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Business, beaches and the family in Barcelona

Tired of thinking up clever ways of entertaining your kids in the city? These five family pointers will give you a set of refreshingly new ideas that will make you Barcelona's number one parent

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Ciutadella park and playgrounds

Though known for the architecture of the city of Gaudí, its nightlife and boutiques, Barcelona has a lot to offer young families in need of entertainment of a different sort. Ciutadella park and playgrounds have to be at the top of that list. The park is located centrally and you will find it an easy jaunt from wherever you're staying and, more importantly, it can keep your family occupied in Barcelona for an entire day. In good weather this is a popular place for anyone with kids, giving the park both a fun-loving and safe atmosphere. Here you can explore Barcelona Zoo (which can provide a good day out in itself), three playgrounds, two endearing cafés, and one impressive boating lake. If this all sounds like too much walking for little legs then conveniently near the entrance to the park there is a bike rental shop. From here you can acquire family friendly bikes with up to five seats saving you time and effort.

Barceloneta beach

If the sun makes the sea seem inviting, then Barceloneta beach should be high on your list of places to go. Anyone staying in the Ciutat Vella will find it a short walk or bus ride away and even the metro stops just off the sand. In front of you stretches over a mile of two golden beaches and there is a play area with a climbing frame if it gets too hot for volleyball. The Beach Center is a useful point of interest as it is a hub of information and a site for various summer schemes. Located near the Hospital Del Mar it's easy to find and worth popping into.

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Fundació Joan Miró

Those of you looking for something slightly more sophisticated to do with your family in Barcelona should try the Miró museum. The huge variety of paintings and sculptures on display mean you can tailor your trip to keep it interesting for younger ones while still learning a great deal about Barcelona's cultural heritage. However, the real draw for families are the English-speaking performances and the large gardens next door. The performances, perfect for kids, are on Saturdays at 17:30 and Sundays at 11:30 and 13:00 and you can bring a picnic into the gardens if it's too hot inside the museum café which also serves food.

Las Ramblas

Though an entertaining and almost romantic venture for any couple, the walk down Las Ramblas is even more fun with kids. The whole route is riddled with shops and stalls which fascinate children and you won't mind being told to stop and look at another shop which is selling turtles, birds and other pets. But if you're more of a people-person then the various street performers are there in all their forms to entertain you. If magic, comedy, mime or music is your thing then there's something for you down Las Ramblas.

Tibidabo mountain

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If you have the time, then finally Tibidabo Amusement Park does everything a theme park promises while also providing you with a phenomenal view over the city from the top of the mountain. The rides aren't thunderous or intimidating which gives the park a unique family feel that everyone can enjoy, and the tram to and from it provides a quaint and highly recommended way of enjoying the view. The friendly driver is also a knowledgeable tour guide and maybe he will recommend a visit to the Temple de Sagrat Cor - the most picturesque and stunning church near Tibidabo park that is nestled into the top of the mountain and well worth a visit while you're there. Try a few of these out and it won't be long before your Barcelona family want you to take them back there again!

Business in Barcelona

The "ciudad condal" is not just entertainment and leisure. A large amount of companies meet in Barcelona as it's one of the best European locations to develop business strategies and for networking in. This is possible thanks to the extensive business facilities such as the World Trade Center, the International Conference Center, and the port of the city which is used by well known tourist cruise ships and shipping enterprises moving products from North America or Asia. All this, without forgetting that Barcelona has become a hub for technological and retail fairs such as the Mobile World Congress or the Barcelona Bridal Week for the last few years ago. Without a doubt, business in Barcelona is a must.

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