19 July 2017
Have you always wanted to visit Barcelona but have held off because you are worried about your children not being entertained? In fact, children are very much a part of this fantastic city’s way of life, which seamlessly combines traditional and modern Spanish culture. With everything from parks, shops, monuments and sightseeing attractions, everyone is catered for. You can even spend a day on the beach! Still not sure? Read on for a list of ideas which will leave you planning your next trip to this amazing place before you’re even home!
See the city from a hop-on hop-off bus
Always a great way to start off any city break, use one of the many hop-on hop-off tours to find your bearings and to plan where you want to visit. With over 40 stops around the city, these open-top double-decker buses make many attractions easily accessible and give tired feet a chance to relax during a long day of sightseeing.
Travel Counsellor Chris visited Barcelona in August 2016 - "From old buildings to modern, wide open avenues, stunning Gaudi architecture and even several miles of lovely golden beach, Barcelona really does cater for all ages and experiences. So that we could see as much of the city as possible we decided to purchase a two day pass for the Hop on Hop off bus, which was really good value and included two routes. This covered most areas of the city including all the main sites such as the Olympic areas, the beach, the harbour area, several Gaudi buildings including the Sagrada Famillia which is truly exceptional and much more, so we got to see everything we wanted to easily!"
Wander down Las Ramblas
Possibly the most famous landmark in the city and home of the Christopher Columbus monument, this vibrant pedestrianised street in the heart of Barcelona will entertain the whole family. Live performances, human statues, street artists, shops, restaurants and cafés can be found all the way along this 1.2 km tree-lined stretch – just be aware of pickpockets!
Tour the Camp Nou
Home to one of Spain’s, and indeed Europe’s most successful clubs, a tour of the Camp Nou is an absolute must for all football fans. Relive 120 years of history and success on a stadium tour, where you can experience the thrill of entering the tunnel and stepping out onto the pitch; explore the away team’s changing room; visit the museum, including the trophy gallery; and even hold your own press conference!
Travel Counsellor Debbie visited Barcelona in March 2017 - "My husband was keen to visit Nou Camp Experience, the stadium of FC Barcelona. We all really enjoyed the self-tour and felt it was definitely worth a visit - even for a non-football fan such as me!"
Aquariums are always a favourite with children, and L’Aquàrium is no exception. Children of all ages will marvel at the impressive 80m-long glass tunnel containing around 11,000 species of fish, including sharks. There are also activities designed specifically for younger children, and older children will enjoy the Planet Aqua area which houses Humboldt penguins.
Be delighted by the Font Magica
Against the stunning backdrop of the National Palace, these spectacular shows, where water and light appear to dance with meticulous synchronicity, are a magnificent feature of Barcelona’s nightlife. With shows more frequent during the summer months, why not treat the family to this dazzling display after indulging in a meal at one of Barcelona’s many restaurants or tapas bars.
Spend time in Barcelona’s many parks
A visit to a park is a guaranteed way for children to let off steam, and there are plenty of opportunities for this in Barcelona. In particular, Parc de la Ciutadella features everything you could ask for – fountains, a boating lake, museums, play areas, gardens, huge expanses of grass and Zoo de Barcelona. And don’t miss the huge statue of the woolly mammoth!
Travel Counsellor Gaynor visited Barcelona with her family in April 2016 - "On the second day we decided to head to Parc Ciutadella where Barcelona Zoo was located. What a fantastic zoo, it didn't cost a lot for the three of us in comparison to Zoo's back home. We spent longer than we intended here as there was so much to see; Elephants, Penguins, Tigers, Lions, Crocodiles, Gorillas and the like. Numerous wild birds were flying freely around the zoo, too. With plenty of ice cream stations dotted around, it was a refreshing treat on a warm day."
Bask in the sun on one of Barcelona’s nine beaches
When tiredness starts to creep in, spend some time chilling out on the beach! Easily accessible from the city centre via metro or bus, Barcelona’s nine beaches are the legacy of the 1992 Olympics; offering golden sands, seafood restaurants, water sports and entertainment such as drumming and sand art.
Traverse the urban jungle
For the ultimate adrenaline adventure for all ages and abilities, head to Bosc Urbà. Children from the age of 3 and adults alike will love exploring this adventure playground which features zip lines, rope swings, bungee jumps and much more.
Hop aboard the city’s cable cars and mountain trains
Travel up the famous Montjuic and Tibidabo hills and be rewarded with spectacular city and coastal views. Both children and adults enjoy the novelty of travelling by the 2 cable cars and 3 mountain trains (funiculars) which are on offer. Montjuic is also home to several Olympic venues including the stadium, swimming pool and diving pool; and at the top of Tibidabo you will find the old-fashioned ferris wheel and funfair.
Visit PortAventura/Costa Caribe
If you fancy travelling further afield, PortAventura theme park and Costa Caribe waterpark are located just 70 miles from the city centre. As Europe’s second largest theme park, experience everything from white-knuckle rollercoasters to a Sesame Street-themed area at PortaVentura; and next door Costa Caribe has everything from splash pools to free-fall slides.
If you’ve been convinced that Barcelona is the perfect location for a family-friendly city break, contact your Travel Counsellor today!