Barcelona is bright, beautiful and buzzing. As one of the prettiest cities in Spain and indeed Europe – Barcelona has so much to offer everyone, but at what price? Well, as we discovered – it can all be done for very little…free to be precise.
Barcelona’s top 5 best things to do for free
- Explore the architecture
Barcelona is renowned worldwide for its beautiful architecture. The local Barcelona government praises this in the Ruta del Mordernisime – the Modernism route. This route takes your through the magical works of Gaudí, Domènech i Montaner and Puig i Cadafalch – the architects who contributed to making Barcelona the world capital of modernism. This is an opportunity to journey through discovery and enjoy the amazing houses, shops, even benches which demonstrate the city’s strong modernist roots. Prepare to be amazed. Top of your list of places to see should be Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s ultimate masterpiece that is still being constructed today.
- Soak up the sun
This city has it all. Few cities will offer the infusion of city and beach life like Barcelona. Barceloneta is one of the city’s oldest and most beloved beach areas. The closest beach to the city centre, on sunny days – this place is packed. But don’t fear the crowds; this prime location makes the beach worth a visit. It’s a great place to chill out and enjoy the sunshine.
- Find the culture
CaixaForum is one of the best free ways to explore the culture of Barcelona. A beautifully restored factory at the foot on Montjuic hill, the CaixaForum art gallery has it all. From exhibitions to modernist architecture and paintings from the greats. And of course – there’ll be plenty of modern art too. This great place of culture has links with the Prado Museum in Madrid (one of the finest art museums in the world) so you can expect to see world class exhibits from the benefits of these links.
- Shop & experience
The atmosphere found at markets like Mercat de la Barceloneta are a prime example of the wonderful urban and social understanding of Barcelona. The markets are not just about shopping but more about socialising. You’ll find so much to see and do here and it’s a great experience. If you love seafood – you’re in luck. Due to the markets proximity to the sea, seafood is a speciality here and it’s sold alongside an array of fresh produce including, fruit and vegetables. The popular Las Ramblas street is also well worth walking along to sample the atmosphere of local street performers and artists. Just be wary of pick-pockets in this area, but don’t let that put you of, as Las Ramblas is one of the focal points of this vibrant city.
- Escape to serenity
Barcelona is a green city, and it’s full of beautiful parks and getaways that will tuck you away from the often overwhelming sights and sounds of the city. There is no such better example of this than Parc de la Ciutadella. A great spot for couples, families and anyone wanting to experience the beauty of Barcelona. You can pack picnics and enjoy a snack with a view. The park also has open Wi-Fi which is great for those looking for a skype call or to catch up with loved ones back home.
Whatever your plans for Barcelona – you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to great and affordable things to see and do. Hotels in Barcelona are world class – offering a great selection for families and couples. You’ll enjoy everything this great place has to offer.
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