|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 covers nearly everything I needed to know to plan our trip. 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 well with our 12 year old daughter.
There was plenty to do and see and we still didn't do the, 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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Create your own Gaudi Ceramics Souvenirs at a family friendly workshop
|Make your own Gaudi Ceramics|
One fun activity for the family is to attend a Gaudi ceramics workshop. This workshop will guide you step by step on how to make your own Gaudi type ceramics. What's more you can take your creations home with you as a souvenir. To find out how you can attend a workshop whilst you are on holiday in Barcelona follow our link below.
Gaudi 4D show and Multimedia Experience
|Multimedia screens teach kids about Gaudi|
A few minutes walk from Park Güell is the "Gaudi Experience" multimedia centre. Here you can learn all about Gaudí using their free multimedia interactive screens.
In addition the centre offers a 4D fully immersive show that wizzes you back to Gaudí time. The show is called a 4D show because it includes a 3D movie along with stereophonic sound and chairs that move along with the visual performance. There is a small fee to attend the multimedia show which lasts about 10 minutes.
Park Güell is only a few minutes walk away from the Gaudí Experience multimedia centre and visiting the centre before you visit Park Güell will give you a whole new appreciation of Gaudí's work.
To learn more about the Gaudí multimedia experience with 4D show visit the following link:
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 activities Ciutadella park|
Parc de La Ciutadella
Metro: 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 suited 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).
|Magic Fountain of Montjuïc|
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.
|Tibidabo amusement park|
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Gaudí's Park Güell|
Metro: Lesseps (Green Line, L3) On leaving the metro follow the street signposts for the park. Park Güell Open hours 2016
01 January - 26 March
08:30 - 18:15 (Last entry 17:30)
27 March - 30 April
08:00 - 20:30 (Last entry 19:30)
01 May - 28 August
08:00 - 21:30 (Last entry 20:30)
29 August - 29 October
08:00 - 20:30 (Last entry 19:30)
25 October - 31 December
08:30 - 18:15 (Last entry 17:30)
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
There are 4 main beach areas within easy access from the city centre.
See our reviews on 4 of the most popular Barcelona beaches.
|Churros and Chocolate at La Pallaresa Cafe|
Here in Barcelona you can find an especially 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.