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Barcelona With Kids: Things to Do + Getting Around 2020

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Some call it Europe’s adult Disneyland yet you’re coming to Barcelona with kids.

Nicely done!

You’ll actually find that there are just as many child-friendly attractions in Barcelona as anything else – from spacious parks to educational museums to a giant octopus with slides for tentacles.

I’m also going to show you where to eat with kids, how to get around, and where to stay.

Let’s get into it.

Things to Do in Barcelona With Kids

Hop on Hop Off Bus

Have your kids ever made a scene for having to walk too much? Problem solved.

If they also love bus rides then this is a no-brainer, and with the double decker beauties at Bus Turistic they’ll get double the fun. Sit up top in the sun and learn with an educational audio guide covering 87 Barcelona attractions.

You may want to bring your own earphones for kids as the ones on the bus can be too big. Also, bring your tablet as a back up as the kids also love the free WiFi.

Buying online using the button below gives you a 10% discount off window rates.

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The Magic Fountain

A can’t miss for your little ones if you don’t mind getting a bit wet. Right at the foot of the glorious Palacio Nacional is this 20 minute Magic Fountain show and its 3620 water jets and 4760 lights.

Here you’ll see over 7 billion light/water combinations.

It’s all synchronized to a musical score with shows varying from classical to modern pop. I haven’t heard of a disappointed kid yet. Check the Magic Fountain calendar for more information on times.

Cosmocaixa

Any guide for Barcelona with families should include something educational, shouldn’t it? And here I’m talking about both the children and the adults. This science museum is home to a plethora of permanent and temporary exhibitions.

At the Amazonian rain forest exhibition children love the piranhas and crocodiles and the Planetarium will take you on an adventure into space not soon forgotten. The ‘toca toca’ (‘touch touch’) section may beat them all, allowing your kids to touch exotic animals!

Best of all? At only €5.70 it’s one of the cheapest things to do with children in Barcelona.

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Tibidabo Amusement Park

Yes, it’s a monastery at the peak of a mountain with spectacular views of the city. Not exactly what your kids would consider among the many fun things to do… but wait, there’s an amusement park!

This retro amusement park was built in 1889. You can’t leave without a spin on the Ferris Wheel or the world’s first flight simulator. You’ll also get great street theater and kid-friendly shows.

Get a 10% discount off window rates booking with Barcelona Tourisme using the button below. Tickets also include bus tickets from Plaça Catalunya.

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The Aquarium

The Barcelona for kids that I know wouldn’t skip out on the animals! Let them discover an underwater world made up of 35 tanks including the spectacular 260 foot underwater tunnel. There’s nothing quite like standing in the midst of all that life.

At feeding time the 118 foot ocean tank holding massive sharks, rays, penguins, and other large fish is a must. In all your family will see over 11,000 animals made up of 450 species.

It’s the most educational aquarium dedicated to Mediterranean marine life in the world.

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Bogatell Beach

Letting your kids burn off the delicious but caloric Catalan cuisine in their stomachs while playing football or swimming at one of Barcelona’s best beaches may sound like an obvious one, but where?

There are 4 different beaches in the city centre (some being nudist, places for young people to drink etc.) so you’re going to want to select the most family-friendly beach. Cue Platja del Bogatell.

With cleaner waters, a children’s playground, superior shower and toilet facilities, and a decent proximity to the city centre your kids will thank you!

Just get off the Bogatell metro station (yellow line L4) and walk the 600 meters down.

Illa Fantasia

Of all the water parks near Barcelona this is the closest to the city. It’s also arguably the water park with the greatest amount of amenities of the bunch.

The 70,000 m2 water park is home to 22 slides, 3 giant pools, and a massive picnic area.

The slides are great for kids or adults ranging from low to fast to extreme speeds.

There are relatively short lines, nine restaurants, and a free shuttle bus from the city.

Tickets (button below) go on sale in the spring of 2020.

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The Camp Nou Experience

This one is self-explanatory for places to visit with kids in Barcelona, especially football lovers.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a bigger treasure trove of football memorabilia than Barcelona FC’s historic stadium. You’ll see Messi’s Golden Boots, the team’s Champions League trophies, and learn the history of the world’s best club via a massive interactive space.

What could make this better? Touring the stadium of course. From walking onto the pitch via the player’s tunnel to sitting around the dressing rooms your children will be footballers for a day.

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Another option? If you’re there in season check out one of the matches.

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Ice Cream!

Another idea for visiting Barcelona with children with a guaranteed 100% strike rate!

Being half-Italian I find myself partial to the artisan gelato spots spread throughout the city: a great one in the Gothic Quarter near the famous cathedral is Gelaaati di Marco.

Near Sagrada Familia church you’ll also get Sante Gelato with their traditional and more adventurous flavours – the goat cheese and caramelized fig was amazing.

Looking for equal sweetness in the winter cold? Grab some delish churros con chocolate.

La Rambla

Barcelona’s most famous street offers a million distractions for your little ones.

Here toddlers and smaller children can’t get enough of the street artists. To find these crazy people dressed as mythical creatures, footballers, movie characters, and even a table freshly set with paella you should head to the end of the street around metro stop Drassanes.

It’s best to avoid this place at night due to pickpockets.

The Chocolate Museum

Chocolate lovers rejoice!

Let’s learn about the history of chocolate as an obscure American ingredient to its conquering of a continent using Barcelona’s port. All while your children stuff their your mouths.

At the Museu de la Xocolata you’ll find creative things to do with kids like the ‘Chocolate Artists‘ activity where they make sculptures and even paint in chocolate. The interactively tasty workshops are great for adults too.

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The Zoo

For animal lover children and toddlers what better place to visit than a zoo that holds 2000 animals and over 300 species? Some highlights are the hippopotamus, the common lion, the Rothchild’s giraffe, cheetahs, and the Western lowland gorilla.

Some free activities for kids included in ticket prices are: penguin feedings, elephant training sessions, dolphin shows, and the “farmer’s task” workshop that teaches children how to look after animals.

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The Port Cable Car

Why not float 300 feet above the city and take in the best panoramic views around?

What can only be described as a type of urban ski-lift will take you on a 7 minute voyage from the port area of Barceloneta all the way up Barcelona’s tallest hill: Montjuic. Along the way you’ll see the sea, Las Ramblas, the Arc de Triomf, Sagrada Familia, and more.

The arrival at the Torre de Miramar in an amazing place to take in the city and the gardens here are a great place to wander – just be prepared to hold the family tight during the breath-taking swing at the first tower!

Tickets cannot be bought online and must be purchased in person – more info here.

El Bosc de Les Fades

Parents, don’t ever tell me I don’t have your back because I’m thinking about you on this one. If you just had to take a break from Barcelona’s children’s activities and dive into one of the many bars in Barcelona this would be it.

First off it has solid baked goods and coffee – but there’s also sangria and some pretty stiff gin and tonics too. It’s also fairy tale land. The whole bar is made up to be a woodland complete with simulated thunder storms.

Look for this truly unique bar at the bottom of La Rambla next to the Wax Museum.

Ciutadella Park

Still don’t know what to do in Barcelona with kids? Do as you do at home: go play in the park.

You’ll find Barcelona’s biggest park near the famous Arc de Triomf in the fashionable Born district. My advice would be to buy a cheap football to have a kick around the open space. You can also take a picnic lunch for the ultimate family day out.

A great thing to do for kids is explore the park’s artificial lake in the rowboats available for rent. Prices start at just €6.00 with rentals going from 10 am to dusk.

La Boqueria Market

The explosion of colours, sounds, and tastes found at the biggest market in Barcelona isn’t just for adults. Children can’t get enough of the €1.00 fruit smoothies and little fruit cups. This is a great chance to eat healthily but be careful because there are candy and ice cream stalls galore.

Kids also have a strange obsession with the hams hanging from the ceiling and the many rare cuts of meat and still-alive seafood. It gets crowded so keep the kids close: I recommend visiting before 10 am or after 4 pm.

Looking for a less crowded alternative? Try the Santa Caterina market.

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Where to Eat with Kids

Konig

€€ Area: Born | Carrer de la Fusina 3 | Metro: Jaume I (various) | Website

Kids are more than welcome at this classic tapas bar in El Born.

Here you’ll get all the typical Spanish dishes (try the fried artichokes!) for adults to enjoy while the kids entertain themselves drawing with crayons.

They also have an extensive hamburger and sandwich menu which is great for picky eaters.

There’s also high chairs if needed.

Cocoa

€€ Area: Eixample | Carrer de Lepant 241 | Metro: Sagrada Familia (various)

If you’re visiting the Sagrada Familia this bar/café is a great choice not because they’re child-friendly – but because it’s entirely dedicated to children!

There are designated play areas as well as toys and colours for children under 3.

Here you can eat a sandwich on the fly or even try some homemade desserts. There’s also a great Sunday brunch option which shouldn’t be missed.

Sopa

€€ Area: Poble Nou | Carrer de Roc Boronat 114 | Metro: Poblenou (L4) | Website

This chain of vegetarian and macrobiotic restaurants has many locations but my favourite is the bright Poble Nou location right in front of a great park for kids to play.

Here you can have lunch or breakfast with high quality ingredients. Think Mediterranean with some Asian influence. If you’re big on soups and salads this is a great option.

All locations have high chairs, changing tables, and children’s books.

Bar Convent

€€ Area: Born | Carrer del Comerç 36 | Metro: Jaume 1 (L4) | Website

This Born bar is a beautiful stone walled spot where you can have breakfast or drink a coffee overlooking the courtyard of an old convent.

Grab a draft beer or some Argentinian empanadas here, making it a great place to mix it up from the typical kid-friendly restaurants.

Here you’ll get tons of games for children and the standard changing tables and high chair.

Pudding

€€ Area: Eixample | Carrer Pau Claris 90 | Metro: Urquinaona (various) | Website

This bar which bills itself as a new generation coffee shop is famous for its cakes and will catapult your little ones to the world of Alice in Wonderland. Their goal? To help you eat, play, and think.

Here they have everything needed for children’s entertainment: a giant blackboard, books, crafts area, games and coloring material.

And yes: children’s menus, high chairs, and changing table.

Plaça de Masadas

€€ Area: La Sagrera | Plaça de Masadas | Metro: La Sagrera (various)

This square in the Sagrera district is great if you decide to go to the Parc de Can Dragò playground to play with the mega octopus. It’s not a restaurant, but a big area full of kids.

During the weekend it fills up with families who become the square’s undisputed masters! Under the arcades there are places to eat for all tastes with menus suitable for children.

In particular I’d suggest going to Lapanat for tapas.

Getting Around Barcelona with Kids

Transport

Kids under four ride free on Barcelona’s public transport network.

To save money on transport I recommend getting the Hola Barcelona Card. This unlimited transport pass can cost as little as €6.84 a day (kids under 4 ride free) and is available in 48, 72, 96, and 120 hour formats.

If you really want to put out the effort keep in mind that kids 4-16 who are registered as residents in the TMB area can ride free if you mail in a pass request. This pass is called the T-16 and you can find more info about it here. FYI: this involves an identity check and can take up to 30 days.

Need transport plus attractions? There’s the Barcelona Card. You get unlimited transport, free entrance to 25 museums, and 85 discounts on attractions, shows, food, shopping, and more.

Passes for children start at just €19.00.

A bit confused on which pass is for you? See a page comparing the two options clicking the button below.

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If you’re arriving at Barcelona airport and need a quick taxi solution that includes complimentary car seats for children: you can get a free ride quote at the Taxileader website.

Exploring by Bicycle

Even though this is the transport section, one of the best things to do in Barcelona with kids is getting around the open air with a bicycle. In a city of 300 km of bike lanes there’s no sense not soaking up the sun and keeping fit at the same time.

At the moment parents can rent bikes for their children starting as low as €2.50 an hour including helmet. Whether you’re cycling between attractions or going on a long ride along the beach with ice cream stops this is highly recommended.

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Where to Stay in Barcelona with Kids

For many reasons mostly including noises and crowds I am going to suggest not staying in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter or the pickpocket-heavy confines of El Raval.

In my opinion the best area to stay with kids is the Eixample district. From here you’ll minimize your dependence on transport and avoid all the late night shenanigans of the city’s tourists.

Another great option is to stay is classy El Born for its proximity to Ciutadella Park as well as the beach. You also can’t go wrong in the mini-village of Gracia which maintains an independent charm not seen elsewhere in the city.

For more elaborate info read my article on Barcelona’s best lodging neighbourhoods.

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Parks for Kids

Park Guell

You’ve probably heard all about the city’s most amazing park, and this is the perfect place to combine playing with your kids and getting some quality sightseeing in!

If you buy tickets for the Monumental Zone (button below) you’ll get access to the famous mosaic lizard – a big hit with kids. There are also fountains and a stunning panoramic view of the city.

In the Free Zone you’ll find multiple picnic spaces, four playgrounds (two sand, two rubber), a basketball court, and a huge forest full of birds and eucalyptus trees with people walking their dogs.

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Ciutadella Park

Right near the Ciutadella-Vila Olimpica (L4) and Arc de Triomf (L1) metro stations you’ll find the city centre’s biggest park.

It’s flat so it’s a good place for a lie down or a run around.

You’ll also have access to yet another gigantic ornamental fountain as well as an artificial lake where you can rent a boat and row among the ducks.

It’s also home to my friend’s kids’ favourite playground in the whole city. Look for the fenced park behind the lake. There are tons of playground activities, trunks and stones, a vegetable garden, and even a house with a bridge.

During summer (times vary) there are fountains for water fights… careful of the mud!

Montjuic

This local mountain (if you can call it that) is a must when visiting Barcelona with children.

Here you’re truly spoiled for choice for the number of parks and gardens where your little ones can run and play. I recommend the Joan Brossa Gardens for its play area with sand, water, slides, swings, ‘sound pillows’ and mini wooden suspension bridge.

Near here the Joan Mirò Museum offers workshops with children’s activities.

Take bus 150 from Plaza España or metro L3 to Parallel and then the Montjuic funicular.

Parc del Laberint de Horta

I talked about this at length in my post on Barcelona’s best parks and generally lament the fact that it’s a bit far out – but if you’re willing to put in the metro/subway time it’s well worth.

You may know this park from the famous scene in the movie Perfume.

There’s a massive maze carved out of hedges which kids just love.

Admission costs €2.25 for adults (free for kids under 5)

Take metro L3 to Mundet.

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Parc de la Estacio del Nord

This central park is not far from the aforementioned Parc de la Ciutadella and is located right at the exit of the Arc de Triomf metro (Calle Nàpols exit).

Here you’ll get several interesting things for children including slides, swings, and a unique spiral/mountain-like structure where they (and you?) can run and play.

Near here you’ll also find a strategic little bar where parents can sit have a coffee/beer.

Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes

In Les Glories Park (still under constructions) you’ll find one of the newest playgrounds in the city – the result of a worldwide competition to turn what was once an ugly thoroughfare into a green space.

Here you’ll be able to play pingpong, go for a run on a mini track, or seek some summer shade in one of the pergolas.

There’s also a standard playground and bar for refreshments.

Take metro L1 to Glories.

Plaça de Vicenç Martorell

If you’re tiring yourselves out walking the famous La Rambla then I recommend ducking into this urban oasis in the middle of the Raval neighbourhood.

Here you’ll find all sorts of activities for children like swings, a little slide, and a space to run around and play ball games.

Careful though, things can get a little dusty!

Parc de Can Dragò

This park is a bit on the fringe of the city but I recommend it because it has one of the best playgrounds in the city!

The star of the show? A huge octopus whose tentacles are giant slides.

It’s so popular there are likely to be lines on weekends, so leave plenty of time.

There’s also a swing set and various games for children.

Take metro L1 to Fabra i Puig.

General Tips for Visiting with Children

  • Spanish dinner hours are normally between about 8:00 pm and 11:00 pm, with many top restaurants closing in the middle of the day. Plan kids’ snacks accordingly with supermarket visits.
  • If you travel with kids you’ll know the pain! For pharmacies keep your eyes peeled for fluorescent green or red plus signs. A centrally located 24 hour pharmacy is open at Carrer Aribau 62 should you need it.
  • If you’re visiting in June, July, or August it’s recommended to pack hats and sunscreen.
  • Leave some room for improvisation! Barcelona is a great city to walk around and get lost, even for children.

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I can only imagine how difficult it is to visit Barcelona with kids, and all I’ve done is write an article! If I’ve missed anything or you need any custom advice please be in touch with me in the comments below.

Happy travels 🙂

32 comments
  • September 27, 2019 at 6:44 pm
    Lisa
    Hi, So many awesome tips!! We are travelling with 2 kids in October and need as much advice as possible We are staying in Villanova so have booked car hire. There is a bus transfer Into Barcelona but takes over an hour, is there somewhere just outside the city we can park up for the day then travel round on public transport? Also we are booked into the Nou Camp for 3pm, considering booking Sagrada familia at 12pm the same day, is this feasible and easy to navigate from one to another? Or should I book earlier? Or book Sagrada familia on a different day? Thanks in advance
  • September 27, 2019 at 3:16 am
    Mia
    We are planning a trip in January with 4 children (ages: 9, 6, 4, 2). Is there still lots to do at that time? And how long of a trip makes sense? One week? Longer? Thanks!
    • September 27, 2019 at 10:43 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Mia, I would say that you can get a really nice in depth trip in with 4-5 days... a week if you want to include some day trips to places like Montserrat. At any rate January is probably the quietest month of the year. You'll have all the activities above but nothing extra special, unless of course you're here on January 6th for Dia de los Reyes which is essentially Christmas for Catalan kids. There's a massive parade where they throw candies and presents out to the crowd! Also, there is so much going on in Barcelona that aside from the major events of the year I simply cannot keep track of all of them on my blog (without being on it 24/7!)... but what I can do is send you to the best Barcelona events site (made by the city itself): https://guia.barcelona.cat/en/llistat Here you can sort them by type and using your dates. Yes, some may not be in English but the browser translations are pretty good :) You could also take a look at Facebook events by sorting them by date using Barcelona as the city. There are a ton of things to do even if just small little get togethers. Other options would be Meetup.com (with all sorts of organized events by locals, many in English) or Couchsurfing.com. Ash
  • August 20, 2019 at 12:11 am
    Raman
    Great blog, amazing hacks but I still need your personalised help.....please can you help?? ** Thu 22 Aug AM to Wed 28 Aug PM ** ** Staying at BCN Urban Hotels Gran Rosellon ** Looking for more free fun things to do with my 7 yr old boy but equally can pay a bit for essential attractions. Have purchased a 5 day HOLA travel card so far but need a more specific suggested itinerary for 7 days and 6 nights in this beautiful city. Some things I would really like to do are as follows but I have questions: * Picasso Museum, he is big art and history fan and loves sketching. When is this free? * Park Güell, what the difference between free zone and non-free zone? * Parc de la Ciutadella, what is free here and what is not? * Magic Fountain, can’t wait :) * Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, I read somewhere this is free after 3pm on Saturday? * Natural History Museum, same as above but free after 3pm on Sunday? * La Sagrada Familia, worth paying for or just admire it for free all the way round the outside? * Beach, I read your page on kids and the best beach for kids, do you have any more details on the facilities this beach offers? I’m not trying to be too tight with money, it’s just I lost my job few weeks ago and holiday was pre-booked few months ago. Don’t want to have all my savings spent on the holiday but want it to be a memorable and fun experience for my son. Thanking for expertise in advance :-D
    • August 20, 2019 at 9:55 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Raman, Thanks for your very kind words, glad to help :) I would suggest (if you haven't already) taking a look at my list of free things to do in Barcelona for some ideas. The Picasso Museum is free the first Sunday of the month and on Thursday evenings... I explain everything including how to book the tickets in my Picasso article. In my Park Guell article I explain in detail the difference between the Free and Monumental Zones. In Ciutadella Park everything is free except for the zoo. The MNAC is free the first Sunday of the month and Saturdays from 3:00 pm. I outline this and all the other free museums in my museum article. The Sagrada is definitely worth seeing from the inside as it is absolutely spectacular! As for the beach I outlined about as much as I know in my article... were there any facilities in particular that you needed? I can always ask around or try to find the perfect spot for you. Please let me know if you have any more questions. Cheers, Ash
      • August 20, 2019 at 4:17 pm
        Raman
        Brilliant, thanks so much, am so excited to travel now that I won’t be spending half as much as I thought I would have to. My son will be extremely happy too!! So if I cancel the HOLA travelcard, which is the best alternative for travel with attractions? I have until tomorrow to cancel it with a full refund and purchase a better alternative :) Thanks
        • August 21, 2019 at 10:56 am
          ashley
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          Ash
          Hi Raman, That is great to hear! About the cards... you say you're on a fixed budget, will hopefully be visiting mostly the free museums, and may not even visit Sagrada from the inside. So I'm inclined to tell you to skip the passes all together and simply book your attractions individually and then get a T-10 card for the transport. It'll give you 10 trips for just over €10.00. Cheers, Ash
    • August 20, 2019 at 12:30 am
      Raman
      Meant to add I can get a full refund if I cancel Hola cards by Wed, if you suggest a different card would work better for us? Thanks again :)
      • August 20, 2019 at 9:57 am
        ashley
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        Ash
        And yes... you can get a full refund on the Hola if necessary!
  • June 28, 2019 at 4:32 pm
    Rachel Barr
    Hi again Ash, I'm trawling around looking for info on the Giants walking the streets and also the Dancing outside the Cathedral but it's all old websites and hard to find details. Do these things happen on a weekly basis? Also we leave late morning on Sunday so is there a way to see the human towers somewhere? Thanks again, I love your page. Rachel
    • June 29, 2019 at 9:48 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hola Rachel, Without knowing your exact dates it's tough to say but for the castellers I usually check their Twitter pages and website calendar for the info: https://twitter.com/CdBCN https://www.castellersdebarcelona.cat/calendari/ There are usually performances on the weekend and workshops during the week... some tourists do come for the workshops/practices. Here are some reviews: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g187497-d8399258-Reviews-Castellers_de_Barcelona-Barcelona_Catalonia.html Hope this helps, Ash
  • March 21, 2019 at 11:35 pm
    Kathy
    Hi Ash We are coming to Barcelona for 2 weeks and staying in Les Corts, my daughter is training at the FCBEscola most evenings so we thought it would be easiest to stay near it and walk to and from football training. Just wondering what transport card you would recommend getting for when we go sightseeing during the day eg the Hola or T10? There are 4 of us, 2 adults and 2 teenagers. Thanks
    • March 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Kathy, If you're doing a proper sightseeing holiday as a newcomer who doesn't know their way around the city I would recommend the Hola BCN just because of its unlimited nature, not having to buy new tickets or worry at all. That said, if you're going to be spending most of your time going to the FCBEscola and walking back and forth from there with just a few trips every now and then to check out the city there's no shame in going for the T-10. Being interpersonal does add a level of convenience for families as well. Ash
  • March 3, 2019 at 6:47 am
    GIGI JOHN
    Hi Ash, After going thru so many websites, I think yours is the best one. Full of good information. Iam taking a cruise from Barcelona on march 22 with my family that includes 7yr and 18mth. We will arrive on 21st night at 9pm. After cruise, staying for one day sightseeing and then back to USA. Iam still confused about booking the accommodation, especially coming at night. I was thinking of staying somewhere near airport then take the airport transfer provided by the cruise which they said is $22/pp. But I also don't want to waste those few hrs.' we have on the 22 to enjoy Barcelona. Please advise. Many Thanks!!! Gigi.
    • March 3, 2019 at 12:29 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Gigi, Thanks so much for the kind words about the blog, it makes all the work worthwhile :) So I'm not sure I understand this... you arrive on the 21st, will go to the hotel and sleep, then take the airport transfer into the city to explore a bit before getting on the cruise? Aside from all the suitcase hassle it's not that bad of an idea if you've got a good deal on a hotel... the airport isn't that far from the city so if you get an early start I don't see how it has to interfere so much with your visit. That said, if you could find something reasonable in the Gothic Quarter that is closer to the cruise port you'd probably feel less rushed.... which is always good :) Ash
  • February 12, 2019 at 10:34 pm
    Casey
    Ash, My 13 year old granddaughter wants to visit the Chocolate Museum. I don't see activities for her age. Do you know of any? Also are there audio tours or guided tours in English? Thanks. Casey
    • February 13, 2019 at 10:22 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Casey, It's a bit of a weird age for the activities since none of designated age groups really include 13 year olds. You can take a look at the activities if you haven't already - your best bet would be to contact them and ask if the guided tour is offered in English because unfortunately I do not know the answer to this question :( There are no audio guides to my knowledge but the entire space is fitted with audiovisuals. Ash
  • December 31, 2018 at 6:16 pm
    Allison Delong
    Great post. We are just finishing 6 days in Barcelona with 15 yr old and your recommendations are all good ones based on our experience - even though he’s no longer a “challenging” travel companion such as when much younger... One addition is that if you get the 1 or 2 day Hop On / Hop Off bus tour for the very first tourist day, you can use the % off coupons that come with it for entry to many of the major museums, monestries, funiculars and other points of interest. While the busses varied in age and quality (and it was chilly up top in December) it was a good way for us to get our bearings on a new city. Red route on day 1, Blue route on day 2 (if do 2-day they have to be consecutive days), and hop off half way through to do Montjüic or museums for example, then back on to get home. Just don’t lose the discount ticket books they give you upon your first entry to the bus. There are 2 branded Hop on busses and they start at Plaça Catalunya and go through Montjüic, Sagrada Familia, past Camp Nou (FC Barcelona stadium), etc. Great way to get an overview.
    • January 2, 2019 at 9:36 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Allison, Thanks so much for this piece of advice, I'm not sure I could have worded it better myself! Maybe you have a future in the blogging business ;) Hope you had a great time, if you ever come back please say hello! Ash
  • August 13, 2018 at 5:26 am
    Jessica
    Great article! One suggestion: kids age 4-16 can get a free transport card if you apply ahead of time (T-16) and have free unlimited transportation within one zone: https://www.tmb.cat/en/barcelona/fares-metro-bus/travel-cards/t-16
    • August 13, 2018 at 12:38 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Jessica, Very interesting! I hadn't heard about this before and will definitely be recommending it to those who are so inclined :) Ash
      • March 22, 2019 at 1:13 am
        Brian King
        Hello Ash, Can I just check that a UK resident can apply for a free T-16 kids pass? What address would you use on the application form as I suspect it would be a Spanish address?! With thanks, Brian.
        • March 22, 2019 at 8:28 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Brian, Unfortunately (and perhaps they've changed this recently as I wasn't aware until now) in order to get a free T-16 the child has to be officially registered as a resident of one of the municipalities that falls under the authority of the Metropolitan Transport Area of Barcelona. I don't think this is something you could fake as some ID is required :( Ash
  • May 26, 2018 at 5:51 pm
    Vivian
    Hi Ash, I'm hoping to take the kids to Parc Guell and CosmoCaixa on the same day and I understand that they are relatively close. Can you tell me if it is walking distance or if it's best to take a bus from Parc Guell? Also, what is the easiest way to get back to the city centre from CosmoCaixa? It doesn't look close to a metro stop on the map. Many thanks!
    • May 28, 2018 at 4:01 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Vivian, Provided your kids don't mind a 30 minute walk it is certainly doable from Park Guell. I've mapped out the route here if you need a visual hand. You'll get back central by walking about 20 minutes to the Vallcara metro station. It'll be downhill so actually quite an easy walk, especially in the sun! Unfortunately these are the best options give the museum's being slightly in an inconvenient place... but by no means not doable. In fact, I prefer walking in the city especially during high season. Ash
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