7 things to do for free in Barcelona

7 cosas que hacer gratis en Barcelona

Barcelona is among the ten most visited cities in the world. No wonder, the city of Gaudí has plenty of charm, attractions, leisure and entertainment activities to enjoy your busy daily life. Although this seems synonymous with opening the wallet permanently, it is not. You can enjoy Barcelona for free, without spending a lot. We tell you the best plans and activities you can do for free in Barcelona.

Free Museums on Sundays in Barcelona

Monasterio de Pedralbes

On Sunday afternoons and on the first Sunday of each month the main museums in Barcelona are free.

On the first Sunday of each month the main museums and monuments of Barcelona open their doors for the whole day to visitors who want to enjoy its varied charms. The Palau Guell, Pedralbes Monastery, Montjuïc Castle or Picasso Museum are some of the most popular free tourist attractions.

The rest of Sundays, from 3 pm, the museums have free entrance. It is a proposal of the City Council for those who want to soak up culture or to know a little more about the city for free. You can visit the National Museum of Art of Catalonia (MNAC), the Museum of History of Barcelona (MUHBA), the Music Museum, the Maritime Museum of Barcelona (MMB), the Picasso Museum or the Blau Museum. In addition to other venues such as the Center for Contemporary Culture (CCCB), the Image Center of the Virreina or the Botanical Garden.

To these is added the Cultural Center of Born, where you can participate in some of the offered workshops or enjoy concerts, exhibitions and the archaeological site that integrates all of it and contains a complete collection of valuable medieval pieces.

Free Plans in Barcelona

Basílica de Santa María del Mar - Todo Barcelona

Some monuments like the Cathedral of Barcelona or the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar can be visited for free.

Enjoing the best view of Barcelona does not cost money in the Bunkers of the Carmel. From the Mirador de Turó de la Rovira, declared Patrimonial Space and where still remain some of the remains of a very old ancient air battery originally from the Civil War and built to deal with enemy bombardments, you can enjoy Barcelona in 360º. Here, there is also one of the headquarters of the Museum of History (MUHBA).

The cathedral of Santa Maria del Mar is one of the great jewels of Catalan Gothic that you can visit without spending a lot of money. You can admire the sober and beautiful local Gothic style or be impressed by the colorful vaults. Visiting the Cathedral of Barcelona for free is possible whenever you go between 8:00 am to 12: 45 pm and 5: 45 pm to 7:30 pm from Monday to Saturday, and from 8:00 am to 1:45 pm and 5:15 am – 8:00 pm on Sundays.

In Barcelona the fountains are a spectacle that you can see without opening the wallet. Stand in front of the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, and contemplate the light, color and water show, with incorporated choreographies, and enjoy one of the most beautiful sights of the city.

Casa Milá - La Pedrera

Although the monumental part of La Pedrera is payable, the first floor is used for temporary exhibitions.

La Pedrera is one of the most significant Modernist buildings in Barcelona. The access to the first floor is free and the exhibitions often are organized at the same time, which is not very pricey.

Do you like to move to swing rhythms or learn how to dance? Well in Barcelona you get it for free. You can learn your first steps or practice in Gràcia or Ciudadela, the first and third Sunday of each month, thanks to associations like Bcn Swing. You don’t have to be with a couple, for sure you will find it there.

The last proposal to entertain yourself for free in Barcelona is to hang your own falling star – estrella fugaz. If you want to enjoy a different way of astronomy or you want to mark a romantic detail, you just have to enter the website of the City. Here, you can create it or choose a free star, make a special dedication and give it a name. Original, right?

We have proved that it is possible to do many free things in Barcelona. Staying in Barcelona is not expensive if you know what to choose, the Youth Hostel Pere Tarrés is a comfortable, modern and well-connected accommodation with an exceptional price. 

Enjoy Barcelona without spending a lot of money!

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