Top Free Things to Do in Barcelona

Your trip to Spain doesn't have to be expensive

Spain, Barcelona, panoramic view of Barcelona Cathedral
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If you're traveling on a budget, you'll be pleased to know there's plenty of free things to do in Barcelona. Some museums have free entry every day of the week, while others are free on specific days (usually Wednesdays and Sundays). These are the best free things to do in Barcelona.

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    Sagrada Familia Sagrada Familia
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    Barcelona's most famous landmark may charge admission, but viewing it from the outside is free. Personally, I don't think going inside is worth it - the museum isn't especially interesting (unless you have a big interest in architecture) and the climb to the top gives you a less-than-spectacular view of the city.

    Of course, paying the entrance fee does at least help guarantee that they finish the building (over 120 years and counting, so far), but if you're on a very tight budget, you can still appreciate 90% of the building from across the road.

  • 02 of 07
    La Rambla pedestrian mall Barcelona
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    Barcelona's most famous thoroughfare is a tourist attraction in itself. The street performers are there all day, every day and for a few cents will do their little party trick for you.

    Also on Las Ramblas is the Boqueria market (though the fruit and vegetables come at a price, wandering around the stalls costs nothing) and the Plaça Reial can be found just off the main street (complete with some Gaudi designed lampposts).

    Read more about Las Ramblas.

  • 03 of 07
    Spain, Catalonia, Barcelona, Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya,
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    One of two moutains in Barcelona (the other being Tibidabo), Montjuic has a wealth of sights for those who don't mind a bit of a climb. Take a walk with a nice view of the sea, wander round the old watchtower and marvel at the Mayor's Belvedere, a collage of broken bottles and pottery by Carles Buïgas. The Museu Nacional D'Art de Catalunya is free to under-15s, over-65s and to everyone on the first Sunday of the month. See more about free days in Barcelona museums below.

    Read more about Montjuic

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    Fountain At Parc De La Ciutadella Against Clear Sky
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    Take the kids for a run in a very pleasant park in the center of Barcelona. It features Barcelona's Arc de Triomf (much nicer than the one in Paris) fountains, museums (not free) and a zoo (also not free).

    Read more about the Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona

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    Barceloneta Beach, Port Olimpic, Mapfre Tower, Arts Tower, Peix, Fish sculpture by Frank Owen Gehry, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, Europe
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    It isn't the most attractive beach in the world (artificially made, rumor has it that it is half sand and half concrete) but everyone loves to spend half a day catching some rays, right?

    There is also a nudist beach here (a bit of a walk from the main touristy area).

    Read more about other Beaches in Barcelona.

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    Spain, Barcelona, panoramic view of Barcelona Cathedral
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    Entrance to the Barcelona Cathedral is free, so you can marvel at the Romanesque cathedral from both outside and within.

    Read more about Barcelona Cathedral.

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    Picasso museum in Barcelona
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    Several museums have at least one free day a week or month. The most famous of which is the  Picasso museum, the best showcase of works by the Spanish cubist artist. It is only free on the first Sunday of the month. Be warned, the line to get in is gigantic - get there early.

    The museum is also free to under-16s and to study groups (only on Wednesday afternoons). Inquire at the museum for more information.

    Read more about the Picasso Museum in Barcelona.

    If you're traveling on a tight budget, you'll be pleased to learn that there are plenty of free things to do in Barcelona. Many museums in Barcelona have free entry either once a month or every day of the week.

    See also: Top Ten Free Things to in Barcelona

    Museums with Free Entry in Barcelona

    Museu Picasso

    Barcelona's famous Picasso museum.

    Address: C/ Montcada 15-23, 08003, Barcelona +34 933 196 310
    Metro: Jaume I.
    Free Entry: First Sunday of the month and from 3pm every Sunday.

    Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

    Fine art...MORE museum on Montjuïc mountain.

    Address: Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, 08038 Barcelona
    Metro: Plaza Espanya.
    Free Entry: First Sunday of the month.

    Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

    Let's allow the CCCB website to describe themselves: "Free of rigid thematic constraints, the CCCB conceives exhibitions that are more than just compilations of works." Sounds good.

    Address: c/ Montalegre 5, 08001 Barcelona
    Metro: Catalunya/Universitat
    Free Entry: First Wednesday of the month. Also free for under-16s.


    A showcase for art considered too experimental for mainstream art galleries.

    Address: Fundacio Rafael Tous d'Art Contemporani
    Metro: Arc de Triomf/Jaume I/Barceloneta
    Free Entry: Every day.

    Amatller House

    Designed by Puig i Cadafalch, this modernist building was the home of Antoni Amatller.

    Address: Passeig de Gracia 41, 08007, Barcelona
    Metro: Passeig de Gracia.
    Free Entry: Everyday (just ground floor).

    Centre D'Art Santa Monica

    Contemporary Catalan art in a former convent near Las Ramblas.

    Address: La Rambla 7, 08002 Barcelona
    Metro: Drassanes.
    Free Entry: Every day.

    Fundació Foto Colectania

    Collection of photography with permanent and temporary collections.

    Address: Julian Romea, 6, 08006, Barcelona
    Metro: Diagonal.
    Free Entry: Every day.

    Fundació Fran Daurel

    Art gallery with a good website featuring a comprehensive list of exhibits (with pictures).

    Address: Av del Marques de Comillas, Poble Espanyol, 08038, Barcelona.
    Metro: Espanya.
    Free Entry: Every day.

    Fundació Joan Brossa

    The work of Joan Brossa, a 'poet' whose 'poems' extended to drama, sculpture, installations and other visual art.

    Address: Carrer de Roger de Llúria, 116, 2n, 1a 08037 Barcelona.
    Metro: Urquinaona
    Free Entry: Every day.

    Museu de Carrossess Funebres

    An odd museum dedicated to funeral carriages and hearses!

    Address: Carrer Sancho d'Avila 2, 08018, Barcelona
    Metro: Marina
    Free Entry: Every day.

    Museu de L'Esport Dr Melcior Colet

    Museum about sport with a strong emphasis on cycling and Catalan sport.

    Address: Buenos Aires, 56 - 58 08036 Barcelona
    Metro: Hospital Clinic
    Free Entry: Every day.

    Palau Robert

    Modern art gallery with interactive multimedia.

    Address: Gracia, 107, 08008, Barcelona
    Metro: Diagonal
    Free Entry: Every day.

    Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona

    Address: Plaça dels Angels 1, 08001 Barcelona
    Metro: Universitat/Catalunya.
    Free Entry: New exhibitions are free on the first day.

    Museu Maritim de Barcelona

    Maritime museum.

    Address: Av. de les Drassanes s/n, 08001 Barcelona
    Metro: Drassanes
    Free Entry: From 3pm on the first Saturday of the month (except public holidays).