Sant John’s night (23th to 24th of June) well known in Catalan Countries as La Nit de Sant Joan or Revetlla de Sant Joan (in catalan), Verbena de San Juan (spanish). During this night, people gather with family or friends to have dinner “al fresco” (in the cool air) and make campfires on the beach. The St. John night, is the shortest of the year due to its proximity to the summer solstice.
The origin of this feast is related to paganism, to the celebrations of the summer solstice, in the Northern Hemisphere, and also to Christianity. Catholicism tells us that Zacharias lit a bonfire to announce the birth of his son John the Baptist, and hence comes the tradition of bonfires. Before Christianity settled in Europe, people lit fires with the aim of giving “strength” to the sun which, from the summer solstice, believed, that its power declined, as the days began to get shorter. At the same time they believed that the fire purified and frightened the evil spirits.
Sant Joan Bonfire
“Bonfire on the beach all night long”
La Nit de Sant Joan is a great party in Barcelona, and in many places on the beaches of Catalonia and Spain and aims to summer welcome. Many people take the first sea bath this night. The beach is full of people picnicking, dancing around the fire, skipping campfire and partying in the summer season.
“Coca de Sant Joan”
Like all Saints, Sant Joan also has his typical cake called “Coca de Sant Joan” made with nuts and candied fruits. Coca and Cava are a perfect match for this celebration. Another typical thing at this time is firecrackers and fireworks. The children spend the whole night, and the day after, dropping firecrackers through the city. A real madness!.
L’ou com Balla (catalan) – El Huevo como Baila (Spanish) from May 31st. to June 3th., is a tradition in Barcelona over 600 years, and was considered the biggest festival in the city. This curious event is celebrated in different places of Barcelona once in a year.
How can they dance?
Basically l’ou com Balla an egg that is emptied and plugged with wax in the hole, then is placed in the jet fountain, so that it rotates without falling, or if it falls to the bottom, where it’s picked up again by the water pressure. The fountains are decorated with flowers and fruits.
Where can you see it
You can see this traditions in several places in Barcelona, almost all in the old town of the city
The Cloister of the Cathedral of Barcelona, Frederic Marès Museum, The Parish of Santa Ana, Ataneu Barcelones, The Parish of the Purisima Concepcion, Reial Acadèmia de Bones Lletres, Poble Espanyol.
Barcelona is a city designed to receive tourists, so you have many things to do in town, but do not worry, because in this guide we are going to tell you 5 things to do in Barcelona with kids, some are free, but surely you will be interested to keep it in mind if you are traveling with children to Barcelona.
If you stay at the Hotel Lloret Ramblas will be more convenient because most of the tourist attractions are within walking distance, and we will explain how to take advantage of them, for this reason, we have created this section to explain how to move around in Barcelona with childrens.
5 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA WITH CHILDRENS
1. BARCELONA ACUARIUM
The aquarium of Barcelona is located in a very convenient place, in the old port of Barcelona, and next to one of the most important shopping centers of the city the Maremagnum.
The aquarium consists of an incredible Oceanarium of 36m diameter and 5m deep, where different Mediterranean fish species coexist. You can enjoy the underwater views from a glazed tunnel as if you were at the bottom of the sea.
How to get there from Hotel Lloret Ramblas
Going down the Ramblas for about 1.5 km until the Columbus monument. There begins the Moll de Drassanes in the old port of Barcelona and is where the Aquarium of Barcelona is located. it’s about 30 minutes walking.
You can also take bus, line 59, in front of the hotel and get off at Porta de la Pau (only 3 stops).
Monday to Friday
from 10:00 to 20:00
Weekends and Holidays
10:00 to 20:30
Phone: 93 221 74 74
Address: Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell, s/n 08039 – Barcelona
Website: Acuarium Barcelona
The park is the oldest in Spain, but no less fun, because they have the next generation attractions that can be mentioned, the Roller Coaster built in the middle of a wooded area with stunning views of Barcelona and surroundings, Big Weel or Giradabo built in 2014 is at the top of Tibidabo, the Hurakan with 360º turns, and much more …
How to get from Plaza Catalunya
The Tibibus is a bus that operates on days when the park is open and is the easiest and fastest way to get there. It leaves Plaza Catalunya every 20 minutes from 10:15 a.m. From the Hotel Lloret Ramblas 2 min walk to Plaza Catalunya.
This park can be visited all year round and is open for everyone. It was inaugurated in 1881 and houses the zoology museum in a beautiful modernist building, the Catalonia parlament, huge fountain with a waterfall and a lake where you can rent boats.
This central park is a place to enjoy with children and a few meters away is the Barcelona Zoo.
Tip: You can schedule your itinerary to visit two sites at once.
Weekends are most busiest as people gather to enjoy outdoor activities, as well as improvised groups of music and all kinds of artists.
How to get to the Ciutadella Park
From the hotel you can go down La Rambla until Ferrán street, turn left and go straight to the end. It’s approximately 30 minutes walking.
How to get to the Ciutadella Park by bus
In Plaza Catalunya front of the Hard Rock Café take H16 and get off at the Pg. Pujades – Parc de la Ciutadella, 15 min approx.
Address: Passeig de Picasso, 21, 08003 Barcelona Phone: 638 23 71 15
4. BARCELONA ZOO
If you come to Barcelona with kids, it’s an activity that you should do, as addition to being entertaining and educational, you will have the opportunity to know part of our ecosystem.
More than 80 species of animals in a magnificent environment surrounded by trees of all kinds and an infrastructure very suitable for animals.
If you visit the Zoo as a family you can also enjoy playgrounds and there is an animal farm where you can ride a donkey or a pony for a few coins. The dolphins is one of the animals that we can highlight and that you can see them when they feed them. Another of the most visited areas are the land of dragons, the gallery of small primates, the palm grove, aquarama, terrarium where there are small dragons, iguanas and much more.
Address: Parc de la Ciutadella, s/n 08003 Barcelona Phone: 937 065 656
The Barceloneta Beach is the most central of Barcelona and the oldest, there are also sports clubs with activities related to the sea. You can go comfortably by public transport or walking if you wish.
Is ideal to go with kids because there is a children’s play area, a coast with clean sand and good quality water, perfect to relax for a day, after visiting tourist attractions in Barcelona.
All Barcelona beaches are equipped with all necessary services such as public toilets, showers, rescue service (lifeguards), umbrellas rental, restaurants, local police, wifi, bicycle parking, accessibility for people with reduced mobility.
How to get walking fron Hotel Lloret Ramblas
Going down Las Ramblas for about 1.5 km you will find the Colón avenue, then turn left until you reach the “Cara de Barcelona” square, the work of the artist Roy Lichtenstein, and turn right through the History Museum of Catalonia all straight until you reach the sea (time walking 30 min).
Also you can catch bus line 59 in front of the hotel and get off in Paseo Juan de Borbón aprox 20 min.