Visit Barcelona with your children: 5 irresistible plans

Barcelona is a great family destination. Offering something for everyone and for children of any age. There are many attractions that allow families to enjoy all that Barcelona has to offer and although there are many cultural activities in this guide, they are a great gateway to inspiring children and engaging their interest in architecture. Barcelona offers a wealth of activity to have a fun packed trip.

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Casa Batllo

This enchanting and fantastical building created by Antoni Gaudi is possibly the most appealing to young children and a great introduction to his architecture. The bold and colourful façade depicting a scaled mythical creature adoring the pavement is incredibly inviting. Once inside the mystique and wonderment of this building continues to excite children. The interior is a fantasy world of organic and round shapes, with bold chimney’s adorning the roof and a dramatic staircase takes you and your children on a journey as you marvel and the strange shapes that the light and shade creates. There is a great view to be had from the and children feel as though they are on top of the world. Technology now features in this modernist creation and an interactive tablet brings the story of the house to life through augmented reality. This really helps the children stay engaged and occupied as you continue to enjoy the tour for yourself.

Cable Cars

Children love adventure and if standing above the world on the terrace of Casa Battlo is not enough then take a cable car between the mountains. Montjüic overlooks the sea and there are two cable car rides that cross from there. One takes you up to the castle allowing a great vantage over the city and a chance to embrace more history but through the turrets and pillars of a dramatic castle. Or take a cable car over to Barceloneta to enjoy the beach, the temperature is usually very good in Barcelona throughout the year so take time to add a beach pitstop during your trip.

L’Aquariam Barcelona

Should the weather turn or just as a destination for you and the children anyway should be this amazing aquarium. This aquarium boasts the largest sea tunnel, a Perspex walkthrough an underwater world of sharks, stingrays swimming overhead and around you. There are some amazing marine life exhibitions to see and some interactive experiences. This is a fantastic aquarium.  Check out the timetable each day to see if there are any special shows and don’t forget to pay a visit to the penguins.

Park Güell

Gaudi’s creations can be seen across Barcelona. Whilst your visit does not have to be all about Gaudi, great culture should be part of any visit and again Parc Guell is fantastic opportunity to introduce children to his work.  Gaudi’s fairytale park is littered with fantasy houses, ornamental dragons, a cacophony of colour with something different at every turn and behind every wall there are hidden treasures.  Best of all it is free, even the external escalators make this one of the most exciting activities in Barcelona.

Mounthuic Magic Fountains

Children are enchanted by magic and Barcelona is a magical city, the greatest night time spectacle to enjoy is at Plaça Espanya,  this water fountain show at night gives and illusion of the eater dancing to light and music.

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About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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