Barcelona with a baby! Everything you need to know

Barcelona with a baby! Everything you need to know

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!

You can book your tickets in advance HERE 

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.

You can compare the prices online here!

Fo a good city centre location with beach and pool we recommend the W Hotel

You can compare prices online HERE! 

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!

You can check availability and book online here

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You can compare the prices online here

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!

Montjuic

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!

Aquarium

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!

You can book your tickets in advance HERE 

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?

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32 Comments

  1. September 22, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    I do love Barcelona but have never visited with children! I would certainly take them in the off-peak season as the busy crowds would scare me, although I suppose that would be the same in any big city! What’s perfect about Barcelona is that you can be in the city one minute, and escape to the beach the next – not many cities can boast that and that is definitely something my children would love!

  2. September 22, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    I went to Barcelona a few years back, pre-kids. I loved it but remember it being so hectic. I’m in awe of all your traveling with a baby! I struggle to get out of the house some days 🙂 (although I do have one year old twins and a 3 year old! 🤦🏻‍♀️

  3. September 22, 2018 / 7:08 pm

    I keep thinking could I manage a city break with the kids and now I want to go back to Barcelona.

  4. September 22, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    I have not been to Barcelona. We didn’t do a lot of travelling when my son was young due to major tantrums. We started travelling with him in his elementary years.

  5. September 23, 2018 / 9:06 am

    We loved Montjuic although we didn’t stay there. And I completely agree with going out of season. July was hot hot and very crowded!

  6. September 23, 2018 / 11:44 am

    Hubby and I went to Barcelona on a romantic trip pre-kids! Loved it! We’d love to go back and take our son one day.

  7. October 1, 2018 / 9:19 am

    I love Barcelona! Well done you for embracing it with a baby in tow! It looks fab and some more great ideas x

  8. October 1, 2018 / 11:20 am

    I love Barcelona! But haven’t been there with the boys. I think you’re right though – off-season is definitely the way to go. #MondayEscapes

  9. October 1, 2018 / 12:36 pm

    These are great tips. We have not been to Barcelona yet but some day we will visit with our three kids in tow. #fearlessfamtravel

  10. October 1, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    Cities with a beach are always such a great choice when you’re travelling with little ones. I visited Barcelona on a friend’s hen do so I feel I should return for a more cultured experience… #Mondayescapes

  11. October 1, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    My kids are now 9 and 7 and looking back, any place with a baby that you can stick in a stroller, doesnt talk back, I wish I had done more traveling, big traveling when my kids were babies. It gets hard when they are toddlers and want to run around (preschool as well) now my guys are at the age where they can sightsee and learn new things. We have not been to Spain yet (myself included!) but you had me a beach, love a good urban area with close proximity to a beach! #FearlessFamTrav

  12. October 1, 2018 / 5:26 pm

    We had a fabulous time in Barcelona with teenage boys. I guess the Gaudi houses are impossible with a baby be we loved them! #fearlessfamtrav

  13. October 1, 2018 / 5:43 pm

    We visited Barcelona first the first time this year. Although our three aren’t babies, we found it very child friendly and had a great time! We’ll definitely be back. Jemma x #MondayEscapes

  14. October 1, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    I love Barcelona but have only ever been pre-kids, so travelling there with a baby was far from my mind at the time! Thanks for these great tips for when we do eventually get there with little ones! #MondayEscapes

  15. October 2, 2018 / 7:59 am

    Can’t believe we lived in the UK for 11 years and never made it to Barcelona! Looks amazing!

  16. October 2, 2018 / 8:19 am

    Travelling to a city that has a beach is always a great idea with babies or toddlers in my opinion. We’ve never been to Barcelona as a family, though it has been on the list for a long time! #fearlessfamtrav

  17. October 2, 2018 / 8:22 am

    Barcelona was our first family holiday abroad and it was magical! We found that eating away from Las Ramblas was *always* better, and there are some wonderful local spots just below Montjuic. #fearlessfamtrav

    • October 2, 2018 / 8:55 am

      Yes we liked Barcelona for our first holiday! Though it was nice to get away from crowds

  18. October 2, 2018 / 1:37 pm

    Oh, how I do love Barcelona! I’ve been lucky enough to go a few times but only once with the kids. They loved the aquarium and beach. I’d really like to go back and see Sagrada Familia #MondayEscapes

  19. October 3, 2018 / 9:39 am

    Some great tips here. We are past the baby stage now but I remember taking on the busy streets of New York with a stroller and wish I’d taken a carrier like you did in Barcelona!
    Totally agree that tapas is a super family friendly way of eating.
    Thanks for linking up to #MondayEscapes

  20. October 3, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    I’ve been to Barcelona about three times, but never with family. My next visit will definitely be with the kids and Mister! #fearlessfamtrav

  21. October 4, 2018 / 1:47 pm

    Never took my kids when they were that little. I did enjoy Barcelona when I was there 10 years ago, but hoping to take the kids to see Europe soon and Barcelona would be on that list. #fearlessfamtrav

  22. October 5, 2018 / 7:31 am

    I went to Barcelona when inter-railing many years ago and loved it, although it was far too short a visit and we had no spare money to pay to go inside the Sagrada Familia – I need to go back especially having recently watched a TV programme on how they are finishing the cathedral. #farawayfiles

  23. October 5, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    We went to Barcelona two summers ago and found it to be so family-friendly. Grant it, I didn’t have babies with me, but we felt that our kids were welcome everywhere. I totally agree about La Boqueria – I couldn’t deal with it with my own kids can only imagine with a baby. Too crowded! And we took the cable car to Montjuic and discovered one of the best playgrounds in the city. Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

  24. October 7, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    Barcelona is a great city but have never been with the kids. Think we’d probably go off season with the boys #fearlessfamtrav

  25. October 9, 2018 / 2:59 pm

    Really enjoyed this post. Barcelona was one of the first places I travelled alone with a baby. I was writing a weekend city guide for a newspaper and it was quite challenging doing all the research with a baby in tow! Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

  26. October 10, 2018 / 8:50 pm

    I have not visited Barcelona but it is somewhere I would love to visit. I do love a carrier it definitely makes city life easier. #fearlessfamtravel

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