Barcelona, Spain for Families…

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Barcelona, Spain for Families…

Barcelona, with its dark and twisty lanes and its open-air plazas, is an amazingly vibrant city that should be on every family’s bucket list. In fact, that is why I wrote this article about Barcelona, Spain for families because I want Americans to visit here.

When you think Spain, you may not think about the things Barcelona has to offer because you are thinking bullfights, flamenco, and paella, because these things are NOT what Barcelona is all about. Those things are further south in the Malaga, Granada. and Seville areas, as well as Madrid.

Come along with me as I explore Barcelona, Spain: Catalonia!

Spain is much more diverse than I thought at first, as my original images of the essence of Spain was not really what Catalonia is all about. This area is known more for its Catalan grub (tapas), Spanish wine (cava), and modernistic buildings by its most famous architect Antoni Gaudi.

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With family in tow, I am sure you can plan a visit to Barcelona without breaking the bank.  Here are a few places I have discovered:

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Barcelona, Spain for Families…

Antoni Gaudi

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His work is a must-see on any trip to Barcelona, but I have discovered that sitting in the park across from his most famous piece, La Sagrada Familia, is just as satisfying as standing in line in the queues in order to get tickets to go inside!  The amazing work of this building that is still under construction today is a sight to see. Take a light-weight blanket, picnic basket and sit in the park, so the kids can run around in the play park and you can enjoy people watching and spotting each detail of this incredible building.

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Barcelona, Spain
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There is also the stunning Park Guell, which is great for the kids to climb and run around and then go upstairs to the colorfully tiled platform for the magnificent views of the city.

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Barcelona, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain PointsandTravel.com

Barcelona, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain
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You will also not want to miss his Casa Batlló, which is easily accessed from the Passeig de Gracia, the main thoroughfare near Las Rambles.

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Barcelona, Spain for Families…

Wander down Las Ramblas:

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There is plenty to see and do here, as you can make your way to the biggest Barcelona public food market.  No need for those expensive, fancy restaurants, here you and the kids can eat your way through lunch and have a snack that won’t break the bank!

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Barcelona, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain for Families…

Take a Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

I loved the Gothic Quarter with its dark and windy roads, but you can easily find yourself lost and so for this area, I have found that the walking tours are well worth the money (value) and I cannot recommend this area enough, as it is fabulous!

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Barcelona, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain
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Climb up to Montjuic

Take the bus over to climb Montjuic, but if you just don’t have the energy, check the website for times, but go in the later afternoon so that you can see the fabulous rays of color and music that radiate out of the Montjuic Fountain each night.

Come along with me as I explore Barcelona, Spain: Catalonia!

No doubt you can find plenty of things to do on your trip to Barcelona, Spain for families.

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Barcelona, Spain: Sweet and Salty at La Boqueria and Beyond

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If you are following along in my series on Costa Brava, Spain (north of Barcelona):

Post #1: Costa Brava:  Spain’s Northeast Coast, getting there

Post#2: Girona, Spain: Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend

Post #3:  So, you want to go to Spain’s Brave Coast: Seaside LEstartit

Post #4:  Medieval villages along the Costa Brava of Spain -Begur

Post #5 Where to stay in Begur:  Hotel Aigua Blava

And more about Spain:

Salamanca, Spain and Its Small Luxury Hote: Hacienda Zorita

The Most Charming Walled City in Spain

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24 Comments

  1. rika May 20, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    I love Barcelona. I went there last year, had a wonderful time. I can’t wait to go back and bring my family to visit these beautiful places.

    • Cacinda Maloney May 22, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      I will be going back in September and can’t wait!

  2. Anosa May 20, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    I have Barcelona on the list of places I would like to visit this year. Definitely loving your suggestions even though they are for families I will be checking them out as a solo traveler

    • Cacinda Maloney May 22, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      I will be writing that one up on my next visit to Barcelona in September!

  3. Katie Kinsley May 21, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    I didn’t get to visit Spain on my last trip to Europe, but it would be a wonderful destination. It looks like a lot of fun!

    • Cacinda Maloney May 22, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Yes, it is a wonderful destination.

  4. Maurene Cab May 21, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    I’ve seen how beautiful Barcelona is from a movie. I really love to visit that place someday.

  5. Jaime Nicole May 22, 2017 at 2:44 am

    Barcelona is definitely on my travel list! These are great tips – I would love to take my girls!

  6. Ayushi Arora May 22, 2017 at 4:50 am

    The pictures with some most tempting colors and wild architecture. I loved them, I have known Barcelona for its’ distinct architecture, though the fruits and spices add more twist to it. I have just been starting to fall in love with it.

  7. Ave May 22, 2017 at 5:36 am

    There are so many amazing things to do and see in Barcelona. If visiting this beautiful city with kids, I’d also recommend visiting the L’Aquarium Barcelona. I’m sure kids would love it!

    • Cacinda Maloney May 22, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Cool! I have not visited there yet! thanks for the info.

  8. Rebecca Swenor May 22, 2017 at 5:39 am

    Barcelona, Spain is a place I would love to go see. It has so much history and beauty. The culture too is something amazing to see as well. The walking tour thru the Gothic Quarter would be amazing. Thanks for sharing the information.

  9. Danik May 22, 2017 at 6:30 am

    I love Barcelona. A great place to take the family and explore. THe views from the castle on top of the hill overlooking the city is my top place to hit up.

  10. Bella May 22, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    I would absolutely LOVE to visit Barcelona! It sounds like there are a ton of fun and affordable adventures to be had when there!

    • Cacinda Maloney May 22, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      Barcelona is awesome and I am going back in September!

  11. David Elliott May 22, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    I really would like to make it to Spain. I have wanted to visit for quite some time, especially Barcelona. It always looked amazing and beautiful. Hope I can make it sometime soon.

  12. geanine May 24, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    The imagery is breath taking! Barcelona has been on our bucket list, you may have just moved it up to the top!

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