At this time of year, we’re all thinking of our summer holidays. Those of us with families have to balance our needs with those of the rest of the group. Adults will want to sunbathe, sight-see and sample the local cuisine, while children just want to play.
Luckily, there’s a simple solution that will satisfy every member of the family. A holiday in Spain is ideal for families who want to experience endless sunshine, beautiful sandy beaches, soaring mountain peaks, and mouth-watering sangrías, among other things. You will find activities to please everyone, and locations to suit all tastes.
For a traditional flavor, head south. If you have an image of Spain in your mind, it’s probably Andalucía, with its dazzling white architecture, Moorish influences, and flamenco. Wikipedia has an extensive list of fiestas in Spain, and the big one in this region is the colorful Feria or fair, which comes soon after the sobriety of Holy Week.
The area is also popular for its resorts along the Costa del Sol and the Costa Blanca. Naturally, this attracts a large number of holiday makers and developments, but it also provides great amenities for families, and it’s still possible to find quieter spots.
The Balearic Islands
The Balearic Islands also boast good beaches, and a climate where summer heat is tempered by sea breezes. Mallorca has limited the number of big hotels to a small stretch of coast, so much of the island is unspoiled.
Ibiza’s clubbers have adopted their Spanish hosts’ custom of partying, but some parts of the island are more laid back, and Ibiza Town is full of history. You can visit prehistoric monuments on Minorca, which is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, while tiny Formentera has the best beaches.
The Canary Islands
The Canary Islands benefit from their proximity to Africa, with temperatures that make them a year-round favourite. Tenerife, with its lush volcanic soil, has much to offer if you can drag yourself away from the playgrounds of its rugged coast.
Choose Fuerteventura for a more relaxing stay, or discover the golden dunes of Gran Canaria, and the black sands of Lanzarote, La Gomera and La Palma.
Whether you want to come back with a tan or with memories, or both, Spain will oblige. The real list of fiestas is much longer than Wikipedia’s – dive into one, and you’ll make new friends. It guarantees that you’ll leave with a farewell of hasta la vista, and not adiós!