The largest European metropolis in the Mediterranean coast, Barcelona is a magnificent place with abundant cultural, economic and touristic significance.
It has a serious presence in educational, commercial and fashion fields making it one of the major global cities in the world. But, a visitor of Barcelona need not be disappointed with these statistics. Barcelona also provides you with exciting site and scenes worth taking a look at and entirely free.
The beautiful beaches, stunning architectural buildings, museums, heritage sites and many other scenes come entirely free of charge to discover at your own pace. No wonder it is the most popular tourists destination in Spain. Here are some of the best sites in Barcelona that you can enjoy for free…
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Starting with an art museum which would interest lovers of art, especially serious Picasso art lovers. The museum occupies over three thousand collections of this master. Though you cannot visit the museum free of charge on weekdays, the first Sunday of every month is your day when the museum gates are throw open for the public, free of charge. For researchers of Picasso art, the museum offers an insight into the painter’s journey from his formative years to a master in the field.
The Magic Fountains
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Situated near Plaza Espanya and the castle, the magic fountains are at their best during at sunset. The Magic fountains are popular tourist attractions because of its magical display of light, sound and splash of colour during the summer evenings. The illuminated silhouette of Palau Nacional offers the perfect backdrop for this spectacular show in Barcelona. Make sure to catch them when they come entirely free.
Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia
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One of the most popular landmarks in Barcelona, this Basilica still remains incomplete with work still going on. From across the road the basilica can be seen in all its glory. It is over hundred years since the work on this basilica started and is expected to complete in another fifteen years! Take a look at yourself as to what creates the delay.
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Another masterpiece of Antoni Gaudi which was left incomplete! The park was originally meant to be a residential area for the elite class but was abandoned due to poor local support. Today the park houses quaint little houses, ceramic statues, fountains and a museum which would fascinate the old as well as the young. This is a great place for catching your breath before you head back for greater Barcelona pleasures.
Parc de la Ciutadella
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This central park is a great resting place for the entire family. The children’s play area is a great relief for parents who have been trying to restrain their kids from running around. The Arc de Triomf, Catalan Parliament Building, the lake and the fountains are other attractions inside the park. There is also a great museum inside the park if you are willing to pay for the entry.
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One of the most popular streets in Barcelona, the place bustles with activity and is a great tourist attraction. The place is full of street performers of all sorts who will entertain you if you toss some coins. The Boqueria market too is a colourful place to be in with its juicy fruits and greeny vegetables arranged in neat arrays on the roadside stalls.
The Plaça Reial which is just round the corner is a complete contrast to the hustle and bustle of the market. The cool palm trees and the fancy lamp posts offer perfect shade to the people who have flocked around the restaurants, cafes and nightclubs here.
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For those looking for free art and photography exhibitions, the Caixaforum hall offers them in abundance. Drop into this hall which is a welfare project initiated by the Spanish Bank La Caixa and be inspired by the Spanish art on display.
Montjuïc and Museu Nacional d’Art De Catalunya
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For walkers and climbers, Montjuïc offers a wealth of sights and sound to pursue. The old watch tower, the magnificent view of the sea down below, the Mayor’s Belvedere etc. are all sights that have to be relished in all its entirety. The National Art Gallery of Catalunya is situated on top of Montjuïc which is one of the two mountains in Barcelona. The museum can be explored free by children who are under 15 years of age and also by seniors over the age of 65. For others, the museum is free on the first Sunday every month.
Hospital de Sant Pau
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The hospital was designed by a contemporary of Antonio Gaudi named Lluís Domènech i Montaner. Situated close to La Sagrada Familia, this beautiful structure can be viewed for free from the outside as well as the inside. A very stately structure with its red bricks, the hospital renders enough grandeur to the surrounding areas.
Beaches of Barcelona
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Barcelona is famous for its pristine beaches. The most famous of them and known as the largest urban beach in the whole world is the Barceloneta Beach. Close to this beach there also exists a nudist beach if you are so interested. The beach is very close to the metro which makes it an easy to reach spot and hence very popular with tourists.
But if you are looking at soft, shimmering sandy beaches, Barceloneta beach would be a mistake as the sand there is a mixture of concrete and sand. Other popular beaches are San Sebastia, Nova Icaria, Bogatell, Mar Bella, Nova Mar Bella, Llevant etc.
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The Romanesque cathedral is a free sight and a joy for the religious and spiritual crowd who visit Barcelona. Located in Plaça de la Seu the cathedral is free to visit in the morning s from 8 am to 1 pm.
Metronom Art Museum
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The modern art museum showcases art exhibitions that are far from contemporary or classic. The museum showcases artists that do not stick to any particular art branch and are too experimental to be displayed in galleries of prominence. Entry to Metronom is free of charge.