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Guide to Barcelona for Families

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Barcelona offers lots of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. You'll find no boring museums in this guide - get outside the box and follow my picks for the best places for family adventures.

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  • Family
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

5 City Tips

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10 Places

Bogatell Beach

Beaches

The Magic Fountain

Fountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Parc de la Ciutadella

Parks

Parque del Laberint d'Horta

Parks

Camp Nou

Arenas & Stadiums

Montjuic Castle

Castles

Parc d’Atraccions Tibidabo

Theme Parks

Museu d'idees i invents de Barcelona (miba)

Speciality Museums

Catalunya en Miniatura

Game & Entertainment Centres, Speciality Museums

L’Aquarium de Barcelona

Aquariums

Matt K's City Tips

  • Buy a T-10 metro ticket - the cheapest option for a family traveling together. This ticket is valid on every type of public transportation.
  • Keep a close eye on your belongings, especially in crowded areas of the city.
  • Eating out in Barcelona can be expensive. Get off the tourist trail for more budget-friendly options.
  • A 10% tip is customary in Spain, and expected from tourists.
  • There can be an additional fee for sitting on the terrace of a restaurant.
  • Bogatell Beach
    Beaches
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    Matt K Says:

    Bogatell Beach is the best beach in Barcelona for family fun. Here, the kids have plenty of space to swim, play, and run around. And if their parents fancy a coffee, the nearby beach bars - called "chiringuitos" - offer every type of caffeine hit you could need.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure you ask about the cost of drinks before you order.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #62 of 865 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Classic beach 18/04/2019
    • Nice Sunday stroll before lunch 14/03/2019
    • Bogatell Beach
    Address:
    Avinguda del Litoral
    08005 Barcelona
    Spain
  • The Magic Fountain
    Fountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Matt K Says:

    The Magic Fountain is famous for its stunning water, sound, and light show, choreographed to take place in time to old classic songs, including ´Barcelona´ by Queen, and ´Montserrat´. It's a great evening activity for the whole family to ´wow´ over together.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Entrance is free.
    • Shows do not take place on every night of the week. Check the official website for the latest schedule.
    • It's usually very crowded, so arrive early and keep a close eye on your belongings.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 865 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome experience 22/04/2019
    • Beautiful 21/04/2019
    • The Magic Fountain
    Address:
    Placa Carles Buigas 1
    08038 Barcelona
    Spain
    Hours:
    Wed - Thu
    9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Fri
    9:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Parc de la Ciutadella
    Parks
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    Matt K Says:

    This city-center park has a small lake at its center, where you can rent a boat - always a guaranteed child-pleaser! Plus, a little-known fact about the fence around Parc de la Ciutadella is that it was the very first work by famous Catalan architect, Antonio Gaudi. This makes it a must-visit for parents too!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Look out for the mammoth statue, which belongs to the tiny but interesting Mammoth Museum, located in the El Born neighborhood.
    • Don't miss the beautiful fountain.
    • There is no entrance fee.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 865 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just amazing 19/04/2019
    • Beautiful park 19/04/2019
    • Parc de la Ciutadella
    Address:
    Passeig de Picasso, 21
    08003 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 638 23 71 15
    Other:
  • Parque del Laberint d'Horta
    Parks
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    Matt K Says:

    Parc del Laberint d'Horta park is a hidden gem that your whole family will love. It contains a wonderful labyrinth at its very center, plus small fountains and more to discover together.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a small entrance fee - a contribution towards helping the gardeners to maintain the grounds.
    • When entering the labyrinth, you could split into teams. One goes left, the other goes right, and it's a race to meet at the center!
    • Bring a small picnic with you.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 865 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pretty aMAZing 28/03/2019
    • Good place to visit 16/03/2019
    • Parque del Laberint d'Horta
    Address:
    Passeig dels Castanyers 1
    08035 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 85 30 34
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Camp Nou
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    Matt K Says:

    If your family likes football then you simply cannot miss Camp Nou. The biggest stadium in Europe has its very own museum, a high-quality multimedia section, and a special area dedicated to the world's best player, Lionel Messi.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you have the chance to watch a game live at the stadium, take it! Check the FC Barcelona website for match dates and ticket prices.
    • Buy tickets directly from the stadium or from licensed resellers only.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 865 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Camp Nou 22/04/2019
    • My teens dream came true 22/04/2019
    • Camp Nou
    Address:
    Carrer d'Aristides Maillol, 12
    Nou Camp
    08028 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 902 18 99 00
    Price range:
    US$44 - US$44
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Montjuic Castle
    Castles
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    Matt K Says:

    Montjuic Castle is a fascinating place to visit for young and old alike - thanks to its combination of great views over Barcelona and a museum dedicated to explaining its long and often gruesome history.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a small entrance fee.
    • You can take the cable car to get up the hill, but it's expensive and the ride lasts only 2 minutes. The walk up takes 20-30 minutes.
    • The gardens and park around the castle offer several activities for kids.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #86 of 865 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great experience 21/04/2019
    • Windy but nice 20/04/2019
    • Montjuic Castle
    Address:
    Carretera de Montjuic, 66
    08038 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 56 44 40
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$5
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Parc d’Atraccions Tibidabo
    Theme Parks
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    Matt K Says:

    Besides offering one of the most beautiful views over Barcelona (with the sea in the background), Tibidabo is also home to a full-size theme-park, where you and your family can enjoy a host of rides and attractions.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The church here is also well worth visiting. Check the opening hours in advance, as it often closes early.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #52 of 865 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tibidabo heights 16/04/2019
    • Utterly bizarre 14/04/2019
    • Parc d’Atraccions Tibidabo
    Address:
    Pl. del Tibidabo, 3-4
    08035 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 11 79 42
    Price range:
    US$28 - US$28
    Hours:
    Thu - Mon
    11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Museu d'idees i invents de Barcelona (miba)
    Speciality Museums
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    Matt K Says:

    Love being creative? The Museum of Ideas and Inventions is a fun spot for the whole family to enjoy, where you can explore three different (and equally wacky) sections: ´Limitless Society´, ´Reflectionarium´, and last but not least, ´Corner of the Absurd´. Sounds intriguing doesn't it?

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Check the opening times online before you plan your visit.
    • The museum is located right in the heart of the city, with plenty of eating options located nearby.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #675 of 865 things to do in Barcelona
    • Waste of money 21/10/2016
    • old broken kitchen machines 17/10/2016
    • Museu d'idees i invents de Barcelona (miba)
    Address:
    Ciutat, 7
    08002 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 933 32 79 30
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Tue - Fri
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Catalunya en Miniatura
    Game & Entertainment Centres, Speciality Museums
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    Matt K Says:

    The biggest miniature park in the world, Catalonia in Miniature is an experience to delight the whole family. Take the train and go for a ride through the whole of Catalonia in one afternoon!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The park is located outside the city center, and the most convenient way to get here is by car.
    • Buy tickets online to avoid the lines.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Torrelles de Llobregat
    • Good place 27/12/2018
    • Very unique experience 30/07/2018
    • Catalunya en Miniatura
    Address:
    Can Balasch de Baix S/N
    08629 Torrelles de Llobregat
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 936 89 09 60
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • L’Aquarium de Barcelona
    Aquariums
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    Matt K Says:

    Located right next to the sea itself, the Barcelona Aquarium is home to a wide range of sea animals - including the infamous great white shark - that you can wonder at together. Its displays are also educational yet interesting, making it a great experience for big kids and little kids alike.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • The family ticket, which admits 2 adults and 2 children, is cheaper than buying separate tickets.
    • Buy tickets online to avoid the long lines.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #187 of 865 things to do in Barcelona
    • Good experience but.. 22/04/2019
    • HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE DO NOT GO ON EASTER SUNDAY 21/04/2019
    • L’Aquarium de Barcelona
    Address:
    Moll d'Espanya del Port Vell, s/n
    08039 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 21 74 74
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$25
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Thu - Mon
    10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Other:
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