i am heading to calella in 2 weeks with my three year old son. i intend to spend a day in barcelona with him and was just looking for some good places we could visit while there. also i have heard that pickpockets are a big problem in barcelona. would it be quite stressful for me to take my son being on my own and trying to keep hold of everything or has anyone been and found it quite relaxing. not keen on massive crowds.
Las Ramblas, is one of the main streets in Barcelona off Cataluna. It can be quite full at the best of times, and at night it's fairly hectic. During the day there are street acts and mimes there which can be quite entertaining though, and worth the walk up and down.
Also at the bottom is the pier area which can also be nice to wander around. From there you can take a cable car up to a castle. Also a trip to Sagrada de Familia would be worth it for you both. It's worth going inside and climbing the towers. In between meals and enjoying the city's fine architecture that should take up a day without being too exhausting.
I know nothing of football. But you should find out if there are any international games on during the time you are there, or any celebrations to do with winning some championship that's on now. The spainish like to party hard. So you should be aware about this so you know what to expect.
Barcelona is a great city, with a great mix of people.
Id be very careful on las Ramblas. it seems to be a tourist experience to visit Barcelona and get robbed. Really watch ur stuff on that street.
With shops and standup acts everywhere, lots of people walking and standing around in La Rambla you might find it a bit overwhelming. WEAR a moneybelt for piece of mind. I'd shrug off people asking for your help to look their at big fold out map for directions. I've heard stories that it's all in an act to distract you while they pickpocket your bags. Con Artists, pickpockers are a problem in any country. Wear a moneybelt, relax and enjoy the sites.
I don't think pickpockets are a big problem unless they see you carry money in easy places to pick it from. But as said above, try to put your money somewhere safe; or just out of sight and very close to you. You can walk through Las Ramblas and enjoy everything you see, it's not like you need to get too worried about it. Enjoy the human figures, the flower stands, etc, but don't pay attention to anyone going to you asking for help or asking you to play some games which involve money etc, because there's a good chance you end up losing it. It's not polite to say so, but if they need help, they got a police station a few steps away
There are other interesting places: I particularly like the gothic quarter, it's all very medieval and it's not as hot as the Ramblads would be during a day in the middle of summer.
Just point out what type of things you'd like to see and I'll try to help you