The Catalonian Capital is a feast for the senses, with its beguiling mix of modern and ancient architecture, tempting markets and cafes, and sun-drenched Barcelona beaches.
A stroll along the Barceloneta waterfront or the La Rambla, as well as a tour of Antoni Gaudi's magnificent Sagrada Familia and his other majestic creations, are part of a visit to Barcelona. Chic shops and modern art museums call for attention, too. But experiencing Barcelona can come with a hefty price-tag.
Here is your travel guide's pick on the top 3 free things to do in Barcelona.
Enjoy Amazing Architecture at Park Guell
Any Barcelona travel guide would recommend you to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site! Given the entry fee to all the other Gaudi sights, it is rather extraordinary that the magical Park Guell remains free – especially as it's up there with his exceptional work.
A masterpiece of mosaic architecture and landscape gardening, sprawling Park Guell houses all the hallmarks of Gaudi's brilliance. There are many attractions about this park that your travel guide would mention but the centerpiece is its main gate with two gingerbread-like buildings – a collage of mosaic, swirling spires, and pleasing irregularities, which leads on to his popular psychedelic mosaic salamanders.
Bask on the Sandy Beaches of Barcelona
Barcelona is home to some of the most spectacular and popular beaches in Spain! Any travel guide would be remiss if they did not mention the beauty and variety of Barcelona beaches. And guess what? Experiencing this won't cost you a cent!
Barcelona has some marvelous beaches, perfect for resting aching feet after a long day of sightseeing. Barceloneta, however, is the most popular beach with tourists. Barceloneta's lovely promenade with beach bars and a sweep of golden sand make it a beach-lover's ideal pick!
You could choose from a number of Barcelona's sandy beaches: Barceloneta is the closest to the city center and attracts the maximum crowds, while further along, quieter Nova Icaria has some good quality restaurants that are worth a try! Mar Bella beach, popularly known as the nudist beach, and good for windsurfing, is closer to the Poble Nou metro stop.
Be Enchanted at the Magic Fountain of Montjuic
Built for the city's 1929 World Exposition, this water and sound light-show has been drawing tourists ever since!
Any travel guide to the best free things in Barcelona would be incomplete without mentioning this hot spot. Who would not stop to admire explosions of colored water dance in sync with a peppy 80s beat, especially when it's free? By day, the perfectly ordinary-looking Magic Fountain sits among the impressive buildings and lush gardens in the Montjuic Pleasure Park.
However, on certain nights its bubbling water is lit up in sparkling rainbow colors, dancing and splashing to a classical or cheesy musical soundtrack. It's absolutely free to see the pretty and famous spectacle, so join the crowd with plenty of cheers and claps.
This is your travel guide to the top 3 free things to do in Barcelona. Make the most of your trip, without spending a fortune!