Specific to Spain and very reasonably priced for the quality, paradors are state-run hotels often set in restored historic buildings such as palaces, monasteries or Arab fortresses. Most have restaurants serving traditional Spanish food, including kids’ favourites; some have children’s play areas. We love the Parador de Jarandilla de la Vera in the Extremaduran countryside west of Madrid. A medieval castle once home to Emperor Charles V, it has a pool, a garden of orange and olive trees, and a restaurant serving the likes of suckling pig and repápalos (deep-fried breadcrumb balls with milk and cinnamon).

Self-catering villas have long been popular for family holidays in mainland Spain and on its islands, while apartments can be a similarly flexible choice in resorts or large cities. Otherwise, there’s plenty of choice of child-friendly hotels, holiday villages and campsites in Spain, some with kids’ clubs. Spain is also a good country for motorhoming, or there are a variety of family activity and adventure holidays – see the Best Organised Trips tab.

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Citadines Ramblas

Barcelona
A family-friendly apart-hotel with a plum location in the heart of Barcelona.

Hotel Caribe

Costa Dorada
A little piece of the Caribbean on the Spanish coast, this family hotel is perfectly located for the Portaventura theme park on the Costa Dorada.

Apartamentos Sandoval

Madrid
The ideal accommodation option for a short break in the Spanish capital, Madrid

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

Barcelona
A luxurious central hotel with a roof-top pool and a warm welcome for kids, in Barcelona.

H10 Suites Lanzarote Gardens

Lanzarote
A modern family resort on the coast on Lanzarote with childcare from 6-months - 17 years and daily access to a nearby waterpark.

Hotel Zafiro Palace Alcudia

Mallorca
Large five-star hotel complex with swim-up rooms and suites with roof-top terrace plus kids club and activities for 4-16 years.

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Ikos Andalusia

Andalucia
Stylish and luxurious all-inclusive 5-star Andalucian hotel with private beach, childcare from 4-months to teens and top-class service and facilities throughout.

Insotel Club Punta Prima Prestige Suites and Spa

Menorca
Luxury 5-star family suites at a secluded beach resort in Menorca, with access to childcare, sporting facilities and dining options.

Hotel Barcelo Fuerteventura Thalasso Spa

Fuerteventura
Beachfront all-inclusive hotel; 2 pools, kids club + spa.

El Palauet Hotel

Barcelona
Stunning boutique apartments in the heart of Barcelona, offering a very special personal service.

Hotel IFA Catarina

Gran Canaria
An all-inclusive family-friendly hotel in the heart of a lively resort on Gran Canaria, with kids' clubs, pools and a free shuttle to the local beach.

La Pérgola Aparthotel

Mallorca
This family-friendly aparthotel in south-west Mallorca offers 4-star surroundings and service, with the combination of hotel and self-catering facilities.

Neilson Mar Menor Beachclub

Murcia
Active but stylish beachside holiday complex where water sports and land sports are high on the agenda, plus complimentary childcare from 4 months.

Insotel Punta Prima Resort & Spa

Menorca
A 5-star all-inclusive beach hotel with an excellent kids' club and children’s entertainment team who get everyone involved.

Terralta Apartments

Benidorm
Bright, modern all-inclusive apartments in a well-positioned location near the beach with lots of family facilities and a kids club.

Hotel Golden Donaire Beach

Pineda
Great value for money family-friendly and a to-die-for beachfront location on the Costa Dorada.

Gran Hotel Elba Estepona & Thalasso Spa

Estepona
Luxury hotel in Andalucia, ideal for young families, with direct access to the beach, 3 pools and amazing spa.

Vilanova Park

Costa Dorada
A lively holiday park and campsite on the Costa Dorada, close to the beach and less than an hour from Barcelona.

LoftOtel Canet

Mallorca
A rural finca with self-catering loft-style accommodation, close to the mountains on Mallorca and just a short drive from the city and beach.

Puerto Antilla Grand Hotel

Costa de la Luz
A 4-star spacious hotel ideal for a family activity holiday in a superb location on the Costa de la Luz, with beautiful surroundings and plenty going on for the kids.