It is always a good time to travel as a family, and many times it is not necessary to go far to discover wonderful places. Therefore, today we propose 19 magical sites that you can visit with your children without leaving Spain.
In our selection (difficult to do because there are hundreds of fantastic places in our country!) We have included everything from architectural gems, to wonders of nature, amazing places, story constructions and dream beaches. Fun, learning and adventure will be guaranteed!
Colonia Güell, BarcelonaVia Diputación de Barcelona
In the region of Baix Llobregat, very close to Barcelona, one of the most wonderful treasures hidden in the city awaits you: Colonia Güell. It is a working-class colony of the textile sector, whose charm still lingers in its streets making it very special.
Currently, in Colonia Güell an important artistic historical heritage is preserved, like the Gaudí Crypt, declared World Heritage by Unesco. Given its complexity - since the crypt is "born" from the mountain - it is considered that this unfinished church was Gaudí's test bench. There he tested novel techniques that he later applied in his masterpiece: the Sagrada Familia.
We propose this trip for the spectacular architecture, and as a fascinating way for children to discover the genius Gaudí.In Babies and more The best 25 free plans to do with children in Barcelona
The small town of Fornalutx is one of the many jewels that Mallorca has. It is located in the Sierra de Tramontana, in the Sóller Valley, and is part of the list of the most beautiful villages in Spain.
In Fornalutx there is much to see, as to its emblematic monuments the typical Mallorcan mountain houses are added, with its characteristic windows and its painted tiles.
We propose this trip for its picturesque spectacle, where paiseja and architecture go hand in hand. Fornalutx will not leave you indifferent.
Natural Park of the Monasterio de Piedra, in Zaragoza
The Stone Monastery and its surroundings is considered as one of the most beautiful excursions in Europe, and there is no reason. The Natural Park of the Monasterio de Piedra is located in Nuévalos, Zaragoza, and is the perfect place to enjoy nature in its purest form.
A visit to the monastery, with 800 centuries of history, adds a tour of nature full of surprises: waterfalls, streams, caves, lakes and the singing of more than 20 different species of birds.
We propose this trip as a way to delight the senses. And you will not find a family outing that can fascinate both young and old.
Dinópolis Territory, in Teruelvia Eva Paris
Dinópolis Territory is a large park located in Teruel and in seven other towns in its province, including the beautiful medieval city of Albarracín, which we also propose to visit. This theme park brings together science and fun for live closely the fascinating world of dinosaurs.In Babies and more Scientifically proven: your child's obsession with dinosaurs benefits his brain
A journey of 4.5 billion years in which children can listen to the first beats of the heart of the Earth, discover how life arose and with it the most extraordinary creatures that have ever existed ... Dinosaurs!
We propose this trip for many reasons, but the combination of theme park, museum, cinema, interactive exhibition and amusement park makes this place one of our essentials to enjoy with the family.
The City of Arts and Sciences, ValenciaDaily Via del Viajero
Any corner of Valencia is perfect to go with children, but we especially recommend visiting the iconic City of Arts and Sciences, which will surprise you with its avant-garde architectural constructions and its wide cultural offer.
Among the buildings that make up the complex, Oceanogràfic stands out, the largest aquarium in Europe that faithfully reproduces the most important marine ecosystems. With a volume of more than seven million liters of water, children will travel through the Atlantic Ocean through a tunnel, from which they can see species such as the bull shark and the gray shark, among many others.
We propose this trip for being the perfect mix between an amazing architecture, and a unique and wonderful teaching space.
The Palm Grove of Elche, in Alicante
El Palmeral de Elche was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000, being considered a unique example in Europe of the transfer of landscape and agricultural techniques from one continent to another along with its culture. And with more than 200,000 copies, this spectacular "green lung" is actually a plantation made for agricultural purposes, hence the plots or their clusters are called orchards.
El Palmeral is not a national park, nor a reserve, but of one more part of the urban landscape of the city of Elche that will not leave you indifferent.
We propose this trip because it is a unique way to get into avenues full of palm trees, orchards, fountains and green oases with endless olfactory nuances.
Salinas of San Pedro del Pinatar, in Murcia
The Salinas y Arenales Regional Park of San Pedro del Pinatar, in Murcia, is a wetland of great importance because it is nesting and resting place for numerous bird species. It has an extension of 856 hectares, and a wide diversity of flora and fauna that make the environment a privileged natural space.
We propose this trip to enjoy a walk with the children along the marked paths or by bicycle along the bike path, stopping at any of the observatories of the Park to closely observe the water birds. A swim in the natural beaches of the Regional Park or in the therapeutic mud baths, are the perfect complement for this unforgettable excursion.
Cabo de Gata, in Almería
The Cabo de Gata, the Almeria, is another wonderful place that we recommend visiting with children. its volcanic landscape of reddish and ocher hues, the blue of the sea and its flora, with more than 1,000 species, make this place the perfect place to stop time and admire it, with the five senses.
Cabo de Gata is located in the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, recognized as a Geopark and Biosphere Reserve, as well as being a ZEPA zone (Special Protection Area for Birds) and a Wetland of international importance.
We propose this trip to enjoy nature in all its splendor, thanks also to the many leisure and outdoor sports activities that we can do with children, as well as the visit to the Lighthouse of Gata and the Sirenas Reef.
The caves of Nerja, in Málaga
The Malaga city of Nerja, where the mythical series of "Blue Summer" was filmed, is famous for its beaches, its streets, its subtropical climate and its caves, listed as a Cultural Interest Asset.
We propose this trip To enjoy with the children a wonderful excursion full of adventures that they will not forget. If we also want to provide our visit with greater cultural and educational content, from the Cueva de Nerja Foundation they explain how to do it.In Babies and more Why is it better to spend on family trips than to buy toys for your children
The Doñana National Park, in Huelva
The Doñana National Park is the largest ecological reserve in Europe thanks to its marshes, and was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. It hosts up to 200,000 species of waterfowl, and its landscape, flora and fauna make it a wonderful place to visit with children.
But in addition to enjoying the Doñana National Park, we cannot miss the historical sites of the small towns in the region, and the beautiful beaches of Huelva Matalascañas, Torre del Loro and Mazagón.
We propose this trip for the wide leisure offer that allows us to carry out, since we will be able to enter and admire this protected space through walking routes, bicycle touring, boat trips or horseback riding.
Maspalomas Dunes, Gran Canaria
The dunes of Maspalomas, are located in the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, south of the island of Gran Canaria and occupy an area of approximately 400 hectares. It is a beautiful Nature Reserve where we can find endemic species such as the Giant Lizard of Gran Canaria, and a large number of birds.
But in addition to walking through its dunes and bathing on the beach, one of the ten best in Spain, in Maspalomas we can also do endless sports and outdoor leisure activities, in addition to admiring its abrupt nature and enjoy the charm of its rural villages.
Teide National Park, in Tenerife
The Teide National Park, created in 1954, was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 2007 and is the largest national park in the Canary Islands and the most visited natural park in Europe.
It is impossible to list all the reasons why we recommend visiting this Park with children, since all this constitutes a true wonder of nature worthy of admiration.
Teide National Park is one of the most spectacular manifestations of volcanism worldwide, a wealth of fauna and flora, and endless tourist attractions to enjoy an unforgettable family adventure.
The Enchanted City of CuencaVia Ciudencantada.es
The Enchanted City of Cuenca is a tourist park located in the town of Valdecabras, and one of the most spectacular natural places in our country. Not surprisingly, in 1929 it was declared a Natural Site of National Interest.
Its origin dates back to 90 million years ago, when the Enchanted City was part of the bottom of the sea of Thetis. It was calm waters, which led to the deposition of salts, especially calcium carbonate.
At the end of the Cretaceous and as a consequence of the alpine orogeny, the sea withdrew and the seabed, composed of limestone, emerged to the surface. Thousands of years of action of water, wind and ice mean that today we can contemplate this impressive geological phenomenon that will blow the imagination of young and old.
The natural environment of Patones, in Madrid
Walking through the cobbled streets of Patones is delve into a fairy tale, in which the children will be fascinated by their stone houses - some covered with vegetation and with magical names -, their black slate roofs and a natural place worth admiring at any time of the year.
Before visiting Patones, we recommend informing you about the wide tourist offer, from hiking and bicycle touring routes, to exhibitions and guided routes, archaeological sites and a wide architectural heritage.In Babies and more The best 25 free plans to do with children in Madrid
Puebla de Sanabria, in Zamora
Puebla de Sanabria is a beautiful town located in the province of Zamora, declared a Site of Cultural Interest in 1994. And it is that this ancient fortified town, which has among its architectural treasures the imposing Castle of the Counts of Benavente and the Romanesque church of Our Lady of Azogue is also a legend site thanks to Lake Sanabria.
Visiting the Natural Park of Lake Sanabria, created in 1978, is Enter a landscape of legend, where the richness of its flora and the diversity of its fauna, very rich in amphibian species, will capture the attention of the little ones.
Santillana del Mar, in Santander
Santillana del Mar is a beautiful town located in Santander that will captivate you with its spectacular places, its natural routes and its rich heritage. And there is not a single place in this tourist villa that is not worth visiting. Not surprisingly, Santillana del Mar has been declared one of the most beautiful villages in Spain.
There are many tourist attractions of this beautiful town: from its historic center and Romanesque architecture, to the National Museum and Research Center of Altamira, through its immense natural landscapes full of hiking trails.
A few kilometers away is the famous Cabárcenos Nature Park, which we believe deserves a special mention in our tour of the most wonderful places in Spain.
Nature Park of Cabárceno, in CantabriaVia parquedecabarceno.com
The Cabárceno Nature Park is located just 15 km from Santander, and hosts almost 150 animal species from the five continents in semi-freedom regime, distributed in large-area enclosures where one or several species coexist.
This park is a ideal place to spend the day with family since it has numerous recreational areas, picnic boxes, viewpoints, botanical routes, cafes, restaurants, playground ... Your visiting hours at this time of the year is from 09:30 to 18:00.
Covadonga lakes, Asturias
The lakes of Covadonga, Enol and Ercina are located in the Picos de Europa National Park. The landscape of the area is spectacularly beautifulFor the rocky immensity, the green vegetation and the blue of the waters, joins the tranquility that brings the stillness of nature.
From here we can also visit the Basilica of Covadonga and the overwhelming and beautiful cave carved into the rock, as well as hiking trails along the Picos de Europa. Without a doubt, a formidable escape that will recharge our batteries and we will not forget!
Beach of the Cathedrals, in Lugo
It is hard to believe that the impressive and breathtaking landscape of Augas Santas beach, better known as Las Catedrales beach, is the work of nature and not of man. And the rocks sculpted by the effect of the Cantabrian Sea over the years, leave anyone breathless, feeling very small before such natural sculptures.
This beach, located in the province of Lugo and bordering on Ribadeo (Asturias) shows a formidable set of rock formations with curious arbotantes similar to those of the Gothic cathedrals, hence its name.
Together with other beaches in the area, such as Esteiro, Os Castros or Illas, make up the area of the Cathedrals, listed as a Site of Community Interest, for its animal and plant wealth.In Babies and more, seven tips for a happy holiday with children
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