This post has been a long time the making. Our baby is now a toddler and a seasoned traveller having being to over 20 countries around the world. Our time in Barcelona was at the end of baby’s first holiday which included a city break in Rome and a cruise around the med! Now with all our travel experiences I feel like I can paint a pretty full picture of what it is like travelling to Barcelona with a baby!
How easy is it to get around Barcelona with a baby?
This definitely depends on which area of Barcelona you are staying. Some sites are so busy that manoeuvring a stroller is near impossible so you probably will want to take a good carrier with you too!
The biggest challenge in travelling to Barcelona in the summer will be navigating the city when the crowds are peak! One place that we found particularly difficult in both the carrier and the stroller was the market (la bocqueria). The queues, tight alleyways and crowds meant this was not a pleasant experience for parent or child with the stroller or carrier!
One thing we did enjoy while getting around in Barcelona was using the hop on and hop off bus! Although when crowded you had to fold your stroller down, it was a great way to get around the city and get to all the major sites without hassle!
What is the Best Time of Year to Travel to Barcelona with a Baby?
Barcelona is a great city whatever the seasons but for traveling with a baby some times are obviously better than others. If you choose to travel in the Winter the main tourist sites will be emptier than in peak season however you won’t be able to enjoy the beach or the pools like you can in summer months! Conversely, if traveling in summer you will be able to enjoy the hot weather and take your little one to the beach and if you hotel has an outdoor swimming pool it will sure to be open! However the crowds, especially in places such as Las RAmblas and the Sagrada Familia will be immense! It is best to know what you want out of your city break – the sites or the beach to know what time is best
To try and get the best out of both worlds, try traveling in a shoulder season! But be sure yo have a look at the weather and check when hotel outdoor pools are open if you are traveling at beginning of Spring/end of Autumn!
Further reading: Why not consider doing a road trip around Spain including Barcelona?
Eating out in Barcelona with a baby
Family Friendly Tapas in Barcelona:
One of my favourite things about Spanish cuisine is tapas! Tapas actually lends itself quite well to families traveling with a baby! It is quick and easy perfect for those with time constraints however some of the tapas bars can be crowded! We don’t have one particularly spot to recommend as we would jump in somewhere whenever the baby slept and would recommend you do the same!
Family Friendly Restaurants in Barcelona
We found the Catalan house on the ramblas a great spot! The cuisine was local and authentic and well priced. It was also in the perfect location for families exploring the city who need some respite!
However our favourite meal on top of montjuic at the paella restaurant Martinez! It was a fabulous meal and at lunch time had a fabulous atmosphere!
We also really enjoyed exploring Montjuic as it was away from the crowds but had plenty to see!
When trying to eat dinner, you may find some of the restaurants open too late for you with the Spanish preferring to eat later in the evening. Either opt to eat your big meal at lunch or find somewhere that opens at 7pm (the good restaurants tend not to open any earlier than this)!
Where to stay in Barcelona
Finding somewhere good to stay is I think the most important part of having a successful city break with a baby!
We stayed in Montjuic! I really liked this area as it was a bit quieter however we did not like our hotel! We liked Montjuic for the slower pace of life and also the large open green spaces however getting into central Barcelona might be an issue if traveling in peak season with a stroller!!
If you are traveling in summer we definitely recommend looking for somewhere with a beach and pool to counter the heat of the city! Our friends over at Tinbox Traveller recommend staying 17km out of the city at the beautiful AC resort.
Fo a good city centre location with beach and pool we recommend the W Hotel
For a more central location that is still brilliantly family friendly our friends over at ExtraOrdinary Chaos recommends Casa fuster which is situated at the top of Las Ramblas!
Top 10 things to do in Barcelona with a baby
Barcelona Beaches with a baby
One of the things we love about Barcelona is its proximity to the beach! It is a great way to get some downtime from city sightseeing!
Parc Güell with a baby
A great example of Gaudi architecture! There are two areas a free and a ticketed area! Both are worth visiting but if you would like to go in the ticketed area be sure to book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment!
The park is not easy with a stroller so this is definitely a carrier job!
Sagrada Familia with a baby
No visit to the city is complete with a visit to the in progress Sagarda Familia! Littles are bound to enjoy the light through the stained glass window!
Not on everybody’s list but it is a great place to explore with a baby especially as there aren’t many crowds! Also a great way to get there is to take the Cable car! It offers great views and is fun for all the family!
In my experience all babies and toddlers love aquariums and the barcelona aquarium is a great one!
Hop on hop off bus
We did and it is a great way of seeing different parts of the city but depending on how busy the time of year they can refuse strollers so either do in off peak season or take the baby in a carrier!
Overall view on travelling to Barcelona with a baby!
Barcelona is a great place anytime but with a baby takes some thinking about. You will miss out on some of th culinary delights the city has to offer but that is the same for any trip with a baby! For Barcelona I would recommend travelling out of peak season to avoid the crowds and some of the worst heat to enjoy outdoor activities with the baby more!
Have you been to Barcelona with a baby? What are your tips?