Travelling in Catalonia with kids

Catalonia could have been designed for families. Less than two hours from the UK, the climate is idyllic, the restaurants and hotels child-friendly, and activities suit all ages
The mountains, city and beach are clustered together; fractious children will rarely spend more than an hour in the car, leaving them time to spend their holiday outdoors. The small towns are safe and welcoming, most of the cycling is on trails closed to cars and plenty of self-catering options allow parents to cut down costs, though kids are welcome with open arms in restaurants, even late at night. Many hotels are free for under fives, and the range of activities means that teenagers will be as happy as toddlers – you‘ll only need to expect tantrums when it comes to boarding your return flight.

Activities for families in Catalonia

Catalonia has a range of self-catering accommodation which is great for families who want to keep costs down, as well as allowing them to avoid the late Spanish mealtimes in local restaurants, which may be a stretch for kids who have been on the go all day. You may have a barbecue to cook on, a pool to cool off in or an olive grove to explore, and many properties are of historical interest.
Ziplining and canopy walks take children high into Catalonia’s forests. Lines are graded by age and height – starting as young as three. There are rope bridges (with harnesses!), tunnels to scramble through and rope swings – as well as archery and abseiling.
Get on the water! This is a coastal region, so make the most of the Mediterranean. Kids can try sea kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, delving around in rock pools and of course a bit of old-fashioned bucket and spading on the glorious beaches. You can also take a boat ride off Cap de Creus; keep an eye out for monk seals – and even the odd whale!

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Catalonia family self guided cycling holiday, Spain

Catalonia family self guided cycling holiday, Spain

Customised road cycling tour in Girona, Catalonia

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Fiona Smart, from our supplier, Mas Pelegri:
“It’s brilliant for families as you can take any child of any age to any restaurant. They’re really happy with families – it’s not like the UK! There’s lots to do for children of different ages, for toddlers up to 18 year olds. It’s a family destination in the school holidays as there are so many adventure activities and outside activities – the weather is such that you can be outdoors and enjoying the countryside – walking, cycling, mountain biking, canyoning, kayaking, rock climbing, quad biking, rope courses, ziplines,... there’s so much to do, it’s an adventure playground!”
Vivian Campbell, from our supplier Cycle Catalan, shares her tips for visiting Catalonia with kids: "Cycling in Catalonia is lovely for families. The distances are quite short – 35km a day on average. You can base yourself in the village of Calonge and cycle to the beach or to the sea kayaking.... It’s nice as cycling’s becoming quite popular again, a lot of people are taking it up, so you get families that have just bought bikes and then decide to do a cycling holiday and get really enthusiastic once they’ve been, and it’s like a new thing that they’ll incorporate for life once they go home. It’s healthy but also a nice thing to do as a family. People say it’s the best family holiday they’ve ever been on!"
Written by Vicki Brown
Photo credits: [Page banner: Samu] [Hike: leo gonzales] [Kayaking: woodleywinderworks] [Cycling: Office de tourisme Amelie le Bain]