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Transformed from obscure into hip and happening, the 20th century brought with it the resurgence of Barcelona. The city is gilded with reminders of the architectural genius of Gaudi and streets are busy by day and night, replete with anything from bird-sellers to cafés. Welcome to the elaborate fusion of history and culture that is Barcelona.
Barcelona proudly endorses its individuality… and rightly so. Located on the north-eastern part of the Iberian Peninsula, it is the city of summer fiestas and 2-3 hour-long siestas. Whether you prefer to take a night-time stroll through the boulevards of eye-wateringly beautiful La Rambla, tickle your taste buds with modern cuisine, or simply browse through small boutiques, Barcelona will leave a lasting smile on your face.
Sights of Barcelona:
Museu Picasso - The museum has the most important works by the young Pablo Picasso, focusing on the years that he lived in Barcelona.
La Sagrada Familia - Still unfinished, this Cathedral is the work of Barcelona’s design genius Antoni Gaudi.
Barri Gótic - The centre of old Barcelona, this district is filled with cafés, bars and medieval buildings from the 14th and 15th centuries. You’ll also find the Barri Gótic Cathedral – one of Spain’s greatest Gothic buildings.
La Pederra - Designed by Gaudi this apartment block is one of the world’s architectural wonders with its uneven stone design and wave effect. Visitors can tour the building and from the roof enjoy spectacular views over the city. There is also a museum dedicated to Gaudi’s work located in the building.
La Rambla - This boulevard is for pedestrians only and is filled with performers, street sellers, a bird market, the Mercat de la Boqueria (Europe’s best produce market) as well as an opera house
Lonely Planet: Barcelona with Children:
Published: June 22, 2012
One of the great things about Barcelona is the local habit of including children in many seemingly adult activities. Going out to eat or sipping a beer at a terrazza (terrace) needn’t mean leaving children behind. Barcelonins take their kids out all the time and don’t worry too much about keeping them up late.
Street theatre: The spectacle of La Rambla fascinates kids as much as adults. By day and night, multitudes stream along this tree-lined pedestrian boulevard (flanked by two clogged traffic lanes), a stage for street performers (from flamenco dancers to fire-eaters and more human statues than you could knock over in one go), pickpockets, three-cups-and-a-ball tricksters and more. Fun for all the family!
Bird’s-eye Barcelona: Assuming your kids aren’t scared of heights, head to the top of the Monument a Colom for dazzling views of the harbour; or catch the Transbordador Aeri across the harbour from La Barceloneta to Montjuïc, another irresistible attraction.
Water world: The L’Aquàrium‘s 80m-long shark tunnel, 11,000 fish and special children’s activities are a guaranteed hit with the nippers.
Kid-friendly culture: Of the city’s museums, the ones most likely to capture children’s imagination are the Museu Marìtim, with its old ships and cool audiovisual displays; the deliciously hands-on shrine to all things chocolatey, Museu de la Xocolata; the enjoyably creepy wax figures of the Museu de Cera (waxworks); and the interactive CosmoCaixa, a mecca for knob-twiddling kids of all ages.
Parklife: In cooler weather parks can be a good choice. A roam around Montjuïc, including exploration of its atmospheric Castell, should appeal. The sheer weirdness of Gaudí’s Park Güell will have older children intrigued, while younger kids usually like the dragon at Parc d’Espanya Industrial.