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Top Tips For Your Family Holiday To Spain

Spain is a superb family holiday destination, hosting return visitors year after year.

This stunning country weaves family values into its legacy and culture, meaning a family trip here is always a memorable and comfortable holiday. Keep some of our pointers in mind to enhance those good memories and make even greater ones.

Your reason for flying

With so much to see and do in Spain, getting a handle on exactly what each family member hopes to experience during your visit is vital.

If it's sunshine with big beaches for the kids and cheap sangria for you, Costa Blanca may speak to you. Benidorm calls it home, along with theme parks like Aqualand and Iberia Park.

Or, if your family is looking for a cultural journey, head to the inspiring shores of Costa Brava. You'll find castles etched into cliffsides and plenty of historic architecture, plus no shortage of beaches.

Here you can explore the walled medieval town of Tossa de Mar from the Villa Vella area, where narrow streets wind back to the 14th century. Impress the kids with tales of the city's history as a place built to fend off pirate attacks hundreds of years ago.

Local lifestyles

Spain beats to its own relaxing rhythm – a midday nap is a cultural norm and dinner is eaten from 9pm onwards, although many restaurants in tourist areas are open earlier.

With the later nights you'll find children scampering around well past 10pm, and it's likely your own little adventurers will be keen to adopt the local late night mindset.

Keep in mind that Spain lives life louder than the UK, so everything from conversing families at the next restaurant table to mopeds whizzing through the streets could interfer with nap time if you're unprepared.

Though your kids' sleeping patterns may be out, they'll receive plenty of attention. Spanish people love children, so your little ones will likely be fussed over wherever you roam, especially off the beaten tourism path.

Included among the most vibrant and child-friendly cities in Europe, the major Spanish cities of Madrid and Barcelona have wonderful shopping opportunities and family sightseeing activities that make them well worth a train or bus trip.

You'll feel comfortable knowing that smaller souls are welcomed in these cultural hubs and, what's more, museums and galleries often offer discounted, if not free, entry for kids.

Pick up some lingo

If you primarily travel to major hubs in Spain, you'll likely get by fine with just English. That said, a little bit of Spanish not only impresses the locals, but ensures you can communicate if you head to more secluded spots.

Luckily, Spain's laid-back locals are easygoing when it comes to communication. Even if you're just starting to learn the language, you won't gravely offend anyone with a mispronunciation – in fact, the locals will likely help you and your loved ones practice.

Plus, with so much Spanish surrounding them, your kids will get an immersive experience, and you might find you've got a translator in your entourage by the end of your holiday.

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