This blog post was originally posted on June 29, 2016 and was updated on August 5, 2017
Looking for kid-friendly activities in Barcelona? Look no further! Our Gracia Neighborhood Food & Market Tour is a delicious exploration of Spanish food that children love!
Finding kid-friendly activities in Barcelona can sometimes seem daunting, but rest assured this city is one that’s perfect to visit with children in tow. Read on for child-proven reasons why kids love our Gracia Neighborhood Food & Market Tour!
1. There is plenty of kid-friendly Spanish food
Traveling with kids can be quite the adventure, especially when mealtimes come around! Which is why finding the best kid-friendly activities in Barcelona can be challenging—especially when it comes to food. Kids on our tour are more than welcome to try everything their parents taste, but we also have special, child-friendly substitutes here and there! Furthermore, all of the delicious food on our tours will highlight the beauty of Spanish food for children!
Local’s Tip: Read more about eating with kids in Barcelona!
2. Gracia is known for its family-friendly streets and squares
Gracia, one of Barcelona’s most charming districts, could not get any more kid-friendly! The area boasts pedestrian streets and large, leafy squares neighborhood children use as playgrounds at all hours of the day and well into the evening.
3. Their senses will be stimulated at the market
There’s nothing like bringing children to a neighborhood market in Barcelona. With so many things to see, smell and taste, it’s no wonder that children and adults alike are so impressed by Barcelona’s markets! Not to mention, it’s a wonderful learning experience about where food comes from, and the sustainable food culture we have here in Spain.
4. We keep a steady pace
Everyone knows that most children don’t like to stay put too long, yet they also tire easily with too much walking. Our Gracia Neighborhood Food & Market Tour is a perfect combination of sitting, standing and walking, with light strolls in between different stops where we sometimes sit down to rest our feet! If you’re looking for the best kid-friendly activities in Barcelona—this is definitely one that checks all the boxes!
5. Kids are fascinated by Barcelona’s traditions
Beyond the market, tapas bars, pastry shops and more, our Gracia food tour also visits some cultural sights, including the home of the neighborhood giants! Gegants, as they’re called in Catalan, are enormous dolls that the people of Barcelona use for different celebrations throughout the year. Kids love to learn about the giants, the fire parades and also the human castles that are all important traditions of Catalonia.
Local’s Tip: Coming in the summer? Check out Gracia’s neighborhood festival, one of the most famous annual events in Barcelona! Look at this great little video below when our co-founder James Blick visited to catch some of the action!
6. Hot chocolate and cookies—need we say more?!
It’s hard not to love our Gracia Neighborhood Food & Market Tour with a start like this! The very first stop of the tour features Barcelona’s best hot chocolate—made from real melted chocolate, not powder!—with rich, homemade cream and a homemade breakfast cookie. This stop on the tour is designed with families in mind, and it’s somewhere you’ll want to visit over and over again during your stay in Barcelona.
7. They will hang with the locals, and practice Spanish!
Kids are immersed in Spanish-speaking environments on the food tour, from the bustling market to the small pastry shops. Our children’s handout is a great way for children to practice new words they learn while in Spain. It’s filled with word searches, coloring activities and more!
8. They can be little foodies for a day
There is no better activity than a food tour for children who love to taste new things. Our Gracia Neighborhood Food & Market Tour includes over 12 different tastes, from olives to Spanish cheeses and desserts. You’ll be surprised at just how excited and interested your little travelers become during their day of discovery—after all getting to know a foreign city through food is a sensory experience! They leave the tour consequently wanting to try even more food. It’s one of the very best kid-friendly activities in Barcelona, that’s for sure!
9. Did someone say dessert?
No food tour would be complete without a few sweet tastes. Our Gracia food tour is no exception! Children with a sweet-tooth will absolutely love tasting some of the neighborhood’s best pastries!
10. Finally, kids get a discount!
Most important of all, did you know that we offer children and teen discounts on our tours? Yep, your little ones can come along for a much-reduced price as we know just how pricey traveling in numbers can be! You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for one of the best kid-friendly activities in Barcelona! Your kids will love the experience from start to end!