In search of the perfect destination for a family holiday in Autumn

It is one thing to travel alone but travelling as a family is quite another thing. Although it is a rewarding and fun option, the truth is that it is not always easy to be sure when choosing the destination, accommodation and leisure. Yes, especially if it comes to treating yourself to a quick family getaway this October and Autumn is already knocking at the door.

With the advantage of being able to choose exclusive destinations and high quality accommodation at a much more competitive price, travel in Autumn has the disadvantage of the weather: it is not always sunny, temperatures are cooler and it rains more often (especially if you opt for the northern part of our country).

hiking in Mallorca

hiking in Mallorca

Fortunately our country has destinations that, even in the Autumn, still provide a Spring environment with mild temperatures and lots of sunny days (when you can enjoy bathing in the sea). Destinations such as Tenerife and Mallorca are ideal for a family getaway since they remind you of those early summer days.

Mallorca from North to South

Although temperatures are somewhat cooler, Autumn in Mallorca comes smoothly. This translates into a destination that lends itself to those who enjoy nature in its pure state, outdoor family activities in the fresh air such as picnics on the seashore.

While the capital is a good choice, leaving Palma and choosing the north is a great idea. Perfect for those traveling with a family, northern Mallorca offers not only natural beauty spots but also has unique places in which to enjoy water sports or visits to ancient caves.

For anyone looking for an accommodation in the north of Mallorca, there is nothing better for families with children than choosing a family friendly hotel in Playa de Muro or a family hotel in Alcudia, the liveliest area in the north of the island which is full of activities for the little ones.

Tenerife, in search of eternal Summer

The fact that there are lots of family friendly hotels in Tenerife leads directly to a single statement: the island is the perfect destination for family tourism. With temperatures that reach 25 degrees in autumn and Winter, Tenerife is one of those places that is always a success.

Fuerteventura, a unique destination for a family holiday

Enjoying the company of our family, making plans together and breaking with home routine are some of the reasons that move us to look for a family holiday. Some relaxing days accompanied by the most important people of our life may become an authentic unforgettable experience if we choose destinations that are natural gems. Destinations like Fuerteventura, in the Canary Islands.

With an extension of almost two square kilometres, Fuerteventura is —after Tenerife— the largest of the Canary Islands and the oldest one, hence its historical and cultural charm. A place where to enjoy stunning plains with unique sunsets, to walk along endless beaches of bright and dark sand and to contemplate some of the best views of the Atlantic.

Cofete beach, Fuerteventura

Cofete beach, Fuerteventura

Why choosing the island of Fuerteventura for your desired family holiday? It is simple:

  • Fuerteventura is a really charming and natural national destination
  • The island offers a gastronomy that will make the delicacies of children.
  • It has a wide entertainment offer. Yes, there are lots of varied plans available in Fuerteventura.

Plans for the whole family

  • A tour around the beaches of the island

You cannot go to Fuerteventura with your family and not visit some of its most beautiful beaches. Apart from having a walk along them and taking pictures, spending a morning of games and baths in some of the most emblematic ones is, no doubt, the star plan in this national destination.

Which are the recommended beaches for those who travel as a family? Due to their good access and incredible views, we recommend Cofete, the great beaches of Corralejo, Sotavento beach and, finally, Costa Calma.

  • Excursion and meal in the mountains

Although the island is quite flat, Fuerteventura features some mountainous areas where to enjoy family excursions and meals in authentic wooden picnic areas. To avoid wandering without a clear destination, the perfect option is Lara Castle, an unknown area of the island with barbeques, woods and leisure areas for the whole family.

  • Visit to the artisan market of Tetir

The artisan market of Tetir is one of the most charming attractions of the island. Although it is only held the first Sunday of the month, it deserves a visit if you want to take part of the essence of Fuerteventura back home with you (in the form of one or two souvenirs).

Family Friendly Hotels in Fuerteventura

IBEROSTAR Fuerteventura Palace: Located in the area of Playa Jandía and at the beachfront, the IBEROSTAR Fuerteventura Palace is an ideal hotel for families as, apart from its spa and swimming pools, it offers an exclusive miniclub to children.
IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas Park: With its large swimming pools, its exclusive rooms and its miniclub, the IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas Park is another one of the reference hotels for families in Fuerteventura. How can you spend your time while children have a nap? Making the most of the services offered at the hotel’s spa and gym.
IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas: Our last recommendations is the IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas , a hotel with a wide entertainment offer designed for families, and with an exclusive gastronomic and sport programme.

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.

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.