Dubai…¿Why not for a family trip?

When you think in Dubai the first thing that comes to your mind are business trips or shopping opportunity, so when a friend told us about his trip to this town with all his family we were quite surprised about all the fun they had there. Not only did they find a four-star hotel in Bur Dubai that was nice and well-priced, the Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa, where they stayed at two connected rooms (one for the parents and their little girl and the other for the 8 and 10 years old kids), but also they did lots of funny activities in which they all had fun. If they wanted to convince us for going to Dubai in one of our next trips they made a great job!

One of the visits they were more impressed with was the one to Aquadventure Water Park, a place you get to by monorail. It has a water park, an area for discovering underwater world and a highly special place: Dolphin Bay. Both parents and children had the chance to swim with the dolphins…yes, actually swim with them! One of those dreams many of us have since we were kids.

Also as a marine adventure, the Dubay Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, which apparently is of the biggest in the world. One of the best things is the aquarium tunnel, which offers you the possibility of walking right through the biggest tank so you can see very close to the over 300 sharks and rays that live in it. And though they didn’t personally do it, it seems that you can rent some sort of scooter that takes you deep below the surface of the aquarium!

They also visit three curious places. One of them is Kidzania, where children can role-play activities done by adults in real life, so they can meet their own abilities and interests. In fact, they ‘work’ as a fireman, doctor or journalist, amongst many other options, and in exchange they ‘get paid’ with the official currency of that place, the KidZos, that they can use to buy products and services in this entertainment center.

The next one is Sega Republic, a theme park about games and characters created by Sega company (you can find Sonic there, the hedgehog of the videogames), or Children’s City, a place in which children can not only play, but also learn how to build a bridge, test out space equipment, get up close to high technology or learn some more about astronomy at the planetarium.

But to us was particularly surprising the fact that they enjoyed some ice skating at the Dubai Mall. Yes, ice skating in the middle of the desert, it’s not a joke! And it also looks fantastic the Bounce Dubai, an urban playground with over 100 interconnected trampolines where you decide if you want to make it easy or really challenging, but a safe experience anyway.

And, definitively, since you are in Dubai you must at least once enjoy some romantic moments. As for our friends, they hired the babysitter service and they enjoyed ‘Dubai la nuit’ on a thursday, apparently one of the best days to do so. A well-deserved lovely dinner and a drink (yes, no-muslims are allowed to drink alcohol) on their own after a whole day with the kids.

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Tips for travellers looking for a perfect family holiday on Fuerteventura

Warm, comfortable (due to its handy, compact size) and filled with activities to enjoy day and night: Fuerteventura has been, and will always be, one of the best destinations for those who enjoy travelling as a family. A way of travelling that provides you with unique and endearing family moments, but also requires a lot of prior planning and a study of the destination in question, paying attention to issues such as: temperature at the destination, service for the children, climatology, type of cuisine and much, much more.

Even if Fuerteventura is a place that has been able to adopt to various ways of travelling, the island has its different ‘pros and cons’ that should be taken into consideration to avoid last-minute surprises or badly-planned excursions, both in time and in form. If you have focused on Fuerteventura as a place where you’d like to spend your upcoming summer holidays please take note, because today we’re going to outline some ‘travel tips for families’ that will come in handy:

Fuerteventura

A warm climate, but with surprises

While everyone knows that the climate on the Canary Island is warm year-round, the fact is that the Atlantic Ocean makes the stuffy, warm temperatures that characterise the archipelago during the day change into a much cooler breeze once evening falls. Cool, as in…? Cool as in wearing (especially the children, so they don’t get cold) a thin jacket, a jumper or a knitted cardigan. But only in the evening.

Tasty, but spicy food

The culinary culture on Fuerteventura is – for sure – exquisite and very tasty as far as adults are concerned, but when it comes to your child (or children) perhaps it’s not that spectacular. This is because most children are not used to spicy food and the fact is that the Canary Islands have a lot of sauces and spices that feature strongly in their gastronomy. So don’t hesitate to ask for what ingredients each dish contains in case you have any doubts.

Excursions in nature with… bathrooms?

One of the things we all love about Fuerteventura is the natural environment, the landscapes and the many excursions to unique corners of the island. Excursions that we recommend you study in depth to avoid having to run around looking for ‘bathrooms with changing facilities’. The best way of avoiding surprises is to find out beforehand at your hotel or from your travel agent what to expect, as they will surely come up with the best solution for you and your family.

Hotels for families on the island of Fuerteventura

One thing you’ll not have to worry about is finding a good, family-friendly hotel. On Fuerteventura there are plenty of hotels offering good value for money that cater to families on holiday. Among the most popular ones we find gems such as the IBEROSTAR Fuerteventura Palace, IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas, and IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas Park.

3 family excursions near Madrid, ideal for Easter

Whether you like the ritual celebrations of the Holy Week or not, the truth is that when travelling as a family the tradition of watching the processions and enjoying the works of art created by the artists of this country becomes slightly more complicated. The reason mainly being that the youngest members of the household are on holiday, they get tired of standing around and it’s up to the parents to provide them with a bit of assured fun instead.

Even if Madrid is the perfect destination to enjoy the Easter holiday with your family (which is why there are plenty of interesting hotel offers available at hotels such as Petit Palace Cliper Gran Via, Petit Palace Madrid Aeropuerto or others like  Petit Palace Arturo Soria hotel), some areas of the city are completely taken over by the processions of Holy Week, that’s for sure. So what does this blog recommend when it comes to travelling with children? It’s easy: rent a stroller or watch the processions from the train, looking for alternative plans in locations that are conveniently near the capital.

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Aldea del Fresno

A walk through Fresno Village

Did you know that just fifty kilometres from Madrid you can enjoy the very best parts of a real safari, with zebras, tigers and giraffes? This and much more is what you will find in Fresno Village. This small village surrounded by two rivers is a unique place for a day of hiking, a family picnic and even an excursion that’s like a proper safari, provided by the park called ‘Safari Madrid’. The best thing about it? That you can access the park and enjoy the experience from the comfort of your own car.

The magic of a place called Aranjuez

Visiting Aranjuez is a bit like walking through a movie set. It’s a place you can get to very easily and quickly, as it’s only located some fourteen kilometres from the capital city. With its palaces, the views over the Tagus, its gardens and amazing panoramas, Aranjuez is an ideal spot to enjoy a family outing where there is also space for gastronomic encounters featuring unique produce such as asparagus and strawberries (two of the star products in this place). There is a lot on offer here.

Discover the inhabitants of the Enchanted Forest

This excursion does take you a but further away from Madrid, but the Enchanted Forest (located just over 70 kilometres from the centre of the capital) is worth the effort and more. We’re talking about a garden with more than five hundred plant species from all over the world where there is no shortage of unique spots guarded by hedges cut into all kinds of fun shapes (that will delight the smaller members of the family).