Quiet beaches, family paseos, and child-friendly cities all add to the strong allure of medieval Spain. This ultimate 14-day Spain tour for families brings together four contrasting destinations that have been handpicked to please the whole family. You will hang out in Madrid’s green spaces and authentic scenes, and get to know Valencia, Spain’s best city for kids, and then ease into three days at a quiet Catalan beach town. End on a fairytale with four nights in Granada with all...
Madrid – Easing Into the Spanish Experience
Madrid does not feel like a typical European capital city as it does not have the chaotic bustle of London or the endless attraction queues of Paris. This is an isolated city, where the atmosphere is true to the origins of early Spain. Families go about their evening walks to meet on the plazas where the children can run around as adults have a drink. Madrid is a very green city with a variety of inner-city parks along with a lovely stretch along the river with fountains, and small pools are perfect for kids cooling off.
Land in Madrid and you will be met at the arrivals hall. It is a 30-minute transfer into the city and to your hotel that is between El Retiro Park and the old city center. A 10-minute walk in one direction brings you to royal gardens, where you can boat across lakes and walk down statue-lined lanes. Walk the other way to a maze of 16th- and 17th-century streets, most of them pedestrianized and leading to the Plaza Mayor, the main square. Your guide will provide a map and some recommendations restaurants, and you will be spoiled for choice in this part of Madrid with cafes and restaurants abounding.
Day 2 - 3
Madrid – Child-Friendly Highlights in the Capital
Madrid – A Day Trip to Toledo
Day 5 - 7
Valencia – Spain’s Best City For Families
Day 8 - 10
Llafranc – Time for the Beach
Granada – A Quick Look at Some Highlights Before the Mountains
Day 12 - 13
Granada – Living Out a Moorish Fairytale in Andalusia
Granada – Departure
- Relax on golden Catalan sands with a three-night stay in Llafranc, a relaxed Mediterranean beach town
- Spend three days in Spain’s most surprising and lovable family city, Valencia
- Stroll through the gardens and palaces of Madrid, a capital city that is full of open spaces for the kids to run around
- Immerse yourself in the fairytale this is Granada, an old Moorish city where the highlights are all around you
- Spend a day in Barcelona for a chance for you and the kids to see at least one world-famous city highlight
- Take short trips to Girona from Llafranc, a medieval web of cobbled lanes and shimmering history
- Take the family to Toledo for a day of medieval enchantment
- Local guides help craft your itinerary to your liking, with a series of excellent museums and family-friendly highlights in Madrid and Valencia
- Minimize travel time with mostly first-class high-speed trains
- Explore the cities with ease as handpicked accommodation makes it easy for you to see the old cities without the kids being tired out too quickly
Spanish families have good ideas as on most evenings they go for a paseo, a walk around pedestrianized streets and parks, stopping on the cobbled terraces for a drink or some food. They sidestep most places that bustle with tourists and stick to places that they have been visiting for generations, and where the allure of old Spain still rings proud and true. This family tour will follow the ways of the Spanish family and is handcrafted around Spanish tastes, focusing on destinations that excite both parents and children and where you will have the time and space to relax as a family. You will then find yourselves in Valencia rather than Barcelona, and the small Catalan resort of Llafranc rather than the Costa del Sol, and be amazed to find plenty of iconic Spanish scenes.
One of Spain’s great highlights is how local the country feels. Other than a handful of over-popular destinations and attractions, Spain has retained its authenticity. Toledo and Girona are memoirs to a medieval time, and seemingly unchanged over the ages. In Valencia and Madrid, you are continually with the locals to explore the places they like to hang out. The evening paseo is integral to local culture, as is a quiet mid-afternoon that gives you some time to rest after lunch while avoiding the heat. Some places are just too crowded and full of hassle for families, Barcelona’s La Ramblas one example, but the Spanish do not need to visit them when every city is studded with hidden gems.
This relaxed four-destination tour allows you to take it slow while discovering the beauty and authenticity of Spain. Spend four nights in Madrid, and then three each in Valencia, Llafranc, and Granada. Local guides lead the way in each of the cities, designing a route that focuses on family-friendly sights. Think chocolate and churros and an Egyptian temple in Madrid, cycling through the gardens of Valencia, or an old train station that has been converted into an interactive train museum. Of course, you will get to see some famous Spanish sights as well, such as Granada’s Alhambra and the cathedral in Toledo.
Land in Madrid and ease into the experience. Filling the first few days are parks and palaces, plazas and playgrounds. Perhaps you will also get to one of the art museums as well, but even without, just walking through central Madrid gives a wonderful impression of how Spain can be. Take a day trip to Toledo on day four, a medieval city of Roman roots where you will probably need to take a stroller as it is a near complete city behind old walls. Valencia is the best city in Spain for families. It’s relaxed and green, dominated by quiet pedestrian streets and a long golden beach. Plus there is a park that runs through the whole city, so you do not need to be on busy roads. You are immersed in local culture wherever you are here, with the mix of old and new exciting for all ages.
Take the train north, through Barcelona to Girona, the second Catalan city. Llafranc is a short transfer from here, a quiet beach town that is completely different to elsewhere on the Costa Brava. The waters are warm and shallow, without any current. While the beach is not empty, you do not get the crowds of nearby resorts, and the town is all charm. It has stayed traditionally Spanish as nearby resorts have suffered from mass tourism and major development. On day 11, you can stop for half a day in Barcelona before your flight to Granada for enough time enough to see the Nou Camp or Park Guell. Then bask in Moorish beauty for the final three nights. Granada is slow and elegant, full of authentic local pleasures, and so easy on the eye. Interested in learning more by seeing some of our travelers’ Spain vacation tour reviews? Click here for more.
$4,363 per person (excluding international flights)
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