Hello beautiful people from the Internet!
Today I’m going to write about my lovely city, Barcelona. I was born and raised here, so I might know a few things that you can do in the city, FOR FREE. This is the start of my “Barcelona Guide” segment, where I’ll share with you everything I can about my city. If you have any questions or you would like me to talk about more specific things like where to go out, the important monuments to visit… JUST LET ME KNOW! 🙂
Although people think you can’t do much in here if you don’t pay, that is completely false. There are plenty of stuff to do, you just have to know where to go and what to do!
- Modernism. If you are a Modernist lover, Barcelona is your city. Although most monuments and buildings make you spend 15€ to get in, but who said you have to get in in order to enjoy the building. You can easily admire the Modernists buildings from the outside, that’s where most of its beauty is on. The two most famous Modernist buildings are in Passeig de Gràcia, and those are: La Pedrera, Casa Batlló and Casa Amatller. Although these are the most famous ones, most of Passeig de Gràcia’s buildings are Modernist. Plus, Passeig de Gràcia is full of luxury stores so you can always window shop.
- Sightseeing. Anything important like la Sagrada Familia, Palau de la Música, la Catedral, Santa Maria del Mar… can be seen from the outside. Obviously if you LOVE architecture and art you might want to go in, but if you really don’t care that much about those topics, just the outside makes you speechless.
- Barri Gòtic. One of my favorite Barcelona areas is the Gothic Quarter. I love the tiny little streets, tiny old-school shops, street art… and you can seriously walk through history as this area is the oldest of Barcelona.
- Parks. Although we are not the greenest city in Europe, we do have some cute little parks that are amazing if you just want to walk around, have a picnic, relax for a bit… If you come in the right time, you might even find food trucks with food from around the world and dancing acts!
- Markets. We have a couple of nice second hand fashion markets, but then we also have food markets. My favorite ones are the food ones (fav one: Mercat de Santa Caterina, I recommend going on a Friday as they open from 7.30am until 8.30pm). You can expect some GOOD FRUIT in there.
- Museums. Museums are free on Sundays from 3pm until they close (spoiler: we do not close at 6pm as most European countries, everything starts to close at 9 or 10pm).
SUMMER ONLY: If you visit Barcelona in August, you can see les Festes de Gràcia. It’s a festival that goes throughout a whole week in August (the dates depend on the year), where in the Gràcia area, every street is decorated. Every year, each street has a different theme. Usually there are also concerts at night, and the party can go on until 6 or 7am…
DISCLAIMER: all the pictures used on this post are from the Internet (I am not physically capable of doing such great pictures), except the last one, that is mine 🙂