Photo Friday: Barcelona's Montjuic Castle

E hiking up the entrance ramp at Montjuic Castle in Barcelona
E hiking up the entrance ramp at Montjuic Castle in Barcelona

Castles and Palaces are mainstay attractions on any trip to Europe. What makes them great with kids? All those ramps and stairs! A good castle visit in the morning ensures a great nap in the stroller, during which we try to see a museum or enjoy a multi-course meal.

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  1. Carolina on February 5, 2009 at 9:26 p.m.

    He doesn't look like he's out of energy yet! A couple more stairs probably did the trick. Cute pic.

  2. Heather on her travels on February 5, 2009 at 11:26 p.m.

    Did you take the cable car up the hill? I seem to remember that was a highlight for my children, then we made the mistake of trying to walk down the hill, which was very long and hot.

  3. Mara Gorman on February 6, 2009 at 5:18 a.m.

    I agree that castles are a dream come true for kids this age. I have similar pictures from the Castel San'Angelo in Rome and the Fiore Del Belvedere in Florence. Love the red shoes!

  4. Jackie on February 6, 2009 at 6:28 a.m.

    Great pic. And great tip! Ah ... I miss the afternoon nap.
    ; )

  5. Debbie on February 6, 2009 at 10:26 p.m.

    @heather yes, we did take the cable car up (and down) - that was such a huge thrill for both kids (d was almost 1) that we ended up doing it again a few days later just for fun.

    @mara I loved those little red shoes. They were the first pair of shoes that E picked himself. I would have never gone for such an "impractical" color, but they looked adorable with everything. According to E they were good for jumping too.

  6. Dominique on February 7, 2009 at 6:16 a.m.

    Are you sure mom didn't need the nap as well after huffing up all of those hills with the stroller? :)

    E has excellent taste in shoes!

  7. Debbie on February 7, 2009 at 7:38 a.m.

    @dominique I probably did, look carefully at the picture and you'll see little D is in the backpack, peeking out over the top of my shoulder. I'm willing to bet that I skipped that nap in favor of seeing more of Barcelona though...

  8. Elizabeth on February 8, 2009 at 12:11 p.m.

    Love the photo!

  9. soultravelers3 on February 8, 2009 at 1:54 p.m.

    Cute! Good tactic for that age.;) Soon they will enjoy the museums & multi-course dinners as much as you do!

    We have spent more time in Barcelona than any other place on our world tour besides our winters in Andalusia.

    There is a 5 star campground resort nearby on a beach and it is so comfy, convenient, super cheap and we love Gaudi & Barcelona so much, that we have been there 4 times and it is not unusual for us to stay a month at a time! LOL!

    It is our home away from home ( cheap wifi and health club too, even petting zoo) so we light up at the thought as we get near. ;)

    Here is a post about it if you are ever interested & they have great rentals there for very little ( if you don't have an RV like us):

  10. Kathleen on February 17, 2009 at 6:22 a.m.

    Oh this brings back memories of my honeymoon in Spain. I adored Barcelona and hope to return again one day, this time with our son. Thanks for the post!

  11. Tom Desloge on December 7, 2009 at 8:27 a.m.

    You guys are brave! As a parent of 3 kids, I'm not sure I would have the stamina or patience to do what you are doing. That said, the information you provide is great, helpful, and very encouraging to the rest of us. Thanks,

  12. tony on May 28, 2010 at 2:20 a.m.

    it is true that with kids they love those kinds of places, climb down and up, planning to go next month i will follow your recommendation :-) also found from a local guy if it can help others like me to plany his vacation, there are great local info and tips

  13. Erica M on October 21, 2010 at 9:14 a.m.

    I am thinking about travellin to Barca with my son in the next week or two. I am super excited but super nervous because the terrible two's can be oh so terrible. Any pointers on travelling with toddlers and what to do in Barcelona would be greatly appreciated!

  14. Debbie on October 21, 2010 at 7:53 p.m.


    My son was 2 1/2 when we went to Barcelona, and we all had a great time! It can be tough traveling with a child that age, but it's tough being home with them too ;)

    You might want to check out the Barcelona city guide that I put together after our trip: