Travelling with children

Even in the middle of the crisis, many parents spare no expense on their children.  In the same vein, family tourism keeps booming in the entire Europe and, especially, in Spain, since this country is one of the main destinations for those European travelling with children. The hotels specialization in this tourist sector progresses at the same pace, creating a network of services designed in full detail to guarantee comfortable, safe and funny holidays for all the members of the family.

The annual tourism figures indicate that family tourism represents the second or third  niche market in Spain after the couple tourism, taking  only into account those families that only travel with children under 18 years –although 16 years old teenagers want to distance themselves from parents and travel with friends–. The average expenses are changeable, since the range is so wide that you can go from the simplest low cost to the most exuberant luxury.

Half of tourists to Spain travel with family , this is especially noticeable in places related to family tourism such as Andalusia and Catalonia. This last one, actually, is one of the main European regions with the accreditation of preferential destination for families.

The most important snag of family tourism is its seasonality, which depends on the children’s holiday and their needs. Large trips are usually made in summer, between July and August. The last weeks of August –especially in Spain– are less favourable, since many parents prefer to go back to home in order to calmly prepare return to school.  Nevertheless. there are more and more families taking short trips throughout the year and taking advantage of 4 days holidays for a getaway. Near and comfortable, that is for sure!

Family plans, new services and free airline services, special accommodation promotions such as Kids Stay Free, adaptation of hotel infrastructures… This sector has worked (and keeps working)  very hard towards attracting this public that always choose wonderful sun and beach destinations  This is the reason by which big hotel chains with a wide leisure and restaurant offer opt for restructuring mature family destination in order to guarantee the same prosperity in the future.

As a result of this work, we can enjoy theme family hotels such as the Flintstones Hotels of Sol Hotels, hotels with miniclub in Majorca, hotels for children in Lanzarote, or that accommodations that are authentic amusement parks. There is also a growing work for incorporating services for parents and children in All Inclusive Hotels in Fuerteventura, creating exclusive areas for adults in those typical family resorts in Jandia.

Beach is usually better than mountain when we travel with children. This is why the favourite destinations for families in Spain are the islands, both the Balearic and the Canary Islands –these ones have the advantage of having sun during all the year– and Levante and Andalusia. British, German, French and Nordic travellers are the most regular visitors , although in the last years, thanks to new air connections specially created for summer season,  Italian, Swiss and Russian tourists have joined this trend. Opting for a good hotel for children in Majorca, an All Inclusive hotel in Cala Ratjada or a hotel with miniclub in Playa de Muro is always a good choice: all the accommodations in these areas are perfectly equipped, well connected and offer a safe and quiet environment.

But holidays with family are not planned according to the destination, as happens with trips with friends, since the  family trip motivation is mainly this: an offer including relax, leisure and fun for all the family members, especially for kids. Nevertheless, travellers look for more and more complete alternatives and this is the reason by which we can now enjoy, for example,  the new line of spa hotels in Fuerteventura, spa hotels in Tenerife similar to exclusive Adults Only hotels in areas such as Illetas, Majorca, but with no end of activities and services for kids to have fun as they please while parents relax.


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