The 28 best places to take kids in sizzling Spain

I have a soft spot for Spain, from the moment I coveted castanets and a straw donkey on a family trip to Majorca in the 1970s. More holidays to Spain continued and even in my twenties I joined my mum and dad on a trip to Tenerife where I met my future husband – who said holiday romances don’t last?

If you want to know why Spain has been a favourite destination for so many years, I think the following posts will give you some idea. Whether you’re a city tripper or a beach bum, come with me on a tour of sunny Spain and find some holiday inspiration from bloggers who have visited within the last year.

Spanish cities

Photo credit: Mum’s Gone To

I’ve been lucky enough to visit Madrid, Barcelona and Seville over recent years and each one had something different to offer in terms of art, history and the most incredible architecture. I’d like to share some blog posts which give you tapas in Madrid, bikes in Seville and a large helping of Gaudi in Barcelona. I’m already planning a return trip and Granada and Ronda are both on my list.

Make Madrid yoursOregon Girl Around the World

Views from Madrid hop on hop off bus tourWyld Family Travel

Mother’s ruin? Scouting out the best gin and best tapas in Madrid – Space in Your Case

The ultimate Barcelona tour guide according to travel bloggers – Zena’s Suitcase

48 hours in Barcelona – The Diary of a Jewellery Lover

A day in and around Montjuic with a baby – Wandermust Family

What to do on a short break to Seville – Mum’s Gone To…

Seville on two wheels – Scribbler in Seville

Snapshots from Granada – Piccolo Explorer

Top 5 reasons to visit Ronda – Topsy Turvy Tribe


On the Costas

If you’re looking to have some fun on the beach, may I suggest banana boats in Calella on the Costa Barcelona? Or maybe some upmarket shopping in Puerto Banus is more your style? Spain does sun, sand and sea very well and I can’t think of a better place to try camping either – just think of that wonderful weather.

Costa Barcelona with kids – Travel Loving Family

Giants and banana boats: one day in Calella in Costa Barcelona – Mummy Travels

More to Murcia than buckets and spades – Way Too Much Luggage

Puerto Banus – You Need To Visit

Camping La Siesta, Costa Brava – North East Family Fun


Northern delights

Photo credit: Family Adventure Project

Probably not so familiar to most of us, there is some spectacular scenery in the northern regions of Spain. Find your own space, take a deep breath and enjoy a different type of Spanish holiday. If you want to know what it’s to live there, look no further than Mary’s blog, Asturian Diary.

Visiting the 3 regions of Aragon – A Modern Mother

Between sea & sky – Picos de EuropaA Bavarian Sojourn

Trekking from Dobarganes to Pico Jano – POD Travels

Eat, drink, breathe, repeat: A Galicia travel weekend – The Family Adventure Project

Family backpacking in the Posets – Frog Mom


Beautiful Balearics

All age groups will find their own special place in either Majorca, Menorca or Ibiza. I spent my honeymoon on the tiny island of Formentera, just off Ibiza, and still recall the fabulous white beaches. For families, you can’t go wrong if you choose some Mediterranean island magic.

8 baby and toddler friendly hotels in Majorca – Kiddie Holidays

10 reasons Menorca is perfect for families – Truly Madly Kids

5 reasons why Ibiza is perfect for family holidays – Tin Box Traveller


Captivating Canary Islands

Photo credit: Jennifer’s LIttle World

I can’t promise you’ll find love here, as I did, but you will find year-round sunshine. A great family destination, as the following posts show, but also some stunning landscapes. 

10 top things to do in Lanzarote with kids –

Bitacora Hotel: Tenerife review – Jennifer’s Little World

Why Playa Blanca, Lanzarote, is perfect for families – Family Travel Times

Lanzarote, landscape and art on the trail of Manrique – Where Jo Goes

Top 12 things to do with kids in Gran Canaria – Our Bucket List Lives


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About Trish Burgess

Trish Burgess started her blog ‘Mum’s Gone To…’ with a series of posts called ‘Mum’s Gone To Iceland’ where she was extremely ill on a whale-watching trip and thought she would die snow-mobiling on a glacier. Thankfully she survived and continued with less scary family trips: ‘Mum’s Gone To…Canada, Cyprus, Barcelona, Berlin etc. Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne she now lives in South Lincolnshire and travels with her husband and occasionally with her son, who is now at university. Trish can be found on Twitter at @mumsgoneto


  1. 03 April 2017 / 08:11

    Thank you Trish for sharing our post on Ronda, some other great blogs to read up on too. What a wonderful Spanish selection!

    • 24 April 2017 / 13:39

      I thought Ronda looked spectacular so will definitely be returning to Andalusia for a visit.

  2. 03 April 2017 / 14:01

    Thanks for featuring us! Loved being part!

    • 24 April 2017 / 13:39

      Very happy to include your post. Hope to share your travel posts again in the future.

  3. 04 April 2017 / 20:08

    What a great post Trish, I so need to find time to read all these posts! We totally fell in love with Cantabria and did so much exploring there. Northern Spain is an absolute gem, it really is. Thank you so much for featuring our trekking post 🙂

    • 24 April 2017 / 13:40

      I didn’t know much about Northern Spain until I read these posts – it really does look beautiful.

  4. 04 April 2017 / 22:40

    Thanks for including our post Trish, a great selection and some great new blogs to discover!

    • 24 April 2017 / 13:42

      I was pleased with the response – so varied which makes for an exciting round-up. Very happy to include you in the mix.