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Travel to Spain - Kids Tips

January 28, 2013

travel to Spain - beautiful beaches and kids tips


Traveling to Spain with kids or looking to winter in Spain? Hunting for the best tips for family travel in Spain? Our 12 year old American trilingual daughter just wrote a power point presentation for her Chinese school in Asia about Spain and I thought you'd enjoy and learn from part of it and her kids tips and viewpoint as Barcelona and Andalusia are two of her homes as we travel the world :

Spain is a country known widely for it's sunny beaches and amazing museums, but that's not all. Spain has so many beautiful white villages and so much history!

Travel to Spain with kids - learning history through festivals in white village

For instance, did you know, that if you walk along the streets in old villages in Andalucia, you will see on many doors, there will be knockers in the shape of hands, but you probably don't know why. It's because one day, a faithful wife was making “la cena” for her hardworking husband, when he came home with another woman! The wife plunged her hand into the soup pot in anguish where it was severely burned. Now the Fatima hand is a good luck omen if given as a gift.

family travel to Spain with kids - learning history in ancient white villages

Another wonderful attraction is the Flamenco, one of the most popular dances in the world. Spain is  one of the most popular tourist destinations for the British, because unlike Britain, Spain has gorgeous weather all year long!



Spain  is known worldwide for it's immensely delicious cuisine. But believe it or not, probably the most popular food in Spain is “jamon”. Which means, ham. One of my very best friends once told me, “ no puedo vivir sin jamon”. That means, “ I can't live without ham”.( We don't eat ham or any pork).



The most popular Spanish food is Paella. I think our good friend from Valencia makes it the best. Paella is a  rice dish that originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century  in Valencia, Spain.  Valencian paella is made with white rice, meat (rabbit, chicken, duck), green vegetables,  butter beans and seasoning like saffron.





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Brian Swan

Very nice...our little girl, Hanalei, will be 6 when we venture to Spain this coming July...and will be staying for 6 months.

When we lived in Puerto Rico a few years ago....she absolutely loved Flamenico dancing...and will be excited to pick it up again!

Cheers from the Unstoppable Family in Lake Tahoe....

Brian, Rhonda & Hanalei Swan

Melanie Murrish

Wow-she needs her own blog! Loved Pupi.x

Jeanne @soultravelers3

That is great Brian! You must have gotten a long stay visa like we did.

Most of Spain is extremely hot in July and August, so I would follow the lead of the Spaniards ( the whole gov't leaves Madrid for those months to go north to San Sebastian) and head to northern green Spain until fall.

Those are great times to be in the north and Galicia is one of our fave places.

http://www.soultravelers3.com/2008/09/gorgeous-galici.html

Flamenco has spread around the world, but Andalusia is it's birth place and home, so you will LOVE it there! Fall, winter and Spring are fab times to be there...and we can't wait to return.

We miss Spain, our friends there and our motorhome stored and waiting for us. ;)

Jeanne @soultravelers3

Aw, thanks Melanie! She hasn't wanted her own blog yet, but we will see...likely she will start one or write more here once we get back to homeschooling full time again.

She is going to be writing a whole series of kids books too about each of the 45 countries she has been to.

She will be able to do more service projects as well then as school takes up a lot of time, but right now our focus is on the Mandarin.

Soon she will complete that and we will have more time for other things. ;)

Bianca

Thanks for the tips and information. Perfect for us as we will arrive in Granada, Andalusia in August 2013 to spend a sabbatical year with our 7 and 9 year old children. We can't wait for our big adventure and your blog has helped us gather great ideas!

Jeanne @soultravelers3

That is exciting Bianca, I am sure you will have a great year ahead! Happy our blog has been a help in your planning.

Like I told Brian, Spain and especially Andalusia is EXTREMELY hot in August, so be prepared for that. ( I'd head to Galicia until fall).

It will cool down by Oct or Nov and you will be able to ski nearby too. Granada gets colder than the costas so be ready for that, but it is one of my fave cities and beautiful.

Enjoy your adventure and learn lots of Spanish!

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