05 Lug Things to do in Barcelona (FOR FREE!!!!)
Barcelona is an endless source of culture, gastronomy, architecture and leisure activities. We bring you a list of the best things to do in Barcelona for free, to enjoy the city with a limited budget. Because the best experiences are for free!
1.Walking around the city, it’s always a good option
The outstanding beauty of the monuments, parks, streets and squares of Barcelona invites you to discover on foot each and every corner of the city. In addition, companies such as Sandemans New Europe Barcelona or Barcelona Free Walking Tour offer free guided tours trough different routes that will provide a more complete view of the city.
2. The best city views
The top of the hill “Turó de la Rovira” combines a wonderful panoramic of the city with the historical memory of the consequences of the Spanish Civil War. Declared Heritage Area, this old anti-aircraft battery was built in 1938 to defend the city from shelling. Later, the structures of the bunkers were used to build the neighborhood of the Canons. Nowadays, this spot is one of the venues of Barcelona City History Museum
3. Markets and flea markets
Right in the heart of La Ramblas (very close to Hotel Arc) is located the most known market in Barcelona, La Boqueria. A gastronomic paradise where you can admire, buy and taste the typical Catalan dishes as well as the most exotic products from countries around the world.
Mercat dels Encants is located in Les Glories square, the biggest outdoor market in the city. Besides its modern design, you will find there everything imaginable, both new and second-hand: vintage clothing, books, vinyl records, furniture, antiques, collectibles objects, food stands and a long list of products that can be acquired directly or through auctions.
The colorful and modern Mercat de Santa Caterina market (with a spectacular avant-garde roof) or the charming Mercat de Sant Antoni are other options that are complemented by the large number of markets and flea markets spread throughout the city.
4. A city full of architecture
Apart from admiring the facades of Gaudi’s most famous buildings such as La Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera and Casa Batlló (to get inside you do need to pay), Barcelona is full of monuments that you can visit without paying any entrance.
In the historical city center emerges the mighty Cathedral of Barcelona, a Gothic temple from the XIV century, which will seduce any visitor.
Not far from there is located Santa Maria del Mar, a Church defrayed by the parishioners of the neighborhood during the Middle Ages, who helped with their money or with their hard work.
To finish the tour, on the street carrer Ample is located the Basilica of la Merce, the patron saint of Barcelona.
In addition, the first Sunday of each month you can visit for free the Hospital de Sant Pau, an old hospital complex converted into a treasure of the modernist architecture in Barcelona.
5. Get lost in the Laberint d’Horta
The park of Laberint d’Horta (Labyrinth of Horta) stands out for its beautiful eighteenth century neoclassical garden, famous for appearing in a scene from the film Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.
An architectural wonder where getting lost is a pleasure that can stretch a long time, since finding the way out is not as easy as it might seem. Do you dare to try?
*Free entrance: Wednesdays and Sundays
6. The power of the image
Known as one of the most beautiful examples of civil baroque city, the Palace of the Virreina is a magnificent exhibition center focused on photography and image, as well as the headquarters of the Department of Culture of the City in Barcelona.
7. The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
The spectacle of water, light and color of the Magic Fountain of Montjuic is one of the major tourist attractions of the city. Built in 1929 for the Universal Exposition, the most famous fountain in Barcelona preserves part of the original gears after its recent restoration and dazzles visitors every night dancing with the music and the lights.
8. CCCB Viewpoint
The first Sunday of each month opens to the public the Mirador of the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB), a window to the city from which you will be able to contemplate the Mediterranean Sea as a backdrop. Opening hours are from 11 hours to 20 hours.
9. Sunday, Free museums!
Sunday is the day for the culture lovers. Some Museums such as the Picasso Museum (where you can visit the early works from the author born in Malaga), the Museu d’Historia de Barcelona, the Maritime and the CCCB can be visited for free from 15:00.
Another related art museums of the city, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, opens its doors for free on the first Sunday of every month and Saturdays from 15:00. Here you can enjoy the largest collection of medieval art from around the country.
In addition, at the Centro Cultural del Born you can see the archaeological site of the XV century on which the building is constructed. Additionally conferences are organized, as well as workshops and other activities related to culture.
10. Walking through the cemetery-monument Poblenou
With a great historical and artistic heritage, the cemetery of Poble Nou is an authentic outdoor museum full of sculptures of great beauty.
It was built in 1775 to become the first civilian cemetery of the city and, after burning in the Peninsular War, was redesigned by the Italian architect Antonio Ginesi in 1819 and became a beautiful example of neoclassical architecture.
11. Chilling out in the Parks
Talking about parks in Barcelona means talking about the Parc de la Ciutadella. With its impressive Arc del Triomf dominating the entrance, the main green lung of the city was once a military camp and the headquarters of the Universal Exposition of 1888.
It currently houses the zoo and the Catalan parliament and is full of magical spots like a lake that can be sailed by boat or a stone sculpture of a mammoth that has become one of the icons of Barcelona.
Moreover, during the summer the city parks become outdoor stages, with free concerts of jazz and classical music organized by the “Music in the Parks” festival. A series of 47 concerts which also involves municipal music schools and lasts until August the 31st.
As if that were not enough, Barcelona has wonderful beaches, mountain, a magnificent offer of free swimming pools to cool off during the summer and countless opportunities to have fun without spending an euro. Are you going to miss it?