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Top Attractions In Barcelona For Free

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...

Barcelona E-bike Tour By Night & Magic Fountain Show

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • This is an evening-to-night bike tour around the city of Barcelona where you will be visiting many of Barcelona's most popular attractions.
  • The places your tour guide will bring you to are the Barcelona Cathedral, El Born, La Catedral...
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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...

The LEGENDARY Steel Donkey Bike Tour

clock Duration: 4 hours
  • This amazing bike tour around Barcelona gives you the opportunity to indulge yourselves in Munich's gorgeous cityscape and attractions that are typically not included in most Barcelona itineraries!
  • You will be visiting gorgeous but...
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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 Bike Tour Including Tapas Lunch

clock Duration: 3 hours 30 m
  • This amazing bike tour around Barcelona gives you the opportunity to indulge yourselves in Barcelona's gorgeous cityscape, architecture and their famed tapas.
  • You will be indulging yourself in the beautiful sights of the Barri Gotic...
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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...

City Center Bike Tour in Barcelona

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • This is a panoramic bike tour around the city of Barcelona where you will be viewing the historical and cultural landmarks that its city center has to offer.
  • The places which you will be visiting are the Sagrada Familia Cathedral and...
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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...

Private E-Bike Tour: 5 Barcelona Neighborhoods

clock Duration: 3 hours 30 m
  • This amazing e-bike tour around Barcelona gives you the opportunity to indulge yourselves in Barcelona's gorgeous cityscape and architecture in its neighbourhoods.
  • What you will be seeing includes the vibrant GrA cia, Raval, GA²tic,...
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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...

Barcelona City Sightseeing Bike Tour

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • An opportunity to explore the Spanish Capital on two wheels.
  • A 3-hour tour of Central Barcelona passing many of the cities most significant landmarks.
  • A leisurely bike ride and fun city tour.
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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...

Palau de la Musica Catalana Tour

clock Duration: 1 hour
  • An insightful guided tour of another of Barcelona's UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • A chance to look into the history and culture of Catalonia.
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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 -...

Best of Barcelona Tour

clock Duration: 6 hours
  • A jam-packed sightseeing tour of central Barcelona.
  • A brilliant combo tour which gets you fast track entry to top Barcelona attractions.
  • A chance to see the city with a professional local guide.
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Free

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...

Girona, Figueres and Dali Museum Day Tour

clock Duration: 11 hours 30
  • A full-day excursion from Central Barcelona taking you to the historical and cultural highlights of Northern Catalonia.
  • A fully guided tour visiting buildings, churches, town and museums of historical significance.
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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...

Montserrat Land of Shrines - One Day Small Group Hiking Tour from Barcelona

clock Duration: 9 hours
  • An 8-man tour which takes you up close & personal with the Montserrat mountains.
  • This tour takes you from the busy city of Barcelona to the majestic mountains and you can take a look at the monastery of Montserrat.
  • During the...
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FAQs about Free Things to Do in Barcelona

There are many things you can do for free in Barcelona like booking free entry into some Barcelona museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.

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