With its location on the Mediterranean, great food, fun museums and friendly people, Barcelona is a favorite among savvy travelers with kids.
Although Catalan is the official language, most people here speak Spanish and many understand English. In addition to the usual aquarium and zoo, this art center of Spain has a lot to offer:
Chocolate Museum Learn about the history and see sculptures done in chocolate of famous characters (Nemo is a favorite). A cute café is on site for a quick break.
Citadel Park has a playground where kids from around the world make friends. Rent a rowboat for a fun afternoon. (Warning: no life jackets.)
Beaches on this coast they are rocky so bring water shoes.
Urban Jungle – called “Barcelona Bosc Urba”, this has a zip line, rope walks, bungee jumping, log rolls and 50 + attractions for everyone.
Maritime Museum – at the foot of the Ramblas in the 13th century Royal Shipyards, these are the best preserved medieval shipyards in the world. (Open 10 to 8 daily, 3.50 euros to get in but free on Sunday.) And when you get tired of the ship models, nautical gear, concerts, etc., there is a cafeteria on site for a quick lunch.
The Aquarium – at Port Vell. The kid will love checking out the seahorses and sharks!
Ramblas – the main street in Barcelona leading up from the harbor. Check out the market, shops and cafes here when you stroll like the natives. The statue of Christopher Columbus offers great views from the top.
Gaudi sightings – famed architect Antonio Gaudi left his mark on the Sagrada Familia Church (still not done), Park Guell (with its serpent sculptures done in colorful tiles), and many unusual houses around the city (check out the rounded walls and unique tilework).
In addition to the above, Barcelona’s museums and galleries have interesting exhibits, there are free concerts and street performers, and festivals abound throughout the year. Barcelona is one of the most kid-friendly places and should not be missed. Buen viaje!