As someone who has written about travel on the internet for 8 years, I was keen to explore family travel as soon as possible after having my daughter, Indiana. Of course, the reality was a little different than expected (turns out motherhood is actually quite tricky) and we didn’t get around to taking our first trip abroad as a family until she was 10 months old.
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My requirements for our first holiday with a baby were that it would need to be no more than 3 hours journey time from where we live in the UK (I didn’t know what to expect from our first time flying with a baby), it should easy to travel with a stroller, and not be too crowded.
I know you can travel anywhere with a baby but for my first time traveling with a baby I just wanted it to be easy, you know?
So we settled on sunny Seville, Spain with a baby. It has lots of things to do, great food, is easy to navigate, but isn’t too busy as it’s not a capital city. And honestly, it was ideal for our first family trip and Seville is a very baby-friendly destination. Here’s how we got on…
Getting from the Seville Airport to your accommodation
We arrived in Seville relatively unscathed from our first flight with our baby. We actually found traveling with a baby on an airplane not as terrifying as people make out. But the next hurdle was the transfer from the airport to our hotel.
I had done my research beforehand and decided to book a taxi with SunTransfers, which came with the option of adding a car seat. That way we didn’t need to travel with a car seat, which would have added to the ridiculous amount of things we had brought with us for a 5 day trip. I mean, my partner and I had gone hand luggage only, but Indiana had an entire suitcase full to the brim.
It was a short 15 minute journey from the airport to central Seville and finally it was time to start our first family holiday in Spain together.
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Where to Stay in Seville with a Baby
We decided to stay in an Airbnb for the duration of the trip. Airbnb actually have search filters whereby you can select family-friendly facilities that you need, as well as accessibility requirements.
So it meant that I easily found an apartment that was central to the sights of Seville, had a travel cot and highchair available, and was on the ground floor so we could wheel the stroller out each morning. I highly recommend this Airbnb if you’re heading to Seville with kids, it was such a good choice for our family.
Getting Around Seville with a Baby
Like I mentioned earlier, the appeal of Seville was that we could do it all on foot. I didn’t need to worry about how to negotiate public transport with a buggy and I didn’t have to bring the car seat. We just set out each day with our Bugaboo Bee5 foldable stroller for travel that we brought from home and walked to all of the tourist sights and lovely cafes of the city.
In the evenings we tended to switch to the Ergobaby 360 baby carrier. Just so that it was a little easier getting into narrow restaurants. (I totally recommend this baby carrier as it still feels really supportive with older/heavier tots.)
Tips for Traveling to Seville with a Baby
- Talk to the locals! They love babies and will immediately start talking to your child and want to know all about them. I don’t think I’ve ever spoken to so many locals in a destination until I had a baby!
- Changing facilities vary in Seville so come prepared with a portable changing mat or start practicing the art of changing a diaper in a stroller! (It really is a skill.)
- Baby food, formula and nappies/diapers are all readily available in Seville from local supermarkets like Carrefour Express or Supersol. The baby food I found was mainly thin fruit purees for younger babies though, so if like us your child is a bit further along the weaning route, it is easier to cook your own or order their meals in restaurants.
- Speaking of which, Kids’ Menus aren’t common in Seville, so we mainly fed Indiana small tapas plates such as ham and cheese croquettes, Spanish omelette or ratatouille.
- Highchairs are available in some restaurants, but mainly those in the more touristy areas near the Cathedral or in Santa Cruz. It’s a bit trickier to find them in the winding little lanes of the city, as restaurants tend to be small and narrow. But staff are always willing to help where they can.
- If your toddler needs to burn some energy, there are playgrounds dotted around the city. Plaza De Alfalfa was the one near our apartment and had kids giggling all day whilst parents sat at the nearby cafes overlooking it. Alternatively there are some lovely play areas in Maria Luisa Park.
- Seville feels very safe and due to the late-night Spanish culture, there are still lots of families out and about in the evenings. So I felt more than happy walking home after dinner or taking Indiana for a quick walk around the block to get her to sleep. Definitely part of the appeal of this city!
Things to Do in Seville with a Baby
There are some fantastic tourist attractions in Seville and luckily most of them cater to young families.
Within the lush Maria Luisa Park, the Plaza De Espana is a beautiful place to wander with your little ones. We really enjoyed taking in the pretty tiles and bridges, and it was flat which was ideal with the pram.
I’ve always loved finding a good view of any city I’m visiting and worried that traveling with a baby might restrict that. Luckily the Metropol Parasol has an elevator up to the top for gorgeous views of Seville (go at sunset for jaw-droppingly beautiful hues).
Be prepared that there are small little steps on the path around the structure, so you do need to maneuver the stroller a bit. Otherwise think ahead and bring the baby carrier for this one.
It’s not specific to Seville, but we also used this holiday as a chance to take Indiana to her first Aquarium! The Aquarium of Seville is full of iridescent fish, and even has one of those underwater tunnels for a 360 degree view of the sharks and sting-rays. With the bubbles and colorful lights this was essentially a baby sensory class for Indi, and a great idea for things to do on a rainy day in Seville.
But by far the best thing to do in Seville is to just wander the lanes. There are so many awesome cafes, shops and restaurants in neighborhoods like Regina or Alfalfa. And in Santa Cruz you’ll find gorgeous Spanish architecture and charming al fresco plazas.
And best of all, Indiana seemed to love taking it all in too. I think her favorite part was her first taste of gelato though!
Where to Eat in Seville with a Baby
Obviously the number 1 thing to eat in Spain is tapas! And luckily we discovered the amazing Bar Pelayo on our first day in Seville. It offered delicious tapas small plates – the pork cheeks were amazing – with the added benefit of having highchairs and space for strollers. Indiana loved trying all of the different dishes and so did we!
For brunch we really enjoyed eating at La Cacharreria in Regina. This isn’t particularly accommodating to families as it is quite small inside, but we managed to nab an outside table with ample room for the pram. I recommend the smoothies, they’re a really tasty way to start a day of exploring!
Finally, you NEED to try churros in Seville. Pop into Bar El Comercio for crispy churros and a rich dipping chocolate sauce. With Indiana in the Ergobaby carrier, we managed to eat them whilst standing outside in the lanes with the locals. A really authentic Seville experience!
What to Bring for Travel to Seville with a Baby
Since it’s easy to find the baby necessities (baby food, diapers, and formula) in Seville, you don’t need to worry about bringing enough for your whole trip. Here are a few items you should pack for traveling to Spain with a baby:
- Pack your own portable changing mat, as you aren’t likely to find any diaper changing tables.
- Sharing a hotel room with a baby or toddler can create some sleep challenges. The Slumberpod Privacy Pod is the perfect solution to help everyone sleep well.
- If you plan to do naps on-the-go when traveling with a baby, a CoziGo stroller cover is worth bringing.
- A lightweight foldable stroller for travel that will be easy to fly with and even lift over the occasional set of stairs.
- A good baby carrier is a necessity for travel with a baby. It’s easier to get around with and can easily be stored in a backpack or the bottom of the stroller.
- Pack a portable travel high chair, since restaurants are small and won’t always have room for your stroller.
- If your hotel or Airbnb can’t provide a travel cot, bring your own lightweight travel crib.
Worried you’ll forget something? Here’s a downloadable list of what to pack when traveling with baby.
This guest post was written by Kara from Heels in My Backpack
Kara writes over at Heels In My Backpack, a blog about colourful travel, millennial motherhood and life in general. Follow her on Instagram for city break inspo and baby spam.