Things to do for free in Barcelona

There’s so much to do in Barcelona and if you’re only here for a few days, you’ll want to see everything in a short amount of time. This can add up pretty quickly if you’re not careful. You have to pay to get inside most attractions such as La Sagrada Familia, Casa Battló and Casa Milà, but if you’re on a budget don’t worry – they’re still phenomenal from the outside. There’s of course so much to do, but here are some our top picks that you can do for free:

  • Park Güell

This is one of the most impressive public parks in the world, designed by Antoni Gaudí. You can access some of the park for free, but to access the center (and the most impressive part) tickets cost €10. However, if you enter the park between 7-8 am, you can access the entire park for free. Trust us – it’s worth waking up early to get the breath-taking views at sunrise.

  • Free Museum Days

Barcelona is well known for its museums, and you’ll be thankful to know that you can get into lots of them for free at certain times/days of the year. Here’s when you can visit a few of the best museums in Barcelona for free:

  • Picasso Museum : Thursdays 6-9 pm and first Sunday of the month 9 am-7 pm
  • Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) : Saturdays from 3 pm and first Sunday of the month
  • Museu de la Música : Sunday from 3 pm and first Sunday of the month
  • Museu d’Història de Barcelona : Sundays from 3pm and first Sunday of the month
  • Jardí Botànic de Barcelona : Sundays from 3 pm and first Sunday of the month

  • Free Walking Tours

There’re so many companies offering tours here in Barcelona, so it’s hard to know which one to choose. Luckily, there’s a few companies who offer FREE walking tours, but it’s always nice to tip the guide if you enjoyed the experience! Check out Free Walking Tour Barcelona and Runner Bean Tours – both are great options if you want to get to know more about this amazing city!

  • The Best Views

Barcelona is of course known for its breath-taking views, and there’s so many places you can visit for free to get the best view of the city.

  • Arenas de Barcelona : This former bullring is now a shopping center and is on Plaça Espanya. If you go inside and take the escalators up to the top floor, you will have an amazing 360º view of the city.
  • The Carmel Bunkers : You will have to do some walking to get here, but it will be so worth it. You can get public transport up to a certain point, then you’ll have to walk up to the top. We recommend getting Bus 92 to del Carmel Mühlberg. Don’t forget to bring some food and drink, there are no shops at the top!
  • Tibidabo : This is the highest point in Barcelona and the views are truly breath-taking. At the top you’ll also find a Cathedral and even an amusement park. Definitely a must-visit.

  • Explore

There’s so much you can see just by walking around. Take a stroll down La Rambla, walk around Mercat de la Boqueria, explore the Gothic Quarter, have a picnic at Parc de La Ciutadella and watch the Magic Fountain Show at Monjuïc.

There’s so much to do and see here in Barcelona for free, it truly is one amazing city.