Barcelona provides many opportunities for families, whether it’s fun, relaxation or a learning experience that you’re looking for. Catalunya en Miniatura is a unique way to enjoy yourselves while throwing some education into the mix. Hotel Grums is a great solution if you are looking for family hotels in Barcelona.
Declared a tourist’s ‘National Point of Interest’, Catalunya en Miniatura is a scale model theme park and was originally built in 1983 by the Ercilla family. Aimed at visitors of all ages, attendees will be educated on Catalonia’s most famous landmarks and monuments; it displays every famous Catalan and Gaudi monument in existence, but in a scaled down version; so it is possible to view and learn about each one, all ‘under one roof’, so to speak; the theme park is outdoors, and is actually the largest miniature complex ever built, anywhere in the world!
Catalunya en Miniatura is 60,000 m2 in total and 35,000 m2 of that houses their 147 scale models. The models are arranged according to their geographical locations in the four provinces of Catalonia: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona.
It took six people 13,000 hours of labour to build the scale model of the Sagrada Familia church; the Montserrat mountain required three people to dedicate 5,000 hours of labour and the Monastery of Poblet took three people 2,000 hours to build. Once the construction was finished, the models were painted using specialised paint capable of withstanding changeable atmospheric conditions.
The Enchanted Wood and other attractions
Within the complex you can find the Bosc Animat (translated as ‘the Enchanted Wood’). It is an aerial forest park where you can find various activities to participate in; kids and adults all seem to love zip lining, but if you don’t have the guts for that one, you can just take an adrenaline-free walk around the wood. The complex is very beautiful and much space has been dedicated to greenery, so you’ll find plenty of different types of trees and flowers, including Bonsais, palm trees and seasonal flowers.
You can find fountains, waterfalls and lakes here; these have been adorned with around 400 tons of stones!
Catalunya El Miniatura theme park also has an amusement railway that stretches 940 metres and is very popular with the children. You will also find an amphitheatre, a playground and a souvenir shop. When you’re hungry, you can take a break in the either picnic area or the restaurant.
Cataluyna El Miniatura makes for an unusual and educational day out in Barcelona. You can find it at Can Balasch de Baix, s/n, 08629 Torrelles de Llobregat and they are open from 10:30 to 18:30.