Boasting historical cities such as Seville and Granada as well as the sun-baked coastal resorts of Marbella and Torremolinos, the Andalucia region of Southern Spain is a medley of Moorish castles, flamenco dancing and sprawling sands – quintessential Spain wrapped up nicely, thank you very much.
Just a short flight from the UK, it’s easy to see why it’s been a magnet for Bristish holidaymakers for over 60 years.
We asked Barceló Hotels & Resorts, one of Spain’s leading tourist companies, for its pick of family-friendly hotels in the region offering activities that should keep you and your grown-up children happy.
Go horseriding at Barceló La Bobadilla, Granada
This pretty white-washed hotel lies in the heart of the countryside between Granada and the Costa del Sol. Its luxury 5* ambience encourages you to go slow and soak up the atmosphere. And there’s no better way to get acquainted with your surroundings than on horseback. Home to a stable housing horses suitable for all levels of experience, a guided 30-minute pony trek starts from €15 per person. If you do want to speed things up, other activities on the estate include tennis, paddle tennis and mountain biking.
Price: from £292 per room per night based on four sharing a family room, including breakfast
Play golf at Barceló Montecastillo Golf Resort
This 19th century castle is a ten minute drive from Jerez and has its own 18-hole golf-course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Take private or group lessons (which include fun games and challenges), starting at 45€ an hour. You can also keep active in the hotel’s three swimming pools, tennis courts and two FIFA standard size football fields.
Price: from £65 per room per night based on four sharing a family room, including breakfast.
Make a splash at Barceló Sancti Petri Spa Resort
If watersports are your thing, then this resort, overlooking Cadiz’s Blue Flag La Barrosa beach will more than whet your appetite. There’s sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, sea kayaking plus water skiing and wakeboarding right on your doorstep, as well as five swimming pools and tropical gardens onsite. The hotel’s spa was voted the Best Spa Resort in Spain in the World Travel Awards 2013 and 2014
Price: from £230 per room per night based on three sharing a family room, including breakfast.
Theme park adventure at Barcélo Sevilla Renacimiento
A 20 minute walk takes you into the beautiful city of Seville and the hotel is also just 500 metres from the Isla Mágica Theme Park – with enough white-knuckle rides to keep thrillseekers happy for the day. During the summer (until August 30) the hotel is going ‘pirate themed’ and partnering with the theme park to offer packages that include VIP access to the park (plus lots of other onsite pirate themed activities that younger children will enjoy).
Price: from £112 per room per night, based on four sharing