Barcelona family holidaysTreat your family to an unforgettable Catalan holiday
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
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!).
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.
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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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.
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.