What to do with kids on a rainy day in Barcelona....
The last thing you want dampening your holiday is a depressing downpour. Fortunately, bad weather in Barcelona is rare, and it opens the door to a whole myriad of indoor opportunities. So, forget trying to squeeze your wellies into your hand luggage and try these family-friendly, non-weather dependent activities instead.
First port of call is located, well, by Barcelona port (particularly convenient for cruise ship passengers), and is the city’s incredible aquarium. Don’t let the rather uninspired name fool you, this aquatic museum will provide hours of awe for kids and adults alike. Open from 10am until 7:30pm or later, Aquarium Barcelona is the ideal place to burn off youthful curiosity, thanks to its spectacular exhibits of some of the ocean’s most astonishing critters. Their pièce de rèsistance is an enormous shark-infested oceanarium, complete with an 80m transparent tunnel, allowing you to see the sea from a whole new perspective. Try and find Nemo as you gaze into the tropical coral reef tanks, and don’t forget to check out Explora! - an interactive children’s space with over 50 activities.
Another educational yet exhilarating venue for a drizzly day is the science museum, CosmoCaixa. The building itself is a wonder of modernista architecture, built over a century ago within stunning grounds that continue to impress today. Inside, an eclectic mix of interactive displays is waiting to distract you, including fascinating insights on the human brain and traditional old-timey dinosaur displays. If you and your kids love Jurassic Park (and frankly, who doesn’t), you’ll revere the complete T-rex skeleton and triceratops skull, and expect to see the infamous velociraptor around every corner.
Whatever your age, the incredible Flooded Forest exhibit is guaranteed to take your breath away. This huge area recreates a miniature flooded Amazon jungle with its very own ecosystem, featuring crocodiles and piranhas (but no real rain luckily!). Upstairs, the Planetarium draws you in for a journey through space and time to explore the mysteries of the universe. Each room is designed to be as child-friendly as possible with plenty of interactive features and stimulating visuals.
A little closer to the tourist centre of Barcelona, La Boqueria market is also a must-see, regardless of the weather. Topping the list for many tourists, this famous market offers a plethora of brightly colored stall displays, each one a work of art in its own right. What’s more, the entire area is covered by an immense steel roof, allowing you to browse and shop to your heart’s content. Whilst your kids drool over the irresistible sweets stand, take the chance to peruse the selection of top quality jamón ibérico or sample local artisan cheeses. We particularly recommend the fresh juices - but make sure to venture beyond the market entrance or you’ll pay double the price!
Author: Charlie Bush
Sara Siddeeq: Born and raised in Buckinghamshire (England), Sara is a recent graduate from the University of Leeds. She primarily works in digital marketing and PR, however she is also a journalist in Barcelona, contributing to over half a dozen websites in the city alone.