On our previous post about Sagrada Familia, we shared our experience once visiting the church from inside. Today, I want to share with you some images, of where we spend the day outside, and enjoyed the views of amazing masterpiece of Gaudi.

If you want to visit Sagrada Familia from inside, then of course it really matters to go there early in the morning as the queues are so long, and there are a lot of tourists who wish to enter. Here is our advice, to buy your tickets online, and to avoid one of the queues.

If you, just plan to enjoy the park, the sunny day in Barcelona, then our advice is to go there from 2pm. Enjoy some tapas right at the bars next to Sagrada Familia and then to go to a playground. There are less people than early in the morning in all the parks, and it will be easier to take some nice shots of this masterpiece of Gaudi.

Apart of that, just behind of the church, Sagrada Familia, there is a playground for kids of different ages. The best part of it, is that tourists do not step there, and it is more tranquil, than few meteres next to Sagrada Familia. As well, as you can see on our images, you can take lovely shots of Sagrada Familia, while your kids enjoy playing in the playground.

Usually all playgrounds are clean, and there are a lot of activities kids can do. So relax, and enjoy your day next to Sagrada Familia.

More information about how to get there and enjoy the church, click here.

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As you could see on my previous post, we were staycationing on Easter weekend. The weather predictions were wrong and it didn’t rain all the weekend as it was supposed to do. But, we have already made our plans to visit CosmoCaixa, National Science Museum. Even if didn’t rain, on Saturday it was so windy, that we decided that it is the perfect day to enjoy in a close space, where kids can learn and discover the World we live in.

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CosmoCaixa is Barcelona’s Science museum, which features a range of interactive activities for children, a mini Amazon rain forest and planetarium. It offers regular workshops as well, and from our previous times we went, these are very interesting. The workshops are available for kids from 3 to 6 years and 7 to 9 years. This means that our kids have had to have at least 3 years for some workshops, and 7 for others. We leaved these activities for another time we will go there.

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If you are a client of La Caixa Bank, than the entrance to the museum is free, and for workshops you pay 50% of the price. Cool enough, aren’t you agree?

Entrance fee for those who are not clients: 4EUR, and each workshop has its own price.

Open hours: Tues-Sun 10am–8pm.

The Museum is situated close to Tibidabo train station, and then you have to walk for 10 minutes.

Once you enter the Museum, you will be received by statue of Einstein, Darwin and Marie Curie. All 3 figueres are made of wax, but look like real people. For those of you who follow our stories on instagram, already have seen these 3 figures.

Access to the museum, after you buy your tickets, is through a large spiral staircase that descends about three floors to what is properly the exhibition area. In the hollow of that staircase there is a large trunk as a tunnel of time and accompanied by a machine that lifts a pile of maple seeds: when it reaches a certain height, the loose and the seeds are falling spinning like propellers. There are always a lot of people watching (as they go down the stairs and down) because it has an almost hypnotic effect.

There are always fixed exhibitions around science, temporary exhibitions and a series of complementary activities: touch, flash and click, planetary bubble. From our last visit, many things were changed, so it was amazing to spend the time once again there.

After these exhibitions, there is Amazon forest, it is an exact reproduction of a piece of more than 1,000 m² of flooded forest in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. In one close space, there is the possibility to explore subterranean vision, the aerial view, the tropical rain, everything, integrated in the middle of the typical flora and fauna of the zone. Once you get in that room, you feel the high humidity of that place. And from outside the room, you can enjoy all the type of fishes that live there.

The best part of this museum, is that all the children can touch, experiment and feel the things that are exposed there. I think this is the most amazing experience one child can have about the nature in one single place.

Both our kids, were running there and forth, so we split, and each one was in charge of a kid, and run after them. They decided that mum and daddy, has to exercise a little bit. And yes, you should only see their excited face, about this museum.

If you are in Barcelona, you, should visit this museum.

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This Easter holidays we decided to stay at home. But, as far as you know we can’t staycation more than 1 day. That is why we decided to go to Montseny. Montseny is a natural park not far from Barcelona. The Montseny massif is located within a triangle formed by the AP-7, C-17 and C-25 roads. It has the highest mountains in the area south of the Pyrenees and dominates the plains south of Girona.

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The Montseny Park is UNESCO protected area and as well is a home to a wide variety of fauna from Mediterranean to alpine. It is a perfect escape from the city life to nature, a great way to breath fresh air and have some fun with kids.

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Our main idea was to get out and to enjoy a really sunny day, first sunny weekend in a while. And other priority was to discover the abandoned plane of Montseny, but unfortunately once we got there, we were told that it was taken few months ago from the park.

As well, from Tourism Board of Montseny we were advised to make a route, the route is about 6km and it is like a little circle within the park. The route begins at Sta Fe del Montseny, ctra BV-5114 on km 21. It is the smallest route to enjoy, as there are lot of other routes of 12km and more, where people enjoy cycling and not only walking.

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Advantages of making the route:

  • You have the opportunity to enjoy the park to the full, to see the beautiful part of the park
  • You have such breathtaking views from the top, that aren’t compared to anything
  • Then there is a lake, where you understand that life is about nature and the mankind

Disadvantages of making the route with kids:

  • We didn’t take into consideration the age of our kids. It is very important to enjoy such route with kids at least 5 years old. Daddy almost all the route made with our little one on his arms. The worst moment, Marc wanted to sleep, and the only place to sleep was daddy’s arms.
  • I think the best time to enjoy the route is in summer or in autumn, as the trees weren’t green still.

Our main thought about this getaway was to repeat our getaway to Montseny, but without making any route, till our kids will grow up, and we can enjoy it better. Natural park of Montseny is great because, you totally disconnect from the outside world. We even did not have the connection to call anybody nor to have internet connection. So, it was a total dedication to our family and kids, what can be better, don´t you think so?

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