As with any destination, when taking your kids on holiday in Madrid, it’s important to plan ahead and do some research on the family-friendly activities that are available in the area. Most large cities will have a range of attractions and things to do for kids, and the Spanish capital is no different. To make sure your little ones don’t get bored and restless on your trip to this amazing city, we’ve rounded up some of the most child-friendly attractions for families visiting Madrid.
Marvel at Madrid from the air
Exciting for kids and adults alike, Madrid’s Teleférico is a lofty cable car that carries customers on an elevated route high above the city, providing excellent bird’s eye views of the sprawling metropolis that is Madrid. The cable car carries you high above the city’s streets and parks, giving you views of the Manzanares River in the distance, while a recorded commentary highlights sights of interest. Familiar Madrid landmarks such as the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral can be seen from a fresh and new perspective, and the kids will love the thrill of gliding high above the city.
Thrills and spills at Madrid’s original amusement park
The Parque de Attraciones is Madrid’s principal amusement park, located in the Casa de Campo, and is open almost every day during the summer months and at weekends throughout the rest of the year. With a dedicated area for the very young, and a special allocation of ‘white-knuckle’ rides for the older kids (or the thrill-seeking adults!), the park’s combination of rides, outdoor shows, street theatre, and a variety of restaurants means that there’s something for everyone to enjoy here.
Visit the home of Real Madrid
A dream excursion for any young football fans, a trip around the Santiago Bernabeu stadium offers behind-the-scenes sneak peeks at the home of legendary football club Real Madrid. If your kids are football nuts, they’ll love walking the same corridors that have been called homeby David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane and many more, and children under 14 can tour the stadium with special reduced rates. Along the way, you’ll get to see inside the players’ dressing rooms, the benches and coaching area, and the magnificent pitch itself.
Fun with the animals at Madrid zoo
Madrid’s zoo, widely considered one of the finest in Europe, is located in the Casa de Campo area, and includes more than 3,000 animals, an aquarium, an aviary, and performing dolphin shows. There’s a petting zoo area allowing kids to get up close and personal with farmyard animals, and there are plenty of snack bars and restaurants where you can stop and grab a bite to eat, if you decide to spend all day there.
Madrid’s reputation as one of Europe’s most consistently popular city break destinations is certainly justified, and the wide variety of family-friendly activities available means that there’s something for everyone to enjoy; your kids will be begging you to extend the holiday by another week.