Hi There I will be in Barcelona for just 2 full days before a cruise in Late April 2020. I would love suggestions on best free and affordable things to see and do in Barcelona? Thanks so much, Camille
Barcelona Cathedral and Basilica Santa Maria Del Mar are free to enter
Picasso Museum has free hours (Thursday afternoons from 6pm to 9:30pm and First Sunday of each month, from 9am to 7pm)
It costs nothing to walk around and look at Modernista buildings
Musical fountains at Plaza de Espana (Thrusday through Sunday starting at 9pm)
Wander around La Boqueria and Santa Caterina markets
I believe Barcelona Cathedral (note that this is not the same as La Sagrada Familia) is only free for part of the day. Check the website to be sure.
You have to get a ticket for the free period at the Picasso Museum. They will almost certainly be long gone if you just show up during the free time. The museum is often packed to the gills anyway, so you may find it very difficult to enjoy when it's free.
The Barri Gotic is an interesting area to explore on foot, in addition to the previously mentioned Eixample.
I'd spring for entry to La Sagrada Familia because it is so unusual. It's probably least crowded during the intial entry time-slot each day.
Thank you for the replies/input so far! : )
I'd help if you tell us more about your interests and expectations... :)
Hi, it largely depends on what you are interests are in and the days of the week you are visiting.
The photo exhibition space at Palau Virreina (near La Boqueria) is FREE entry through Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 8pm
Here’s a link to website in English: https://ajuntament.barcelona.cat/lavirreina/en/
Palau Robert (at the top of Passeig de Gràcia on the junction with Avinguda Diagonal) is also FREE entry Monday–Sunday. Open hours: Mon–Sat: 9am to 8pm; Sunday 9am to 2.30pm
The Photo Archive [Arxiu Fotogràfic] (near the Chocolate Museum) — some very interesting exhibits here — is also FREE entry Monday to Saturday (closed Sunday) 10am til 7pm here’s a link to official website: https://ajuntament.barcelona.cat/arxiumunicipal/arxiufotografic/en/
The Bunkers on Turó de la Rovira are FREE 24/7. Museum only open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. HERE: https://ajuntament.barcelona.cat/museuhistoria/en/muhba-turo-de-la-rovira
On Saturdays MNAC, the Catalan national art museum is FREE entry from 3pm to 8pm (so you could combine a FREE visit here with the Magic Fountains IF visiting after the end of February) as is MACBA, a modern and contemporary art museum in the Raval just around the corner from CCCB .
On Sundays the following museums are FREE entry from 3pm until 8pm (though some may close at 6pm):
CCCB — Contemporary art museum in Raval. Hosts some very interesting touring exhibitions.
DESIGN MUSEUM — in Glories. Interesting collection if you enjoy fashion, textiles and graphic arts
MARITIME MUSEUM — in Drassanes near the bottom of Les Rambles
**MUHBA* - a network of museums and sites of historic interest across the city, including Barri Gótic. Website here: https://ajuntament.barcelona.cat/museuhistoria/en/
FREDERIC MARÈS — in Barri Gótic, next to the Cathedral. Apart from an extensive collection of religious art, it houses the Museum Sentimental a very interesting collection of everyday ephemera from the late nineteenth-early 20th century.
NATURAL SCIENCE MUSEUM — bit out on a limb down near the Forum
Also many museuns are FREE on the 1st SUNDAY of every month as well as designated local public holidays and International Museum Day.
Enjoy your visit
I enjoy almost anything unique and interesting. I look forward to fitting in Picasso's Museum, Montjuic Castle/area and hopefully also La Sagrada Familia. I will be staying 1 night in Barceloneta and 2 nights in the base of Montjuic area. Thanks for asking.
Check out Runner Bean Tours. They are free, although you should tip your guide well. We did a couple of tours with them and they were fantastic. I highly recommend them.