With both beach and city attractions to explore, Barcelona is the perfect destination for families with little ones. Whether you take them to see the animals at the zoo or let them run wild at the city beaches, you can be sure they’ll have the trip of a lifetime in the Catalan capital.
Seek Thrills at Tibidabo Amusement Park
Perched at the top of the tumbling Collserola mountains, this magical location is like a fairy tale come true for children. The theme park itself boasts thrilling rides, with a rollercoaster that winds its way through the trees and a vintage ferris wheel that offers awe-inspiring views over the city and down to the sea.
Hunt out Dragons at Park Güell
Antoni Gaudi was one of a kind and his colourful buildings are so magical that even tiny tots will soon become besotted with his work. Packed with houses that look like they came straight out of a fairy tale, as well as colourful dragons and lizards to discover, this is a park (and UNESCO World heritage Site) that the whole family will love.
Take a Deep Dive at the Aquarium
With Europe’s largest perspex sea tunnel, there’s no better place to get up close and personal with sharks, rays, and tropical fish than Barcelona’s wonderful aquarium. There’s even a penguin section for your little ones to practice their happy feet routines!
Experience the 3D Imax Cinema
Next to the aquarium is the ever popular Imax cinema! No matter what your taste in movies is, you’re sure to be awed and inspired at this majestic complex.
Go Wild at the Ciutadella Park and Zoo
Barcelona’s largest park is the perfect place for a family picnic. Go on safari in search of the famous mammoth model, before rowing a boat on the lake and seeing the real-life animals in the city zoo, which is located within the park.
Watch the Street Performers on Las Ramblas
The most famous street in town, this leafy boulevard is overflowing with life, but the main attractions for little ramblers are the human statues and street performers. Monsters, cowboys, dancers and levitating magicians make it a real thrill for little kids and big kids alike.
Run Free at the City Beaches
What makes Barcelona such a great city break destination is that it has such amazing beaches too — some 5km of them! You can walk to them from the city and many have facilities that make them perfect for kids: climbing frames and playgrounds, lifeguards and gentle waters. Head to the Olympic Village and you’ll also find child-friendly restaurants and even an English cinema where you can go if the sun gets too hot.
Discover the Magic Fountains at Montjüic
Located at Plaça Espanya, this nightly “light, water and music spectacular” is a real treat for everyone from toddlers to teens and retirees. Get there early to secure your spot and be sure to pack a few nibbles and something to sip on whilst enjoying the show. This is what family holidays are all about.
FC Barcelona Stadium
Got a Messi fan in the family? A trip to the FCB football stadium is an unforgettable experience for football fanatics, and the special “FCB Experience” tour is the perfect reward for a well-behaved teenager. Get your shirts on for this one and enjoy the home of the world’s greatest football team.