Barcelona is Spain’s second city and its filled with both style and energy. Its art museums are world-class and its restaurants, bars and shops will not disappoint. It is a great city to visit with kids as the weather is great and there are loads family friendly activities, hotels and restaurants.
Barcelona’s climate is mild and sunny all year long although it can get quite hot during the summer months.
Flights from the UK and Ireland take approximately 2.5 hours, making this an easy enough trip to make with younger kids. Its an easy city to get around and there is a metro, bus service and plenty of taxis. The centre is also very walkable and stroller accessible.
City breaks can be tricky with babies and toddlers however, Barcelona has miles of beaches which is perfect when kids get bored of walking around sightseeing. You can easily combine a beach holiday with culture and fantastic cuisine making this a fantastic family holiday destination. There are also plenty of fun things to do for toddlers and younger kids in Barcelona such as parks and other activities. See Top Attractions.
The charming gothic quarter offers a peek into Barcelona’s history with its narrow streets and gothic cathedrals. This pedestrianized area is perfect for strollers and is filled with tapas bars, boutiques and restaurants and is in close proximity to Barcelona’s famous pedestrianized street, Las Ramblas. The port area has a fantastic marina and is also filled with bars and restaurants.
When eating out, tapas are a great option for kids as the portions are small. You will find tapas bars all over Barcelona along with a mix of other restaurants. See Eating Out for more information.
Finding somewhere to stay in Barcelona is easy. There are plenty of apartments and hotels with family friendly services available in the city and along the coastline close to the city. See ‘Where to Stay’ for more information.
Buying your Baby and Toddler Essentials
There are plenty of small markets and supermarkets within the city where you will be able to buy all your baby and toddler essentials.
El Corte Ingles, located on the central Playa de Catalunya has a basement supermarket and you will also find a Carrefour Express on Las Ramblas and a Carrefour Hypermarket in the Glories District. De Tot al Barn, located in El Barn is open 7 days a week from 9.30am until 11pm if you need anything on Sundays.
Larger pharmacies will also sell formula, nappies and wipes.
Milupa Aptamil is available in larger El Corte Ingles and Hipp Organic is widely available also. Hero is a local brand of formula and is popular among Spanish parents.
The water quality in Barcelona is not very good and it is best to use bottled water. Evian is widely available and contains less sodium and minerals than other brands.
You will be able to find baby food, snacks, cereals, yoghurts and fresh milk in larger supermarkets also and if you rent an apartment and want to cook for your child you will also be able to find fresh meat, fruit and veg in larger stores.
Pharmacies & Medical Care
Nurofen is available in pharmacies also but be careful of the dose as it is stronger than what is available in some other European countries. Apiretal is a Spanish brand of pain relief for young children and is similar to Calpol, but again it is more concentrated than Calpol so be careful with the dosage.
Most pharmacists speak English so make sure to ask about dosages and if your child is ill and needs a doctor or hospital, they will be able to direct you to the nearest one.