Just Everything Free – Barcelona on a Shoe-String Budget Trip

This football capital doesn’t need an introduction. Barcelona has enough tourist attractions to keep everyone happy for weeks from culture vultures to adventure lovers; and Barcelona has room for budget travelers too. There are a number of things to do from museums, exhibitions, live music and performances to flea markets, to enjoy Barcelona’s cultural scene without spending a euro.

A personal tip –  Add these free things to your Barcelona itinerary and save money on sightseeing and spend on pintxos and paella!

Free Things to Do & Enjoy in Barcelona

Art & Architecture

With renowned architectural wonders and incredible art, it is no wonder that Barcelona is a dream destination for who loves different architectural styles and cultures.Montjuic Museum

National Art Museum of Catalonia

You can experience one thousand years of art when you visit the National Art Museum of Catalonia. Find different art that ranges from Romanesque to Renaissance and Baroque to Gothic.

Free admission: On every Saturday from 3 PM and the first Sunday of every month.

Picasso Museum

It is a must visit museum in Barcelona that houses extensive collection of artworks by Pablo Picasso.

Free admission: On Sunday from 3 PM -7 PM and the first Sunday of every month.

Barcelona City History Museum

Step back into Roman times here!

Free admission: On every Saturday from 3 PM and the first Sunday of every month.

Palace Guell

Located just off Rambla, visiting Palace Guell is a must when you are in Barcelona.

Free admission: On the first Sunday of every month.

Maritime Museum of Barcelona

Housed in the Barcelona Royal Shipyards, the Barcelona Maritime Museum well preserves Gothic architecture.

Free admission: On every Sunday from 3 PM.

Best Scenic Strolls in Barcelona

Who wants to explore museums when the city itself is an open musuem? Below are the popular landmarks to enjoy a stroll while discovering something which costs nothing.

Gothic QuarterGothic Quarter

No plans for a day? Lose yourself in the Gothic Quarter. Enjoy a stroll along the cobbled lanes until you reach a bustling square, ancient ruin or a historic building!

Passeig Maritime

It is a pleasant promenade that stretches just less than a mile from La Barceloneta beach to Port Olimpic. Enjoy the wonderful coast views following a relaxing stroll.

Hidden Street art of La Boqueria Market

Enjoy a stroll along the tree-lined pedestrian walkway i.e., ‘La Rambla’. You can discover the popular stopping place for tourists – La Boqueria when you exploring this busy street. This is a fresh food market where more than 200 dealers roll up their blinds to sell a range of local and international gastronomic products.


It is known that flea markets are the best outdoor museums right? So get ready to explore, sample, and shop at Barcelona’s famous markets!

la boqueria food marketThe city has a network of markets spread around all the city neighborhoods which differ from any other European country. The markets of Barcelona characterized by their food, personal service, and variety, are sure to impress any tourist.

La Boqueria

No trip to the Spanish capital is complete without visiting at La Boqueria Market. From sweet treats, freshly-prepared bites, to fruits in different sizes, colors, and shapes La Boqueria impresses everyone. Get ready to enjoy culinary adventure.

Timings: 8 AM – 8:30 PM (Monday to Saturday)

Mercat del Encants

Explore Barcelona’s largest and best known flea market to shop a range of products from handmade goods, knick knacks, handmade wares, books, and clothing, to vintage items.  If you’re looking for best deal, best go early since the stores close midday.

Timings: 8:30am-late afternoon (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday)

Mercat de la Concepcio

This vivid and colorful market is one of Barcelona’s oldest markets. With beautiful array of flowers, the market spreads color and beauty, attracting hordes of curious travelers and avid gardeners.


Monday & Saturday (7 AM to 3 PM)

Tuesday to Friday (8 AM to 8 PM)

Sant Antoni Market

Sant Antoni Market is a mini version of La Boqueria, but with added extras. During week you can find stalls selling all kinds of goods like from books, home-ware, food, to clothing. On Sunday mornings the market features a second hand book market.


Monday – Thursday (7 AM – 2:30 PM/5 PM – 8:30 PM)

Friday & Saturday – 7 AM to 8:30 PM

Painters Market

Place Del Pi transforms into a cultural hub filled with artists peddling their paintings on weekends. It is a perfect choice to buy souvenir to bring back from Barcelona holidays. Negotiate with one of the artists and immortalize you in a painting with a backdrop of Park Guell.

Parks and Gardens

Guell ParkAre you in search of finding calm in the busy centre? Then plan for a picnic with your friends and let your kids run around in the wonderful and diverse parks. With unique charms and mazes, these public spaces are perfect places to relax and enjoy greenery.

  • Parc de la Ciutadella
  • Parc de Joan Miro
  • Jardins de Ca n’Altimira
  • Parc de l’Espanya Industrial
  • Park Guell

Bask on the Beaches

Happiness doubles where city streets meet the seashore!

Barcelona beachesTake a dip in the sea, unwind on the seashores, or grab a freshly prepared bite – to escape the bustling city  without leaving its borders. Get ready to create long-lasting memories at these beaches.

  • Barceloneta Beach
  • Bogatell Beach
  • Ocata Beach
  • Nova Icaria Beach
  • Mar Bella Beach

Entertainment for Free

magic fountainExperience the soul of Barcelona without spending a single penny.

Sidewalks are the centre stage for free performances in Barcelona. Streets of the city come alive with free music shows. Las Ramblas is the most famous street in Barcelona to enjoy talent shows ranging from impressive to extraordinary.

Experience a water, sound, and light show at Magic Fountain of Montjuic for free. You can enjoy the free whimsical performance on every Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (nights).

When are you planning your Barcelona holidays?


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