Barcelona family holidays

Treat your family to an unforgettable Catalan holiday


Kai Sedgwick

Kai Sedgwick
HomeAway travel expert

Barcelona family holidays Barcelona is famous for three things: culture, weather and football. Spain’s second-largest city promises a triumvirate of treats, with all the museums, sunshine and soccer you could ever wish for. Whether your idea of a holiday involves doing as little as possible or ticking off as many attractions as you can, Barca is game for the challenge. Spend a week in the Catalan capital and you’ll return sporting a new tan, an appreciation for Spanish culture and a reinvigorated lust for life. Better still, take the whole family and check in to a luxury apartment in the heart of the city.

As a casual glance at HomeAway Holiday Rentals will reveal, there are thousands of Barcelona properties to choose from. Finding a holiday home that’s within your budget couldn’t be simpler. After booking your accommodation, your next step will be to consult our Barcelona holiday guide prior to jetting off. If you’re taking the family to Barcelona, be sure to catch these indescribably good attractions.



Top family-friendly areas on Barcelona holidays


Ciutat Vella Barcelona family holidays - Ciutat Vella

Ciutat Vella – which literally means ‘old city’ – is Barcelona’s most ancient district. Flanked by the warm embrace of the Mediterranean, Ciutat Vella serves as a de facto meeting point within the city. Take a stroll along Las Ramblas, the famous boulevard that extends all the way to the sea. Las Ramblas is known for its specialities; expect to find flowers, locally-produced art and even birds for sale on this bustling pedestrian thoroughfare. What else would you like to fit in during your Barca break: an open-air concert? Windsurfing lessons? Skateboardin g at the Plaça Angels? The kids are more likely to enjoy the latter, but in saying that, there are no rules – it’s your holiday. Go wild if you want to (in moderation, of course!).

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Barcelona family holidays -  Sants-Montjuïc

Situated to the south of the city, Sants-Montjuïc is a large district with a population of almost 180,000. Book in to a holiday apartment here and the whole of Barcelona is yours to explore at your leisure. Admire the art nouveau jewellery on sale in the quaint street markets; marvel at the city’s iconic architecture and take a tour of the old Roman city. If you’re into your history, you’ll relish the tale that Barca has to tell: one of shifting trade routes, ancient civilisations and modern art. From Roman frescoes to the latest contemporary pieces, Barcelona is a city that acknowledges its past whilst embracing the present. It’s the quintessential 21st century European city.


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Centro – Plaça de Catalunya Barcelona family holidays -  Centro, Plaça de Catalunya

Should you wind up staying in the very centre of Barcelona, you’ll be right next to Plaça de Catalunya. Here, in the city’s largest public square, the juxtaposition between the old and the new is perfectly encapsulated. Amidst the fountains and statues, there is one monument that stands out clearly – that of Francesc Macià. This incongruous edifice which resembles an inverted set of stairs is a sight to behold. While the kids won’t want to spend their entire trip stocking up on culture, a visit to the Picasso Museum is highly recommended. When the rain in Spain starts to fall mainly on the plain, the museum is the perfect way to while away an afternoon.


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Eixample Barcelona family holidays -  Eixample

Eixample’s long, straight streets – reminiscent of New York’s grid pattern – were created with the intention of managing traffic and maximising sunlight. At each intersection, the streets broaden, enhancing visibility and creating a relaxed social space. While staying in the Eixample district, your family may want to sample some of the sporting action for which Barca is renowned. The city boasts excellent golf, swimming and cycling facilities, while athletics have boasted excellent facilities ever since the 1992 Olympics. No trip to Barcelona would be complete without paying a visit to the Nou Camp, Barcelona FC’s awe-inspiring stadium which is one of the largest in the world.

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Barcelona family holidays -  Sarrià-Sant Gervasi

One of Barcelona’s largest districts, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi can be traced back to the year 987. Today, it retains its village feel, in spite of having been long since integrated into the city. If you’re staying here for a few days, be sure to check out Mercat de Sarrià as well as trekking to the nearby Collserola mountains. Here, from the Observatori Fabra, you’ll be able to enjoy spectacular views over the city. If you like good food, drink and weather, you’ll love Barcelona. With its exquisite blend of culture and children’s attractions – including theme parks and play centres – it’s the perfect family destination.

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Barcelona Holiday Apartments

Gotico-Catedral-apartment - Barcelona

The ideal location for your holiday, between the Cathedral and the Ramblas of Barcelona. You live in the strategic quarter of Barcelona. Enjoy the narrow streets of the Gothic quarter. Head over to the Cathedral or enter the Liceu Opera House.S...

Large apartment located in the heart of Barcelona.

This large apartment is centrally located on the 3rd floor of a grand apartment block in the heart of Barcelona. The large living room is decorated with high ceilings and comfortable sofas for relaxation. The dining room is located next to the liv...

Elegant Modernist apartment minutes from Rambla Catalunya (city center)

This spectacular and modern property of 75 mts2 located in the central Eixample Esquerra 3rd floor in a building with elevator. Recently renovated, it maintains some late 19th century features, with a combination of wood floor (parket) and tradi...

Barcelona Beach View Apartment

This 2 bedroom apartment is is located in the Barceloneta neighbourhood just 50 meters from Barcelona's most popular beach. From the balcony you have a fantastic view of the beach and the sea (have a look at the picture taken from the balcony). Th...

Original Apartment For 3 People In The City Centre -17220

Located at the very heart of this beautiful city this apartment has been designed for lovers of comics and superheroes, the characters you grew up with – let yourself dream again and enjoy this unique experience! The 55m2 apartment can perfectl...

Penthouse With Two Terraces 250m From The Sagrada Familia -17369

This apartment is designed for a romantic stay in this beautiful Mediterranean city. The apartment features two wonderful furnished terraces with excellent views, providing the perfect place to relax, enjoy the sunshine or have moonlit dinner. ...

Bright, New Apartment For 8 Next To The Sagrada Familia - 16292

This apartment is located in the Eixample district just 5 minutes from the Sagrada Familia, and provides easy access to Barcelona’s main places of interest. The 80m2 apartment is situated on the first floor of a building with a lift and is capa...

Nice Apartment Near the Beach -14666

This sunny 55m2 apartment is ideal for a relaxing stay near to some of Barcelona’s most peaceful beaches. The apartment is divided into a lounge-dining room area with American-style kitchen, and a bedroom with en-suite bathroom that can sleep up t...

Spacious, 80m2 Apartment in a Great Location in Montjuic -1169991

This charming 80m2 apartment has a 35m2 terrace and is ideal for business trips as well as holidays with family and friends. The apartment is located on the first floor of a building with a lift. It is situated in a calm street and the care tak...

Nice Apartment With Terrace Close to the Beach -11934

Nice apartment located at the Olympic Village, 200m to the beach and 250m to the Gothic quarter. It is a 100m2 apartment with great views to the sea, the Cathedral, Montjuic, the Tibidabo mountain, the Sagrada Familia and the Agbar tower. An e...
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