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What to do for free in Barcelona?

What to do for free in Barcelona?
  • On February 24, 2015

There is no doubt that Barcelona is one of the most expensive cities in Spain. However, there are still plenty of activities to do in Barcelona that are completely free and ideal for tourists traveling on a tight budget.

1. The first is to visit the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona and to visit the Cathedral. The Gothic district has winding streets, unlike the grid in the Eixample, and many quiet places where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings. Right in the heart of the neighborhood is the Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia, which has a beautiful Gothic cloister guarded by thirteen white geese, in memory of the age of when Santa Eulàlia was executed.

Geese in the Cathedral

Geese in the Cathedral. Jocelyn Kinghorn. Creative Commons.

2. Visit Barcelona markets. Another free activity to do in Barcelona that is highly recommended is to walk through any of the nearly forty markets in the city. Although the most iconic is La Boqueria on Las Ramblas, other well-known markets are in Sarria, the Llibertat or the Conception. There are several thematic routes to get to know these very important places in the Catalan capital.

3. As in many European cities, some museums in Barcelona are free on the first Sunday of every month and/or Sunday afternoon. The Picasso Museum, the Barcelona Maritime Museum and the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona have free admission on Sunday afternoon and the MNAC (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya) offers free admission the first Sunday of every month.

4. Enter the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar. In my opinion this Gothic church is one of the most beautiful in Barcelona and, thankfully, doesn’t not charge any admission to visit yet.

5. Go on a family walk through the Ciutadella Park. Those who travel to Barcelona with children have here an excellent place for the little ones to play. Built in the second half of the nineteenth century, the Parque de la Ciutadella is one of the key green spaces in Barcelona.

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