5 things to do for free in Barcelona


The bustling capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, Barcelona has long been a hotspot for travellers. It’s close to the UK, full of culture, and with so many incredible things to do for free, it's perfect for students to explore on a budget. Here are our top free picks.

Catch the Magic Fountain Show of Montjuïc

Although the first performance was way back in 1929, the show is as popular today as ever. The beautiful fountain show is at the centre of a collection of waterfalls and water features on Avinguda Maria Cristina, and you can expect a stunning show of light, colour, music and (of course) water. Around 2,600 litres are pumped through the fountain every second, giving you an idea of the scale of the show. Show times vary according to the season.

Visit the unique Park Güell

It’s just one of the many incredible creations in the city by Antoni Gaudi, but Park Güell is truly unique. Commissioned by Eusebi Güell, it was originally a park for the Barcelona aristocracy, but today it is available for anyone to visit. Full of interesting sculptures, colourful mosaics and stunning buildings, the cosmopolitan park is truly unlike any other. Recently, a €7 entry fee was introduced to the core of the park but you can still see the main highlights from the outside, and it's free to walk up the hill to get some great views of Barcelona too.

Get a taste of Spain with free tapas

Undoubtedly one of the best traditions in Spain, many bars serve a collection of tapas when you order a drink. Although fewer places offer the deal now, several bars around the city still offer up the small plates to patrons – perfect to soak up the sangria! Particularly great spots to try it out are Ambiente del Sur in L’Eixample, Bar Mingus in the Gothic district and Gata Mala in the Gracia area. Eat up!

Enjoy free entry to the Picasso Museum

Unsurprisingly, the Picasso Museum is one of the main spots for tourists to visit in the city. The museum is home to over 3,800 works by Picasso in the permanent collection, through which you can explore his connection with Barcelona. Although you normally have to pay, you can get in for free from 3 pm every Sunday, or all day on the first Sunday of every month.

Soak up the atmosphere at Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria

The colourful public market is one of the main tourist attractions in Barcelona. Dating back to the 13th century, you can find La Boqueria in the Ciutat Vella district, although your senses will pick up on it long before. With overpowering scents, the noise of bustling visitors and a sea of bright colours, the market is a hub of activity.

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