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Best family resorts in Spain

Best family resorts in Spain
Gretta Schifano
Gretta Schifano

Spain family resorts offer an amazing array of activities, facilities and appeal, ranging from oceanside locations to fabulous pools, fantastic food and stunning settings. The country is a top choice for a great family holiday destination. 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. We’ve sussed out some of the best family-friendly resorts throughout the country, for both summer and winter breaks, with the help of Gretta Schifano, an influential journalist and family travel blogger at Mums Do Travel..

Here, some of our picks of the best family resorts in Spain with children of all ages.

pool at La Manga Club, Spain

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:

What’s it like to stay at La Manga Club?

Top things to do near La Manga Club, Spain

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 Spain family resorts — 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.

Pirates Village hotel Menorca - BritMums
Now that’s a piratical welcome! Picture: North East Family Fun

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 Spain family resorts — Canary Islands

Tenerife – Fantasia Bahia Principe

This magical 5-star family resort appeals to both younger children, teens and parents. Its 372 rooms are centred around an awe-inspiring six-storey fairytale castle, with a children’s water park, 7 swimming pools, 5 restaurants, 6 bars, a splash areas, kids club, a teen ‘Loft’,  spa, gym and nightly Cirque du Soleil-style entertainment. It’s tech-forward with free wifi, plenty of charging points and an all-inclusive wrist band that opens your door. We also love the swim-up junior suites, family suites, buggy parking for strollers (no wrestling it into your room), play area in the lobby and supervised play area in the restaurant. Need a moment’s peace? Head for the adults-only infinity pool and infinity bar. (Read a full review of Fantasia Bahia Principe by Susanna on her blog A Modern Mother.)

The pool at Fantasia Bahia Principe in Tenerife

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.

Fuerteventura – H10 Tindaya

Families with younger children love this hotel. The big swimming pools and white sands of the Sotavento beach are a draw, along with the children’s swimming pool and splash park and the Daisy Adventure pool with a pirate ship and slides. Plus there’s the Daisy Club with organised activities, the sandy playground and gorgeous grounds.

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About Gretta Schifano

Gretta Schifano is an award-winning blogger, journalist and social media manager. Gretta writes about luxury, cultural and active family travel with teens, and trips when parents escape without their kids. Winner of the 2016 Women in Marketing Award for Best Social Media Campaign and the 2014 BritMums BiB Award for Best Travel Blog, she lives with her husband and teenage kids in the Surrey countryside, near to London. Gretta previously worked as a BBC radio producer, has lived and worked in Italy and Spain and loves exploring new places, chocolate and kindness.

Clare (Suitcases and Sandcastles)

Monday 4th of March 2019

Love the sound of all of these, Gretta. Spain is such a great choice for a family holiday.

Sarah Christie

Thursday 28th of February 2019

I have never been to the Balearic Islands before, but the more I read the more appealing it is! I was also so surprised by Lanzarote, Spain has had a rough deal over recent years when in fact it is a stunning country xx

Catherine’s Cultural Wednesdays

Thursday 28th of February 2019

I am really tempted by the idea of Galician spa!

Carrie

Wednesday 27th of February 2019

I’ve heard such a lot about the Pirates Village in Majorca- and skiing in Catolonia ticks so many boxes!

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Wednesday 27th of February 2019

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