaction. Gaudi's Parc Guell is a seductive sign of things to come, the sublime and surreal architecture spiraling around children's playgrounds and benches with stunning views over the city. Visit Europe's biggest Science museum, the interactive CosmoCaixa, then spend day three taking cute funiculars to attractions in the mountains that rise above the city. Mouths get smattered in chocolate on day four and the excitement is run off with a historical treasure hunt at Poble Espanyol. Depending on your children's interests, there's a chance to visit either the Camp Nou football stadium or the huge L'Aquarium de Barcelona.
Coastal Sitges is barely an hour from Barcelona, a quaint town of whitewashed houses standing above shallow sapphire waters. Streets of art nouveau architecture descend to quiet beaches as Sitges retains the indelible atmosphere of Spain, unlike some of the Anglo resort towns elsewhere in the country. The rhythm is one of siesta, of lounging along the beach and enjoying broad town squares filled with calm cafes. A broad shallow sea without currents is ideal for younger swimmers and the grand old houses of new-world explorers provide sprinklings of cultural charm.
Following four days on the coast, you fly to Seville, a city of intrigue and fascination in the heart of Andalusia. Be welcomed with a family flamenco dance class then sit back to watch how the experts perform at the Museo de Baile Flamenco. Seville excels in child-friendly museums; recreate the adventures of Columbus in his hometown at Pabellon de Navegacion, and don the 3-D glasses to wander through the beguiling history of Spain at Past View. Much like Barcelona and Sitges, Seville has large pedestrianized areas filled with families sharing time together. Private transfers between attractions are included throughout the whole itinerary, ensuring no confusing hours on the metro system.
$2,875 per person (excluding international flights)
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