Best National Parks in Spain to Visit with Your Children

Did you know that there are many great national parks in Spain you can visit with your children? They provide activities for all ages, contact with nature and much more.

Last update: 05 June, 2019

If you’re thinking of going on vacation, in this article we’ll talk about the best national parks in Spain to visit with your children. There are so many great options to choose from!

Which national parks in Spain can I take my children to?

In total, there are 15 natural reserves you can visit as a tourist in Spain. Below we’ll highlight the best national parks in Spain to take your children to:

1. The Picos de Europa National Park

Located between León, Asturias and Cantabria, this is the second most visited park in the country and also the oldest. It was founded in 1918 and has 33 identified routes to trek. During the summer they have free guided tours.

In this park, we can find an Atlantic wood ecosystem, caves, massifs, glacial lakes, and the famous Fuente Dé cable car. The park also houses pretty villages, like Llanes and Potes, and is home to over 100 species of birds.

2. Monfrague National Park

This park is located in the region of Extremadura and two rivers cross through it, the Tajo and the Tiétar. It was declared a national park in 1979 and its ecosystem is made by bushes, rocky areas, and riverbanks. Woods, dams, and rivers are endemic to the region.

Without a doubt, this is one of the best national parks to visit in Spain with your children because, for example, you can enjoy bird-watching (like storks, owls, eagles, and the Egyptian vulture) and also spot mammals like badgers, deer, and otters.

3. Teide National Park

This is the biggest national park on the Canary Islands and one of the most popular in the country. In it, you can find the Teide volcano, a mountain of over 2 miles high (the third biggest in the world).

Tenerife in general and the Teide, in particular, are great places to visit with your children, thanks to the many activities this place offers. In the park, you can trek and explore its many rock formations.

4. Cabañeros National Park

Cabañeros is one of the best national parks in Spain to visit with your children. It’s located in Castilla La Mancha and has an ecosystem typical of the Mediterranean, with almost 90,000 acres of terrain.

It’s a good family-friendly choice because you can see animals like deer, mountain goats, and black vultures. You can also learn about bee-keeping and grazing in the nearby towns.

“Spain has 15 natural reserves you can visit as a tourist”

5. Timanfaya National Park

This park is located on the Canary Islands, specifically in Lanzarote, and it has volcanic origins. It has over 25 volcanoes in a 50 km2 radius! The most popular are the Montañas del Fuego, Caldera del Corazoncillo, and Montaña Rajada. Walking around Timanfaya is like being on Mars – it’s a really unique place to go with your family.

6. Sierra de Guadarrama National Park

Another beautiful national park in Spain to visit with your children, it’s located between the provinces of Madrid and Segovia and has over 70,000 acres. It’s the newest of all the national parks in Spain. It’s home to over 1,200 animal species.

This is a perfect place to visit with your children because it has short trek routes, and many charming towns like San Lorenzo and Rascafría. In the outskirts, you can find El Escorial and El Paular Monastery, so you can complement your treks and visit these historical places.

7. Sierra Nevada National Park

The last national park to visit with your children on this list is located in Andalucía, between the provinces of Granada and Almería. Here, some of the mountains are over 9,000 feet high. Here, you can find mountain goats, badgers, and wildcats.

It has a Ski Resort, so it’s great to practice ski or snowboarding. It also gives you the chance to go trekking, climbing and bird-watching.

If you’re thinking about going on a holiday, you can choose any on this list of Spain’s national parks. You and your family will love it!

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