Here is the story of Chrissand, who tells us about his journey in Andalusia with his baby e 6 months. What give us ideas for a family trip to Spain.
Can you introduce us, give us the age of the children during this family trip and the year of the trip to Andalusia and its duration?
We are a 30-year-old couple with a 21-month-old boy . In 2011, during our 2 weeks Andalusia trip , “mini Chrissand” was only 6 months old .
How did you prepare for this trip with your children and how did you travel?
- Equip yourself
- Book your flight
- Book your hotel with swimming pool
- Your hotel tested and approved
- Your custom family circuit
We first took a map of the area and selected the cities we wanted to visit. We have defined a route taking into account downtimes every 2 hours maximum for baby comfort (meals, walks, naps …)
We traveled by car to keep comfort, always for baby.
Where did you sleep in Andalusia? Do not hesitate to share with us your good addresses?
We stayed most of the time in cheap hotels or sometimes in small hostals, small rather family-oriented hotels, right in the historical heart of the cities visited .
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Do you have good places to eat? And how is the food for children? Is it adapted to their taste?
We have often eaten in small restaurants along the roads or in the heart of small villages or sometimes even in the city center.
By cons, for the evening, as baby began its nights at 19h and we did not want to disturb during his sleep, we opted for sandwich meals in the hotel rooms! Every day, we bought local products (raw ham, cheeses, pasta …) in a grocery store or sometimes in a supermarket.
At the age of 6 months, our son had already started the food diversification and we opted for a reserve of small pots in the trunk of the car. So, it was not complicated for him, because we had only to warm his pot. And for milk products, infant milk yoghurt versions can be stored at room temperature just like milk powder.
What climate did you have in Andalusia? What kind of clothes do you need for this trip?
The Andalusian climate is rather dry and hot in summer . Temperatures can reach 45 ° C see more. This period should be avoided if you want to visit the area, especially with children.
We prefer to leave late April / early May because the weather is nice at this time: we had an average of 25/27 ° C.
Like any trip, you have to plan a bit of everything because you never know. Provide light clothing for warm days (shorts / t-shirt), warmer clothes (pants, sweater and windbreaker) for more cloudy or rainy days. And above all, a good pair of shoes to visit without hurting your feet!
Did you use any travel accessories or special equipment for the youngest (stroller, backpack, other …)
We took the stroller to walk around without having to carry baby all the time. Baby napping the day either in the stroller or in the baby carrier (when it was not too hot!)
For meals, we had planned a removable high chair (the 4 feet stand out) and this accessory does not take up too much space in the trunk of the car. It is quite convenient in restaurants that do not necessarily have chairs and then for baby, it was a real treat to be seated at our table.
We still took the bed umbrella because in some hotels there was none.
What did you visit with your family during this trip to Andalusia? How did you organize the days with your children?
First of all, we applied ourselves to respect the rhythm of baby: Baby slept, ate, took the bath at the usual hours …
We drove during his nap hours , which is why we chose cities within 2 hours of each other.
At this age (6 months), the days are easy to organize because baby sleeps a lot. We can do almost anything we want.
We visited the cities of Jaén , Cordoba , Carmona, Seville, Jerez de la Frontera, Ronda, Malaga, Marbella, Granada and Baeza.
We walked the historic centers, on foot , we visited many palaces, gardens …. We took our time.
What is your best memory of this family trip to Andalusia?
The learning to walk on all fours ! Every night, while we were writing everything we had visited during the day to write our travel diaries , baby was playing on the hotel beds and trying to catch us, after 15 days of travel, baby walked on all fours !
Which sites do you recommend to see or what activities are absolutely necessary with children in Andalusia?
In Andalusia, historical tours are usually ancient palaces, gardens, or other monuments that may not appeal to young children.
On the other hand, we visited the City of Sciences of Granada and this place was full of children of all ages (from young children to teenagers …).
What did you dislike (visit, way of travel, atmosphere …)?
Overall on this trip, we were not disappointed. The only constraint was to respect the baby hours and it is true that in the evening, we would have liked to go out, to see the Spanish nightlife. But you had to choose!
Have you had some “galleys” and if so which ones?
What precautions did you take to visit Andalusia with children (health, sun protection, what did you put in the pharmacy kit.) ?
Mandatory pharmacy kit !! Thermometer, chisel, physiological saline, disinfectant, doliprane (supple and syrup), cough syrup, arnigel, arnica, bandages, high protection sunscreen, health book … for baby but also for parents!
We have also asked for the European Health Card from CPAM, which allows care to be taken care of in Europe. This replaces Form E111. It must be requested for the entire family no later than 1 month before departure. This nominative and individual card is free.
How did you care for children during trips? What kind of toy did they take for this trip?
We basically traveled during nap hours . Upon waking, we stopped to play, eat, eat … Do not forget the music CD infant and why not the DVD player if your children are a little older