Barcelona in the heart of Spain is the perfect spot for soaking up some sun while immersing yourself in Spanish culture. However, if you’re on a family holiday you may find yourself worrying about how to best entertain the kids while enjoying yourself too. The Travel itself and climate changes can cause difficulties on the kids and the family. In addition, we are, the parents, find ourselves exhausted and confused, and a fun family vacation can turn to a different and unpleasant “holiday”. So when traveling with your kids to Barcelona or any other destination, plan in advance your vacation and eliminate the situation where you and your family have to wounder around trying to figure out how to pass the time. So if you are not sure where to begin, never fear – check out our easy guide to some of the best family picks the Barcelona area has to offer.
The PortAventura theme park is a fantastic experience for all the family, featuring a great selection of rides for all ages. A mere 1 hour outside of Barcelona, head to Portaventura with AttractionTix to enjoy a fantastic family experience at an unbeatable price. Tickets include transport from your accommodation in Barcelona, and from May 2014, your AttractionTix PortAventura ticket even includes entry to the Costa Caribe Aquatic Park, a stunning waterpark complete with outdoor and indoor pools and some amazing rides. What could be a better deal than that?
Museu de la Xocolata
Perfect for kids and adults alike, if you like chocolate then you’ll love this chocolate museum. With the history of chocolate, free tastings and even chocolate sculptures, it’s a decadent treat that will keep everyone entertained! Interesting, informative and downright tasty, you’re also sure to enjoy the chocolate shop and café that form part of the museum.
Ciutadella Park & Playgrounds
This is Barcelona’s most central park, and in it is a hugely popular playground that could easily take over the entire day if you felt like it. Comprising of three playgrounds, a boating lake, the Barcelona Zoo, two nearby cafés and family-style bike rentals (4–5 seaters) there’s no shortage of enjoyment to be had here. Take along a picnic and some sunblock and set the kids free while you soak up some sun (image by chameryon).
This beautiful beach is a dream come true for all the family, and is easy to access on foot or by the metro. Complete with 1.1km of sandy beach, a children’s playground and a Beach Centre, you could spend a blissful day here if the weather permits it. Due to its easy access, you could easily spend a sunny morning here and then head into the centre of Barcelona for the rest of the day.
Who doesn’t love a good castle? Montjuïc Castle is a great place for kids to explore and for grown-ups to enjoy too. Looking over the city of Barcelona, you can easily access the castle by foot, metro or cable car. There’s a beautiful wooded area nearby which is perfect for a picnic, and the castle’s drawbridge entrance and turrets are sure to keep the kids in awe.
Barcelona is a city waiting to embrace you, and you can enjoy everything it has to offer even with the kids in tow. Simply follow the tips in this guide and you’re sure to have a family holiday to remember.
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