Supersize It: Playing Big at Parc de Francesc Macià


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Let’s say you want to feel tiny — just for fun. I’m talking “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” tiny.

Well there’s a spectacular park in Catalonia where little ones (and big ones) can pretend they’re as big as their thumb.

It’s at the Parc de Francesc Macià in Malgrat de Mar.

It’s just one hour away from Barcelona…and it’s definitely worth a visit if you have kids.

This park is huge —  it’s 40,000 m2 with plenty of space to run around and explore.
It has several playgrounds…IMG_0604
…including a fun slide…
…an outdoor amphitheater…
…and it also has a skate park and several picnic tables for some Sunday picnicking. If you do have lunch here, come early and claim your table. It’s a popular spot to spend the afternoon.

But the funnest part of Parc de Francesc Macià is…

The larger-than-life objects!

You’ll find gorgeous pastries, flowers, mushrooms, colored pencils, and other colossal things that are just inviting you to hop on them.

Just look…

You need a big pencil to go with this oversized pencil sharpener.


Oops, found it! I didn’t realize my kids and I were sitting on one of them.


You can also enjoy a chocolate donut roll (without gaining a pound!)

Or how about some cake with cherry filling and topped with chocolate frosting? I’ll take two, please.


Or try a magdalena ready to be dipped in cafe amb llet.


Me, I’m a croissant kind of girl.

But it has to be made with real butter and not pork fat. (Spanish people make them with lard.)


Fact: The Spanish brand Milan is from Girona and opened in 1918. It’s the leading rubber eraser manufacturer in the world.

IMG_0418Another fun fact: In Spain, the word “donuts” was trademarked by Spanish baking company, Panrico, who sells packaged “Donuts” with a capital “D”.

So the US donut shop Dunkin’ Donuts had to rebrand their name in Spain to Dunkin’ Coffee.


This park is just killin’ it with its pastries.

Toc toc! Knock knock! Are Hansel and Gretel home?
IMG_0434Finally. I get to relive my childhood fantasy where I can be a Smurf. La la la la la la, la la la la laaaa…..

In search of blond-haired Smurfette.

IMG_0538There was an old woman who lived in a shoe — a knock-off Chuck Taylor 😉

The details of the shoelaces were amazing — real fibers were coming out of the twister cords.

IMG_0562This is a really fun park to spend the afternoon.

So go on, bring out your inner child and visit the Parc de Francesc Macià!


More information:

Parc de Francesc Macià

Av. de la Costa Brava, 77

08380 Malgrat de Mar, Barcelona


By Justine Ancheta

California native, churro aficionado, and mom of 3, Justine Ancheta writes fervently about Barcelona and Spain. Since 2008, she's been eating burnt onions (calçots) and tripping on cobblestones in the Gothic Quarter. She shares tips on popular attractions, exposes offbeat non-touristy spots, and gives insight on exploring Barcelona with kids. Her next Catalan culture challenge: top level of a human castle (castellers).

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