Barcelona Family Travel Guide

Vale!  Welcome to my Barcelona Travel Guide for Families!  First off, Barcelona is stunning so much so, that we've made family plans to visit again and move there in the future.  YES!  We said move there.  So If you wanna know why the Mejia's are smitten with Barca, take a peek below at my (mostly visual) photo diary.

Where to Stay

Old world balcony's overlooking busy streets, detailed trim, high ceilings and the smell of cortados on every corner.  This AirB&B had it all.  When traveling, ((especially to a city like Barcelona)) stay locally at an AirB&B and skip the drab hotels.  We had a large group of people traveling with us ((12 to be exact)) and we needed space since three of those were 5 and under!  We stayed in two different AirB&B's.  Both had gorgeous high windows and more shutters than you can count.  We often ate-in since we were provided with kitchens and spacious living area's.  You can find similar locations here.  

Be a Local

If you were a local you'd hit up Zara since their store is way cheaper.  So we did just that and I grabbed a pair of jeans for like 25 euros! You might not speak Spanish but Barcelona has so many tourists that it kinda doesn't matter.  We pretended to be locals and hit up the market, the Gothic quarter, news stands and local eateries that were recommended by a friend who used to live there.  Wear comfy shoes and make sure you are ready to walk!  We got lost one day at the market and found this gorgeous fountain in a place called Placa Del Pi.  We were serenaded and entertained by street artists as we ate local Catalan foods like tapas y paella.  Although we visited all the places below, I wish we explored the tunnels and caverns of Shelter 307, a huge bunker that feels more like an underground village than a shelter.

Monuments and must see's

I feel like this is so basic but these are the must-see's.  We had to poke around Sagrada Familia.  I'ts an unfinished Catholic church that was designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí in 1882.  3 billion people visit each year.  Park Gaudi is the next best attraction for tourists but we opted to eat our faces off at the Italian place mentioned above.  We visited the Arc de Triomf just to take selfies by and admire the architecture.  We also visited one of their prestigious museums called Palau Nacional which was stunning because of the hill-top location and magnificent water falls.  Lastly, we finished off our tourist day with a visit to the FC Barca Stadium aka Camp Nou completed only by buying jerseys for the whole family!

 Things to note

The city is relatively safe.  I'm from LA, I notice safe.  
There's no trash!!  It's so clean...
There's several playgrounds all walking distance from anywhere!
There's corridors everywhere and picture opportunities on every block.
The city is crawling in culture and its very much alive.
Strangers are very friendly
Children's safety is of the utmost concern.  For good reason too!
Almost everyone lives in a flat (apartment.)
It's kid-friendly.
Easy to get around.
Shopping is cheaper!
They days start late and dinner is late too.

So taking into consideration all that, how bout you give Barcelona a visit!  I guarantee you will love it and so will your kids.  My kids won't stop talking about it!  Thanks for stoping by to take a peek at our trip!  Make sure you read how our 12 hour flight went in my recent post here.


Kristin Dawn Mejia
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