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anna-haerlin_barcelona-mapI love to travel with my daughter, as it forces me to also consider other sights than churches and monuments. In Barcelona, we went to Parc de la Ciutadella to escape the hustle and bustle from the city and to lay down on the grass. What a relief on a hot late summer day! The beach and Mediterranean at Barceloneta is also rather convenient to cool down a bit, however it can be quite busy on the weekends when half Barcelona joins you. Then it’s also difficult to find a spot in one of the bars at the beach, but it’s worth waiting a little bit to have you feet in the sand and sipping whatever caught your eye while your little one is happy building a sand castle.

To get a different view from the city – and add some excitement for your kid – you can take the Transbordador Aeri del Port between Miramar on the Montjuic and Barceloneta (fee approx. EUR9, kids under 6 years for free). However the queue can be quite long, so stock up on drinks and snacks.

We stayed at the Chic & Basic Born Apartments which are located in the Carrer de la Princesa in El Born, between Museu Picasso and Mercat Sta. Caterina. I loved the central location, however it can be noisy in the evenings and in some apartments the 2nd bedroom doesn’t have a window.

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