Free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona, the capital city of the Spanish province of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, sits along the Mediterranean coastline. The city is known for its lively atmosphere, Art Deco architecture, and wonderful assortment of restaurants. Barcelona is a popular cruise port and a great starting point for a train journey along the southern coast of Europe. It also offers a surprising number of free attractions.

  • Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia: The most famous building in Barcelona, this unique church was commissioned of Antoni Gaudi over 120 years ago and still isn’t finished, although about 90 percent of it is completed. The famous architect died before completion and the city has been struggling to raise the funds for the building ever since. Inside is a museum–or a fee–but the singular structure may be viewed for free from across the street.
  • Picasso Museum: Another of Barcelona’s native artists, Picasso always kept Spain foremost in his work and in his heart. The Picasso Museum in Barcelona displays over 3,500 of his works, the largest collection in the world. Admission to the museum is free on the first Sunday of each month.
  • Parc Guell: Another Gaudi work, this park was designed to be a residential area for Barcleona’s well-healed citizens, but never sold. Today, the spacious park is dotted with interesting statues, fanciful houses, mosaic murals, and fountains. Admission to the park is free.

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