Barcelona excites and enthralls, and it is a city that makes cultural adventure accessible for all ages. These seven handcrafted days offer the best of Barcelona for your family. Think a treasure hunt through Spanish eras, an art nouveau swimming pool next to Gaudi’s casas, riding the tram to a charming amusement park, and a zipline through an urban jungle park. Beaches and parks provide space for children to let off some steam before historical neighborhoods envelop you in the city’s...
Barcelona – Relaxing Around the Beach
Barcelona is a city that grows from the beach. Apartments will seem to rise directly from the sand and lean over into the Mediterranean. Promenades will practically run the length of the city and will be lined with cafes and restaurants. You will feel a coastal atmosphere all over Barcelona, as the seascape is very effective in creating a laid-back way of life. When there is so much beach to enjoy, it will be easy to take time out from city bustle. Your hotel will be very close to the sand, just south of Port Olimpic. After a private airport transfer, you will check-in, and the day will be at your leisure with the local beach being an excellent place to relax in the late afternoon.
While Barcelona does have more famous beaches, Port Olimpic is very accessible while still keeping you close to the city’s main attractions. This area really quiets down around sunset time, unlike La Ramblas, which can get a little too lively for families. Safe swimming is another great feature here. With such calm Mediterranean waters and such active lifeguards, this city beach will be ideal for young children wanting to paddle around. Just off the sand, you will find many restaurant terraces, so it will be easy to go from sandcastles to dinner without going back to the hotel room.
Barcelona – The Easiest Way to Get Around Barcelona as a Family; Plus Running Around Park Guell
Barcelona – La Sagrada Familia and Taking the Kids to Tibidabo
Barcelona – Living the Legend in Camp Nou and an Art Nouveau Swimming Pool
Barcelona – Europe’s Biggest Science Museum and Wandering the Old City
Barcelona – Family Treasure Hunt in Poble Espanyol Plus the Chocolate Museum
Barcelona - An Urban Adventure Park Before the Flight
- Spend an afternoon in an art nouveau swimming pool before checking out Gaudi’s residential architecture
- Take a family treasure hunt through Poble Espanyol, learning about Spanish culture through the ages
- Enjoy time on the beaches as Barcelona is always providing space on the sand for children to run around
- Explore La Sagrada Familia and then travel to Tibidabo by a cool funicular tram, which is a fabulous late 19th-century theme park that overlooks the city
- Wander around the oldest part of Barcelona and feel immersed in the local atmosphere
- Live the legend with a visit to Camp Nou, home to one of the world’s most famous soccer teams
- Tire yourselves out before the flight with a morning at Barcelona Bosc Urba, which is an urban adventure jungle
- Visit the Chocolate Museum along with Europe’s largest science museum
- Relax in Gaudi’s Park Guell and cruise around Barcelona’s neighborhoods on the hop-on-hop-off bus
Barcelona entices kids as much as it enthralls adults. For every museum or Modernist wonder, there is an amusement park or child-focused activity. Beaches and beautiful parks showcase the city’s atmosphere while giving time and space for your kids to run around. Museums are interactive, from smearing chocolate around your mouth to learning about science. For such a big city, Barcelona is also relatively easy to get around, with or without a stroller. In a single day, you can easily combine the city’s cultural wonders with the beaches. This seven-day tour also has several private tours, so that you can take private transport to the city’s best sights.
With a week in Barcelona, you cannot be bored. With all the things to do, you can stay for two weeks and still have attractions leftover. Still, one week allows time to relax, keep the children interested in culture, and handpick the city’s very best family attractions. Your hotel is close to the beach where there are many restaurants and cafes along the coastal promenade, in addition to the safe, swell-free spaces for children to swim. This Port Olympic area is just far enough away from the bustle of Barcelona’s touristic center where the evenings can be a little too raucous for families.
Touch down in the city and spend your first day around the beach, running off some steam after the flight while soaking up the atmosphere of Barcelona. On day two, your tour on the hop-on-hop-off bus. This is a city with many different neighborhoods, and the touring bus is the easiest way to explore them. It is also a great way to witness all of the magnificent architecture. Jump off at Park Guell late in the afternoon, so the children can run around Gaudi’s masterpiece as you sit on a mosaic serpent bench and wait for sunset to come.
On day three you start early and explore La Sagrada Familia, which is the magnificent and unfinished cathedral. Continue a journey into the north of the city and take a funicular tram to Tibidabo, which is a charming, old amusement park with sublime urban views. It makes for a leisurely afternoon and is a Catalan style experience, which is completely different from American theme parks that you may have visited. FC Barcelona is one of the world’s most famous soccer teams, and you will tour the stadium on day four, including the dressing and trophy rooms. Cool off in an art nouveau swimming pool later in the day after visiting Gaudi’s magnificent residential casas in the same neighborhood.
The adventure continues in Europe’s most prominent science museum, CosmoCaixa, an interactive space that has won multiple awards. Follow that with a guided walk through the old city, wandering the lanes of Barri Gotic and feasting on both the food and stories. Poble Espanyol is an open-air, architectural museum, which is a celebration of Catalan culture through the ages. You explore on a family treasure hunt, including popping into the Fran Daurel art museum in the search for clues. That still leaves the Chocolate Museum and a morning at Barcelona Bosc Urba, which is the urban jungle park that you will visit before flying home late on day seven. Make sure your perfect vacation is an unforgettable one by seeing additional Spain travel ideas.
$2,179 per person (excluding international flights)
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