Fun facts for kids about Spain

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Spain is a popular destination with holiday makers and home to 48 million people. There are many reasons Spain is a favourite among Europeans. From palaces to beaches to ancient architecture, Spain is a must-see for any tourists with families. While on your flight to Spain, teach your kids these key Spanish facts to keep them entertained!

Spanish Cities 

Madrid is the capital of Spain and its biggest city with 3.3 million people. Take a deep dive into Spanish culture by visiting the Royal Palace, Prado Museum and the fine arts museums. Do you know the name of the Spanish Royal Palace? It’s Zarzuela Palace. 

Barcelona is a favourite among tourists because of Gaudi’s architecture and the infamous landmark, Sagrada Familia. Barceloneta beach is one of the best city beaches in the world with thousands of visitors each year. 

Instead of staying in a hotel in the city, why not opt for a camping holiday in Spain? Save money and try a different experience holiday with your children!

Valencia was founded by the Romans and is famous for its spring festival, Las Fallas. Your kids can enjoy giant puppets, fireworks and of course, the national delicacy, paella. 

Granada is at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Check out the Alhambra palace and fortress for a touch of Spanish history. 

Spanish Islands 

Did you know that the Balearic and Canary Islands are also a part of Spain? If you fancy a Spanish island vacation, visit Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. Or, you can visit the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. Tenerife is the largest island and has a whole host of activities, which are perfect for some family fun!

If you venture to the Spanish highlands you will find mules, merino sheep, lizards and wall geckos. If you’re lucky you might even spot an Iberian lynx, which is almost extinct. Unfortunately, there are only a few surviving mammals left in the south of Spain and Portugal. Some of the protected animals include the Iberian wild boar, fox and wolves. 

A quick history Lesson

In the 16th Century, Spain ruled many European countries, including Portugal, the Netherlands, parts of France, Germany, Italy and Austria. The Spanish Civil War raged from 1936 to 1939. Dictator General Franco took over the country after the war.

Did you know Spain’s national day is the 12th October? 

A few quick facts 

Teach your kids these facts on your Spanish adventure!

  • Spain uses euros
  • Their national bird is the Spanish Imperial Eagle
  • Spain in Spanish is Espana
  • The longest river in Spain is Rio Ebro 910km
  • The largest Spanish island is Mallorca
  • The highest Spanish mountain is El Teide in Tenerife – and it is a dormant volcano! 
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