10 Cheap things to do in Barcelona

This blog post was originally posted on August 15, 2014 and was updated on February 1, 2018.

Looking for cheap things to do in Barcelona? Barcelona is easy to enjoy on less than a dime!

Barcelona is easy to enjoy on the cheap! With great weather, amazing and affordable food and plenty of free events always happening around the city, there's no reason why you can't find cheap things to do in Barcelona!

Check out the CCCB

CCCB, the abbreviation for Centro de Cultural Contemporanea de Barcelona, fittingly sits right next to the contemporary museum of the MACBA in the Raval. But unlike the MACBA, the CCCB has a constantly changing program. Each weekend packed with different activities and there’s almost always something going on here that’s free. Keep up with their agenda to not miss out on different art festivals, open-air cinema events or multi-lingual poetry slams. This place will definitely give you plenty of ideas for cheap things to do in Barcelona!

Take a hike through Montjuic

Just a ten-minute walk from the city center, Montjuic is a beautiful outdoor sanctuary. Furthermore, its one that houses dozens of Barcelona’s best-kept secrets. Starting at the foot of the hill near the Parallel metro stop, climb your way up. Go in and around the winding roads to discover not only incredible views but also museums, gardens and even a castle. Though the castle of Montjuic was free to enter up until March of 2014, the five euro entrance fee is not too shabby! Although even just walking the perimeter (for free) is impressive.

Eat Pintxos in Poble Sec

Though tapas never get old, sometimes it’s good to change things up a bit. Pintxos, hailing from the Basque Country, are usually slices of bread with different morsels of Spanish goodness on top. Finally, they are all held together with a skewer or toothpick.  You can find them at many different bars and restaurants in Barcelona. However, try exploring the unassuming streets of Poble Sec. This is a neighborhood at the foot of Montjuic with an important up-and-coming gastronomic scene, for various options! We recommend Rosal 34 (Carrer del Roser, 34). Sit at the bar and grab the pintxos at your leisure. But, don’t forget to save the sticks!

Some of the delicious tastings pintxos you can find in Poble Sec. This is definitely the tastiest and one cheap things to do in Barcelona!
Tapas are just made to share and pass around! Photo credit: Misty Barker

Rent a bike

Barcelona is a fantastic city to explore on bike. It’s also one of the best cheap things to do in Barcelona! There are countless rental shops that will set you up for as little as five euros a day. Once you’re pedaling, the options are endless. Beyond the obvious itinerary of bordering the coast and visiting different beaches near Barcelona, some great boulevards that are absolutely lovely from the seat of a bike include Passeig de Sant Joan and Gran Via. Poble Nou, the old industrial district, is quiet and flat. It’s a great destination for those who really want to get off the beaten path on a bike.

Visit the Maritime Museum

One of the most seemingly forgotten museums of Barcelona might be the most impressive. This building is actually the last remaining piece of Barcelona’s old city walls. Not to mention the replica of an enormous royal galley housed inside, or the photography collection exploring Catalunya’s coastal history. Entrance to the permanent collection is just 5 euros. Furthermore, it’s also free on Sundays after 3 pm. Afterwards, have a drink in the tranquil terrace beneath the shade of the trees and forget that you are just two steps away from Las Ramblas.

Have a picnic in the park

The Ciutadela Park is a fantastic place to soak in Barcelona’s bohemian feel. Pack a picnic, or if you’re in a hotel, grab a few homemade takeaway dishes at Pim Pam Plats (Carrer del Sabateret, 4). Find a spot to people watch on a sunny afternoon. Markets are also great to find some delicious fresh and seasonal fruit—the perfect picnic snack. Take a look at the video below to get an inside look at the Santa Caterina Market in Born. We love it!

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