Barcelona Boqueria Market pigs

Free things to do in Barcelona

by Michael on December 20, 2012

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Written by Meritxell ~ You don’t have to tell me that Barcelona is an expensive city, I’ve lived here almost all my life. But there are many free things to do in Barcelona. Here are some of my favorites.

Walking the markets

Food markets and street markets are always free and are a great place to mingle with locals. One of the famous food markets in town is El Mercat de la Boquería in the city center, it’s a great market full of history and colorful stalls. Don’t miss it!

MArket Barcelona Boqueria

Mercat de la Boquería

In the city center there are many different types of street markets:

Food street market in Plaça del Pi:  Food artisans get together in Plaça del Pi the first and third Friday, Saturday and Sunday of every month.

Mercat de Sant Antoni: Secondhand and new market with books, clothes, and all different types of products. It is open every Sunday from 8am to 2pm. C/ Comte d’Urgell, 11.

Gothic Market: Originally created for antiques and collectibles objects. Now all shops have a range of different products: porcelain, books, clothing etc. It runs every Thursday.
Spain market ham

At the market you can find everything from pans to hams.

Free guided tours of Barcelona

Poblenou cemetery guided tour: The first and third Sunday of every month there is a guided tour around the cemetery to discover the graves of famous people buried in Barcelona.

Where: Cemetery of Poblenoi: Av. Icária s/n 08005 Barcelona. Metro: Llacuna L4, exit c/ de la Ciutat de Granada)

Schedule: 1st Sunday of every month: 10:30 in Catalan, 12:30 in Spanish. 3rd Sunday of every month: 10:30 in Spanish, 12:30 in Catalan.

Barcelona walking tour for free: Gaudí and Old City, two tours offered by http://www.runnerbeantours.com/

Strolling Barcelona’s lovely parks

Parks are a great place to relax, go for a walk or lie down on the grass. We have many great places to do that in Barcelona:

Parc de la Ciutadella: The most famous park in Barcelona, in the city center just next to Estació de França the park offers a wide variety of activities. The park hosts the Barcelona zoo, as well as the Catalan Parliament and the Museum of Zoology.

Montjuïc is the upper part of Barcelona with sweeping panoramic views of the city. If you want to take pictures check out the Montjuïc and Poble Espanyol Panoramic Tour.

Free things to do in barcelona view from  L’alcalde viewpoint in Montjuïc

Panoramic view of Barcelona from L’alcalde viewpoint in Montjuïc

Top free tip for Barcelona

Here is my favorite tip for discovering free things to do in Barcelona. The website forfree.cat highlights the free activities taking place that week. It offers various categories so you can search for what you are interested in. A section called “less than 5 euros” shows activities that are not free, but are still pretty cheap for the budget-conscious traveler.

Free museum day in Barcelona

Admission is free to many of the museums on the 1st Sunday of the month. List of Free museums on Sundays

They include:

CosmoCaixa—Museo de la Ciencia – Opened in 2005, it’s already become on of the most popular science museums in Europe with a hands-on approach to learning. www.cosmocaixa.com

MNAC—Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña This art museum is taking part in the Google Art Project where it is digitizing its collection. www.mnac.es

Museo Picasso Highlights the formative years of the legendary artist. www.museupicasso.bcn.cat

Written by Barcelona native, Meritxell, a 23-year-old tourism professional who loves to travel for the sake of travel and discover new cultures and places. I live like a local everywhere I go because traveling is not only about places but mostly about people. You can follow me on my blog at Tourism With Me, on Twitter @TourismWithMe and Facebook.

What sites do you recommend in Barcelona?

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Lizzie December 20, 2012 at 8:18 am

I agree – there are so many things to do in Barcelona without breaking the bank! My two personal favourites were wandering through Parc Guell, and exploring the Gothic Quarter :)

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Bob December 25, 2012 at 11:28 am

Nice suggestions. Barcelona is my favorite city in Spain.

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Michael January 1, 2013 at 5:24 pm

You know Spain seems to have an abundance of wonderful cities to visit. We also enjoyed Seville.

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Barb December 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Hi Michael &Larissa,
Merry Christmas to you both! Wishing you a fun & happy holiday season.
Ooh,Barcelona is new to me. Nice to see free walking tours there.Cool!!
Be well and hear from you guys in 2013!

Barb

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Michael December 25, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Thanks Barb. Merry Christmas to you and Didier too. Barcelona should be a quick trip for you from Paris.

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Meritxell January 1, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Thanks to all!! Barcelona is a great city and there is so much to do for free! I am glad you like it.

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Michael January 1, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Hi Meritxell,

Thanks for writing it!

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