5 Cultural Experiences in Spain for Families

Spain is a large, diverse and beautiful country where you can spend two weeks traveling and not even scratch the surface. From sightseeing in cities to lounging on beaches, the sheer number of things to do in Spain with kids can be overwhelming. To help you narrow it down, we’ve curated a list of five can’t-miss cultural experiences. They’re kid-tested, parent-improved and the perfect start to any Spain itinerary.

DESTINATION...

Spain

PARENTS WILL LOVE...

Wandering the streets of Madrid or Barcelona, enjoying a cheese tasting, seeing unique architecture

KIDS WILL LOVE...

Seeing colorful buildings, playing on a sheep farm, taking an art class

BEST TIME TO VISIT...

Spring and fall

GOOD TO KNOW...

Meal times are generally later in Spain and restaurants sometimes close for a couple hours in the middle of the day (especially in the summer). Plan accordingly!

1. VISIT THE GUGGENHEIM BILBAO MUSEUM

If the thought of taking your kids to an art museum seems daunting, consider visiting the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum. This museum not only offers free guided tours, but also has plenty of activities for children of all ages. They even offer “Baby Art” for nuggets as young as six months! It’s the perfect way to introduce your kids to the world of art.

Spider sculpture at Guggenheim Bilbao.

2. LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY OF BULLFIGHTING AT PLAZA DE TOROS

While Ronda might not be the first place to you think to put on your Spain itinerary, it’s a scenic city situated in the mountains of Malaga that is a must-visit for any family vacation. You can take in the dramatic views at El Tajo Gorge, then learn about the history of bullfighting at Plaza de Toros. It’s one of the oldest bullrings in Spain, and you can take a guided tour if your family wants a more in-depth experience. For more ideas on how to spend a day in Ronda, read this itinerary.  

Entry way to Plaza de Toros in Ronda, Spain.

Photo by Liz Mowinski

3. TAKE A WALKING TOUR OF OLD MADRID

What better way to learn about Spain’s capital than by exploring it on foot? A walking tour of Madrid is a great way to learn about the history of the city while also allowing children to stretch their legs. If you’re visiting Spain with kids, you’ll definitely want to check out this mini-adventure in your itinerary.  

4. SPEND A DAY ON A BASQUE CHEESE FARM

For a culinary lesson with a side of nature, head to Adarrazpi Sheep Farm with Basque Cooltour. You and your family will get the chance to see the dogs at work herding sheep, followed by a tour of the cheese-making facility. Kids are able to help make the cheese by pouring rennet, and parents can enjoy a glass of wine while they sample cheese in the tasting room.

Basque Cheese Tour:

5. CHECK OUT ANTONI GAUDI'S BUILDINGS

If there is one name that is practically synonymous with Barcelona, it’s Antoni Gaudí. This Catalan architect was known for his eccentric style and his creations can be found all over the city. Sights like La Sagrada Familia, Parque Güell and Casa Batlló are some of the best places to visit in Spain with kids, who will delight in the strange, almost-Seussical designs.

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