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The Placa de Catalunya is a very popular tourist attraction because of the amazing and unique architecture.  This is a large town square and is considered as the center of Barcelona.

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Barcelona / 15 Free Things to Do in Barcelona

With the great weather and the beautiful urban parks, pedestrian streets, unique architecture, picturesque port and Gothic Quarter there is a lot to see and do in Barcelona even if you don't want to spend any money.

1. Parc Guell

This stunning park is best known for the Gaudi creations which adorn the lawns. You can see tile mosaic covered sculptures, the park terrace and buildings created by Barcelona's favorite artist.

2. Rambles

Take a stroll down the city's most popular street, this pedestrian street is rich with street performers, musicians, stunning architecture, markets, cafes and interesting stores and stalls. Las Rambles is perfect for people watching.

3. Parc de la Ciutadella

This 74 acre park, originally established for the 1888 Universal Exhibition, has a zoo, lake, museums, an Arc de Triomf, fountains and more, you can relax in the shade of the many trees, see sculptures or stretch out on the expansive lawns.

4. Parc del Laberint d'Horta

This park is in the Horta neighborhood and best known for its labyrinth, you'll find more locals and fewer tourists than you will at the other more central Barcelona parks.

5. La Seu Cathedral (Catedral de Barcelona)

Constructed in 1298 this is a Gothic masterpiece, the façade is adorned with intricate sculptures and flying buttresses. The cathedral is free of charge 8am-12:30pm and 5:15pm-7:30p on weekdays. Explore the many chapels and the cloister gardens where you'll meet the resident geese.

6. Sagrada Familia Cathedral

Barcelona's most famous place of worship, this is Gaudi's best known work. From the outside the wedding cake-like façade drips with spires and endless carved details and inside the grandeur continues.

7. Hospital de la Santa Creu I de Sant Paul

This is actually a functioning hospital designed in 1902 but it looks more like a castle with a brick façade, turrets and beautiful mosaics. Visitors are free to wander in most parts of the hospital but just don't disturb the patients.  

8. Beach

Choose from any of Barcelona's many beaches, you can find family beaches, dynamic young beaches and even a nudist beach. The closest beach to the city is Barceloneta but there is also Icaria and Mar Bella (the nudist beach).

9. Skating

Join the Association of Skaters at C/Salvador Esprinu 61 at 10:30pm each Friday night when they push off on a skating trip around the city. You'll go past many of the sites and get to meet locals who skate along with the group.

10. Museum Free Days

Most Barcelona museums have free admission on the first Sunday of every month. In addition the Picasso Museum is free every Sunday after 3pm; Museu National d'Art de la Catalunya is free on Saturdays from 3pm; Museu de la Xocolata (chocolate museum) is free on the first Monday of every month and all museums are free on International Museum Day (18th May).

11. Font Magica

See the dancing fountains which perform for the crowds together with music and lights. The fountain of Montjuic on Avinguda Maria Cristina uses 2,600 liters of water every second to create the spectacular effect. The fountain performs daily during the summer and on Fridays and Saturdays the rest of the year, it is closed in January and February.

12. Montjuic

Take an invigorating 30 minute walk up the city's mountain to the castle; alternatively take the cable car or the funicular. From the hill top you can look down on the beautiful city, see the parks, Olympic Stadium and Catalan landscape from above.

13. Caixa Forum

Catch a free art exhibition from Monday to Sunday and also enjoy the beautiful building. You'll find something new and exciting here every time you visit.

14. Free Dance Shows

Visit the Café de Los Angelitos in the Barceloneta District to enjoy not only interesting architectural surroundings and good food but also free tango and jazz shows on Wednesdays and Sundays.

15. Free Walking Tour

Take a free walking tour with the Runner Bean Tours Company there are two tours covering all-things-Gaudi and the Old City. 

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