The royal city of Madrid and historical adventures in Granada create the perfect combination for a family trip to Spain. Kids love viewing Madrid from its cable car, strolling its ancient streets, and eating all the goodies, like tapas and churros with chocolate. In Granada, the historic Alhambra steals the show, and you'll make many everlasting memories while exploring the Andalusian countryside.

Highlights

  • Watch your kids try delicious churros dipped in chocolate for the first time
  • Ride an exciting cable car above Madrid's skyline
  • Explore the city of Granada with a unique tour focused on its aromas
  • Take your little royals on a tour of the majestic Alhambra and explore its gardens
  • Enjoy a family excursion into the idyllic Andalusian countryside

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Madrid, Kid-Friendly Walking Tour Madrid
Day 2 Cable Car Ride, Free Afternoon Madrid
Day 3 Family Day Trip to Toledo Madrid
Day 4 Travel to Granada & Explore the City Through Its Scents Granada
Day 5 Family Tour of the Alhambra & Flamenco Show Granada
Day 6 Family Excursion in the Andalusian Countryside Granada
Day 7 Depart Spain  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Madrid, Kid-Friendly Walking Tour

Enjoy trying churros and chocolate in a classic café 

Welcome to Spain! Upon arrival in the nation's capital, a driver will take you from the airport to your hotel in the city center, where you can settle in with the family before heading out on your first adventure. Today is all about enjoying Madrid from a kids' perspective, so get ready for games, wonder-filled stories, and even a little practice with the Spanish language. While exploring, you'll make stops for two kid-approved snacks: Spanish-style ham sandwiches and churros dipped in chocolate.

This private walking tour explores the city's historic center. Along the way, you'll pass Madrid's main sights: the Royal Palace, Plaza de la Villa, San Miguel Market, Plaza Mayor, and the Puerta del Sol. Your entertaining and energetic guide will keep the kids engaged throughout the walk with intriguing stories of Spanish history—think explorers, kings and queens, princes and princesses, artists, and more. You'll make your first stop at a family-owned jamón shop to taste Spain's prized Iberian ham and other cured meats, plus learn how to make bocadillos (traditional Spanish sandwiches).

Toward the end of the route, you'll make your second food stop at one of the city's most famous spots for piping hot churros and chocolate. When it's time to say goodbye, your children will leave with a new understanding of Madrid—a memory they'll remember for years to come!

Day 2: Cable Car Ride, Free Afternoon

Madrid, Retiro Park - Family visits Retiro Park in Madrid
Enjoy walking around Madrid with your family

Start your day with an exciting ride on Madrid's cable car, El Teleférico, created to give travelers a bird's-eye-view of Madrid as they fly over the city. In about 15 minutes, you and your crew will travel approximately 1.5 miles (2.5 km) between the two stations, sailing over 130 feet (40 m) above the city. If you're using a stroller, you can easily bring it onboard with you.

Watch your kids light up as they observe legendary buildings and iconic sights such as Plaza de España, the Royal Palace, and the Almudena Cathedral. (See if they can recognize any sites they saw during yesterday's city tour!) In addition to offering unbeatable views, the cable car is a fast and sustainable transport to reach the heart of Casa de Campo, one of the city's green lungs and the perfect place to run around and burn off any jetlag. 

After this adventure, you'll have a free afternoon to explore Madrid on your own. One idea is to explore Retiro Park, where you can rent a rowboat and paddle around the park's lake, visit the tiny house known as Casita del Pescador, and check out the Crystal Palace, a structure made almost entirely of glass with free art exhibitions. When hungry, head to San Miguel Market, where you can buy various kid-adored-and-approved tapas from the many stalls. 

Day 3: Family Day Trip to Toledo

Young family poses for a picture with Toledo in the background
Young family poses for a picture with Toledo in the background
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A half-hour train ride south of Madrid lies Toledo, a historic city once Spain's capital in the 16th century. It enjoys a scenic location atop a gorge overlooking the Río Tajo, an impressive sight for even the youngest travelers.

In the Middle Ages, Toledo was the "city of the three cultures," a place where—legend has it—Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities peacefully coexisted. You can see remnants of this in the old Arab, Muslim, and Christian monuments that still stand. These include the 15th-century Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, the former Roman palace Alcázar de Toledo, and the Moorish Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca, which dates to the 12th century.

Enjoy visiting these historic landmarks and more in this incredible city that many describe as an open-air museum—perfect for curious kids—and listening to exciting stories and tales of Toledo's history. Then, take part in two kid-friendly activities. You'll first explore the world of Toledo steel and visit a foundry where ancient blacksmiths forged unique swords. Lastly, visit a cigarral, a manor estate, to learn how to make the city's famed (and perfectly sweet) marzipan.

Day 4: Travel to Granada & Explore The City Through Its Scents

An iconic view of Granada's Alhambra

After a leisurely breakfast, make your way to the train station in Madrid with your pre-booked tickets to board a 3.5-hour train service to Granada. Upon arrival, settle into your hotel before enjoying an afternoon exploring this incredible city through its signature blend of scents.

This unique, family-friendly guided tour of Granada will submerge you in an authentic experience, transporting you to different eras in the city's history through scents tied to every age and locale. Discover the fragrances of sites like The Bañuelo, a hammam (Arab bath) from the Ziri period, the grand Granada Cathedral, built in the 16th century and constructed over the site of a mosque, and the colorful Alcaicería, once the traditional Moorish bazaar that's now full of Andalusian treats, trinkets, and souvenirs—a kid favorite.

You won't leave the scents of Granada behind; at the end of the tour, you'll receive a little box of the fragrances you've discovered during the guided route. Smells can bring you back to an experience or place, so you and your family can re-live this dynamic memory of your stay in Granada as often as you like!

Day 5: Family Tour of the Alhambra & Flamenco Show

Aerial View of the Alhambra in Granada
Aerial View of the Alhambra in Granada

No visit to Granada is complete without exploring the Alhambra, the city's most iconic landmark. Dating back to the 9th century, this famous palace/fortress complex was home to rulers of the Moorish/Muslim Nasrid Dynasty and the Royal Court of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Your local expert guide will explain all you need to know about the Alhambra in a fun and energetic way, keeping the little ones entertained as you move from room to room. The charming Generalife Gardens, filled with colorful flowers and fountains, highlight the tour.

Next, immerse yourself in one of the most distinct elements of Spanish culture, as the Andalusian region is the birthplace of the Flamenco dance. You'll get a fascinating overview of this culturally distinct musical genre, from its origins to its current global renown. You'll experience authentic Flamenco's power, passion, and drama during the evening's dance performance. Tip: Choose a seat near the back so the kiddos can have a little fun dancing themselves!

Day 6: Family Excursion in the Andalusian Countryside

Explore the rural beauty of Andalusia

Today's adventure takes you one hour from Granada into the idyllic and time-trapped Las Alpujarras Mountains, which stretch south from the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Historically, the range was called Alpuxarras, suggesting that it may derive from an Arabic word meaning "grassland." This verdant region certainly lives up to the name, with water from snowmelt tinting the area in greenery despite the foothills below remaining arid.

Your private driver will take you into the mountains for a hike of your choice. Most options include visiting a tiny mountain village, where residents love welcoming young travelers and sharing their centuries-old history, architecture, and gastronomy. You'll stop for lunch in one of the villages along the way to sample the region's cuisine (with plenty of kid-friendly options). While in the countryside, your guide will help the kiddos keep an eye out for the area's abundant birdlife, especially the distinctive hoopoe with its special chirp.

Day 7: Depart Spain

Cibeles Fountain
Cibeles Fountain, Madrid—Farewell, Spain!

Your family adventure in Spain has come to an end! You'll make your way back to Madrid via the 3.5-hour train service, then head to the airport to catch your flight home. Safe travels! Adiós

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Map of Family Trip to Spain: Madrid & Granada - 7 Days
Map of Family Trip to Spain: Madrid & Granada - 7 Days