Barcelona Tours and Things To Do

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10 Best Tours In Barcelona

1. City Sights Highlight Bike Tour

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  • This bicycle tour takes you through the most popular spots in Barcelona
  • Among the sights you’ll see are the Sagrada Familia, the Casa Mila, the first World Fair, Parc de la Ciutadella, Plaza de San Filipe Neri, and 17th-century factories and aqueducts
  • There are four tour language options for your tour guide
  • The tour lasts approximately three hours

2. Sagrada Familia 1.5-Hour Guided Tour (With Fast Track Access)

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  • This tour allows you to skip the ticket line of the Sagrada Familia, arguably the most popular tourist attraction in Barcelona
  • Learn about the project, Antoni Gaudí, and more
  • The live tour guide may be bilingual or monolingual
  • The tour lasts approximately one and a half hours

3. Paella Cooking Experience + Boqueria Market Tour

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  • This tour is led by a professional chef, bringing you through the Mercat de la Boqueria
  • Taste Catalan and Spanish tapas of both the hot and cold variety
  • Learn how to cook paella in an interactive instructive display
  • Learn to mix Sangrías
  • Receive original recipes in your email
  • The tour lasts approximately three hours

4. Palau de la Música Guided Tour

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  • This tour guides you through the Palau de la Música Catalana, with access to normally closed-to-the-public areas
  • The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes

5. 360º Boat Trip

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  • This tour allows you to view Barcelona from the vantage point of the sea
  • A mix of music and sound effects enhances the speedboat experience
  • The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes

6. Skip-the-Line Park Güell Guided Walking Tour

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  • This tour allows you to skip the line and carry on into the attraction
  • There are tour language options for your tour guide
  • The tour lasts approximately one and a half hours

7. Hop-On Hop-Off Barcelona City Tour 1 or 2 Day

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  • You can explore Barcelona at your own pace on this hop-on, hop-off city tour bus
  • Audio commentary is played in 15 different languages
  • You can choose between one or two-day access

8. Barcelona Tapas Experience

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  • This tour brings you to three different Barceloneta and El Born traditional tapas bars
  • Receive one free drink and multiple selections of tapas, with additional discounts
  • The tour lasts approximately three hours

9. Generation Pub Crawl

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  • This tour takes you to three local bars and pubs for tapas, and then to a popular club
  • Receive skip-the-line access to the club in the tour
  • Receive a free welcome drink and free shots, with additional discounts
  • The tour lasts approximately five hours

10. 2-Hour Gothic Walking Tour

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  • This walking tour brings you to old gothic buildings and streets
  • A live professional tour guide leads you, but a wireless tour guide system is also used
  • The tour lasts approximately two hours

20 Best Things To Do In Barcelona

1. La Sagrada Familia

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La Sagrada Familia is the most essential, must-visit tourist attraction in Barcelona. Designed by the iconic architect Antoni Gaudí, this is the largest unfinished church in the entire world. Construction remains ongoing, and though it is expected to finish in 2026, many believe that it may never be finished at all because of how many tourists it draws in.

Over 4.5 million people attempt to make the trip into the temple every year, and it’s actually necessary for you to book online in advance if you want a chance at getting inside. Typically, you have to book at least three months in advance. Alternatively, there are tours that allow you to skip the line, but book those in advance to secure a spot, as they are likely to sell out quickly, too.

La Sagrada Familia has two towers, which you have to pay extra to access while visiting. The Passion Façade is the taller tower while the  Nativity Façade allows access to a small footbridge. An elevator brings you up, but you have to climb down the winding, extremely narrow staircase on your own – which is all part of the experience, to be fair!

But you don’t need to go to the towers to enjoy the stunning stained glass, beautiful interior architecture, and undeniable grandeur of it all. If you can’t get a ticket, head to the Ayre Hotel Rosellón and go up to the roof terrace to still get an eyeful!

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2. Park Güell

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Park Güell is a unique location in Carmel Hill, designed by Antoni Gaudí and built during his naturalist phase, between 1900 and 1914. Originally, the park was meant to be a part of the private city of the wealthy Count Eusebi Güell, who wanted the project to contain 60 private homes within a self-contained area. The residency failed, leading to its transformation into a municipal park, which opened its doors in 1924.

Along the north of Park Güell, you’ll be able to see gorgeous views of the small city built by Gaudí, contained by a scalloped exterior perimeter. Among the interesting sights are el drac, which is a large salamander that stands at the main entrance gate, and a huge bench that looks like a serpent of the sea.

There’s something very picturesque about Park Güell and its carefully curated plants and gardens, Doric columns, cobblestone, and tiled streets, curved viaducts, and arboretums. That may be why Park Güell is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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3. Museu Nacional D’Art de Catalunya

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The Museu Nacional D’Art de Catalunya, or the MNAC, rests on Barcelona’s Montjüic hill. From the get-go, it boasts a dramatic style that catches the eye – a grand stairway leads upwards (though escalators are also installed), and as you approach the entrance, waterfalls cascade on either side, as well as cubed topiaries and bushes.

But it’s the interior of the museum that holds even more impressive sights. The museum’s exhibits are divided into four zones, and each zone is designed in a maze-like structure that brings you from one style to a vastly different one in seconds, shocking you with variation and diversity.

The first zone is the Medieval Romanesque, which features frescoes extracted from World Heritage churches with Strappo techniques. The second zone is the Medieval Gothic and Renaissance zone. Finally, the last two rooms are focused on Modern Art. Some traveling exhibits also come around regularly.

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4. Museu d’Història de Barcelona

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Museu d’Història de Barcelona is essentially the city’s history museum. Its tales begin all the way back in 10 BC when the Roman Barcino was first erected and Emperor Augustus first came into power. The museum highlights many of the town’s ruins, including sewers, streets, factories, and more.

This museum calls a former portion of the Palau Reial Major its home, adding to its historical eminence. You can walk in through Casa Padellàs, built for a noble family in the 16th century and moved to its current spot stone-by-stone, then follow its path to a Roman tower and wall section that have been restored over time.

Head below ground to walk through Roman and Visigothic Barcelona that has been excavated, covering around 4 square kilometers of space. You’ll learn about how the standard Roman Domus looked, and then pass outside to public streets until you reach Cardo Minor, which showcases popular foods of the Roman Empire, including garum.

Next, you’ll view church and episcopal buildings from the 6th and 7th centuries, winemaking shops, ramparts that go to Palau Episcopal, a display on medieval Barcelona, and finally the ticket office at Plaça del Rei. From there, explore the banquet hall of Saló del Tinell, the palace chapel of Capella Reial de Santa Àgata, and the lookout tower of Mirador del Rei Martí.

Tel: +34 932 56 21 00 • View on Map

5. La Boqueria

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La Boqueria dates back to 1217, making it the oldest market in Barcelona. Over 200 stalls are set up and run from 8 am to 8:30 pm, with the best shopping time being from 10 am to midday or right before closing for bargains. The smell of the salt of fresh, fried ocean fish permeates the whole area, punctuated by the calls of traders bargaining and greeting customers.

Although many tourists wander through the frontmost stalls and flock for pictures, the market is still primarily filled with locals buying produce and other items. This is likely why the deeper you venture into the market, the better the overall prices.

If you’ve got the money to spend, buy some jamón ibérico, sample Catalan sausage, and try out other local favorites like botifarra, calçots, turró, and fruit smoothies. If you have the patience and the grit, try and grab a seat at an eatery in the market, especially El Quim de la Boqueria and Kiosko Universal.

Tel: +34 933 18 25 84 • View on Map

6. Camp Nou

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Camp Nou is the home stadium of the Barcelona Football Club. If you’re a football fan, you can catch a La Liga match with FC Barcelona playing. You can usually get tickets 2 or 3 days before a match with no issue unless it’s against a very high league team – or an El Clásico match of FC Barcelona against Real Madrid, their rivals. Only six tickets may be purchased per person.

If you’re not a fan, head to the FC Barcelona museum to learn about the soccer club’s history and prestige. You can purchase Camp Nou Experience tickets for access to the museum, an opportunity to sit on the bench of the first team, a chance to see the trophies won by famous striker Lionel Messi, and a glimpse into the players’ tunnel.

Tel: +34 902 18 99 00 • View on Map

7. Fundació Joan Miró

Joan Miró was a prolific and much-loved Catalonian artist, and Fundació Joan Miró showcases his work in all its glory. The artist had the building built himself in the 60s in order to boost contemporary art appreciation in the city, and the building was designed by Josep Lluís Sert and Miró.

Inside the museum, Miró’s works stand side-by-side in harmony, with drawings, paintings, and sculptures all made by the artist – over 10,000 in total, ranging from his earlier works in Surrealism and his later works inspired by Dadaist styles. Some temporary exhibitions also showcase modern art.

There are some works you shouldn’t miss, like the hilarious Man and Woman in Front of a Pile of Excrement by Miró, or the Calder Mercury Fountain, which is not by the titular artist. This fountain, now kept safely behind panes of glass to prevent fume inhalation or touching, continually pumps the silvery mercury metal in a beautiful and unusual display.

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8. Casa Batlló

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Casa Batlló is a stunning architectural work of art – though it is a bit confusing. It was a commission to Antoni Gaudí by Josep Batlló, a textile industrialist, who hired Gaudí after being impressed with his work on Park Güell. The goal was simple – create a home that none of Batlló’s family members’ would have a similar style to. Most would agree the effort succeeded.

Casa Batlló does not have any straight lines in its structure, as Gaudí was influenced by nature, which he said doesn’t have straight lines. As such, pillars are contorted and the shape undulates, inspired by the mythical dragon slain by St Jordi. A stairwell tower in a deep ocean-blue and stained glass shards cover its surfaces at every turn, sparkling in different hues.

Booking tickets in advance will let you enter the Casa Batlló, which provides guests with a smartphone that has a VR tool that overlays the home’s original designs over its current ones while providing audio guidance. The courtyard, serene and coated in tiles, is also worth checking out.

Tel: +34 932 16 03 06 • View on Map

9. Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona

Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, or MACBA, was opened in 1995. Its modern design is courtesy of Richard Meier, and MACBA is now the most respected and well-known center for contemporary art in Barcelona. It is packed with all sorts of exhibitions. Spread across three floors.

The permanent collection focuses on art from the latter part of the 20th century, with a focus around Catalan and Spanish art. Both local and international artists have their works on display here. The other two floors are open to temporary and traveling exhibitions of all kinds. Much of the art is accompanied by events or talks, allowing art to be critically discussed and viewed, as opposed to merely used as spectacle.

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10. La Ramblas

La Ramblas is a street in Barcelona often considered the most famous in the city. It stretches for around one mile, beginning at Plaça Cataluyna and ending at Port Vell – and is essentially a boulevard for pedestrians to stroll and walk along. The street is lined with little stalls that sell candy, flowers, crema Catalana, and gelato, giving it an old-school, charming vibe.

The street is usually quite busy, with over 78 million people walking across it on an annual basis – 80% of which aren’t local to Barcelona. Locals often enter La Boqueria through a side entrance from here or relax on chairs to read the papers, but the rest of the people on the street are tourists.

If you go here, beware of pickpockets, and don’t be fooled by the questionable “branded” bags sold by vendors along the street. Still, these are minor setbacks in a stunning street, which has many stunning and attractive houses designed with Catalan Modernism, including Antigua Casa Figueras, which is covered in mosaics and stained glass.

11. Gran Teatre del Liceu

Gran Teatre del Liceu is the opera house of Barcelona. It is a landmark that has been open since 1847, where it served as the center of upper-class political, social, and artistic expression and entertainment.

A 1994 fire destroyed much of the theater, but it was modeled to closely resemble the style it had in 1909, with notable modern improvements. Despite attracting a fair share of bad luck in two fires, a financial crisis, and even a bombing, Gran Teatre del Liceu stands strong today, with 2,292 seats in its main auditorium, each decorated with ornate golden carvings over its plush, comfortable red cushions.

Opera performances, concerts, and ballet are all put on in Gran Teatre del Liceu, with a number of low and reasonable offers for ticket prices. Small-format, contemporary, and full-length opera all continue to be played here, and seat-back subtitles that come in various different languages are now a part of the experience.

You can also go down to the basement, where a teeming bar lives. Children’s shows, musicals, and similar events are put on there, as well as recitals and talks before performances.

Tel: +34 934 85 99 00 • View on Map

12. Picasso Museum

The Picasso Museum isn’t just in one single palace – it’s distributed across five of them. Though Barcelona is not his birthplace, Picasso moved to the city at the age of 14 and traveled regularly to return to this city as his life continued.

Studios are located downstairs, showing off some of his works, and upstairs, opulent chandeliers and meticulously painted ceilings serve as a backdrop for even more of the talented artist’s genius. However, it’s worth noting that none of Picasso’s famous works are stored here – but you do get a look at many of his lesser-known works, like ceramics.

For the most part, you have to pay to enter the Picasso Museum, but you can get in free from 6 pm to 9.30 pm every Thursday, or on the first Sunday of every month.

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13. Catedral de Barcelona

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Catedral de Barcelona is a huge Gothic cathedral that once was home to a Roman temple 2,000 or so years ago. It is known as the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia in modern times. Eulalia was a local who fought back against Emperor Diocletian of Rome’s orders to drop her faith in Christianity, and her refusal to comply led to 13 painful years of torture, capped off with a gruesome decapitation.

The cathedral today is extremely intricate, and inside, there’s even a pond with living geese inside, all bright white – a way of honoring Eulalia’s 13 years of suffering, and tied into the legend that says a dove flew from her neck when she was beheaded.

Catedral de Barcelona is still a temple of worship today, and organ recitals are held monthly. Dress conservatively and buy tickets in advance so you get the right price for your chosen window of time.

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14. Casa Vicens

Casa Vicens was built by Antoni Gaudí, and it is as iconic as it is unique. The house is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its creativity and heritage for modern architecture. Each tile on its facade is delicately painted, the lower ones with French marigolds, and the higher ones across a domed rooftop in bright red and greenish hues.

Casa Vicens was the first of what would be seven private properties designed by Gaudí. It was commissioned by Manuel Vicens i Montaner, a stockbroker, who wanted it as a summer home. It was worked on from 1883 to 1888, and then further expanded by Joan Baptista Serra de Martínez in 1925, which contributes to the unique, mixed style of the building.

Today, Casa Vicens is a museum and has been since November 2017. 15 different rooms within have been restored with information from original tenants’ descendants and a lot of research. Inside, you can also find furniture crafted by Gaudí himself, and an impressive 32 paintings done by Francesc Torrescassana i Sallarés, a Spanish painter.

15. Santa Maria del Mar

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Santa Maria del Mar is arguably the most famous church in Barcelona. The gothic house of worship served as the setting for the thriller novel Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones.

The building has been through its fair share of hard times. A major earthquake shook it to its core in 1428, and in 1936, arsonists attacked the church and it burned non-stop for 11 days. In fact, you can still see some of the scorch marks from that attack on the roof. Its expansion and repairs were repeatedly merchant-funded, which lends itself to the open-arms, welcoming, and accepting policy the church still has now.

The building is very tall and very wide, and being inside brings with it a feeling of tranquility. Though the outside isn’t quite as impressive as many other architectural feats in Barcelona, it’s worth a trip for the largeness of its interior.

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16. Palau de la Música Catalana

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In English, Palau de la Música Catalana translates to “Palace of Catalan Music”. This UNESCO World Heritage site is beautiful to behold, with stone pillars decorated with mosaics of flowers and nature outside and luxurious chandeliers, clear stained glass, and roses peppered throughout the inside.

The building was designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, a Modernist. Inside, a room called the Sala Lluís Millet is fitted with pillars studded with sparkling and shimmering jewels, making it a popular photo op.

Though Palau de la Música Catalana was mainly made to serve as a home base for the symphonic choir known as Orfeó Català, it has much more to offer than just that. Operas like Carmen and La Traviata play regularly, as well as piano, flamenco, and even jazz performances. There are also family concerts put on earlier during the daytime for families with kids.

Tel: +34 932 95 72 00 • View on Map

17. Casa Milà

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Yet another Antoni Gaudí masterpiece, Casa Milà – or, as it is commonly known, La Pedrera, which translates to “The Stone Quarry” – began as an apartment for residences. Just like Casa Batlló, it has no straight lines and is made primarily with bricks and mortar, though broken cava bottles and ceramics also make their way into its creation.

At the time of its completion back in 1912, it was extremely outlandish and ahead of its time (which it still sort of is). Roser Segimon, who commissioned the home, actually became a laughing stock, but today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The building bears the appearance of marine inspiration, with doors of kelp ribbon, balconies tangled and twisted, ceilings designed to resemble sea-foam, blue patios, and a rippling design along its exterior. Its windows, asymmetrical and unusual, allow natural light to permeate the building.

Casa Milà is now a cultural center with three spaces for exhibitions. The first floor is an art gallery that showcases the works of popular artists. The upstairs area invites you to learn more about Gaudí and his style. The fourth floor is a flat designed to be reconstructed from Modernista times.

Tel: +34 932 14 25 76 • View on Map

18. Nau Bostik

Nau Bostik is a museum in Barcelona that doesn’t get nearly as much appreciation as it deserves. Though it is not among the more popular attractions in the city, it is worth a visit and showcases a wide range of street art. You can spot it by its mural, a striped and vibrant one stretched over the wall.

The museum is housed inside what was once a glue factory, which was abandoned back in 2006. The aforementioned mural is the work of Elian Chali, a street artist from Argentina. Inside, absolutely anything and everything is used as a place for art to be made – walls, electricity meters, doors, and more.

The street art showcased is regularly switched around, with exhibits changing weekly or even daily. Some are thought-provoking and meaningful, while others are beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, and many more are a mixture of both.

Tel: +34 667 75 53 47 • View on Map

Free Things To Do In Barcelona

1. Parc de la Ciutadella

If there’s one thing you can count on being free no matter where you go, it’s parks. Even in the most bustling cities, there is typically a green haven of some kind to relax in. In Barcelona, that haven is the famous Parc de la Ciutadella.

Why is the park named “citadel”? Well, it originally served as the site of a fortress built in the 18th century after the War of Spanish Succession. The fortress was taken down 150 years after that, and it became the home of the city’s first World Fair – the Great Universal Exhibition – in 1888. It was after this fair that the area was turned into a park.

The park has many spaces for walking, having picnics, and exploring. Common favorites include a giant mammoth statue, ping pong tables, and a kid’s playground. It also has these attractions:

· Cascada Monumental

This stunning monument showcases griffins, chariots, and even Venus, and was designed and corrected by Antoni Gaudí from the work of one of his students. Water spews forth beneath an impressive arch, decorated with numerous eye-catching and grand statues. A cafe sits in front of the monument, too.

· Castle of the 3 Dragons

Unfortunately, this particular fixture isn’t open to the public, but it’s still a marvel to look at. It was built for the World Fair, specifically to house its restaurant. The building was designed by yet another famed architect, Lluís Doménech i Montaner.

· Catalan Parliament

This building used to be a fortress of war and protection. Today, it is what the Parliament of Catalan calls its home. When you approach, you will first see a large foundation welcoming you.

· Barcelona Zoo

Of course, this zoo’s entrance is not free, but if you feel up to it, you can visit to see the interesting and adorable animals showcased. You may also know the zoo for Snowflake, a very famous albino gorilla, who lived here until their death in 2003.

· The Umbracle

This structure, wrought from iron, arches in intricate curves over a greenhouse. It was built before the Universal Exhibition and houses numerous species of fauna beneath its imposing form.

· Arc de Triomf

Admittedly, this one is not in the park itself – but it’s not too far off, either! A short walk will bring you right to it, and you’ll be able to see the arch in all its monumental glory, where it once served as the Universal Exhibition’s entrance.

· Various Festivals

If you’re lucky, when you visit Parc de la Ciutadella, there will be a food fair or other similar festival going on.

2. The Roman Barcino

Many years ago, Romans occupied Barcelona and built structures of all kinds for the purposes of protection and war. A good many of those structures remain in bits and pieces, mainly in the form of ruins and remnants of what once was.

Some of these structures are easy enough to find, but others are more hidden and take some digging. Most importantly, however, finding and exploring them is free! Here are some to set your sights on:

· The City Wall

The entire perimeter of what was once the Roman city is easily visible and even simpler to follow. Information panels line the walls, allowing you to follow them along and learn tidbits of history as you gawp at the remainder of the walls. More interestingly, the wall is not so easy to find in its entirety – many of its portions are hidden within buildings, including houses and hotels. It’s like a treasure hunt.

· The Aqueduct

Located in Plaça del Vuit de Març, the remains of the original Roman aqueduct are attached in part to the plaza walls. Interestingly, these ruins were only found in the 1980s. If you like, you can head to Casa de l’Ardiaca and wander along its grand patio to view the end of the aqueduct’s line.

· The Necropolis

For a more spooky endeavor, take a trip to Plaça de la Vila de Madrid. Just outside the Roman city wall perimeter, you can find the necropolis. It rests a few meters beneath the level of the road, with monuments lined up along a road, all pointing towards Barcino. This site was only discovered in the 50s.

· City History Museum

We’ve already talked about the Museu d’Història de Barcelona, but it’s worth mentioning again due to its exhibits on the Roman legacy, excavations, and more. It is not usually free, but on Sundays from 3 pm to 8 pm, the entrance has no cost.

· The Temple of Augustus

Believe it or not, within Barcelona, there live the 2,000-year-old remains of the Temple of Augustus. In Carrer del Paradís, the Roman City’s highest points, a house contains four large columns – the only things that remain of the original temple that honored city founder and emperor Augustus.

· The Domus

Historically speaking, among the Romans, the Domus was a form of home typically lived in by the upper class or wealthy. Two of these houses are now open to the public. One is in Carrer d’Avinyó, 15, and has a beautiful set of wall murals from the era. The other is in Carrer de la Fruita, 2.

3. Beaches

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Just like parks, beaches are another example of locations that are almost 100% guaranteed to be free, no matter what city you’re in. Barcelona is no exception, with plenty of expanses of gorgeous white sand and lovely blue surf to experience. Here are some of the best options.

· Sant Sebastià Beach

This beachfront is right next to the port and is of Ciutat Vella. Parts of it were once known as the Sant Miquel Beach, attached to Barceloneta coastline spanning more than a kilometer. This beach isn’t far from the Barcelona city center, and it’s worth the visit for the coastline alone.

· Nova Icària Beach

In the 19th century, Ildefons Cerdà, one of the area’s city planners, had a dream of creating the ideal, utopian island – Icària. The result is this beach, which covers 400 meters of land and can be found right smack in the center of the coastline of Barcelona. It is a relatively calm beach with plenty of leisure-related facilities.

· Bogatell Beach

This beach is named after a stream that once ran through its area, which was ruined by the stink of the municipal sewer. At the time, many fishermen lived in the area. Today, however, it’s one of the most popular beaches in Barcelona after an overhaul in the 1980s. It also attracts, on average, the oldest visitors!

· Nova Mar Bella Beach

This beach is named after the area where La Barcelonate was built, and “Marbella” actually means land that has been reclaimed from the water or sea. 60% of this beach’s visitors are women, and it’s also highly disability-friendly thanks to multiple walkways that lead straight to the sea over the sand. There are also lots of volunteers who are happy to be of help if you ask at the information center.

· Zona de Banys del Fòrum

This beach isn’t the most traditional kind of beach. In fact, it’s more of a bathing area. Essentially, cement is used instead of sand to take the land back from the sea, creating a big but shallow pool of saltwater that is perfect for soaking in. More interestingly, this beach was once an execution site during a very tragic time in the history of Catalan. You can find a memorial here that pays tribute to over 1,700 victims of cruelty.

· Llevant Beach

This beach came to life after many portions of cement from the Prim breakwater were removed. It’s still a very new beach, which makes it quiet and peaceful but lacking in facilities. Still, you may find it worth a visit just to see the Diagonal Mar.

· Mar Bella Beach

This beach had baths as early as the 20th century’s beginnings, but a storm destroyed many of them. The beach fell on hard times despite being an esteemed part of the city, and it was only with the Olympic Games of 1992 that the beach returned to life. This one mixes a normal beach, a nudist beach on one end, and a children’s playground on the other.

· Barceloneta Beach

This very traditional beach is the most famous that Barcelona has to offer. It was built in the 18th century by those who were expelled from La Ribera, and it has a rich maritime history, as well as connections to large industries such as the gas and metallurgy markets.

4. Visit A Cemetery

Though an unusual choice for an excursion, one cannot deny the draw that cemeteries can have on curious tourists. There’s something about the spooky and macabre – yet somber and melancholy – atmosphere of cemeteries that makes them an intriguing visit.

Barcelona has its fair share of unique and tourist-worthy cemeteries where you can respectfully visit the dead. Of course, visiting most of them is free, and you can wander around the assortment of graves and tombstones as you please.

Many of these graveyards offer guided tours and visits twice a month, providing information regarding the graves and their occupants. There are even candle-lit visits at night held twice annually. But even if you don’t opt for those visiting methods, most of these cemeteries are still worth the trip. There are two main cemeteries: the Poble Nou and the Montjüic.

The Poble Nou Cemetery is Barcelona’s first graveyard of modern times. It was first constructed in 1775 with the goal of curbing the unhygienic burial practices carried out in the middle of the city. The war with the French saw the cemetery destroyed, but it was rebuilt in 1819 with a stunning neoclassical style that is so typical of 19th-century architecture.

While you’re here, don’t forget to stop by the El Petó de la Mort sculpture – The Kiss of Death sculpture – which is an impressive structure depicting a man being kissed on the side of the face by a skeleton with angel-like wings. You also should drop by El Santet’s grave and see the thousands of little notes from worshippers left there.

The second cemetery you may want to visit is Montjüic Cemetery. This extremely large cemetery – with three hours’ worth of space to explore – is a truly unique and fascinating city of the dead. The bourgeoisie class of Catalan hired expensive architects to design and build their final resting places in this cemetery, resulting in a wide collection of Art Nouveau graves and statues.

There is also a special area in Montjüic Cemetery that is dedicated just to non-believers. Many anarchist leaders call this spot their final resting place. You should also take a look at the remembrance gardens of El Fossar de la Pedrera, which honor the repression victims of Franco after the Civil War.

5. Climb Up For A View

Barcelona has a rather unique location – between mountains and sea. This means that there are plenty of places to scurry onto for free that will offer amazing views of the cityscape. Whether you’re heading up there to get the best photos or just to see all the sights you can, it’s worth conquering these heights to see all that lie beneath. Here are some of the best spots to climb onto for the view.

· Montjüic Castle

Not only is this an essential tourist spot. You can take a stroll around the castle and its structure for free while you look over the stunning area. For the absolute best point to look out from, head to Mirador de l’Alcalde, which overlooks Barcelona beautifully.

· Turó de la Rovira

This hill showcases the city-backed by the Mediterranean sea, and it has a rather interesting set of platforms to climb onto: the Bunkers of Carmel, left behind from an anti-aircraft battery structure dating back to the Civil War of Spain. The area does get quite crowded during sunset, so take that into account.

· Turó de les Tres Creus

This is the highest point in Park Güell. It sits just outside the Monumental Zone and is – believe it or not – totally free. If you’re smart and want to go into the Monumental Zone, get there before the ticket office opens, and you’ll be able to stay inside for as long as you like.

· Tibidabo

This location’s name has an interesting origin – it’s named after one of Christ’s Biblical temptations. From the top on a good day, you’ll be able to see all the way to Montserrat. The tops of the hill also boasts the Church of the Sacred Heart and an amusement park dating back to 1905.

· MNAC Terraces

Head to the terrace in front of the National Art Museum of Catalonia and you’ll be able to see a pretty decent view, even though it doesn’t offer the same high expansiveness as the aforementioned places.

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