City breaks don’t have to be expensive. Just minutes away from your Barcelona holiday apartment are many things you can do for free and here are some of our suggestions:
- A visit to Montjuïc’s parks has the potential to satisfy all of your cultural, artistic and botanical leanings. There is so much to see that we cannot describe it all but here’s one thing you should do and one you shouldn’t whilst in Montjuïc’s parks: you should make time to admire the sheer scale and elegance of the Teatre Grec; and, you shouldn’t miss the Magic Fountain’s evening performance.
- Whilst in the Montjuïc area, feed your artistic spirit further at the CaixaForum. In 2002, this stunning former textile factory was redeveloped into an acclaimed centre for the exhibition of contemporary art.
- A meander in the stunning Parc Güell is a perfect way to relax. Amongst all the flora and fauna are some spectacular stone and architectural structures and from the highest point in the park you will have unsurpassed views across the city and the bay.
- No visit to Barcelona is complete without a stroll down Las Ramblas. This bustling pedestrianised street has plenty to see that won’t break the bank as there are always plenty of live performances along its length. There is also a permanent piece of artwork by the acclaimed surrealist artist Joan Miró – see if you can find it whilst your there.
- 5 Turn off Las Ramblas towards the Barrio Gotico and you can lose yourself in Barcelona’s beautiful Gothic Quarter. A labyrinth of medieval streets and squares that architecturally are unlike anything you have seen before.
- Discover the city’s Port Vell (Old Port), transformed from dereliction ahead of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics this beautiful yacht basin and entertainment centre is a tourist ‘must see’ and is the beating heart of the Barceloneta area. If that sea breeze is calling you, the stunning golden sands of Barcelonetta Beach are right there for a bathe – either in the sun or the surf.
- Relax in the Parc de la Ciutadella. At 30 hectares in size this green haven in the centre of Barcelona is half as big again as Green Park in London – so as busy as it can become, you can always find a peaceful spot for a picnic or just to chill-out.
- A reverent wander through Barcelona’s stunning cathedral will leave you feeling uplifted in mind and spirit. The neo-Gothic façade and gargoyle inhabited roof enwrap one of the most breathtaking cathedral interiors of its age.
- Take advantage of free museum days in Barcelona – some museums are free every day but others that normally charge for entry have free open days (often on Sundays). Always check in advance to avoid disappointment.
- Saunter along Passeig de Gràcia and you might just start to feel guilty for enjoying Barcelona’s most expensive street for free. This avenue is one of the most important shopping and business areas in the city but the thrifty tourist will be more interested in the architecture. Look for La Pedrera (featured in our ‘Quirky and Distinctive Buildings Around Europe’ post), the equally quirky Casa Batlló and the other houses that form the Illa de la Discòrdia.
We hope we have convinced you that Barca-on-a-budget is possible? You can watch your budget further, without compromise, by booking your holiday rental from Loving Apartments.