Barcelona doesn’t lack for interesting, fun and diverse things to explore and discover. It is a city with countless museums, concerts, special events, restaurant and club openings and festivals and best of all, it is a city with a wide variety of cultural, innovative and exciting things to do at no cost.
Here are a few ideas to keep entertained in Barcelona…for free!
1: Parc Guell - Gorgeous, relaxing and ideal for the architecturally inclined or for those simply wanting to spend a day amongst the nature in a beautiful setting. One of Gaudi’s masterpieces and home to the longest bench in the world, Parc Guell is an architectura dream parc. It has gorgeous city views, a few cafes to enjoy a drink and a bite to eat and plenty of space to spread out, read a book, listen to music and have a picnic. The only thing that costs money is if you choose to go inside Gaudi’s house, which is inside the Parc. Otherwise this is an entirely free way to spend more than a few hours outdoors. The best way to get here is to take the green metro line to the Valcarca stop and just follow the signs (and the crowds) towards the Parc.
2: La Playa (the beach) – The Mediterranean Sea is easily one of Barcelona’s strongest selling points. Ideally situated along the coast, Barcelona’s boardwalk was revamped and cleaned up for the 1992 Olympics and since then it has become one of the most popular places to spend time, especially during the summer. With a mix of both man-made as well as natural beaches, Barcelona’s coastline has plenty of different beach option, depending on what you’re into. Whether you’re looking for the nude beach, gay beach, early morning swimming crowd or feel like dancing to electronic music beside a chiringuito (beach side hut), each playa has its own special vibe and best of all it’s completely free! The best way to get to the beaches is to take the yellow metro line to Barceloneta, Bogatell or Poble Nou or any of the stops in between and walk along the boardwalk until you find the beach that best suits you.
3: Boqueria Market - Barcelona’s famous Boqueria is a definite ‘must see’ and best of all it doesn’t cost a penny to browse through its stalls and gawk at the innovative and often ‘eclectic’ (dead baby pigs wearing baseball caps – for example) food arrangements. Even if you’re not looking to buy, some of the stands often have free samples and if you’re into food and enjoy markets then this is an excellent way to pass the time without dipping into your wallet.