Our final day we decided to go on the blue route of the Bus Turístic as it took us to our main location for the day, Park Güell. Our first stop however was Sagrada Familia. Despite being a building site still since the 1920’s this building is worth seeing close up just to be impressed by the grandness and ‘gaudiness’of it all. What an imagination to be able to come up with something so unique. Unfortunately although Thassia had her tickets it had a time frame that would have made us wait at least an hour for her to get in. It was a rainy day and it just added up to the chaos and would make us late for our schedule and we decided to go to our next stop, Park Güell. But this is a place you should not miss while in Barcelona, get your ticket online! The inside must be worth seeing.
We stopped at the Park Güell bus stop on the blue line which was still quite a walk (1/2 km) from the park itself (up a hill), so be warned if you are with small kids. Just before the Park we went to the Gaudi Experience which is actually worth a visit. This place has nice interactive screens which give you the history of Gaudi and his various buildings and achievements. We saw the 4D film which gives a bit of background and the effects (a moving chair and chairs that blow wind at you) was rather entertaining. The animation was quite good. While waiting for the film there is plenty for the kids to do with colouring stuff and interactive computers. You only have to pay if you want to watch the film (and you get a discount with the Bus Turístic vouchers).
From there we headed to Park Güell. Güell was Gaudi’s main admirer and client. There is lots to see, such as the monumental steps, the Porter’s lodge, the Portico of the Washerwoman, the nature square and of course the iconic mosaic salamander (el Drac). Also a good place for the kids to play and run around. They do not really like you climbing the artwork though as you can imagine!The Park has a limit of how many people can visit at once to protect the art. So be aware –reserve your tickets beforehand online for the time you wish to visit and plan the trip.
After the park visit we hopped back on the blue bus route, which took us past FC Barcelona, for those football enthusiasts, and hopped off at Avenue Diagonal to change on to the red route to bring us home again. This meant we had followed pretty much both blue and red routes during our visit only missing a very small part of the blue route.
So all in all we did a fairly comprehensive tour of Barcelona in a short space of time taking in most of the important sights. But there is SO much more to see if you have time. I can imagine it being a great place to have a summer holiday where you could combine the beach with trips through the city and perhaps enjoy the gastronomic part of the city more than we did on this trip.
But the biggest tip for anyone travelling there with kids is to plan your trip beforehand – investigate what you want to visit – book your tickets up front on internet to same time and money – and configure the trip to suit your company. All kids are of course different – ours is a seasoned traveller already with Spain being her 21st country (and she’s only 6!) – so she is used to the travel and is very easy to take almost anywhere. But other kids may need more entertainment or have other interests and you should plan your trip around them and their needs. There is plenty to see and do and what a great time you should have!
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