Halloween is almost here – do you have any plans yet? Here are some activities to celebrate this spooky holiday with children.
Halloween is an Irish holiday that started around the year 100 AD, when countrymen believed that spirits passed through to our world. As time has gone by, fear has turned into fun, making Halloween one of children’s favourite holidays.
Jack-o’-lanterns are a must! Halloween is so popular nowadays that you can find pumpkins in any supermarket at this time of year. Grab a carving knife, and get creative!
It is then time to put on your costume and go trick or treating. This tradition is becoming increasingly popular in big cities in Spain.
In Latin America and Spain, All Saints’ Day is celebrated on 1st November to remember and honour the dead. While it is more of a celebration in South American countries, this holiday is more solemn in Spain.
Halloween activities for children
There are still many perfect spots in the world to look up and marvel at the stars. Here are our suggestions.
The Canary Islands are one of the world’s top tourist destinations for many reasons – the stars being one of them. The isles’ skies are so clear that they are considered a protected space, and have three Starlight Reserve certifications due to their low levels of light pollution.
What is a Starlight Certification?
The Starlight Foundation certifies spaces with excellent sky quality to protect and preserve them. A Starlight Reserve is a protected natural space, accredited in order to promote the preservation of the night sky.
The most recent addition to the Canary Islands’ list was Fuerteventura, in 2015. La Palma and Cumbres de Tenerife were the two first certified locations in the archipelago.
The best locations to see the stars
What exciting new adventures will the new season bring? Here are some ideas for the perfect autumnal family getaway.
Many of us were sunbathing by the beach just a few days ago, but now the golden season has begun. Time really does fly!
However, we could do with a break from the heat. The cooler temperatures of autumn will allow you to enjoy a whole new selection of exciting plans near our hotels.
What to do in autumn
A wine tasting is always a good idea. The Canary Islands are famous for having over 80 grape types, and this time of the year is perfect for a wine route. La Geria is a spectacular volcanic sand vineyard in Lanzarote, where piles of rocks protect the grapes from the aggressive winds.
Andalusia has some of the best hiking routes in the country, such as El Caminito del Rey. The view from the steep pass El Desfiladero de los Gaitanes will leave you breathless.
Fun activities for children
Would you like to know how to get to the Russian Museum in Málaga? Where you should stay? Here is all the information you need!
Málaga is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Apart from the beaches and notorious monuments, one of the main tourist attractions in Málaga is the wide range of cultural activities available. With over 30 museums, this city is gaining international recognition thanks to its growing cultural offer.
The Russian Museum in St. Petersburg has expanded to the premises of the old tobacco factory of Málaga – ‘La Tabacalera’. This museum contains the world’s largest Russian art collection, with over 400,000 pieces of all periods, movements and genres.
What to see in the museum
The exhibitions in the Russian Museum in Málaga include pieces that portray different parts of Russian art history and their link to European culture.
Have a wonderful holiday with your children with this brief guide on Málaga and Marbella. You will fall in love with the Costa del Sol.
The Costa del Sol has it all: beaches, natural sites and great food. It is the perfect place to travel to with children, as you can combine sightseeing and relaxing on the beach.
What to see in Málaga
Málaga has some notorious monuments, such as the Alcazaba –one of the most important Muslim sites in Spain–, and the castle of Gibralfaro, erected in the 14th century. If walking all around Málaga sounds a bit too tiring, you can use the ´hop on hop off´ buses, which stop at the city’s top sites. These include the harbour, the Pablo Ruiz Picasso Foundation and the cathedral.
After a long day of sightseeing, you can visit the amusement park Tivoli, in Benalmádena, where the little ones can have fun and enjoy the shows!
The most famous attractions in the Costa del Sol are of course its beaches. La Malagueta and Pedregalejo are perfect to spend the day lying under the sun and eating pescaíto frito (fried fish).
This island of volcanic origin is one of the most beautiful in the world. Learn more about its volcanoes with Elba Hotels. Just for the brave!
Twenty million years ago, tons of lava erupted from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. This is how the island of Lanzarote was born, with its varied landscapes, incredible colours and craters.
Lanzarote is a volcanic island that –just like the rest of the Canary Islands– was born during this phenomenon. The island’s first inhabitants started spreading across the island in 1402, even though its rebellious volcanoes reactivated in 1730 and 1824, ravaging over ten villages. Nature cannot be tamed!
The most significant volcanic eruption occurred in the 18th century, in Vega de Timanfaya. Rocks, debris, ashes and sand covered the island. The Timanfaya National Park shows the aftermath of this event, with an extension of over 200 km and more than 25 volcanoes, making it a treasure to geologists everywhere.
Enjoy the holidays with your family! Here are our top recommendations to make it easier than ever.
As families grows, holidays change. We must think about the little ones during the summer, especially when planning getaways. If you have run out of ideas, here are some fantastic activities for children to enjoy.
Harmlessly exploring the animal kingdom
If you are staying in any of our hotels in Andalusia, visit Bioparc in Fuengirola, a zoo where children can learn about animals. Unlike traditional zoos, Bioparc has multi-species spaces where different animals coexist.
Adventures in nature
When children have lots of energy, there is nothing better than organising an activity where they can release it. The Parque Aventura Amazonia Granada park, in the Natural Park of Sierra de Huétor, includes 69 tree activities and 22 zip-lines. As the cherry on top, why not have a picnic at the park? The perfect day out with children!
It’s very easy to forget certain things when babies need so many. We have now launched our Baby Kit service, for your peace of mind.
Nappies, swimsuits, baby bottles, and much more… Packing can be tough when travelling with a baby, and parents usually forget to bring one or two items. At Elba Hotels, we have found the perfect solution: Baby Kit, a new service specifically tailored for parents travelling with children aged 0-2.
This completely free pack can be requested by phone or upon arrival at the hotel. We offer cradles, baby bathtubs, baby bottle warmers and microwaves, among other items.
It’s only June, but thermometers all across Spain are already registering temperatures of at least 35ºC, and the streets and lidos are filled with people. Summer is definitely here! Here are five plans to welcome the season.
The summer heat has now settled, and it seems it’s here to stay until mid-September. Although high temperatures can be exhausting, and it’s tempting to just stay in under the AC system, you should seize every summer day – You’ll miss the sun once it’s gone! These are five ways to embrace the new season.
The summer holidays are just around the corner, and more and more people are seeking to avoid overcrowded holiday destinations to enjoy a real sense of retreat. TIME Magazine has recently covered this topic by carrying out a survey, which proved that the current trend is to devote our spare time to stimulating activities for both our body and mind. This makes Smart Holidays at Elba Palace the perfect getaway, with its combination of yoga, meditation, nature, cohabitation, and fun.