Barcelona is a bustling city full of life, tourists and plenty of sightseeing. This may seem like the type of place you would avoid for a family holiday, but the truth is, my husband and I weren’t keen on another resort style holiday. This time, we were looking for something with culture and vibrancy. We decided to take the kids (ages 5 and 8) to Barcelona for the week and we are proof that a city break is possible with little ones. From where to stay to what to eat and must-sees, I’ve got you covered for your next family city break.
Where to Stay
When staying anywhere with kids it is always advisable to find a family-friendly hotel or somewhere that will offer plenty of space for your family and all their things – because let’s be honest, travelling with kids means not packing light. We chose to stay at Capri by Fraser Barcelona as their serviced apartments are the perfect blend of renting your own apartment and enjoying hotel amenities. The apartments are spacious enough that we can sprawl out with all our stuff and the kitchenette meant I could prepare snacks for the kids.
What to Do
We were surprised to find there were lots of family-friendly activities in Barcelona.
One of our favourites was the hop-on-hop-off bus tour. The kids loved the open top bus and we found this was a really great way to keep them engaged and for us to see the wonderful sights of the city. The bus tour also gave us the chance to stop where we wanted to and spend as much time as we liked in certain places.
Park Güell is one of Barcelona’s 9 UNESCO World heritage sites and this incredible park designed by Gaudi is one of them. It looks like something out of a fairytale book with bright colours, ornamental dragons, mosaics and more. We loved exploring the park and its wonders.
Another exciting day out in Barcelona was spent at L’Aquarium Barcelona. Home to Europe’s largest sea tunnel you can walk amongst rays, sharks and a variety of other amazing sea life. This makes for a great day out and don’t forget to pay a visit to the penguins.
The city beaches are fantastic for a great day out that won’t cost very much. We prepared a picnic to take with us and spent all day having fun in the sun. The kid’s built sandcastles and paddled in the sea while mum and dad relaxed – it was a memorable day enjoyed by all.
Where to Eat
The Boqueria Market is a great option that makes mealtime a fun experience. With a plethora of food stalls serving fresh fruit, cured meats, cheeses, pizzas, seafood, crepes and more, we were able to walk around with the kids and let them decide what they wanted, which resulted in everyone being very happy. Most of the stalls serve only breakfast and lunch so be sure to time it accordingly to perhaps have an early lunch or a late lunch/early dinner.
We stumbled upon Pudding Café and surprisingly spent a large portion of an afternoon there. This charming and animated café looks like it belongs in a Disney film. We sipped on lattes and snacked on sandwiches and scrumptious cakes while the kids kept themselves busy with games, books, chalkboards and iPads – intermittently taking breaks to enjoy bites out of their red velvet cake and apple pie.
Family Room Café was recommended to us and was just delightful! The contemporary and sleek décor offers tranquil vibes and the kids playroom meant we could have a little downtime knowing they were happily occupied. With a fresh and healthy menu ranging from bagels to soups and even curry, we all enjoyed this one!
There are so many family-friendly activities in Barcelona, you certainly won’t be stuck for things to do. With lots of fun things on offer, you can keep it educational while still having fun. Kid friendly accommodation and eating options are easy to find which makes any trip just that much easier. Barcelona is a top recommendation for a family city break!
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