Spain is a true cultural treasure with a rich historical heritage. This plural, warm and welcoming country it a perfect place to spend a few days or several months. Located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, this country, which forms the Iberian Peninsula with its neighbour Portugal, is a patchwork of cultures, sublime landscapes and extraordinary monuments. Rich in its thousand-year-old crossbreeding, the Kingdom of Spain is a perfect destination for families, whether they are curious, gourmet or adventurous.
Located about 30 minutes from the historic port city of Cádiz, the Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri ***** enjoys a sumptuous setting: the Atlantic coast and its 260 kilometres of fine sandy beaches. Proudly overlooking the magnificent Barrosa beach, it is an ideal family-friendly base. Its 195 rooms and suites, designed and decorated by interior designer Pedro Peña, look just like their creator: refined and authentic.
Families will love the 6 swimming pools (one of which is indoor) with thermal bath, the 3,650 sqm spa,bowling, the ultra-quality baby-sitting service, the FREE kids-club for children aged 4 to 12, the 98 sqm Balinese Suite with ocean view, the restaurants in enchanting surroundings and the kids-friendly workshopsoffered in the Happy Minds programme inspired by Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, and many more!
They will also visit the Bahía Natural Park where they will have the chance to discover the wealth of local flora and fauna. Teenagers will not be outdone and will be able to enjoy a myriad of activities adapted to their desires: bowling, paddle, cooking classes but also horseback riding, canoeing or kayaking trips.
Head for the Canary Islands and, more specifically, Tenerife, to discover the Bahía del Duque *****, a luxurious establishment particularly suitable for families. Recently renovated, the hotel is inspired by the traditional villages of the region to offer its guests an idyllic and authentic atmosphere. The hotel’s 346 rooms and 57 suites offer breathtaking views on the Playa del Duque or the more than 60,000 sqm of exotic gardens that surround the hotel.
Five swimming pools, a mini-club offering creative workshops, treasure hunts or disco nights, a relaxation room with games consoles for teenagers and an experienced babysitting service are just some of the exceptional services that families with children can enjoy at the hotel.
The days will be busy for guests who want to enjoy all that the island has to offer. Take a private tennis lesson at the hotel, perfect your swing on one of the five nearby golf courses, surf the waves or dive under them for a snorkelling session, fly over the coast on a paraglider or admire the stars from the hotel’s observatory – the choice is yours!
How about heading to Ibiza, the most glamorous island in the world? Take your quarters at the ME Ibiza *****,a luxury hotel combining modernity and bohemian chic atmosphere. All too often reduced to a simple nerve centre of limitless parties, the pearl of the Balearic Islands is also an ideal holiday destination for families looking for peace, nature and relaxation. Modern and minimalist, the hotel’s 176 rooms and 20 suites will delight you with their brightness and comfort.
The hotel is located just a few minutes away from Cala Martina beach, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, where children will love to spend their free time. If they prefer the peace and quiet of the hotel, they can take advantage of the baby-club or kids-club and its swimming pool, which is exclusively reserved for them, free of charge. For a day trip, head to the nearby island of Formentera for a snorkelling trip or take advantage of the many hippy markets dotted around the island.
Finally, after a busy day, finish off with a yoga session at the hotel, a visit to the spa (suitable for the whole family), and a well-deserved aperitif at the rooftop with its breathtaking view of the bay.
What would Spain be without its gastronomy? In addition to the unmissable tapas, ham, chorizo and paella, Spanish cuisine is full of delicious regional dishes, influenced by the different peoples who have left their mark on the country. From Asturian fabada (white beans with blood sausage and spices), Galician-style octopus (seasoned with Pimenton de Vera, smoked paprika), patatas bravas (the star of Barcelona’s fast food) or tortilla (the Spanish speciality), there are plenty of opportunities to awaken your taste buds to Iberian flavours.
Buen viaje y hasta pronto !
Guillaume, 26 years old, passionate about travelling, from Paris