Not quite old enough to appreciate Gaudi? Fear not — Barcelona with kids is easy to pull off, and a good time for every generation involved. Whether traveling with kids, adults, and/or grandparents, there is a plethora of experiences, sights, and restaurants for the whole family in Spain's coastal mecca.
WHAT TO DO
The Paella Club
For a unique culinary experience, book a private cooking class at The Paella Club. Located in the Gothic Quarter, this charming and cool venue provides an ideal space for large groups — think 10+ people. Here, you will immerse yourself in the art of cooking traditional paellas. From vegetarian delights to seafood-infused creations and even the exotic black ink paella, explore the rich flavors of Catalonia's prized dish. With music, a vibrant atmosphere, high-quality local ingredients, knowledgeable (and personable!) hosts — and a constant flow of cava and wine — the experience is fun for the whole family. The best part? Taste-test your creations with a delightful family-style dinner at the end.
FC Barcelona Museum + Tour
If you have soccer enthusiasts among your group, a visit to the FC Barcelona Museum is a must. This interactive museum offers a modern and immersive experience, showcasing the club's rich history. From touchscreens and videos to displays of jerseys and trophies, the museum pays tribute to the legends of the sport, including the incomparable Lionel Messi.
Not To Be Missed: Little ones will go crazy for the Virtual Reality experience, an amazing chance to step right inside the FC Barcelona universe and interact in first person with some of the most emblematic spaces. The Beat the Robo-Keeper activity will keep little ones entertained for hours.
Catamaran Rental with This is Med
Make the most of Barcelona's coastal beauty. Charter the Big Fish, a 42' Catamaran, through This is Med. Spend a day cruising the Mediterranean Sea with stops for swimming, exploring, and breathtaking views. Take a dip in the crystal clear waters, explore hidden coves inaccessible by land, or simply bask in the sunshine on deck. With plenty of room to move around and modern amenities on board, this catamaran rental is sure to be a vacation highlight.
Morning at Tibidabo
For panoramic views of Barcelona, take the Funicular up to Tibidabo. The Amusement Park atop the hill offers a range of attractions suitable for all ages. Spread across five levels, the park is perfect for little ones with a Ferris Wheel, carousel, and gentle rides. Meanwhile, older kids and tweens can enjoy thrilling experiences like roller coasters, swings, and a mini log fume.
Las Ramblas and Bocqueria Market
Stroll along Las Ramblas and explore the Gothic Quarter to soak up the vibrant atmosphere of Barcelona. The bustling streets lined with shops, cafes, and street performers will provide endless entertainment. Visit the renowned Bocqueria Market and enjoy a colorful display of fresh products, local delicacies, and aromatic spices. The market's lively ambiance and delicious street food will keep everyone entertained and satiated.
WHERE TO EAT
Cocina Hermano Torres
For an exclusive adults-only dining experience, Cocina Hermano Torres sets the stage for a truly remarkable evening. This three-Michelin-starred hotspot invites guests to indulge in a culinary journey like no other. Opt to dine in the sleek private dining room with glass walls and a special mirror that provides a glimpse into the kitchen — the ambiance exudes elegance. Dine on over 20 meticulously crafted courses, each dish showcases the creativity and artistry of the Torres brothers, resulting in an unforgettable dining experience.
For another adults-only dining experience, Fismuler is a must-visit culinary destination. This restaurant captures hearts with its super inventive and delicious fare. Start your meal with the enticing bread and pate starter, followed by the indulgent burrata salad and mouthwatering prawn tartare. The chicken wing appetizer is a standout, offering a burst of flavors that tantalize the taste buds. The innovative culinary creations at Fismuler are sure to leave a lasting impression, making it a beloved choice among discerning diners.
Elevate your family dinner experience at Can Solé, where you can relish seafood specialties in a private area upstairs. Gather around a massive round table, creating a fun and intimate atmosphere for multi-generational dining. Sample the seafood paella, a true highlight, showcasing the freshest catch from the Mediterranean. The expertly prepared dishes at Can Solé are a testament to Barcelona's rich culinary heritage, making it a cherished dining destination for families.
Immerse your family in the energetic ambiance of Bar Canete, a popular modern tapas-style restaurant. With its lively atmosphere and delectable dishes, it offers an authentic taste of Barcelona. Indulge in an array of tapas, each bursting with flavors and crafted with culinary finesse. From the traditional Spanish classics to innovative creations, Bar Canete caters to a variety of palates.
After a day of exploration, Martinez provides a kid-friendly atmosphere for an early family dinner. Situated at the base of Montjuic, this charming spot offers a welcoming ambiance and a delectable menu. Treat your taste buds to a range of dishes that showcase the best of Spanish cuisine. From tantalizing starters to mouthwatering main courses, Martinez offers a culinary journey that satisfies both adults and children alike.
Majestic Hotel & Spa Rooftop
Perched high above the bustling city streets, Rooftop 'La Dolce Vitae', Restaurant & Bar at Majestic Hotel & Spa provides a haven of tranquility and sophistication. La Dolce Vitae is the spectacular terrace located on the roof of the hotel, from where you can see practically the entire city of Barcelona with one glance, along with its most emblematic architectural icons such as the La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, and the Glòries Tower. This is the ideal place to relax and sample the cuisine menu created by chef Nandu Jubany, accompanies by the best selection of wines, champagnes, and cocktails — truly the best way to cap off an unbelievable Barcelona vacation!
WHERE YOU'LL STAY
Casa Oller Apartments
Discover Barcelona — our newest metro destination and year-round addition to the Residence Collection. The Club's three-bedroom apartments are located in the heart of L'Eixample and include amenities such as a gym, rooftop patio, and shallow plunge pool. With lively streets, culinary delights, and cultural experiences at your fingertips, this Spanish mecca is sure to top your vacation wishlist.