The family trip to Lourdes and Barcelona is about 2 months away! I am so excited, not only because it will be my first time at the two destinations, but also because it is a family trip. The number of family members coming has now expanded to 7. It’s always fun spending time with my in-laws, so I expect our trip will be enjoyable. Meanwhile, I’m reading on activities we all could do without spending too much money. I found this list of free things to do in Barcelona by Lonely Planet.
Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.
In addition to the free activities and sights below, you can also save on transport by investing in a T10 travel card, which allows you 10 journeys within the city on any form of public transport.
1. Free museums on Sundays
All the city-run museums (including the Museu Picasso, MUHBA and MNAC) are free on Sunday afternoons, from 3pm to 8pm. Others are also free on one given day of the month, often the first Wednesday or Sunday – check individual websites for details.
2. Time your visit for a festival
If you’re here late September don’t miss the five-day Festes de la Mercè, which brings the city to life with free concerts, dancing, fireworks, acrobatic feats and lively correfocs (colourful parades of drums, devils and firecrackers). Or try the summer extravaganza Festa Major de Gràcia, best known for its competition of decorated streets, but with a packed programme of free outdoor concerts.