Is Barcelona a Family Friendly Holiday Destination?

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Is Barcelona a Family Friendly Holiday Destination?
Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city facing the Mediterranean, a great destination for visiting with babies and children. With mild temperatures all year long and 4.5 km of sandy beaches, this family-friendly destination is perfect for cheap Spain holidays. 
 
Being a very family-friendly destination, the locals are so welcoming to children and families, the Spanish love children, and you will be welcomed from the hotel to bars and restaurants. There are also so many family-friendly Barcelona attractions. Visiting Barcelona with your kids is a wonderful experience for the entire family, so much fun to be had! 
 
When visiting any city with children you want to make sure your little ones are interested and engaged. We all know what happens if children get bored! If you want some advice, just don’t arrange too many visits in a day, children get tired and lose focus very quickly if they are not able to enjoy the sights at a slower pace. Maybe visit a park in the morning and in the afternoon plan a fun trip to the beach where your children can enjoy running around at their own pace. The most popular beaches include Barceloneta, Mar Bella, Nova Icaria and Bogatell.
 
 
There are many family-friendly places to visit in Barcelona. Below are some favourites which you’re children, and you will love.
 

Cosmocaixa (Science Museum)

 
Who doesn’t like a museum? This one is large with many floors. Go down 5 floors using the beautiful spiral ramp, so much fun for kids, and here you will find the main exhibits. Kids will be engaged with the many fun things to do.
 
See part of the Amazon Rain Forest by looking through the glass windows and the magnificent many fish and turtles. Travel through the dark educational tunnel, kids love this bit, beneath the trees and you will reach the humid habitat itself. You will even see some birds flying around, giving a true experience!
 

Tibidabo Amusement Park

 
Located on top of Tibidabo Hill, the views from here are truly amazing. The Art Nouveau church next to the funfair is worth seeing before going into the main attraction. The park is a really fun day out and only a 30-minute bus ride from the centre. Your entrance ticket offers free access to all the rides which are colour coded for ensuring appropriateness for age. The park is built on a slope with different levels but lifts are available where needed. Here you will find rides, 3-D movies, a fun magic mirror maze and the amazing Automat Museum.
 
Places to eat here can be a bit overpriced so do as many do and take your own packed lunch. Note, it can get hot so bring lots of water, suntan lotion and don’t forget your sun hats. 
 

Barcelona Aquarium

 
Exotic fish, frogs, turtles and fossils are all to be seen here. The aquarium also has set times the Penguins, stingrays and sharks are fed, great fun for all. There are lots to do here which includes interactive exhibits with loads of those buttons children just love to press, tubes to climb through and many slides.
There is also a lovely playground where you can have your lunch and keep an eye on your children. Kids will love the Oceanarium which has an automatic walkway which is through a large glass tube 80 metres long. You will feel like you are in the deep sea watching the most amazing fish and sharks.
Note: Tuesdays and Fridays are feeding days, the first meal is at 11.30 with the penguins!
 

Chocolate Museum

 
Not many of us don’t like chocolate, especially children! Here you can learn so much about chocolate. You only need around an hour here as it’s not too big.
 
You can see chocolate sculptures, old and new! Learn the origin of chocolate and how the taste was modified. Kids will love it.
 

Barcelona Zoo

 
Barcelona zoo is located in the centre, on the outer edges of the old quarter. The zoo's layout provides a lovely walk around the enclosures. Each animal description is nicely worded ad explained specifically for children and touches on issues like extinction and conservation.
 
There are also interactive areas which children love, such as the farm, pony rides, elephant training area and great playgrounds. Check out the funny penguins' feeding times so much fun to watch! You can also take your children on an electric train ride through most of the Zoo grounds.
 
Wooden benches and tables are available so bring your picnic. Santa Caterina market is close by, pick up some picnic bits before having a great day at this lovely zoo. Note, with a Barcelona Family Card entrance to the zoo is free!
 
Let us know your thoughts on the best places to visit in Barcelona with kids! 
 
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