A self-declared travel addict, the co-founder of Luvaville.com Naomi Gelman is constantly on the hunt for new and inspiring places to eat, stay, shop and play (with or without her husband and two kids in tow) – who better to give us the inside scoop on Barcelona for kids? Naomi’s on the same page as Smith & Family when it comes to family travel tips – her website Luvaville.com aims to point parents towards the best and most child-friendly spots around the world, without compromising on fun stuff for grown-ups: which Parisian metro is the best to use when bringing a stroller? Where in Berlin will you find the most interesting playground? (And, thanks to a recent interview with our Mrs Smith, some fantastic London for kids tips, including where to decorate your own cookies and where to spot piranhas). Here are her favourite activities for family stays in Barcelona… ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
TOP 5 THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN BARCELONA
Barcelona is the perfect mixture of big city life and beach holiday which makes it the ideal destination for a family vacation. The city of Gaudí with its stunning architecture, the many green spots, the colourful playgrounds, the lovely tapas restaurants, the beaches and the many interesting sights will impress parents as well as children. Regardless of the weather, you will never be bored in Barcelona!
1. Museu de la Xocolata What kid doesn’t love chocolate? Dedicated to chocolate, the museum tells the history of chocolate and has lots of interesting chocolate sculpture to look at. Kids of chocolate-eating age will find it interesting and they’ll certainly enjoy the café and chocolate shop! Don’t forget to taste the local delicacy: churros with chocolate sauce! 36 Carrer del Comerç, 08003 Barcelona
2. L’Aquarium Barcelona There’s something fishy in Barcelona – but in a good way! The aquarium in Barcelona is very impressive with many different creature-packed tanks. Many of the tanks extend all the way to the floor, making it very stroller-friendly, so don’t hesitate to bring younger kids. Furthermore, next to the cafeteria you’ll find a great kids play area that’s geared towards toddlers and pre-school kids aged 1–4. Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell, s/n 08039 Barcelona
3. Fundacio Joan Miro This museum, with a huge collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures and more is a great place to find out about art. The children’s performances in Catalan may be fun for English-speaking kids, too (performances are held on Saturdays at 5.30pm; Sundays and public holidays at 11.30am and 1pm – check the website for program details). There is a garden next door where you can enjoy a picnic lunch or tire your children out before entering the museum, and the museum café sells good sandwiches and cold drinks, too. Parc de Montjuïc s/n, 08038 Barcelona
4. Ciutudella Park & Playgrounds In Barcelona’s most centrally located park, you will find this very popular playground. If the weather is nice you can easily spend an entire day here. In the park, you will find three playgrounds, a boating lake, the Barcelona Zoo, two nearby cafés and family-style bike rentals (4–5 seaters) from the bike rental shop opposite the Entrance on Pg. Picasso with Marqués de l’Argentera. 1 Passeig de Picasso, 08003 Barcelona
5. Barceloneta Beach Barcelona offers beautiful and child-friendly beaches, so if the weather makes a dip in the ocean sound inviting, we recommend you head to the beach. These two beaches combined are the longest at 1.1km and they are easily accessible from the Ciutat Vella area, either by foot, bus or metro. There is a children’s play area with climbing frame and a Beach Centre on the beachfront opposite the Hospital del Mar with information and a book-lending scheme during the summer.
Enjoy Barcelona! Browse and book family-friendly accommodation in Barcelona at Smith & Family, read another blog post with family-friendly Barcelona tips or check out Luvaville.com for more advice on Barcelona with kids.