Barcelona is an ideal destination for an unforgettable family trip. There is plenty to explore for children of all ages while the adults can experience the rich history and culture of Spain at the same time. In order to find child-friendly tours, it is important to do some research beforehand and brainstorm what type of activity would be fun for the whole family.
Everybody loves chocolate and your trip to Barcelona would not be complete without a trip to the Museau de la Xocolata (Chocolate Museum). During the tour, visitors learn how chocolate is made while walking past some spectacular life sized sculptures made of chocolate. Keep in mind that there are souvenirs available for purchase after you complete the tour.
Barcelona’s most popular street is La Rambla. It’s saturated with endless restaurants, street vendors, and entertainers. Be sure to enjoy a nice meal at La Rambla or support the local vendors by picking up a souvenir. As you continue down the road, you’ll come across La Boqueria, a massive open-air market where you can find endless varieties of meats, vegetables, fruit, nuts, fresh bread, and delicious cheeses. Many vendors allow you to taste the meat and cheeses before purchasing to ensure their products satisfy your palate.
If you’re looking for a day of relaxation, pack a blanket and picnic basket and head to Parc de la Ciutadella (Central Park). This park is located just a few blocks from Playa de la Barceloneta. The park boasts a beautiful green oasis, a lake where you’re able to rent a rowboat, and even a zoo. Spend an entire day enjoying the attractions the park has to offer or simply enjoy a relaxing picnic with the family. During the summer months, you’ll surely want to hit up some of Barcelona’s beaches. Keep in mind that being topless on all beaches is permitted and there are a few nude beaches as well, so plan accordingly when traveling with children.
Another family activity that will surely take your breath away is hopping on an urban ski-lift that takes you high above the city. Starting at the port area of Barceloneta, this 8-minute ride will take you all the way up to Montjuic, Barcelona’s tallest hill. Upon arrival, you’re able to wander around the beautiful gardens and appreciate the ancient castle located at the top. Be sure to stay until sunset where you will experience an unforgettable panoramic view of the city.
Here are some other must-see attractions when visiting Barcelona with kids:
- La Sagrada Familia
- Barcelona Zoo
- Barcelona Aquarium
- Park Güell
- Illa Fantasia (water park)
No matter what time of year you decide to take a family trip to this historic city, you will surely have an experience of a lifetime.