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I must say from the start that Barcelona is a wonderful city to visit with young kids! We have been there several times and we’ve enjoyed each and every one of the visits! There are a lot of online guides with places to visit with older kids, but only very little information about places that are suitable for young children. For example, Sagrada Familia is a great place to visit for adults and older kids, but for young children, a visit there can be exhausting, especially if it includes a climb in the tower. This is why I wanted to gather here a list of nice things to do in Barcelona with young kids.
If you plan to visit Barcelona soon with a baby, toddler or preschooler, I hope that you’ll find inspiration in our list! 🙂
1. Poble Espanyol
Poble Espanyol is an open-air architectural museum. Inside you can find nice buildings, squares, restaurants, and shops. The kids can run through the small streets of the museum and enjoy a delicious ice-cream from one of the shops! You can find all the details for planning your visit on the museum’s website.
Barceloneta is the main beach for tourists. It is located within walking distance from the center. There is a promenade that runs along the beach that is great for morning or evening walks. Babies and toddlers will certainly enjoy a stroller ride along the sea and you’ll have a relaxing time too! The beach is also a great spot to take a break and enjoy the breeze while the kids play in the sand.
3. A child-friendly bicycle tour
Visiting a lot of museums with a young child is not really a realistic objective but you can find kid-friendly alternatives. We chose a bicycle tour to see the center of the town and the most important buildings designed by Gaudi. This was an excellent choice! The tour company provides bicycle seats for kids and also small bikes for the young riders. 🙂
4. Casa Mila
Casa Mila was one of our favorite stops in the bicycle tour, the building looks really amazing! It has been a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage site since 1984 because of its great universal value.
This unique building was built by Antonio Gaudi and nowadays is the home of a lot of cultural events. If you plan to visit it, you find all the necessary information here.
5. Montjuïc Castle
Montjuïc Castle is located above the Barcelona harbor and it provides a panoramic view of the Mediterranean and the city. The castle itself is not very impressive, but the view is amazing! The visit is totally worth your time and kids will certainly be impressed by the views!
The castle is an old military fortress and nowadays it serves as a municipal facility. The location can be accessed in many different ways: by the Montjuïc cable car, by the gondola lift that has its upper station near the castle entrance or even by public transport. You can benefit from a free entrance to the castle on the first Sunday of every month. The entrance is also free every Sunday of the year from 3 pm. More details for planning your visit can be found here.
6. Boqueria Market
Boqueria Market is a fresh food market located on the Rambla, the main touristic street of the town. The food looks delicious and the fruits and sweets are really appealing! Even the picky eaters will find something interesting to try here! 🙂 We especially liked the fruit smoothies, they are fresh and amazingly tasty!
The entrance to the market is easy to miss because it’s not visible from the main street. To be sure that you don’t miss it, check the map here.
7. Enjoying the animal world at Barcelona Zoo and Aquarium
Usually, young kids enjoy visiting the zoo or the aquarium and Barcelona is a great place to do this! Barcelona Zoo is home to a lot of animal species, so kids will certainly have fun there! The zoo plans a lot of children adventures and family activities, so you can spend a nice half a day there! On their website, you can find many resources for planning your visit.
L’Aquarium de Barcelona is for sure an interesting place for young children. It even has an area that is specially designed for kids, where they can touch, see, investigate, and discover nature. You can find all the details about the aquarium here.
8. Park Güell
At the end, I will tell you about one of the most wonderful things to do in Barcelona with young kids! Park Güell is the perfect place to combine fun for kids with a nice time for adults. The park sits in the hills of upper Barcelona. There is plenty of room for children to run in the park and the adults can enjoy Gaudi’s wonderful architecture.
Park Güell was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and it totally deserves this! It’s one of the most beautiful parks in Europe, so if you like unique architecture you’ll certainly enjoy it!
General tips for traveling to Barcelona with young kids
1. If you are looking for accommodation, you’ll find a lot of family-friendly hotels on Booking.com. There are also some nice apartments that you can rent on Airbnb.com.
2. It is better to buy online the admission tickets for the museums. Most of the museums offer discount rates online and you will also be able to skip the long lines.
3. The public transport is a great way to get around Barcelona. Taxis also have affordable rates, but in my opinion, the public transport is the best alternative! The transport network covers all the important areas and the metro also helps you to avoid the traffic.
4. If your kids are not used to Spanish food, they will probably not enjoy their traditional meals. The good thing is that you can also find international restaurants where you are more likely to find the meals that your child is used to.
5. If you are traveling with an infant or toddler and you don’t want to carry too many items in your luggage, it’s good to know that you can rent baby gear on sites like this one.
If you plan to stay in Barcelona for many days, you will find a lot of inspiration for things to do with kids here: 50 THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN BARCELONA.
I hope that this mini-guide of things to do in Barcelona with young kids will be helpful for you! Barcelona is a great city for a family vacation, so I wish you a wonderful holiday! If you have any other tips or recommendations to add to the list, I would be happy to find them out!
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