fun things to do with kids in spain familyi travel   Travel for Kids


spain overview

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 - mixture of ancient Roman, Islamic, European culture. In the center of the country, explore one of the great art museums 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.

  Castilla y Leon

Castilla y La Mancha



Granada – The Alhambra
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 Travel for Kids lists 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
Seville Granada
Cordoba Malaga
Toledo Segovia
family tours spain

Go on a scavenger hunt in the world-famous Prado Museum, explore the Alhambra, ride horses, go hiking, biking and canyoneering in national parks, watch Real Madrid play soccer, take flamenco lessons, this family tour company will arrange an unforgettable trip:

    Quivertree Family Expeditions
kids books spain
a dragon on the roof  
A Dragon on the Roof
Cecile Alix, Fred Sochard

A story inspired by the Casa Battlo in Barcelona, Paloma looks outside her window, and sees a tempest that shakes the whole building. She follows a huge shadow up the staircase, up to the roof - it's a dragon! And Paloma loves dragons. Delightful for younger kids, read before you visit the house. (Picture book)



Kids can make their own buildings and creations like Gaudi, drawing, coloring, and using over 200 different stickers, plus fun facts about Gaudi's life and work. (Sticker book)


antoni gaudi create your own city
pablo picasso  
Pablo Picasso (Little People, Big Dreams)
Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Terasa Bellon

Story of Pablo Picasso, growing up in Malaga (first word was pencil), visiting Prado Museum in Madrid, art school in Barcelona, painting only blue paintings, his new style of Cubism, he created so many artworks, but never stopped trying to paint like a child. Beautifully illustrated, perfect for younger kids! (Picture book)



Biography of Pablo Picasso, one of the most famous artists of the 20th century. Born in Malaga, throughout his longlife he created new art – paintings, sculptures, collages, ceramics, theater sets, costumes, and more. (Chapter book)


who was pablo picasso
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)


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)


Shadow of a Bull spain kids adventure historical fiction
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)



Biography of Diego Velazquez, master portrait painter. Velazquez came to Madrid to paint the royal family, he painted princes on horseback, princesses in glittering gowns, royal pets, and his most famous painting, Las Meninas, which you'll see in the Prado. (Activity book)


diego velazquez activities for kids
Prince of the Birds spain kids tales  

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)



Decorate with stickers and draw different parts of the Alhambra – walls, courtyards, fountains, mosaics, gardens – and learn about this architectural wonder.
(Sticker book)


alhambra create your own palaces
barcelona city trails  
Barcelona City Trails
Lonely Planet Kids

Not a guidebook per se, sixteen themed trails through Barcelona – legends, animals, sweets and snacks, Gaudi, street festivals, watery sights, soccer team Barca, music, famous artists, sights up high, Catalan style, dancing eggs and more. (Illustrated chapter book)


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