Discovering a city means, often, having to make a considerable outlay on transport, museums, food… The clever traveler knows it, but he also knows that every city has magnificent free secrets that are worth visiting, but sometimes the queues are tremendous. In the case of the monuments of Barcelona, there is a lot of free offer that lets you learn more about the city without having to break the bank on the way.
Magic Fountain of Montjuic
In this fountain you can enjoy a unique spectacle of light, music and water. The first was held in 1929 for the International Exhibition in Barcelona, and was the finishing touch to challenge almost impossible for the architect, Carles Buigas: to build the magic fountain in just one year.
To get there, the nearest underground station is Plaza de Spain. We recommend coming early. The schedule of shows in summer is 21 to 23:30 pm Thursday to Sunday and from October to April 19 to 21 h Fridays and Saturdays.
Santa María del Mar
This beautiful Gothic church in the neighborhood of La Ribera was built between 1329 and 1383, by the masters Berenguer de Montagut and Ramón Despuig. Despite its austere appearance, light is the absolute protagonist of the interior. It is worth spending some time to walk through it to transport you to another time.
CaixaForum exhibitions (located next to the Plaza of Spain) are usually always free and varied, so it’s worth going to have a look. Do not forget to look out on the building that houses the exhibitions, an old modernist factory.
La Pedrera, the famous modernist house, hosts many exhibitions on the first floor, so you can not only enjoy them, but also see part of this work of Gaudí for free.
Horta Labyrinth Park
Access to the park is free on Wednesdays and Sundays. It was formerly a private residence, which was more or less than two hours from downtown. Inside, you will find a romantic canal with ducks and swans, the famous labyrinth of cypresses and a delicate garden with arrivals from Asia and Latin plants. It is a perfect place to unwind and relax in a unique and privileged surroundings.
There are many free monuments in Barcelona, some better known than others. And of course, do not miss a good walk around the Gothic, the Raval or Gracia.You’ll love!