Author: Anna MacDonald
With so many things to do and see in Barcelona it’s easy to return home having spent a lot more money than you intended to! Luckily help is at hand as Stay U-nique have compiled this list of free things to do in Barcelona!
Every Thursday to Sunday throughout the summer and every Friday and Saturday at all other times of the year there is a free but amazing display of music, water acrobatics and lights! The show has become one of the most popular attractions in the city. Located very near to Plaça d’Espanya it is the perfect way to end an evening after enjoying a meal in one of the many restaurants on offer here! For an amazing view of Barcelona as well as a view of the foutnains from higher up, climb up the steps of the MNAC and find a spot to sit.
Free tapas in Barcelona sounds too good to be true, right? However you are in luck! Whilst this isn’t a very Catalan tradition, to receive a free tapa when you buy a drink, the rise in popularity of it in other parts of Spain has meant that Barcelona is increasingly taking part in this generous tradition too. Click here to read our handy blog post listing our favourite bars that offer a free tapa with a drink! The type of tapas dishes which are included vary, some serving up miniature forms of traditional Catalan cuisine whilst others serve the more typical tapas.
Undoubtedly one of the best view points in Barcelona! Don’t forget to wear shoes you can walk in though as there is a steep hill up to the top. We’re sure you’ll agree that the trek is well worth it though, once you reach the top. This spot gets is name from the fact that it is the remains of an old air raid civil war bunker. One of the best things about this view point is the fact it is still relatively unknown amongst tourists and so it is the perfect place to relax with friends without battling through crowds of people to find a place!
Parc de la Ciutadella
You can easily spend a couple of hours in Barcelona’s largest, oldest, and most popular park – without spending a penny! There are many different things to see located all around the park such as: the Umbracle (a tropical garden house) La Cascada (a fountain Gaudi helped to design) and the building of the Catalan parliament. There are also many statues to find on your walk, one of the favourites is a giant stone statue of a mammoth.
Many museums in Barcelona have free admission every Sunday afternoon from 15.00 to 20.00 and free admission all day on the first Sunday of every month. These museums include the Barcelona Design Museum, the Barcelona History Museum, the Picasso Museum, the Ceramics Museum, the Ethnology Museum, the Maritime Museum and the Blue Museum (the natural science museum). Whichever type of museum you are interested in, Barcelona has it all!
One of the best things about Barcelona is the amount of free festivals that take place throughout the year! Before you book your holiday it is worth checking if there are any festivals happening around the time you are thinking of visiting. La Mercè and Festa Major de Gràcia are two of the most popular of the festivals. La Mercè is the annual festival of Barcelona and Festa Major de Gràcia is a street festival in the neighbourhood of Gràcia where the residents decorate their streets in different themes, such as underwater or outerspace.
No visit to Barcelona would be complete without a trip to one of its beautiful beaches! What better way to relax your feet after some sightseeing? The ever popular Barceloneta is a good choice of beach for those wanting somewhere close to the main sights of Barcelona. But the further towards the Forum area you venture the less crowded the beaches get if you’re after some peace and quiet. There’s volleyball nets on most of the beaches which are free to use as well!