If you’re looking for a great family holiday destination, Spain is a top choice. As Europe’s sunniest country, its Mediterranean beach resorts are a draw, but it also encompasses vast mountain ranges and vibrant cities as well as the Balearic and Canary Islands. There are excellent family-friendly resorts throughout the country, for both summer and winter breaks.This post is part of the #SpainforFamilies paid project with Spain, promoting family travel across the country. All opinions are the blogger’s own.
Gretta Schifano (right) is an influential journalist and family travel blogger at Mums do travel. Here, she shares some of the best family resorts in Spain with children of all ages.
Family resorts in mainland Spain
Costa Calida – La Manga Club
I spent a relaxing two-week summer break at La Manga Club with my husband and our teenagers. La Manga Club is a luxury coastal resort spread across 1,400 acres in Murcia, southeast Spain, and it’s right next to a protected nature reserve. The resort has a five-star hotel as well as self-catering accommodation, a spa, a bunch of restaurants and some excellent sports facilities (during our stay the Cadiz professional football team were there at a training camp). I loved exploring the ancient city of Cartagena, a 20-minute drive away from the resort. You can read all about our stay in these blog posts:
Galicia – OCA Allariz
If you’d like to try a spa break with your kids in tow, OCA Allariz in Galicia, northern Spain, could help. Nichola West of Globalmouse Travels stayed at the luxury spa hotel on a spring family road trip and says: ‘While OCA Allariz isn’t particularly geared towards families, children are definitely welcome.’ Nichola, her husband and their three young children enjoyed relaxing in the hotel’s thermal pools, as well as exploring the local area. You can read about the hotel in Nichola’s review A Spa Break In Northern Spain – OCA Allariz, Galicia, Spain.
Catalonia – Ski resorts
How about the Catalan Pyrenees for an active winter break? Catalonia is a region of northeastern Spain, separated from France by the Pyrenees. Kirstie Pelling of The Family Adventure Project spent an enjoyable half-term week there with her husband and their three children for their first family ski holiday. They tried out five different resorts, each of which is under two hours drive from Barcelona and Girona, and they were amazed by how uncrowded the slopes were. Find out how it all went in Kirstie’s post 5 Fab Ski Resorts in Catalan Pyrenees.
Best family resorts in the Balearic Islands
Mallorca – Pirates Village
Samantha Rickelton of North East Family Fun is a fan of Pirates Village Apartments in Mallorca’s Santa Ponsa. Samantha stayed at the three-star resort on a multi-generational trip in October. Set in a quiet part of a lively resort, Pirates Village offers self-catering apartments with an all-inclusive option. Sam’s kids enjoyed the free kids club and the excellent pool facilities, and it sounds like the pirate-themed entertainment was a hit with everybody. You can read about Samantha’s experience in her Pirates Village Santa Ponsa | Jet 2 Holidays Review.
Menorca – Royal Son Bou Family Club
I went to the Balearic island of Menorca a couple of years ago, and absolutely loved its laid-back atmosphere. The whole island is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and at just 30 miles long it’s easy to explore its white sandy beaches and rural interior. Zena Goldman of Zena’s Suitcase recommends staying at the Royal Son Bou Family Club, where she spent an early summer holiday with her young children. Zena was particularly impressed with the children’s pool, the kids’ club, the beach and the quality of the food on offer at the resort. You can read about Zena’s experience in her Royal Son Bou Family Club Holiday Review. You can read about my Menorca trip highlights in the post 10 things I learnt in Menorca.
Best family resort in Lanzarote
Lanzarote – Finca de Arrieta
Jenny Lynn of Travelynn Family was very impressed with Finca de Arrieta in the North of Lanzarote, when she spent a couple of winter weeks there with her young son. With its year-round warm, sunny climate, surreal volcanic landscape and ethos of sustainable development, the island is an attractive destination to explore. Finca de Arrieta is a luxury glamping eco-resort where the accommodation is in yurts and lodges, the power is generated from the wind and the sun, and the water comes from a well. There’s a kids pool and a playground as well as farm animals to meet, and guests staying in the luxury accommodation are provided with a courtesy hybrid car for trips around the island. The yurts look amazing – Jenny’s had king-size beds, hardwood furniture and even an outside bath! You can read about Jenny’s trip in her post Glamping in Lanzarote: A review of our stay at Finca de Arrieta.
Disclosure: This post is part of a paid project with Spain, promoting family travel across the country. All opinions are my own, or those of the bloggers who are quoted.