Ten Free-ish Things to Keep You Busy in Barcelona

  1. Park Guell. Park Guell features some of Gaudi’s most impressive designs. Until recently, admission was free; however, the park surrounding the area is still open to enter and has promises great views of the city.
  2. La Rambla. La Rambla is a long walkway packed with shops, street performers, restaurants, bars, and wide-eyed foreigners— just like you. Although it is a tourist trap, it’s definitely worth a wander, and if you keep your wallet shut tight, it won’t cost you a thing!
  3. Plaza Real. Located right off of La Rambla, this main plaza is one of the most famous squares in the city. Although its restaurants can be quite pricey, the architecture and ambiance is worth the visit.
  4. Beach. Barcelona’s beaches are great destinations in the summer months, with soft sand, warm waters, and pick-up volleyball games galore.
  5. Mercat de la Boqueria. This large open-air market is located off of La Rambla and is a must see when in the city. If you are so inclined, grab a summery fruit cup, meat-in-a-cone, or fresh seafood. Bargains may be few and far between, but for you cheapskates, admission is free. 
  6. Plaza de Catalunya. At the top of the Rambla is Plaza de Catalunya, which features gorgeous fountains, sculptures, performers, shaded benches, and countless pigeons that have no fear of humans at all. On that note, stay vigilant and watch your food.
  7. Park de la Ciutadella. This is a large 300 year old park in Barcelona. Enter through the Arc de Triomf at the top of the park, pass the entertainers and giant bubble blowers, and head down to the park to see the lake, art, and zoo! Bring a lunch and make it a picnic.
  8. Barcelona Cathedral. The Barcelona Cathedral is enormous and second only to La Sagrada Familia in terms of local grand churches. It’s free to enter, but tours and certain parts of the cathedral cost between €1-3 for entrance. 
  9. Barri Gotic. Located next to the cathedral, the Gothic district is the perfect place to stroll if you want to people watch while marveling at the architecture. 
  10. Els Encant Vells. Visit the “old charms” flea market and rummage through vintage clothing and antique collectibles that you’ll never find elsewhere.