Sightseeing in Barcelona can get pretty pricey. But never fear, there are plenty of things to do in Barcelona that won’t cost you one Euro-cent. Our recommendations:
1) Go, go, Gaudi!
Stroll through Park Guell, an incomplete masterpiece Gaudi’s trademarks. Guell is open year-round, but closes at dusk. Call (34) 93 413 24 00 for more information.
UPDATE 2013: The Park Guell is slated to start charging €8 admission in October 2013.
2) Take it to church
A visit to the Barcelona Cathedral, in the center of the Gothic district, places you in the middle ages, and won’t cost you a shilling. Pieces of the original building dating back to the 10th-century are still intact. To find the cathedral, simply head to Plaça de la Seu and look up. How in-spire-ing!
3) Grab a bongo
Got your own? Bring ‘em along and join the many bongo players who congregate in Parc Ciutadella on weekend afternoons. You’ll see the majority of them there on Sundays. Otherwise, just swing by, chill out, and feel the local beat.
4) Check out the gallery scene
The incredible Fundacio Caixaforum is a gorgeous art nouveau fortress, originally a factory, that today serves as a cultural space open daily and free to enter. Catch a lecture on architecture or just browse the galleries. Free concerts occur weekly. Bonus tip: For more art openings, hit up Conseil de Cent Street between Mutaner and Rambla Catalunya, where there is a whole slew of freebie galleries.
Update 2013: Like the Park Guell, the Caixa Forum, too, is starting to charge. This economic crisis hasn’t been easy on Spain’s cultural institutions.
5) Listen up
Before you go, here’s an idea: Why not take a thread from one of our favorite budget travel blogs, Less Than a Shoestring, and download The Independent‘s free Barcelona podcast. It’s chock full of good advice and ideas to get you crazy for Catalan.
Have fun, save your cash, and send any other freebie tips our way!