Spain’s second city is full of incredible, inspiring and imaginative things to do, offering enough to keep even the most eager of travellers content. However, entrance fees and food bills do add up, making free activities even more appealing to those visiting. And there are loads of free things to do in Barcelona!
FREE THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA
Help your holiday budget stretch a little further by spending your days indulging in these free activities and sights.
1. Free museum entry on Sundays
Some city-run museums, including MUHBA, Museu de la Música and Museu Picasso, have days – often the first Sunday of every month, but sometimes every Sunday afternoon – where entry is free. Be sure to check each museum’s website to be sure!
2. Wander along La Rambla
Yes, it’s pretty touristy, but taking in the sights along this 1km long street is arguably the quintessential Barcelona experience. You’ll see historical buildings, markets, and plenty of bars and eateries along the way making La Rambla a great place to stroll.
3. Indulge at the Mercat de la Boqueria
Another on our list of free things to do in Barcelona’s is Mercat de la Boqueria. This famous indoor food market hall is a wonderfully bright explosion of fruit, vegetables, seafood and meat. There are also tapas bars, pizza stalls and all manner of produce you can try before you buy! Dig in!
4. Unwind at the beach
Barcelona’s beaches are perfect for laying back and soaking up the sun after a long day of sightseeing. Barceloneta is likely the most popular due to its golden sand and promenade of bars and restaurants, or if you’re after somewhere a little quieter, walk a little further north to Mar Bella or Sant Sebastia.
5. Be mesmerised by Font Màgica
Built in1929, this water, sound and light show has been drawing tourists ever since. Yes, the Magic Fountain could be said to be a little cheesy – there’s jets of multicoloured water rising in sync to classic 80s numbers and show-tunes – but who doesn’t love that? You’ll be sure to be watching surrounded by hundreds of others all enchanted by the show!
6. Explore Parc de la Ciutadella and the Arc de Triomph
Parc de la Ciutadella is the nearest thing most locals have to a back garden, so you’ll be sure to see plenty of people making the most of this beautiful green space. There is loads on offer for tourists too though, including a boating lake, a waterfall partly designed by Gaudí, the city zoo, playgrounds, snack bars and an abundance of sculpture. Close by is also the Arc de Triomph. It’s well worth stopping by just to admire the details of the structure!
7. Get sporty
If running is your game, take in the sights of the sea with a scenic jog along the beach, or if you prefer hiking, head to the hills surrounding the city. If you fancy something a little less energetic, there are stone table tennis tables in most parks across the city!
8. Lose your way in Barri Gòtic
Getting lost among the cobbled alleys of the Barri Gòtic area of the city, all lined with bars, cafes and quirky little shops is another on the list of free things to do in Barcelona. The atmospheric medieval quarter is a must for visitors and although you may find the streets a maze at first, you won’t ever get truly lost – you’ll eventually surface either on La Rambla, or the Via Laietana, on the opposite side.
9. Visit the Park Guëll
While you do have to pay to get into the main areas of Park Guëll, you can wander around large parts of the park entirely for free. The park is only a short walk from Lessops metro station and, if you’re arriving from here, you can save your legs the climb to the park by heading to ‘Avinguda del Santuari de Sant Josep de la Muntanya’, a street which offers escalators up the hill!
10. Rummage for treasure at Els Encants Vells flea market
Els Encants Vells flea market has an intriguing mix of both trash and treasure. Sure, you’ll likely find odd shoes, broken electronics and battered books, but there’s also beautiful clothes, jewellery and antiques to take home as a unique souvenir. There’s also a surprisingly gourmet food court up on the first floor perfect for hungry bargain hunters!