Best small cities in Spain for fun Easter breaks with kids
Easter breaks in Spain are back this April and as good as ever. But if you want a Spanish city mixed in with beaches, think small this spring and kids will love you for it. Take a look at our five favourite kid size cities for easy Easter breaks in Spain in 2022.
1/5 Malaga: the best kid-size Costa del Sol city for Easter breaks
If you know Malaga as the ‘airport city’ you’re in for a pleasant surprise. It’s certainly one of the best connected places on the Costa del Sol, but it’s also great fun for younger kids, very family-friendly, and has masses of teen appeal – and not just on its huge, sporty beaches.
Why kids love Malaga at Easter?
- Huge Mediterranean beaches like Playa La Malagueta, minutes from the city centre.
- Kid-friendly chiringuito for lunch or dinner by the sea.
- The Alcazaba and Mercado Atarazanas.
- Cycling in 5000 hectare Parque Natural Montes de Málaga.
- Exploring Malaga Old Town.
2/5 San Sebastián: discover the Basque coast on Easter breaks in Spain
San Sebastián is almost as snack-size at its legendary Pintxos. You’ll find fabulous La Concha beach minutes from the maze-like historic quarter, and overlooked by the elegant 19th century ‘new’ town.
Block out a morning and go island hopping to Santa Clara. Or ride the city’s funicular up to one of Europe’s oldest theme parks, Iguelda. Or, if you’re really feeling adventurous, SW France is 30-minutes’ drive east of San Sebastián and all of the Basque Country is just to the west.
Why kids love San Sebastián at Easter?
- Surf lessons on enormous La Concha beach.
- The historic funicular and Iguelda funfair.
- Santa Clara Island for swimming and snorkelling.
- San Sebastián Aquarium.
- Pintxo (Basque tapas) tours of the Old Town.
3/5 Santa Cruz de Tenerife: an authentic Easter break the Canary Islands
Arrive in Tenerife, head straight for the south coast, and you miss one of Spain’s most characterful island capitals, Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
This kid-size Spanish city doesn’t just look lovely, it’s fascinating and stuffed full of history. Expect authentic Canary Island atmosphere, as well as museums and galleries and excellent restaurants. Santa Cruz is a perfect size for kids to wander round and if you still think Tenerife is all theme parks and beach resorts, it’s a real revelation.
Why kids love Santa Cruz de Tenerife at Easter?
- Lively Playa Las Teresitas city beach.
- Museum of Man & Nature.
- Palmetum de Santa Cruz.
- Adventuring in Mount Teide National Park.
- Swimming at Parque Maritimo César Manrique.
4/5 Palma de Mallorca: the beautiful kid-size capital of Mallorca
Mallorca is diverse and dramatic, so no surprise to find its capital, Palma de Mallorca is one of Europe’s loveliest cities.
From the immense medieval cathedral to Gaudi influenced Modernist buildings, Palma’s architecture is amazingly grand. The city also mixes up beaches with atmospheric historic quarters. You’ll find museums and aquariums here too, as well as pedestrianised streets and incredible restaurants.
Plus, there’s a train from Mallorca’s east coast to Palma, right across the island’s remarkable interior and that’s another very good reason to put this small city on your Easter break wish list.
Why kids love Palma de Mallorca at Easter?
- The historic quarter and Palma Cathedral.
- Gruesome legends in Palace du Almudaina.
- Palma Aquarium and Joan Miró Museum.
- Can Per Antoni Beach.
- Aqualand El Arenal waterpark.
5/5 Mahón: a perfect small city for island breaks this Easter
Menorca in the Balearic islands is famous for sheltered coves, quaint seaside towns and its colourful capital, Mahón. Even cruise passengers, who just get a glimpse of this little city from the harbour have been know to fall in love instantly. Give it a little longer and you’ll discover why families holiday here again and again.
Why kids love Mahon at Easter?
- Yellow Catamaran cruises round the city’s historic harbour.
- Puerto de Mahon lighthouse.
- 19th century Fortalesa de la Mola
- Cliff-top cafés on Plaça d’Espanya.
- Glass bottom boat tours from Moll de Ponent.
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Updated March 2022