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Barcelona

Barcelona has a creative, playful spirit that kids will soak up when you travel to the city. Gaudi’s fantastical houses and architectural creations, his tiled mosaics in shapes of plants and flowers, chimneys with people faces are timeless marvels of imagination. Barcelona is also an old city – in Roman times it was called Barcino. And wherever you go in Barcelona with kids, whether it’s running along on the ramparts of the Montjuic castle, or just playing in the sand, the blue Mediterranean is always at your feet.

Barcelona Photo Album
    World of Gaudi
    The Waterfront
    Old City
    Montjuic Park (Parc de Montjuic)
    Tibidabo
    Tips for Barcelona
  Dragons are very much a part of the history and culture of Barcelona. Read our blog post "Barcelona Dragons: Old and new" for legends, history, tips to identify different warrior saints, heroes and dragons, and where to see them in Barcelona.
    Ride the metro – The Barcelona metro system is excellent – clean and efficient (trains come about every 3 minutes) and lines are well marked, so it’s easy to use. In the station, purchase day tickets (1, 2, 3 or 4 days) that allow for unlimited trips on the metro, buses, city trains, trams and funicular to Montjuic Park, or a 10 trip ticket.
   

Fun food

Bomboneria in Barcelona
   

There’s no shortage of fun food for kids in Barcelona. Anyone with a taste for chocolate will be in seventh heaven. The chocolate shops, bomboneria, are filled with chocolate in imaginative shapes – sailing ships, mushroom houses, ferris wheels, trains, planes, pianos, and more. Also you’ll want to try hot chocolate (xocolata). Our favorite shops for hot chocolate are Chocolateria Valor (Carrer Tapineria 10), Chocolate Museum (Carrer del Comerc 36) Granja Viader (Carrer Xucla 4) and , but don't feel you need to rush to these shops, just sample the hot chocolate in your neighborhood.

     

Pastries are also a delight in Barcelona. In every Forn de pa (bakery) find wonderful pastries – ensaimadas (snail shaped), xuixo, xuxo (like a cream puff) , pa de pessic d'ametlles (almond sponge cake), rosquillas (sugar doughnut) and meringues.

   

Shopping

     

Kids can't bring back a Gaudi house, but they will enjoy reminders of this remarkable artist – stuffed animals of the Parc Guell dragon, mosaics and tiles, miniature mosaic houses, Casa Batllo in chocoalte.

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Travel for Kids has so many fun things to do with kids in Barcelona, but you'll need a fun place to stay.

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels and apartments rentals, all styles and price ranges, in neighborhoods comfortable for families, and near to places you'll want to explore.

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Take a walking tour through Old City Barcelona, learning songs legends about the history and traditions of Barcelona, visit a toy workshop, and sample sweets along the way on this two and a half hour tour:

Kids & Family Walking Tour

Kids learn the secret's of Gaudi's broken tile mosaics, trencadis, creating a design, picking colors, and making their own mosaic to take home as a souvenir. In the one and a half hour workshop, parents can participate too:

Trencadis and Mosaic Workshop
 

Gaudi's dragon is Barcelona's most famous, but dragons have been in the Old City Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic) for centuries. Take a private family walking tour around old city Barcelona, as you discover history and hidden treasures, and find dragons along the way.

    Dragon Hunt - Gothic Quarter
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Casa Battlo, the family house designed by Gaudi, is a "must see," but will require tickets for a specific day and time. Buy tickets online, cost savings and and skip the line:

Casa Battlo - Skip the Line
The Barcelona Card combines unlimited rides on the metro, buses and trams, discounts on boat rides, entrance to the Fundacio Joan Miro, Sagrada Familia basilica, Gaudi’s Batllo house, L’Aquarium, Maritime Museum, Tibidabo amusement park, bike rentals, and more. Buy 3, 4 or 5 day passes, and savings for the family:
Barcelona Card
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barcelona kids books gaudi Building with Nature  
Building with Nature
Rachel Rodriguez, Julie Paschkis

Discover shapes and colors of the natural world that inspired Antoni Gaudi to create his amazing buildings. "At Casa Batllo, a fireplace hides under a mushroom cap. Hallways look like underwater caverns. The house sparkles like the sea." Gorgeous illustrations, this is a gem! (Picture book)

 

     

Kids can make their own buildings and creations like Gaudi, drawing, coloring, and using over 200 different stickers, plus fun facts about Gaudi's life and work. (Sticker book)

 

 
Antoni Gaudi Create Your Own City Sticker Book
     
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Antonio Gaudi
Juan Bassegoda Nonell

A small-size photo book, chock full of everything Gaudi – multi-colored towers covered with ceramics, broken tile mosaics, chimneys in twirled ice cream shapes, rooftops like dragon scales. Not a kid's book per se, but incredible photos and good overview of his works. (Picture book)

 

     
Gaudi Pop-Ups
Courtney Watson McCarthy

Gorgeous pop-ups of Parc Guell stone columns shaped like trees and mosaic dragon, Casa Batllo facade, rooftop of the Casa Mila, towering spires and interior of the Sagrada Familia cathedral, plus additional photographs and info about these architectural wonders. (Oversize picture book)

 

 
Gaudi Pop-Ups
     
meet the artist! pablo picasso  

Excellent interactive biography of Picasso (who lived in Barcelona as a teenger) with pop-ups, lift the flap, see what Picasso painted as child, make your own Cubist collage! (Activity book)

Also for younger kids, book with re-usable stickers: Pablo Picasso: Sticker Art Shapes

 

     

Before you visit the Joan Miro art museum in Montjuic Park, kids can play around with their own re-usable sticker creations, inspired by six Miro paintings. (Activity book)

 

 
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(More children's books on other Spain pages)
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