Jun 24, 2014

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Explore Some Of Barcelona’s Finest Attractions For Free!

Explore Some Of Barcelona’s Finest Attractions For Free!

Barcelona is an enormous city, but people say that it can, and should be, discovered on foot. Located in Catalonia on the North Eastern side of Spain, Barcelona is home to many museums, palaces, parks and people and is only a hop, skip and a jump from some Europe’s other major cities such as London, Paris and Madrid.

There are some of the awesome things you can do for free, so Barcelona on a budget is doable. If you’re looking to stay a few days, but are put off by some of the huge hotel prices, I suggest you check out Venere.com.

Hiking the hills

The good thing about this upwardly rising city is that neighbourhoods to the north offer several locations to take in breathtaking views. The Carretera de les Aigües is a 10km trail along the side of the famous Mt. Tibidabo. Packed with runners, cyclists and wanderers at weekends, it offers spectacular views and, conveniently, is in Serra de Collserola natural park.

Museums on a Sunday

If the museums are usually your first go-to place on holiday, you’ll love Barcelona on a Sunday. Some of the best museums in the city are open to all free of charge every Sunday after 3pm. Some of the must-see museums according to former travellers are the Picasso Museums and the Museum of History of Barcelona. They’re fantastic if you’re into your Roman ruins and archeology.

Also, free on first Sundays is the National Museum of Art of Catalonia for medieval and modernist art.

The Gothic Quarter

Strolling around the old city, and especially the Gothic quarter, next to the popular La Rambla, is a great way to get a feel for the town. Every corner is full of history and, from the old Jewish quarter to the secluded medieval alleyways that define the neighbourhood, you’ll find charming little squares, streets or patios in many buildings that are open to the public, such as the historical archive of the city or the Roman Temple of Augustus.

Whilst you’re in the area, you need to experience the Plaça del Rei and Plaça Sant Felip Neri – two hauntingly silent areas with an emblematic fountain and church. The walls surrounding the area still bear the scars of heavy bombing from Spanish civil war.

A Walk In A Park

Barcelona’s population is relatively dense, so the space for green areas is very limited. Most people live in towering apartment buildings, so that means there are more shops and malls dominating the city’s streets. However, both the coast and the mountains are around the corner, so the city’s green space, Parc de la Ciutadella is more than what you need. It has a beautiful lake, a zoo and houses of Catalan Parliament. It’s a truly beautiful wonder, and the fact that it’s surrounded by modern civilization adds to its beauty.

The Market Scene

Food plays a big part in Catalan culture, and there’s no better way to get a taste of local cuisine than exploring the city’s vast range markets. La Boqueria, Europe’s biggest food market, in the middle of La Rambla, is the most famous because both it’s food stalls and its architecture make it unforgettable. If that sounds interesting to you, make sure you go in the morning. (Monday – Saturday 8am-8:30pm).

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