Free Things You Can Do in Barcelona.
All the countries of the world you can do free things and these things vary from country to country but there must be free things to do. One of these countries is where we’ll learn free things you can do in Barcelona, Spain.
Highlights of the free things you can do in Barcelona:
1. Explore the remains of Roman Parsino:
They were built by the Romans so it is natural to find their remains scattered around them and sometimes these relics are right in front of you and at other times they are hidden try to discover them. You can wander around the Roman city by following the illustrations and the most exciting part of the city is the entrances to Plaça Nova in Pati Llimona Civic Center. the most mysterious part of the city that the Roman wall is buried all over the city you can find it inside buildings such as: the Mercer Hotel or in other houses along Avinyó Street.
You can also discover the Roman canal or the remains of the canal discovered in the 1980s in Plaça del Vuit de Març displayed on the walls. Moreover, casa de l’Ardiaca can also intervene and enjoy its beautiful art for free as well as see the end of the line that distributes water to the whole city.
Visit the two Recently opened Roman houses to the public, one in Carrer de la Fruita and the other in Carrer d’Avinyó, and the most important feature of the house on Avinyó Street is the well-preserved frescoes, both of which have free access on the first Sunday of the month from 10am to 2pm.
An unexpected burial site was discovered in the 1950s in Plaça de la Vila de Madrid, a Roman cemetery a few metres below street level.
2. Enjoy the enchanting views from the top of the hill:
Barcelona is located between the sea and the mountains with Collserola Hill as the perfect backdrop to find a place to climb to see a view that is not only a problem at all and you can go to Montjüic Castle. This castle is the icon of Barcelona and a great place to look at the city and the port and the castle not only has great views of the entire area but there is also a pleasant stroll around the perimeter of the castle, and I will tell you a great plan to get there by metro (slanted mountain train) and walk down next to Mirador de l’Alcalde overlooking the city.
Turó de la Rovira is the place to take perfect photos of Barcelona with the Mediterranean sea as a backdrop and when you’re done taking pictures relax and enjoy these stunning views.
3. Free walking tour with local company:
Walking is the best way to see Barcelona and join a free local walking tour that will help you better understand what you see. So Runner Bean Tours offers two different free tours every day whether it’s rainy or sunny and the two tours start at Plaça Reial at 11am and 4.30pm in summer, and at 11am in winter, and last for about two and a half hours and preparations are limited, so book to take part in this wonderful tour If you can’t book, come 20 minutes early to secure space on your chosen tour. At present, there are many companies offering these donations-based tours in Barcelona but Runner Bean Tours is the city’s leader.
To book visit: http://www.runnerbeantours.com
4. Cultured through museums:
Museums in Barcelona are expensive, but most public museums offer free entry on the first Sunday of each month and every Sunday after 3pm, but check out each one where dates and times vary from museum to museum.
I’ll show some of the most popular museums offering free access at times:
. Catalonia National Museum of Art (MNAC): The best art collection in Barcelona and one of the best art collections in Europe for medieval art are found in this museum and open for free every Saturday from 3pm and the first Sunday of the month until closing time 3pm.
This museum is located in the Catalonia region of Barcelona (Spain).
To learn more: museunacional.cat/en
. Picasso Museum: This museum contains a fascinating collection of early works by the painter and some of his own interpretations of Villazquez las Meninas. The museum is open free of charge every Thursday from 6pm to 9.30pm and the first Sunday of the month (online booking is required. Tickets are only available 4 days before date).
This museum is located in the middle of Moncada Street in the Latin Quarter.
To learn more: museupicasso.bcn.cat/gombile
. Museum of The History of the City (MUHBA): Highlights the remains of roman Parsino, which is the best choice for every enthusiast of Roman history or archaeology. This museum is open for free every Sunday from 3pm and the first Sunday of the month.
This museum is located in The Plaza del Rey in the Gothic Quarter (Barcelona).
To know more: ajutament.barcelona.cat/museuhistoria/ca
. Barcelona Design Museum: This modern building has an interesting collection as well as mobile exhibitions and is open for free every Sunday from 3pm and the first Sunday of the month.
This museum is located in placa de les glories catalanes in Barcelona.
Visit the following link to learn more: ajuntament.barcelona.cat/museudeldisseny
5. Watch the magic fountain show:
The best thing to do for free in Barcelona is to enjoy the outdoor light and show music at night, and that’s exactly what Magic Fountain of Montjüic hasto offer. This international exhibition was created in 1929, and if you’re here in September during la Mercè festival, don’t miss the closing event where the fountain, music and fireworks coincide together in a great finale.
The schedule of offers varies depending on the time of year and closes for maintenance for approximately two months: January and February. These are the times when the magic fountain will work:
. March 1 to March 31 of the same month: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8pm to 9pm.
. April 1 to May 31: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9pm to 10pm.
. June 1 to September 30: Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm.
. October 1 to October 31: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9pm to 10pm.
. November 1 to January 6: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8pm to 9pm.
Important note: With a lot of people focusing on the show and that’s at night there’s always one or two pickpockets around them.
6. Enjoy the catalan modern art facades:
There is an area in Barcelona called Quadrat d’or (Golden Quarter) with one of the largest gatherings of modern art buildings in the world, it is natural that you have already heard of Casa Patio and No Pederera, it is good to get to know the architects of that era such as: Doménech i Montaner or Puig i Cadafalch but barcelona’s golden quarter is much more. There are dozens of magnificent buildings everywhere in the area between Plaça Catalunya, Carrer Aribau, Avinguda Diagonal and Passeig de Sant Joan.
The Catalan bourgeoisie of the late 19th and early 20th centuries commissioned all these architects to build their opulent palaces, and now we can all enjoy this museum outdoors for free. We see some of these buildings on our free tour to Gaudí and float into a world of curved shapes, floral designs and stained glass cheek.
7. Tour the local food market:
One of the highlights of Barcelona is the different dishes in different regions. If you go to Sant Andreu, Poble Nou or Gràcia, you’ll feel like you’re in a different city with their own food market for locals to do their own daily shopping, so don’t miss out on fresh seasonal Catalan dishes. If you live in an apartment there, try buying groceries here for a number of reasons first, supporting a local family instead of a large supermarket chain. Secondly, you can practice these words in Catalan, which will make you feel very welcome, and even if you are staying in a hotel, it is great to visit these markets and live the noise and congestion of the local Barcelona market and it is better to buy something simple from the market because you are in a trading market and not just a museum to watch.
8. Discover Art Street:
There are many arts and a variety of museum and exhibition art, but in Barcelona there is a new art called street art and the best free things you can do in Barcelona is to explore the streets in search of the north side of poble Nou district is a destination for large murals, but small pieces of work in the form of sculptures appear everywhere in the city as you feel the art born from this street. These decorations are legally prohibited in Barcelona there are a few sites allowed by the city council and most of them are located in Poble Nou, But there’s one in the city centre at Jardins de les Tres Xemeneies in Poble Sec. So it’s good to spend your time straying into the art of Barcelona’s free art street.
9. Relax on one of the city’s beaches:
Barcelona’s beaches were dirty and unpleasant and had factories as a backdrop until the 1992 Olympics, but today the long stretch of coastline from the W Hotel to the Bes finishes has become a haven for sun seekers and coastal sports enthusiasts. Summer is clearly the busiest period when all the city’s beaches are overcrowded and despite the overcrowding, and overcrowding you will be amazed at how quiet you can get on remote beaches. Especially, if you visit during the week and outside the holiday months in July and August.
10. Travel to the past by Born Cultural Memorial Center:
El Born Museum is more than just a museum because the building is made of impressive cast iron (old neighborhood market from 1876). But what is most impressive is the archaeological remains that reflect the daily life of Barcelona in 1714.
This place is unique in Europe, imagining where you can know who has lived since ancient times, where and what they did thanks to archived records, as this museum is a time machine that takes you back 300 years to the distant past.
11. Take a stroll in La Ciutadella Park:
All major cities have a green area for some jogging, picnics and relaxation on sunny days. Ciutadella Park is filled on weekends with people who prefer greenery and the garden is also an ideal sight for festivals. There are a few interesting places to explore including the remains of both the castle and the world fair:
. Huge waterfall: This waterfall is a symbol of the garden and features scary animated letters and golden carriages and an outdoor café ideal for cold refreshments on hot summer days.
. The Three Dragons Castle: Designed by the famous Lluís Doménech i Montaner, it was built to house the World Gallery restaurant and the Natural History Museum was here until it was moved a few years ago so it is not currently open to the public.
. Barcelona Zoo: Although it is located outside the free zone (there is an entrance fee), the Barcelona Zoo is also here. Its most famous inhabitants were Snovelek, the only known white gorilla to date who passed away in 2003.
12. Visit archaeological tombs:
Barcelona boasts a few tombs worth a look at and the number of visitors is too low during the week so you can enjoy a stroll around these dead cities without inconvenience. As you can imagine, given the amount of money that came to Barcelona during the 19th and early 20th centuries, sculpture is sometimes wonderful. There are a few cemeteries in different areas of the city and the good news is that they offer free guided visits two Sundays a month.
13. Visit Gothic churches:
There are 4 major Gothic basilicas in Barcelona and although they have recently begun to charge entrance fees (called donation), there are certain times when you can visit them for free. Tourists are advised to see them all if you have time because each of them is very special and has different things to offer. I will view the largest of them in free time for the visit:
. St. Yulalia Cathedral and the Holy Cross: The only cathedral and still the center of religious life in Barcelona, so don’t miss out on the magnificent monastery, the crypt of St. Yulalia and the wooden chairs carved in the choir.
Free opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 8.30am to 12.30pm/Sunday: 8.30am to 1.45pm.
. Church of Santa Maria del Mar: A Catalan Gothic masterpiece in Barcelona and a church so beloved even for non-believers. The lack of decoration after it was burned during the Spanish Civil War makes it even more exciting.
Free opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 9am to 1pm and 5pm to 8.30pm/Sundays: 10am-2pm and 5pm to 8pm.
. Church of Santa Maria del Pi: Another great example of Gothic architecture with a magnificent pink window. La Rambla’s huge 15th-century bell tower is easily seen as one of its most calligraphed features.
Free opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
14. Join the locals at the city’s festivals:
Barcelona is famous all over the world for its local festivals. Usually associated with a patron saint, they appear all year round in different neighborhoods. Two of the most exciting are Festes de Gràcia in August and la Mercè festival in September. Here are some of the free attractions and activities you might encounter when you join the locals in the celebrations:
. Human Towers (“Castles”): The world-famous Catalan human towers are an experience not to be missed. Up to 10 floors high, the brave child will climb to the top and complete the castle (“castle”). If you’re lucky to be in town for la Mercè, the best groups will perform in front of Town Hall on Sunday closest to September 24.
. Giants and Monsters Marches: The festival is never complete without the giants! These paper-made paper dolls depicting famous Barcelona historical or barcelona figures come to life with their own dances. In marches, giants sometimes accompany monsters, but I’ll talk about them at the next point.
. Fireworks and light shows: As anywhere in the world whenever there is a celebration there are fireworks and this is usually the case in Barcelona it is usually a celebration near the beach which may be great for all the photographers there and there is a new addition in Barcelona which is the light shows that are displayed on famous buildings such as Town Hall, Bat Casalló or even Sagrada Familia.
15. Explore Montjuic:
Montjuic Green Hill is home to countless museums, parks and important attractions as well as magnificent views of the city. You may have to pay for museums but most of the rest is free. Tour the gardens such as Moroccan-inspired Jardins de Laribal with its elegant fountains, sculptures and steep corridors, and then take a short trip around the grand Olympic Stadium that hosted the 1992 Summer Olympics.
When you’re done exploring the lower slopes of the hill, take the bus (or take a walk if you feel well) right up, where you’ll find Castell de Montjuïc. You must pay a small fee to enter but you can still wander around its walls and gardens for free, while enjoying the stunning views.
It is true that all the countries of the world can do free things but the free things in Barcelona have their own wonderful character so if you think about doing some free things heading towards Barcelona, because it will be an unforgettable journey of a lifetime.
Translated By: Nasser Al Turk