Free Things to Do in Spain

Travel on a budget in Madrid, Barcelona, and Granada

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If you're on a tight budget or just looking for something fun and free to do in Spain, you'll be pleasantly surprised. To the traveler, it may feel like capitalism passed Spain by, but this refreshing lack of money grabbing means that you can get many things very cheaply in Spain.

Free Museum Entry in Spain

Entry to museums in Spain isn't always costly. In fact, many museums in Spain offer one weekly or monthly free admission day. Many more have set days over the year that they don't charge admission.

Most museums in Spain are free on the following holidays:

  • October 12: Hispanidad Day
  • December 6: Constitution Day
  • May 2: Public Holiday (Madrid only)
  • May 18: International Museum Day
  • September 24: Public Holiday (Catalonia only)

Specific museums may have additional free entrance hours or even entire days during the week. Check their website to confirm.

Free Things to Do in Barcelona

There's no shortage of free things to do in Barcelona. From admiring iconic tourist sights such as the Sagrada Familia from outside to strolling down Las Ramblas, you don't need to pay a single euro cent to experience some of the best things Barcelona has to offer. Many museums in Barcelona offer free entry at certain points, and when you need to relax, the beaches are just a quick walk (or train ride) away.

Debod temple lit up at night

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Free Things to Do in Madrid

As Madrid's capital and largest city, Madrid also has its fair share of free things to do. A stroll through Retiro Park or down Gran Vía is completely gratis, as are some of the city's most interesting touristic sites, such as the Temple of Debod and Metro Chamberí.

Compared to Barcelona, there aren't as many museums in Madrid that have free entry every day of the week, but there are plenty that have a day or two a week that are free (usually on Sundays).

Free Accommodation in Spain

Couchsurfing and home exchanges are great ways to stay for free in Spain (there's a small fee involved in the latter, but not nearly as much as a hotel). It is generally appreciated that you treat your host to a meal, coffee, drinks, or another outing to show your appreciation. As a bonus, it's a great way to meet locals!

Free Tapas in Spain

A number of cities in Spain offer free tapas, but the best can be found in Granada. Here, you'll be hard-pressed to find a bar that doesn't offer a free tapa with every drink order. Some bars won't let you choose your tapa, but there are plenty that will.