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spain overview

Distances are short between cities in Spain, however, with its long history, traveling in Spain with kids you'll find big changes in culture from region to region. Andalusia - mixture of ancient Roman, Islamic, European culture. In the center of the country, explore one of the great art museums in Madrid, the Museo del Prado, or travel with kids to Toledo for a taste of medieval Spain. In Barceleona, discover the world of Gaudi and Catalan culture.

  Castilla y Leon

Castilla y La Mancha



Granada – The Alhambra
family hotels spain

Travel for Kids has so many fun things to do with kids in Spain, but you'll need a fun place to stay.

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels in Spain, all styles and price ranges, in neighborhoods comfortable for families, and near to places you'll want to explore:

Madrid Barcelona
Toledo Segovia
Granada Seville
Cordoba Malaga
kids books spain
spain gaudi kids biography Building with Nature  
Building with Nature
Rachel Rodriguez, Julie Paschkis

Discover Antoni Gaudi, the architect that created the most amazing buildings and turned nature in art. "At Casa Batllo, a fireplace hides under a mushroom cap. Hallways look like underwater caverns. The house sparkles like the sea." Gorgeous illustrations, this is a gem! (Picture book)


Shadow of a Bull
Maia Wojciechowska

Manolo Olivar's father was a great bullfighter, but eleven year old Manolo isn't cut out to be a torero. Colorful, lively story with a behind-the-scenes look at bullfighting and the soul of a small Andalusian town. (Chapter book)


Shadow of a Bull spain kids adventure historical fiction
The Story of Ferdinand picture book spain  
The Story of Ferdinand
Munro Leaf, Robert Lawson

Ferdinand, the little bull who likes to smell the flowers, accidentally gets sent to the bullfight in Madrid. A beloved classic! (Picture book)


The Most Magnificent Mosque
Ann Jungman, Shelley Fowles

Engaging tale of three mischievous boys, Rashid, Samuel and Miguel, who are caught throwing oranges from the Cordoba mosque. As punishment, the boys work in the glorious gardens, but explore the mosque in their free time, and when they are grown men, they save the mosque from destruction. (Picture book)


spain The Most Magnificent Mosque
spain biography kids Isabella of Castile  
Isabella of Castile
Shirin Yim Bridges, Albert Nguyen

Isabella, queen of Spain's Golden Age, negotiated her marriage with Ferdinand which united Castille and Aragon, went to war and conquered Granada, sponsored Columbus' voyage, started the Inquisition and united Spain. (Picture book)



Get the scoop on the most famous portrait artists in Spain - Francisco Goya and Diego Velazquez. They painted kings and queens with their children, princes on horseback, princesses in fancy gowns, and royal pets the way they were in real life. You'll see their paintings in the Prado Museum in Madrid. (Picture books)


spain artists kids Francisco Goya Diego Velazquez
Katie and the Spanish Princess kids books velasquez spain  

Little Katie gets in the picture, when she climbs into a painting by of the princess Margarita, and swaps clothes with her. They meet other boys in paintings by Goya, as well as Velazquez, including Margarita's father, Philip IV, king of Spain. Fun for younger kids. (Picture book)



Illustrated biography of Pablo Picasso, one of the most famous artists of the 20th century. Born in Malaga, throughout his longlife he created new art – paintings, sculptures, collages, ceramics, theater sets, costumes, and more. (Chapter book)


Barcelona City Trails
Lonely Planet Kids

Not a guidebook per se, sixteen themed trails through Barcelona – legends, animals, sweets and snacks, Gaudi, street festivals, watery sights, soccer team Barca, music, famous artists, sights up high, Catalan style, dancing eggs and more. (Illustrated chapter book)


Let's Learn Spanish Coloring Book
Anne-Francoise Pattis

Loads of fun pictures to color – from el alfabeto to el gato (cat), la luna (moon), el zorro (fox), seasons of the year, days of the week, animals and food. (Coloring book)


Let's Learn Spanish Coloring Book
Spain - Exploring Countries  

Fun facts about Spain – landscape, wildlife, going to school, daily life, sports, holidays, and food. (Picture book)


(More children's books on other Spain pages)
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