BARCELONA’S PARC GUELL
PLAY MATCH-THE-ART AT THE MUSEU PICASSO
There isn’t a famous artist who displayed a more childlike sense of
wonder, curiosity, melancholy, and playfulness than Pablo Picasso.
Before you start your self-guided tour of this stunning museum, buy
a postcard or two of Picasso’s artwork in the gift shop, and try to
match the reprint with the real thing. Before leaving the crooked
streets of the museum’s home in the Gothic Quarter, grab a table at
Petritxol Xocoa and chat about cubism while indulging in a Barcelona
staple: dipping crispy churros into cups of warm chocolate.
The most famous church outside of Vatican City is forever under
construction – and forever a photographic wonder. Whether or not
you’re religious, be sure to set some time aside to visit Sagrada
Familia both inside and out (there’s a great little playground across
the street). Have your kids look straight up and marvel at the
audacious scope of Gaudi’s ongoing project (the temple celebrated
its 175th anniversary of construction last year). With any luck, it will
be finished by the time they return with their own kids.
When visiting Barcelona with young kids, experiencing the city as the locals do is just as important – and easy – as seeing the
sights recommended by your travel advisor. Strolling open-air markets with fresh tapas in hand, cheering on the football team and
taking in the mind-bending architecture of Antoni Gaudí are all great ways to ensure your family experiences the
How to wow your kids in
By Jeff Bogle
When travelling with young
children, nothing beats an
immersive, authentic, truly
local experience in a city like
Barcelona. Add churros and
chocolate, and you’ll have an
adventure they’ll never forget.
PLAY TAG IN PARC GUELL
Every city has a park it’s proud of, but no city on Earth has a park like
Barcelona’s Parc Guell. Designed by Gaudi, this stunning outdoor system
of public space adorned with the master artist’s trademark broken tile
motif is an affordable way to immerse your family in the creative side of
everyday life in the Catalan capital.
CATCH A FLAMENCO DANCING SHOW
Sure to be unlike anything your kids have seen before, a flamenco dinner
show will have their eyes popping and jaws dropping at the vibrant
colours of the dresses, the clicking of the shoes, and the unique guitar
playing of the musicians on stage. Recognized as a Masterpiece of
Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, there’s no better way to
acquaint your kiddos with an authentic expression of Spain.
BROWSE THE BOOTHS OF LA BOQUERIA
This showpiece public market is one of the most famous must-do’s in
the city for good reason. Take the time to slowly stroll by La Boqueria’s
bustling stalls, letting the smells and sounds seep in, and nibble some
local cuisine — the tapas and crepes are made right in front of your
wide-eyed kids. There are dozens of vendors selling spices, sauces and
more, so it’s also a great spot to let the kids pick out a souvenir for home.
CHECK OUT FC BARCELONA AND CAMP NOU
Lionel Messi, the most popular football player in the world, calls Barcelona
his home and the stadium of his home team, FC Barcelona, is a temple
to the beautiful game. A tour of Camp Nou takes visitors through the
massive trophy cabinets, past game-worn cleats and jerseys, and into
hi-tech displays showcasing the remarkable history of the game.
The tour ends in the stadium stands, so guests can gaze out upon the
three levels of
seats, the famous yellow letters spelling out
“mes que un club,”
and the glistening green field of Camp Nou. To truly
know and understand the city of Barcelona, one must also understand
its famous football club.
Ultimate Family Vacations | SPRING 2018
SPRING 2018 | Ultimate Family Vacations
HERE ARE A FEW CAN’T-MISS ACTIVITIES FOR THE NIÑOS IN YOUR LIFE:
AUTHOR AT CAMP NOU WITH HIS DAUGHTERS ©JEFF BOGLE
JEFF AND HIS DAUGHTERS ENJOYING CHURROS
AND HOT CHOCOLATE ©JEFF BOGLE