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My mom, daughter, and I are leaving on a girls’ trip to Spain in the near future (hurray improved exchange rate!), and as I often like to do when we go on big trips, I’d love to hear if you have any suggestions for the trip!
I will be the first to admit with the job search, baby on the way, and resulting massive house re-organization project to clear space for kid #2, we haven’t exactly prepped as much as I usually like to for this Spanish adventure. When traveling internationally with a little one, I actually prefer not going anywhere with too much of a real plan, but I do want to make sure we aren’t accidentally stumbling into a bust of an attraction, or missing some must do (or must eat) suggestion in the process.
We will have a few days in Barcelona and a few days in Madrid, and given our limited time, we want to stay in the cities for the duration (so no side trips elsewhere). When traveling with a kid I like to basically just pretend we live in the cities we visit for a few days, so that means a heavy emphasis on parks and everyday family friendly attractions rather than focusing on lots of tourist attractions that would probably have lines, crowds, and bore her anyway. The one exception is that my mom really likes getting a feel for cities on the bid double-decker bus tours, so we will be giving that a shot for sure.
Obviously with a kid and a pregnant lady we sadly won’t be taking full advantage of the nightlife and bar scene in Spain, and instead will tend to pick up food we can eat in the park or enjoy in laid back casual restaurants and cafes.
Some of the things on our radar for Madrid are Casa de Campo (really cool looking park with lake, restaurants, cable car, and more), Retiro Park (former park of the Spanish Monarchy, near the Prado), and maybe the Royal Palace.
In Barcelona we are considering the Magic Fountains, Parc de la Ciutadella, and CosmoCaixa (really cool looking science museum).
Of course we also plan to just take it easy, walk around looking at beautiful buildings, and soak in the just being in Spain.
If you have any kid friendly (or just generic) suggestions for Madrid or Barcelona, I would love to hear about it! Can’t wait to do some exploring and report back on what we find in Spain!