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).

Top 3 restaurants for children (I): Majorca

Generally, when traveling with family and with our children – that is why to win in practicality and to save a euro or two – we are the majority that chooses our vacations in accordance with a complete boarding. Yes, breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel can not only be more economical, but also save us head spinning from having to think about a place that is suitable for us and for children.

Although the majority of destinations work very well with this system, the truth is that there are other points of our country where it is worthwhile to opt for half board to give yourself a family dinner at a child friendly restaurant. Given that covering all in a single article would be impossible, this month we began the route of restaurants for families putting the focus on the beautiful island of Majorca. Let’s go there and bon profit!

Katmandu Park

House of Katmandú

Trains Restaurant

In the popular neighborhood of Santa Catalina, one of the most popular in Palma, is Restaurant Trens. A very good quality restaurant (and with reasonable prices) in which you can eat almost everything and delight the little ones of the house.

The reason? Not only will it seem like you are eating inside a train car of the 1920s, but the place in question has an area where children can enjoy miniature moving trains.

The House of Kathmandu restaurant

On the reverse side, there is an authentic Thai house in which you can discover the terrifying Yeti and experience a really fun day. All with the possibility of eating delicious dishes in an open-air restaurant and only a short distance from the beautiful beach of Magaluf. All of this is what we can find at the Sol Katmandu Park Resort, Sol Hotels & Resorts.

Located in the most pleasant and natural area of Magaluf, this idea created by Sol Hotels will not only let your children have a good time, but let you enjoy an unforgettable day with your family.

The Palma Aquarium restaurant

And if what you like is to enjoy the natural world, there is nothing better than giving yourself a whole morning in Palma Aquarium and then tasting a delicious burger in one of its two restaurants. Considered one of the most important aquariums in the world, Palma is also a perfect place for children of all ages. In addition to a route perfectly adapted to baby carriages – the place has a chiquipark in which the little ones will have a bomb.

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.

Alternative destinations for a family holiday with a difference

As our children get older and we can forget about nappies and baby wipes, the concept of travelling with children radically changes. Now it’s no longer enough asking for a room with a cot, or finding a family-sized car where you can fit all the paraphernalia you need with a baby under your arm (pushchairs, baby carriers, various toys etc.); now what you’ve got to do is dedicate yourself to the cause and find new family destinations that will keep the little family rulers happy.

It’s more complicated than travelling as a couple or with friends. Travelling as a family requires (in addition) finding destinations that can adapt to the needs of both large and small, which makes finding such exotic and family-friendly locations complicated, to say the least. It’s never a bad idea to have a pre-selection, so here are are three ideal family destinations that are sure to delight all family members.

 

IBEROSTAR Mehari Djerba

IBEROSTAR Mehari Djerba

 

Tunisia: relaxation, beach and gastronomy

Tunisia is a country located on the northern coast of the African continent. It’s easy to find flights here from all major airports. The landscape is truly beautiful and unexploited by tourist crowds. This African country is pure magic and tradition, which can be best experienced in locations such as Djerba, a place where you can find family-friendly accommodation alternatives such as hotel IBEROSTAR Mehari Djerba.

Apart from its hundreds of kilometres of blue water and beaches, Tunisia is a place where you can enjoy relaxation, tasty food and a thousand and one excursions. How about riding a camel along the beach? Without doubt, a loud yes.

Montenegro, the Queen of the Balcans

Montenegro occupies one of the top positions on the list of new destinations for families travelling with children. Considered one of the most precious treasures of the Balkans, Montenegro is one of those locations that will surprise you at every step, offering extremely beautiful landscapes.

So, what are the most-see places here, that the kids will enjoy? A visit to the island Sveti Stefan, the city of Kotor and Shkodra Lake come highly recommended. Also, when choosing a hotel for you and your children nothing could be better than opting for hotel IBEROSTAR Bellevue.

Crete and the magic of the Greek Islands

Travel experts say that few places in the world are as magical as the Greek islands. Out of them all, Crete is the most amazing and charming one: a place bathed in intense turquoise-coloured waters offering mild temperatures and a dreamlike nature. How about exploring this island with IBEROSTAR Creta Marine as your headquarters? We can guarantee that the experience will be unique for yourselves (the parents) as well as for your children.

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.

Learn to cook, a perfect plan for a family vacation

Few things are as rewarding and endearing as enjoying a family trip. We have said it on countless occasions but it is more than true. Of course, if you choose this type of holiday you need to be aware that with regard to leisure not everything works well and you need original things to do (and especially very amusing activities) which can be the key to the success or failure of the trip itself.

Knowing that this is so and wanting to offer the customer something different, our hotels in this area have been able to masterfully adapt in order to corner the market in traveling families yet offer something more. They have taken family oriented holidays a step further by creating leisure facilities for children, courses designed for children, mini parks and even cooking courses.

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If you have read a lot you will know that there are hotels that offer cooking courses to their clients and following in the footsteps of the ever increasing cooking fever which has arisen from television programs like Master Chef or Master Chef Junior, we’ve discovered that cooking is fun, not only fun but highly educational. So this is a great idea for families and you can find it in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, specifically in the heart of the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Mencey.

Beyond its privileged location, which can be seen from the images in its brochures, the gourmet quality of its restaurants (such as the Papa Negra restaurant) and its many services, the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Mencey offers the cookery courses of La Cocina del Mencey, a place to learn unique recipes and advanced cooking techniques from the hand of true chefs.

The concept created by the Tenerife Hotel is not only to offer practical cooking courses (for adults and children) but to be committed to using local products and everyday cuisine, which is prepared with care, without hurry and slowly cooked. A unique cuisine that can be enjoyed to the full in its different restaurants (such as Papa Negra or Casa del Duque Lounge & Bar)

A plus to keep in mind for future occasions is the possibility of being able to rent the room so you can hold business meetings. Wouldn’t that be a great idea?

Mallorca and its “must sees” for adventurous families

Although we are well into this routine of “snuggling under the covers”, at least we know that the summer will return eventually and with it our longed for vacation. Experts say that there is nothing better than taking advantage of these cold months to fix on the destination, the hotel deal and work out our leisure plans. We know there are hundreds of destinations in our country but are they all suitable for those who want to travel as a family? No, certainly not.

Since we are aware that in summer we are all looking for the balance between fun and relaxation, this month in Family Holidays Destinations we focus on Mallorca. Is there anything better than thinking about a family holiday with the Mediterranean as a backdrop?

Mallorca, with its many pros and its few cons, is an ideal island to spend a family holiday. A leading destination for national tourism and extremely well known internationally (especially by the British and German travelers), the largest of the Balearic Islands hides a thousand and one treasures that are perfect for those family excursions that we love.

If you have you thought about this destination for your 2017 Summer holiday you’ll want to know what the ‘must sees’ are that you can’t ignore once you are on the island? Take note because they are not all in the usual travel guides.

The Caves of the Drach

The Caves of the Drach

The Caves of the Drach

One of Mallorca’s main attractions is located in Porto Cristo (in the municipality of Manacor, home of tennis player Rafa Nadal). With its mysterious nooks giving them  a magic difficult to describe, the visit to the legendary Caves of the Drach is one of the things that can’t be missed on any family trip. You can avoid the crush of the Summer crowds by visiting them during the week and first thing in the morning.

The Costitx Observatory

Although not all travel guides talk about it as they should, don’t miss a visit to the Costitx Observatory. In addition to being a spectacular and really beautiful planetarium, this observatory in Mallorca is fundamental in international missions and of great importance in discoveries thanks to its more than twenty localized extragalactic supernovae.

The route of the marshes

Although coming to Mallorca in Summer and not going to the beach is like going to Paris and not going up to the Eiffel Tower, the truth is that the island’s mountains are ideal for a good morning excursion with the family. You could choose to do a tour of Cover the marshes and get to know the beauty of Gorg Blau. We can assure you that the experience is well worth it.

Leader of the Family Friendly label

One of the advantages of Majorca is that you don’t have to invest too much time in locating a hotel that shows the Family Friendly sign since in the island lots of establishments are designed for those who travel with their family. Hotels like Sol House or Sol Beach House (located in the municipality of Calvià and endorsed by the brand Sol Hotels) is full of extras for both big and small and it also has ideal prices.