Fun is guaranteed at Barcelona's funfairs and theme parks. Remember this name: Tibidabo. Because this magic mountain is home to a cool amusement park bursting with surprises. And if you like wildlife, over 7,000 friendly animals are waiting to greet you at the Zoo de Barcelona in the Parc de la Ciutadella. The dolphins can even clap, jump, dance and sing! The sharks are just as fascinating but not as friendly. You can see them at the Aquarium swimming alongside hundreds of other species as you walk through the transparent underwater tunnel. The pleasure boats, Las Golondrinas, will take you for a trip along the Barcelona coastline. If you've still got time to spare, you could travel further out of the city to see Catalonia in Miniature, where you'll feel like Gulliver in Lilliput, and PortAventura, the theme park where the five corners of the globe come to life in Barcelona.
Who said culture was boring? At CosmoCaixa you'll discover dinosaurs and have a great time doing experiments like a real scientist. Pirates, buccaneers and admirals lie in wait for you at the Museu Marítim de Barcelona (Maritime Museum). Nature reveals its secrets at the Museu Blau (Museum of Natural Sciences. But there's much, much more. Look! You can amaze yourself at the Museu d'Història de la Ciutat de Barcelona (City History Museum), or the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC (National Art Museum of Catalonia), and satisfy your sweet tooth at the Museu de la Xocolata (Chocolate Museum); experience the thrills of sport at the Museu Futbol Club Barcelona (Barcelona FC Museum) and the Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport Joan Antoni Samaranch (Olympic and Sport Museum), or discover your inner Beethoven at the Museu de la Música (Music Museum). Make no mistake, leisure is guaranteed at Barcelona's museums.
And the excitement doesn't end here. There are children's entertainments every day in Barcelona: go to the theatre and laugh, dance or be enthralled by a magic show. At the Petit Palau at the concert hall, the Palau de la Música Catalana, at the opera house, the Liceu, and L'Auditori, the orchestras know how to play for you. You can't imagine how exciting classical music can be! And that's not all: marionettes, clowns, trapeze artists and animated films are waiting for you at theatres in Barcelona such as the Jove Teatre Regina, and at the Spanish Village, the Poble Espanyol, which also runs activities and workshops ranging from paper-flower making to listening to an amazing story. If you haven't had enough fun, head for the Imax where the images are so spectacular that you'll actually feel as if you're walking with dinosaurs.
Barcelona is certainly a magical and leisure city for all ages, but if you're a child you'll really enjoy it to the full. Guaranteed!
- Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC
- Museu d’Història de la Ciutat de Barcelona
- Museu de la Música
- Museu de la Xocolata
- Museu del F.C. Barcelona
- Museu Marítim de Barcelona
- Museu Olímpic i de l’Esport Joan Antoni Samaranch
The Catalan capital is also a culinary capital: prestigious chefs serve up our traditional cuisine and the flavours from around the world. Can you decide on one?