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Travelling to Barcelona with Kids

| November 4, 2014 | 15 Comments

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As one of Europe’s most vivid and cosmopolitan cities, the friendly Catalan capital of Barcelona is an excellent choice for a family vacation. With its playful architecture, cozy stretches of beach and pic’n’mix tapas, Barcelona breaks offer plenty to appeal to both little and big kids. Read on for some of the best places you can take your children in the city.

Pinxos

You have probably tried tapas, but Pintxos are even daintier Basque treats that can appease the fussiest little eater. Head for Txapela in the friendly University district and you’ll be presented with a giant menu, and pictures of every tiny, perfect morsel. Usually, pintxos entail toasted bread topped with some combination of meat, fish, egg and cheese, but there are also little Spanish omelettes and skewered treats, too. Leave room for desert and you won’t be disappointed, from miniature balls of ice cream, perfectly petite tarte tatin and rich rice pudding with cinnamon, there’s something for every appetite.

Nova Icaria Beach

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Avoid the crowds at Barceloneta beach and instead seek out this slightly less hectic stretch of sand. The area is well-equipped for children with its kids’ games area, ice cream stands and toilet facilities. As for adults and older kids, there’s a sun-lounger service, water sport tuition and even Wi-Fi! After an exhausting day of lounging around in the sunshine, head for the nearby cinema to cool down with an air-conditioned English language screening and popcorn.

CosmoCaixa

An exciting day out for kids and grown-ups, this interactive science museum offers incredible value for money, at just 4 euros for adults, and free for kids under the age of 16. Explore a flooded section of the Amazonian rainforest, pay a little bit extra to get into the enchanting Planetarium, and learn about biology, geology, physics and ecology, without the boredom. Top tip: it’s a little off the main tourist drag, so leave plenty of time to get here.

Museo de la Xocolata

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Whether your little one is a Charlie Bucket or an Augustus Gloop, they’ll adore this heaven-scented collection. Learn about the history of chocolate, how best to enjoy it, and sample morsels as you make your way around the exhibits. There’s a hand-sculpted replica of the Sagrada Familia, but the kids will probably be more interested in seeing their favorite cartoon characters rendered in their favorite confection, so look out for Bambi, Spongebob and co on your way round!

Andrea Sanchez grew up in Madrid and has traveled around the world since graduating ten years ago. She currently lives in Canada where she works in marketing.

Images by Moyan Brenn, Dom Pates and Andrés Romanos   used under the Creative Commons license.

 

 

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Lyne is happily married and has two teenagers: a 16 year old son and a 20 year old daughter. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She is also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the Mayor's City Builder Award. Author's website.

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  1. Victoria Ess says:

    These are great attractions! I miss Barcelona and their Pintxos which are really good!

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    great photos, wish I was on that beach right now.

  3. Wow, this sounds really fun! I’ve never been to Barcelona but it sounds like a great vacation spot. I will have to keep this in mind. I’ll have to take my son when he’s a little older and can understand and appreciate things better. Maybe one year during summer break.

  4. JaimeeM says:

    Ooo what a dream vacation! I would love to travel with my son and hubby like this

  5. Jennifer P. says:

    I LOVE that I stumbled across this article! We are going to Spain with our kids a year and a half from now, and I am collecting information on traveling there with kids – thank you!

  6. JaimeeM says:

    this would be such a fantastic vacation!

  7. Brenda A says:

    Incredible! Nice mix of beach relaxation and taking in the city culture. I would love to see Spain. Taking the kids would be a dream! Thanks for sharing such a great experience.

  8. Saima says:

    I loved Barcelona when I went there. One of my favorite European cities for sure!

  9. kathy downey says:

    Oh,this sounds like a lovely place to visit

  10. kathy downey says:

    Barcelona looks like a beautiful spot,I love the shore line reminds me of home

  11. Heidi C. says:

    I would love to travel to Spain someday!

  12. Emilia says:

    This is my dream to take my family to Barcelona

  13. kathy downey says:

    Maybe someday will get to visit Barcelona

  14. Debbie White Beattie says:

    I wish it was easier for me to travel but being in a wheelchair and all the medical issues I have to deal with makes it really hard, so all I can do is dream

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