Barcelona With The Grandchildren

Papa Joe and I love spending time in Barcelona and we will have our young grandchildren with us on our next trip. This means that instead of just wandering around as the fancy takes us, we have to do some serious planning. In fact as we have to research for our trip with the little ones, I guess Papa Joe and I should have an extra trip by ourselves to check everything out again!! So museums and art galleries are off the menu, although I might try to squeeze in a little culture, and I am sure that the Museu de la Xocolata will be a hit – (clue Xocolata is Catalan for Chocolate). With kids, a centrally located hotel near buses and metro is a must. Staying near the Passeig de Gràcia will allow us to combine good transport with interesting streets. There are cafes and shops as well as stunning architecture nearby. I can’t wait to see the kids reaction to the skulls and bones facade of Casa Batllo.

We can come back to the hotel for a traditional afternoon siesta (Papa Joe can babysit and I can browse the smart shops) and then, refreshed, we can go out in the evening to see the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc or enjoy the atmosphere of The Ramblas. I hope as we wander around the streets we will be able to show our grandchildren people dancing the Sardana.

catalan dancers



 So here is the plan for the 4 days.

We have no particular order in which to do things and need to take into account how well the children are coping with heat, food and being away from home. As every grandparent knows flexibility is the key to avoid the little ones having a meltdown!

Montjuiic & Poble Espanyol Day

barcelona Montjuiic catsWhisk the children up to the castle via the funicular and the cable car, wander around. Then descend through the lovely gardens, looking out for the cats that live in the area, to Poble Espanyol. Alternatively we can catch bus 150 if our feet are tired. The Poble Espanyol village was created for the 1929 exhibition and is great because it is car free environment with restaurants, picnic area and shops At weekends and school holidays, there are all sorts of activities to appeal to children. There are also a couple of great art galleries on Montjuiic – the  Fundacio Joan Miró and Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya – but I think we will have to bring the children when they are older. Any excuse to come back!

barcelona colombus The Port of Barcelona and Beach Day First stop is The Christopher Colombus Monument by the port. If it is not busy,we can take the small lift to the top otherwise we can just wander around the column.   barcelona portAfterwards, it a short walk to the spectacular swing bridge which will take us across to the Marina and to the Aquarium – always a good bet for the children. The harbour has plenty to see as it is a major port for cruise ships and for ferries. If the weather is suitable then we plan to take one of the various boat trips around the harbour.   The Barcelona beaches are a short walk north of the port so that will be our next stop and a good place to have lunch. We mustn’t forget to pack swimwear and sun cream!

CosmoCaixa and Tibidabo Day Yes I know I said museums were off the menu BUT CosmoCaixa is great for young children with lots of interactive science exhibits on offer.  We must visit the living rainforest, complete with artificial rain, as well seeing the birds and a capybara (like a giant guinea pig! ) that live there. After the museum, we could take bus 196 to the funicular at Tibidabo for incredible views of Barcelona. We will make up our mind when we see how tired the children are.

Ciutat Vella Day

Of course no visit to Barcelona is complete without visiting the old city. Normally Papa Joe and I would spend ages just mooching around the narrow streets, but with the children we will have to plan so they don’t get overwhelmed by the crowds and heat.

barcelona old city

We will try to come first thing in the morning to see the cathedral and the medieval buildings around The Placa del Rei before the tourists descend and then come back after our siesta to soak up the atmosphere.

barcelona cathedral 1


I know we have missed out some key Barcelona sites, such as Park Guell and the phenomenal Sagrada Família and of course for football fans the Barcelona FC Stadium and Museum Tour, but it will give us things to do when the grandchildren are just that bit older.

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