Lafayette, California
April 29, 2008 recommends Barcelona, Spain as a best bet European vacation destination for 2008. A wide range of family-friendly accommodations, along with adventures and fun food for everyone in the family, make Barcelona the hidden jewel of Mediterranean cities.

Travel for Kids makes planning a family adventure to Barcelona easy and convenient. Extensive on-site research is available on the site’s Barcelona pages, featuring clever travel tips, hand-picked hotel and apartment rentals, detailed attraction highlights, transportation pointers, and much more.

“Barcelona is just off the well-beaten European vacation path. Situated along the sea, this city exudes the same charming Mediterranean warmth of Italy or the south of France. But it’s the unique blend of an ancient Roman seaport and medieval capital with magical Gaudi buildings and contemporary art museums that gives Barcelona its own captivating identity. Plus, it’s a family-centric culture so children are welcomed most everywhere,” explains editor, Elizabeth Young.

Travel for Kids highlights dozens of Fun Things to Do that are sure to be hits with children. Barcelona is a playful mix of sandy beaches, a historical waterfront, Gaudi tiled architecture, and lively pedestrian boulevards lined with street performers. The day by day flexibility to explore a castle or Gothic cathedral sit on Gaudi benches while picnicking at Parc Guell, take the helm of a 19th century schooner, indulge in amazing hot chocolate and confections, visit Tibidabo amusement park, or cruise the Mediterranean after building sandcastles on the beach, makes Barcelona an ideal vacation spot for families traveling with toddlers or teens.

Family-friendly hotels and apartments are organized by location. Ranging in all styles and prices, each hotel was selected for its amenities important to families, such as proximity to restaurants, bakeries, supermarkets, cafes, neighborhood fruit stands, and playgrounds, rooms that sleep 4 people (uncommon in Barcelona hotels), in-room mini-fridges, swimming pools, complimentary breakfasts, babysitting services, and more. Because some families prefer to rent an apartment for the conveniences of home or to reduce lodging and dining costs, the site also has a list of rentals with fully equipped kitchens, living and dining areas, and separate bedrooms.

The site’s Travel Tools section not only spills insider tips to the most popular Fun Things To Do and Fun Places to Stay, but also the best ways to get there and best bets for fun food. For example, by using the information regarding the Barcelona Bus Turistic hop on hop off bus and the Barcelona Card, families gain easy access to the city’s most kid-centric attractions and discounts on entrance fees. Finally, when it comes to eating, Barcelona is heavenly. The site lists local family favorites for hot chocolate, confections and pastries as well as the best parks to visit for a relaxing picnic lunch.


.As featured in Newsweek and Cookie magazines combines fun things to do with practical tips from people who know how to make family vacation memories last a lifetime. The site features best bets for family hotels, family tours and travel tools, and staff recommendations for children's books introducing cities all over the world.

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