School Holiday Activities and Entertainment

Entertainment options and things to do for teenagers during the school holidays...

Spain has long holiday periods compared to many countries, with the school year running from mid-September to mid-June. The long summer holidays can present a problem for parents in terms of organising care and activities for their teenagers.

Many families choose to go away at some point during the long summer break – taking children out of school during term-time for holidays is strongly discouraged.

  • Residential and non-residential holiday camps have become more common in recent years. Many are sports orientated (such as soccer camps).
  • Older teenagers may like to travel and there are various schemes to help reduce the cost of this.

Museums and Other Attractions

Many museums hold workshops and youth oriented sessions during school holidays. Local tourist information offices and town halls have details.

  • For information in English visit the official tourist site for Spain: Espania

Exchange Visits

Within the European Union and beyond there are plenty of study exchanges for young people.

The Spain Exchange website contains useful information related to exchanges within Spain and throughout the world.

For more information see the sections on Study Abroad and International Exchange.

Voluntary Work and Exchanges

Voluntary work is also popular and often allows young people to gain valuable work experience. The European Youth Portal is a good source of information on projects and provides links to organisations looking for voluntary workers in and outside Spain.

  • Additional information on voluntary work worldwide can be found by contacting the Association for Training and Intercultural Activities for Youth: AFAIJ (in Spanish)