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While there are many attractions in Barcelona that charge an entrance fee (and are certainly worth paying for), here are a few of the things you can do that won't cost anything.

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8 Places

Las Ramblas

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Magic Fountain (Font Magica)

Fountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Parc Guell

Parks

Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas

Plaza de Cataluna

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

Churches & Cathedrals, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings

Stadio Olimpico

Arenas & Stadiums

Barceloneta Beach

Beaches

JoyceNLiz's City Tips

  • It's worth buying a Barcelona Card for 2 to 5 days; this will cover all your public transport, plus give free entrance to some attractions and a discount off others.
  • Las Ramblas
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    JoyceNLiz Says:

    One of the most famous streets in the world, pedestrianised all the way down the middle and an ideal place for people watching. Las Ramblas is full of bustle, with a wide variety of street stalls, street entertainers and pavement cafes.There is also a wide range of shops on either side, as well as the entrance to La Boqueria market, where you will find stalls full of colourful and delicious fruit and other foods. The Canaletes fountain near the top is where FC Barcelona fans gather whenever the team wins, and they say that if you drink from it, you will always return to Barcelona. At the bottom of the Rambla, near the port, is the towering statue of Christopher Columbus.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Keep your wits about you and your valuables hidden as this place has a reputation for pickpockets and scam merchants, although we have never had any trouble.
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 830 things to do in Barcelona
    • Plenty to See and Do 19/01/2019
    • This is the downtown area and it's a lot of fun. 18/01/2019
    • Las Ramblas
    Address:
    La Rambla
    08002 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34602186169
    Other:
  • Magic Fountain (Font Magica)
    Fountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    JoyceNLiz Says:

    A beautiful and awe-inspiring sight, full of colour and music. The show begins at about 9.pm. and the fountains change colour every few minutes. There are also wonderful views of the city from this location. And another good place for people watching! It's a great place to be at sunset.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Please note that the show is only from Thursday to Sunday; it's not on from Monday to Wednesday.
    • Nearest Metro station is Espanya
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 830 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very nice, not a must see! 19/01/2019
    • Not so Magic Fountain. 16/01/2019
    • Magic Fountain (Font Magica)
    Address:
    Placa Carles Buigas, 1
    08038 Barcelona
    Spain
    Hours:
    Wed - Thu
    9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    Fri
    9:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Other:
  • Parc Guell
    Parks
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    JoyceNLiz Says:

    A beautiful park and vast in area, with spectacular views over the city. It is another one of Gaudi's many creations.You can spend a lot of time here, just wandering around. Note the mosaic dragon at the entrance - a symbol of Catalonia. People often sit on it!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • In certain streets leading up to the park there are escalators to help you get up there. Inside the park there are often a lot of steps.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 830 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Impressive 19/01/2019
    • Over Priced and Over Crowded 19/01/2019
    • Parc Guell
    Address:
    Carrer d'Olot, 5
    08024 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 934 09 18 31
    Price range:
    USD 5,000 - USD 5,000
    Other:
  • Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)
    Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas
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    JoyceNLiz Says:

    The oldest part of Barcelona with, as the name implies, lots of Gothic buildings. These include the Gothic Cathedral of St. Eulalia. There are also many quirky little squares and quirky little shops. The Parliament building of Catalonia and the City Hall of Barcelona are also to be found here, as are the Picasso Museum and the 4 Cats restaurant, which was a haunt of Picasso and his friends. Among the squares in this area is the Placa George Orwell, named after the English author, who fought for the Spanish Republic in the Spanish Civil War.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 830 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A VERY PLEASANT WALK 18/01/2019
    • Beautiful 17/01/2019
    • Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)
    Phone:
    +34 634 53 43 33
    Other:
  • Plaza de Cataluna
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    JoyceNLiz Says:

    A central hub of Barcelona, a place to catch public transport, visit department stores or sit on a bench and watch the world go by. There are fountains here and these are lit up at night. It is a short walk from here to Las Ramblas.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • You can get almost anywhere in Barcelona from the Metro Station here and many buses go from here too. It is also a starting point for coach tours both within and outside the city.
    • There is a Tourist Information office here, in a basement below the square.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #83 of 830 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Square of Faded Grandeur 19/01/2019
    • Beautiful Plaza 15/01/2019
    • Plaza de Cataluna
    Other:
  • Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
    Churches & Cathedrals, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
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    JoyceNLiz Says:

    Gaudi's best known creation and still unfinished. It is often seen as a symbol of Barcelona in brochures and picture postcards.It is a spectacular example of Gaudi's architecture. Because of the long queues, I have only seen it from the outside but it is a spectacular sight from the outside alone and of course the exterior view is free!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • I believe that if you can book in advance to go inside (there is an entrance fee), you can avoid the queues.
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 830 things to do in Barcelona
    • Worth several visits 19/01/2019
    • Amazing 19/01/2019
    • Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
    Address:
    Carrer de Mallorca, 401
    08013 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 08 04 14
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Other:
  • Stadio Olimpico
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    JoyceNLiz Says:

    This is the home of the 1992 Summer Olympics. You can go inside the Stadium for free and also wander about the buildings outside.The Olympic Park is on a hill, so there are great views over the city as well. For a small fee, you can go in the Olympic Museum.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #109 of 830 things to do in Barcelona
    • Olypic Stadium 21/12/2018
    • Bucket list item for any Olympic lover! 02/12/2018
    • Stadio Olimpico
    Address:
    Passeig Olimpic, 15-17
    08038 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 934 26 20 89
    Other:
  • Barceloneta Beach
    Beaches
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    JoyceNLiz Says:

    One of the most attractive things about Barcelona is its position between the mountains and the sea. The sandy beaches are a great place to soak up the sun and obviously it costs nothing to stroll along the miles of golden sand. The backdrop to the beaches includes shops and restaurants and the striking Frank Gehry sculpture of a fish.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • There are sun loungers on part of the beach but there is a charge for these. Just sit on the sand!
    From the community
    Ranked #90 of 830 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very nice beach 15/01/2019
    • Nice beach 07/01/2019
    • Barceloneta Beach
    Address:
    Carrer Andrea Doria 45
    08003 Barcelona
    Spain
    Price range:
    USD 9 - USD 9
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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