Barcelona is a beautiful city, situated on the Mediterranean with good beaches, food, culture and many attractions and things to do. Read below to see how you can make the most of Barcelona with kids.
When you hear that Barcelona has it all, it is not an overstatement. From beach to mountains, food, shopping, iconic architecture and heritage in combination with good weather all year round and relatively safe environment, this city can please a variety of tastes. It is also perfect to visit with kids, making Barcelona one of our favorite European cities to visit with children.
We visited the city in collaboration with Visit Barcelona. We went for a short mid-week with our daughter and effectively had only about three days exploring the city plus one day skiing in the Pyrenees, so we had to be pretty efficient with our time. There is so much to do and see in Barcelona that you really need to plan your days to make the most of it!
As always, we did our preparation at home and made a rough itinerary on our Barcelona map. We always download our destination on google maps so we can navigate offline as we don’t have 3g-4g available on our phones. However it is not necessary in Barcelona; the City Council offers internet through free WiFi access points located in various public access points.
We arrived late in the afternoon and left early on our last days so our itinerary only shows the 4 full days we had in Barcelona.
FOLLOWING THE RED ROUTE
Explore Barcelona from Plaça d’Espanya on the red route of the Barcelona Bus Turístic; the original hop on hop off bus in Barcelona. Stop at Poble Espanyol to have a look around the village and enjoy a the view of the city. Carry on the Bus Turístic red route passing the Telefèric de Montjuïc (if you stop here you can take a cable car to Montjuïc Castle), the harbour area and stop at La Pedrera. Visit the Chocolate Museum (Museu de la Xocolata) and stopped for a while at Parc de la Ciutadella, before returning on the red route to the starting point of Plaça d’Espanya.
EXPLORING ON THE BIKE
Take a bicycle tour and explore the city in a different way. In beautiful weather, cycle down La Rambla street towards the seaside. Visit the Barcelona Aquarium in the harbour area. Continue cycling afterwards to Platja de la Barceloneta (the beach!) and have a swim in the sea. Find a nice restaurant in the seaside for a bite. Cycle back through Parc de la Barceloneta, then Parc de la Ciutadella and up to Arc de Triomf.
SKIING DAY TRIP
This was the day we had a day trip skiing in Masella in the Pyrenees. This needed an early start catching the bus at 06.45 in Plaça Catalunya, but gave us a full days skiing up in the mountains and we were back in Barcelona at 18.00 in time for dinner. A great day out and a chance to burn off some of the extra calories gained in the tapas bars.
DISCOVER GAUDÍ’S WORK
The final day was again an exploration of the city, this time on the blue Bus Turístic route. First we stopped at Sagrada Familia, without waiting in the queues to get in. We then stopped at the Park Güell bus stop and walked up the hill (beware the climb) to the Gaudi Experience. We explored the iconic Park Güell, and afterwards got the blue bus route back around the city, via sights such as the famous FC Barcelona, to change on to the red Bus Turístic on the Avenue Diagonal which brought us back home.
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