Free things to do in Barcelona
Enjoy the best free things to do in Barcelona!
Barcelona has a great offer of all kinds of museums. From art to chocolate museums, this wonderful city has it all! You will benefit of the rich cultural environment. However, a lot of these museums aren’t free, it might be an additional financial burden for you. Especially for students, we understand that with your limited budget you would rather spend your money on other things than the entrance fee to a museum or a tour. The city also has other cultural things to do besides its large variety of museums such as markets, statues and tours. In this article, we will present you free things to do in Barcelona. Enjoy exploring Barcelona’s and the Spanish interesting culture!
The Picasso museum is located in the gothic district of Barcelona. This wonderful museum highlights an extensive collection of the best art pieces of the famous artist Pablo Ruiz Picasso. Here, you will admire his artwork that shapes the deep relationship he had with the city. He made art during the major part of his adolescence until his death. This magical art museum will provide you 3800 different works from this great artist spread over 5 different medieval mansions. Most of the artworks that are exhibited here are comes from the early days of his inroad. So, if you are into Picasso art, try out the Picasso Museum for free on every first Sunday of the month!
Address: Carrer Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 9 am to 7 pm; Thursday: 9 am to 9.30 pm; closed on Mondays.
Arc de Triomf
Built by the architect Josep Vilaseca I Casanovas, this arch crosses a long avenue with a pleasant promenade under the palm trees holds; Passeig de Lluís Companys. At the end of this avenue, you can find the beautiful Parc de la Ciutadella, where you can chill in the sun and watch the beautiful waterfall or go floating on the little lake. The reason of its emergence was to give access to the world fair in 1888. The monument is classical in shape and in proportions. It features innovative sculptural and decorative finishes that contain a lot of symbolism. Because of its popularity and greatness, it has become one of the city’s iconic landmarks.
Address: Passeig de Lluís Companys
Walk Passeig de Gràcia
Passeig de Gràcia is one of the most important and famous streets of Barcelona. Here, you will find the city’s most celebrated pieces of architecture, which relay to the original artworks of Gaudi. This street is great for shopping, you will find a lot of luxurious shops like Dior, Rolex, Chanel, etc. It is known for being one of the most expensive streets of the city, but don’t worry there are also cheaper chain stores like Zara or Mango. Besides this, the Passeig de Gràcia also offers amazing restaurants like the Divinus tapas bar or the food hall market El Nacional. So, take a walk over this long lane of shops and restaurant and enjoy Barcelona’s city life to the fullest!
Cathedral de Barcelona
The Cathedral of the Holy Cross is in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona and is a recognition point of this amazing city. It was built between the 13th and 15th century and completed in 1448. The work was carried over 150 years in three stages, so the buildup was, like many religious buildings, constructed at a slow pace. At this impressive cathedral, you can watch daily religious masses from a distant. This neo-gothic basilica is a must see in Barcelona, and you can enjoy visiting the whole cathedral for free.
Address: Pla de la Seu, s/n, 08002 Barcelona
Weekdays (8.00-12.30/ 13.00-17.30/ 17.45-19.00)
Saturdays and festivals vigils (8.00-12.45/ 13.00-17.00/ 17.15-20.00)
Sundays and Holidays (8.00-13.45/ 14.00-17.00/ 17.15-20.00)
Santa Caterina Market
From the Cathedral of Barcelona, you will see this wavy-like and colorful rooftop, which is the Santa Catarina Market. You will be amazed by this food market, designed by the architects Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue in 1845. Since the after-war period, this food market is frequented by visitors from all over Barcelona, both locals as tourists. But if you want to see the daily life of the locals and feel like one, you should definitely visit this extraordinary market.
Address: Av. de Francesc Cambó, 16, 08003 Barcelona
Opening Hours: Monday – Wednesday – Saturday: 7.30 to 15.30, Tuesday- Thursday- Friday: 7.30 to 20.3, Sunday: closed
And after a long day of sightseeing, why not end this amazing day in one of the karaoke bars of Barcelona?
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