|Flight time from the UK
||2 hours - 2 hours 45 minutes (to mainland Spain)
||GMT + 1 hour
|Best time to visit
||May - early July, September - October. Much of Spain is extremely hot in high summer.
Reasons to holiday there
Spain is a great destination offering something for everyone - from scenic coastlines with hidden fishing villages through to beautiful cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Seville which are full of history and culture. In mainland Spain, Costa Blanca and Costa Brava have some of the best beaches for young children.
Whether you are looking for some peace and quiet or some family fun, Spain caters for everyone.
Weather is generally hot and sunny with low humidity.
A wide variety of accommodation is available from hostels, to luxurious villas and hotels. Many of these will offer creche and babysitting facilities. Cots and highchairs are also generally available in most hotels but always best to check and reserve if necessary at time of booking.
Good shopping and medical facilities are a guarantee. For minor injuries/illnesses pharmacies are very helpful.
Ideas for things to do with babies/toddlers
The Spanish are very friendly and love children, always making time for them. The relaxed social atmosphere throughout Spain makes it a great place to holiday with the baby.
The sandy beaches of Spain are always a win for the little ones. Most family hotels have playgrounds and a waterpark is never too far away.
|Nappy Brands Available
||Huggies and Dodot (which is more or less Pampers)
Johnson and Johnson wipes are also available.
Just like the UK, cheaper brands are also available but quality does vary.
|Formula Milk Brands Available
||Milupa Aptimil, Hero, Nestle, Almiron (made by same manufacturers as Cow and Gate) are all easily available.
SMA, Farley's and organic baby milk are harder to find.
It is important to note, Spanish formula milk comes with metric scoops. 1 scoop is usually used with 30mls (rather than 1 oz) of water. Ready mixed formula is much less common in Spain.
|Availability of Jars of Baby food
||Various types of baby food are available in Spain, including Hero, Nestle and Hipp Organic. The latter is mainly found in certain outlets only. All baby food in Spain has a small salt content.
Rusks are not sold in Spain although you can buy baby biscuits. Organic food is sold but not always easy to find and often fairly costly.
|Best method to get around
||If you like driving this is probably one of the best ways to travel. Roads are good and well sign posted although Spain does have a high road accident rate. It also does not have the UK's safety culture - if you are not taking a car seat always best to prearrange with the rental company.
Public transport is generally good in Spain - trains are punctual, buses a little less. Both modes are usually clean and cost is cheap.
|Things to watch out for
||You will find construction work in much of Spain which may disturn your stay.
Beware of pick pocketing in the Cities.