Before Mona was born we travelled when and where we felt like it. But from now on with that extra piece of lovely ‘luggage’ we need to think twice before boarding. For our first flight together we searched for a destination not too far, where we could enjoy the sun, relax, find great food and discover new things. Barcelona seemed the right choice. A flight so short it would only take a nap. A good airport connection to the city and lots of child friendly hotels and Airbnb’s to choose from.
Staying for a week we chose to stay at an Airbnb in the first half and a hotel in the second. This way we could stay in two different parts of town which made it easy to discover them by foot and stroller without the subway hassle.
We planned our flights carefully so we didn’t had to wake Mona too early or keep her out of bed too late. Flying over there with Vueling and coming back with Brussels Airlines turned out very pleasant both times and the staff were very helpful. We took our big Stokke stroller with us and drove it all the way to the gate’s entrance where we packed it just before boarding in Stokke’s PramPack. While boarding the plane it was handed over to the flight crew and the minute we arrived we got it back so we didn’t have to carry Mona for a second.
We were a bit afraid being it Mona’s first flight experience but everything turned out really well. She was very curious discovering all those new things and was lovely as ever.
Travelling with children means you need a lot of equipment and space. Staying at an Airbnb where the hosts have children themselves takes all worries away. At our Barcelona condo we found everything we needed, a childrens room with a baby bed, a baby bath, … It’s also very handy you can do your own cooking and don’t have to rely on restaurants to feed your kid.
Our Airbnb was situated in the Eixample area very close to a lot of great places to see like Gaudi’s Sagrada Famiglia, Casa Battlo, La Pedrera,… even Parc Guëll was reachable by foot. It’s also the best shopping area in town and around the corner lays our favourite tapas restaurant La Pepita we discovered a few years ago.
For the second half of our holiday we strolled towards the sea to stay in the Grand Hotel Central on the border of the old town and El Born. A great hotel for it’s location and amazing rooftop pool.
The hotel was great, the only downside to hotels in general is the small room space compared with an Airbnb. Mona’s bedtime is much earlier then ours and she is used to sleep in a separate, quiet and dark room so we had to be very quiet and dim the lights to be able to let her go to sleep. This took us a bit longer then expected as she loved the babycot from the hotel and it’s stretchy sides which she used to bounce around laughing her heart out for hours after bedtime.
Visiting Barcelona with a young kid is great. The streets seem to be made for strollers as all have extremely wide and flat pavements with ramps where they begin and end so you can cruise around without any hassle. There are little playgrounds everywhere and people are very welcoming and friendly if you carry your kid around in restaurants, stores or musea. We definitely will be coming back very soon!