Free things to do in Barcelona

Looking for things to do in Barcelona on a budget? Watch our video guide and learn how to enjoy this city’s attractions for less, or keep reading and find out our favorite free things to do in Barcelona! Your next vacation in the Spanish shouldn’t cost you the world. There are several things you can do to save money and still enjoy this amazing city. A vacation in Barcelona should not be an expensive experience if you follow a couple of simple rules.

Lets start with sightseeing. There are a few must see attractions in the city, and they are scattered all over the city so it is not possible to see them all by just walking from one to the other. The public transportation in the city is quite useful and inexpensive. However, it could be a bit unsafe as pickpockets prey on helpless tourists. Another good option is to purchase a hop on hop off bus ticket, which is used only by tourists and will enable you to see the city’s many attractions in a short time period. It’s the ideal way for tourists to explore a city when you have limited time.

Top free things to do in Barcelona

Now let’s talk about all the free things to do in Barcelona. You should know that some of the attractions, such as the beautiful city park Parc de la Ciutadella or the amazing Magic Fountain at Montjuic Hill, are free. Two beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the Old City center of Barcelona can also be visited for free: La Catedral (free entrance mornings and late afternoons) and the Santa Maria del Mar.

Enjoy the beautiful architecture that Barcelona has to offer and do a tour of the many modernist buildings, like Gaudi’s Casa Battlo and La Pedrera, or the wonderful Palau de la Musica Catalana. Even from the outside, these buildings offer you plenty to look at and discover. The Gothic Quarter in the heart of the Old City center is a great place to wander around: listen to street musicians, do some people watching and enjoy the special atmosphere of the district. There’s plenty of shops, restaurants and bars to explore here. And don’t forget to visit at least one of the many colorful markets in Barcelona – for example the Mercat de la Boqueria next to La Rambla – even if you’re not looking to buy something it’s great to just stroll around and watch all the action.

Interested in museums? Many of the art museums are for free, for example, the Caixa Forum and the Metronom. If you wish to visit the Picasso museum, you should know that it’s for free every first Sunday of each month, as well as other museums like the Museum of History in Barcelona or the National Museum of Art of Catalonia. Another great way to save money is by pre-booking the museum card, which offers a huge discount on admission to several museums. It also saves you the hustle of long waiting queues at the popular museums. Our PDF guide below the screen includes more information about the card and how to get it.

Dining and drinking should not cost you the world either. Just make sure you stay out of the main roads (like the extremely touristy Las Ramblas) and their tourist’s traps. Good food and drinks can be found at places such as Ciutat Comtal, or Can Paixano, which is near the Barceloneta beach – another one of Barcelona’s top free things to do, by the way!

Looking for more tips? Check the rest of our videos for more ideas on spending the best possible time in Barcelona.

Barcelona Card with Guidebook

See and do everything Barcelona has to offer with this great value city sightseeing and discount card. Choose from 3, 4 or 5 consecutive day passes and receive free entry, great discounts and offers to Barcelona's major attractions. Whether you prefer museums or galleries, cathedrals or shopping - Barcelona has it all. The Barcelona Card offers FREE ENTRY to over 20 of the city's top visitor attractions (including the Chocolate Museum and Park Guell), free transport around Barcelona, and access to over 90 special offers in shops, restaurants, museums and much more.

USD 52.12$

Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona

Enjoy a getaway to the Montserrat mountains on a half-day trip from Barcelona! You'll visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat with its 12th-century carving of the Black Virgin and, after hearing its history from a guide, enjoy free time to explore.

USD 55.24$

Skip the Line: Best of Barcelona Tour including Sagrada Familia

Explore the beauty of Barcelona on this Best of Barcelona Tour, which offers a comprehensive view of this exquisite Catalan city, including a visit to La Sagrada Familia. Perfect for first-time visitors, the tour will show you the city’s most iconic sights and allow you to discover some of Barcelona’s best-kept secrets. You'll enjoy skip-the-line access at La Sagrada Familia, so you can avoid the long queues at this popular attraction. You’ll also visit the hill of Montjuïc and the Gothic Quarter. On this small-group tour, you'll receive personalized attention from your guide.

USD 91.49$

Flamenco Night at Tablao Cordobes

Feel the passion of the flamenco at Barcelona's legendary Tablao Cordobes, where some of the greatest names in flamenco have performed. Entertained by an internationally renowned flamenco group, you'll discover why the traditional dance of Spain is so popular. You'll also have the option of dining on a traditional buffet meal or simply ordering a drink to enjoy while watching the show.

USD 50.96$

Barcelona in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Combine two Barcelona tours at a discounted price and see the best of the city on this Super Saver! Enjoy a morning of sightseeing, and discover Barri Gòtic (Gothic quarter), Montjuic hill and the Olympic village at Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys Stadium. Sip on a glass of cava at the Spanish Village, and take a cable car ride up to Montjuic Castle. Then, complete the day with an afternoon tour of Antoni Gaudi’s Barcelona masterpieces, seeing UNESCO-listed La Sagrada Familia cathedral, Park Güell and the former private residences of Casa Batlló and La Pedrera (Casa Milà ).

USD 103.07$