Barcelona is a picturesque city cradled in Catalonia, Spain. The energetic city attracts travellers from across the globe every year who wish to partake in the Barcelonian experience.
This metropolitan seaside city has many an attraction to flaunt, like the breath-taking scenic locales, beautiful architecture and a Mediterranean lifestyle. Budget travellers to Barcelona are often wary of the expensive Barcelonian experience. But the good news is that this city can be explored on a budget and the budget-conscious traveller can have the most enervating fantastic experience.
The following are a list of free things to do, when in Barcelona.
1. Architectural Marvels
Barcelona is the heart of Catalan modern architecture. Several of these architectural wonders are UNESCO listed and bear the stamp of Antonio Gaudi’s distinct and matchless style. Though, several of these Catalan structures require an admission fees to see the interiors, the good news is that the most outstanding architectural beauties can be seen for free.
Basilica de la Sagrada Familia
One cannot afford to miss this most impressive architectural wonder with 18 towers rising into the sky, higher than the other monuments.
Tip 1: Tickets are usually sold-out if you try to buy your ticket directly at the Cathedral. May sure to pre-pay your admission ticket online.
Gaudi’s Casa Batlló
These glorious modernist buildings make for a surreal facade and stand next to each other on the Passeig de Gracia.
Casa Lleo Morera
The Casa Amatller
Tip 2: Get a Barcelona card. Many of these buildings are landmarks have free entry or reduced admissions with it.
2. Museum Hopping
The artistic cultural and historic heritage of Barcelona can best be understood with enriching experience of museum visits in Barcelona and they are absolutely free on Sundays after 3pm. The Picasso museum and the Museum of History of Barcelona provide fascinating insights to the curious travellers and are the most important on the Barcelona museum circuit. There are other museums too, for the culture and history buffs and a check on the individual websites will throw light on the days available for free viewing.
3. Get tanned on the beaches of Barcelona
This city provides the quintessential beach experience with blue seas and beautiful golden sands. The restaurants and little eateries, dotting the seaside, offer the most scrumptious food experience at a decent budget.
Tip 3: The beaches on the northern side are less crammed than the ones in the city
5. Ambling in La Rambla
This street in Central Barcelona, popular among the tourists and the locals is a must-visit, if one wishes to soak in the true culture of Barcelona. The La Rambla is lined with trees and dotted with souvenir kiosks and roadside cafes. The Mercat de la Boqueria, in La Rambla, is a food lover’s paradise and provides for the most mouth-watering display of fruits, vegetables, seafood, tapas bars and other street food.
6. Font Magica
The free sound and lightshow has been a big tourist draw since the time of its inception in 1929.
7. Festivals in Barcelona
The festive spirit of the city comes alive during the festivals of Festes de la Merce and Festa Major de Gracia. Timing your visit to coincide with one of these festivals could provide you with the most memorable experience of a lifetime and there are several offers during this peak season to make it an economically happy visit too.
8. Joan Miro’s public art
The Miro sculptures around the city are meant for free viewing and provide a glimpse of the rich artistic heritage of the city.
Tip 4: Before you Visit Barcelona, check out Barcelona Tourism