There is nothing better than going on holiday with the whole family. A chance for mum and dad to relax, spend quality time with the kids and escape from the everyday routine of family life at home.
Barcelona is a wonderful city for both adults and children and whether the youngsters want to spend time on the beach, visit the zoo, run around in one of the city parks, go for a ride in the cable car, head to the amusement park, or hang out in the chocolate museum, Barcelona has something for kids of all ages.
Here is our guide to visiting Barcelona with the family.
Arriving in the City
Some people decide to drive to Barcelona and make a holiday of the journey too, but most fly into the city airport. Once in the city, the public transport system is a great way to get around. It is very efficient and well developed and all of the major attractions are accessible via the metro or the bus. Those travelling with very young children will be pleased to know that there are no barriers at the metro stations, so prams and pushchairs are no problem.
Many hotels in the city offer family rooms for three or four people and most provide cots and extra beds too. As the prices in this city are relatively low compared to other European cities, the holiday budget goes much further. Hotels tend to be cheaper in August as the city is a little quieter at this time. Bear in mind though that this month can get very hot.
If you prefer to stay in an apartment, there are several options in the city. They usually have multiple bedrooms and offer you the flexibility to self cater, although restaurants are very family friendly and in typical Mediterranean style, children are welcomed late into the evening.
If you need a babysitter while staying in the city, it is best to contact an agency for a professional. You can usually find an English speaking babysitter and they will come to the hotel.
Discounts for Families and Children
Children under the age of three tend to get into attractions free of charge and older children up to the age of sixteen usually get in at a reduced rate. Many museums do family tickets too, which are a very recommendable option.
City breaks do not only have to be for the adults. Kids can get so much out of them too, as is very obvious in Barcelona.
How to Get to Barcelona
Most visitors to the city of Barcelona fly into the airport, which is served by flights from many of the major European cities. Airlines including Monarch, Ryanair, easyJet, Iberia and British Airways have convenient direct flights from London to Barcelona which allow for the easiest and quickest transport option, taking approximately 2 hours.
You can book a reliable Barcelona airport shuttle for you and the kids to get you to your accommodation without any hassle. The drive will take about half an hour and whether you prefer to book a private or shared Barcelona airport shuttle, both can be arranged in advance.
For public transport, take the R2N train towards Sant Celóni (get out at Sants) or alternatively take the A2 bus towards Pl. Catalunya – Fontanella and switch to the CJ bus towards Pl. Països Catalans – Estació de Sants which leaves from Pl. Espanya.
Where to Stay
Violeta Boutique – If you are looking for budget accommodation that offers a convenient location and all of the basic modern conveniences, then Violeta Boutique, a charming hotel set in a 19th century building, comes highly recommended. Rooms are all air-conditioned and most of them boast a balcony. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the hotel and every room has a TV and en suite facilities. There is a lovely communal terrace, perfect for relaxing with a book, and there are several bars and restaurants close by.
Catelonia Avinyo – For those with a slightly higher budget the Catelonia Avinyo is a great option. With a pool on its roof, a gym and a hot tub, this hotel has lots to offer. Rooms at the hotel are simple but modern and feature air-conditioning, TV and free Wi-Fi, as well as a minibar and safe. Every room has en suite facilities and shower and hairdryer too. This hotel boasts a good central location close to lots of bars and restaurants and you can also hire bikes and cars at the reception.
Hotel Palace GL – The Hotel Palace GL is our choice of luxury accommodation in Barcelona. With a Michelin-starred restaurant, a cocktail bar and a spa, this stunning hotel is style epitomised. Beautifully decorated, the rooms are spacious and light, featuring desk, minibar and TV. The hotel also has a fitness suite and business centre as well as a swimming pool outdoors. Helpful and dedicated staff are on hand to offer information and recommendations. This is an excellent choice for those looking to splash out on their Barcelona city break.