5 Free things to see and do in Barcelona


5 Free things to see and do in Barcelona

Barcelona - Museum of Contemporary Art (Barcelona, Spain) 41° 38' 31.953" N - 2° 16' 46.781" E

Barcelona offers a huge variety of things to see and do for visitors who don’t want to have to spend a fortune. From the works of Gaudi and Picasso to beautiful Gothic architecture to open air markets, here are some suggestions for ten free things to do in this unique city.

2° Pay a visit to La Sagrada Familia, the majestic Roman Catholic church which is the masterpiece of famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Construction started in 1882, but the building is still not finished. It is scheduled for completion in 2026, a century after Gaudi’s death. Visitors must pay to enter the building, but the stunning exterior can be viewed for free.

Barcelona - La Sagrada Familia (Barcelona, Spain) 41° 40' 36.299" N - 2° 17' 21.671" E
3° Stroll through the picturesque Parc de la Cuitadella, the “green lung” of Barcelona. This enormous park was created by renowned architect Josep Fontsere for the world fair in 1888, and covers over 70 acres in the heart of the city. The lush park features a bandstand, lake, a huge stone mammoth and even a WiFi network.

Barcelona - Parc de la Cuitadella (Barcelona, Spain) 41° 38' 81.23" N - 2° 18' 38.265" E
4° Immerse yourself in art and culture. Many of the museums in Barcelona offer free entry, often after 3pm on Sunday afternoons or on the first Sunday of the month. This includes the interesting Music Museum and the famous Museo Picasso, which features over 3,800 works by the Spanish master in its permanent collection.

5° Enjoy the lively atmosphere and vibrant colours of Barcelona’s historic markets. Mercat de la Boqueria, which can be entered from La Rambla, is probably the city’s most famous market. Mercat de la Barceloneta is located in the city centre and features a huge selection of fresh seafood and produce.

Barcelona - Mercat de la Boqueria (Barcelona, Spain) 41° 38' 17.399" N - 2° 16' 93.966" E
6° Head to Bunkers del Carmel, located in the El Carmel district, to take in some impressive views of Barcelona. The site has been undergoing improvement works, but is set to reopen shortly. It is a famous landmark and a symbol of the Spanish Civil War. The spaces around the hilltop viewing point of Turo de la Rovira is an important part of Barcelona’s history.

Barcelona - Bunkers del Carmel (Barcelona, Spain) 41° 41' 93.18" N - 2° 15' 94.655" E
7° Take part in a free walking tour to familiarise yourself with the city. There are many to choose from, including tours where you can learn about the history of the Barri Gotic and tours themed around the magical buildings designed by Antoni Gaudi.

8° Go skating at the plaza of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona. Even if you don’t skate, this is still a brilliant spot to indulge in some people watching, and to marvel at the talent of the skilled skaters.

9° Visit the stunning Cathedral of La Ribiera, also known as the Church of Santa Maria del Mar. This is the only church in the true Catalan Gothic style which still survives today. It was constructed in just 55 years, in an era when the construction of cathedrals would normally take an age.

10° Relax and soak up some sun at Barceloneta Beach, or explore the historic fisherman’s quarter. This is believed to be the scene of a legendary battle between the Knight of the White Moon and Don Quixote.

Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)


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