Holiday at sea, or in the Tabernas desert?

Even if the choice of hotel, destination and food (half board or full board) are aspects that are more than relevant when going on a holiday, it must be remembered that – when we’re talking about family holidays – exit or failure is decided by whether the family’s youngest members are offered something different to what they are used to in the family’s day-to-day life.

Boat trips are always good and yes, the play parks at hotels often distract the little ones for a couple of hours a day, but how would you feel about combining your rest with unique visits to amazing national parks, giant aquariums and hiking through pristine landscapes?

Sounds great, right? To give you some choice, Family Destinations present three holiday destinations that are ideal for all those who are looking for a top quality tourist destination with a range of family leisure activities with a difference.


Tabernas desert

Tabernas desert



Almería: a day in the old West

Even if it competes with other destinations such as Murcia or the coasts near Valencia, don’t forget that Almería is a place where you can find untouched beaches, authentic locations and unique landscapes. Landscapes such as the popular Tabernas desert, a natural stage where some of the most popular Westerns from the 60s and 70s were filmed.

Take a walk through a proper desert and get to know the sets from the old Westerns – it’ll be an exciting visit, that’s for sure. If you’ve chosen a hotel such as Cabogata Mar Garden Hotel & Spa you can get to the park in less than half an hour.

Huelva: between the Coto Doñana and la Rapita

Unknown by many (partly due to its location) the province of Huelva is one of the richest and most original in the entire Andalusian region. Not only is it home to destinations such as Cartaya and Punta Umbría, it’s also where the land shelters gems such as the Coto de Doñana, one of the most important natural parks in the world, home to species unique to these lands.

Huelva is also from where Cristobal Colon launched his expedition on his way to conquer the new world. More specifically that location is the Puerto de los Palos, in la Rapita, a place where you can enjoy walks through life-size replicas of the Pinta, the Niña and the Santa María. You can get there in less than an hour if you’re staying at the Garden Playanatural Hotel & Spa.

Mallorca: of all for all

Out of all the coastal destinations that this country has to offer, the island of Mallorca offers the most possibilities for a family holiday. With family-friendly hotels designed for adults and children alike (hotels such as Cala Millor Garden Hotel), the island offers unique attractions such as Jungle Park in Santa Ponça and visits to Palma Aquarium (the aquarium with the deepest shark tank in all of Europe) and unique landscapes where you can take your family hiking.

Zaragoza, Barcelona and Granada, three perfect destinations for traveller families

It’s said that before travelling to other continents, you must know your country. Despite the beaches of Dominican Republic, the big avenues of Paris or the dynamism of London attract us (because we all want discover the world), our country has as amazing places as the capital of Tamesis or the narrow streets of Tullerias park.

These destinations are perfect for family holidays because, is there anything better than discovering our country in our own car with our beloved ones in summer?

Among many family friendly destinations, we stand out three of them today. Three historical places where to discover our culture and history. We are talking about Zaragoza, Barcelona and Granada.

Zaragoza, the magic of a stately city

Pilar Basilique, Zaragoza

Pilar Basilique, Zaragoza

It’s a world-famous city due to its gastronomy and the lovely accent of locals. Zaragoza is a perfect family destination and offers a wide range of leisure activities during summer. You can either enjoy a long walk or a must-do trip (like Pilar Basilique one).

Zaragoza is one of the best connected destinations in Spain, as it’s just 300 kilometres away from Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, Madrid and Toulouse.

The impressive Barcelona

Whatever we are looking for on our holidays, Barcelona is always a great option full of alternatives. It’s the perfect place for family holidays. This city offers high quality gastronomy, outstanding museums and amazing beaches like Barceloneta.

You can enjoy nice walks, running or cycling in Barcelona. Which is the best place where adults have fun and kids are safe? Parc del Forum, a closed space perfect for families with spectacular sea views.

Between tapas tours and Alhambra

Granada offers us a lovely jasmine aroma, traditional tapas and unique monuments like the Alhambra. Granada is also the perfect destination for family holidays. What’s the perfect plan? Visit Alcaiceria (the perfect place where to buy silver or bronze jewellery with Moroccan touches), reach the top of Albaicin and visit the popular Alhambra (book your tickets in advance). In conclusion, it’s a place where to feel the lovely Andalusian essence and traditions.

Three hotels in three perfect destinations

Vincci Zaragoza Centro

Vincci Zaragoza Centro is the perfect hotel for those families who want to visit Zaragoza from the best location in the city. This avant-garde hotel is within a few steps from the city’s old town and has its own parking (essential if you want to keep your family car safe) and offers bike rentals at affordable prices.

Vincci Gala

One of the best family friendly hotels in Barcelona in Plaza de Cataluña and Las Ramblas, Vincci Gala. This hotel is built on a 1900 building. It’s perfectly located and offers excellent extras to make family stays perfect.

Vincci Albayzin

This Arabic style hotel has all the charm of Andalusia. Vincci Albayzin is a perfect hotel for families who want to discover Zaragoza. The hotel’s staff treatment is excellent. This 4-star hotel location is perfect to explore all the spots in Granada.

What to know about family holidays?

Many people thinks travelling with family is the best time for sharing, enjoying free time, and spending time with our beloved ones. On the other hand, some people finds it a hard daily routine they would prefer to avoid. Both thoughts are right, and both have positive and negative aspects.

Sometimes family holidays are wrongly organized and families don’t choose the right destination. In this article, we can find some recommendations for the perfect family holidays.

What family holidays should be

Family holidays with or without kids, with or without grandparents should be pleasant for the whole family, in order them to spend time together, discover new places, learn new things, support each other and share their hobbies.

Family-friendly hotel in Cadis

Family-friendly hotel in Cadis

Family holidays should also include some free time to rest and enjoy nice talks, as well as spending time independently, but without isolating from the rest of the group.

However, it’s not always easy to find a destination which everybody likes. PArt of the group would like to visit Malaga, but the rest would like to stay at a hotel in the centre of Granada. Everybody would like different things, and the balance among all interests is essential to enjoy a memorable holiday.

How family holidays sometimes end up

Unfortunately, due to poor organization and last minute decisions, family holidays end up being a caos and some family members end up arguing. Children want to watch a film, adults want to rest and some of them want to go for a drink and listen good live music.

When this happens, there are two alternatives: either you go on holidays alone, or stay with the family without doing anything, or not enjoying holidays in order to please the rest of the group.

The perfect family holidays…

Perfect family holidays include:

  • The right destination choice.
  • Choose those activities that the whole family would like and find the perfect balance
  • Everybody should know the length of the travel in advance.
  • Hotels like Vincci Bit or a hotel in Cadis, offer family packages which could be the perfect example of a correct organization.
  • In reference to holiday planning, you should never be authoritarian.