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Vacation apartments in Barcelona
Barcelona is one of the largest tourist destinations not only in Europe, but in the world. For a comfortable alternative to hotels, consider choosing short-term apartment rentals in Barcelona that constitute a successful and secure market in Europe.
Rental apartments in Barcelona cost less than hotel rooms of comparable sizes, and yet offer you a real home where you would love to come back after a day out in Barcelona.
You get all the advantages of independent living and working in a rental apartment: you may choose to cook in a fully-equipped kitchen, you may entertain guests in the living room, you have the privacy of your own bedroom. Would you have all that in a hotel? More and more travellers prefer to rent an apartment in Barcelona for these reasons.
If you frequently travel with family or friends, you know how difficult it may be to book adjacent spacious rooms in a hotel. 1-, 2- or 3-bedroom apartments in Barcelona are easy to find. What is more, you pay per apartment, not per guest, which allows you to cut rental costs considerably, and spend quality time together.
Barcelona is a city you would not want to leave and where you would love to come back, but if you are set on more exploring, we also offer apartment, cottage and villa short-term and long-term rentals all over Europe and North America!
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Children's Barcelona

Children are among the most demanding tourists ever to walk the wide sidewalks of Passeig de Gràcia. Their attention span, just like their legs, is shorter than yours. They tire easily and do not tolerate heat very well. You may need to rent a stroller with an umbrella for them. They also may not be particularly forthcoming when it comes to visiting yet another museum, standing in yet another queue for a chance to stare at yet another series of cubist drawings. Yet in Barcelona something of interest can be found for everyone, the smallest kids included. This article offers a few suggestions on where to take your precious offspring and remember Barcelona the way it should be remembered – as a fun place for visitors of all ages.

Parks

There are small green squares that offer shade and an opportunity to cool down, there are giants like Parc de la Ciutadella and Parc Güell, and then there are less obvious choices that parents should know about, like Parc del Laberint. Some small parks have playgrounds and are, therefore, nothing to sneeze at. Parks like these are scattered across Barcelona, and by default you are welcome there.

Parc Güell with its steep climbs, complicated stair paths and crowds may not be the most stroller-friendly place in Barcelona, but it provides a fantastic natural playground for pre-schoolers and older children alike. The summit of the park is also a great picnic ground: city views on a clear day are better than any guidebook picture; breezes and plenty of shade can be pleasant on a hot day, and much can be said about relative solitude. Only the fraction of crowds at the base of Parc Güell make their way up top. The majority just stays near Gaudí's warden houses and around Jujol's meandering tiled bench, rewarding those visitors who heroically opt to climb the hills of the park.

Parc de la Ciutadella has a more focused take on family entertainment: it offers boat rides in a shallow pond, photo opportunities next to the big statue of Mamut (“Mammoth”), and also the beautiful Cascade Fountain, which can be explored from all angles thanks to its countless stairs and lookouts. And last but not least is the Barcelona zoo, a universal child-pleaser, whose symbol – an albino gorilla named Snowflake – used to be the attraction number one among fauna lovers. Unfortunately, Snowflake passed away in 2003, but there are over 500 types of animals left to be observed in this almost-natural habitat at the edge of Parc de la Ciutadella.

Parc del Laberint was named after the green maze of trimmed cypress trees that was cultivated in its center. There are also pavilions devoted to Greek mythology, many ponds and fountains, a canal called Romantic Canal, and many hidden places with benches to sit on. Its nooks and crannies provide shade for relaxation and calm game-playing, while the maze becomes the center of attention of children of all ages. Parc del Laberint is a great hangout place, where it is easy to spend the whole day. Unlike the parks above, you will need to pay admission, but the fee is only 2,17€ and it is waived for children.

Museums

There are a few temples of art in Barcelona that are worth a visit to test out the waters of your child's patience. Undoubtedly recommended for families is Caixa Forum cultural centre, located not far from MNAC, the largest art museum in the city. Caixa Forum offers free admission, easy access for strollers, and a variety of free family-oriented activities that are tied to current exhibitions (“Follow-the-clues”, crafts workshops, self-guided tours and more). The best part about visiting Caixa Forum is that you gain unrestricted access to hallways and the roof of the fantastic modernist factory in which Caixa Forum is housed. Children playing hide-and-seek in the open-air corridors of the factory are seen inside Caixa Forum every day. Their parents usually sit on one of the benches and watch over the kids while taking turns to run to one of the galleries. Caixa Forum is not usually busy and provides a welcome respite from the bustle of Barcelona's most visited sights.

There are other notable museums with a clear interest in entertaining kids. The museum of chocolate (Museu de la Xocolata) regularly holds children's days, chocolate tastings and chocolate-making workshops that are bound to be a win among children. Museu de Zoologia attracts visitors of all ages with its popular-science exhibits and free educational kits. CosmoCaixa Science Museum is complete with a planetarium, two floors of exhibitions of science games, experiments, various living animals and insects (touching is encouraged), and even a real Amazonian rain-forest.

Other places

An immediate crisis of a tired child turning into a siren can be averted by walking down the notoriously touristy La Rambla, whose countless living statues will surely distract the children and allow the parents to continue the journey down to Barceloneta and the seacoast, from where it is only a few minutes' walk to L'Aquàrium de Barcelona, a self-explanatory and popular spot for families with younger children.

Parc d'Attracions Tibidabo may be a bit of a journey to the north, but its views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean sea are commonly referred to as “legendary”. The rides and attractions are worth the price of a full ticket (25€), but it is absolutely not a requirement to ride the attractions, when you come for a visit. The ride on the Tibidabo funicular (4€ round trip) is an attraction all in itself. Access to observation decks is free, and families get to wander around the top level (The Sky Walk) for as long as they like. Plus, the adjoining Tibidabo municipal park has a fantastic children's playground (also free) and many picnic areas.

Of course, if you are ever in need of a quiet time or are too busy for family outings, Tender Loving Canguros Childcare Services offers English-speaking babysitting and nanny services in Barcelona.

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