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Barca with a 13 year old

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Barca with a 13 year old

Hello,

We've just booked three nights in Barcelona in February as a surprise for our son's 13th birthday. We are staying (I believe) around ten minutes from the Gothic Quarter. Apart from Camp Nou can anyone recommend some particular points of interest? I'd also like some advice on what to do/where to eat in the evenings? Are they ok about youngsters in bars etc?

Many thanks in advance!

Mtwapa, Kenya
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1. Re: Barca with a 13 year old

Do you mean points of interest generally or for a 13 year old?

There's plenty of info on attractions etc in the Top Questions, top right of this page (if you are on a smartphone you'll have request the 'full' or "desktop' version of the page from the phone's pull down menu).

The vast majority of bars in Barcelona are not like British pubs, they are bar / cafe / restaurants and kids are not a problem.

You are best doing what many locals do and having your main meal at lunchtime (what would be early to mid afternoon in the UK) almost all bars, restaurants do a Menú del Día, a great value package (again see Top Questions). Barcelonans like to eat late in the evenings, many restaurants don't open until between 8 and 9, though bars will serve food earlier.

BTW please don't refer to Barcelona as Barca, it upsets the locals. Barça it's the nickname of the more famous of the city's football teams not the city, and Barca is a small town in the middle of nowhere elsewhere in Spain

Edited: 29 October 2017, 03:43
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2. Re: Barca with a 13 year old

Thank you that's most helpful regarding the restaurants etc, certainly sounds like the kind of evenings that we enjoy.

And I'll certainly avoid upsetting the locals! (You can tell it's non stop football in our house!) Thank you.

Barcelona, Spain
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3. Re: Barca with a 13 year old

The Museum of the History of Barcelona is a must-see for any teen (or adult) interested in Roman and Medieval times. You walk right through the ruins, moving from pre-Roman up through the ages. It is totaly cool. The ruins at El Born Cultural Center are also quite cool. And or course Montjuïc Castle is fun, too.

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4. Re: Barca with a 13 year old

This sounds perfect as he loves history and has chosen it as one of his GCSE options! ThanK you.

Shrewsbury
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5. Re: Barca with a 13 year old

What dates? If you're lucky you might coincide with the dates of Santa Eulalia.

Barcelona, Spain
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6. Re: Barca with a 13 year old

Hi SarahLou,

Travelling to Barcelona with a teenager offers a wide range of opportunities, depending what his/her interests are. I summarized a few options some time ago in a post, check it out: tripadvisor.com/…55576894

Aside from this, as PandaChris points out, there are ongoing celebrations/festivities and events all year round, in February the festivities of Santa Eulalia, one of the patroness of Barcelona, is in full swing: http://lameva.barcelona.cat/santaeulalia/en -this website will show information relevant to the 2018's edition as it gets closer to the date; another website with extra info: https:/…santa-eulalia-barcelona

Note as well that, at the end of February, Barcelona hosts the Mobile World Congress, an international congress which gathers some of the key players in the mobile phone industry around the world for a few days in Barcelona. This translates in a spike in accommodation prices and "flocks" of congresspeople all over the city at off hours... so if you intend, for example, to book a specific restaurant during those days, better do it in advance!

Enjoy!

Malaga, Spain
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7. Re: Barca with a 13 year old

Prebook the Sagrada Familia Basilica, the Palau de la Musica Catalana, Park Guell and the Picasso Museum.

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8. Re: Barca with a 13 year old

Go see the Magic Fountain show. Its spectacular.

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9. Re: Barca with a 13 year old

I'm pretty sure a 13 year old would love the fair on mount tibidado.

Eileen

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10. Re: Barca with a 13 year old

There is actually a book focusing on traveling with teens in Barcelona. You would probably find it very helpful:

http://discoveringbarcelona.info/