Family stories in Castile-León
Alcázar fortress in Segovia
Ávila city walls
Arribes del Duero. Photo courtesy of Castile-León Tourism
Castile-León is a region with so much to see that it will be easy to find something fun for the young ones. Here are some of the surprises for children to experience their stay like a family adventure.
Legends in Avila
Once upon a time this wall protected the city from being attacked and the guards would watch over the enemy from on high... This could be the start of Avila’s story. Little adventurers will soon imagine the battles and, quicker still, if you attend one of the dramatised visits organised around Avila’s Walls. The province is home to the Sierra de Gredos Regional Reserve, an ideal natural spot for fun times. The reserve has an adventure playground where they will be like squirrels, getting the chance to climb trees or head down zip wires. In addition, at the Sierra de Gredos and Iruelas Valley Park Houses they will learn a lot about nature and, with a bit of luck, spot some goats and enormous black vultures.
A journey through time in Burgos
A long time ago the first humans to live in Europe lived here… and this they will discover in Atapuerca Park as if they had travelled back in time. In addition to visiting a Bronze Age settlement, they will learn how to make fire. But if one thing makes little ones pay attention, it’s cinema stories. So give them the chance to be like Robin Hood, firing arrows in the trees at an adventure playground.
A Templar Castle in Leon
Once upon a time there was a Templar castle where powerful men lived and fought for good... and the little ones will be the first to want to visit the Templar Castle in Ponferrada. The same will be true for the Valporquero Caves – you’ll just need to tell them how stalactites are formed and how they look like the cave’s tears. The Cathedral and the Castile and León Museum of Contemporary Art are unmissable in the city of León. The first, to see if the young ones are able to count the colours in the stained glass windows. While the Museum is sure to delight as they will likely never have seen such colourful buildings.
See a stork’s birth in Palencia
You will have the unique chance to see a live white stork chick birth on the monitors at the Visitor Centre in Palencia. The experience is sure to inspire the little ones to learn more about birds. Don’t forget to visit Laguna de La Nava wetlands – it’s generally full of geese and harriers. Some other interesting options for children are visiting the Pisoraca Camp and Ampudia Castle. At the first they will learn about life in a Roman camp with an interactive exhibition where nearly everything can be touched. At the second they will enjoy the old toy exhibition.
Mysteries in Salamanca
There are places in this city where the walls carry secret messages. But only those who look carefully will find them! There is a frog, an astronaut… and the children will be totally immersed at the cathedrals of Salamanca or the University where they will find those carved figures while you visit the monument. Another place where they can enjoy interpreting “secret messages” is the Yecla La Vieja Fort with its rock engravings. You can also take the Fortifications Route in the province where they will learn about the Middle Ages and even dress like a crusader.
A Princess tale in Segovia
Once upon a time, a princess who lived at the top of the tower waiting for her prince to rescue her… and your little girl will stay up the Alcázar Fortress in Segovia looking for the place where the prince could come galloping. But there is much more in Segovia where children will be impressed by the Aqueduct, especially when they find out it was built by hand – even the huge stones on the upper section! If you go in May, you can enjoy the Puppet Theatre Festival in the city’s streets. Other options include the Old Toy Figures Museum in Sepúlveda, with its exhibition of toys their grandparents played with as children or, if you’re lucky, spot “Bambi” in the countryside of San Ildefonso and Riofrío.
Soria – where dinosaurs roam
If you tell your child you are going to visit a place where dinosaurs lived, they’ll think it’s a joke but, when they discover the huge trails there, they won’t want to leave. The Ichnite Route has 14 settlements allowing you to journey to the world of dinosaurs.
Valladolid, especially for children
The area of Valladolid has so much for children to do, they’ll have a great time at play. For example, the Seis Sentidos Park is full of water, educational and adventure toys accessible for all. It is a theme park based on games and so much fun! Other visits to continue learning and having fun are the Roman Villas Museum and the Bread Museum. The first even houses a small theme park where children will become like ordinary Romans. At the second they’ll feel like big kids learning how to make bread.
Navigating through Zamora’s cliffs
Sail on tranquil waters in the Arribes de Zamora surrounded by a spectacular landscape. The Arribes are sheer cliffs impressing river visitors. In addition, there are many options in Zamora to enjoy nature as a family: from archery or mountain biking to bird spotting in the Villafáfila wetlands or water sports on Sanabria Lake.