This is a guest post from Laura Iglesias, founder of Backpack Baby, a baby equipment rental and supply company in Barcelona, Spain, and a mom of two young children. At Backpack Baby, families can rent baby equipment for days, weeks or even months at a time.
Barcelona, a cosmopolitan city facing the Mediterranean, it is considered a great destination for traveling with babies and toddlers. With mild temperatures all year long and its 4.5 km of sandy beaches, this family-friendly city is perfect for a getaway with children.
Barcelona offers many activities for all interests and ages. Walking around its famous promenade Las Ramblas and its living statues, relaxing at Parc Güell, watching the Magic Fountain, visiting the top football team Barcelona’s Museum, Picasso’s museum or Cosmocaixa, the Natural Sciences museum, are just a few of the family favorite activities.
Barcelona also have many festivities all year round where children can enjoy Catalan traditions: La Mercé, Carnaval, Santa Eulàlia, Sant Jordi, Christmas Celebrations and many more. In some of them you can enjoy the exhibition of “gegants” or the beautiful “sardana” dancing.
You can also discover its many delicious restaurants, or going for some tapas around the old part of town, Ciutat Vella, full of historical buildings and charming places, and where you can try some of the dishes that have made catalan cuisine known worldwide.
Although you can spend all your time visiting the city, we highly recommend if you have time some day trips to outside spots like Sitges (a lovely fishermen village) or Montserrat (a unique mountain range).
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Some of the main attractions to visit with kids are:
At the highest point of the city for more than a century is the Tibidabo Theme Park. A must-see where kids can have fun all day long and contemplate the magnificent landscape of the cities. For children of all ages.
The Barcelona Zoo is one of the most beautiful and ancient zoos in Spain. There are more than 4,300 animals to see in this zoo located in the Parc of Ciutadella. Do not miss the dolphin show! Also with picnic areas and playgrounds for kids. For children of all ages.
Unique in Europe, the Aquarium of Barcelona is located in the Port Vell where you can observe more than 11.000 species. For children of all ages.
The Astronomy, Science, Nature and many different topics explained in a kid-friendly and interactive way. It’s easy to spend all day long here! Recommended age: 3 and up.
Witness the magical mix of colors, lights, music and water. Enjoy the show at the end of the day for a perfec Barcelona experience. For children of all ages.
You can stay in many of Barcelona’s family-friendly hotels or hostels, or to rent an apartment for you and your family. Whatever you choose, there are many options in all Barcelona districts that fit all budgets. Eixample and Ciutat Vella are the most centric and popular areas, but it Barcelona it is an easy-walking city so many other options work too.
Traveling with babies and toddlers is convenient here as you can rent baby gear from Backpack Baby and there are plenty of shops to buy clothes, toys and food; there are also many parks and playgrounds outdoors and indoors.
Public transport in Barcelona is easy-to-use and accessible almost everywhere. The bus, metro, and even taxis are affordable compared to other European cities; are several travelcard options, and note that kids under 4 travel for free.
Photos by Laura Iglesias
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