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Review of the most popular family activities in Barcelona

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Barcelona family activities
Barcelona family activities
This page will summarize some of the activities that are suitable for families in Barcelona and includes the site visitor feedback and suggested places to visit and stay when visiting Barcelona as a family group.

Site visitor Lillian from Darlington in the UK sent us some feedback on her experience with family activities in Barcelona:

Your site is very good. The transport info was the most useful, about the metro system and the T10 ticket. Also info on the airport transfer, and how to get to Montserrat. The list of children's activities was good. Tibidabo and Parc Güell went down very well with our 12 year old daughter.

There was plenty to do and see and we still didn't do the aquarium, zoo, beach or the Picasso Museum. We took the Barcelona Tours Bus - The Open Top Hop on Hop off Tour bus which was good to get our bearings.

We loved the city, stayed in an apartment just off the Ramblas, not too noisy.

I read your security guide, and took a bag that would go across the body etc. I'm glad you included that, as it made me more aware. Yet I still felt fairly comfortable travelling around.

Thank you Lillian for your feedback!

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Accommodation suitable for families in Barcelona. Not many people think of a holiday apartment rental but it offers many advantages over a hotel - and can work out cheaper for families. You have self catering facilities, and all the mod cons of home. See our page on Barcelona apartment rentals to learn more.

Family friendly hotels

On the link below we have created a list of "Family Friendly" hotels. These are hotels that are specifically suitable for families. They have rooms that can accommodate 4 or more people and some have self-catering facilities. We have specified in our reviews what each hotel provides. You can click on the name of any one of the hotels and read our in-depth review of it. We have also provided secure online booking links to each hotel if you would like to make your reservation.

Family friendly hotels in Barcelona


Family activites in Ciutadella Park
Family activities Ciutadella park

Parc de La Ciutadella
metroMetro: Ciutadella Vila Olimpica (Yellow Line, L4) About 5 minutes walk from the metro. See our photo guide of Parc de La Ciutadella

The main park in the centre of Barcelona is called Parc de La Ciutadella. It offers a number of activities that are great for families. The park has a lake in the centre where you can hire a small row boat and paddle around to your hearts content. There are plenty of open spaces for the kids to run around and explore. Barcelona Zoo is also situated in the Park (see below).


Location of Barcelona Zoo to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map
Location of Barcelona Zoo to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map

Barcelona Zoo
metro Metro: Ciutadella (Yellow Line, L4) about 10 minutes walk.
Official Web Site: Barcelona Zoo
Tel:  +34 90 245 7545

Barcelona Zoo is based in the Parc de la Ciutadella (see above) the best way to find it is to go to the park and to follow the signs to the Zoo. The zoo has a wide variety of animals on show and along with a restaurant, picnic area, a shop, electric cars, ponies and a mini-train. To get a full listing of the facilities and operating hours click on the official web site link found above.

Save  20%  on your entrance ticket to the zoo with the Barcelona Card


Location of Barcelona Aquarium to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map
Location of Barcelona Aquarium to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map

Barcelona Aquarium
metro Metro: Drassanes (Green Line, L3)

Address:  L'Aquarium Barcelona
Moll d'Espanya del Port Vell
08039 Barcelona, España

Tel:  +34 93 221 7474

Official web site: Barcelona Aquarium

20%  saving on the entrance ticket for the Barcelona Zoo with the Barcelona Card


Location of IMAX Cinema to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map
Location of IMAX Cinema to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map

IMAX Cinema

metro Metro: Drassanes (Green Line, L3) 15 minutes walk

Address: Port Vell Barcelona
Moll d' Espanya

Tel:  +34 93 225 1111

Official Web site: IMAX at Port Vell

Save  20%  on the entrance fee with the Barcelona Card


family activies - magic fountain of Montjuïc
Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

metro Metro Espanya (Green Line, L3) and (Red Line, L1)10 minutes walk (Walk towards MNAC - the Catalan art museum that you will see between the two large towers at Plaça Espanya.

Water and music extravaganza each night. We have provided a comprehensive photo guide to the magic fountain of Montjuïc along with further information on this fabulous Barcelona attraction. Click here to learn more.


Barcelona amusement parks
1) Tibidabo amusement park is one of the three oldest parks in Europe. Located at the top of Tibidabo mountain it offers magnificent views of Barcelona. Tibidabo amusement park is only 25 minutes from Plaça de Catalunya using a special bus service called the Tibibus. The bus leaves from Plaza Catalunya (in front of a building called "Caja Madrid").

The opening hours for Tibidabo theme park vary depending on the time of year and I recommend you check their official web site for information. Please note that Tibidabo is more of a fairground suitable for younger children than teens. For teens (and adults that still behave like they are in their teens) see Port Aventura below.

Tibidabo official web site

Tibibus - Bus service that will take you to Tibidabo theme park. When you arrive at the web site click the down arrow in the search box and scroll all the way down till you find the Tibibus.
Tibibus route
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Port Aventura Theme Park - Universal Studios - This amusement park is outside Barcelona (1 hour 20 minutes by train)

Port Aventura tickets:

Tickets for Port Aventura

You can get there from Barcelona by RENFE trains from Barcelona Sants or Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona city centre. Look for trains on the Salou line and you need to get off at the station called PortAventura. Alternatively you can catch a bus from Barcelona Sants rail station direct to the theme park.

The journey time to PortAventura journey is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes from the city centre. Please see our website Salou-Tourist-Guide.com for operating hours, admission fees, and details of their current attractions.

PortAventura in Salou

Rides at PortAventura

Operating hours for PortAventura


Illa Fantasia water park

This is a popular family water park that offers easy access by train from Barcelona. We have put together an in-depth review of the water park including how to get there, what it has to offer and how to buy tickets.

Illa Fantasia family water park


Wax Museum (Museu de Cera)
metro Metro Drassanes (Green Line, L3) 5 minutes walk
Passage de la Blanca, 7 (Just off the Ramblas)
Website: Wax museum


Gaudí's Park Güell
Gaudí's Park Güell

Parc Güell By Antoni Gaudí

metroMetro: Lesseps (Green Line, L3) On leaving the metro follow the street signposts for the park.
Open hours 2013 - 2014
25 October - 23 March
08:30 - 18:00

24 March - 19 October
08:00 - 21:30

Entrance Fees
Adults:  €8.00
Children 7 - 12 years:  €5.60
Infants 0 - 6 years:  €0.00
Over 65 years:  €5.60
Disabled visitor:  €5.60

There are some parts of the park that are free to enter however you will miss the best of Park Güell if you decide not to pay for entrance tickets.

A wonderful park designed by the famous Antoni Gaudí. Review of Parc Güell


barceloneta beach
Barceloneta beach

Barcelona Beaches

There are 4 main beach areas all within easy access from the city centre.

See our reviews on 4 of the most popular Barcelona beaches.


Chocolate Restaurants in Barcelona: "Chocolate And Churros"

Churros and Chocolate at La Pallaresa
Churros and Chocolate at La Pallaresa Cafe

Here in Barcelona you can find a very special thick chocolate drink that is accompanied by small shortbread. Together they are known as "Churros and Chocolate". Popular not only with families but anyone who loves chocolate. We have put together a review of some popular Granjas (Chocolate Restaurants) that serve Churros and Chocolate.

Chocolate restaurants in Barcelona


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