TOURS FOR FAMILIES
We work with loads of families and our guides have plenty of experience working with children and teens. Plus Barcelona is very child friendly and most of our tours are easily adaptable to young ones. Having them included and interested is usually easy (unless, of course, they decide to play with their cellphones instead 😉 )
However, there are a few things you must take into account:
First of all, we don’t recommend tours longer than 4 hours (or 6 hours if we plan a lunch stop in the middle of the tour) for kids younger than 12 years old (only exception being day trips, which are usually not as packed with information as city tours and they can rest on the way back).
Then and specially with long tours, a chauffeured tour is preferable than a walking tour because it keeps their stamina levels up, plus if your itinerary requires rides, a driver allows you to stay all together rather than splitting in two cabs.
Also, snacks and lots of water are a must. And don’t hesitate asking your guide for a break if you think your kids need it: a break on time can be crucial to ensure the success of a tour.
In the “IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?” section of each tour description you’ll find comments, tips and alternatives for families that apply to that specific itinerary. Make sure to check them out before booking.
A PERSONAL TIP
If you are traveling with babies, a baby carrier is often a better idea than a stroller because it’s way easier to move around. Just make sure its ergonomic and ensures a good body posture. For the Summer there are very light and breathable carriers such as the Boba Air.
For toddlers that can walk but need to be hold often, I love things like the Suppori sling and a hip seat like this one can be great. Your kid gets a rest, and then it’s really easy to let him or her down to continue walking.
And for heavier toddlers and little ones that are likely to get tired but are too big to be carried around, then go for a light foldable stroller. Keep in mind that while Barcelona is pretty wheelchair friendly (therefore, stroller-friendly), there are some Gaudi sites that involve a certain amount of stairs and strollers can be a pain – or not allowed, like in the rooftop and apartment of La Pedrera. BTW, this company from Barcelona rents strollers so you don’t even have to carry it from home – and they deliver and pick up at your hotel or apartment in town!
Tourguide & mom of a 2yo
Shellie C (Sacramento, California, USA)I always recommend hiring a private tour guide when visiting a new city or region. I believe it is so important to know and understand the area, architecture and history. It is important for my husband and I to teach our kids of different cultures and to know what streets we may be walking down or past significant historical sites.
(mother of two children ages 15 and 11)
RESOURCES: Our blog
We want to help you create the family trip of your lifetime. But we know how long it takes to do all the necessary research… We write weekly posts about Barcelona, and a lot of them are relevant for families. Check them out:
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REAL PARENTS OPINIONS:
Rochelle H (New York City, NY, USA)Marta involved and included our children and she gracefully tolerated the sometimes high-maintenance behavior that results when children are far from home and they are hungry or tired or in need of a diaper change. Our only trip photos containing all four family members are from our two tour days because Marta volunteered to take them!
(Family of four including parents, 12 year-old son and 2 year-old son)