What’s Barcelona without some colorful family fun? With the city’s stunning architecture, mouthwatering tapas, and mysterious dialect, your time here will be worth every twinkling moment. We’re back again with five kid-friendly ideas for the entire squad without spoiling the Spanish flair in this Catalan cultural capitol.
1. Taste all the chocolate your heart desires.
You’d be surprised, but Barcelona has a plethora of sweet shops, mainly specializing in chocolate. Stores like Granja Dulcinea and La Pallaresa are chocolate lovers’ essential stops on Carrer Petrixtol. Alternatively, you can visit the Museum of Chocolate to learn all about the harvesting of cacao beans and chocolate making techniques (bonus: your ticket is literally a piece of chocolate. How cool is that?).
2. Take a family trip to the aquarium at Rambla del Mar or the Barcelona Zoo.
Not really into historical architecture or art museums? No problem! Consider the Aquarium of Barcelona, home to penguins, sharks, and more. Or, visit the Barcelona Zoo, located in the Ciutadella Park. Witness jaguars, giraffes, elephants, and flamingos in action while enjoying the outdoors. What’s not to be excited about?
3. Admire views of Barcelona from Park Guell.
Reach new heights by walking around Park Guell, one of Gaudi’s many architectural masterpieces. Behind the gingerbread house-looking ensemble of shops and and walkways is Barcelona’s gorgeous city landscape. For another less touristy alternative, try the hills of Jardins de Joan Brossa.
4. Pig out at Mercat de la Boqueria.
Food, food, and more food! Mercat de la Boqueria has endless options for anyone hungry for traditional Spanish dishes. Slurp on 1 euro fruit smoothies, taste fresh oysters, or order yourself a freshly made bowl of seafood paella. Try a sample of the best Iberico ham you can get. Or you can simple gorge yourself with fried seafood, served in a paper cone. Just make sure you keep the kids’ hands away from these scrumptious displays.
5. Watch a water show at the Magic Fountain.
The Magic Fountain across from Plaça d’Espanya is magical for a reason: its public water show. Watch the fountain waters come to life in a spectacle combining music, light, and beautiful water acrobatics. For information on showtimes, click here.
Vivian is New York City-based food and culture enthusiast. When not working, you can find her traversing across the globe, frolicking around food markets, meeting new people at jazz bars, and immersing herself in art museums.