During my youth, I went to one of the most beautiful and exciting city in the world – Barcelona, Spain. It was on my Central St.Martins’ University Trip. And my word! It was a blast! I had one of the best time ever! I love and breath the Art World. I love traveling and seeing different cultures and traditions, food fusion, and fashion. It fills me with joy and re-energies me with new ideas.

Sometimes, I wish I could just organise a reunion and look for a Spanish villas for rent with all my friends and just stay there for the whole weekend and just – be young again. Unfortunately, it is easier said than done. As we all know times moves on, everyone has their own responsibilities and so on, a reunion is so much harder in reality.


But hang on a second, I also have my own family now, and I’d love to introduce this wonderful city to my family and my kids to experience and see as well. Here, I’ve made a list of five reasons why I should take my family and kids to see this wonderful city of Barcelona.





1. The Language:

Hola! That’s just about all of the Spanish words I can know. My O.H. on the other hand, has the basic and is rather good at it. Ethan has grasped a little bit of Spanish whilst he was Pre-school and is ever so sweet when he comes home and sings to me some Spanish songs. But as he had moved on to Primary School, he has left his Spanish tongue behind, and I think a visit to Spain would be the way forward to reignite his Spanish side. Hola! 


2. Spanish Cuisine:

5 Reasons why I should to take my family & kids to see Barcelona, Spain.

Emmm, I could smell their delicious food flowing back into my memory already! The Seafood Paella, the Tapas, the Tortilla Espanola, Spanish Chorizo, Pimientos de Padron, Bocadillo de calamares (fried squid), Churros con Chocolate, and many many more. I could go on and on! But one thing I haven’t tried before that I really want to try is ‘leche frita’ – Fried milk.


3. The Scenery: 

5 Reasons why I should to take my family & kids to see Barcelona, Spain.


  • Beaches – When I went there with my Uni – it was late Autumn, so it was rainy and cold most of the time, but I can imagine Port Olímpic being a go to beach hot spot in the Summer. They say you can stroll, eat and take dip in the sun. Sound this sound like paradise to me!


  • City Tour Bus – It may sounds silly, but I think being on the City tour bus will give you much perspective of what Barcelona is like on the whole. The kids will love this ride and will bring such excitement to their next adventure destinations. You can sit on top and see the wonderful Spanish architecture. Plus, you can get on and off as much as you like for one price.


4. The Arts & Architecture: 

5 Reasons why I should to take my family & kids to see Barcelona, Spain.


  • Park Güell by Antoni Gaudí is a must! This unique architecture is so organic and will be such a wonderous place for my kids to expand their imaginations without limits.


  • Sagrada Familia is the largest unfinished Roman Catholic church in the world, designed by Antoni Gaudí also. I heard someone said: “If you haven’t visit Sagrada Familia then you ain’t seen nothing yet!”


  • Picasso Museum – Here’s another weird and wonderful things in the art world. His first major works, included in the museum, were completed at ages 15 and 16! Maybe this will get them more interested in art?


  • The Barcelona Pavilion – A piece of Modern Architecture designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich as the German Pavilion for the Barcelona International Exhibition. I love love love Mies’ work and so this part is actually purely for me, but you never know, perhaps my E&E and your kiddos would love it too.



5. Culture & Traditions:


  • Las Ramblas: Here you’ll find the boulevard leading to the city beach full with wonderful local street performers, human statues, flower sellers, animal stalls, painters, and artists alike. Do be vigilant though, pickpockets abound. Many of my Uni friends’ pockets were picked here. That would have been awful if it were us. It is not dangerous, you just need to be smart.


  • La Boquería is one of the oldest market of the city. You will see and smell the amazing variety of fish, meat, cheese, vegetables and fruits. All beautifully and naturally displayed, and they don’t cost the earth.



  • La Festa de Sant Medir – or is commonly known as Barcelona’s Sweetest Festival. This festival started in 1828 when a baker named Josep Vidal i Ganés became ill and vowed to make an annual pilgrimage to Sant Medir chapel if God were to cure him. He got better, and every year after that he would beat a drum and throw beans to announce his pilgrimage. On March 3 every year at the Gràcia neighbourhood, where traditionally sixty tonnes of boiled sweets are thrown, by more than 26 horse riders, called ‘colles’, to children lining along in the Gran de Grácia and C/ de San Salvador street, is now replaced by a Sweet Festival. Well, how about that a Festival and Free sweeties at the same time! You can’t go wrong with that!


  • L’ou com balla or ‘The Dancing Egg’ Festival. The tradition was accept by the Barcelona Cathedral in 1637. When it is sixty days after Easter Sunday, on Corpus Christi, locals celebrate the tradition of L’ou com balla. On this day, church fountains all over Barcelona are decorated with flowers, and an egg is set at the top the water stream, where it does its little dance. The egg represents rebirth or Holy Communion (depending on who you ask). Now, this I have to see. Imagine my kids watching that!


5 Reasons why I should to take my family & kids to see Barcelona, Spain.


  • La Mercè Festival – Every year close to the end of September, Barcelona holds its largest street party. You are likely to see circles of people dancing the sardana, Catalunya’s national dance, and one which resembles no other Spanish dance. Its origins are thought to lie in the graceful dances of ancient Greece. I don’t think the night festival is for the little ons, but the Castellers – Human Towers (at Plaça de Sant Jaume) and the Gigantes (Giants Parade) (at Plaça St Jaume) are seem like the most children-friendly places to go to. I haven’t been there before, but already I’m intrigued.



Now, I must say with this long of an itinerary list, it will definitely take more than just a weekend to see and experience everything!


Have you been to Barcelona before? If you have do let us know what was your favourite place to visit in the comment below. We’d love to know.



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5 Reasons why I should to take my family & kids to see Barcelona, Spain.


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Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

Su blogs at Ethan & Evelyn. Ethan (7) & Evelyn (4) are her children. Her blog was originally an online diary but quickly transformed. She blogs about their life adventures of her experiences of motherhood, lifestyle, food, crafts, and travel. Her blog was awarded the Coupon Machine Travel Blog Top100 (#37) in 2016. The #MadBlogAwards 2016 Nominated for Best Craft Blog, Best Family Travel Blog, and Best Preschool Blog. She is a now a Freelance Writer, a Photographer, Co-creator of #ExplorerKids IG community. Host of #FabFridayPost and #ExplorerKids Linkys. And a Kids Yoga Teacher too! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram @ethannevelyn

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  1. 16/01/2018 / 10:36 pm

    I am completely with you on this one. I didn’t go to Barcelona till I was in my 50s. The next year, I took my goddaughter because there’s so much for everyone! Personally, I love the food – but the beach is great – and the culture is wonderful. Thank you for sharing

  2. 16/01/2018 / 11:48 pm

    I have visited a many cities in Europe, so many, and I agree Barcelona is my favourite. It has an awesome vibe. I am with your especially on the food and the architecture. Hope to go back soon.

    • 18/01/2018 / 9:17 am

      Yeay for Pinning! Thank you. I’m so glad this has inspired you to go! 🙂 xx

  3. 17/01/2018 / 9:18 am

    I visited Barcelona many years back and only went to Camp Nou Stad on an excursion as we were on a stop off from our cruise. We still caught a brief glimpse of the amazing architecture and I’d love to go back.

    • 18/01/2018 / 9:20 am

      The architecture is amazing isn’t it. I haven’t been to Camp Nou Stad before. Must have been an incredible experience! 🙂 x

  4. 17/01/2018 / 11:49 am

    I visited with my husband (before children) a few years ago it is such a beautiful city. The architecture and food make for a culture filled holiday 🙂

    • 18/01/2018 / 9:21 am

      I love it so much I want to take my family and kids there too. There’s plenty for everyone! 🙂 x

  5. 17/01/2018 / 2:41 pm

    Barcelona is one of my favourite places in Europe….such an amazing city. We haven’t been with the little but would absolutely love to for all these reasons.

    • 18/01/2018 / 10:29 am

      I can’t wait to go and see the Sweets Festival! That must be so much fun! 🙂

  6. 17/01/2018 / 2:43 pm

    I love Barcelona! I have only been there once – so I will certainly love to go back and see even more! I LOVE the food, and I love the works of Gaudi. Thank you for sharing theses beautiful pictures too! Can’t wait for spring to come now! 🙂

    X Louise


    • 18/01/2018 / 10:30 am

      Oh! Yes! Food – the Seafood Paella – I could eat that everyday. lol! x

  7. 17/01/2018 / 6:39 pm

    Barcelona is on my wish list of places to visit -reading your insight i think me and my family will book a holliday this year i fallen in love with the place just by reading your post

    • 18/01/2018 / 10:31 am

      It is such a wonderful city. I’m certain that you and your family will enjoy Barcelona. 🙂 x

  8. 17/01/2018 / 9:38 pm

    Loved this post! I am visiting Barcelona for the first time in march – but it will be a kid-free break as it’s a trip with my friend for his 30th. I’m looking forward to the food!

    • 18/01/2018 / 10:33 am

      Thank you so much! Oh! Wow! How wonderful to have a kid-free weekend and for a friend’s birthday party too! I’m ever so jealous. lol! Have a wonderful time over there! 🙂 x

  9. 17/01/2018 / 11:49 pm

    We’ve travelled a lot of Europe over the years, but still haven’t ventured to mainland Spain. I would love to tour more of it, potentially starting in Barcelona.

    • 18/01/2018 / 10:34 am

      Yeay! I’m pretty certain you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy your tour around Europe. 🙂 x

  10. 18/01/2018 / 12:10 pm

    Oh we love to travel although I am always a bit nervous taking the little ones a city break. However Barcelona look amazing!!! I definitely need to go.

  11. 18/01/2018 / 1:30 pm

    Well I need to pin this as we are going to Barcelona next year! I am really excited about trying the local food and also seeing the local architecture. Can’t wait x

    • 19/01/2018 / 1:18 am

      Yeay for Pinterest! Thanks Emma. Oh! I’m so jealous. Barcelona is such an exciting place. Have a good one. 🙂 xx

  12. 18/01/2018 / 4:28 pm

    Love Barcelona. You’ve listed some super reasons to visit. We’re planning on a trip to Venice with the kids this year. We’ll stay by the beach and do a day trip into the city. Can’t wait!

    • 19/01/2018 / 1:21 am

      Thank you so much! I’ve done my research indeed. Have a good time in Venice too. 🙂 x

  13. 18/01/2018 / 5:20 pm

    Barcelona is a great city, full of culture. I agree it would be a great place to take your children, for a bit of sightseeing and then some time on the beach.

  14. 18/01/2018 / 10:10 pm

    I would love to visit Barcelona, it looks so nice, plus I think the food would be pretty amazing!

  15. 18/01/2018 / 10:28 pm

    I’ve been to Barcelona twice and it’s beautiful. My husband and my girls have never been and I would love to return with them x

    • 19/01/2018 / 1:54 am

      Oh Wow! You are so lucky! Neither has mine. Really excited to show them what Barcelona has to offer. 🙂 x

  16. 18/01/2018 / 11:35 pm

    I love Barcelona and think it would be a great place to take a family. The mix of beautiful beaches and culture makes it perfect for every one

  17. 19/01/2018 / 11:07 am

    I’m going against the grain here, but I actually love Madrid and Valencia much more than Barcelona! Did all of them on a big road trip a few years ago now (pre- daughter). However, I’m sure I could go back and see them all again just to check 😉

    • 30/01/2018 / 9:08 am

      Oh Wow! I’ve been to both Madrid and Valencia yet, but yes I’m I could go back and do a round trip like you do too. x

  18. 19/01/2018 / 2:26 pm

    Visiting Barcelona is on my bucket list. I would love to try the local food.


  19. 19/01/2018 / 5:44 pm

    Looks like an interesting city to visit! Somewhat off topic, but I’ve been meaning to introduce the Spanish language more to my kids as well. I’m sure it will come in handy for them when they’re older!

    • 23/01/2018 / 3:31 pm

      Yes! Spanish is such a valuable language to learn. I won’t hesitate. & Barcelona is awesome too! 😉 x

  20. 19/01/2018 / 5:56 pm

    Such a fab place to visit! I remember when I was younger we would go and I loved it. The beaches ate stunning and I do love the place and scenery. Great for kids, would love to take my little one.

    • 23/01/2018 / 3:40 pm

      It’s a beautiful city isn’t it. I’m so excited every time I read this post. I must make plans to go soon 🙂 x

  21. 19/01/2018 / 6:11 pm

    I have never visited.. the only time I made it “across the pond” was a trip to France in High School with my French class and teacher. It does all sound wonderful though. I love to travel but we rarely make the time for it. #FabFridayPost

    • 23/01/2018 / 4:44 pm

      It is such a wonderful city Joanne. You must come with the boys! 🙂 x

  22. 19/01/2018 / 6:13 pm

    This is on our bucket list! The architecture and the culture are just never ending! Thanks for sharing!

  23. 19/01/2018 / 6:42 pm

    Spain is definitely at the top of the places that I would like to visit! You’re kicking up my desire to go even more. <3

    • 23/01/2018 / 10:09 pm

      I’m so glad my post has inspired you! 🙂 It’s such a wonderful place. x

  24. 19/01/2018 / 6:47 pm

    A very special person told me I should visit sometime when I was only 18 and now as I approach 50 I still have not done so. It needs to go on my bucket list and your post might just inspire me to make it happen #FabFriday

    • 23/01/2018 / 10:11 pm

      Oh Kate! Do go! Book your flight and a place to stay now! I’m excited for you already! 🙂 x

  25. 20/01/2018 / 1:41 am

    For me it’s a tie between Las Ramblas and the Sagrada Familia. WOuld love to take me kids one day soon!

  26. 20/01/2018 / 6:51 pm

    Barcelona was the first city break that Hubby and I went on. I remember it well and we had a totally amazing time. Visiting many of the places on your list and several wonderful cocktail bars. One day we hope to take our children back too.

    • 23/01/2018 / 10:16 pm

      Oh! It is such an exciting city for couples too! I can imagine you guys dancing away in the night at Las Ramblas! 🙂 x

  27. 21/01/2018 / 4:44 am

    Never been to Barcelona yet but it’s on the list for 2018… 2 years ago we were in France and it was just great! thank you for the post.

  28. 21/01/2018 / 2:45 pm

    The street party looks amazing! My little one would love it. I love the culture. Just to people watch! I love museums so the Picasso Museum would be on my list! #KCACOLS

    • 23/01/2018 / 10:26 pm

      I’m really looking forward to the street festivals too, especially the Sweets Festivals one. Never mind the kids, I want those sweeties! lol! x

  29. 22/01/2018 / 3:15 pm

    I didn’t know you studied at St.Martin’s (I was at UCL)! I went to Barcelona years ago and like you, I’d love to return. So much to see and do especially visiting all the arty buildings and galleries. It sounds like a great city for kids too! Polly x #FabFridayPost

    • 23/01/2018 / 10:35 pm

      Oh! We are so close! Me too! I’d love to go back with the kids. I think it will be interesting to see it through the kids’ eyes. 🙂 x

  30. 22/01/2018 / 3:54 pm

    I echo all your points about visiting Barcelona. I love the place. I also love Madrid and took H there last year. We had a great time visiting the parks in the city. We even fed turtles sausages in one of the ponds. Sounds weird but the locals were doing it and ushered us over to take part! Have a good time when you go #FabFridayPost

    • 23/01/2018 / 10:39 pm

      I’ve never been to Madrid before. I didn’t know turtles eat sausages! I learn something new every day. 🙂 Thank you so much for your lovely comment. We hope to go there soon! 🙂 x

  31. 23/01/2018 / 6:03 pm

    Sounds like the perfect next adventure! #fabfridaypost

    • 23/01/2018 / 10:45 pm

      Yes! It is such an exciting city and I can’t wait take them there whenever that may be. 🙂 xx

  32. 24/01/2018 / 7:06 am

    You are making me so sad that we have no travel budget right now, I want to go just for the food! #ablogginggoodtime

  33. 24/01/2018 / 12:23 pm

    I’ve never been to Baracelona but I would love to go. My son is learning Spanish in ore-School too. He has a teacher called Juana but he calls her “Moana” I hoped it would continue in reception but maybe not from what you’d said.
    Honestly once the kids are older I like th idea of hen staying with family while me and the hubby have the odd city break to just be us and not be Mummy and Daddy. Good to know it’s child friendly though #KCACOLS

    • 07/02/2018 / 12:37 pm

      Aww… That’s so sweet calling his teacher “Moanna”. I’m not quite sure what you mean by “what I said”. But anyway, you’ll have a nice time if you do go. x

  34. 24/01/2018 / 3:03 pm

    Barcelona is such a fantastic city! I visited it with my husband seven years ago and I’m desperate to go back with little Dex!


  35. 25/01/2018 / 12:12 pm

    I would LOVE to visit Barcelona! It’s definitely on our list of places to go on hols #KCACOLS

  36. 26/01/2018 / 11:03 am

    I have wanted to go to Barcelona FOREVER – it just looks like an amazing city. Sarah #ExplorerKids

  37. Oh my this picture of a paella makes me hungry! I have been to Barcelona many times, but not in a long time now. I have seen and done most of the things on your bucket list, but like you, I would love to introduce the kids to that most wonderful city. Also I have friends there, so it might be an idea to go and pay them a visit…

    • 07/02/2018 / 9:38 pm

      Oh Wow! How lucky are you to have friends there. I really want to go to the Sweets Festival. How awesome is that! I really want to see it with my own eyes. never-mind the kids! lol! Oh yes! I want that paella too! lol! x

  38. 27/01/2018 / 10:10 pm

    This is an amazing post such much info I love it Su I visited Barcelona years ago but just for a day trip and I loved it! I think I need to go back with my little one I love all the culture and the food was amazing thanks for sharing great tips. Mandy xxxx#explorerkids

    • 07/02/2018 / 9:40 pm

      Thank you so much Mandy. Oh! You must revisit. It is such a wonderful city all round. x

  39. 28/01/2018 / 8:53 pm

    Oh Su, I really hope you can go! This looks so amazing. I hope we can one day go too! #fabfridaypost xoxo

    • 07/02/2018 / 9:41 pm

      Barcelona is such an Amazing city. You must take a visit Lisa. xxx

  40. 31/01/2018 / 11:11 pm

    Barcelona is on my list to visit! I would love to visit there one day. #KCACOLS

  41. Laura | Dot Makes 4
    01/02/2018 / 4:32 pm

    I’ve never been to Barcelona, but it’s on my list of paces to visit!
    Thanks so much for linking up to #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time 🙂

    • 07/02/2018 / 9:45 pm

      Oh you much go! I couldn’t recommend enough. Thanks for hosting. x

  42. 01/02/2018 / 10:22 pm

    That’s so weird, I was just thinking about planning a trip to Barcelona myself. #kcacols

  43. 19/03/2018 / 9:50 am

    Barcelona, a place of everything. And you summed up everything about the place very well. I have already started planning to go on a holiday to Barcelona this year.

  44. 30/03/2018 / 4:45 pm

    Barcelona is definitely at th top of my list! I would love to take my family there someday. My husband’s top pick would be Ireland (which I would love…and probably turn into a tour of the UK), and there are a lot of places in the US we still want to visit.
    It’s all on the “someday…when we can afford it and have the time” list. :-/

  45. 28/04/2018 / 10:32 am

    Hi Ethan, truly Barcelona is a must visit place in Spain. but I have never been to Spain, but after reading your article I guess I have to take my family to Spain. Just love the blog. Keep sharing your experiences. 🙂

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