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A guide to free attractions in Barcelona Metropolitan area.

65 things to do and see

Attractions within Barcelona Metropolitan area that are FREE to visit including parks, gardens, viewpoints, Grand Squares, Beaches and walking trails.

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Updated: Jan 10, 2023

by: Barcelona Travel Hacks

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On this page I have listed free things to do and see in Barcelona. A lot of these activities will be based around enjoying the many parks such as the Montjuic or Parc Ciutadella areas and gardens as well as some lesser-known parks and gardens such as Tamarita gardens and 3 gardens in the Zona Universitaria area of Barcelona.

The port area of Barcelona is free to walk around in and has some wonderful old buildings such as the post office and Our lady of mercy Basilica as well as enjoying the port from Maremagnum shopping Centre. Equally a walk from up Las Ramblas from the port to Plaza Catalunya passes via La Boqueria Market and Plaza Reial. Within the City itself there are mountain top viewpoints at Parc Guell and Carmel Bunkers which is free all year round. Montjuic and Tibidabo mountains provide some excellent viewpoints of the city from the gardens of Montjuic of Tibidabo church. Behind Tibidabo is the Collserola natural Park which is a large forested hilled park with some easy walking trails.

All of the above are within transport zone 1 and viable using the T-casual ticket of 10 trips for 11.35 euros. A trip being one journey from A to B with interchanges between metro and trains included. For example, a day walking in Collserola would be two trips one to get there and one to get back, completely free if you ride to Collserola by bicycle along the caraterra de Aiguas.

Click on a photo to find out the details about each attraction, with a photo gallery, useful PDFs and other tips.

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19 Free Attractions in Medieval Barcelona centre

The downtown area is the old medieval part of the city and comprises the neighbourhoods of Bari gotico, Las Ramblas, EL born, Cuitadella and La Ribera. This part of town is great for walking around and below you will find attractions that are free to explore.

8 Free Attractions in Montjuic

Montjuic, or Jewish Mountain, is a great natural space within the city with many gardens and some Olympic venues that are free to walk around and offers great views of the city from it's hills. Montjuic cemetery is also free to visit and worth the effort to see the historic tombs and funeral carriages museum.

15 Free Attractions in Barcelona neighbourhoods

Barcelona has several neighbourhoods with interesting parks and gardens as well as buildings of historical interest that are free to enter and explore. This sections covers the non downtown/central attractions, that can be sought out in La Eixampla, Gracia, Horta, Sants, Les Corts,Pedralbes, Sant Gervasi ,Forum, Besos and Poble Nou.

12 Free Attractions in Barcelona port and Beaches

The port area of Barcelona is free to walk around in and has some wonderful old buildings such as the post office and Our lady of mercy Basilica as well as enjoying the port from Maremagnum shopping Centre. Barcelona beaches are also free to visit.

Additionally there is a nature reserve wetland park in El prat de llobregat. Castelldefels beach is also free and accessible using a T-casual Zone 1 ticket.

10 Free Attractions in Tibidabo & Parc Collserola

Tibidabo is a summit of the Serra colserolla overlooking Barcelona with a basilica, theme park, observatory and great views. It is accessible using the T.casual zone 1 ticket. Surrounding Tibidabo is the Collserola natural park which is a great forested natural space for walking, cycling and running. Below you can find my routes for collserola park.

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