7 reasons to holiday in Barcelona with the kids
Barcelona might be high on your list of places to visit, but how do kids fit
into a town famous for art and history? Before you write it off as a “when the kids
are older” destination, here are seven reasons why you will want to go sooner rather
1. The Weather
It’s the perfect destination to take Aussie kids during their spring,
summer or autumn school holidays. The average temperature in Barcelona in August,
the hottest month of the year,
is 24 degrees Celsius.
The coldest month is January, with an ave temp of 10°C -
still not what you’d call cold!
2. Barcelona's Beaches. Like, wow.
As well as getting their dose of history,
kids will adore the beaches, which are only a 10 minute train ride from the city centre.
Barceloneta is the closest of the Barcelona beaches, and as a result can be quite busy
during summer. All of the beaches in Barcelona are clean and well taken care of, with beautiful,
clear water, perfect for a swim!
3. History the kids will enjoy
There aren’t a lot of cities where you can catch a sky tram to a monastery on a
mountain top (Montserrat, an hour out of Barcelona), or walk through a park filled
with majestically tiled mythical creatures and buildings out of a fairytale (Parc Guell).
Barcelona is full of beautiful parks and buildings by the world famous Antoni Gaudi as well
as the odd castle on a mountain top (the beautiful Castell de Montjuic), all of which are
very accessible for children.
4. The Language. Hola.
Kids are such sponges that it’s impossible for them to not pick up a bit of Spanish
during their stay. My three-year-old learned “Hola!” on arrival, and cheerfully “Hola’d”
everyone in town during our stay, from the hotel staff to restaurant owners and bemused locals.
A good idea to keep the kids busy on the flight over is try and teach them simple words,
like "Adios" and "gracias".
5. Paella, Tapas and...
Broaden those taste palettes with authentic paella and tapas,
or pastries from the popular Escriba bakery -
famed for delicious chocolate and
“Crema Catalana” - the local delicacy we know by the name creme brulee.
6. It’s easy to get around
This is a major plus for any location you’re planning to take kids.
It’s easy to access a lot of the parks and attractions on foot, or catch the subway.
If you’re planning to get the train, be prepared for no elevators to and from the platforms
at most stations, so bring a lightweight stroller or baby carrier.
7. Magic Fountain of Montjuic
So cool it gets its own mention, the “magic fountain” is a spectacular, free light,
water and sound show every evening that is a must-see for families. Shows run every
30 minutes in the evenings (check the operating times per the time of year you visit),
and include music from movies such as The Godfather, Disney movies, Star Wars, E.T and
Lord of the Rings.
Christine Knight writes about navigating
the world and parenthood on her site,
You can find her sampling gelato and cake around the world with her
preschooler, or building sandcastles at the beach in her home town of Sydney..