In the third of our series looking at family-friendly European hotels and villas for summer 2014, we’ve chosen our top 10 family-friendly places to stay in Spain.

Hotel Barcelo La Bobadilla, near Loja, Andalucia

Hotel Barcelo La Bobadilla

Families will love this large luxurious country estate for its kids’ pool, playground, kids’ club (in the summer holidays), farm animals and never-ending list of on-site activities. Babies and toddlers under 3 stay for free.

Apartment 43, Jerez de la Frontera, Andalucia

Apartment 43

Delightful loft-style 2-bedroom apartment perfectly placed in the child-friendly old town. We think families with older kids will love the space; self-catering is easy in the great cook’s kitchen, and it’s great value!

Ea Astei, near Guernica, Basque Country

Ea Astei

These 6 family-friendly boltholes each sleep 2-6 and share a pool, hot tub and sauna. There are long views of forested hills, and kids will love the big, shady garden with plenty of hammocks and pergolas.

Portixol, Palma, Mallorca


Set on the harbourside, this lovely Scandinavian-style hotel has an on-site restaurant, pool and games room, as well as heaps of baby equipment to borrow. The setting is great too: there’s a small sandy beach, a waterpark and an outdoor playground nearby. Bonus: it’s just 15 minutes from the airport!

Casa Rural Las Chimeneas, Mairena, Andalucia

Casa Rural Las Chimeneas

An understated village guesthouse where kids with a sense of adventure can enjoy exciting workshops: circus skills, foraging and campfire cooking, family yoga and treasure hunts (mostly held during school holidays). Equally, parents will love the charming hosts, gorgeous setting, hiking and sweeping views.

Agro Can Gall, Sant Joan, northeast Ibiza

Agro Can Gall

This friendly 11-room finca is set on a tranquil working farm complete with family suites, bikes to ride, big grounds to play in, a games room, a playground and a beautiful 25m pool.

Molino Rio Alajar, Aracena National Park, Andalucia

Molino Rio Alajar

Close to a beautiful mountain village are these 6 boutique cottages (for 2-6), set up with families in mind. There’s a fenced outdoor pool as well as a toddlers’ paddling pool, a sandpit and heaps of games and outdoor toys. Best of all, there are resident donkeys to ride!

Mas de la Serra, near Fuentespalda, Aragon

Mas de la Serra

This beautifully renovated 17th-century farmhouse has a heated outdoor pool, a home cinema and a TV room. With 8 bedrooms, it operates as a whole house rental for family parties or as a hotel. Older kids will love the outdoorsy activities such as kayaking, mountain biking, eagle spotting and waterfall swimming.

Finca es Castell, near Caimari, Mallorca

Finca es Castell

With a stunning setting at the foot of the Tramuntana mountains, this ancient finca offers superb home-cooking, a large pool, lush shady gardens and a cosy house party atmosphere. Parents and older kids alike will love it.

Casa Migdia, near Girona, Catalonia

Casa Migdia

For fun, great value and colourful interiors, this 5-room guesthouse in a safe, quiet village can’t be beaten. For kids there’s a basket of toys, table football, badminton, a ukelele, bikes to borrow and a swimming pool. Note that children under 6 aren’t permitted in August.

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