No matter your family’s interests, you are sure to find plenty of exciting things to do in Barcelona with teens! From stunning architecture to thrilling outdoor adventures, this cosmopolitan city has something for everyone.
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Barcelona’s enchanting neighborhoods, bustling markets, and sun-kissed beaches provide endless opportunities for exploration and relaxation. Get ready to immerse yourselves in the mesmerizing world of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces, such as the iconic La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. And for adventure enthusiasts, Montjuïc Hill provides an adrenaline rush with its cable cars and panoramic views!
Barcelona Spain offers cultural richness and a warm Mediterranean climate that promises an unforgettable experience. This family-friendly city is a must while you’re in Spain. Without further ado, these are some of our favorite places to visit in Barcelona with teens!
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Where to Stay in Barcelona
When we visited Barcelona with our kids, we wanted to experience the city as locals, so we rented an apartment right in the heart of the city. Our vacation rental was centrally located in the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic). This made it within walking distance to shops, restaurants, and the famous boulevard of Barcelona, Las Ramblas. We lived like the locals but hit all the tourist sights.
- Hotel Indigo – This boutique hotel is centrally located near Plaza Catalunya. Walking distance to many attractions and a swimming pool.
- Condes de Barcelona – Great location near Casa Mila. Wonderful rooftop bar with views of Barcelona. Very comfortable rooms.
- Hotel Royal Passeig de Gracia – Central location near La Pedrera. Clean and spacious and walking distance to most major attractions in the city.
- Majestic Hotel – Beautiful five star hotel in the Paseo de Gracia. Easy access to the Gaudí sites. Has a rooftop restaurant, bar, and pool with stunning city views.
What To Do in Barcelona with Teens
Barcelona is a vibrant city located on the northeastern coast of Spain. It’s the capital of Catalonia and the second-largest city in Spain, after Madrid. The city is a major cultural, economic, and tourist hub with plenty of things to interest visitors. Here are 25 unforgettable attractions I recommend for those visiting Barcelona with teenagers.
1. Tour La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Família is a fascinating landmark you can see from most places in the city and one of Barcelona’s most popular attractions. This famous church in Barcelona was designed by Antoni Gaudí. The basilica has been under almost continuous construction since 1883 and is now estimated (loosely) to be finished in 2026!
It’s a memorable visit, with otherworldly spires, intricate facades, beautiful stained-glass windows, and a blend of Gothic and Art Nouveau styles. Due to the popularity of La Sagrada Família, it’s a good idea to book in advance and expect plenty of company! The best time to visit is definitely in the morning. Audio guides are now included with admission.
2. Explore Parc Güell
Park Güell, another magnificent creation by Antoni Gaudí, is a must-visit site in Barcelona with kids of all ages. In 1900 the Güell family hired Gaudi to create a private garden city for wealthy families, but it failed! Today, the whimsical park in a UNESCO World Heritage Site offers an unforgettable experience with its vibrant mosaic artworks, curving pathways, and unique architectural elements.
You can through the park’s lush gardens, admire the famous colorful mosaic lizard (the “Dragon”), and enjoy panoramic views of the city. Park Guell also houses Gaudí’s former residence, which now serves as a museum on Gaudí. Don’t forget to bring your camera, with so many great photo opportunities here!
3. Spend a Day at the Beach in Barcelona with teens
A beach day is a fantastic way to enjoy Barcelona with teens. Barceloneta Beach, located near the city center, is a great place to start. You can take a stroll on the boardwalk, visit oceanfront restaurants, or ride bikes if you’re looking for outdoor activities.
Nearby you’ll find more city beaches connected to the promenade. There’s Nova Icaria Beach just off Barceloneta Beach, Bogatell Beach, and Nova Mar Bella Beach. You’ll find great amenities for both older and younger kids, including playgrounds, a skate park, and ball fields.
Just be aware that Barcelona allows topless sunbathing on some beaches so prepare your kids for that!
4. Casa Milá-La Pedrera
For more Gaudí sites in Barcelona, Casa Milá is a must-visit. Completed in 1912, it’s an example of the architect’s creativity and organic style. The unusual structure features an undulating facade, adorned with sculptural elements and wrought-iron balconies. Casa Milá is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that you can walk through on your own or take a guided tour.
Inside, you can explore winding halls, an apartment, a whimsical attic space, and the rooftop. The building also houses the Espai Gaudí, a museum dedicated to Gaudí’s work.
In our opinion, the rooftop is the best part, with its breathtaking views of Barcelona’s cityscape, along with its fascinating mosaic-covered chimneys! Just keep an eye out for younger children up here.
5. Picasso Museum
The Picasso Museum in Barcelona is a treasure trove for art enthusiasts and admirers of the legendary painter Pablo Picasso. Located in El Born, the museum is a really cool place to visit, being housed within several medieval palaces! This also makes it a great option for cooling off on a hot Barcelona day.
Featuring over 4,000 works, the art museum boasts an extensive collection of Picasso’s works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and ceramics. You can see the evolution of Picasso’s style, from his Blue and Rose periods to the famous Cubist movement. If you don’t want to stand in a long line, get your tickets online before you go.
6. Barcelona Cathedral
The Barcelona Cathedral is a breathtaking cultural landmark. Construction of the cathedral began in the 13th century and took several centuries to complete! This is one of those stops that you can’t truly appreciate until you see it in person.
Even if you don’t go inside, the exteriors are stunning, with intricate stone carvings and towering spires. Inside, you’re free to walk around for a look at soaring vaulted ceilings, ornate chapels, and beautiful stained-glass windows. You can also go up to the rooftop for panoramic views of the city’s skyline.
7. Explore the Gothic Quarter
One of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, the Gothic Quarter (or the Barri Gotic) offers medieval charm and a wide range of things to do in Barcelona with teens. Take a stroll along the iconic La Rambla (more on this below!) or discover hidden gems in Plaça Sant Felip Neri, a small square with a tragic history.
The Gothic Quarter is where you’ll find the History Museum of Barcelona, as well as several medieval churches, including Santa Maria del Pi and Basilica de Sant Just i Pastor. You and your teens will also find plenty to do with restaurants, tapas bars, boutiques, artisan shops, and vintage stores scattered throughout the historic neighborhood.
8. Experience Casa Batlló
Whether you have an interest in architecture or are just looking for things to do in Eixample, you won’t regret a visit to Casa Batlló! Another mind-blowing work by Antoni Gaudí, the apartment block functions as a giant art piece.
The building is known for its dragon-like roof and skull-shaped balconies. Once inside, you’ll be amazed how every staircase, balcony, chandelier, and hallway offers a different sensory experience.
You can purchase different levels of admission for access to a variety of the building’s interiors. This includes audio tours with the cheapest tickets and tablets for additional visual aids that might help keep younger children engaged.
9. See Palau Guell
Yes, Palau Güell is another beautiful creation by Gaudí, but a completely different experience than the rest! Built between 1886 and 1888, Palau Güell is an example of Gaudí’s early work and showcases his skill with decorative elements. The exterior displays a striking combination of Gothic and Moorish influences, featuring intricate ironwork and an imposing facade.
Inside, you can explore its beautiful spaces, including a stunning central hall, intricate ceilings, and lavish rooms decorated with vibrant colors and rich materials. One of the highlights of Palau Güell is the rooftop terrace, which features Gaudí’s trademark whimsical chimneys (and offers panoramic views of Barcelona’s skyline).
10. Stroll Along La Rambla
La Rambla, the main thoroughfare in the heart of Barcelona, is one of the city’s most iconic attractions. Stretching from Plaça de Catalunya to the waterfront, it is a vibrant hub that captivates locals and tourists alike. Lined with shops, cafes, and street performers, La Rambla offers an electric atmosphere with a variety of things to do.
You can browse through La Boqueria market or shop for souvenirs at street kiosks and small shops. Take some time to admire the architecture of historic buildings, and hunt for landmarks along the way, including the iconic Liceu Theater.
11. Montjuïc Castle and Park
A landmark that’s worth visiting is Montjuïc Castle, a 17th-century castle overlooking the Barcelona Harbor. Inside, you’ll learn about the castle’s history, browse the exhibits, and check out cannons and ramparts. The views can’t be beat, and the surrounding gardens are beautiful, with grassy lawns, a playground, and a picnic area where you can enjoy a packed lunch.
But the real experience at Montjuïc Castle is in how you get to the castle! From the Paral·lel Metro Station, you take a funicular! At the base of the park, you can choose to transfer to a cable car, the Teleférico de Montjuïc. Then there’s a scenic stroll to the castle from there.
However, the cable car isn’t for everyone! You can also choose to walk from the funicular or take a tour bus to the top.
12. Ride the Teleférico de Montjuïc
Riding the Teleférico de Montjuïc, the cable car that takes you to Montjuïc Castle, is a thrilling and scenic way to reach the top of Montjuïc Hill in Barcelona. As you ascend from the train station, you’ll take in amazing views of Barcelona’s skyline, the Mediterranean Sea, and Montjuïc Hill.
From the cable car, you can spot famous landmarks, including the prominent Sagrada Família, the Olympic Stadium, and the busy Barcelona harbor. Once you reach the upper station, you can explore the various attractions on Montjuïc Hill, including the castle, gardens, museums, and Olympic Park.
13. Go on a Ghost Tour in Barcelona with Teens
With over 2000 years of history, Barcelona has a long and often dark history. Across the city, you’ll find tours offering tales of ghosts, haunted buildings, and chilling incidents. However, ghost hunters will find the best places to start looking is in Barcelona’s Old City!
This Barcelona Ghosts and Legends tour will take you on a 90-minute walk through the shadows of the Gothic Quarter. If you’re looking for something more entertaining than scary, this tour is a good choice for the whole family.
Or this 2-hour walking tour through Barcelona’s oldest neighborhood will give you a history of the Spanish Inquisition and a glimpse at some of the city’s darker landmarks. While not for the faint of heart (or those under 14 years old), this is a very interesting ghost tour!
14. IKONO Barcelona
If you’re looking for a way to spend a rainy day in Barcelona with teens, take them to IKONO Barcelona at the Arenas de Plaza España Shopping Center. This traveling art exhibition is a hit with all ages, featuring optical illusions and immersive installations.
Every room is a different experience, playing with textures, light, colors, shapes, and technology to create a stunning and interactive environment. You literally become part of the artwork!
15. Barcelona Street Art Tour
See a different side of Barcelona with a street art bicycle tour through trendy El Poblenou. Once an industrial area, the neighborhood has become a hip hangout spot with tapas bars, flea markets, beautiful green spaces, and art galleries.
During this 2-3-hour bike tour, your guide will show you stunning murals by local artists in a range of street styles. Enjoy cycling from the city center to El Poblenou where you’ll ride along the beachside bike path. It’s the perfect way to get some physical activity while sightseeing!
16. Sample Spanish Cuisine on a Food Tour
Want to learn more about Spanish culture but in a fun and engaging way? On this walking food tour through El Born and Barceloneta, your local tour guide will take you to 6 different eateries! You’ll try a wide array of Catalan and Spanish foods, from tapas and Spanish meats and cheeses to churros, sangria, and paella.
Along the way, you’ll visit iconic markets, shops, and restaurants. You’ll get to know your Spanish guide while they share the history of Spain’s delicious food culture. Come hungry and bring walking shoes for this 3-hour tour!
17. Attend a Soccer Game
Sports fans shouldn’t miss a chance to see FC Barcelona in action. One of the top football clubs in the world, you can see the team play at the Spotify Camp Nou Stadium. Hometown love for the team is infectious and soon you’ll be caught up in the spirit of the game!
Even if you can’t make it to a match, you can still get a feel for this iconic team with a Barcelona stadium tour. You’ll see the FC Barcelona Museum and learn about the legacy of the team. And if you make sure to book your tour on a non-match day, you’ll also get to tour the stadium, which includes the press room, presidential box, and the team’s changing rooms.
18. CosmoCaixa Science Museum
The CosmoCaixa Science Museum interactive museum offers a wide range of exhibits and activities that make science accessible and engaging for visitors of all ages. From the stunning modern complex to the visually appealing exhibits, you’ll want to plan on spending at least half a day here!
Two highlights of the museum include the indoor rainforest exhibit and the planetarium. Additionally, CosmoCaixa offers visitors a chance to learn with hands-on mini experiments set up throughout the galleries. Just keep in mind that tickets to the planetarium are separate from general admission.
19. Museu de la Xocolata
Located in the heart of the city, the Museu de la Xocolata is a fun stop while you’re sightseeing. This chocolate museum takes less than an hour to visit, and it’s a delightful experience for chocolate lovers!
After receiving a chocolate bar at the door, you’ll walk through exhibits that showcase the history of chocolate and learn how cocoa beans are cultivated and produced.
There’s a hall of beautiful chocolate sculptures created by master chocolatiers. And don’t forget to stop by the shop and cafe for a chance to purchase your favorite pastries and chocolate-based treats after the tour.
20. Aquàrium Barcelona
The Aquarium de Barcelona is located in Port Vell, near La Rambla. It’s a massive aquarium with over 11,000 animals and is a popular attraction for families with younger children and teens. Inside, you can enjoy a wide range of exhibits and even full ecosystems.
The highlight of the Aquàrium Barcelona is the Oceanarium, a giant tank that houses sharks, rays, tropical fish, coral, and more. It’s a memorable experience to walk through a transparent tunnel that feels like you’re under the ocean! There are interactive displays discussing marine conservation. And kids love participating in feeding sessions and visiting the touch pools.
21. Visit La Boqueria Market and Take a Paella Cooking Class
Something unique to do in Barcelona with teens is taking a paella cooking class with a professional chef! You’ll start your 4-hour tour with a visit to the historic La Boqueria Market to shop for ingredients.
Then head down La Rambla, all the while sampling delicious Spanish food and learning about Catalan culture from your local chef guide!
In the kitchen, you’ll learn how to create a 5-course meal. This is a wonderful class for families, and you don’t need to be a master chef to have a fabulous time.
22. Tibidabo Amusement Park
If you have younger kids and you’re looking for things to do with the whole family, consider checking out Tibidabo Amusement Park. It’s one of the oldest theme parks in Europe, dating back to the mid-1800s. The historic park boasts a nostalgic collection of rides, with a vintage Ferris wheel, a carousel, roller coasters, and freefall rides for thrill seekers.
The amusement park also features kid-friendly rides, including a pirate-themed area and a flight simulator. Older teens might not be as interested in this stop, but everyone can appreciate the panoramic views of Barcelona’s skyline and the Mediterranean Sea beyond.
23. The Magic Fountain
CURRENTLY CLOSED TO CONSERVE WATER: If you’re spending the day on Montjuïc Hill and looking for free things to do in Barcelona, you might enjoy an evening stop at the Magic Fountain.
Built for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition, the immense fountain hosts a 20-minute light and music show every night, drawing a crowd of both locals and tourists. It’s also beautiful with the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya lit up after dark.
Located in the Montjuïc neighborhood, the fountain comes alive with a choreographed performance of water jets, colorful lights, and synchronized music in a variety of genres. And even if you can’t stay for the show, the Magic Fountain is worth a stop during the day! At that time, you can enjoy the stunning views of Barcelona beyond the grounds.
24. Visit Poble Espanyol
Poble Espanyol is an open-air museum that’s not far from the Magic Fountain is Poble Espanyol on Montjuïc Hill. It’s an outdoor museum, originally built for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition. The site showcases replicas of buildings from different regions of Spain for a glimpse into the country’s architectural and cultural diversity.
It’s quite an experience to walk through the village. You’ll see streets and squares adorned with various architectural styles native to Spain. The village also features cafes where you can eat and artisan workshops where you can buy handmade products. Poble Espanyol also hosts concerts, exhibitions, and cultural events throughout the year.
Visiting Poble Espanyol is like getting a condensed experience of Spain’s rich heritage and traditions, making it worth a visit if you’re interested in learning more about Spain! Book in advance, and you’ll pay half price, which is already pretty affordable!
25. Take a Day Trip from Barcelona
While you’re visiting Barcelona with teens, take the opportunity for a day trip nearby. With Spain’s excellent public transportation, just hop on a train and you’ll be at another must-see destination in less than an hour! Here are a few options:
- Girona: Explore Girona’s charming medieval old town. The city’s rich history and architectural beauty, including the iconic colorful houses along the Onyar River, make it a delight to explore. You can tour the Cathedral of Girona and the ancient city walls, offering panoramic views. While you’re here, make sure to try the delicious Catalan cuisine available to you! If you don’t want to explore on your own, check out this guided tour from Barcelona.
- Montserrat: This is a breathtaking mountain range and monastery offering a unique day trip that’s worth the 2-hour train ride! You can explore the monastery, admire its stunning architecture, and listen to the Montserrat Boys’ Choir. The mountain is also a popular destination for hikers with numerous trails and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. We recommend this Montserrat guided day trip with Viator.
- Sitges: Enjoy an easy oceanside train ride to this charming coastal town for an escape from the bustling city! Wander streets lined with colorful buildings, shops, and cafes. Sitges also puts on interesting festivals throughout the year. Check out this guided tour to Sitges with GetYour Guide.