Amazon rainforest,Tramvia Blau,Tourism,Barcelona

City breaks with kids: Barcelona

January 29, 2017
in Kids

I’m bored! The Gothic Quarter’s warren of medieval alleyways is great fun to explore, and one of its hidden treasures is the original Papabubble store on Calle Ample where jewel-like sweets are made by hand. Children love the open-top tourist bus, but for a real (and cheaper) adventure, ride the vintage Tramvia Blau, or “blue tram” (€5.50pp one-way) from Plaça John F Kennedy, then take the funicular to the top of Tibidabo mountain. The reward at journey’s end is the Tibidabo amusement park (€28.50 adult, €10.30 under 1.2m, free under 90cm) with rollercoasters and rides for young children against jaw-dropping panoramic views. If the rain in Spain falls mainly on your holiday, head to CosmoCaixa science museum (adult €4, under-16s free). My kids, aged five and eight, love the hands-on exhibits, all with information in English, and 3D planetarium. The star attraction is 1,000 square metres of living Amazonian rainforest teeming with live snakes, birds, insects, fish and capybaras. Those who dream of being the next Lionel Messi can walk in his studmarks at FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou Experience (€25 adult, €20 under-13s). After visiting the dressing rooms and stepping onto the hallowed turf, they can explore the club’s history in the museum. It’s not just a...

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