A Barcelona City Break With Kids

Barcelona is the capital of the Catalonia region in Spain. We had a fantastic, though far too short visit in January. The food and eclectic architecture were like stepping into a new world, and the kindness of the people made it a fantastic city break.

The Food

As a kid friendly dinning destination, Barcelona was ideal. The kids were forced to push their boundaries on food that was different, but was still familiar enough not to scare them away. Paella, tapas, and breakfast empanadas were big favourites and lunches of street food were great affordable options when we were on the go. We even ate at a restaurant where the staff fed and entertained our toddlers while we enjoyed a few moments to eat in peace. (This was a big hit with both parents and kids.)

A lifesaver, if only for a few minutes.

La Rambla and La Boqueria

This was more than a little creepy.

While strolling the main drag in Barcelona, you and your kids can take in the sites, smells, and sounds of the vibrant Catalonian culture. Street performers intermingle with souvenir vendors, tapas bars, and intriguing architecture. Just off La Rambla, La Boqueria is the biggest market in Barcelona, and while touristic, it is a wonderful spot to wander through and meet some vendors and learn about their wares. Jamon, fresh exotic fruits, and café con leche are all on the menu. Our kids enjoyed ham, sausage, fruit samples, and they also displayed a new found enjoyment of fried squid.


Sagrada Familia

We can never get all 5 in one photo. Our eldest was even happy despite appearances.
This was our first exposure to modernisme and Gaudi architecture. The Sagrada Familia is certainly something everyone should see once in their life. I will be the first to say that I am not a fan of modern art, but I can appreciate different things for being risky and different. When you are standing there in front of that ostentatious cathedral, you certainly will realize why the word gaudy is derived from Gaudi’s architecture.


L’Aquarium de Barcelona

We wrapped up our visit with a trip to the aquarium. Aquariums always amaze kids of all ages and present excellent learning opportunities as well. Barcelona’s aquarium was no different. Sharks, tropical fish and penguins were all highlights, though I think the jellyfish were everyone’s favourite. The surroundings were spectacular as well, right along the waterfront with epic seascape views and sailboats calmly cruising by.

The Rundown

Barcelona was a great, relaxing, winter city break. The temperature in January was 10-12 degrees every day with sun and a light breeze. Other than what was mentioned above, Barcelona is full of parks and playgrounds for short breaks during the day. Given more time we would have tried harder to get to Park Güell and the Picasso Museum but as the point of our time in Barcelona was also to relax for a long weekend, we built in lots of playtime and did not feel like pushing the kids too hard.

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Happy and safe travels.

PS. This blog can also be reached via #citytripping courtesy of Wandermum.co.uk.



17 Comments Add yours

  1. swedeinbarca says:

    Hope you enjoyed Barcelona!

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  2. Thanks. We had a wonderful time and wished we could have visited for longer.


  3. Diane Frisch says:

    Barcelona is fantastic! We will be visiting for our third time next month. I only visited Park Guell for a short time last year, so we plan to spend more time exploring that!


  4. roadtotravel says:

    Barcelona is amazing! Love it! My last post is about it, go check it if you like!


  5. Elizabeth says:

    This looks like a wonderful place to take kids. Its always nice when you can see the sights as well as hit up some local playgrounds. I love reading about your adventure. #CityTripping

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  6. I still love visiting aquariums, but then I am essentially a big kid at heart. 😀

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  7. WanderMum says:

    I’m a big fan of Barcelona and love all of Gaudi’s work. I haven’t been in the Sagrada Familia though so need to revisit soon. I think it’s a good idea not to cram too much in – especially with kids! Great photo of you guys! Thanks for linking #citytripping

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  8. Hilary says:

    Barcelona is one my all time favorite places! We love the architecture, food, and culture! Always fun to read about someone else’s experiences! #citytripping

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  9. Barcelona has so much to offer young and old and a bit like Paris, you discover something new every time you go. Glad you had a great time and tell your son he looks really cool in that hat! Wilbur. #citytripping

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    1. Yup, he loves fedoras!


  10. fifi + hop says:

    We are going to Barcelona this summer! We’re all very excited, especially the kids who have never been before. Last time I was there in my 20’s we were the last elevator up to the top of Sagrada Familia and they forgot to come get us! We had to walk down the spiral staircase. Only in Spain! #citytripping

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  11. lifeintrips says:

    Great post… seems like fun…

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    1. We had a great time and wished we stayed longer!

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  12. travelgarb says:

    I love Barcelona. Been several times but last time I went with my family, it seemed more packed with tourists than ever – and that was October. Despite the crowds, we enjoyed ourselves. I wrote about it on my blog https://travelgarb.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/barcelona-by-the-sea/


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