You can’t have a family holiday in Spain without seeing at least one of the country’s remarkable cities. But the likes of Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia or even Seville, can be a bit on the big side for kids, especially if you’re just dropping by for the day. Luckily there are plenty of smaller alternatives, neater in size, but just as fascinating in their own way.

Have a look at a few cities handpicked for fun; easy to get around; good for a quick visit, and great for entire holidays too.

1/5  Malaga, Costa del Sol

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.

What kids love about Malaga

  • Huge Mediterranean beaches like Playa La Malagueta, minutes from the city centre.
  • Atmospheric and kid-friendly chiringuito for lunch or dinner by the sea.
  • Rambling round the huge, Moorish, Alcazaba for the best views on the Costa del Sol.
  • Shopping at Mercado Atarazanas, the city’s oldest market.
  • Tapas on Calle Marques de Larios, right at the edge of the Old Town.
  • Cycling in 5000 hectare Parque Natural Montes de Málaga, 10 minutes east of the city.
  • Exploring the historic Old Town on sunny summer afternoons.
  • Waterparks, theme parks and more beaches in neighbouring Torremolinos.