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Family Friendly Attractions in Barcelona

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An April 2012 trip to Barcelona by Joy S

Port Vell Photo, Barcelona, Spain More Photos
Quote: Some of the things we as a family with an 8 year old boy particularly enjoyed in Barcelona

Port Vell

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Attraction | "Port Vell and the Waterfront"

Port Vell Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Port Vell is the historic harbour area of Barcelona. It attracts a lot of visitors every year and is the area from the Columbus statue to Barceloneta. It is a great place to explore - there are shops, museums, an aquarium and lots of nice yachts in the harbour. We visited on a sunny day with a blue sky - it was beautiful. An added bonus is that it is mostly pedestrianised, so children can run around and explore, without the busy traffic that the rest of Barcelona suffers from. It makes a pleasant change in Port Vell to not have to watch the road all the time!The sea has always been important to Barcelona. Once this city was one of the great maritime trade empires. Today, there are ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2012

Port Vell
Rambla De Mar
Barcelona

Platja de la Barceloneta

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Attraction | "Barceloneta and the Beach"

Platja de la Barceloneta Photo, Barcelona, Spain
Quote:
You should definitely visit the Barceloneta area if you are in Barcelona - it is a very traditional and authentic part of the city. It is right by the sea and was at one time, the place where the city's fishermen lived. It is so different to the other parts of Barcelona which are modern and bustling. Barceloneta is peaceful, quiet and laid back, and it feels almost like you have gone back in time to the Barcelona of the past.The streets are very narrow and the buildings are close together. There are lots of small squares and old fashioned bars. We saw lots of older people sitting on the street corners chatting and relaxing. It is very much a working class district, the bu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 1, 2012

Platja de la Barceloneta
Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta
Barcelona, Spain 08005

Montjuic Hill

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Attraction | "Montjuic"

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The hill of Montjuic rises behind Barcelona and in this area, behind the rocky slopes, there is lots of parkland. At weekends the locals cycle and walk in the hills, and it is a lovely tranquil place to spend some time. Montjuic is a real contrast to the traffic and hustle and bustle down in the city.We had really wanted to take the Port Vell to Montjuic cable car, which, we had read, gives you a bird's eye view over the port and is one of the top 10 things to do in Barcelona. Unfortunately, for reasons we did not find out, the cable car wasn't running during our visit, so we couldn't do this. We were really disappointed. The cable car route was built in 1929 for the Universal Exposit...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 3, 2012

Montjuic Hill
Southwest of City Center Overlooking the Harbor
Barcelona, Catalonia

Poble Espanyol

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Poble Espanyol Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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The Poble Espanyol or Spanish Village is an open-air recreation of architectural landmarks from all the different regions of Spain. We had gone here as a last minute thing, but what a gem it turned out to be! We spent about 3 hours strolling around, all of us loved it here and I would definitely recommend it as a lovely place to spend some time.The entrance cost was 9.50 euros for adults and 5.60 euros for children. It is open between 9am until midnight and later on Fridays and Saturdays. When we arrived, there were lots of tour buses and people around the entrance area, so we prepared ourselves for big crowds, but inside this was not the case. It is spacious and although busy, it did...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 3, 2012

Poble Espanyol
Avenida Marqués De Comillas
Barcelona, Spain 08038
34 93 3257866

Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys/Olympic Stadium

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Attraction | "Olympic Stadium"

Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys/Olympic Stadium Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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We are very excited about the forthcoming Olympic Games in London - our capital city, so really wanted to take the opportunity during this trip to Barcelona to see all the important Olympic buildings from the 1992 games. Everything is very close together in the Montjuic area, as well as seeing all the Olympic buildings, you get some great views over the city.We had a look first of all at the strange Montjuic Communications Tower. You can't miss it here, it is huge and very futuristic looking. It was designed by Santiago Calatrava and is actually supposed to be an abstract depiction of an athlete holding the Olympic torch. It is very impressive, with the backdrop of the city...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 5, 2012

Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys/Olympic Stadium
Avinguda de l'Estadi, 52
Barcelona, Spain