Top 5 free things to do in Barcelona

BarcelonaBarcelona has enough things to keep your holiday on a high level. Fortunately, in addition to all your holiday expenses, this city has a plenty of free activities and sights, where you can save easily your money.

In addition to the free activities, 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. Let´s jump in to the top 5 free things to do in Barcelona with your kids.

 

  1. See the city from the top. For view lovers and for great pictures over the city there are 3 main places, that we love going there and watch the city and sea.

– Carmel Bunkers. As being expats here, this place we discovered recently, almost 1 year ago. The Carmel Bunkers, at the top of the Turó de la Rovira hill, are a free open space. They were built as anti-aircraft bunkers during the Civil War in 1937, and afterwards the ruins became shacks, which were removed for the Olympics in 1992. Now part of the city’s Museum of History, they are a free open space with panoramic views. The Carretera de les Aigües is a 10km trail along the side of Tibidabo, the mountain on the north-western edge of the city. Carmel Bunkers offers breathtaking views over the city and the hills.

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– Park Guell. Gaudi’s spectacular creation is something out of a fairytale, with Hansel and Gretel houses, ornamental dragons, and leafy plazas to take a rest. It is still one of the best things to do in the city almost for free. Central part of the park has an entrance fee. To get here use the metro to Vallcarca and then the escalators up to the back of the park – then you’ll see it all downhill at a stroll.

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– Tibidabo.  Mainly this park is an amusement park for kids. Even though, it is the perfect place to take some pictures of the breathtaking views over the city. Many of the attractions are very tame, but there’s a relatively new rollercoaster which darts through the surrounding countryside.

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  1. Discover the beautiful architecture.

–  Visit Cathedral. La Catedral is in the heart of Barri Gotic and is impressive outside as it is within. Free entry in the morning and late afternoon makes it worth venturing inside to take in its soaring domed ceilings, pillars and cloister with courtyard of palms.

– Get lost in Barri Gotic. Get lost in the medieval quarter of Barri Gotic. Strolling with kids through cobblestone alleyways lined with bars and quirky shops and dotted with quiet little plaças.

– Visit  Plaça Reial. Plaça Reial is located close to Las Ramblas. Here you can see first piece of commissioned work of Gaudi for the city – lamp-posts featuring coiled dragon-headed serpents leading up to a winged helmet. You can take some rest in any of the bars located right there.

  1. Strolling through the city.

– La Rambla.  This place is the most crowded in the whole city. Even though, no visit to the city is complete without a stroll down this famous and wonderful boulevard. It starts at Plaça Catalunya and stretching down to the port. Las Ramblas is full of flower sellers, animal stalls, painters, artists, human statues and street performers. A must for everyone.
– Discover graffitty of the city. Barcelona’s graffiti can be found mostly in El Raval and Poblenou. The place where artists can show their work and be proud of, it is spectacular. 

– Beaches.  Local people usually do not go to the beaches of Barcelona, and prefer Costa Brava. However, the city’s beaches are great for an urgent dip. The popular Barceloneta beaches have a lot of tourists. On the other side of the Olympic Port, it’s a bit quieter and perfect for a walk in the winter time. Barceloneta is the most popular one. For something less crowded, walk further north towards the Fòrum area.

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  1. Amazingness of Barcelona´s parks.

– Park de Ciutadella. Parc de Ciutadella is on the site of an old military citadel – hence. The name – and has a lake and zoo, and houses the Catalan Parliament. It is the perfect place to go with kids and take a rest of the crowded city. Kids will enjoy this time for sure.
– Parc Joan Miro. Parc de Joan Miró is home to his epic 22m-tall Woman and Bird sculpture covered in primary coloured glazed tiles and rising dramatically from a sparkling pool. There’s also a Miró mosaic in the central walkway of La Rambla and another displayed unexpectedly on the outside wall of Terminal 2 at the airport. If you are an art seeker this place is for you.

  1. Discover Museums for free.

A plenty of museums in Barcelona have free entry every Sunday after 3pm: the Picasso Museum, the Museum of History of Barcelona, CCCB. Also free on first Sundays is the National Museum of Art of Catalonia for medieval and modernist art and other museums. Others are also free on one given day of the month, often the first Wednesday or Sunday – check individual websites for details.
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This month went crazy, I didn’t even noticed that it is the end of the year, and I didn’t share anything with you here on the blog. Today I will write about top things to do with your kids in winter time in Barcelona.

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Winter time in Barcelona is mild, and is not as strong as other European cities, like London, Oslo, Paris. Many times we see people with t-shirts (I suppose Nordic people), but it is not such a warm weather as to go like this, believe me. Here rarely goes down the 4 to 5ºC. Even though, it is good to have a coat and winter clothes with you. It is true, that on really sunny days, you can even go to the beach and enjoy the great sunny day.

1. Parks, all the parks are open to kids, and your kids can really enjoy all the facilities even in winter. We love to go to parks that are close to our home. As well, we go to Parc Guell, Parc de Ciutadella, that are great for people of all ages.13 14 15

Important information: Park Guell, is divided in 2 zones, 1st one, that is the center of the park you have to pay (if you buy tickets online, then is: 7EUR per adult, and 4,90EUR children from 7-12 years, FREE for children less than 6 years). The second zone is free of charge, there is the map on their website.

2. Take a walk to the beach by Av. de Litoral, you and your kids will enjoy it. The breeze of fresh beach waves and if it is sunny outside, will make a walk even much more enjoyable.sunrise in Barcelona

3. Take a hot chocolate and churros. What can be better in the winter than a hot chocolate? All around the touristy places you can find to buy a hot chocolate, even though there is only one place, where you can find the traditional hot chocolate, and where cacaolat was born. The place is called La Granja Viader, and it is close to Las Ramblas, right in the center of Barcelona. A great place to go with kids, and enjoy the place and the tradition of local people. Don’t forget to buy traditional churros as well.

4. Calçots: Catalans looove burnt onions. Calçots are large and thin onions that are grilled and eaten with a very special sauce called Romesco. It is typical to go for a calçotada in winter with family or friends. A calçotada consists of grilled onions -calçots- grilled as a starter and then as a main grilled meat.

The romesco sauce is  a specific sauce, done with pepper called nyora, with garlic, oil and tomato among other ingredients. If you are keen about local food, and traditions, you just have to try to eat this sauce in combination with calçots.

5. Visit museums. It is a great option if it is cold outside. The best museum to enjoy with kids is CosmoCaixa. CosmoCaixa is the science museum in Barcelona run by “la Caixa” Community Projects, and is designed to stimulate people’s knowledge and opinion of science through exhibitions and a wide variety of activities. Ticket price is 3.80EUR per person, all children till 16 years enter for free. Then, I advise you to go with your kids to Museu de la Xocolata. All the exhibitions are from chocolate, and even the entrance ticket is a chocolate. Our son went there with his classmates and enjoyed a lot. Ticket price is 6EUR per person from 7 years, children 0-7 years enter for free. Another museum, worth to be visited with kids, is Museu Blau (Natural History Museum), it has a heritage collection in the fields of mineralogy, petrology, palaeontology, zoology and botany comprise more than three million specimens. Our first son was amazed when we went there. Tickets prices are: 6EUR per person from 16years old, all the kids from 0-16 years, enter for FREE.

These 3 museums, are on our top list. Consider to look for other museums, if we didn’t convinced you to go there.

6. Enjoy marine life, by going with your kid to Aquarium de Barcelona, or animal life, by going to Zoo Barcelona. All the family will enjoy the stay there.

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7. Enjoy Christmas Markets during Christmas holidays. You can find the detailed information about Christmas markets in Barcelona, here.

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8. On 5th of January’s Eve, people celebrate Reyes, the very famous tradition of 3 Magic Kings, who brings presents to kids. All the main streets are full of people who wait for Magic Kings. Meanwhile Magic Kings walk on the streets, creating a very festive atmosphere for kids and their parents.

9. Carnival. If it happens that you are in Barcelona in February, then you just have to go to Sitges, or stay here in Barcelona and enjoy the carnival with your kids. It starts on Thursday and ends on next Wednesday. Kids and their parents dress up and show their best superheroes outfits. All the people enjoy the Carnival.

10. Consider on taking a one or two days getaway and go outside of Barcelona. The nearest places to go and enjoy is Sitges, get lost within the narrow streets. Go skiing to La Molina, only a 1,5h ride with a car and you are on skiing slopes. Take a walk through the forests of Montseny and enjoy fresh air with your kids.

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11. Winter sales. For shopaholic parents and kids, this is the best time to come and get best deals on clothes. In Barcelona these start on 7th of January and ends up to the end of February.

 

What do you think? Would you like to contribute with your ideas what to do with kids in winter in Barcelona. Let me know, I will be happy to add more information here.

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