School’s Out: Family Fun In Barcelona
There’s nothing as exciting for a child than a holiday abroad. A chance to take their bucket and spade to warmer climes, or perhaps explore a new and exciting city. Barcelona has both these and more, and is one of the most thrilling destinations for all the family.
With miles of beach, and interesting and unique attractions on every corner, it’s the ultimate family holiday, but where to visit first?
To stop the constant cry of “are we there yet?” or “I want ice cream,” we’ve shortlisted the top five attractions which will keep the kids, and yourself, occupied all day long.
Barcelona FC Tour
Mention Barcelona anywhere in the world and the name Lionel Messi will shortly follow. FC Barcelona are one of the most famous football teams on the planet and a trip around the Camp Nou stadium will leave you nothing short of inspired.
Walking round the huge 99,000-seater stadium will have your children wishing they were Messi, viewing the club’s trophy room, changing room, and walking out into the magnificent stadium.
Of course if you’re lucky enough to visit the city during the football season you may be able to see the team play, an opportunity any football-mad child would never forget.
For many on a Spanish holiday to Barcelona, seeking out Gaudi architecture is a must and none come more impressive than the Sagrada Familia. Children look up in amazement at the eight incredible spires which really do look like something from a fairytale.
And the story of the building goes something a little like that too. Still incomplete after 133 years, the cathedral has finally entered its final construction phase and tourists can take a look round and discover exactly what it will look like upon completion in around a decade’s time.
With beautiful gardens surrounding, it’s a fantastic place for the family to discover, with the crypt, nave, and the Passion and Nativity towers available to look around as well as the museum which tells its amazing story.
Another Gaudi masterpiece and once the home of the artist, Park Guell is out towards the Collserola mountain range. Built between 1900 and 1914, the park has an array of naturalist architecture which children love.
With mosaics throughout, including his famous salamander, popularly known as El Drac, it’s the perfect spot to spend a day out in the sunshine in a place where children can play and adults can relax and soak up the rays.
The site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and includes Antoni Gaudi’s former home which has now been transformed into a museum dedicated to the architect’s work.
The amusement park itself is on the site of the tallest mountain in the Collserola mountain range and overlooks the city of Barcelona alongside the Sagrat Cor church. Opened in 1899, it’s a Catalonian institution and is one of the oldest in the world still functioning.
The Red Aeroplane ride is one of its star attractions, built in 1928 and is complimented by some of the most thrilling rollercoasters in the country.
Anything with the word magic in is going to be a hit with children. There’s the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, and in Barcelona there’s the Magic Fountain of Montjuic located at the end of Avenue Reina Maria Cristina.
Built in 1929, the fountain stands at the bottom of the steps to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya which houses some of the finest works in Barcelona.
Come evening the fountain turns into a colourful show, with the backdrop of music and the fountains dancing in sync. The fountains often perform to pop songs every half an hour during the weekend and draws large crowds.
It’s headline performance naturally comes with the Freddie Mercury hit Barcelona and is a real thrill and the backdrop to the perfect finale for any trip to Barcelona.