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Free Things To Do In Barcelona

Barcelona has enough things to keep all kinds of travellers entertained. It’s a city filled with interesting sights and architecture and a truly vibrant culture. If you’re traveling on a budget, you’re probably on the hunt for some cheap things to do in Barcelona. Thankfully, Barcelona has a lot to offer when it comes to this.

Barcelona may not be the cheapest cities to visit in Europe, but there are definitely so many free things to do in Barcelona. For instance, you can join a free walking tour at Gaudi’s museum, or explore Park Guell, a popular public park featuring beautiful gardens and interesting architectural elements. There are also free things to do Barcelona with kids, which is great for those traveling with the family. For instance, you can take the kids for a walk at the Las Ramblas, a vibrant and thriving cultural centre of the city.

With the many free things to do in Barcelona, you definitely can have a great time in the city without braking the bank. Some of these attractions may sometimes come with a fee, but at certain times, they will not cost you a single penny. Whether you are a history and culture buff, an adventurer, or a foodie, there are lots of free attractions in Barcelona that are waiting for you to explore!

So if you’re planning on a trip to Barcelona soon and you’re scared about going beyond your travel budget, check out our list of free things to do in Barcelona.

Free Attractions in Barcelona

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Gaudí Walking Tour

The weird and wonderful buildings which Antoni Gaudí left behind in Barcelona are a feature you can’t afford to miss. They stand as unique symbols of a fascinatingly creative mind. A guide on a free walking tour will be able to tell you much more about the history, design and uses of these eccentric buildings.

One such tour is operated by the Discover Walks company, meeting at Metro Passeig de Gràcia in front of Casa Battl, one of...

Camp Nou - F.C.Barcelona Open Date Ticket

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  • Live out your footballing dream with a behind the scenes tour of Camp Nou and the FC Barcelona Stadium.
  • An interactive visit to the stadiums onsite museum.
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Barri Gotic

Translated as the Gothic Quarter, this neighbourhood which stretches from Las Ramblas to the seafront makes for an atmospheric place in which to take a stroll. This was the city centre in days gone past, and the architecture goes right back to Roman times, including the remains of the old city wall which can be seen at Avinguda de la Catedral (where you will also find the Catedral de Santa Eulalia (link)) and Carrer de la Pala among other...

Barcelona Attractions Pass

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  • This pass will bring you to the Catalonian capital of Barcelona together with the other Barcelona attractions.
  • You are free to choose from three to five or even all offered activities to maximize your tour in Barcelona.
  • Of course, you will never miss the Flamenco show with this Barcelona Pass.
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Park Güell

One of the most popular and famous attractions in Barcelona, Park Güell stands as a living, breathing monument to the wild imagination of Antoni Gaudí. It was laid out by the artist between 1900-14 as a commission for Count Eusebi Güell. Gaudí lived here from 1906-26 in a house which now functions as a museum to him.

Although it seems whimsical, the park actually includes many well thought-out and utilitarian design features....

Barcelona Card with Guidebook

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  • By choosing from 3, 4, or 5 days tour, this card can allow you to explore Barcelona for less.
  • You will have access to their top 20 attractions without spending that much.
  • This Barcelona card also entitles you to have a guidebook with included discount coupons that you can use within the duration of your tour.
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Mercat de Sant Josep

Often referred to as La Boqueria, this colourful food market has a diverse range of goods and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. It’s easy to get to, being located just off Las Ramblas (link) near the Liceu opera house (link).

Just walking around La Boqueria is a treat for the senses. You’ll find an amazing range of fruit, meats, cheeses, seafood and many more. There’s even more exotic fare on offer, such as beetles and...

Barcelona Discount Card

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  • This discount card offers unlimited public rides within Barcelona.
  • It provides card holders with special discounts at over 100 cultural venues, museums, diners, leisure facilities, shops and night clubs.
  • This is an inclusive card that is valid only for a couple of days.
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Catedral of Barcelona

The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, to give it its full title, makes for an imposing sight with its soaring towers and gargoyles. Constructed from the 13th to 15th centuries, the impressive neo-Gothic facade was not actually added until the late 19th century (completed in 1913), although these were based on original 15th century plans.

It is dedicated to Eulalia, one of the patron saints of Barcelona, a young virgin who...

Barcelona Museum Pass

clock Duration: 2 days
  • This Barcelona discount card which is valid for 48 hours will allow you to explore Barcelona at your own pace.
  • You are entitled to discounts as you enter Barcelona's top attractions like Casa Mila, Barcelona Zoo, and Camp Nou. You can enjoy discounts to restaurants and shows like the flamenco show.
  • Save your money with the
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Montjuïc

This hill to the southwest of the city makes for a pleasant place to spend a day. There are many attractions on the hill, some of which, such as the Spanish Village (link), are a legacy from the 1929 International Exhibition held here.

You can enjoy many things for free on Montjuïc, not least of which are the panoramic views over the harbour below, and the spectacular Magic Fountain in front of the Palau Nacional, now housing the Museu...

Skip the Line: Barcelona Aquarium Ticket

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  • The Barcelona Aquarium host a total of 35 separate marine life habitats.
  • Inside this wonderful deep blue bubble you can come close to native species of the Great Barrier Reef, the Caribbean and the Red Sea and all with just one ticket.
  • This is a convenient time saving ticket to a famous Barcelona attraction.
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Ciutadella Park

This park, popular with locals and tourists alike, is located near the old town and provides a peaceful respite from the busy hubbub of the city. A wide variety of attractive features can be found here, including the lake and the ornate Cascada fountain (reputed to have been partially built by a young Antoni Gaudí), a children’s playground, a couple of museums, and perhaps most notably, Barcelona Zoo (link).

You can also take part...

Teleferic de Montjuic Ticket

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  • Barcelona's cable car is one of the city's top attractions.
  • The 750-metre line connects central Barcelona with the top of Montjuic, where you can visit a hill top castle and see the Spanish capital below.
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Mercat del Encants

This large flea market is a real mixed bag, with some great treasures to be had if you’re ready to do a bit of rummaging. Books, furniture, shoes, records, clothes, toys and instruments are among the wealth of goods on offer. It takes some dedication if you want to find a genuine antique, as something genuinely valuable could be hidden under a pile of videos.

Dating back to the 14th century, it has a nostalgic charm all of its own -...

Skip the Line: Park Guell Admission Ticket

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  • Park Guell is a charming splash of green in the North of Barcelona.
  • The park was created by Gaudi and hosts plenty of contemporary artworks among leafy trees and vibrant plants.
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Barceloneta Beach

One of the most popular and well-known beaches in Barcelona, this beach which bears the same name as its neighbourhood boasts more than 1100m of golden sands. Relax and soak up some rays, or take part in some beach volleyball or gymnastics using the well-equipped sports facilities.

Barceloneta itself is a buzzing neighbourhood with an array of restaurants and nightclubs along the beach boardwalk. Enjoy some tapas or freshly-caught fish...

Hola BCN Public Transport Ticket

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  • This public transport ticket is your gateway to the Capital of Spain.
  • A handy public transport pass which gets you discounts at several city attractions.
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Las Ramblas

The most famous street in Barcelona and indeed one of the most famous in the world, Las Ramblas is a vibrant, thriving centre of cultural and commercial life in Barcelona. Actually comprised of a series of shorter streets, hence the plural name, along its 1.2km tree-flanked length you can find markets selling flowers and pets, the Liceu opera house (link) and an arts centre. Naturally, there is also an abundance of tourist shops to cater to...

Skip the line Barcelona Sagrada Familia Tour Ticket

clock Duration: 1.5 Hours
  • A opportunity to discover the legendary Cathedral of La Sagrada Familia at your own pace.
  • A basic ticket with optional add-on's to customise the experience to your needs.
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