Wherever you travel in Spain, there is plenty to keep all the family entertained… but more than that, the experiences here will provide lasting memories. A journey through Spain is anything but dull!
Organized Activities, Tours & Excursions – how to arrange them
My recommend travel agent for Spain, Madrid & Beyond, can arrange all of the above activities and many more, introducing you and your family to outstanding guides and access to some unforgettable characters.
Traveling Independently in Spain:
When on your own, there are all sorts of places to keep the young entertained. Here are a few ideas to help keep the younger members of the family happy in Madrid and Barcelona:
Please Note - Information below was accurate in 2009, fees and contact information may change at anytime.
Madrid Cable Car - A ride in the capital's teleferico or cable car offers a dramatic, bird's eye view of the city skyline from Pintor Rosales to the Casa de Campo. Head to Paseo Pintor Rosales, on the corner with calle (street) Marqués de Urquijo (Metro Argüelles – lines 3, 4 and 6), tel: 91 541 74 50. Admission: adult one-way ticket €3.50, round-trip €5.10. Children under 3: free. Open: June-Aug Mon-Fri, 12pm-9pm, Sat, Sun, 12pm-9.30pm.
Real Madrid Football Stadium - A chance for aspiring, young soccer players, to get up close and personal with Real Madrid. It's all here, including the team's history and all their trophies. Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Puerta de la Castellana. Nearest metro Santiago Bernabeu (line 10). Opening times: Non-match days: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 - 19:30 and Sundays and holidays: 10:30 - 18:30. Match days: Tour open up to 5 hours prior to kick-off (no dressing room access). Two hours prior to kick-off only the Trophy Room is open to visitors. (Tel: 913 984 370). Tickets: Window 10 next to Gate 7 (Paseo de la Castellana side). Tour access located at Gate 20 (Avda. Concha Espina). Admission: Adults €15, children under 14 €10.
Zoo Aquarium of Madrid - Casa de Campo, metro Casa de Campo (line 10), tel. 91 521 3770. Open daily from 10.30am (detailed opening times, on website). Admission: Adults €18.50, children aged 3-7 €15
Just 300m from the Parque de Attracciones, this is an extensive complex and considered one of the better zoos in the world, it features sections dedicated to each continent, as well as a dolphinarium, an aquarium, an aviary, and an area for sea lions. One of the few zoos outside China with giant pandas. Facilities on offer include electric cars, concierge, skates, binoculars and free parking.
Poble Espanyol, Barcelona - A mock village built at the beginning of the 20th century with its own districts according to type of historic Spanish architecture. There are 40 workshops where you can see 21 different types of craftsmanship at work, shops, art galleries and restaurants. For families there is plenty of green as well as picnic areas and, on Sundays, children's activities and shows are organised outside - see website http://www.poble-espanyol.com/pemsa/en.html for details.
Tibidabo Amusement Park - The hilly backdrop to Barcelona’s skyline, Tibidabo is well worth the journey up if you are looking for unbeatable views of the Barcelona. As well as the Sacred Heart Church (which is visible from the city) you will find a hilltop funfair and amusement park. It is probably more suited to younger children but with a pirate area, castle and a variety of (most old-fashioned) rides there is plenty to keep them happy.
Montjuïc Castle (Castell de Montjuïc) - Worth the trip up, especially if you take the cable car for some great views of Barcelona. In the summer months a very relaxed bar opens up around the back of the castle, La Caseta del Migdia, (follow signs along the port view footpath) which has music, barbecued food and sometimes a Crepe van that arrives at 6pm. There is also a picnic area here, grass and shade. The castle also houses the Military museum and the Museum of Comics and Illustration... Just down from the castle's drawbridge entrance is a small children's playground which features 2 super long slides which will thrill kids as they sweep down a steep slope that offers great views over the city.
Chocolate Museum - Chocolate wonderland of life-size statues and monument replicas. See http://pastisseria.cat/en/PortadaMuseu for more details.
Picasso Museum Barcelona - An artist whose colorful and unusual work often appeals to younger children. There is a large permanent exhibition including childhood sketches, paintings, drawings, photographs and a biography of the artist. There is also an opportunity to stock up on postcards and picture books of his most famous paintings from the gallery’s shop. See http://www.museupicasso.bcn.cat/en/ for more details.
And of course, for the soccer fans… there is always the FC Barcelona Museum and New Camp Tour. The tour takes you to every part of the stadium, the president’s box, the changing rooms and an adrenalin charged walk through the player’s tunnel onto the pitch. The tour includes a visit to the museum exhibiting 100 yrs of club history as well as a whole host of memorabilia and sporting material on show. http://www.fcbarcelona.com/web/english/