Barcelona is a popular choice for any family's European bucket list. Here, the locals have a saying: ¡vivimos mucho! Meaning, we live life to the fullest! In the spirit of this mantra we'd like to highlight five spots where you are sure to find a great deal of life being lived: The parks of Barcelona.
1. Parque Ciutadella. This park has exceptional character: modern sculptures, local musicians, snack stands, yogis, ping pong tables, fountains, lots of trees, and paddle boats and bikes to rent and ride. It's one of Barcelona's most popular play spots among locals, both old and young. Plus the playground staff provides free toys and games at special times during the day.
2. Parc Guëll. An unmistakable creation of Antonio Gaudi, this vast garden offers wonderful views of Barcelona, several playgrounds, beautiful mosaic work, and curious architectural structures. The park is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and as one might guess, a magnet for tourists. That's why we recommend you go on a weekday morning when the majority of the crowds are still sleeping. Read more reviews of Parc Guëll in the family-friendly travel guide!
3. Parc de Montjuïc. Montuïc is full of inviting green spaces and unique parks. Besides spectacular views out to the sea and of the city below, there are also plenty of opportunities to toss coins into "lucky"fountains, explore art museums and royal palaces, cross a real-life drawbridge into a majestic castle, see traditional architecture at the Spanish Village or "Poble Español", and take a tour of the Olympic stadium. You have plenty of options on how to get up or down the hill, whether you take the cable cars, the public bus, a taxi, bikes, or simply use your feet!
4. Parque Joan Miro. This park is perfect if you're in search of a quiet café that has a park next door so you can read and monitor the children at the same time. There are three playgrounds for distinct age groups: babies, toddlers, and older kids, and each is visible from the outdoor seating. If your children are older, there basketball courts and ping pong tables for use. There is also a public pool with a small entrance fee and a great location for making new friends in the city.
5. Turó Park. The high-class neighborhood where Turó Park is located has some impressive royal homes from the 19th century to admire on your way to swinging and sliding. The park was made for babies and toddlers and there's also a wonderful place to picnic and relax in the shade during a sunny summer day.
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