16 October 2013 by Anna Staford
Ah, Barcelona. The city that’s known for its fine architecture, bull fights, and mouth-watering tapas. Legend has it that Hercules himself founded this city hundreds of years before Rome was built but of course, there’s no proof of this. However, that doesn’t change the fact that Barcelona is one of the most interesting cities in Europe, and is arguably Spain’s quirkiest and most modern metropolis.
People from all over the world and in all walks of life visit Barcelona. An estimated 7 million tourists visit the city every year, which makes it the 4th most visited place in the world. If you are planning to visit Barcelona with your kids, your family’s in for some wonderful surprises.
Here are the 5 most recommended places for you. Be sure to visit them all and don’t forget to get family travel insurance for your peace of mind:
The Magic Fountain was built in May 1929 for the Great Universal Exhibition and it’s still one of Barcelona’s most visited places today. Your kids will be in awe at the spectacular display of colours, water, and lights. If you are planning to visit between October and April, go there on Fridays and Saturdays from 7PM to 9PM. During summer (May to September), the Magic Fountain opens every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9PM until 11:30PM.
This grand expiatory church speaks volumes of the exquisite architecture that’s evident all over Barcelona. Your kids will enjoy touring the museum, the two facades of the church, and the schools.
There’s no fee to visit the Basilica for kids under 10 years old however anyone older than 10 will need to pay €13.50. The Basilica is open for visits from 9AM to 6PM in the months of October to March, but from April to September, they’re open until 8PM.
A trip to Barcelona with your kids would not be complete without spending a day at the Tibidabo amusement park. You can get there by taking a short train ride, and then hop on the Tramvia Blau which will take you and your family all the way to the mountain top.
Full day tickets cost €25.20 for adults, €9.00 for kids below 120cm, and free for kids below 90cm.
This enormous complex has numerous pavilions, palaces, and constructions in the Olympic Ring is surrounded by lush gardens with different styles and themes such as the Font del Gat, Laribal Gardens, and the Amargós Gardens. You and your family will enjoy spending an afternoon here, playing and admiring the scenic views.
The Barcelona Zoo is situated in the Parc de la Ciutadella and you should include this in your must-see places. Your kids will have so much fun checking out over 5,000 animals in the zoo. Parc de la Ciutadella in itself is also a sight to behold, with its idyllic sceneries, lush gardens, and tranquil lake. There’s no fee to visit the park, but if you want to visit the zoo, the fee is €19.60 for adults and €11.80 for kids.
A grand and exciting time awaits you and your kids in Barcelona. Make it a point to plan your trip ahead and buy family travel insurance so you’re fully covered while travelling abroad.