When it comes to finding the ultimate family-friendly holiday for an escape with the little ones, Spain certainly ticks all the boxes, accommodating both infants and adults alike.
It’s arguably easier to travel with a baby than a toddler and for first-time new parents, Spain offers plenty of destinations and attractions that you can experience with your new baby, stress-free. The short travel time from the UK to Spain is also a bonus: flights take just two to three hours depending on your choice of location. Why fly away in a long-haul trip with a crying, hungry and restless tot, when you can have a quick hop across Europe for your fix of sand and sun?
When planning your travels to Spain, choosing the right destination for you and the baby is crucial. Check out our guide to the best places to holiday with a baby in Spain.
Tenerife is renowned for being one of the most family-friendly resorts in Europe, with families flocking over in their masses year after year. With plenty of family attractions and adventures on offer, children of all ages will fall in love with this island.
Venture on a day out to Siam Park, where the kids will be in paradise amidst the water park kingdom. Let the teens explore the daredevil water slides while you and the baby can splash around in the designated Baby Zone. Alternatively, buckle up the little one in a pushchair and enjoy a day out at Monkey Park, where you will come across a fantastic collection of monkeys, lemurs, tortoises, parrots and squirrels. This super-family friendly attraction is the perfect place where you can walk the baby through the tranquil tropical gardens whilst exploring the beautiful wildlife that surrounds you.
Taking a new-born to the beach is a positive experience, as long as you find the right stretch – with shady spots and all the necessary amenities on tap. Playa las Teresitas is one of the best beaches on the island to visit with children, providing Red Cross lifeguard service and patrols from Local Police. Escape the bustling beaches full of party-goers and youngsters and enjoy a blissful day out with your infant. Bring along a bucket and spade and let your baby build sandcastles along the fine golden sands or pack the armbands and take your baby into the calm waters for a refreshing dip.
Mallorca is one of the best family holiday destinations in Spain: this beautiful island is brimming with safe sandy beaches, kids’ clubs, and fun-filled family activities.
Mallorca’s ideal climate – the weather is warm all-year round, with bright summers and mild winters – also makes it perfect for little ones. Temperatures average around 29 degrees in the summer and around 15 degrees in the coldest winter months, meaning it will never be too hot or too cold for the tots.
This persistent sunshine also makes dining alfresco a popular occurrence in Mallorca, making eating out with the little ones much less stressful. Forget being stuck inside a stuffy restaurant with your agitated and restless new-born and say hello to spacious terraces and fun-filled gardens encompassing safe play areas for the baby to explore.
Trens Restaurante Tematic is a big draw for families, and small wonder: the whole restaurant is train themed, with the tables and chairs designed like a railway carriage. A miniature railway makes its way around the room, and a highlight for the younger ones will be when a miniature train delivers their dessert to the table.
Perched on the edge of the Bay of Santa Ponsa, overlooking calming crystal waters, El Balcόn de María is another top hit with families. Enjoy tapas and a refreshing drink while you admire the picturesque views from the terrace, in between taking your child for a play in the indoor soft play area. A varied and reasonably priced kid’s menu is on offer, along with crayons and paper to keep them entertained. It’s time for you sit back, take a well-deserved break and enjoy the serene island views.
In Mallorca, you’ll find plenty of dining options to suit your family’s needs, where both the locals and the restaurants will be highly accommodating to all family members.
This family-friendly city is perfect for a getaway with babies, toddlers or young children, especially as it’s blessed with mild temperatures all year round.
There are plenty of places for you and the little one to visit, where you can more or less guarantee a stress-free experience exploring the wonderful city with your tot. Zoo Barcelona is an ideal day out with the baby, where you can explore over 4,000 animals, and even grab a front row seat at the exclusive dolphin show. The zoo is also highly accommodating to babies and children, with designated picnic areas if you fancy a spot of lunch, and kid’s playgrounds if the little one is feeling restless. The zoo’s facilities are super baby-friendly, featuring a nursing room for breastfeeding located in the children’s area of the farm, where you can enjoy a comfortable space to meet the needs of food and hygiene of your baby. There are also diaper changing rooms in many of the zoo’s toilets, so you can ensure your baby can be well looked after throughout the day.
The Barcelona Aquarium is another hot spot for little ones to explore – simply carry them along or strap them up in a pushchair while you both discover the magical sea life and creatures around you. The aquarium also encompasses a restaurant and café serving pastas, meats, salads, desserts and drinks, along with a souvenir shop brimming with cuddly toys that your new born is guaranteed to adore.
All in all, Barcelona is full of friendly locals and accommodating attractions making holidays with a new-born baby in Spain a blissful retreat.
Andalucía is another family-friendly hub where venturing away with a new-born can be an inimitable and satisfying experience. It’s climates, facilities and attractions are ideal for families and children of all ages where there is something for everybody to enjoy.
Located north-west of Seville, you will come across La Reserva, an entertainment hub that truly has something for everyone, accommodating both the teens and the infants. Older children can race around the tracks and enjoy a spot of go-karting or run around the fields for an afternoon of paintballing, while the infants can enjoy a splash in the kid’s pool and a leisurely boat ride along the river. Hop onto the safari with your new-born and roam around the park, discovering the likes of tigers, zebra, elephants, rhinos and bears.
As a parent, you’re probably hesitant at the thought of taking the little one to a theme park or amusement park, but don’t fret, as the parks around Torremolinos and Benalmádena on the Costa del Sol also have undeniable appeal for the children. Enjoy beaches with shallow waters and boat rides that will have the whole family smiling.
If you’re looking for the ultimate family-friendly hotel to complete your trip, La Bobadilla, a Royal Hideaway Hotel is the perfect spot located in Granada, Andalucía. With a children’s swimming pool, adventure playgrounds, babysitting services and an on-site mini club, rest assured your new-born will be kept thoroughly entertained whilst you can relax and enjoy your break.