Cultural Family Things to Do in Spain

Travelling with baby twins is tricky. Quite a lot of places provide one highchair or one travel cot but not many have two. Our first flight as a family was to Spain. As with every other jaunt, culture was not far from our minds when we planned our trip. Sun and sand may be the first things you think when you think of Spanish holidays but there are lots of cultural family things to do in Spain.

Cultural family things to do in Spain

Spare a thought for the Cultural Wednesday teens, they have been dragged around Cultural venues since they were tiny tots.  Thankfully, in the main they seem to like the Culture.  Especially reclining on the bean bags in the Banqueting House gazing up at the ceiling. Over the years I have found that seeing things that tie in either with school projects or their own obsessions have gone down best of all.  

When we go away we always have half on eye on the cultural gems that tie in with the school curriculum that we might see. I’ve just written a post about cultural places to visit in Spain for BritMums. This post was part of a paid project and you can read the full post on the BritMums website. But here are the highlights of cultural places that either we have visited or would love to visit with our children.

BAELO CLAUDIA

Baelo Claudia

Key Stage 2 requires pupils to know about the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.  Whilst I concede that Britain has many fine Roman remains, step forward Hadrian’s Wall, the ones easily accessible from our house tend to be roads and villas rather than large scale towns.  Our first large scale Roman site was Baelo Claudia in Andalucia.  It sits in its own bay and is huge, it takes very little imagination to populate the streets with toga wearing Romans: even better, bottles of the fish sauce made here have been found in Britian.

CAPE TRAFALGAR

Cape Trafalgar lighthouse and beach

What could a lighthouse on almost the southern most tip of Spain have to do with Norfolk? Cape Trafalgar, for that is what the lighthouse marks, was the site of the naval battle where Norfolk’s foremost hero won a great victory but lost his life. Knowledge of your local history is a requirement of the curriculum, the teens have not grown up in Norfolk but I did! Cape Trafalgar also has fantastic beaches.

CATALONIA

Casteller Human Tower

Once the teens got to secondary school they started studying Spanish.  In my day learning a foreign language was all about nouns and declining verbs, nowadays a decent splash of culture is added into the mix.  They come home telling me about all sorts of wonderful things.  It was through them that I first heard of Castellers or Human Towers that are so special that UNESCO lists them as an intangible Cultural Treasure.  I was lucky enough to see them in Catalonia and cannot wait to take them to see them too.

Have you discovered any cultural highlights in Spain with your family?

This post is part of a paid project with the Spanish Tourist Office, promoting family travel across the country.  All opinions are my own.

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28 Comments

  1. Maddie
    February 18, 2019 / 10:54 am

    Excellent as always. Love the look of Cape Trafalgar.

    • Catherine
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      February 18, 2019 / 10:55 am

      Cape Trafalgar is wonderful, stunning beaches

  2. kirstenhesketh1
    February 18, 2019 / 11:09 am

    Really interesting. The Roman stuff looks amazing xx

  3. February 21, 2019 / 12:09 pm

    Oh, I love these suggestions! When travelling with littles ones I can also really suggest bike rides along the beach! Very enjoyable. The roman site looks great 🙂
    #farawayfiles

  4. bavariansojourn
    February 21, 2019 / 2:49 pm

    I had no idea you had twins! Spain is one of the most child friendly countries, there’s always something great to do. The only thing I don’t like is that my Spanish is so terrible! 😀 #farawayfiles

    • Catherine
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      February 21, 2019 / 4:40 pm

      That’s why we had twins, so they could learn!

  5. February 21, 2019 / 8:11 pm

    These are great suggestions. We try and add in some cultural things to our itineraries when we travel even though our kids are so young and we mainly gravitate towards locations that have wide open spaces. #FarawayFiles

    • Catherine
      Author
      February 21, 2019 / 8:13 pm

      We like stone circles for that very reason, cultural but with space to run!

  6. February 22, 2019 / 5:48 am

    We saw the Castellers in action during a visit to Barcelona a number of years ago, and it was quite a sight to see! #farawayfiles

    • Catherine
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      February 22, 2019 / 7:20 am

      My heart was in my mouth as the tiny tot clambered up to the top!

      • February 23, 2019 / 2:46 pm

        Yes, we saw quite a large one go up, fascinating, and so terrifying at the same time.

  7. Alison
    February 22, 2019 / 3:16 pm

    I must confess, our first trip to Spain was without our twins, we left them with their grandparents, but we also like to visit a castle with our children when we’re on holidays.

    • Catherine
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      February 22, 2019 / 3:17 pm

      It is always a lot quieter without twins, I notice!

  8. February 22, 2019 / 8:36 pm

    I love Catalonia. It’s such a wonderful idea to combine school curriculum and trips.

  9. February 23, 2019 / 6:55 am

    Your boys are very well culturally-behaved, a credit to you dragging them around countless places since the get-go! I never get around to enjoying the Spanish beach and sun – far too much tempting culture on offer. #CULTUREDKIDS

  10. February 23, 2019 / 5:33 pm

    I love the idea of visiting places relevant to school projects. I have never heard of the Roman site in Andalucia – looks interesting. #CulturedKids

    • Catherine
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      March 1, 2019 / 11:31 am

      We’ve found that when the boys have facts of their own to add to places that they engage far more with a visit

  11. February 24, 2019 / 10:28 pm

    Oh my god that people pyramid made me sweat thinking about being up there. Great photos

    • Catherine
      Author
      March 1, 2019 / 11:25 am

      Watching the tiny tot clambering up was both awe inspiring and deeply worrying!

  12. February 24, 2019 / 10:37 pm

    I’d love to do a tour to see Spanish castles #culturedkids

    • Catherine
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      March 1, 2019 / 11:26 am

      Me too …. you could stay in castles, visit others and I’m sure there must be some with restaurants!

  13. February 26, 2019 / 10:20 am

    Brilliant ideas! I’ve always wondered where exactly Trafalgar is – apart from the centre of London! I had no idea there was a Roman town in Spain either. I’d love to go and do some more exploring in Spain.

    • Catherine
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      March 1, 2019 / 11:27 am

      I confess that I didn’t know exactly where it was until we started planning the holiday!

  14. March 1, 2019 / 7:09 pm

    Would love to see all of these! Intangible heritage is such a fascinating thing. It’s great when your kids start teaching you stuff! #CulturedKids

    • Catherine
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      March 1, 2019 / 10:42 pm

      Spain is a great country to visit with kids

  15. March 4, 2019 / 5:36 pm

    Spain is somewhere that we need to spend more time! I visited Ronda last year on a pilates break and thought it was beautiful #CulturedKids

  16. March 6, 2019 / 4:59 pm

    Haha Catherine likewise my boys have been dragged around cultural venues since tiny tots, I recall perfectly how R at 7 months was the youngest audience on Osterley House guided tour and he was giggling! As you say, it’s lucky that thankfully, in the main they seem to like the Culture 🙂 Our favourite Spanish highlights to date are Menorca, Ibiza and Madrid. I also love Barcelona and Costa Brava authentic local gems – hoping to go soon back with the kiddies in tow! X #CulturedKids

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