Barcelona with a baby
We recently returned from an amazing trip of Barcelona with our baby who was four month old at the time.
This was our second trip abroad since the birth of Aaron. Our first trip, comprising 8-hour long flights between London and Chicago, had gone better than hoped. Therefore, we considered ourselves veterans of international travel and were more confident this time around.
Even though Barcelona is known as a party city, we discovered that it’s also a great place to visit with a baby.
Here are my thoughts on why Barcelona is a great baby-friendly destination.
Flat, walkable city
Barcelona is best explored on foot. Some of the key sights, Casa Milà ‘La Pedrera’, Casa Batlló, and Sagrada Familia, are within walking distance from each other. Constantly moving around also keeps the baby relaxed in his stroller.
Pushing a stroller around for an entire day can be tiring. However, large parts of Barcelona are flat and stroller-friendly. Large blocks with wide pavements make it easier to push a baby around than the narrow sidewalks of London. In addition, the grid layout makes it fairly easy to remember directions and navigate without losing your way.
The only challenging venue that we visited was Park Güell. Even here, we managed to access the key sights with our stroller using accessibility ramps.
Restaurants and bars with outdoor seating
Barcelona (well, all of Spain actually) is heaven for foodies. There is nearly unlimited choice of restaurants and bars. With almost year-round sunshine, it’s understandable that these venues offer outdoor seating. When a baby is screaming at the top of his lungs, being outdoor can make it almost bearable for the guests seated nearby.
Even if you decide to enter one of the cosy bars, you will find that tapas lends itself very well to a parent’s lifestyle. Service is quick and a glass of wine or sangria can be downed quickly if the baby throws a tantrum.
Having all these restaurants and bars around means you can easily find a restroom where you can change a nappy.
And as in Spanish city, you can always find eateries open until midnight (or even later!). Therefore, you can head out for a quick bite even after putting the baby to bed, or find something to eat at a bar if the baby wakes up in the middle of the night to throw a fit.
Barcelona’s world-famous beaches are fun for the grown-ups as well as the young-ones. Our baby was very excited by the kites and parasails in the sky, as well as the exquisite sand sculptures on the beach.
A lot of parks
Nothing attracts the attention of a baby like endless tree tops, and nothing excites quite like the colorful flowers of a park. Barcelona has several parks where you and your baby can enjoy a quiet and peaceful time.
A lot of photo opportunities
From tapas plates to Gaudi architecture, there are opportunities at every corner for you to take memorable photos with your baby.
Travelling can be stressful. Travelling with a baby is extra-stressful. That is why every time we travel, we are hoping to avoid any raised eyebrows and frowns. Spaniards are some of the most friendly people on this planet. We had a great experience with everyone from wait staff in restaurants to taxi drivers. Strapping in the baby’s car seat and placing the stroller in the car boot requires a few extra seconds. In Barcelona, we were touched by the patience and kindness of the drivers every time we took a taxi. This made our taxi trips less stressful than usual.
Flexible accommodation options
It seems that a lot of Barcelona real estate caters to tourists. Apart from hotels and B&Bs, there are a lot of apartments ideal for tourist families as well as a lot of regular apartments on offer via AirBnB. Therefore, whatever your criteria, you will easily find a suitable place to stay in Barcelona. We had a very enjoyable stay at MH Apartments.
As my wife and I had already been to Casa Milà ‘La Pedrera’, Casa Batlló, and Sagrada Familia, we were not too keen to enter these places. However, once our baby is older, we will return so he can explore these great sights and tapas that Barcelona has to offer. While Barcelona is great for travelling with an infant, I believe it is even better to visit with a toddler. Until next time!