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Let me share with you our amazing Barcelona weekend with kids. Get ready for lots of tips and suggestions for the whole family. Want your kids to fall in love with Barcelona? – This post is for you!

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Visiting Barcelona

About Barcelona

For most of international visitors, Barcelona is the number-one destination on any Spain Bucket List. Let´s say that it is one of the cities every globetrotter should visit at least once in a lifetime. 

Usually, it´s either hit or miss: some fall in love undeniably, others get disappointed and do not click with the Catalan capital. While I wrote a whole article comparing Madrid and Barcelona, most of my friends never needed logic on this one: they just fell in love with Barcelona at first sight. So, the city´s unique charm is pretty undeniable.

Barcelona is full of architectural marvels created by Antonio Gaudi, one of the most famous Spaniards ever. Even though George Orwell in one of his wanderlust books called Barcelona’s La Sagrada Familia “one of the most hideous buildings in the world” – officially, it´s one of the most unique cathedrals in Spain.

Also, the city of Barcelona appears in one of Woody Allen´s romantic travel moviesVicky Cristina Barcelona(2008). In real life it´s actually much of the same – the enchantment with Gaudi´s fantastical creations constantly keeps attracting millions of visitors to the city. 

The impressive Gaudi landmarks in Barcelona include Park Guell, La Pedrera, Las Farolas del Pla de Palau, Puerta de la Finca Miralles, Colegio de las Teresianas, Casa Calvet, Bellesguard, Casa Vicens, Palacio Guell, Pabellones Guell, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila, Casa-museo Gaudi. (Blog subscribers don´t forget your Free Gaudi Checklist pdf.)

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Exploring the Gothic Quarter during one of my Barcelona weekends

Our weekend in Barcelona with kids

While I have lost count of times I visited the city over my 10+ expat years in Spain, this Barcelona weekend with kids turned out quite special. Initially, we were simply supposed to start our Mediterranean Cruise in Barcelona.

But we thought it was a perfect excuse to explore the Catalan capital, while also having an epic Barcelona weekend with kids.

More inspiration for your Barcelona weekend with kids

Check my lists of Spain Coffee Table Books and Children’s Books set in Spain to discover new inspiring reads in Barcelona.

You might also give the little ones a brief preview of the city via Spain Virtual Tours.

For the adults, my lists of Contemporary Spanish Novels (especially The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon) and trendy Spanish TV Shows (especially Cathedral of the Sea) might get you in the mood before planning your Barcelona weekend with kids.

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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Mar, featured in Spanish TV shows and Contemporary novels

Barcelona Travel Tips

If you plan to see lots of landmarks consider getting either a Barcelona Card with 25+ Museums and Free Public Transportation or a Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 45+ Attractions.

Also, beware of the pickpockets in Barcelona and take extra precautions.

In my opinion, Barcelona is the worst city in Spain when it comes to street robberies. Keep your belongings secure by carrying a bag with a zipped compartment that you can wear across your body. Barcelona gets a fair share of tourism in Europe, so, unfortunately, it is full of tourist traps and scams. Plan your trip wisely and book your admission tickets in advance.

Weekend in Barcelona with kids: Itinerary

Barcelona Family Itinerary: Day One

Our top priorities for this weekend in Barcelona with kids were the Gaudi Landmarks, and Museu Blau – Natural History Museum of Barcelona (since it had a cute interactive expo dedicated to fairytales).

First thing in the morning we headed to visit La Sagrada Familia – one of the most stunning cathedrals in Spain. If you plan to visit it later during the day, consider getting Fast-Track Access (the lines to access this iconic Spanish Landmark usually move fast, but they are huge). Also, you can prepare your kids for the visit, since La Sagrada Familia offers a virtual tour.

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Afterward, we got a Hop on Hop-of bus tour, to help the kids form a general impression of the city without tiring them out. However, we only visited Park Guell and walked by Casa Mila and Casa Batlo.

Barcelona Family Itinerary: Day Two

On the second day of our Barcelona weekend with kids, we spent the whole morning at Museu Blau, the Natural History Museum of Barcelona.

The museum itself is quite interesting for all ages, but the temporary interactive fairytale exposition was the highlight of this Barcelona getaway for our kids.

In the afternoon, we headed to the port area to visit the Barcelona Aquarium, since the kids were excited to see it. They loved it, but personally, I liked it less than the L´Oceanographic in Valencia or Aquarium of Mallorca.

We also made a quick stop at Barcelona’s famous street Las Ramblas and the iconic Columbus Monument. My kids were babies when we were exploring the Columbus Sites in Andalusia, so it was a great chance to tell them more about the Age of Discoveries and how Columbus sailed from Cadiz in search of the new world. If you have more time, you can also visit the Columbus Monument in Barcelona.

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La Pedrera – one of the top Gaudi landmarks in Barcelona

Barcelona Family Bucket List

This is your ultimate checklist of cool places to visit in Barcelona for both kids and parents:

  • La Sagrada Familia – one of the most stunning cathedrals in Spain (book now to get Fast-Track Access)
  • Park Guell ( book now to get Skip-the-Line Access)
  • Casa Batllo & Casa Mila – some of the top Gaudi buildings in Barcelona ( get the guided tour to skip the line)
  • Monjuic Magic Fountain ( a free show of water and lights every 15 minutes)
  • Gaudi 4D Experience – discover more about the works of Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí, with innovative audiovisual technology (book now)
  • Montjuic Cable Car – a cool way to admire the city sights and views of the sea as you soar to the top of the hill of Montjuïc (get the roundtrip ticket now)
  • Moco Museum – Barcelona’s modern art museum, with works of Kaws, Yayoi Kusama, and Banksy (book it now)
  • Hop-on Hop-off bus tour of Barcelona – a great way to see the city without tiring out the little ones (book it now)
  • Trencadís Mosaic Class – a class for the whole family to learn Gaudí’s Technique (check availability now)
  •  FC Barcelona Museum – a must-stop for soccer fans ( get Barça Immersive Tour)
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Museu Blau – a must-do during our Barcelona weekend with kids

Barcelona Must-stops for the kids

These places are especially cool to impress the little ones during your Barcelona weekend with kids:

  • Cosmocaixa – a unique science museum with lots of touch-the-button sections
  • Tibidabo Amusement Park – a small vintage amusement park with beautiful views of Barcelona
  • Barcelona Aquarium ( get Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket)
  • Chocolate Museum of Barcelona
  • Barcelona Zoo ( get a 1-Day ticket now)
  • Labyrinth Park of Horta, one of the most magical park gardens in Spain
  • Museu Blau – Natural History Museum of Barcelona
  • Barcelona Bosc Urba – an adventurous climbing area for kids 8+
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The highlight of our Barcelona weekend with kids – a temporary fairytale exposition at the Natural History Museum

Unique tours in Barcelona for kids

If you are short on time, booking one of the child-focused tours might be a great way to make the most of your Barcelona weekend with kids. Check out these unique family-friendly experiences in Barcelona:

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Always enjoy visiting Aquariums while exploring Spain with kids (although the one in Barcelona is not my personal favorite)

Top Barcelona Day Trips with kids

While there are lots of unique Barcelona Day Trips, two places usually get a like from the kids.

Port Aventura is often a triumph for any family holiday in Spain. However, for some reason lots of children get their curiosity sparked by the surrealist creations of Salvador Dali. So, make sure not to miss:

If you are visiting Barcelona in winter, check this post on where to Enjoy Snow in Spain with Kids (you can easily make a few day trips to the Pyrenees from Barcelona).

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Visiting Dali Theatre Museum, one of the top sights in Catalonia

More Barcelona Travel Ideas

You can check my blog section Catalonia for more travel ideas across the region. Some of my most recent trips were Exploring the Pyrenees of Catalonia, Family Holidays in Cambrils, Tortosa Day Trip, Baqueira Beret Family Getaway, and a Barcelona Day Trip to Montserrat.

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Barcelona Weekend with Kids: Top things to see and do

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