Three destinations for a family holiday ‘made in Spain’.

It’s important to get it right the first time when you plan your holiday destination and family fun. So more and more mums and dads opt for boosting their summer holiday budget somewhat, just so they can give their children a really unforgettable experience. Popular choices are the Warner Park in Madrid, Port Aventura in Barcelona and – increasingly – EuroDisney in Paris. These places are great for the youngest members of the family, but they also take their toll on the rest of us too in the end (along the lines of: “I’m home now but more tired than I was before we went”).

To make sure that you’ll actually end up with a family holiday where rest is a fundamental part of the plan, it’s important to prepare the daily schedule in advance, ensuring every member of the family a bit of time to do what they enjoy doing the most (but also taking into account that the children do need a little bit of extra entertainment). So how can this be done, you might ask yourself? Well, if you get the destination right it’s no problem, and if you chose this country for your holidays, even better! These are our suggestions for the month of August:

A journey filled with nature and gastronomy in Bilbao

Adventurous families who love nature: Bilbao is the place to go. It’s a magic place where you can enjoy outdoor excursions on unique paths offering incredible views, and where you can fill your stomach with exquisite delicacies (remember that this Spanish region boasts the most Michelin stars per square metre).

Since a family holiday can’t be only about excursions and tourism, we recommend that you enjoy some days on the beach as well. This can be found in places like Getxo (less than 20 minutes from Bilbao). Here you will find the most beautiful beaches the region has to offer. It’s also a great option if you want to be near everything but would like a hotel with good value for money, such as Petit Palace Tamarises, in Getxo.

Málaga, always a winning option

The perfect choice for a family holiday! Yes, we are talking about Málaga, one of the most visited provinces in all of Andalusia, and a place where you live life at its fullest near the sea during this time of year.

There is more to the city than talking long walks on the always vibrant Calle Larios (where you find the central hotel Petit Palace Plaza Málaga); this regional capital is an ideal destination for those who are looking for that ideal mix of beaches, beach bars (with freshly grilled sardines) and water sports. The biggest advantage? That you don’t need a big budget in order to enjoy your holiday to the fullest.

Discovering the Seville of Game of Thrones

What if you’d tell your kids that you’re going to Seville to visit all the places where the main scenes of the fourth and fifth season of the series Game of Thrones were filmed? Pretty good plan, don’t you think? Here at Destinations for Families we’re great fans of this American series with a European heart, so we can’t miss out on an opportunity to recommend an amazing experience like this.

It’s a journey that goes through the centre of Seville and the main focus lies on the Reales Alcázares of the city (located between the Giralda and the hotel Petit Palace Marqués de Santa Ana). You can finish the visit by taking a tapas route through the centre and then a carriage ride along the banks of the Guadalquivir river.

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Father’s Day in Madrid

March 19th is coming … And you, without a gift! Telling your father that you love him is the best gift in the world, but giving a trip to Madrid can make you the son of the month. Forget wallets, ties, watches, books or socks. If you have 5 minutes, look for a flight, reserve a hotel and organize a family trip. Surely your surprise will be a great one.

Traveling to Madrid on a weekend is more than enough for you to enjoy a bit of fun, lots of culture and some rest. The capital offers a thousand and one activities on your agenda, no matter which dates you choose: in Madrid there is always something interesting to do and many of those things are also free.

For example, if you want the trip to be economical, look at the leisure and tourism web pages of Madrid all those free proposals that fill the parks, cultural centers and theaters of the capital. Hail them and there are many. Do not forget to book a walking tour: walking through Madrid is one of the most enjoyable things you can do because it’s in the streets where one meets the true essence of this unique city.

If you like to eat well, go through the San Miguel Market, the Cava Alta and the Cava Baja for the vermouth and tapas in La Latina, the taverns of the Plaza de Mayo, in the area of ​​Malasaña, just some of the trendy restaurants to treat yourself to.

For lovers of art, the Prado, Reina Sofia and Caixaforum are obligatory visits. If you go only 2 days, it is best to stick with 1 of the 3 and view it calmly. Check beforehand the temporary exhibitions that they offer to be able to decant for one or the other but, in fact, choose the one you choose, and you will get it for sure.

Cinema and theater are classics in any visit to Madrid, almost as much as the bocata de calamares, squid sandwich, in Plaza Mayor. The premieres change every weekend and the musicals can be booked directly on the Internet: do it in advance if you want to get a good place for the event because they have carried on for a long time and almost always fill up, and the best places go quickly.

El Retiro is also a place of pilgrimage in the capital. You will serve to break with the city and immerse yourself in its small oasis of tranquility and healthiness. If you go with children it is the perfect refuge to lie in the sun for a while on the lawn near its large lake, while they play and run away from the danger of roads and traffic.

Among all the accommodations in Madrid, you’ll find it very easy to find a hotel. Ideally, if you are a family unit, look for some that have family size or connected rooms. If what you’ve thought is that it’s only the parents who’ll enjoy the getaway, opt for one of the new hotels in the center of Madrid: Vincci The Mint, which has a fresh, elegant and fun design, with interesting events inside the same hotel; The IBEROSTAR Las Letras, which has a roof terrace and cocktail bar from where you can contemplate the Madrid skyline, with rooms on the Gran Vía of Madrid (also known as the Las Letras Gran Vía Hotel); The Petit Palace Puerta del Sol or the Vincci Capitol, for cinema lovers (it’s located just above the historic Madrid hall).

Seville, Valencia, Bilbao: three perfect options for families

In ‘Destinations for Families’ we are very much people who see the bottle half full and that leads us to think about the destination of our next holiday. Yes, in January, the Christmas holidays have just finished and with the thermometer practically below zero throughout the country, it’s a month that is perfect for planning our next trip, either in Easter, in the May Bank holiday or even in the Summer. The reason for this is that there are more deals, there are no problems when booking our hotel and we can go with more time to research the destination thoroughly.

And speaking of destinations: are you sure that your holidays are always with the family and have you doubts about which are the family friendly destinations? At this beginning of the year we propose three: Seville, Valencia and Bilbao.

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Discover Seville with the family

With its smell of orange blossom, its moaning, its elf and its character, Seville is an ideal place for a family holiday. It’s a city with a strategic location (one hour from Cadiz, two from Cordoba and one from the beautiful beaches of Huelva) full of unique plans to do with the children.

Some examples are: strolling through the Cartuja, heading to the Isla Mágica Park to practice water sports in the Guadalquivir or enjoying a day of shopping in the Calles Sierpes and Tetuán. If you have chosen to stay in a hotel in the center of the capital like the Petit Palace Canalejas Seville you will be less than ten minutes from the most outstanding parts of the city.

Valencia, much more than just the Fallas festival

We have said it countless times and we never tire of repeating it: Valencia is much more than just paella, the Fallas festival and beautiful beaches. Although all these aspects are a reality and should not be forgotten, the capital of the Turia is a gem of a destination. And the city is full of lovely places for families (such as the Gulliver Park or the Turia Gardens) and the city of Arts and Sciences.

A city that lives from within and has perfect hotels for families like the legendary and charming Petit Palace Bristol Hotel.

Bilbao, an unknown family destination

Few cities in our country can boast of being as pretty as Bilbao (although yes, in our country we have destinations that are worthy of review). Industrial, cosmopolitan and with gourmet food that is world famous, Bilbao is a great place to spend a short family vacation.

Although a lot of people choose to stay in the city, you can give a unique touch to your trip by choosing a hotel on the beach such as in Ereaga, or Getxo? There you will find hotels for families full of services and extras like the hotel Petit Palace Tamarises.