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Looking to go on a getaway with the kids? You’ll have a great time in Spain’s natural and national parks


Spain has no less than fifteen national parks, and 130 natural parks that are spread throughout the country. Read on and discover some of the ones that are great for a getaway with the kids. Green areas, play areas, clearly signposted routes and educational activities based around local flora and fauna are waiting for you. Discover where you can go, organise your getaway and get ready to enjoy a fantastic family day out.

Columbretes Islands Nature Reserve

Located in Castellón de la Plana in the Valencian Community, the Columbretes Islands Nature Reserve, formerly known as the Snakes Islands, consists of four volcanic islands that rise from the sea: Columbrete Grande, also called Illa Grossa (the only one that can be visited at the moment), La Ferrera; La Horadada also known as La Foradada; and El Bergantín, sometimes called Carallot.After an enjoyable boat trip you’ll disembark at the port of Tofiño on Illa Grossa, where you'll start out on a route that will take you to a spectacular lighthouse at a height of 67 metres. A beautiful place that is well worth making the trip to see. As you walk along the trail, you’ll gradually discover the natural and ecological riches of the area, and if you have time you can always go snorkelling when you get back down to the port. Plus you’ll be able to take a closer look at the sea bed at the Castellón Planetarium, where there’s an exhibition on the islands and fishing in the area.

Columbretes Islands Nature Reserve, Valencian Community

Picos de Europa National Park

The Picos de Europa National Park covers part of three different regions, Asturias, Castile and Leon and Cantabria. The mountains of Covadonga were declared a protected area as far back as 1918, which is hardly surprising as here you’ll see one of the most beautiful places in Europe. They lie between the glacial lakes of Enol, Ercina and El Bricial. Picos de Europa is a huge park, so you’ll always find something to surprise you. Each time you visit you can choose a different itinerary: Vega de Ario, with views of Los Picos and of Caín and the Valdeón Valley in the background; Vegarredonda-Ordiales, which will take you up to the Ordiales Viewpoint at a height of 1,691 metres; or the Cares Route, where you’ll see an impressive gorge between the Cornión and Urrieles massifs.Along the trails you'll find cable cars, traditional farmhouses, caves, river beaches, pools, activities to do such as kayaking, and there’s the Jurassic Museum of Asturias near Colunga too.

Pico Naranjo de Bulnes, Picos de Europa, Asturias

Doñana National Park

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994, the Doñana National Park in Andalusia became one of the best-known natural parks in Spain, probably due to its truly magnificent wetlands. During winter and spring, the wetlands become a spectacular lake that provides a refuge for countless species of aquatic birds. It's uniqueness and the variety of species found here have led to the park being classified as having the greatest ecological reserve in Europe. A spectacle to be seen and to be discovered, where each place has something new to offer. The kids will be amazed to see deer, fallow deer and even wild boar roaming free. They’ll have great fun going on an 80-kilometre ride in a 4x4 with a guide who’ll talk about the history of the place, and explain lots of interesting things about the local fauna, and get to know the Matalascañas area where they can sink their toes in the sand in a sea of dunes.

A mother and her son walking on a dune
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