Family Travel Ideas in Barcelona

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Being the capital city of Catalonia, Barcelona offers a wide range of things to do for all the family. In fact, during an average holiday, there would be far too many choices available to cover in this article, so here we explore just a few of the most popular and interesting options.

Poble Espanyol

Built in 1929 as an open air architectural museum, Poble Espanyol is a small Spanish village located at the top of the Montjuic hill. Here you can view copies of the many types of buildings which can be found throughout the different and contrasting regions of Spain. The village is completely pedestrianized, and as such, is very safe for young children who will also enjoy the various activity days for families. From craft workshops on a Sunday to watching a puppet show - there is always something to see and do here.

There is also an assortment of on site shops and eating places, a sculpture garden and also the celebrated art collection to take in.

A family ticket costs around 20 euros, and there is also a range of discounted tickets. Under four's are free.

Magic Fountain

The Font Montjuic (Magic Fountain) is located in Plaza Espanya, which is also on the top of Montjuic hill, to the front of the national palace.

Designed and built for the 1929 Universal Exhibition - as was Poble Espanyol - there are 88 small fountains which lead up to the main fountain itself, where one can watch the show.

This is a light, music and water show and should be one of the family highlights of a trip to Barcelona with its spellbinding beauty.

It's a good idea to arrive early for the show, as it tends to be very popular and is also very easy to reach by public transport from the city itself.

Times - Summer (May-September): Sunday-Thursday, 20:00-24:00 and Winter (October-April): Friday-Saturday, 19:00-21:00

Shows commence every 30 minutes and last for approximately 10 minutes.

La Rambla

The most popular shopping and tourist area in the city has to be La Rambla (Ramblas). Visit in the afternoon and evening to experience a real taste of the city with its pavement cafes and bars and numerous street performers which entertain both young and old alike.

Be sure to visit The Wax Museum and the Picasso Museum, but do be aware that opportunistic thieves and pickpockets operate around this area.

Hopping on a tour bus here is a wonderful way for a family to see the city.

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