We’ve been lucky enough to visit Barcelona several times over the past couple of years. Each time accompanied by our 6 year old son. Barcelona is a vibrant, fun and historic city that is a fantastic place for the whole family to visit.
There was so many beautiful and amazing places to visit in Barcelona but I thought we would list our top 5 (otherwise this would be a very long read!)
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Top 5 Things to Do in Barcelona with Kids
Plaça de Catalunya
A large square in the centre of Barcelona. The Plaça de Catalunya is often considered the town centre. The square is alive with activity on most days. Kids can enjoy chasing bubbles and pigeons! The square is technically circular in shape (if that makes sense) and is surrounded by several fountains and statues. A great place for kiddies and adults alike to let off some steam!
A large pedestrian street in central Barcelona, Las Ramblas is a visual feast for little eyes. Connecting Plaça de Catalunya with the Christopher Columbus monument the mall is lined with stalls, restaurants, street artists and tourists! Stop for a coffee (or a sangria!) at one of the many restaurants and people watch for a little while!
La Boqueria (Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria)
La Boqueria is a large food market located off La Rambla in central Barcelona. Full of amazing local produce, bright colours and fantastic smells. Our son loved exploring all of the nooks and crannies of this market. It can get very busy so eyes in the back of your head are necessary here! But you can sample some of Spains delicious treats here. We each had the most amazing fresh fruit juice and we shared a cone of cheese and Serrano ham. A definitely must see for the whole family.
Tibidabo Mountain overlooks the city of Barcelona. Not only are you spoilt with breathtaking views of the city. The mountain is also home to the stunning Sacrat Cor Church and the Tibidabo Amusement Park.
Tibidabo Amusement Park is over 100 years old and home to 25 vintage rides. The park offers stunning views as well as rides for the whole family!
The Sacrat Cor Church is quite a modern basilica (it was officially completed in 1962) and sits just next door to the Amusement Park. Whilst modern in construction it is a beautiful example of Spanish architecture. Kids will love the lift ride to the upper level and the spiral staircases that lead to the top of the spires. There you can see for miles!
Catedral de Barcelona
Catedral de Barcelona (Church of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia) is not to be confused with Gaudis unfinished cathedral La Sagrada Familia. Barcelona Cathedral is located in the Gothic Quarter (Plaça de Sant Jaume) of Barcelona, just a short walk from the Plaça de Catalunya.
The cathedral dates from the 13th century and is dedicated to Saint Eulalia. The beautiful interior of this cathedral is sure to keep little ones engaged. Our little one was mesmerised by the tombs and crypts. The statues and cravings are really quite spectacular. The exterior (which was constructed some 400 years after the completion of the cathedral) is equally as impressive. Gothic architecture and gargoyles! We actually had to convince our son to leave the cathedral. It was definitely a hit!
By no means is this an exhaustive list, there was so many wonderful things to see and explore in Barcelona. These are just a few of our favorites!…I may do a follow up post with some other recommendations.
Where to Stay
Barcelona has a wide range of accommodation available to families. We chose to stay in an apartment just off La Rambla. Happy Apartments offer the convenience of home but also is just steps away from the hustle and bustle. The apartments were large and modern with easy access for pushchairs. We felt the rates were very competitive and would definitely stay again!
Getting around Barcelona with Kids
We chose to walk most of the time, if your not in a hurry it’s a great way to see the hidden delights of Barcelona. Making your way through the many little alleys. The central area is quite easy to navigate. For those attractions that are further away such as Tibidabo and La Sagrada Familia the metro is quite easy to use. Just make sure you chose the right barriers! Unlike the underground in London you have to decide which side of the track you want to be on before going through! There are many sightseeing buses that weave around Barcelona as well. So transport is never too far away!
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