24 hours in Barcelona with kids

24 hours in Barcelona with kids

Earlier this year we went on a cruise from Barcelona. We’d booked our flights and cruise separately. Whenever we do this we always like to fly out the day before, just in case we encounter any issues. It’s also nice to explore whichever city we’re departing from. We had a great time exploring Barcelona, so I thought I’d share our suggestions for how to spend 24 hours in Barcelona with kids.

We arrived at Barcelona airport at around midday and took a short taxi ride to our hotel, Hotel Catalonia Port, which is literally a 5 minutes walk from La Rambla and is situated in the city’s gothic quarter. The hotel is quite a small boutique hotel, that’s perfectly situated to explore the city as well as being close to the seafront. At check in we were offered a welcome class of cava, which is always a good start!

The rooms were lovely and modern and nice and spacious, which can sometimes be difficult to find when staying in a city. Id definitely recommend taking a look at this hotel if you are looking for somewhere to stay in Barcelona.

Tapas and churros

Once we’d dropped off our bags in our rooms and freshened up a bit we decided to head out to explore. We didn’t have any particular plans, we just wanted to have a leisurely wander.

Our hotel was situated on a lovely little side street and right next door to the hotel was a fab little tapas bar that served the most amazing churros and hot chocolate for the kids. We sat at the counter and ordered a few bits of tapas and had a nice glass of wine whilst the children enjoyed their churros. The atmosphere was great.

After we’d finished munching on tapas we headed towards Las Ramblas, although on the way we spotted another lovely little bar, so we popped in for another drink and more tapas!

24 hours in Barcelona with kids 24 hours in Barcelona with kids 24 hours in Barcelona with kids

La Rambla

When we finally got to La Rambla we spent quite a bit of time wandering around the market stalls, popping into shops and wandering up the little streets that are just the main stretch. The atmosphere on La Rambla is really great. There are also lots of bars and restaurants where you can sit outside and take in the atmosphere.

La Rambla, Barcelona Barcelona Barcelona

Los Caracoles

More we’d set off on our trip, we’d spent a bit of time researching where to eat for our evening meal. We wanted to plan ahead so that we didn’t up walking around trying to find somewhere that could fit us in.

In our search we came across Los Caracoles, which is a traditional restaurant that was established in 1835.

The atmosphere is pretty chaotic and you have to walk through the kitchen to get to the tables at the back, which is where we were seated. However, that just added to the rustic charm and the kids thought it was great!

Los Caracoles Barcelona Barcelona restaurant

There is a good selection of catalonian dishes, including paella. I had the cod paella, which was ok, although other dishes did look better and everyone else seemed to enjoy theirs.

Although the food wasn’t the best I’ve ever had, I’d still recommend dining at Los Caracoles for the whole experience.

After dinner we were all pretty tired as we’d had an early flight, so we decided to head to bed. Simon and Oscar wanted to watch a football game that was on, so they went back to the bar next to the hotel to watch it. Apparently everyone was so friendly in there and they ended up have a great evening with some locals.

Nou Camp

The next day Simon and my dad had booked to take the kids to Nou Camp, home of Barcelona Football Club, for a few hours. They took the metro, which was pretty close to our hotel and they all had a great time. The pics are fab.

Nou CampNou CampNot Camp, Barcelona

My mum and I took the opportunity to have a lazy morning. We headed to Las Ramblas to get a spot of breakfast and do a bit of clothes shopping. We headed to H&M and Zara and were a bit disappointed to find that they were closed as it was a Sunday. We decided to have a coffee and then wander back to the hotel to read by the pool.

Hotel Catalonia Port, Barcelona

The Hotel Catalonia Port has a lovely little pool and outside area, which again, can be difficult to find in city hotels. By the time the other returned, we were definitely in full holiday mode as we headed to the port to get on our cruise on Symphony of the Seas.

If you’re staying in Barcelona longer than 24 hours, other places to explore include:

Barcelona Cathedral

Sagrada Familia

The beaches

L’Aquarium Barcelona

Parc de la Ciutadella

Other recommendations and tips

Barcelona with kids – The Ultimate Guide – Family Off Duty

6 Things to Do in Barcelona with Kids – Mini Travellers

Jess who blogs at Mothers Who recently took her twins to Barcelona on a weekend city break. Here’s some tips she’s put together on travelling to a European city with small children.

24 hours in Barcelona with kids


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    • jemma
      19th February 2019 / 8:32 pm

      You definitely can’t beat churros! x

  1. 13th February 2019 / 12:04 am

    I love Barcelona but have never been with the kids! Definitely somewhere Iā€™d like to take them in the future though! #MondayEscapes

    • jemma
      19th February 2019 / 8:31 pm

      It’s a great place. x

  2. 13th February 2019 / 8:18 am

    I love Barcelona and have been a few times either visiting or with friends but never with my little one. I have thought about it quite a few times though so might have to pop this one on the list.

    Nothing better than a Tapas crawl!!!

    • jemma
      19th February 2019 / 8:31 pm

      You really can’t beat a Tapas crawl! Barcelona is fab x

  3. 17th February 2019 / 7:09 pm

    Fantastic tips – I particularly love the sound of those churros dipped in hot chocolate while you kick back with a glass of wine, sounds like the dream family holiday day! #MondayEscapes

    • jemma
      19th February 2019 / 8:30 pm

      I may have also had a nibble on the churros whilst drinking the wine šŸ˜‰ x

  4. 24th February 2019 / 10:21 pm

    I have never visited Barcelona but would absolutely love to. And I could wander around markets for hours….. I wouldn’t get to do anything else šŸ™‚ #MondayEscapes

    • jemma
      27th February 2019 / 9:39 pm

      You should definitely go – it’s a great city x

  5. 24th February 2019 / 10:40 pm

    I love the idea of the restaurant that you have to walk through the kitchen – how funny! And my boys are DESPERATE to visit the Nou Camp. We’ll have to take them one day.
    Thanks for linking up to #MondayEscapes

    • jemma
      27th February 2019 / 9:39 pm

      It was fun at the restaurant. I love places that are a little bit different x

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