Barcelona, Spain is a vibrant city that is ideal for families. We traveled to Spain with some family friends who also have a 3-year-old. We found that the people of Barcelona are so friendly with children. Barcelona also offers many activities and attractions that are perfect for children of all ages. One of the most distinct attractions is Gaudi’s Park Guell.

We had tickets for 7:30pm for the monument area of Park Guell. My friend and I had trouble finding a taxi since there was a Barcelona FC game that evening. We ended up leaving our hotel at 7:20pm and got to Park Guell around 7:50pm. Knowing we had a 30 minute window on our tickets, we picked up our pace and looked for the monumental entrance.

Park Guell in Barcelona
We found the entrance to Park Guell to be a bit overwhelming. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

My friend and I found the signage at Park Guell quite confusing. It wasn’t obvious where the ticketed area was. We asked some people who were walking around the park and they had no idea there even was a ticketed area. We took a gamble and started heading down a path that thankfully paid off!

From what we could tell, the ticket got us into an open terrace space surrounded by a winding bench wall. The wall overlooked the city of Barcelona and it was quite a spectacular view! The benches weren’t super comfortable (they are made of concrete) but the mosaics on them were very cool!

Park Guell in Barcelona
There were several spots like this for kids to explore. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

We let the boys run around the Terrace area for quite awhile while we looked at the map. The map basically had a lot of historical information, rather than pointing out where to go next. Once the boys were adequately covered in dust, we headed down to the base of the park. They especially enjoyed running through the tunnels and up and down the stairs.

We thought we could just grab a taxi at the exit of Park Guell after we were done exploring, . There was a sign indicating a taxi stand just down the street. We followed the sign but never found the taxi stand. Therefore, we ended up walking quite a way to get to a main street and then flagged down a taxi to take us back to the hotel.

View of Barcelona from Park Guell
The view from Park Guell was breathtaking! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

5 Tips for Park Guell with a Baby + Preschooler

  1. Reserve tickets. While Park Guell is free and open to the public, the monument area is by ticket only. These tickets sell out quickly. We went in the morning and were able to get tickets for the following evening. Children ages 6 and under are free.
  2. Go early. We went in the evening and the park got pretty dark before we were done exploring. Our 3-year-olds were a bit scared walking around the park in the dark. My son was especially scared when we entered the column room.
  3. Don’t bring a stroller. Park Guell is not designed with strollers in mind. The entrance starts with lots and lots of stairs. So, I used my Tula baby carrier and it was so easy to just wear my 6-month-old.
  4. Bring food and drinks. Park Guell has a couple of little restaurants on site but they are pricey. There is a little take-away restaurant around the corner of the entrance to Park Guell. Even though I didn’t have the best customer service experience there, but the food was tasty. They offered sandwiches, crepes, freshly cut fruit, pasta and an assortment of drinks. This is a great option for families with toddlers and preschoolers.
  5. Be prepared to get dusty. My friend and I were surprised to find our pants covered in dust. In hindsight, we shouldn’t have been so surprised. Our preschoolers ran around in the dirt in the monument area and kept running up to hug us. As a result, only my baby stayed cleaned because he was strapped to me!

Park Guell with a Baby and Preschooler

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    • marciecheung Reply

      It’s such a quirky park! Great architecture!

  1. It looks amazing, I really must go. I have been to Barcelona four times and go on holiday only 20 miles away twice a year. Keep meaning to go, but my family have walking problems and I think the steps might be too much.

    • marciecheung Reply

      It was a bit vigorous. I was recovering from the flu and had to stop several times to catch my breath. Plus I was carrying my baby in a carrier. If you do go, take your time.

  2. I’ve never been to Barcelona, but this park looks like the place to be. I can’t get over the magnificent views from the pictures. I’d love to be able to see that in person. I’ll have to include Park Guell on my list of “must-sees” if I ever have the chance to visit Barcelona.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, definitely add to your travel bucket list!

  3. Wow I was nervous to read this for a moment but it seems like it was great with the kids. Your pictures are beautiful it was nice to see things so close up. Glad you had a fabulous time with your family and friends.

    • marciecheung Reply

      It was a really great place for kids to explore. They were able to run around a bit without getting in anyone’s way.

    • marciecheung Reply

      I missed a lot of Barcelona because I was recovering from the flu. Bleh. So, now I “need” to go back 🙂

  4. Fun fact: while stumbling over your lovely post I am actually in Barcelona on my own. And yes, I can totally agree to all you say – the whole city is just so vibrant and beautiful.
    Park Güell is truly amazing and definitely worth a visit. The view that you get over the city is really beautiful and worth both – the entrance fee and the waiting time 🙂

    • marciecheung Reply

      Awesome! I’m so jealous that you are there! The food was soooooo tasty! I’m already plotting to go back!

  5. Over the years I’ve heard quite a bit about Barcelona as being a lovely and child-friendly place. I hadn’t heard about this park though and the pictures are really nice. Certainly looks like it would definitely be worth a visit and your tips for parents would no doubt prove most helpful.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Thanks! I feel like travel with kids sounds overwhelming if you don’t have good tips for each attraction!

  6. This is my biggest Barcelona regret- we never made it here! We got lost and ran out of time. I feel more as if I’ve seen it myself now thanks to your great photosz

    • marciecheung Reply

      Glad I could help! Everyone told us to go! I’m so glad we were able to get there on our last day!

  7. We had seen Park Guell from outside. Could not went inside as we did not booked tickets and that day it was so crowded. Your blog having tips how to get there and save time help a lot.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, tickets book up quickly! Glad you got to see it from the outside at least!

  8. Parc Guell is an absolutely beautiful place to be. One of my favorites. So lucky that you get to take your kids with you on all of these adventures. I know a lot of kids hate traveling cause they find it boring

  9. That’s good they are friendly with children in Barcelona, I found the same thing in Portugal, I almost received VIP treatment for being with my 2 year old daughter! You do get a wonderful city view of Barcelona from Park Guell and I guess you can enjoy it a little more with the kids occupied! Running through tunnels and up and down stairs should tire them out, it probably didn’t though, lol. There are some good tips on when to go and what to bring to Park Guell.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Thanks! I remember everyone being nice in Portugal when I traveled there in college. I’m glad to hear they love kids!

  10. I am sure it ain’t easy but it must be fun to enjoy in the park with toddlers. They can charm you and you can smile till eternity.

    • marciecheung Reply

      It was a lot of fun to watch them play there!

  11. That sounds like an amazing place to explore. My sister honeymooned in Barcelona and LOVED it there.

  12. Oooh – I adore Barcelona! I was there in high school and just found it to be a stunning city! Love your tips of being there with a little one. Definitely getting to things early is key! I mean, they’re up anyway, so might as well use that to everyone’s advantage!

  13. I have a lot of friends who don’t really travel or take vacations because their kids are young and they are afraid it’s gonna be too much work. I’ve always made sure to take vacations places no matter what age my kids were..

  14. I love reading about travel with little ones. My husband and I plan on traveling more once we pay off a chunk of our debts, and we will be taking our kids along with us.

  15. Such beautiful architecture – and looks like there is lots for kids to enjoy too! My partner and I love to travel but we don’t have kids yet so I’ve often wondered what we would do when we have kids. I think the answer is just take them along!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes! Just take them along! It’s a different pace, but you’ll experience places like you never did before!

  16. I have never been to Barcelona but I am glad that the locals are friendly and good to children. I have to say that park guell is absolutely stunning x

    • marciecheung Reply

      Ooh! You would appreciate it even more since you studied his work!

  17. This looks amazing!! I’ve only been to Germany and France when I lived in England. I’d love to visit Spain sometime in the near future.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Spain is really fun! Plus they have amazing tapas!

  18. Great tips for such a fun place. I’ve never been but I would love to visit someday and take my family.

  19. That dome looking thing that you said was one of the many places like that where kids can explore around the map, that is so cool! I wish cities here in the U.S. put that much artistry into their community areas.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Me too! I guess I need to explore more of the U.S. to try to find gems like this!

  20. Journa Ramirez Reply

    I hope we can go there soon! It looks great and I’m sure our whole family will have a blast. I should add this to our bucket list

  21. Bringing kids along for travel always seem like a challenge. But it seems like they marveled at this place and enjoyed their time there. Barcelona is one of the cities I’ve been meaning to visit and I’d definitely drop by this one!

    • marciecheung Reply

      I already want to go back to Barcelona! Plus the food is so tasty!

  22. Love the “go early” tip. My husband always wants to do things AFTER the kids nap and I’m more of a lets go before. Get more done, have more day light and less of a crowd.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes! I always try to go BEFORE. My kids are always in a better mood and we have more wiggle room in our schedule.

  23. I’ve always wanted to visit Barcelona, especially to explore the Gaudi museum. It’s great to know that you can easily travel with the little ones so they can explore the city as well.

    • marciecheung Reply

      There is Gaudi architecture all over the city and it’s really a marvel!

  24. You’re brave taking a baby and preschooler anywhere haha but there are some beautiful sights here so definitely worth it I think!

  25. I have never been to Spain, but my brother was in Barcelona a few weeks ago – although without his kids. This looks like a lovely visit! I would love to be able to take my kids someday (and myself!).

  26. Wow, gorgeous pictures! How awesome is it to travel with your children??! I am looking forward to that with my hubby and son this summer.

  27. Barcelona looks so cool! I want to do all the travels. That includes hitting up Barcelona some day too. I am sure that I would enjoy seeing all the sites there.

  28. Wow its so gorgeous! I would love taking my whole family here. In fact I may even leave the kids behind and go myself!

  29. Definitely looks like a place i’d like to visit. So much history and culture. It’s great that you could travel with your kids.

    • marciecheung Reply

      We are so lucky to have had this opportunity to explore Barcelona!

  30. Abhhhh I would love to visit Barcelona with the family!!! I’m convinced as long as you map out what you plan to do when you travel, traveling with kids isn’t that hard.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Exactly! Having a game plan is the hardest step. But, then you can just relax and enjoy the experience!

  31. What a beautiful place to spend time with your family! This trip looks amazing and like one I’d love to take with my young daughters too.

    • marciecheung Reply

      It was so gorgeous! I mean, just a really beautiful city!

  32. This looks like a great place to take the kids! I think my daughter would really enjoy it. It’s such a beautiful place .

  33. I’m sure the kids had a great time exploring such a place. I think it’s awesome and it’s definitely something that both the kids and the parents will find worthwhile. Thanks for all your tips!

  34. Oh my, what a beautiful place to visit! I know I would love to come here but I know it would be difficult with such young kids I have!

  35. Thank you so much for the tips. I was looking into ideas and assistant because I’ doing my first trip with my godchildren in a few weeks. They’re 1 and 7. Fingers crossed.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Oh you will have a blast! Kids are always better behaved with godparents, anyway!

  36. Ugh I’m so bummed I decided against going to Park Guell when I was in Barcelona! Great tip about reserving tickets in advance. I am not a fan of waiting in lines. I would imagine the monument would be beautiful at sunset.

    • marciecheung Reply

      You’ll just *have* to go back to Barcelona, now 🙂

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