May half term breaks in Spain

Spain’s a great springtime destination for the kids

Laura Ginn

Laura Ginn
HomeAway travel expert

Plaza De EspanaSpain is a wonderful place to go with the family during the May half term. This is especially true for people who have never had the pleasure of visiting this gorgeous and historical country. Holidaymakers often find it an educational destination for their children, whilst still offering fun and excitement: taking your family around the world not only enriches their lives, but exposes them to a variety of cultures, after all! Spain is also the perfect holiday destination for those with limited time, as it's just a short flight from the UK.

Although it takes only a short time to get to Spain from anywhere in the UK, it's a completely different world, and almost shockingly so. Spain, like other areas of the Mediterranean, is rich in culture and scenery, and the weather during the spring is blissfully balmy; even if it does happen to rain, there are plenty of pastimes which can be enjoyed indoors! Additionally, accommodation in Spain is plentiful, so you won't have a hard time finding the perfect private rental.


Holiday spots with equal measures of history and fun!


Cantabria May half term breaks in Cantabria

Cantabria is a beautiful mix of mountains and coastlines, making it one of Spain's most diverse regions in terms of landscapes. For active holidaymakers and children who need to exude their energy, the sheer variety of outdoor sports opportunities is perfect. Not only is the weather ideal during the spring in Cantabria, but typically for 12 months of the year: this means surfing, horseback riding, kite surfing, scuba diving and snorkelling are just a few of the things you can enjoy in the sun! Of course, also set some time aside to make the most of the region's culture and cuisine: taking a guided tour through the area will allow you to make the most of your experience! 

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Toledo May half term breaks in  Toledo

Toledo is a great destination for those seeking a spot of education whilst sightseeing. Park at the outside walls, assuming you’ve rented a hire car, and you can ask for a map at the tourism information booth: from here, make your entrance into the ancient city through the spectacularly huge stone gate, and spend the next few hours exploring! You may want to set aside more than a day for discovering the area, as one will only give you enough time to walk through the city and admire the exterior of the historical buildings. The next day, you can easily spend a few hours enjoying the majesty inside.

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Avila May half term breaks in  Avila

Avila dates back to the 11th century and is fondly known as the “City of Saints and Stones.” St. Teresa was born in Avila, and that alone is an interesting bit of trivia, but that's not all the city is known for. The medieval walls, which surround Avila, are quite a sight: nine gates, eighty-two towers and a cathedral are all built into the ramparts! For fun with the youngsters, however, you should travel about 45 minutes SW of Avila to the Gredos Perador. Here you can go fishing, hiking, bicycling, or even horseback riding. There is a great play area for the children there as well, and an array of restaurants to choose from.

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Cordoba May half term breaks in  Cordoba

Cordoba has many eco-friendly places throughout the city, including the lovely botanical gardens. The children will love playing in them and you will undoubtedly enjoy strolling through them: there's plenty of fun to be had when the sun makes an appearance! The gardens are located just to the right of the Guadalquivir River, and are a fantastic place to spend the afternoon. Another great attraction is the Ethnobotanical Museum, a one of a kind in Spain which educates the public on the relationship between plants and people. Of course, if that all sounds a little too much like school, you'll find the Cordoba Zoo directly opposite!

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Madrid May half term breaks in  Madrid

There is far too much to be said about Madrid to cover in one paragrph, but one thing's certain: parents needn’t worry about Madrid not being an appropriate holiday spot for children. There are lots of family-friendly atrractions in the city, whether it be museums, galleries or famous landmarks, and a number of parks where you can spend a sunny afternoon on the grass. Of course, if your children get bored of the hustle and bustle of Madrid, you can always take them to the Urban Beach for a fun day of splashing around!

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