Barcelona is one of the most magnificent cities in Spain, and a crown jewel of European travel. It’s bright, bold and brilliant, bursting at the seams with art, culture and music. There’s no denying that as with all such wonderful places – it can come with a price tag. But, that doesn’t mean travelling to Barcelona with a budget will limit you, far from it in fact. You’ll find that some of the best bits of Barcelona are actually free, and here’s a snippet of some of them.
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Top free things to do in Barcelona
- Take in the view & experience some history
The city is upwardly rising – both in terms of top cities in the world to see, and literally. This makes for excellent viewing, so head north bound and take in breathtaking views. You can do this at The Carmel Bunkers which is situated at the top of Turó de la Rovira hill – a free and open space. The bunkers also over a history lesson to its visitors as they were once anti – aircraft bunkers during the Civil War in 1937, and it’s now part of the city’s Museum of History, the space offer panoramic views and it’s also a great place to explore.
Leading on from point one, wandering around Barcelona is another great way to experience the best of the city’s views. The Carretera de les Aigües is a 10km trial along the side of Tibidabo – situated North West of the city. You’ll find runners, wanderers and cyclists here enjoying the beautiful sights and sounds of a spectacular and free piece of Barcelona. If this doesn’t tickle your fancy then a stroll through the cities many avenues is sure to keep you busy for hours on end. Watch the famous street performers at Las Ramblas or take in array of colours at the world famous Park Güell.
- Art on a Sunday
A city famed for its art – this is something you must experience while in Barcelona. After 3pm, the museums in Barcelona offer free entry every Sunday. You can explore the works of Picasso and the Museum of History of Barcelona is especially exciting for those who love history. Every first Sunday you’ll find the doors of the National Museum of Art of Catalonia for medieval and modernist art open for free. You’ll simply have no excuse for not experiencing some of the most fascinating piece of art in the world.
- See the architecture
Bacelona is home to Antoni Gaudi, and you would be mad not to seek out his work whilst in Barcelona. He is the designer of Park Güell – the jewel in Barcelona’s modernist crown, but modernist architecture can be seen all over the city. If you’re interested in seeing the Park, you’ll be asked to pay a small fee of €7, which is not really much for what you get. But, if you’re really trying to scrimp and save don’t worry you can still see some of his work from outside (Casa Batlló and La Pedrera).
If you really want to save money, then be sure and do your research. Traveling to Barcelona needn’t be expensive – you can get some great bargains on travel sites like Expedia. Whatever your budget for Barcelona, you’ll have the trip of a lifetime.