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Popular Family Activities You Can Enjoy 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 covers nearly everything I needed to know to plan our trip. The transport info was the most useful, about the metro system and the T-Casual ticket. Also info on the airport transfer, and how to get to Montserrat. The list of children's activities was good. Tibidabo and Park 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 Gaudí Ceramics Souvenirs at a family friendly workshop

Make your own Gaudí cermics
Make your own Gaudí Ceramics

One fun activity for the family is to attend a Gaudí ceramics workshop. This workshop will guide you step by step on how to make your own Gaudí 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.

Mosaiccos Gaudí ceramic workshop

Gaudí 4D show and Multimedia Experience

Multimedia screens teach kids about Gaudí.
Multimedia screens teach kids about Gaudí

A few minutes walk from Park Güell is the "Gaudí 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:

Gaudí Experience multimedia centre and 4D show

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 activities in Ciutadella Park
Family activities Ciutadella park

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).

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

family activies - magic fountain of Montjuïc
Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

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.

metro Metro España (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 d'España.

Barcelona amusement parks

Tibidabo amusement park
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 Plaça de 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 PortAventura below.

Tibidabo official web site

PortAventura Theme Park - Universal Studios - This amusement park is outside Barcelona (1 hour 20 minutes by train)

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 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

Park Güell By Antoni Gaudí

metroMetro: Lesseps (Green Line, L3) On leaving the metro follow the street signposts for the park.

Day Time
01 January - 12 February 09:30 - 17:30
13 February - 27 March 09:30 - 18:00
28 March - 30 October 09:30 - 19:30
31 October - 31 December 09:30 - 17:30

Gaudí's Park Güell
Gaudí's Park Güell

Entrance Fees
Adults: €10.00
Children 7 - 12 years: €7.00
Infants 0 - 6 years: €0.00
Over 65 years: €7.00
Visitor with a disability: €7.00

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 Park Güell

barceloneta beach
Barceloneta beach

Barcelona Beaches

There are 4 main beach areas 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 Café

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.

Chocolate restaurants in Barcelona

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