Spain is the top destination for a huge number of UK holidaymakers as revealed in an iNews published article. The Spanish costas were deemed the best-value holiday spot gaining a 92% value rating. With Spain’s diverse attractions and budget-friendly options, it’s no wonder it’s such a popular family holiday destination.
Getting the most out of a family holiday to Spain
While the idea of taking a family holiday to Spain sounds exciting, travelling as a family has its challenges. A recent Kayak survey revealed that nearly 27% of British respondents find family trips stressful due to the planning, booking and preparation required. During a Spanish holiday, where the sights, sounds and environment may be drastically different, it is important to make sure your child is comfortable and happy. This paves the way for a great holiday for everyone.
Here are some tips to ensure a fuss-free family trip to Spain:
Book family-friendly destinations ahead of time
Since Spain is a top holiday destination, establishments and tourist sights in popular areas can get crowded. This often leads to long queues and impatient children. It’s therefore important to book ahead and check the destination has family-friendly activities to enjoy. Don’t let common preconceptions about locations narrow your options. Ibiza holidays are a magnet for tourists. However, while the island is commonly associated with clubbing, many parts are a popular choice for family holidays. San Antonio Bay and Cala Llonga are home to beautiful beach shores with shallow and calm water that are great for paddling with children.
Similarly, a historical city like Seville might seem the choice for older visitors. However, a little research will reveal that it is actually family-friendly. It boasts adventure parks like Isla Mágica and wholesome art performances at Sala Cero.
Take note of the climate in Spain
According to Spain’s official tourism website, the country experiences around 3,000 hours of sunshine each year. The climate is generally mild all year round, but there are regional variations. Popular tourist destinations of Seville and Madrid experience maximum temperatures in the peak of summer, reaching an average of 35-37°C. A particular hotspot is Córdoba, which hit 50°C this summer, and holidaymakers in Mallorca were warned of “extreme risk” due the Charon heatwave. Make sure climate doesn’t adversely affect your family and trip and prep accordingly. Apart from avoiding particularly affected places, take clothes made from lightweight and breathable materials to help your children stay cool. Shirts made from cotton and linen are good summer choices. Ensure you pack the sunscreen, hats and sunglasses for your children. You could even invest in a rechargeable mini-fan to help them cool down on the go.
Be mindful of local customs
While it’s easier for adults to adapt, younger kids may experience a culture shock that can be confusing. For instance, the siesta – a time when most shops and restaurants close – has been a habit-based tradition in Spain for centuries. The break usually lasts from around two in the afternoon until early evening and can catch you unawares. Therefore make sure you get family essentials such as snacks and prescriptions before siesta time.
Another cultural difference is the dos besos greeting. Generally, most Spaniards greet with a kiss on each cheek. This can be surprising for little kids. Teach them about the custom and let them know it’s part of the Spanish identity to ensure they understand what’s going on!
There are plenty more tips and stories on the blog about family-friendly European trips.