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Things to do in Barcelona for Families

April 4, 2011
Today we have a guest post from Thomas Carter, a writer for Apartime.  Many family travelers will be departing from Barcelona for their cruises this year and Thomas gives some great ideas for things to do in Barcelona before or after departure. 



Tibidabo Amusemen Park in Barcelona

Barcelona is home to dozens of tourist attractions for all ages and ranks. If you´re planning to visit the city with children there is plenty to do all year round. Here are five things to do for families that guarantee a fun filled day in Barcelona!

 Barceloneta Beach

With a shore of over a mile Barceloneta is the largest beach in urban Barcelona. It´s also one of the most traditional beaches of the city. It´s located at walking distance of the Barceloneta metro station (red line) and you also could reach the beach by bus. This beach is very popular with both tourists and locals. An excellent place to bring the children!

The Magical Fountains on Montjuic
Your trip to Barcelona isn´t complete without visiting the magical fountains. These fountains are situated on Montjuic mountain and are home to mind blowing light and music show. This is a real unique experience with which you definitely will be impressed!

The Barcelona Zoo
For over 100 years the zoo in Barcelona is located in the Ciutadella park in the centre of the city. It´s home to over 400 different species, making a total of nearly 7,500 animals in the park. From 1966 until 2003 the zoo was a main attraction for tourists who visited the world famous albino gorilla Snowflake. Just recently a program in order to safe the South American anteater was started in the zoo. Unfortunately this species is suffering heavily from illegal hunting and therefore the Barcelona Zoo is trying to increase the number of anteaters. Prices are about 16 Euros for adults and 10 Euros for children.

Tibidabo Amusement Park
Mount Tibidabo is not only home to quiet an unique church but also to a themed park which hasn´t changed much since it opened its doors in 1899. The park is a combination of the old and the new. Go for the ´La Talaia´ which catapults 10 persons up to 60 meters in the sky or make a ride in Montaya Russa, a roller-coaster making its rounds since 1961. You could also choose for more recent attractions like the 3D cinema. Not the most wallet friendly option in the city as the entrance fee is around 25 Euros for adults and 9 Euros for children (up to 120 cm). Toddlers less than 90 cm tall can entrance the park for free.

Poble Español
Also located on Montjuic this is an area created in 1929 to show people the differences in architecture which can be found in the different regions of Spain. For the children there are lots of things to enjoy like glass blowing or craft shops. This park a real fun experience for the whole family!

 This article was written by Thomas Carter, a writer for Apartime, provider of Barcelona holiday rentals.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane & Mark permalink
    April 5, 2011 7:47 pm

    Thank you, GrinTravel! You have been the BEST help for us, arranging our cruise from Barcelona this fall, including four days on our own, and now this! Your service is all-around outstanding, all-inclusive, and simply stellar. For those who read this, take a trip and enjoy the ride–GrinTravel rocks!

  2. April 5, 2011 10:12 pm

    Diane and Mark: Thanks so much. And have a wonderful time in Barcelona and on your Mediterranean cruise!

  3. July 22, 2011 2:12 am

    Thanks for a cool guide. As it is directed to cruise passenger I’d like to mention that our holiday rental agency ( offers special deals for cruise passengers. Normally apartments are let for a minimum of three nights, but special arrangements are made for shorter stays to accommodate those who travel with a cruise ship. Furthermore special discounts apply for longer stays.


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