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.
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Spring and fall
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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.
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.
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.
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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