Party Earth Review For a peaceful escape from the city streets, Barcelona denizens step into the Parc de la Ciutadella where picnicking, jogging, or paddling rowboats on the lake are the order of the day. Acres of beautiful landscaped lawns and gardens are interspersed with architectural delights designed by the likes of Gaudí and Montaner ... more
Passeig de Picasso
Party Earth Review One of the most famous food markets in the world, La Boqueria offers a pleasant assault on the senses, from the smell of exotic spices, to the sounds of haggling voices, to the exquisite taste of Spain’s best produce. Everyone from housewives, foodies, and business people to Ferran Adrià – famed chef of the El Bulli restaurant ... more
Plaça de la Boqueria
Party Earth Review The heart of Barcelona beats in Las Ramblas, a wide boulevard that separates the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) from the Raval District and leads from Plaça Catalunya in the center of the city all the way down to the sea. A rich tapestry of human interaction characterizes the street, starting with the amazing performers and ... more
Party Earth Review A bullring turned shopping center, a “magic” fountain, a famed museum, and beautiful parks can all be found around Plaça d’Espanya, easily one of the liveliest squares in Barcelona. The several major thoroughfares that connect here mean there’s a constant buzz of traffic around the square itself, which is anchored by a ... more
Plaça d'Espanya, 1
Party Earth Review Calmer and more sophisticated than the likes of Plaça Reial or Port Olimpic, Passeig del Born is the central square of the Born district and yet another hub of Barcelona nightlife – but this one boasts the highest concentration of bars in the city. Once the site of medieval jousting tournaments, the rectangular area is ... more
Passeig del Born
Party Earth Review Just a stone’s throw away from the bustling Las Ramblas is Plaça Reial, a charming square that captures the essence of daily life in Barcelona. An elegant fountain forms the centerpiece of this vibrant spot, where it’s easy to see all the activity, watch the cosmopolitan mix of people come and go, or catch some impromptu ... more
Party Earth Review Like in any metropolitan area, shopping is a favorite pastime for many in Barcelona, and while the Catalan capital certainly offers something for every taste and budget, the Passeig de Gràcia is arguably the most elegant stretch to get one’s shop on. Those looking for extravagant fashion will find it all along this stunning ... more
Passeig de Gràcia
Party Earth Review First-time visitors looking for the perfect place to begin their explorations of Barcelona will do well at Plaça Catalunya, an enormous and centrally located square. The historic Barri Gòtic, the bustling and gritty El Raval, and the sprawling expanse of L’Eixample all meet here, as do more than ... more
Plaça Catalunya, 1
Party Earth Review Park Güell is an enchanting site that combines aesthetics and nature in a way that’s visually inspiring for art buffs in addition to being a great daytime activity for those with just a passing art fancy. Designed by Barcelona’s renowned architect, Antoni Gaudí, the park is a tribute to his unique aesthetic and is truly ... more
Party Earth Review With Port Olimpic and all of its bars, restaurants, and casinos right next door, Barceloneta Beach has become one of Europe’s top destination beaches and is the only place to be on hot sunny days. Located in one of Barcelona’s oldest neighborhoods, the beach offers all of the expected amusements as well ... more
Platja de la Barceloneta
Party Earth Review Inaugurated in 1995, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) is a vast white temple to modern art designed by American architect Richard Meier, but it’s the space around the building, including the Plaça dels Àngels, which has become a daily hangout for hordes of young people ... more
Plaça dels Àngels
When you venture through a big city, it can sometimes feel like there’s a direct correlation between lifelong memories and trips to the ATM. Between meals, partying, museums, and transportation, it’s easy to drop a bit of cash, so it's important to find a few activities that won’t empty the wallet. Luckily, between the beaches, the architecture, the parks, and the plazas, there are thousands of free things to do in Barcelona all year round.
Barcelona has incredible beaches, with the most popular being Barceloneta and Port Olimpico, which are located right below the city center. When it heats up, they are inundated with tourists, though there are other beaches a bit out of town that stretch up and down the picturesque Mediterranean coast and cater more to locals.
The most popular free tourist attraction in Barcelona is Antoni Gaudí’s Parc Güell. This sprawling park, designed in true Gaudí fashion, attracts thousands of people daily, and for good reason. It is a must for anyone visiting Barcelona, especially those looking to save a few euros.
Many of Gaudí’s other pieces of work have an entrance fee, but a trip to see the outside of La Sagrada Familia or the museums on Passeig de Gracia are a must as they are spectacular enough without paying to see the inside.