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Barcelona city trip with family

In Barcelona you will find many sights, activities and excursions for children and adults


What could be nicer than going on vacation with the whole family? Everyday life stays at home, mum and dad have enough time to go on a discovery tour together with the offspring.

Barcelona is the perfect place for a trip with the whole family: here you find more than 4 km of sandy beach - what kid doesn't love that. Many museums and sights will especially appeal to your children. The little ones also get their money's worth on English-speaking city tours, especially for children and families.

Barcelona is also very easy to get to, in Barcelona itself you have a perfectly developed local transport system at your disposal.

Here we show you which sights, tours and attractions children and parents alike will enjoy, how to get there and a few tips for choosing your accommodation. If you need a pram or bed on site, then we have a few tips for you.

Top reasons for visiting Barcelona with family

  • Barcelona has a great sandy beach and many attractions especially for children
  • We offer guided tours and excursions for children in German
  • There are cheaper children's prices for almost all attractions
  • Comparatively cheap prices
  • Well-developed public transport
  • Wide range of accommodation

We also cordially invite you to take a look around our website. You're sure to find something exciting for your family trip to Barcelona.

Activities and excursions for families

Barcelona offers something for children of all ages. Check out our suggestions, you know best what your kids - and you - will love. We would particularly like to recommend the city tours for children and families.

City tours and excursions for families

City tours and excursions for families

City tours and excursions especially for your children: these offer a lot of fun, games and excitement for children. Your children will be amazed at what they can experience.

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Make your own unique mosaic souvenir

Make your own unique mosaic souvenir

Create your own creative work of art from fragments of glass and tiles. With English speaking instruction, your whole family will have a blast in this course that Gaudí developed to perfection.

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PortAventura Park, Ferrari Land and Aquatic Park

PortAventura Park, Ferrari Land and Aquatic Park

There is something for all children at PortAventura amusement park. Whether in the "World of Sesame Street" for the very little ones or for the braver among them a rapid roller coaster ride.

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Horseback riding in Montserrat Natural Park

Horseback riding in Montserrat Natural Park

Horseback riding in Montserrat Natural Park is a wonderful excursion for the whole family. Children from the age of 12 can take part, they get to know the horse, how to saddle, of course how to ride and how to groom after the riding excursion.

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GPS-GoCar Tours - the different city tour

GPS-GoCar Tours - the different city tour

Of course, your children are not yet allowed to drive the GoCars themselves, but together with mum or dad it will be great fun. And the children can have a say in where to go.

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Attractions and sights for children

It doesn't matter whether the children are having fun in the Tibidabo amusement park, being amazed by a ride in a cable car, letting off steam on the 4.5 km long sandy beach, seeing animals in the zoo or admiring famous cartoon characters made of chocolate in the Museu de Xocolata: Barcelona's attractions always have something to offer lots of fun and variety for the whole family.

Park Güell and the friendly salamander

Park Güell

The Park Güell is a special attraction. It is undoubtedly one of Barcelona's most famous sights and is designed with imagination. It offers plenty of space and children can let off steam here.

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Living statues on the Rambles

Living statues on the Ramblas

Children are amazed by the usually elaborate and imaginatively costumed living statues no longer out: as a robot, medieval knight or as an exciting fantasy figure. And completely without admission. But the actors are happy about a small tip. Thrown into a box by small children, they put a lot of effort into it.

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The beach - popular with young and old

Barcelona's beach

Which child would not enjoy this sandy beach of Barcelona? The beach is well maintained, the water is clean. Barcelona beach can be easily reached on foot from the city centre, the Rambla, Port or L'Aquàrium.

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Visit to the Camp Nou

Camp Nou, Stadion des FC Barcelona

Camp Nou, the largest football stadium in Europe and home of FC Barcelona. You will certainly make a football-loving child very happy with a visit. You see the stands, the catacombs and players' locker rooms, press areas and of course you get to the pitch. Entering the sanctuary is unfortunately forbidden. At the end you can look around the museum.

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Egyptian Museum - Mummies up close

Eyptian Museum Barcelona

Scary, exciting stories about pharaohs and life in ancient Egypt also make the Egyptian Museum interesting for children and young people. For example, do you know why cats were embalmed? Or often just a part of a cat? After the visit, your children can proudly tell you about it.

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CosmoCaixa - playfully discovering science

CosmoCaixa - Museum of Science

One of the most prestigious European science museums. Didactic and interactive, the disciplines of science are presented here in an exciting way. Learning fun, not only interesting for your children.

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Columbus statue with drive to the observation deck

Columbus Memorial with observation deck

From up here the children have a great view of the Ramblas, the Maritime Museum, the port and L'Aquàrium. Nice to show the kids where they've been.
Your children will also learn what Barcelona has to do with Columbus, what the pedestal reliefs mean.

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Waxworks

Waxworks

360 well-known personalities are attractively staged. Many of the figures are personalities of Spanish and Catalan history, but the kings and princes are still quite interesting, perhaps just for the children. Some areas are quite bleak, then just take the small ones by the hand. Be sure to visit the Café Bosc de les Fades afterwards. Your children will be amazed.

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Chocolate Museum - Museu de la Xocolata

Chocolate museum

Which child does not like chocolate? Many cartoon heroes such as Asterix and Obelix or Tintin and the delicious smell in the whole museum make the visit to children a very special experience. The adults can learn a lot about the history and culture of chocolate.

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Parc de la Ciutadella, rowing boat and picnic

Parc de la Ciutadella

At the Ciutadella parc you can go rowing, climb a mammoth on the horns, admire the water-breathing dragon, go to the Zoological Museum or just have a picnic on a meadow in the countryside.

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Museu Marítim - replica of a rowing galley

Museu Marítim - replic of a galley

In a vivid way, the history of navigation is explained here. Above all, the ship models, the real boats, the collection of galleon figures and the reconstructed interior of the ships are exciting. A special highlight of the museum is the replica of a 60-meter-long galley.

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Font Màgica - the magic fountains

Font Màgica - the magic fountains

When it is already dark, the water games of the magic fountains are a particularly impressive experience. Especially in the summer months it is very crowded. Either you come quite early or you enjoy the games from afar, which we personally think is nicer. Free admission.

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Montjuïc - Great view of the sea, the harbor and the city

Montjuïc - Great view of the sea, the harbor and the city

From the Montjuïc you and your children not only have a great view. Especially the cable car (Aeri) over the harbor and to the Castell (Telefèric) are highlights for children, but also the access by funicular.

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Poble Espanyol - the Spanish village

Poble Espanyol - the Spanish village

At the foot of Montjuïc, the open-air museum Poble Espanyol offers a lot of fun. There are many events for children, as well as demonstrations of traditional crafts, such as the glassblower, thrilled many children. Lots of spout and no cars.

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Las Golondrinas 60 minute harbor and coast tour

Las Golondrinas 60 minute harbor and coast tour

Look directly at the fish through a window in the ship's floor. Huge cranes, gigantic container ships, cruise ships as high as a skyscraper and many ships, sailing boats, surfers and all kinds of sea birds - maybe even dolphins.

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Zoo

Native and exotic animals at Barcelona Zoo

At Barcelona Zoo you will find native and exotic animals. These are kept in enclosures that are as natural as possible. Some animals can also be petted by children.
The zoo is dedicated to the protection and preservation of rare species, also through breeding and targeted reintroduction.

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Parque d'Atraccions on the Tibidabo

Parque d'Atraccions auf dem Tibidabo

Even getting there is a pleasure. Lots of views, a great amusement park with a very special backdrop. You shouldn't miss the vending machine museum either.
The amusement park on the Tibidabo is not the most spectacular, but it is one of the oldest in Spain. Accordingly, the rides are a bit quieter and certainly great for smaller children. Most importantly, you don't have to drive far.

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Discounts for families

Discounts for children, young people and families are not uniformly regulated for museums and sights: children up to the age of 3 usually have free entry to the museums and sights. There is reduced admission for children aged 12-16, and occasionally young adults up to the age of 29 are also cheaper. Some institutions also offer a discount for students (don't forget your ID). There are also some special family tickets.

Small children up to the age of 3 travel for free on the bus and subway, but must buy a ticket from the age of 4. Unfortunately there are no discounts here. The Barcelona Card, which includes the use of the bus and subway, is reduced for children up to the age of 12.

Arrival with children and travelling in Barcelona

When travelling by car you should expect that a trip from Germany, Austria or Switzerland to Barcelona will take a good two days, depending on where you start your journey. Likewise, the cost of petrol, tolls, parking fees and a possible overnight stay is not negligible.
Our tip: take the coast road from Figueres. This saves toll charges, your children can see the boats on the water and you can always stop at a beach.

Remember that you have to register your vehicle to enter the Barcelona Low Emission Zone (ZBE).

In Barcelona itself, the public transport is well developed and almost all attractions are within walking distance of a metro or tram station, therefore a car is not necessarily required. Even now almost all public transport is barrier-free, i.e. even with a pram you can use all means of transport.

A flight with a scheduled airline or a low-cost carrier is not only a highlight of the holiday for your children; it may as well be cheaper than the car. Infants of 1-2 years fly at a much lower price if they sit on the lap of their parents during the flight. Children up to 11 years old still get a reduced fare, although children over 12 years old must pay full price with most airlines.

Accommodation with children

Since Barcelona, amongst other things, is a Trade Fair centre, usually school holidays are not necessarily peak season. So it is indeed very hot in August and the whole city is a little quieter, but the hotel prices are lower than in other months.

Many hotels offer special family rooms for three or four people. On Barcelona.de you can reserve these rooms. To do this choose "advanced options" in our booking system and select the "family room". You will receive a selection of hotels that have rooms and prices for the period requested. Or you can directly visit our hotel page with recommended family-friendly hotels.

Often, even small children up to 2-3 years old can sleep for free in their parents' bed, or a free cot will even be made available. The conditions are stated in the hotel description. If your child is a little older an extra bed can often be set up in the room.

An alternative to one or more hotel rooms are apartments. The apartments have multiple bedrooms and usually they are self-catering so you can safely save a few Euros. In smaller apartments prices per person are roughly equivalent to the range of a middle class hotel. For families or groups of about four people there will be more favorable rates in comparison to a hotel.

Rental of prams and accessories

In Barcelona you can rent prams, beds, children's clothing and anything else that children need. This is ideal if you’re travelling by plane and the transport in an aircraft is too inconvenient. The booked equipment can be delivered to your hotel and collected again. These services are offered, for example, by the companies Easy Travel Kids or BackPackBaby.

Babysitting

You need a babysitter in Barcelona? Some babysitting agencies provide professional babysitters. These speak Spanish as well as several other languages, eg. French or English.
The sitters come to your hotel. One of these agencies is BcnBabysitter.

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