Hola!..are you on a shoestring budget? If you are like me then you can make a great trip without spending a cent. People think Barcelona is an expensive place but you’ll be surprised if I tell you that there are lots of activities and sights for free.
Barcelona is home to an incredible modernist architecture, non-stop party and fiesta, famous beach and mouthwatering tapas. This gorgeous city has a lot to offer that you should definitely experience. You may opt to rent a bike or buy the T10 Transport Ticket which entitles you to 10 journeys on the metro but the best way to go around the city is on foot. Make sure to take your power breakfast in the hotel, grab a map and ready to go. We have sorted out the top attractions and things to do that are free.
1. Feast your eyes on a lively street of Las Ramblas.
If Paris has Champs-Elysees and Istanbul’s busiest is Istiklal Street then Barcelona has Las Ramblas. This 2-kilometer tree lined avenue is the most visited place and shopping haven. Packed with huge tourist, Las Ramblas stretches from Placa Catalunya down the hill to Port Vell and the Christopher Columbus monument. The street is like a sea of people especially during summer full of restaurants, tourist-oriented cafés, souvenir shops and pickpockets (keep an eye on your valuables). Be entertained by street performers everywhere. Although the place is way overcrowded and busy, I still love the lively atmosphere. Your Barcelona trip won’t be complete without visiting Las Ramblas.
2. Sunbathe on the famous beach.
Barcelona is known for its relaxing beaches. Find yourself a spot and chase hot surfer guys or feel free to sunbathe and read a book. Mojito’s are the perfect companion on a sunny day of tanning. Most locals hang out, bike, skate, play volleyball and even food trip here. Barceloneta beach is crowded but if you want a place more quite, walk a bit down to the southern stretch. Thinking of nudist beach? Find liberated locals in either Mar Bella beach or San Sebasitien flaunting their assets.
3. Take the free walking tour.
Discover Barcelona’s Roman ruins and visit century-old towns through walking tour. Local guides provide insight into the city’s amazing history. Learn about the works of famous artists including Picasso, Dalí and Velázquez. There are actually a lot of travel agencies that offer walking tours and guides for a more knowledgeable and passionate way to feed your curiosity. Feel free to give a tip enjoy fun-filled tours of the city’s sights.
4. Join Couchsurfing events.
Consider signing up and meet fun, friendly and a little bit crazy locals and travelers. This is a great activity to socialize and an opportunity for an exchange of language. Since 2012, I got involved in the Couchsurfing community and met a lot of friends and to this day we still keep in touch with each other. CS is not about hosting or surfing but a way to find people who share your interests by joining groups and events in the area.
5. Wander around Parc Guell.
Admire the great works of Antoni Gaudi. Parc Guell was a residence of Gaudí for almost 20 years. Later it was sold to Barcelona and turned into a park. It is where you find Barcelona’s symbol, the salamander sculpture and other structures made unbelievably by talented artists. Here you can also enjoy strolling and a bit of climbing around the park and fall in love with the panoramic views of the city. Parc Guell is definitely one of my favorite parks in the world.
6. Get lost in Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter)
The most interesting place I have been is the Gothic Quarter. If you want to get away from the crowd then this might be perfect but prepare to get lost. The area is located to your left when you walk down Las Ramblas from Placa Catalunya. Strolling through the medieval alleyways is like labyrinths where you discover plazas you’ve never seen before. Splendid Gothic cathedral, narrow streets and old houses makeme realize how rich Catalan’s history is.
7. Free Museums on Sunday
Don’t miss it! Several museums open their doors and are free of charge every Sunday.
Museu d’Història de Barcelona (MUHBA) – Admission is free every Sunday from 3pm onwards and all day on the first Sunday of each month.
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) – Admission is free every Saturday starting at 3pm and on the first Sunday of each month.
Palau Güell – Admission is free every Sunday from 3pm.
La Virreina Centre de la Imatge- Admission is free
Museu d’Història de Catalunya – Admission is free the first Sunday of the month.
Museu Picasso – Admission is free every Sunday from 3pm to 7pm and all day on the first Sunday of each month.
8. Chase the Magical Fountain Show
Finally, if you get tired of walking around the city, rest your feet and behold the magical fountain show. Magic Fountain of Montjuic (Font Magica de’ Montjuic) is one of the major attractions in Barcelona. There are no words to describe the feeling when you end the night here. The entire colorful lighting synchronize to music and water effects make it so entertaining and incredible. The enchanting display occurs every 30 minutes from 9:00pm to 11:00pm. Hundreds of visitors every night never miss the chance to witness this spectacular event. It is located at the end of the Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina just below the Palau Nacional, in Montjuic.