Barcelona with kids

Barcelona with kids

Barcelona is well known for its modern architecture, trendy boutiques, nightclubs and beaches. But this is not everything. Friendly Spaniards, child-friendly restaurants and a relaxing atmosphere make it a great place for kids as well. This city has not pushed young families to live in the suburbs and that makes it easier to find things to do with children around all major attractions. Also, Barcelona’s artsy, playful spirit feels just right for kids, which immediately feel at home, soak up the city’s atmosphere and find the place more attractive with every day. This could be a great trip, in which new places, new sounds and cultural differences become a little adventure truly for the whole family.

 

First, I was happy to discover that there are so many playgrounds in Barcelona. Really, they are practically on every corner – even in the old town! Our favourite place to spend time was this small square: Placa d’Allada i Vermell, located in the la Ribera district. We went there every day. There is a children’s playground, several informal restaurants with outdoor tables, but also a puppet show, a great toy shop with children’s books (in different languages). The store was a great discovery. See for yourself, it is called Impossible.

As soon as you sit down in any restaurant you will discover this place is popular with young families from around the world – many of them were from the UK.

What really helps is that the whole area around this square is shaded and, including the nearest streets, cut off from the usual street traffic. Children can enjoy themselves while you sip a cup of coffee. There are also some interesting places for dinner, lunch or coffee nearby. Among others:

Café at the Chocolate Museum
Courtyard of St. Augustine: a place of art and recreation for children, with cafes and a large courtyard entirely dedicated to children. http://conventagusti.com/
Pg del Born – a small square near the former bazaar. A couple of cool places for tapas or coffee. In our opinion the best was Casa Nova. For 14,50 euros you can taste 6 tapas. All were delicious.
C del Rec – a small street full of boutiques and 3 cool kids’ clothing stores.
C del la Boria – a great street for a stroll, full of hipster boutiques, cafes, bakeries etc.

 

Below is a list of attractions, where you can easily organise some fun with your child, eat and relax.

1. Aquarium

The 80 meter shark tunnel, 11,000 fish and special activities for children will make the aquarium a guaranteed hit in Barcelona. Also the first floor of the aquarium is devoted to children. Small explorers can find out, for example, how duck feet move under water or visit a mini-submarine. Outside you can find an old-fashioned carousel and replica of the prototype Ictineo submarine, designed by the Catalans.

2. Zoo
The zoo in Barcelona is right in the center of the city, which is fantastic as you do not have to go outside of the sightseeing zone. The Zoo was founded in 1892 and yet is one of the most modern in the world. The zoo can boast of many distinct habitats for wildlife and has been designed so that you can almost touch the animals. Dolphins seem to be very happy and love to be at the glass windows of the pool. In the indoor aquarium there are regular shows, which are open to the audience. If you sit in the front, expect to get wet! There is also a mini zoo where the youngest children can get acquainted with the animals.

 

          

3. Barcelona’s parks
Montjuic – Getting to Montjuïc will be a pleasure for small transport lovers. As far as your children are not afraid of altitude, I recommend the Transbordador Aeri ride through the port of La Barceloneta to Montjuïc. From the railway car you can enjoy views of Barcelona, ​​the harbor and the sea. Upon arrival, the views do not end and you will be amazed by view over the city, plus you will find a nice children’s playground, picnic tables, gardens, fountain and castle …. This place has almost inexhaustible possibilities to consume the energy of toddlers.

The Parc de la Ciutadella has everything you could ask for  – a lake with boats, a playground, picnic tables, a nearby zoo, rose gardens, a huge fountain and a gigantic mammoth sculpture. The latter is an attraction for everyone!

Tibidabo is a hill with an ancient church and a view of Barcelona. There is also an amusement park –  the biggest and coolest I have ever seen in my life – also with beautiful views. The church, at the top of the mountain traditionally serves as a lighthouse at night. Tibidabo has a cable car that takes you up the hill from Avenida Tibidabo. Children love this little train.Gaudí’s Park with its quirks, colorful sculptures and gingerbread houses will certainly be intriguing for older children, as is the nearby 4D cinema in Gaudí Experiència. Younger children may like the dragon in the Parc d’Espanya Industrial. It also has a small playground for toddlers.

 

3. Museums

Every trip to Barcelona with children should start with a trip to Museu de la Xocolata! In the museum you will find everything about chocolate production now and in the past. You can admire the machines and descriptions but our family mostly admired various sculptures made of chocolate. In the back of the museum there is a huge kitchen where children’s activities are organised. At the entrance to the museum there is a cafe where you can buy a chocolate plaque or two …

Fundació Joan Miró – one of the places that Barcelona has particularly promoted to visit by children. Fancy sculptures and paintings will surely get the children involved. The museum also organises activities for small ones. After the museum you can take kids for a spectacular ride (and newly renovated) Montjuic Gondola to the Montjuic castle overlooking the city.

4. Beach

The beach in Barcelona is pretty cool, but be aware- your little one might get flashbacks to nursing times with all the topless sunlovers on the beach :-). Nevertheless, you can find a place for everyone and the seaside of Barceloneta abounds with interesting cafes and restaurants.

5. Camp Nou Stadium

The stadium where Barça plays. If you have children who are interested in football then this is definitely an exciting place. Alternatively, you can send your husband with the children and go shopping on your own.

 

           

 

I was so happy to discover that there are so many playgrounds in Barcelona. Really, they are practically on every corner – even in the old town! Our favorite place to spend time was small square : Placa d’Allada i Vermell, located in the la Ribera district. We went there every day. There is a children’s playground, several informal restaurants with outdoor tables, but also a puppet show, a great toy shop with children’s books (in different languages). The store was great discovery. See for yourself, is called Impossible.

As soon as you sit down in any restaurant you will dicover this place is popular with young families from around the word many of them were form UK.

Wthat really helps is that he whole area is shaded and, including the nearest streets, cut off from the car traffic. Children can enjoy themselves while you sip a cup of coffee. Nearby there are also some interesting places for dinner, lunch or coffee. Among others:

Café at the Chocolate Museum
Courtyard of St. Augustine: a place of art and recreation for children, with cafes and a large courtyard entirely dedicated to children. http://conventagusti.com/
Pg del Born – a small square near the former bazaar. A couple of cool places for tapas or coffee. In our opinion the best was Casa Nova. For 14,50 euros you can taste 6 tapas. All were delicious.
C del Rec – a small street full of boutiques and 3 cool kids’ clothing stores.
C del la Boria – a great walking street full of hipsters boutiques, cafes, bakeries etc.

That’s it. We will soon be going to Barcelona again and  I will try to add more addresses.

Hola!

Marta

              

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