Best kid size cities for easy half term breaks in Spain this October

24th September 2021

Spain works well for half term breaks. But if you want a Spanish city mixed in with beaches, think small this autumn and you won’t be disappointed.

half term breaks Malaga Costa del Sol Spain

Legendary cities like Barcelona or Madrid, Valencia, Seville or even Granada can be a bit on the big side for kids. Fortunately there are quite a few alternatives, neater in size but often just as big on exciting – in their own way. Here are five of our favourite small cities in Spain for half term breaks. 

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 best about Malaga

Book half term breaks at Soho Boutique Equitativa in the centre of Malaga

half term breaks San Sebastian La Concha Beach Basque Country Spain

2/5  San Sebastian, Basque Coast

San Sebastian 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, South West France is half-an-hour’s drive east of San Sebastian and all of the Basque Country is just to the west.

What kids love best about San Sebastian

Book half term breaks at Lasala Plaza Hotel for fabulous views over La Concha beach and San Sebastian

half term breaks Santa Cruz de Tenerife Canary Islands Spain

3/5  Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 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 doesn’t just look pretty, it’s fascinating; stuffed full of history; packed with tradition; home to museums and galleries, and quite a few of the Canary’s best restaurants, as well as several city beaches. It’s a perfect size for kids to wander round and if you’re under the impression Tenerife is just theme parks and resorts, Santa Cruz is a real revelation.    

What kids love best about Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Book half term breaks at AC Hotel by Marriott Tenerife in the historic heart of Santa Cruz 

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4/5  Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands

Mallorca is diverse and dramatically beautiful, so no surprise to find Palma de Mallorca is one of Europe’s loveliest island capitals. From the immense medieval cathedral to Gaudi influenced Modernist buildings, its architecture’s amazingly grand. The city effortlessly mixes up huge beaches with atmospheric historic quarters, museums and aquariums, car-free shopping streets and more cafés and restaurants than you’ll ever need. Plus, there’s a train from Mallorca’s east coast to Palma, right across the island’s incredible interior and that’s another very good reason to visit.

What kids love best about Palma de Mallorca

Book half term breaks at Hotel Cort in the heart of Palma de Mallorca old town 

5/5  Mahon, Menorca, Balearic Islands

Have one family holiday on Menorca and there’s a very good chance you’ll come back time and time again. The smallest Balearic island is famous for flawless cove-like beaches, quaint seaside towns, sailing and its colourful capital, Mahon. 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 it could turn out to be another reason to visit Menorca more than once. 

What kids love best about Mahon

Book half term breaks at ARTIEM Capri close to the centre of Mahon

Looking for more October holiday inspiration? Find out where’s sunny and easy for half term breaks this autumn. Don’t forget to follow Family Traveller on Instagram and Facebook  for more travel news and ideas – or just to say hi.

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