The convenience of train travel and the availability of domestic flights make it possible to visit four regions of Spain in 11 days with kids in tow. Families interested in the arts can create keepsakes in a pottery class and learn to dance flamenco in Seville, while budding chefs and foodies will enjoy a paella cooking lesson in Madrid, marzipan-making in Toledo, and a tapas crawl in Triana. Energetic families with various interests will appreciate an architecture walk in Barcelona and cycling tours in Bilbao and San Sebastián.

Itinerary #1: Family Trip to Spain: Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid & Andalusia

Families with a range of ages will enjoy the mix of kid-friendly activities, including a tour of Park Güell, a swim at Barceloneta Beach, a marzipan-making workshop in Toledo, and a 4WD off-roading experience in Ronda, on this family trip. This is also a good choice for those that prefer to travel by train rather than car or plane. 

Mother and daughter at Gaudi's Park Güell
Visit Gaudi's Park Güell in Barcelona
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Spain, Explore Barcelona Barcelona
Day 2 Visit Park Güell & Sagrada Família Barcelona
Day 3 Family Tour of the Gothic Quarter, Mount Tibidabo & Theme Park Barcelona
Day 4 Train to Valencia, Tour the Historic Center Valencia
Day 5 Explore Valencia's City of Arts & Sciences & Gulliver Park Valencia
Day 6 Train to Madrid, Free Afternoon Madrid
Day 7 Family Tour of Madrid's Royal Legacy Madrid
Day 8 Family Day Trip to Toledo Madrid
Day 9 Train to Seville, Guided Family Sightseeing Tour Seville
Day 10 Family Day Trip to Ronda, 4WD Experience Seville
Day 11 Train to Madrid & Depart  

Take the cable car up Montjuïc and let the kids explore the castle before dinner in Barcelona. Take a tour of Park Güell and Sagrada Família—the colorful designs and intricately detailed structures make for beautiful backdrops for your family travel photos, then head to Barceloneta Beach for a swim. Treat the kids to churros con chocolate (a popular pastry with melted chocolate) while out on a city tour that includes the Gothic Quarter and the Temple of Augustus. Catch the train to Valencia, where you'll visit the Gothic fortress of Llotja de la Seda and sample local flavors; the sweet horchata drink is a popular choice for kids. 

Engage curious minds at the interactive Prince Philip Science Museum, then delight your budding marine biologists with a visit to L'Oceanogràfic. Catch a train to Madrid and invite the kids to sample local fare at the San Miguel Food Market and play kings and queens on a Royal Palace tour. Take a day trip to Toledo to see its monuments alongside a guide, then let the little ones prepare sweet treats in a marzipan-making workshop. Board a train to Seville, where you can climb the La Giralda bell tower for panoramic views, then help the kids find a keepsake in the craft markets. Cap off the family trip with a 4WD tour of Ronda. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Family Fun in Spain: Barcelona & Andalusia

Families enthusiastic about the arts will appreciate the art-related experiences on this classic itinerary of Barcelona and Andalusia. Together, you'll participate in a ceramic workshop and Gaudí architecture walk in Barcelona and a flamenco lesson and pottery class in Seville. This trip also includes horseback riding in Barcelona, kayaking and snorkeling in Málaga, and trekking the Caminito del Rey, so it may be better suited to older children.

Explore the Sierra Nevada together as a family
Take a family hike in the Sierra Nevada mountains
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Barcelona, Gothic Quarter Walk Barcelona
Day 2 Gaudí Architecture Walk, Ceramic Workshop  Barcelona
Day 3 Horseback Riding & Montserrat Monastery Barcelona
Day 4 Fly to Málaga, La Herradura Kayaking & Snorkeling Málaga
Day 5 Málaga Treasure Hunt & Beach Day  Málaga
Day 6 Caminito del Rey Tour  Málaga
Day 7 Transfer to Granada, Hike in the Sierra Nevada Mountains Granada
Day 8 Alhambra & Generalife Gardens, Evening Tour of the Albaicín Granada
Day 9 Transfer to Seville, Flamenco Experience: Dance Lesson, Museum & Show Seville
Day 10 Seville Cathedral & Alcázar, Triana Pottery Class Seville
Day 11 Fly to Madrid & Depart  

Invite the kids to craft souvenirs in a ceramic workshop in Barcelona, then head to Montserrat for a kid-friendly horseback ride, hike, and tour of the monastery. Fly to Málaga on the southern coast and enjoy a family day on the water with a snorkeling and kayaking excursion. Challenge the kids to a treasure hunt through the city, then pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at a local beach. Families with older children can walk along the Caminito del Rey suspension bridges, while those with little ones can visit Gibralfaro Castle or one of Málaga's museums before heading inland to Granada for a hike in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Capture family photos at the many viewpoints you'll find on a tour of Granada's Albaicín quarter. Transfer to Seville for a flamenco dance lesson (don't worry if you're a beginner, this class is fun for all levels), then watch the pros at a flamenco performance. Crafty kids will enjoy making their own ceramic tile in a pottery class in the Triana district. This neighborhood also has excellent tapas restaurants where you can celebrate your family adventures and share your favorite memories before flying to Madrid to catch your departing flight. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Family Adventures in Spain: Madrid, Toledo, Córdoba & Seville

While this itinerary offers a mix of history, culture, arts, and adventure, including a horseback riding excursion outside Córdoba, it's best suited to families that enjoy culinary experiences. You'll join a paella cooking class in Madrid, learn to make marzipan in Toledo, accompany a local chef to the market, then prepare a multicourse Spanish meal in Seville, and experience the tapas scene in Triana.

Broaden young palates with family cooking classes and tapas tours
Broaden young palates with family cooking classes and tapas tours
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Madrid, Private Guided City Tour Madrid
Day 2 Paella Cooking Class & Market Visit, Family-Friendly Royal Palace Visit Madrid
Day 3 Kid-Centric Tour of the Prado Museum, Flamenco Dance Class Madrid
Day 4 Day Trip to Segovia: Hot-Air Balloon Ride & City Tour Madrid
Day 5 Transfer to Toledo, Marzipan Workshop Toledo
Day 6 Fire & Steel Sword-Making Workshop, Train to Córdoba Córdoba
Day 7 Tour of Mezquita, Alcázar & Jewish Quarter, Horseback Riding Adventure  Córdoba
Day 8 Train to Seville, Cruise the Guadalquivir River  Seville
Day 9 Triana Pottery Workshop, Family Cooking Class Seville
Day 10 Guided Tour of Seville's Cathedral & Alcázar, Explore the Spanish Tapas Scene Seville
Day 11 Depart Seville  

Dive into Spanish cuisine as you prepare paella together in a family cooking class in Madrid. Imagine what royal life is like on a visit to the Madrid Royal Palace, then take your young artists to the Prado Museum for an interactive, kid-focused private tour. Wake the kids up early on Day 4 for a special treat: a hot-air balloon ride over Segovia, complete with family photos, breakfast, and cava (for the adults). Transfer to Toledo, where you'll learn to make marzipan and, of course, sample your sweet creations. Older kids can also try their hand at bladesmithing, another important art form in Toledo, in a sword-making workshop.

Catch a train south to Córdoba, where you can marvel at the Moorish-Christian architecture and learn the city's history on a guided tour, then head to Villaviciosa de Córdoba for a kid-friendly horseback ride. Take the train to Seville, where you'll cruise the Guadalquivir River, make souvenirs in a pottery workshop, and let the kids help a local chef select ingredients at the market before cooking up a multicourse meal in a private cooking class. On your final night, set off on a tapas crawl and invite the kids to choose some of their favorite small plates, then end on a sweet note with churros con chocolate. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Family-Friendly Highlights of Barcelona, Northern Spain & Madrid

The variety of activities on this highlights tour—including a paella cooking class in Barcelona, a visit to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, a hike to Pasaia, and a flamenco workshop in Madrid—makes it an excellent choice for families with a range of interests. As the itinerary is quite full and there are several active adventures, such as the cycling tours in Bilbao and San Sebastián, it's best suited to energetic families.

Kids looking out over San Sebastián's La Concha Beach
Enjoy views of La Concha Beach in San Sebastián
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Barcelona, Gothic Quarter Walk Barcelona
Day 2 Visit Mercat de la Boqueria, Family Cooking Class, Tour Gaudí's Iconic Works Barcelona
Day 3 Tour Barcelona's Old Town, Cable Car to Montjuïc Castle  Barcelona
Day 4 Fly to Bilbao, Explore the City by Bike Bilbao
Day 5 Guggenheim Museum Family Tour, Tapas Adventure Bilbao
Day 6 Transfer to San Sebastián via Gaztelugatxe, Guided Family Bike Tour San Sebastián
Day 7 Bay of Pasaia Scenic Hike, Boat Cruise & Lunch  San Sebastián
Day 8 Fly to Madrid, Private Family Tour Madrid
Day 9 Paella Cooking Class & Market Visit, Royal Palace Family Tour Madrid
Day 10 Flamenco Dance Class, Visit Museu del Prado, Neighborhood Walking Tour Madrid
Day 11 Depart Madrid  

Engage the kids with Spanish history and culture on an interactive guided walking tour in Barcelona. Then source fresh ingredients from Mercat de la Boqueria for a family cooking class in a local kitchen the next day. Take the cable car up Montjuïc Hill on Day 3, where young imaginations can run wild as you explore the castle grounds. Fly to Bilbao and cruise the city on a bike tour; Bilbao's bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly areas make this a very family-friendly experience. Refill rumbling tummies at Mercado de la Ribera, Europe's largest covered market, before transferring to San Sebastián.

Pack your swimsuits, then hop on bikes for a guided family bike ride through the Old Town, followed by a visit to the three famed beaches, La Concha, Ondarreta, and Zurriola. On Day 9, hike to Pasaia for a seafood lunch, then let little legs take a rest as you cruise the bay by boat. Catch a flight to Madrid and work together to prepare paella in a kid-friendly cooking class. Cheer each other on as you try to master flamenco footwork and floreo (hand shaping) in a dance workshop, then check out street art and lively plazas in the Chueca neighborhood before choosing a restaurant for your farewell dinner. Learn more

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Map of 11 Days in Spain - 4 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas
Map of 11 Days in Spain - 4 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas