Our family of 4 (kids 6 and 8) will be traveling to Madrid for a wedding next May. If we stay around 2 weeks, where else should we try to go? Never been to Europe, but when we took them to Japan 2 years ago, and 3 cities were a bit much for only 2 weeks (of course they were younger). We have extended family traveling there as well, that could possibly share our itinerary and be extra helping hands.
Destinations? Must sees, knowing we're with kids?
Barcelona seems like the exciting spot for sightseeing. others are advising we go to the Tuscany region of Italy and do a few day trips- but im starting to think we should save Italy for a future trip when kids are older. Or Rome. France is obviously closer, but maybe not as great for young children?
And now Portugal has been brought up. So maybe Madrid, Barcelona and Portugal?
Trains/ rail system? A few short flights? Others are saying a car, which seems like might be a headache. Loved the trains in Japan.
Hotels? Or would renting houses be more ideal for a family of four?
We plan on trying to balance the days with sightseeing and then open outdoor/park time. Don't know that we can really attempt the great art museums with the kids at this age, as my husband and I were both art majors and would want to give it proper time.
Advice and opinions greatly appreciated!