This half-day trip has a little bit of something for everyone. A ride on a funicular and gondola is fun for babies (who we've noticed love looking down on the passing scenery) and toddlers. Parents and all age kids will find something to enjoy in the Miro museum. If you come in the evening, you can also take in the Magic Foutains before heading back to the hotel.
Consider bringing a picnic lunch as there aren't many food options once you're on the mountain.
Address Parc de Montjuïc, Barcelona Map, Notes Take the metro to Para-lel stop and then follow the signs to the funicular (inside the station). Exiting the funicular, follow the signs to the gondola station next door and take it to the top.
Monjuic mountain is best described as a weekend playspace for Barcelona families. There are gondolas, the Magic Fountains, Museums, a swimming pool, a castle (Castle of Montjuic) and fantastic playgrounds. There's also a model Spanish Village (best skipped) called Poble Espanyol. more
Address Parc de Montjuïc, Barcelona Map, Tel (34) 934.439.470 Call, Map Location on map is approximate. Entrance is close to the funicular station, Hours change seasonally, Cost Adults 7.5€, Metro Paral·lel, then take the funicular from the Metro station up to Montjuc Website
We love Miro's whimsical paintings, and titles make us giggle. We think your kids will love them too. This museum, with a huge collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures and more is a great place to find out. more
The Montjuic Gondola was recently renovated, reopening in 2007. It leaves from the Montjuc Funicular station, and carries you up to the castle, with the opportunity for a view stop on the way. The ride is beautiful, but beware that you'll pass over some very fun looking playgrounds on the way! more
Built in the 18th Century, this castle has magnificent views and a passable military museum. Kids will have fun climbing on the old cannons before heading back downhill, and there is a snack shop selling cold drinks (but not milk) and candybars. There is also an indoor restaurant. more
Address la Font Màgica, Barcelona, Spain Map, Metro Placa Espanya, then walk towards the National Palace, Winter (October to April) Fridays and Saturdays from 19:00 to 21:00, Summer (May to September) Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 20:00 to midnight, Cost Free Website
The magic fountains, built in 1929, were the first lighted fountain show where the water changes shape in time with lights and music, and they are still wonderful to watch. more