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The Best Things to do in Barcelona with Kids

The Best Things to do in Barcelona with Kids

Barcelona 12 MINS READ

Barcelona, one of the few European metropolises that have beaches within walking distance from the very center with historic sights and plenty of old-age culture and arts scene to be around, is a great destination if you are planning your European family holiday with kids.

This child-friendly country has its perks for the whole family — the history geeks can visit these legendary Barcelona attractions to step off the beaten tourist track, or follow the legendary icons touring Barcelona’s streets as it was in the age of Picasso and Hemingway. Sun worshippers seeking relaxation can get straight to 2.7 miles of Barcelona city beaches including Barceloneta, Mar Bella, Nova Icaria, and Bogatell, naming the most popular. Culture enthusiasts can explore the Iberian traditions, but popular Game of Thrones fans can tour the country discovering popular shooting scenes. There is a sound reason why Barcelona is topping our list as one of the best family destination spots for holiday in Europe.

Staying with kids in Barcelona is a completely different experience from going on family holidays to Florida, offering more diverse kid-friendly experiences. While you can go sunbathing to the beach, go on a day trip to a national park, or visit science and zoo parks around the city, the Spanish approach to family activities is slightly different, as Spanish tend not to separate kids from grown-ups. Traveling to Barcelona with kids will result in unforgettable memories — you will remember the vanilla aroma of churros, your kids running around the chocolate museum, and the sun kissing your skin during a family bike tour in Barcelona.

Essential Tips for a Family Vacation with Kids in Barcelona

  • many pop-up stores and market food stalls do not accept credit cards, so better carry around some cash with you at all times
  • kids are welcome everywhere at all hours, as babysitters are very rare — you can often see toddlers in restaurants at 10pm
  • you can choose either staying in Barcelona hotels or vacation rentals or a government-run paradors — upscale accommodations in historic buildings, such as monasteries and castles
  • as children’s menus are rare, tapas can make a meal for kids — it is totally fine to bring in kids into tapas bars
  • note that children under 4 years old can travel free by rail with reservation; kids of 4 to 12 years old pay 60 percent of adult fare
  • many restaurants lack high chairs, so get the stroller next to the table

Note: Make sure to double-check COVID 19 precautions, protocols, and operating hours before you visit any of these sites.

Best Things to Do and See in Barcelona with Kids

Parc de la Ciutadella

Tripping Barcelona with family does not mean you have to let go of some of the most notorious Barcelona spots — interesting and children friendly Barcelona must-sees include Parc de la Ciutadella. Created in the 19th century, the park was the city’s only green space. The grounds include the city’s zoo, a small lake, museums, and the Parliament of Catalonia.

As in all of Barcelona’s gardens and city parks, kids can play and run, but there are plenty of things to do in Barcelona with kids in Parc de la Ciutadella. It is the cultural oasis of the Barcelona city center. A useful tip: get a football ball in the store and take it with you, and soon your kids will get into the game with locals. Barcelona kids pop giant bubbles here created by the clowns, and there is a small play area for children to climb and swing. In the nearby lake, you can take a boat or simply watch the geese drifting around.

See the Castell

Catalan tradition that goes back at least 200 years is a must-see for anyone visiting Barcelona. The Castellers of Barcelona set up free shows on the street — just follow their news channels and get to see the mind-blowing human tower built traditionally at festivals in Catalonia, where several teams (colles castelleres) attempt to build and dismantle the tower’s structure. In 2010, castells were declared as UNESCO Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, and you do not even have to buy tickets to see this wonder!

The assembly is complete when all castellers have climbed in their places, and the enxaneta climbs at the top, raising one open hand and after climbing down at the other side of the castle. The motto of the Castellers is “Força, equilibri, valor i seny” (Strength, balance, courage, and common sense), valuable teaching to any child.

Visit La Boqueria Market

The most famous market in Barcelona worldwide, La Boqueria Market, is located just in the middle of Barcelona, La Rambla, originating in the 1200s, with the first documents confirming the presence of meat stalls on Pla de la Boqueria. This public market in downtown La Rambla, also named Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, has both prepared or fresh food vendors, as well as casual places to eat. Note that while Barcelona families and locals generally usually find La Rambla quite touristy and prefer shopping at quieter markets, many of Barcelona’s best restaurants shop for produce here — so take your chances to get your hands on some of the freshest produce on your own if you are staying in Barcelona hotel or vacation home with a kitchen.

The streets around the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona are mostly cobblestone, so if you are in Barcelona with kids of a very young age, taking a stroller with you will not be smooth, yet not too bad, either. Any time from 11 am to 2 pm or 5 pm to 10 pm is a good time to go; otherwise, most shops even in La Rambla close between 2 pm to 5 pm for a siesta.

Also, when visiting the market with family in Barcelona, kids will love the place as it is a candy galore. Gummies, truffles, and all kinds of dried fruit are available on every corner and food stall, as well as popsicles of all colors for kids and adults to indulge. You can also join one of the best food tours around Barcelona, or explore the market on a free virtual self-guided food tour of Barcelona here.

Go to La Sagrada Familia

While during your visit to Barcelona with kids you may not think of Gaudi’s modernist Art Noveau architecture (read more about European Art Noveau mecca in Riga, Latvia) and church buildings, most notably La Sagrada Familia, one of the most beautiful sacred buildings in the world, as interest worthy to kids, there is so many kid-friendly things to do. Kids will love exploring the 18 towers, spotting trees and turtles in the interior and learning about how computers helped to speed up the construction, and drive up the elevator to see the magnificent views of the city. You can also get some chills on your spine looking at one of the facades with a collection of faces sculpted from the death masks of builders of Sagrada Familia (kind of scary!)

Thrilling, you may say? After all, it was originally a school for children called Sagrada Familia Schools building, so we encourage you to take your kids with you when visiting this splendid basilica. A tip before you go: you can get skip the line tickets online without paying the extra fee here, or visit the La Sagrada Familia on a virtual tour.

Tibidabo Amusement Park

Located on Tibidabo in the Collserola Ridge in Barcelona and opened by the beginning of the 20th century, this amusement park is one of the best and oldest functioning theme parks in the world. Topping the list as the third oldest in Europe and the very oldest in Spain, it can surely compete with the Disneyland theme park in Madrid for the best family-friendly adventure.

You may doubt the century-old attractions, but kids love the single-car carousel of 1928 as they did almost a hundred years ago. Giving an impression of flight (just imagine the views of the city!), the Avió airplane ride carousel in Tibidabo Amusement Park replicates the first aircraft that flew from Barcelona to Madrid. To give you a tip before you go — watch Vicky Cristina Barcelona by Woody Allen (and make a mental note of The Bar Marsella that you can also add to your Barcelona bucket list.)

Hop-Off Bus

Although risking your family holiday in Barcelona with kids to become overly mainstream and touristic, the hop-on-hop-off city sightseeing tour can make navigating your way through Barcelona’s many sights much easier. It is especially fun for little ones to see city streets from the top of the hop-off bus, which would otherwise be impossible if you buy tickets to get around Barcelona via public transport, such as metro, tram or bus. Before you buy tickets for the city sightseeing bus, consult the Barcelona bus and metro ticket prices on the official Barcelona Metropolitan Transports website.

Beware, though, that Barcelona is an extremely walkable city with wide boulevards, and many of the tourist attractions in the Old Barcelona are not attainable by the hop-off bus. Thus, if your kids are old enough not to get tired too soon, it is recommended to enjoy this Catalonian capital on foot.

Regarding things to do in Barcelona with kids that are the age of teenagers, your whole family in Barcelona can rent bikes. In recent years, Barcelona has emerged not only as one of the best family-friendly but also a bike-friendly city with an incredible increase in bike facilities and is a safe environment for bikers to enjoy the fresh air and sun alike. So take your kids and go on a family bike ride!

Park Guell

If you wonder what to do in Barcelona with kids, Park Guell is an engaging experience for the whole family. Usually topping the list of things to do in Barcelona with kids (or without), it is a great place to visit. Originally designed as a park to house Barcelona’s elite, it failed as a housing development, as upscale Barcelona residents did not want to move out of central Barcelona. With a free entrance for 6-year-old kids and younger, Park Guell is beautiful and super kid-friendly. Kids love the colorful mosaics, so another tip: to get close to them, be an early bird, and come right when it opens at 8:30am. But as it became widely popular as a park, it is better to make sure you get in at all. You can buy tickets for the whole family in advance on the official Park Guell website, print it off (or download it on your phone), and get on a free shuttle bus that leaves from Alfonso X Station.

Chocolate Museum

A family holiday would not be complete without paying a visit to one of the best food museums in Barcelona both kids and adults love. The museum designed for this 2000-year-old treat is extremely child friendly and engaging. Thanks to an interactive approach, it is a great place to understand how chocolate is made, and little ones can take part in a whole range of activities. Toddlers are offered to paint with chocolate, older children are exploring the museum with the cocoa Spark, a tour guide/elf from Madagascar who takes them into the magical world of chocolate, while the whole family can make lollipops of white, milk, or dark chocolate. The chocolate museum also offers food tours, such as chocolate tasting.

Gothic Quarter

For ones who love to take a view of the city from up close, and seek to explore the Spanish culture scene (read tips for Spanish culture here), the Gothic Quarter holds more value than just your average center of the city with great restaurants, beautiful architecture, and shopping options.

The main sights in the Gothic Quarter are the cathedral and Placa Reial. Although La Seu Cathedral, a beautiful example of gothic architecture, is one of the best things to see in Barcelona for ones exploring the architecture and history, the Placa Reial square with many open-air cafes selling ice cream in the day (or you can get gelato at the nearby Dino’s) and welcoming tourists until late at night. On summer nights, many concerts are held there, so expect to listen to melancholic Spanish guitar and stimulating Catalan Rumba.

Families do not have to leave one member at home, thanks to the fact that the Spanish are generally comfortable with young kids joining parents in restaurants at late hours.

Montjuïc Park with Cable Cars

Barcelona city is known for its hills, but, hey, not only you will be fitter after a week in Barcelona — you can also enjoy some great views of the city while visiting Barcelona with family. Even though it is not a resident-preferred way of getting around the city (and up the hills), the cable car is always a great option for those who arrive in Barcelona for a family holiday.

Kids will love the cable car ride — during these seven minutes, you can view Barcelona’s great monuments as Sagrada Familia and the Torre Agbar from above.

Pro tip: if you wish to go for an especially romantic cable car rise, sunrise and sunset golden hours are just perfect. The cable car operates 365 days a year from 6.30 am until just after midnight, so make sure your ride is well-timed.

Montjuic Park is a must-visit if your family with children stay in Barcelona for more than 3 days. Translating as “Jewish Mountain” thanks to a medieval Jewish cemetery that once stood there, the Montjuic Castle with park, botanical garden, and several museums can be now found here.

Street Performers and Human Statues

You and children can skip the line to theaters and concerts and enjoy the street culture in Spain, as there is so much to it! Street dancers, musicians, and human statues can be spotted frequently, and children love it! o need to buy tickets — just walk the streets and soak up the free-spirited vibes. One mythological demoness on one corner, a levitating Satan on another one, and the Grim Reaper on the next street — the iconic boulevard of Las Ramblas is amazing for absorbing as much open-air culture and street art as one possibly can.

And thanks to so many families with children, couples, and solo tourists visiting Barcelona, and locals valuing both performance and decorative arts, you can also spot the huge circular street mosaic on Las Ramblas, created by the famous Spanish artist Joan Miró in 1967.

Panoramic Views

A family holiday with kids in Barcelona is far from perfect if one does not go to see the city from atop. We already wrote about great views of Barcelona from elevators at La Sagrada Familia, from the cable cars and hop-off busses taking you around the city, but little ones will enjoy running around 360º view f the mountains, the sea, and the city surrounding the tower of Barceló Raval Hotel in La Rambla. You can also take your family to Las Arenas Commercial Center, or take some time out of the buzzing city getting away from the crowds to hike to the Bunkers del Caramel.

Barcelona Beaches

It is always a question of where to stay in Barcelona during a family holiday- near the beach or in the very center of the city.

One of the best family options for those families with toddlers might be renting an apartment in the city center, but Barcelona is can get expensive very fast, so if you are comfortable with carrying or strolling with kids around when the small ones get tired, renting a larger place outside the very Barcelona city center might be a good option, as Spain’s transport infrastructure is well-suited for daily routing form nearby cities to Barcelona.

Wherever you decide to stay, the most popular Barcelona city family-friendly beaches are Barceloneta (free beach the closest to the city), Sant Sebastia, and, although requiring a longer half-hour drive by train, Ocata Beach, where you and kids can feel much like in a private beach away from crowds.

Barcelona Kid Family Walking Tour

If you’re not content with the free self-guided walking tour of Barcelona, some of the best things to do is to take one of the tours offered by tour guides in Barcelona for kids. To make sure that walking tour content is truly family-friendly, it’s better to contact the walking tour guides before. 

However, thanks to more and more people traveling to Barcelona with children, family tours become increasingly popular. If you want to travel on a budget, however, we advise you to plan your family holiday with walking tours around Barcelona yourself, downloading all the necessary information (interactive Barcelona tourist map and metro map here) on the official Barcelona tourism website.

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Explore Europe’s Offbeat Vacation Destinations

Explore Europe’s Offbeat Vacation Destinations

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Are you planning a trip to Europe this summer?  While there is a possibility your vacation may look a little differently than you had in mind, do not worry. As many of Europe’s destinations begin welcoming tourists, there are a few locations we suggest putting at the top of your list. Start with the best offbeat vacation destinations Europe has to offer. Instead of your overcrowded tourist spots, swap that for a getaway to a secluded beach or an isolated hilltop house. With so many beautiful and hidden locations, you will forget that you are even in some of the most popular locations.

Find your offbeat vacation destinations:

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Summer nights will be unforgettable when visiting Bohinj, Slovenia.

Swap a city break for a visit to the great outdoors in Bohinj, Slovenia

What’s not to love about Slovenia?  Slovenia is famous for being one of the greenest places on Earth. It will come as no surprise that Slovenia’s northwest municipality, Bohinj, is the European Best Destination’s “best destination for sustainable tourism in Europe.” As summer tourism picks up now more than ever it is vital to practice ecotourism. So by booking your vacation to Bohinj, you can help stimulate eco-friendly travel in the great outdoors. Sounds to us like a great plan! The isolated town is located in the Julian Alps and boasts incredible views, hiking and trekking, and warm days by the lake. It is also only 40 minutes away from Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. Find the perfect vacation rental or hotel near Bohinj, Slovenia.

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Indulge in a beach getaway in Corfu, Greece.

Instead of a crowded beach in Santorini, visit secluded Corfu, Greece.

While tourists around the world usually flock to Santorini and Mykonos for summer, we suggest switching it up by visiting Corfu, Greece instead. Did you know Greece has 6,000 islands in the Ionian and Aegean Seas? Corfu is on the northwest coast in the Ionian Sea and is famous for its incredible beaches and ideal resort location. This is the perfect island to catch up on your rest and relaxation with incredible views, and ideal seclusion for a socially distant getaway. We recommend spending your day at the spectacular beaches in Kavos, Kontokali, Paleokastritsa, Glyfada, Kontokali, and more. In the evening take a stroll through Corfu’s old town which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll absolutely fall in love with this island.

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Enjoy the sunset over Marsaxlokk, Malta.

Craving an island escape? Give Malta a visit!

If sitting by the sea drinking a glass of chilled wine is something you are interested in, then Malta is the perfect destination for you. The entire area of Malta is about 95 square miles, 246 square kilometers. You can have breakfast in the south and dinner in the north, on the same day. The close proximity from the city and beaches to the next to make it a great island to take a road trip on as well. We recommend staying in the capital city, Valetta. Pro tip: you can take a ferry boat or boat cruise to enjoy the turquoise blue waters of the blue lagoon in Cominos Island. Malta will prove in seconds why it’s one of the best locations for an offbeat vacation.

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Discover the delicious cuisine in Zagreb, Croatia.

Have you heard of Game of Thrones? If you’re a fan, Croatia is for you!

Now we know what you are thinking… Croatia has too many incredible places to visit, how can you choose just one? From its charming capital of Zagreb to the beach towns of Split, this Balkan country has so much to offer visitors. But we recommend going off the beaten path to visit some of its more secluded and hidden gems like Cavtat and Rijeka, too. The best part about taking an offbeat vacation to Croatia is you will have an opportunity to explore it all. And, after trying some of the traditional Croatian cuisines, you will never want to leave. Find your one-of-a-kind affordable accommodation in Croatia, here.

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Soak in the incredible views from the Azores Islands.

Take a road trip through Portugal.

From north to south, Portugal is a country you do not want to miss visiting, especially in the summer. With incredible sites to go winetasting at in Porto to the stunning beaches in the Algarve, you can experience it all by taking a road trip. If you really want to explore offbeat Portugal, then you need to book a stay on the Azores Island. There are many trails to explore offering beautiful views of the entire island. With dozens of national parks to visit you will adore your offbeat vacation alongside the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll want to visit again and again.

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Enjoy a coffee with a view in Warsaw, Poland.

Explore the historic streets of Poland.

Looking for another European country to cross off your bucket list? We recommend a visit to Poland. Not only is Poland incredibly budget-friendly, but it is also one of the safest destinations to visit in Europe. The charming towns and cities boast historic architecture and monuments to admire. Looking for traditional Polish food to try? Grab a pint and order a pierogi, you’ll want to eat a dozen. A visit to Poland will leave you with a deep appreciation for the history Poland and Europe have.


Excited to visit these locations and more? Find the perfect hotel or vacation rental on CuddlyNest. We are working hard to update our blog with the best places to visit this summer. Stay tuned for more!

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Balkan Nature Wellness Roadtrip Itinerary to Croatia and Montenegro

Balkan Nature Wellness Roadtrip Itinerary to Croatia and Montenegro

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Senior travel in 2019 is great and booming. But while hotels and resorts offer more and more yoga and health, meditation and yoga holidays, some elderly prefer to go on an active holiday and enjoy nature hikes, mountain climbing, and even canoe trips, discovering what Europe has to offer from a different perspective.

Senior Holidays in Europe

If you prefer visiting Europe and its Central European capitals, or travel to Northern Europe for Art Noveau architecture, or visit

other Balkan countries for great food, go and visit some of our previous blogs. But if you want to treat yourself well, and allow your body to relax on holiday while giving it enough active time, keep reading and learn what great Balkan destinations to visit and add to your South-Eastern Europe bucket list when going on winter or spring holidays 2019. CuddlyNest put up an itinerary for your active, adventurous, and yet not too much physically demanding holidays – and we are sure you would love to get some relaxation time with SPA and beauty retreats in between! 

Balkan and Greece Itinerary Plan for Active Seniors

Balkan and Greece itinerary is a great option if you are looking for a laid-back travel destination country and want to go somewhere you’ve never been before. From Croatia to Montenegro, from Greece to Albania, there are well-known and popular destinations as well as harder to reach, much more rural and even abandoned nature-only places.

  1. Split, Croatia
  2. Brac Island, Croatia
  3. Pasjača Beach, Croatia
  4. Vranjina, Montenegro
  5. Locven and Skadar Lake National Parks, Montenegro
  6. Durrës, Albania
  7. Sarandë, Albania
  8. Corfu, Greece
  9. Patras, Greece

Split, Croatia.

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Split, Croatia Best SPA and Nearby Beaches

While Split is the capital of Croatia and one of the best-connected cities in the region, there is not much nature around the city, apart from the very well-kept white sandy beach. To relax and care for your health, we recommend staying at SPA apartments and enjoy the Split hospitality for very affordable prices. 

There is a SPA and wellness centre also in Divota Apartment hotel, where private studio apartments in Veli Varos District just 5 minutes from the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace and the Riva seaside Promenade. The rooms have access to massages and SPA and wellness centres.

If you are more into hotels than private apartments, Hotel Park Split has a seasonal outdoor pool, and couped with SPA and wellness centre Filomena Priska Spa on its underground floor. The center includes a hot tub, sauna and even a gym! Located on one of the Split’ s most famous beaches Bacvice, it is Make sure to try out their 19th century inspired massages, facial and body treatments, as well as services like waxing, manicure and pedicures.

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Makarska, Sumartin and Brac Island 

To truly enjoy the wild spirit and sense the Split itself, you must dive into island-hopping even if only for a short time. From Split, you can travel to Makarska, a nearby town just a 1-hour ride away. Makarska is known for its Riviera beaches, and seafront promenade, but to get to less crowded and wilder beaches, we suggest visiting Kačić Square and then continuing to port and getting on a ferry to Brač island.

How to get to Makarska

To get to Makarska, get on a Promet Makarska bus. It will take a little over 1 hour from Split to Makarska. Get your tickets at the bus station, but check the schedule or if you wish to, then book your tickets on their website. The bus goes hourly from 5 am to 10.30 pm daily, and you can get a ticket for 50 HRR, approximately €7.

Sumartin and Brac.

Sumartin and Brač Island are an old and scarcely populated island. Sumartin village is the youngest town on the island, homing around 500 people only. Established in the 17th century, the town comprises Fraciscian monastery, and some other religious buildings, among old farmhouses. When visiting Brac island, take it slowly and enjoy the local wines, food, and other  . If you earlier visited Split and saw the UNESCO inscribed Diocletian palace. Built for Emperor around 4 AD, today it forms around half of Split old town. If you wonder where the material for the magnificent building was taken, then it is just there, in Brac. Near Supertar, there were dolomite Rasohe quarry, in which slaves worked day and night to gather material for the palace. Still today, you can see a small engraving – the legend says the picture was engraved by slaves asking for guidance and strength to Hercules, the Roman hero famous for strenht and other features. When visiting Splitska, Smartin and other places in Barc, you can rent a bike to get around the island faster.

There are also several SPA resorts and nature and eco-travel guest houses offered for staying at and enjoying your holidays in a laid-back, natural atmosphere on this Croatian island.

Makarska to Brač Island ferry

To get from Makarska to Sumartin, you can take a ferry by Jardolinija route 638. The service runs 3 times a day in the off-season, 4 times a day in June and September, and 5 times a day in July and August. The ferry costs 30 HKR for an adult, but you can check more precise ticket information here

Pasjaca Beach.

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Best Beach in 2019: Visit Croatia Pasjača Beach

If you are keen to see one of the wild beaches compromising both white sand, pristine blue water and even some cliffs, then look for it no more and head to the now-famous Pasjaca beach. It was claimed to be the best beach in the world in 2019, sporting the 1st place and ranking above the world-famous beaches of Spain and Greece. If you can catch both, we also suggest going to Nugal beach just to see what the hype is about.

As for the origins of the beach, it is not exactly a natural beach, as you may expect. Developed from a symbiosis of man and nature, the origins of the Pasjac (or Popovic) beach date back to 1955 when there was a tunnel constructed, leading to the sea. Workers left the excavated rocks just there, and in a few years, the waves crashed against to fill the shore with white sand at the bottom of the majestic cliffs on Konavile. Today, you can, therefore, see both white sand and cliff shore watered by the blue Medditarea sea water.

How to get from Brac to Pasjaca

To get from Brac island to Pasjaca, the easiest way is to go from Supertar to Split by ferry, and then take a bus from Split to Popovic. The whole trip will take around 4 hours, and cost from €31. The bus route is not going by the seaside but is surely a picturesque journey, taking you through the mountainous region of Dio Kanjona Rijeke Cetine, the Dio Canion of the river Cetina. 

Kotori, Montenegro.

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Bay of Kotori, Montenegro

To continue your road trip, you can head to the nearby Cavtat caostal town to rent a car and go further on your own into the nature parks of Montenegro. The car drive from Cavtat to Kostanjica in Kotor, just by the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro will take you no more than a 1-hour drive, and the road is simply beautiful, with flat and landscape, small road going through the coastal towns. If you are not in a rush, definitely stop at Igalo Игало in Montenegro, take a dip in the water at Tople, walk the promenade and see the Old Škver Harbor, before heading to Kamenari passing Savina Monastery in Herceg-Novi, on the way overseeing the most beautiful bay in Montenegro, Boka Kortska.

Cavtat Car Rental 

Renting a car at Cavtat Croatia will not cost you a fortune. While some car companies allow you to drop a car off at your hotel in Cavtat for free and renting within Croatia will be around £54 for an economy car but you would have to pay €40 to take it into Montenegro. Axa rental service offers the prepayment to be around £21 for the excess, while for other companies, like iCrahire, it would cost 45 Euros for the green card to take it out of Croatia. There is also another cost you must take into account, hence the insurance To reduce the insurance to zero, you can use iCarhire and reduce the 1500 euro excess to £20 for the week to reduce it to zero. However, the company will still need your card to reserve the insured amount, and 15 euros to reduce the excess. All in all, you will hardly spend over 100 euros for a week of car rental, and the money will get you much further than taking buses. However, we only suggest booking a car after going to the islands, as ferry fees can quickly add up if you want to take your car with you.

Ferry from Kamenari to Lepetani

 To get from Kamenari to Lepetani by car, you cannot take a ferry or ride the walking bridge connecting Kamenari to Lepetani. Instead, you shall ride all the way the scenic route by the inner part of the bay, and going through Dobrota and Kotor towns. Whilst on the road, we recommend also take a chance and enjoy the local cuisine, and get some of the best Montenegro food, ordering either the tasty fish soup or squid-ink-colored black risotto at one of the restaurants in the towns.

Lovcen National Park, Montenegro

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Visit Lovcen National Park, Montenegro

Visiting Lovcen National Park is a must if you want to wind off and just enjoy the wild beauty of Montenegro. From weeklong meditation retreats on your own in the 62 km2 area in the central highest part of the mount Lovcen, to wandering the historical buildings, farmhouses and village guvnas, cottages in katuns and more man-made but integrated spaces. The mountainous region is popular with tourists but less so in September and October season. The best time to camp here in July and August, but for a digital recharge, or off-grid life for a few days to relax your senses and get back the health, you may also visit the park in the shoulder season. 

Lovcen National Park Practical Information: Entrance Fees and Accommodation

To enter the National park, you must buy a ticket for £2, but the entrance for children under 7 years old is free. You can also camp here, with your tent or camper. Sleeping in nature will cost you 10€ while there are also several hotels located within the nature park, hence Hotel Ivanov Konak ad Hotel Monte Rosa. The former one also has a bicycle and car rental for your convenience. 

Skadar Lake National Park in Montenegro

After taking time in Cetinje in Lovcen National Park, you can drive further to either Podgorica and Budva, to visit either the capital or one of the best-rated resort towns in Montenegro. However, you can just continue along the road  M23 from Centinje t Podgorica, and take a turn at Meterizi, turning onto a small countryside road going to Skadar. Skadar is well known for its nature, and the lake feels untouched by men.

If you wish to deep dive into nature and relax, then gong for birdwatching either alone equipped with a book and binocular, or in an organized tour, you can spot all kinds of birds all season long. As for other activities, like boat rides, you can relax taking a sunset ride into the beautiful lake.

Rijeka Crnojevića

Before coming to the lake itself, you will pass by the Rijeka Crnojevića, Ријека Црнојевића. To take the most from the local cuisine, we suggest having lunch with the local scallops in the Old Bridge Restaurant, alternatively heading to the nearby Šinđon and get some lake fresh food fro the Eko Restaurant Šinđon.

Balkan Itinerary: Visit Virpazar

Virpazar is one of the smallest villages around the lake, at the same time offering one of the best options for winding off, taking a break from city life and enjoying yoga retreat, off-grid life, and fresh air all day, all night. With a population of a little over 300 inhabitants, both Serbs and Montenegrins, the  village is the perfect place to escape the city buzz. When bored, you can climb up the Besac Castle which is open every day and watch the lake from up.

 

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The Best Croatia Beaches for Family Holidays

The Best Croatia Beaches for Family Holidays

Croatia 7 MINS READ

Croatia is surely famous for its wine, delicious food, and for its iconic Game of Thrones locations. But the wild idyllic beaches with transparent water and luxury resorts are definitely some of the finest assets of the country.

Home to 1,200 islands, islets, and crags off the coast of the mainland, Croatia is dotted with postcard-worthy beaches, more than 100 of these beaches have been granted the prestigious blue flag status thanks to their purity on land and in the sea.

But, even though the beaches in Croatia are amazing and well-known, not all of them are suitable for families with children. So, if you’re planning a summer trip to Croatia with the little ones, you might wanna know what are the best beaches for a family holiday.

Read this post to find out what are the best Croatia Beaches for a family holiday.

Note: Make sure to double-check COVID 19 precautions, protocols, and operating hours before you visit any of these sites.

Best Croatia Beaches for a Family Holiday

Croatia Sakarun Beach, Dugi Otok

Aerial view of the blue transparent water of the Sakarun Beach, in Croatia.

Croatia beaches cannot look any more paradisiac than this. Sakarun beach is known as one of the best beaches on the Dalmatian coast, which is a must-visit place for beach-lovers. Thanks to its natural beauty and blue-green transparent waters, Sakarun Beach was included in the Croatian ecological network, which was created to protect biodiversity.

The little bay of Sakarun Beach is just like heaven. In there, you get the view of the turquoise and calm water of the ocean, soft white sand and, of course, plenty of sun during the summer. The beach is also not extremely crowded, which means your kids would enough have space to play around while you can read a book and contemplate the Zadar Archipelago, where the beach is located.

How to get to Sakarun Beach?

The beach is located on the west side of Dugi Otok. If you’re already in Zadar, you can take a tourist train from the Hotel Maxim and then take the ferry.

However, you can also take a ferry from Zadar city on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. Ferries are going daily year-round, and it takes approximately 1 hour 20 minutes for you to get to the beach.

Dražiča Beach, Biograd na Moru

The sun and shade make this one of the best beaches in Croatia for families with children. Located on the southeast part of Biograd, a town in northern Dalmatia, the Blue Flag Dražica Beach is perfect for fun activities and chill water sports, such as canoeing, water skiing, and kayaking.

Dražica Beach also has a great infrastructure, and it’s home to a playground for kids, WC, and a shower.

How to get to Dražiča Beach?

The beach is just 10 minutes’ walk away from the center of Biograd, and you can reach it by pathway.

Slatina Beach, Martinšćica, Cres Island

Aerial panoramical view of the Slatina Beach, in Croatia.

Located near a camp with the same name, Slatina Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Cres-Lošnij archipelago. Unlike many other beaches in Croatia, Slatina has very warm water, which looks green due to its sandy bottom. The beach itself is partially sandy and partially concrete, and this feature makes it a good choice for those seeking the middle term between wilderness and infrastructure.

Another fact that makes Slatina Beach one of the best beaches in Croatia for families with children, is the fact that the beach has a great infrastructure, being home to a restaurant, showers, changing rooms, and a lifeguard’s tower, as well as sports and animation centers nearby.

How to get to Slatina Beach?

The beach is located on Kress Island, so if you are in Opatija, and wish to visit Slatina for the weekend, get in the car, drive the beautiful coastal motorway and get to the beach by ferry. 

Zaton Holiday Resort Beach

A pebbly beach in Croatia at dusk.

While Zatar is one of the top choices for families visiting Croatia exclusively for beach holidays, Zaton and Nin are famous for their sandy coasts. Zaton Beach stretches more than 1.5 km. It is on the premises of the Zaton Holiday Resort, a family-friendly vacation paradise in Croatia.

You will see many amusement parks and water attractions for children in Zaton Beach. This means the kids can have a great time, while you soak up the sun and relax. The coastline water pools are safe and the coast area is shallow, making it perfectly safe for children as well.

Other attractions, like bars and restaurants, are also available serving delicious Croatian food. For your comfort, the beach also has outdoor showers, cabins, sports shops. There’s also a beach chair and umbrella rental, public toilets and a grocery store.

How to get to Zaton Beach?

If you’re staying in Zadar, you can take a suburban bus running between Zaton and Nin. The ticket will cost you 13 kuna (EUR 1.75) one-way.
If you are coming with your family from Split or Dubrovnik, the
Game of Thrones film set, we suggesting hiring a car and driving the picturesque coastal road on your way to the beach.

Where to stay near Zaton Beach?

You can stay in Zadar country houses, beach villas, and condos with your family. Here are some of our favorites.

Vela Beach, Baška, Krk Island

View of the Krk Bay, in Croatia.

As we already wrote, Krk Island is amazing purely to experience the Croatian winemaking tradition,  but you may as well enjoy the local beach in the daytime.

Vela Plaža is one of the most popular beaches on Krk Island, and you are likely gonna find yourself between crowds of Croatian, Italian, and German tourists whilst sunbathing in this paradise. The water, always calm, has a perfect turquoise shade, which makes this beach looks like it came straight out of a postcard.

Visiting Vela beach with the little is a great idea, especially if your kids love love making sandcastles or creating pebble stone fortresses. With that said, the Vela beach has it all – white sand and gravel alike, supplied with a couple of beach bars and opportunities to keep one active playing sports. You can rent a ball and play volley with your kids, or get on a pedal boat with them and enjoy the calm blue sea of the Krk Island.

How to get to Vela Plaža, Krk island

If you find yourself on the island, the beach is just near the center of town Baska. If, however, you are visiting Krk island from the mainland, you can either take a bus or walk your way on the bridge, as there are no ferries linking Krk with the mainland directly.

Buses from Rijeka to Krk town are running daily, and the journey lasts around 1 hour and costs EUR 9. You can look up the bus schedule on Autotrans website. If you are coming from Zagreb, it will take 3 hours and cost EUR 19. You can take a bus run by Autotrans or Croatia Bus.

Zlatni Rat Beach

Aerial view of the Zlatni Rat Beach, in Croatia.

One of the most curious fun about Croatia is that the country has a beach that changes shape and position. Located less than 2km from the town of Bol, Zlatni Rat Beach has a unique shape that stretches into the Mediterranean Sea, and it changes depending on the wind, tide, and current.

Listed many times as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Zlatni Rat is 500 meters long and can accommodate over 10.000 people. The beach is surrounded by a crystal-clear sea, which is extremely calm on one side of the beach, offering the ideal conditions for families with kids.

Definitely one of the best places for families, this paradisiac beach is also home to an inflatable water park filled with slides, trampolines, and lily pads for little ones who want to have a good time.

How to Get to Zlatni Beach?

To go from Split to Zlatni, you can get the ferry to the Supetar Port, on Brac. In there, there’s a bus station, with buses that run fairly regularly to Bol (it takes about 50 minutes). You can also take a taxi from the port to Bol.

Keep in Mind When Visiting The Best Croatia Beaches

While we strongly encourage you to enjoy your family beach holidays when your schedule allows you to, the best times to visit Croatia is nevertheless the shoulder seasons, that is May and September – October. For tips on what you need to bring to each beach and insider tips, Sail Croatia, is an excellent source. Between our guides, you can’t go wrong when planning a beach vacation in Croatia. 

Although speaking only English is not going to be a barrier, as 81% of Croatians speak English, practicing German is not a bad idea, either, as German and Italian are both popular languages as well.

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Top 5 Spring Break Destinations

Top 5 Spring Break Destinations

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Hard to choose where to go this spring? Here are the top spring break destinations for 2021. 

The Spring season is often referred to as the best time of the year to travel, with the cold winter finally coming to an end and most places preparing for the high season, it allows you to enjoy cheaper destinations with fewer crowds of tourists and good weather.

spring destinations 2021

Top Spring Break Destinations: Greece

The Greek Islands are always a good option, the weather is ideal at this time of the year, the temperatures are mild yet comfortable to walk around and you can simply lose yourself in the small and narrow streets. You will come across the mysteries of the old civilization and see some of the worlds most distinctive architectural styles. At the same time, you can absorb the nations rich culture and enjoy the authentic Greek Cuisine. Greece has many options to explore perfectly for both the city and beach lovers.

Try not to miss the sunset in Santorini, the Shipwreck Bay in Zákynthos, the Metéora monasteries, a wine tasting session and don’t forget to Climb Mount Olympus. But before going to Greece, read these 50 interesting facts about Greece.

spring destinations 2021

Top Spring Break Destinations: New York

New York in the spring not only brings in warmer temperatures but also prepares for baseball season. From May onwards the festivals season is full on and the concerts agenda is unlimited. The amazing colors of the city are reflected in the parks, especially in Central Park and whilst you are there, take a walk along the Museum Mile to visit some of the big apples renowned museums and head over to the Top of the Rock to catch a sunset. Walk across Brooklyn bridge to enjoy the stunning views of Manhattan and get close to the Statue of Liberty (there is a free ferry from Staten Island). Head over the High Line, a linear elevated park formerly part of the New York Central Railroad and take a wander along the Esplanade and capture the view of the city and New York Harbour. Lastly, don’t forget to take a walk around Times Square and enjoy a Broadway show while you are there.

spring destinations 2021

Top Spring Break Destinations: Morocco

Morocco is an exciting destination that takes you back to another era, another culture, other aromas/smells, colors, and flavors … what else can you ask for? You do not need the time machine to experience first-person unique experiences and feel like a true explorer. take a trip to the Atlas mountains from Marrakech and experience the real Bedouin culture. Things you can not miss here: Ali Ben Youssef Medersa, Erg Chigaga, go for lunch at the Amal Center, and walk around the Jardin Majorelle and the markets in the city and sip on the local Moroccan Tea.

If you like to surf, you have to go to Sidi Ifni, a small town in the south-west of the country with amazing beaches and landscapes.

spring destinations 2021

Top Spring Break Destinations: Indonesia

The Indonesian archipelago is huge with 17,000 islands and a tropical climate all year round. Although temperatures are almost always similar, it is advisable to avoid the months of rain that are concentrated between the months of November and April. The dry season begins in May and it is the best time to visit the country.

You should also bear in mind that the high season runs from mid-June to September, so prices soar, so spring is a good time to see the green landscapes, especially the rice fields staggered in the mountains of Bali.

For the city lovers, Jakarta is a must, missing out would be a mistake. Underneath the urban facade is a city full of surprises, an exciting nightlife, a great shopping scene and of course friendly locals. Go on, immerse yourself in the melting pot of Indonesian culture and enjoy the cuisine

You should not miss the magical island of Bali, the temples of Prambanan, Borobudur and the Bromo volcano on the island of Java, and if you like to dive you should go to Gili Trawangan to enjoy the magnificent oceanic fauna.

spring destinations 2021

Top Spring Break Destinations: Dubai

There is no hotter destination in the world than the Middle East. Of course, when we mention Middle East Dubai comes to the mind. In Dubai, it is possible to literally turn to the sun. during the spring the water is warm and the weather is perfect for a late picnic on the beach. With the high temperatures here you will melt to get to know one of the historical basis of the Arab Emirates, one hour and a half from Dubai, the zoo park Al Ain Zoo. Here you can feed the giraffes and spot white lions. After an intense day of safari climb (by car) the Jebel Hafeet mountain. It will surprise you and you will appreciate how cool it is up there. Want to know more? Read about the top 10 things to do in Dubai.

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