Spain Travel Guide For Kids

Gil the Travelling Gecko’s ‘Spain Travel Guide For Kids’ includes a information about the different areas of Spain. Just click on the area and you can discover some of the great things to do there.

Flag of SpainSpain is located in Europe and along with the neighbouring country of Portugal to the west, it makes up what is known as the Iberian Peninsula.

The north borders with France and a really small country called Andorra, which is located high in the mountains of the Pyrenees.

Spain is made up of 17 autonomous communities which are a bit like states or counties in the UK. The capital of Spain is Madrid which is located right in the middle of the country.

Spain is popular with families because it has lots of beaches and a fantastic climate with lots of sun. Spain is part of the Mediterranean and it is quite normal for kids to be allowed to stay up late. The Spanish have lots of ‘Ferias’ which are parties and they really like to enjoy themselves.

Spain is a country which loves horses, has one of the best football teams in the world and is a great place to go on holiday. There is plenty to do wherever you decide to go and most tourist hotels and villas will have either a swimming pool or will be close to a beach. A beach is called ‘playa’ in Spanish which is easy to remember because ‘play around’ on a beach.

The food can look a little weird but it tastes really nice, so remember to try it before you say you don’t like it. If you don’t like it, you will always be able to find a burger, burrito or pizza somewhere close.

One thing which Spain is famous for is their ‘tapas’. Tapas are small portions of food and are ideal for trying lots of different flavours without getting stuck with something that you might not like. The word tapa actually means a lid. The Spanish called the food tapas because they are always served with a piece of bread. You put the bread over your food or drink to stop the flies getting to it if there are any around. Clever isn’t it?

Another thing which Spain is famous for is their Flamenco, which sounds a bit like flamingo but it isn’t a bird. Flamenco is a type of music and dance which is performed all over the country. Look out for posters which have ladies in swirling dresses and a flower in their hair. The music is played by men on guitars and the dancer uses ‘castanets’ to click out the rhythm. ‘Cast a net’ sounds like something a fisherman would do not a dancer doesn’t it? Well, the castanets are shaped a bit like seashells so perhaps there is a connection there somewhere!

Spain also has some islands. The Balearic Islands are located on the east coast of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea and in the direction of Italy. The Canary Islands are off the west coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean.

Spain Travel Guide For Kids – Discover the different areas of Spain

Andalusia or  Andalucia as it is often written is home to the famous Costa Del Sol, which welcomes millions of tourists every year. Malaga is the capital of the Costa del Sol and where your plane will land. Costa Del Sol Travel Guide.

 

Gil the Travelling Gecko wrote a book about visiting a friend on the Costa del Sol. You can buy it here.

 

Aragon (its capital is Zaragoza)
Asturias (its capital is Oviedo)
Balearic Islands (its capital is Palma de Mallorca)
Basque Country (its capital is Vitoria)
Canary Islands (they have two capitals – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife)
Cantabria (its capital is Santander)
Castile-La Mancha (its capital is Toledo)
Castile and León (its capital is Valladolid)
Catalonia (its capital is Barcelona)
Extremadura (its capital is Mérida)
Galicia (its capital is Santiago de Compostela)
La Rioja (its capital is Logroño)
Community of Madrid (its capital is Madrid)
Region of Murcia (its capital is Murcia)
Navarre (its capital is Pamplona)
Valencian Community (its capital is Valencia)

 

Quick Facts:

Population:46,751,520 (2020)

Languages Spoken: Spanish (official Castillian) – Catalan in the north east near Barcelona – Galician in the north west near Portugal – Basque on the north coast around Santander and even into the south of France

Currency: Euro

Capital City: Madrid