Family Holiday in Andalusia
Andalusia, a southern region of Spain, offers a diverse array of activities to suit your family’s preferences. From Mediterranean beaches on the southern coast to the mountains of Sierra Morena, Andalusia is full of beautiful places to sightsee, natural wonders to explore, and Spanish heritage to discover.
For families that love nature, Andalusia is a mountainous region with 24 parks. Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park is the largest protected area in Spain that is criss-crossed with trails for hiking and biking. The mountains are marked by stunning waterfalls and castle ruins. Another enjoyable park is Doñana National Park, which is known for its numerous species of birds. This is a fantastic opportunity for the kids to see flamingos in their natural habitat.
If you are interested in unusual landscapes, the Tabernas Desert is the only desert in Europe. This 280-kilometer area looks like the American Wild West, but it is much more accessible! In fact, several spaghetti westerns were filmed here, including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. As your children explore the towns built for filming, they will feel like they are in a Wild West film themselves.
Andalusia also has attractions for the history buffs in your family. There are UNESCO World Heritage sites across the region, but many are in the capital, Seville. In Seville, you can climb to the top of the Giralda tower, wander in Alcázar Palace, and learn about Spanish history in the Archivo General des Indias. To add some fun, consider touring the city by carriage.
Of course, you can’t forget a trip to Granada to see the famous Alhambra fortress. This massive complex is a stunning example of Moorish architecture and has seemingly endless palaces and gardens to explore. Depending on your kids’ energy, this can take up hours of exciting sightseeing. For some family relaxation, attend a flamenco show.
Other historical sites include the Mezquita of Cordoba and the Plaza del Toros bullring in Ronda. Ronda’s Puente Neuvo, a gigantic bridge, will enthrall young boys. The White Villages of Las Alpujarras are on the waiting list to become an UNESCO World Heritage site, and you shouldn’t overlook this important location for silk production. The 50 villages offer places to go hiking, caving, and swimming, as well as selling beautiful artisan crafts.
Because Andalusia is a coastal region, it has fantastic beaches and towns for water sports. If you want to experience Atlantic beaches, go to Cadiz, the oldest city in Spain. With famous beaches like Tarifa, Cadiz is ideal for water sports in the summer. In addition to Mediterranean beaches, the province of Málaga has most of the theme parks. Seville also boasts Isla Magica, an amusement park with lots of water rides.
All these places are only a few hours’ drive from your holiday home in Andalusia, so your vacation will be stress-free and full of memorable experiences.