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.

Aldea del Fresno

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).

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What are the best museums for children in Madrid?

To speak of Madrid is to speak of our country’s most cultural with regard to museums. With buildings of different shapes and sizes which enable us to know how life was many centuries ago and bring history to life, Madrid is the bane of those who wish to get lost in the corridors of a museum savoring every painting, sculpture or photograph.

For all this, and much more, you can’t think of a trip to the capital without organizing at least a couple of visits to museums like the Reina Sofia or El Prado. Now, what do we do when we travel to the capital as a family? How do we get our children to enjoy museums?

Madrid is a capital city from beginning to end and that means there will be museums for adults and lots of others for children to enjoy like interactive and fun  museums. Which are the most outstanding?

museo de ciencias naturales en Madrid

The Museo del Ratoncito Pérez

Of the many characters that accompany us throughout our childhood, the Ratóncito Pérez is one of the most intriguing. A little mouse that leaves us money, sweets and gifts every time we lose a tooth and that lives in Madrid, in the Museo del Ratoncito Pérez; a charming museum full of details that will delight your children.

The Fire Museum

With its firefighter suits from centuries ago and its vintage trucks it is sure that the Madrid Museum of the Firemen is another one of those places that makes a good visit with the family. And in addition to its exhibitions and its impressive collection of vehicles from another era, the museum has an education area in which they teach free workshops for the little ones.

The Museum of Natural Sciences

The National Museum of Natural Sciences is a jewel… nothing more. A place in which to find the answers to many of those questions that our children ask us and that they will not want to leave for hours. Beyond its exhibitions and its workshops, the museum is ideal for our children to learn basic questions about our environment always in a fun way.

The best way to spend a few days of sightseeing and … rest!

Let’s face it: family travel is lovely, but with time if we don’t consider the hotels in Madrid that lend themselves to family tourism, then the experience can become a real nightmare.

So, in order to ensure that family vacations are what we all want,(perfect, beautiful and precious), we recommend that you do not miss all the offers from the Petit Palace Hotels Family Experience.

How to enjoy a genuine family holiday in Madrid

Although for many people the success or failure of a family holiday depends on the budget that is planned to invest (always with the misconception that a larger budget is always a guarantee), the truth is that -leaving aside savings- all family trip can turn into a positive experience if these three starting points are followed:

  • Choosing a suitable destination for the time of year when we travel.
  • Studying the tourist destination in depth paying especial attention to the advantages and disadvantages.
  • Planning things that can be done as a family (since traveling with children requires special extras that only parents know).

Taking these three practical tips as a guide and taking into account that in July is not as hot as in August, it is not surprising that many people choose Madrid as holiday destination in July.

Madrid is not the summer holiday destination par excellence for Spaniards living in the peninsula as the closest beach is 5 hours by car (in Valencia). Therefore, the capital is perfect to live an enjoyable Family Experience. Of all the hotels in Madrid you have to choose from, the Petit Palace hotels are the best option for this holiday adventure.

Plans for the whole family. One goal: have fun

Warner Parc in Madrid

Warner Parc in Madrid

  • Parque Warner Madrid

Considered as the safest theme park in Spain, Parque Warner is an ideal choice to give a touch of color and fun to your family trip. Located in San Martin de la Vega (about 22 kilometers away from the city center), this park is equipped with five themed areas and almost fifty rides for young and old. Its tower is the most amazing ride. It is the highest free fall in the world (so far).

  • Parque de Atracciones de Madrid

The popular and fabulous Parque de Atracciones de Madrid is located close to Casa de Campo, another option for the youngest members of the family as it is a play area well equipped to offer entertainment and fun for the family.

  • Ideal museums for children

One of the things that most clearly stands out to everyone who visits Madrid is the cultural offer of this city, especially designed for children. Within this wide range of museums, we can visit Casa del Ratoncito Pérez, Museo de los Bomberos or Museo de Ciencias Naturales.

Visit Madrid with your family, entertainment for adults and kids

Madrid has a lot to offer. It’s full of museums, leisure parks and city tours, a perfect destination for a relaxing family escape.

Despite many people travels to Madrid in summer, it’s really hot in the capital in this season, so you should better travel in May or June. You should visit Madrid by foot (or by bus), therefore if you are travelling to Madrid with kids, you should better take advantage of cooler temperatures in this season.

Family Experience - Petit Palace Hotels

Family Experience – Petit Palace Hotels

There are a lot of hotels in Spain, but not all of them are perfect to spend your family holidays. The destination should offer attractions for  kids, interesting activities, gourmet restaurants and a great family friendly hotels. These hotels should offer extra services for families like: big rooms for 4 to 5 people, children menus, baby buggies, bikes for family tours, etc.

There are great family hotels in Madrid but in which area of the city? Are they perfectly connected with the city nerve centres? These are the favourite hotels of families looking for a city hotel for families in Madrid

  1. Petit Palace Cliper Gran Via Hotel: Petit Palace Cliper Gran Via Hotel is one of the best family hotels in Gran Via, a city hotel with excellent extras like toys for our children, WiFi, baby buggies and privileged location.
  1. Petit Palace Arenal Hotel: Petit Palace Arenal Hotel is another city hotel in Madrid designed for families. It was totally renewed in 2012 and connects Puerta del Sol with Opera. Which extras make it the perfect family friendly hotel? Gourmet breakfast, WiFi and high-tech rooms.
  1. Petit Palace Arturo Soria Hotel: Our last recommendation in this list of family hotels in Madrid is Petit Palace Arturo Soria, a hotel near IFEMA that is perfect for families enjoying mor than a week of holidays in Madrid. It’s perfectly connected with the centre of the city and its service and customer attention are excellent.