5 Things to do for Free in Barcelona


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Barcelona can be an expensive destination. When it comes to drinking out and experiencing the local nightlife especially – this is where you’ll feel most pinch to your travel budget! However, nobody wants to miss out on things when they go to a destination! Least of all no-one wants to be sitting in at night in a place like Barcelona because they don’t have the cash to keep spending on their trip. So with that in mind I thought I would list 5 things you can do for free in the city. If you incorporate some of these into your travels plans it may leave you a bit more cash to play around with a night or put towards a more expensive day time attraction.

Visit Park Güell (Gaudi Park)

Sometimes visiting a city park can be a bit boring when you’ve visited a lot of parks in other European cities (just like you might get bored of seeing churches and cathedrals on any euro adventure), but Park Güell is really quite special. There is no where else like this in the world. It also happens to be completely free.

Designed by Barcelona’s famous architect Antoni Gaudi, the park was built in the early 1900’s and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its own right! Every piece of architecture in the park looks like something out of a surreal painting, of fantasy, and like no other building you would ever really see unless it was designed by Gaudi. It’s just one of those one-in-a-million places that leaves you fascinated and left in awe that A) someone could think up something so beautiful, and B) be able to re-create that image architecturally into real life buildings and objects. Definitely one of the best things to do in Barcelona nothing to do with the fact that it’s free!

Go Skating at Night!

One of the coolest free things to do in Barcelona is the night time exploration of Barcelona run by the Association of Skaters. The group departs every Friday at 10.30pm from C/Salvador Esprinu 61. The only thing you need to do is bring along a pair of skates, knee/elbow pads, and a helmet!

Visit Barcelona’s Free Museums

Like many European cities, Barcelona has many museums which you can enter free of charge (on certain days and/or at certain times). These include; Museu Picasso, Museu Barbier-Mueller d’Art Precolombi, and Museu d’Historia de Catalunya. All of these are free on the first Sunday of every month. The only thing you have to bear in mind is the inevitable queues with it being the only free day of the month!

Relax at Caldetes Beach

If you’ve been to Barcelona before then you’ll know that Barcelona’s main beach, Barceloneta, is incredibly busy! It can be fun for a visit just to soak up the atmosphere, but if you’re looking for something more quiet you may want to try Caldetes Beach. In comparison it is much more relaxed, and of course as with beaches in general it’s something you can do for free.

See the Magic Fountain Show

The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc is a fountain show that centres around a collection of waterfalls and smaller water features to create a stunning spectacle that has been performed since 1929. The show on Avinguda Maria Cristina encapsulates light, colours, music, and of course – lots of water! It’s also just something a little bit different to do that also happens to be free.


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5 Responses to “5 Things to do for Free in Barcelona”

  1. Emma says:

    The skating sounds cool. I’d also add touring Gaudi’s architecture in general around the city.

  2. Liv says:

    Gaudi’s work dotted around the city was the real highlight for me and Parc Guell is magnificent.

  3. Luke says:

    Nice tips. I would add that if you’re there in August or September, “las festas mayores” are not to be missed. Also, you better run if you still want to access Park Guell for free, they are doing whatever they can to limit access and charge entrance fees.

  4. There were so many exciting things to do in Barcelona. I would be more interested visiting Caldetes Beach.


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