When you picture Spain, you’ll probably think of stunning white sand beaches, family holidays and the beautiful Spanish islands. What if you could combine a Spanish city break with a beach break? Many coastal cities in Spain feature stunning architecture, plenty of museums, fantastic family attractions and gorgeous white sand beaches.
The Spanish Coastline is a whopping 3084 miles long! If you tour the Spanish coastline, you’ll find plenty of cities along the way in between the picturesque Spanish towns and villages.
Here are some of the best coastal cities of Spain to help you find the best coastal city in Spain to visit for your family:
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5 Best Coastal Cities in Spain for Families
Spain has so many cities by the sea! Here are some of the very best destinations to visit with your family:
Top sights in Almeria include the Alcazaba fortress – a medieval fortress from the 10th century, the Cathedral of Almeria, built to defend Mediterranean pirates, and the central market where you can pick up fresh local food for extremely reasonable prices.
The many beaches of Almeria are perfect to visit with kids. They are famous for being just as beautiful but less crowded than other beaches in Spain. Visitors can choose between the Levante Beaches, Beaches of Cabo de Gata, the Bay of Almeria or the Poniente Beaches – all with stunning beauty.
The beach of Playa Villa Africa is the nearest to the buzz of Almeria city. On a non-windy day, the beach is great for swimming – the white sands and crystal clear waters create a perfect family environment. On a windy day, you can try your hand at watersports. The beach is famous for windsurfing and there’s equipment available to hire from the local windsurfing and kitesurfing provider AWA Watersports.
Barcelona is famed for its many sights, most notably Barcelona Cathedral which was built in the 14th century to honour the patron saint of Barcelona. Today, the cathedral towers above the city. Make sure you also visit La Sagrada Familia – a religious structure/cathedral. Once the spires are finished, it will become the tallest building in the world!
For some fresh, local produce head over to La Boqueria Market, a colourful market in Barcelona old town where you can try some fantastic street food.
Barcelona has 7km of golden sandy beach right on its doorstep. The beach is a perfect place to let off some steam after sightseeing.
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3. Palma (Mallorca)
Palma is the capital city of Mallorca, the largest island in the Balearic Islands, located off the eastern coast of Spain. The proximity to the 262 white sandy beaches on the island, combined with a city break in Palma makes the perfect trip with kids.
Kids will love the Palma Aquarium which houses 700 different aquatic species including sharks. A fantastic thing about Palma is that there are loads of children’s parks dotted around the city for quick play and a break from sightseeing.
A key sight in Palma is the Basilica de Santa Maria, a stylish castle in central Palma. If you’re looking to do more sightseeing, the best ways to see Palma kids is on the hop-on-hop-off bus.
For a break from city life, board the Train de Soller through the countryside to the picturesque town of Soller – where the water is so clear you can see the fish swimming beneath the marina. Soller gave me a feeling of tranquillity like no other place before.
4. San Sebastian
San Sebastian is located in the Basque county, a region renowned for its delicious food and gorgeous beaches. San Sebastian is located in Northern Spain and has several long-sandy beaches, a huge cityscape and a background of rolling hills. It’s the perfect city break destination with kids for a mix of sightseeing and beach time. The city has been named Europe’s best urban shoreline for many years.
For some beach time, head to Playa De Concha, a huge stretch of sand within walking distance o the main sights.
If your kids love animals, head to Parte Vieja Aquarium. The first 2 floors are a museum – dedicated to fishermen and the lives once lived by seafaring professions. You’ll then pass through the Oceanarium, a 360-degree tunnel where over 200 species swim around you!
San Sebastian is a city for Architecture lovers. The Ayuntamiento is located between La Concha Beach and the old city next to Alderdi Eder Gardens. Once a casino, the building now hosts the local parliament. If you love the Ayuntamiento, you’ll also love the Catedral del Buen Pastor, one of the main religious buildings in the Basque country.
For some Basque history, why not visit the Museo de San Telmo, the biggest museum in the world for basque history with 26,000 historic artefacts.
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Valencia is famed for the stunning old town, winding streets and listed medieval architecture.
Key buildings in Valencia include Valencia Cathedral – a gothic structure dating back to the 13th century. Casco Historico castle is at the heart of the city and a must-see on any visit to Valencia. All the key sights in Valencia are within easy walking distance of each other so perfect for a whizz around with kids.
For some cheap ingredients and local delicacies, head to Central Market where you’ll find 400 independent traders selling locally produced products for reasonable prices.
For some family fun in the sun, Valencia’s star attraction is Malvarrosa Beach, a short walk away from Valencia old town. The beach is one of only a few to be awarded Blue Flag status for all the amenities it provides. From lifeguards and medical facilities to free drinking water and beach showers – it’s a stress-free trip for any family. If you have a buggy, the beach has easily navigable ramps and footpaths for ease of access.
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Getting Around Spain With Kids
Once you’ve chosen your perfect destination, it’s important to plan how your family will get around on your city break. Man Spanish cities have excellent public transport systems but some families find hiring a car easier
Getting around Spain by Car
Spain is a relatively easy country to drive in. The roads are very good in Spain and you should have no problem at all. There’s an abundance of rest stops, restaurants, and petrol stations. If you’re visiting Spain with kids and you want to avoid the long drive to Spain then it’s best to hire a car. Check the latest prices and deals on Travel Supermarket here.
Getting around Spain by Plane
Spain has over 47 airports and plenty of regional routes, especially if you want to go city hopping! Plenty of major cities in Spain have direct flights to the UK and all over the world. Find the latest deals on Travel Supermarket here.
Getting around Spain by Train
The train system in Spain is very efficient and reliable. Most trains are run by RENFE which serve regular, suburban and high-speed routes. High-speed AVE trains connect major cities in record time.
If you’re planning on city-hopping, you may want to consider an Interrail or Eurorail pass, giving unlimited train rides for a set price. Adults can bring up to 2 children under 12 free. For individual bookings, head over to Trainline for the best-advanced prices.
Getting around Spain by Ferry
Rather than flying, the best way to reach the Spanish islands (the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands) is by ferry. Ferries to the city of Palma run from Alcudia, Mahon, Denia and Valencia as well as internal connections between Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera.
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