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

Spectacular apartment, 300m2 just off the Plaça Catalunya

This apartment is decorated in exquisite taste, has all the ingredients to make guests’ stay here unforgettable. Fully-equipped and secure, its exclusive location, right in the very heart of Barcelona, and its space and light, will delight all tho...

Just 150m from Las Ramblas. Attractive views, renovated, secure and very cosy

This secure, spacious and comfortable apartment with room for 8 people is fully equipped to make you feel at home. Moreover, its tasteful renovation and modern decor make it cosy and full of character, making it one of the best accommodation optio...

AMAZING APARTMENT IN THE CITY CENTRE for up to 6, own private terrace!

Our beautiful apartment is very comfortable and ideal for groups and families. Located near the beach and right next all the “must see” places in the Gothic Quarter. From the Communal Terrace on the Roof, you can enjoy meals with fantastic views o...

Simply Fantastc. Spectacular Terrace With Excellent Views of La Sagrada Familia

On an authentic, lively pedestrian avenue and with excellent connections, this exquisite, recently refurbished premium apartment features a fantastic communal chill-out terrace where you can relax, sunbathe or simply take in the stunning views of ...


Our beautiful apartment, is very comfortable and ideal for groups. Located near the beach and right next to all the 'must see' places in the Gothic Quarter, city centre of Barcelona. From the communal roof terrace you can enjoy a fantastic view of...

Design and comfort in the best location for groups of up to 14!

In an unbeatable location right in the historic heart of Barcelona, between the marvellous Mediterranean sea, the Ramblas and the Plaça Catalunya, lies this spectacular apartment with room for 14 people, where you will certainly enjoy life to the ...

Gorgeous Apartment Near the Beach in Barcelona for up to 8 .Quiet and Safe Area

Our fabulous 100m2 apartment is very comfortable and bright; ideal for a family or a group of friends. From the balcony you can enjoy meals with stunning views to the sea and the Olympic Port. WALKING ACCESS: 1 minute to the metro // 5 minutes ...

Exclusive, elegant and quiet, right next to Las Ramblas.

The nerve centre of Barcelona is without a doubt the Plaça Catalunya and its surrounding area: the famous Las Ramblas, the Old Town with its majestic Cathedral and the marvellous Mediterranean sea. This is the fantastic location of this exclusive ...


This beautiful is very comfortable and ideal for groups. Located right next to Las Ramblas and near the Barceloneta Beach; right next all the “must see” places in the Gothic Quarter. It also has a lovely communal roof terrace with a chill out zone...

Design and comfort for up to 9, right by the gorgeous Old Port and City Center

A stroll through one of the city’s most pleasant, authentic neighbourhoods brings you to this cosy apartment, which has been beautifully refurbished with every detail to ensure you have an unforgettable stay. Just a few minutes away from the Bar...
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