Holidays to Spain are a fantastic way to spend quality time with family but it can, at times, be hard to please everyone. After all, what the toddlers love may bore the teenagers to tears, and those retiring will likely want year-round entertainment, not just in the summer.

So, where should you buy a holiday home in Spain to keep the whole family happy? We think we’ve found the answer…

Costa del Sol

It’s hard to choose a specific place along the Costa del Sol as pretty much the whole coast would suit families.

For younger children, the sandy beaches with warm, shallow waters are ideal. Many beaches also have small playgrounds and water activities such as pedalos. Away from the beaches there is plenty to do with smaller children too, such as water parks, zoos, butterfly parks, aquariums and dolphin-spotting.

For teenagers and young adults, the nightlife definitely won’t disappoint. Malaga in particular is renowned for its nightlife and Estepona has a teenagers’ café which organizes events on the beach where a variety of cultural activities happen – music, dancing, photography, art and poetry.

For older adults and retirees, the Costa del Sol offers culture, beautiful scenery, great restaurants and tapas bars and 70 golf courses.

Average property prices in the Costa del Sol are € 2,912 per square metre.

Torrevieja, Alicante

Just north of the Costa del Sol is the popular seaside city of Torrevieja. Despite being a city, Torrevieja is relatively small so would suit families with younger children as everything is close together. There a numerous playgrounds in the city too.

Older children will love the thrilling activities on offer, including a waterpark, amusement park and even parasailing. There is also a ‘floating museum’ in the harbor, built on an old submarine that was used during the Spanish Armada.

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And for the adults, there is a lovely long promenade which is ideal for leisurely strolls along the beach. Stop off at one of the many bars and restaurants and enjoy a beer or a glass of wine with a wonderful waterfront view. Just outside of the city are some really interesting pink and green salt lakes which you can float in. They are said to possess all the therapeutic qualities of a natural spa.

Average property prices in Torrevieja are € 1,689 per square metre.

Lanzarote, Canary Islands

It’s not just the mainland that’s great for families – the islands are too! Lanzarote enjoys a wonderful warm year-round climate and has a unique and beautiful volcanic landscape. As a result, many of the beaches actually have black sand!

For smaller children, the beaches are calm and tranquil and there is plenty to keep them entertained. The Rancho Texas Park houses a western style town, Lilliput farm where there are small animals for the children as well as larger and more fierce animals. You could also take the kids to ride on a yellow submarine from where you can see all the marine activity at 30 meters’ depth.

There is plenty to do for older kids too including a pirates museum inside a castle, a Texas-themed park with a “gold rush” and a 6D cinema with a choice of 10 films. For teenagers and young adults, head to Puerto del Carmen where the nightlife is excellent or to La Santa where there are big Atlantic rollers to surf.

For adults and retirees, the delightful weather means it is a brilliant place for all kinds of sports. There are also several spas to relax and recharge at. Take a tour in the Timanfaya Mountains and travel through volcanoes, or enjoy a visit to the La Geria wine region. There are also two golf courses and an outside cinema where you can watch films under the stars.

Average property prices in Lanzarote are € 2,044 per square metre.

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