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Free things to do

Traveling on a budget? Why not explore some popular attractions and things to do in Barcelona for free?

There are multiple museums, attractions, streets and shopping areas that you can explore completely free of cost.

Here is our list of top free things to do in Barcelona:

Font Mágica Fountain

Font Mágica Fountain
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A spectacle of light, color and music, the Font Mágica Fountain is best explored at night.

It combines hydraulic movements and creates over 7 billion light-and-water permutations.

The largest fountain in the city, it is also one of the most popular free attractions in Barcelona.

Opening hours:

Tuesday to Saturday: 11 am to 1 pm, 4 pm to 6 pm
Sunday: 11 am to 3 pm 

The Font Mágica Fountain remains closed on Mondays.

See the Sagrada Familia exteriors

the Sagrada Familia exteriors
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Not only are the Sagrada Familia interiors beautiful, its exteriors are breathtaking at a glance.

Even if you don’t wish to enter Sagrada Familia, you can spend some time outside, gazing at the architectural wonder of Gaudi.

From the exterior, you will be able to see the four towers of the Nativity Facade, along with the Passion and Glory Facade.

Visit during festivals

Festivals are where the culture of Barcelona comes alive.

La Mercè Festival is one of the most popular free festivals with Catalan traditions that tourists and locals love to attend.

Held in September, La Mercè Festival lasts a whole week and fills up the streets with music, dance, parades and fire runs.

The Barcelona Carnival starts in March and is a week-long affair that exhibits more than 30 parades of costumes, dances and fireworks.

If you are a music lover, you should definitely attend Barcelona’s popular BAM Music Festival which is free of cost.

Promenade through La Rambla

Promenade through La Rambla
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Extended over 1.2 kilometers, La Rambla or Las Ramblas is one of the most popular streets of Barcelona.

In addition to the live shows, flower decorations, music, terraces and street artists, you will also find food stalls serving mouth-watering delicacies.

You may find many locals on morning walks or jogs along this beautiful stretch. 

La Rambla is a common route people take while walking through the city since it lies at the heart of Barcelona’s center

Opening hours:

La Rambla is open daily, 24 hours a day.

Wander La Boqueria Market

Wander La Boqueria Market
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La Boqueria Market also lies at the center of Barcelona and is famous all over the world.

The food stalls and markets you will find here remain unmatched due to their variety and taste.

Tapas, wines, meats and cheeses are the must-try items here.

A market from the thirteenth century, it was a collection of meat stalls and was thus named La Boqueria Market or a place that sells goat meat.

Opening hours:

Monday to Saturday: 8 am to 8.30 pm

La Boqueria Market remains closed on Sundays.

Relax at the beaches

Relax at the beaches in barcelona
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Beaches are the best place to get away from the hustle of daily life. When on vacation, why not do it right with Barcelona’s beaches?

Barcelona has nine gorgeous beaches and none of them have an entry fee.

You can pay for facilities like seating and umbrellas to make the visit more comfortable.

Some of the best beaches in order are Barceloneta, Nova Icària, Mar Bella, Llevant Beach, Sant Sebastià and Ocata beach.

Visit museums on Sundays

Visit museums on Sundays
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Some museums in Barcelona are free to visit on the first Sunday, all Sundays or simply every day.

On the first Sunday of every month, museums like Picasso Museum, Catalonia’s National Art Museum (MNAC), Palau Güell by Gaudí, etc. are free to visit.

City History Museum, Natural History Museum, Botanical Gardens of Barcelona, Frederic Marès Museum etc. are free to visit every Sunday.

On May 18th, International Museums Day, almost all museums are free to visit.

This is a great initiative to provide a cost-effective experience and knowledge at the same time.

Tour the Santa Maria Del Mar Cathedral

Considered the perfect representation of Gothic style, the Santa Maria Del Mar Cathedral has exemplary architecture.

Seeing the beauty of this cathedral will leave you in awe, making it unbelievable that entry here is free. 

The Santa Maria Del Mar Cathedral is one of the most important churches in Barcelona and provides a magnanimous view of the whole city.

Opening hours:

Monday to Saturday: 9 am to 1 pm, 5 pm to 8.30 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 2 pm, 5 pm to 8 pm

Explore the Flea Markets

the Flea Markets
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Flea markets are the hub for thrifting where you can easily find low-cost, stylish and unique items.

The most popular flea market in Barcelona is the Els Encants, where you can find furnishings and furniture.

Els Encants is the oldest flea market in Europe from the fourteenth century and is set outdoors to maintain the proper flea market experience.

You will find restaurants and parking in addition to the shops set up by more than 500 sellers.

Opening hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 9 am to 8 pm

Els Encants remains closed on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

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