If you’re reading this blog post chances are that the word “Free” got you here, which is absolutely amazing! Let me tell you why! I recently spent 3 1/2 weeks in the beautiful city of Barcelona and one of the things that intrigued me the most about the city was how much there was to see and do that costed little to no money at all. In this post I’ll be naming off some of my favorite sites and some tips that can hopefully make your Barcelona trip a lot more smoother. Hope you enjoy!
1. Park Guell
Park Guell is a public park that is located on Carmel Hill, in Barcelona. This park was built from 1900-1914 by the famous artist Antoni Gaudi and in 1926 it opened for the very first time as public park. It’s a place you must visit when in Barcelona, but there is one catch! If you want to enter for free you have to be at the park before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m., otherwise it does cost you 8 Euro to enter. In my personal opinion, it is so much better checking out at those times anyways, as there will be no crowd at all and the sunrises and sunsets from Park Guell are stunning!
2. Carmel Bunkers
Let me start by saying that the view from the Carmel Bunkers is like no other in Barcelona! The Caramel Bunkers were bunkers that were built during the Spanish civil war, but not long after the war they were left abandoned. Throughout the late 1900’s they became really cool places for people to go and hang out to enjoy a nice 360 degrees view of Barcelona. Do keep in mind that the walk up does take a bit of effort and I would recommend wearing comfortable shoes and bring water! It also gets very chilly up there so I’d recommend bringing at least a thin sweater with you.
3. The Gothic Quarter
No trip to Barcelona is complete without a casual stroll through the Gothic Quarter. The Gothic Quarter is one of the oldest districts in Barcelona and the city of Barcelona that exists today was actually built up around what we now call the Gothic Quarter. In this area of town you will find some of the Barcelona Cathedral, which is one of the most impressive in Barcelona in my opinion. That’s of course second to the Sagrada Familia , as well as a huge variety of live music, shops, and amazing Spanish cuisine. You can spend hours walking through this part of the city and the best part about it is that it’s completely free to do. If you’re into photography or just love admiring beautiful architecture this is definitely a place you need to visit, as the design and layout of this quarter will blow your mind.
4. Playa Barceloneta
Playa Barceloneta is one of Barcelona’s main attractions and thousands of people from all around the world visit it everyday. According to National Geographic, Playa Barceloneta receives more visitors yearly than any other beach in the world. I find it ironic because this beach is also man made! This beach was designed on the coast of Barcelona in the early 1990s because of the 1992 Olympic games that were going to be held in Barcelona. The government wanted the beach to attract lots of tourism and that’s indeed what the beach did! I’ve visited Playa Barceloneta during both the winter/ summer months and it is always a fun and fairly warm place to hangout. The water also is about the same temperature all year around which is nice so you’ll always catch surfers and people enjoying the beautiful water.
5. Visit during the beginning of the month!
When visiting the beautiful city of Barcelona timing is everything! If you plan your trip wisely than you can save yourself a lot of money! The best time to visit Barcelona is at the beginning of each month if your looking to do as much as possible and if you’re on a budget, let me explain. On the first weekend of each month all of the museums and cathedrals are completely free to enter, which can save you hundreds! If you’ve done any Barcelona research in the past then I’m sure that you are well aware that there are over 20 different amazing museums that are worthy of visiting. Most of these museums can cost anywhere from 5-30 euro for entrance. Please be mindful that you still have to reserve the tickets online for the free entry upon checkout it will say balance due “0” if you book for the beginning of each month. Hope you enjoyed this tip and have fun in Barcelona!