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Kids wearing flamenco dresses

Distances are short between cities in Spain, however, with its long history, traveling in Spain with kids you'll find big changes in culture from region to region. Andalusia - a mixture of Moorish and European culture, all under a blazing hot sun. In the center of the country, explore one of the great art museums of the world in Madrid, the Museo del Prado, or travel with kids to Toledo for a taste of medieval Spain. In Barceleona, discover the world of Gaudi, and Catalan culture and language.

  Madrid
  Barcelona
Central
  Castilla y Leon – Avila, Burgos, Salamanca
 
Segovia
 

Castilla y La Mancha

 
Toledo
South
 

Andalusia

 
Granada – The Alhambra
 
Seville
family hotels spain

Travel for Kids has so many fun things to do with kids in Spain, but you'll need a fun place to stay.

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels in Spain, all styles and price ranges, in neighborhoods comfortable for families, and near to places you'll want to explore:

 
Madrid Barcelona
Toledo Segovia
Granada Seville
Cordoba Malaga
family tours spain

Bike along beaches of the Costa Brava and country roads in the Pyrenees, explore sea caves, visit the painted caves at Altamira, learn the art of pottery making, ride horses in the Andalucian hills, take flamenco lessons, these family tour companies will arrange an unforgettable trip:

    Quivertree Family Expeditions
    Classic Journeys
kids books spain
     
spain gaudi kids biography Building with Nature  
Building with Nature
Rachel Rodriguez, Julie Paschkis

Discover Antoni Gaudi, the architect that created the most amazing buildings and turned nature in art. "At Casa Batllo, a fireplace hides under a mushroom cap. Hallways look like underwater caverns. The house sparkles like the sea." Gorgeous illustrations, this is a gem! (Picture book)

 

     
Shadow of a Bull
Maia Wojciechowska

Manolo Olivar's father was a great bullfighter, but eleven year old Manolo isn't cut out to be a torero. Colorful, lively story with a behind-the-scenes look at bullfighting and the soul of a small Andalusian town. (Chapter book)

 

 
     
The Story of Ferdinand picture book spain  
The Story of Ferdinand
Munro Leaf, Robert Lawson

Ferdinand, the little bull who likes to smell the flowers, accidentally gets sent to the bullfight in Madrid. A beloved classic! (Picture book)

 

     
The Most Magnificent Mosque
Ann Jungman, Shelley Fowles

Engaging tale of three mischievous boys, Rashid, Samuel and Miguel, who are caught throwing oranges from the Cordoba mosque. As punishment, the boys work in the glorious gardens, but explore the mosque in their free time, and when they are grown men, they save the mosque from destruction. (Picture book)

 

 
spain The Most Magnificent Mosque
     
Prince of the Birds spain kids tales  

In this sparkling adaptation from Tales of the Alhambra, Ahmed, the Prince of Granada, lives in a high tower, with only the birds for his friends. An owl and talking parrot accompany the prince on his search for true love, but it takes a magic horse and flying carpet to win the Princess Aldegonda. Enchanting illustrations. (Picture book)

 

     
Isabella of Castile
Shirin Yim Bridges, Albert Nguyen

Isabella, queen of Spain's Golden Age, negotiated her marriage with Ferdinand which united Castille and Aragon, went to war and conquered Granada, sponsored Columbus' voyage, started the Inquisition and united Spain. (Picture book)

 

 
spain biography kids Isabella of Castile
     
Don Quixote spain kids classic adventure  
Don Quixote
Martin Jenkins, Miguel de Cervantes, Chris Riddell

Exhilirating retelling of Don Quixote, each page is illustrated with wild and wooly characters – imaginary giants, damsels in disguise, ungrateful ruffians, masked travelers, armies of sheep. Fresh and funny, a larger than life adventure. (Illustrated chapter book)

 

     

Get the scoop on the most famous portrait artists in Spain - Francisco Goya and Diego Velazquez. They painted kings and queens with their children, princes on horseback, princesses in fancy gowns, and royal pets the way they were in real life. You'll see their paintings in the Prado Museum in Madrid. (Picture books)

 

 
spain artists kids Francisco Goya Diego Velazquez
     
Katie and the Spanish Princess kids books velasquez spain  

Little Katie gets in the picture, when she climbs into a painting by of the princess Margarita, and swaps clothes with her. They meet other boys in paintings by Goya, as well as Velazquez, including Margarita's father, Philip IV, king of Spain. Fun for younger kids. (Picture book)

 

     
Dali and the Path of Dreams
Anna Obiols, Subi

Imaginative exploration of "Salvi," who grows up to become Salvador Dali, the great Spanish surrealist painter. Salvi finds a cook "who was tossing clocks as though they were pizzas," long-legged elephants, fried-egg penguins and more peculiar people and things. An excellent introduction to Dali's paintings. (Picture book)

 

 
spain kids artist Dali and the Path of Dreams
     
Soccer World Spain kids  
Soccer World Spain
Ethan Zohn, David Rosenberg

Travel through Spain with professional soccer player Ethan Zohn – sample paella in Barcelona, watch a soccer match in Madrid, see the rare Iberian lynx, hike in the mountains, plus activities to do. (Chapter book)

 

     
Let's Learn Spanish Coloring Book
Anne-Francoise Pattis

Loads of fun pictures to color – from el alfabeto to el gato (cat), la luna (moon), el zorro (fox), seasons of the year, days of the week, animals and food. (Coloring book)

 

 
Let's Learn Spanish Coloring Book
     
Spain - Exploring Countries  

Fun facts about Spain – landscape, wildlife, going to school, daily life, sports, holidays, and food. (Picture book)

 

(More children's books on other Spain pages)
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