How To Get Free Entry In Barcelona
Travelling can be expensive, so here’s how to get free entry in Barcelona to attractions that you usually have to pay for. One of the tricks I’ve discovered while living in Spain is that Sunday can be a day of free entry for many museums and attractions. This is a great way to add activities to your travels while saving money for other things like food. Here is a list of free things to do on Sunday in Barcelona.
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The Montjuic Castle is one of the free things you can do on Sunday in Barcelona. Usually, you have to pay to enter the castle, but after 3pm every Sunday entrance is free. The castle closes at 6pm in Winter and 8pm in Summer. This means you can go and explore, and enjoy one of the best sunset spots in Barcelona.
Montjuic is a large hill next to the port of Barcelona. The Castle of Montjuic is right up the top and can be reached by bus, funicular or walking (if you’re game). A form of the castle has been there since 1640. It was used as a prison during the Spanish civil war and was where executions were carried out. Hitler even visited when he was being friendly with Franco.
If you think a Sunday afternoon is not enough time, then time your visit to the first Sunday of the month and Montjuic has free entry all day.
Picasso Museum Barcelona
The Picasso museum is one of the best museums in Europe, showcasing the life and art of the controversial artist. This is how you can get free entry to the Picasso museum in Barcelona. Just like several other museums, the Picasso museum is one of the free things to do on the first Sunday of the month in Barcelona. As it is a very popular attraction in Barcelona you still need to reserve your time of entry, but the ticket price is free.
If you’re not in Barcelona for the first Sunday then the Picasso Museum in Barcelona is also free on Thursday afternoons from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Again you will need to reserve your time online or hope for the best at the door. It’s definitely a must-see in Barcelona and always has some really interesting new exhibits. Most of his very famous paintings are located here.
History Museum Of Barcelona – MUHBA
The History Museum of Barcelona allows free entry every Sunday after 3:00 pm. They close at 5:00 pm or 7:00 pm depending on the time of year that you visit. They also allow free entry on the first Sunday of the month all day if you need more time.
MUHBA has several different locations around the city, but the major museum building is in Plaça del Rei near the Barcelona Cathedral. If you’re into history then the History Museum of Barcelona is great. You can see old Roman Ruins and discover the beginning of Barcelona and understand more about Catalan culture.
Maritime Museum Barcelona
If you want free entry to the Maritime Museum in Barcelona then make sure you visit on Sunday after 3:00 pm. Every Sunday the Maritime Museum Barcelona allows free entry to enjoy their exhibits and learn about the maritime history of the city.
The Spanish were some of the most prolific seafarers in history and the museum is well worth visiting. They also have a Spanish galleon in one of the halls that looks spectacular.
It’s quite simple to get free entry to Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Every Sunday, Mass is held from 9:00 am in the Sagrada Familia. They open the doors from 8:30 am – 9:00 am for entry and no tickets are required. This is completely free, and the Mass is international and completed in several different languages.
The Mass is obviously a time for prayer and reflection so only go if you want to participate in the Mass and always be polite. If you want to visit during an “extraordinary Mass”, such as Easter or Christmas you will have to register for an invitation on the Sagrada Familia website.
The Sagrada Familia is one of the most beautiful churches in the world. It was designed by Gaudi who died before seeing his masterpiece completed. The glass windows create beautiful light and the arched ceiling and spires are built to amplify sound for hymns and the organ. The church is still not completed and they are unsure when this will actually happen.
Monastary de Pedralbes
The Monastery of Pedralbes is a little known attraction in Barcelona. If you want to escape the overcrowding of the big tourist attractions and want something unique then make sure you check it out. The Monastery de Padralbes is also one of the free things to do on Sunday in Barcelona. They provide free entry every Sunday afternoon from 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm.
The monastery is an area of calm in a usually busy city. It houses a museum on its history, which starts in 1326 when it was built for one of the queens of Spain. The chapel was recently renovated back to its former glory and reopened in 2018.
Labyrinth de Horta Park
Labyrinth de Horta Park is one of the best things to do for free on a Sunday in Barcelona. Best of all, you can access the beautiful park for free every Sunday all day and every Wednesday all day.
Labyrinth de Horta was once part of the grounds of a large estate owned by a wealthy family in Barcelona. It is now a public garden with many beautiful areas and romantic style buildings. The most popular part of it is the labyrinth. The maze is styled out of green hedges and is great fun for everyone.
That’s such an amazing guide, Bliss. Loved it.
This is really good to know! I’ve been to a few cities that offer free entry into attractions on Sunday’s, but I didn’t know about these ones in Barcelona.
Great article, and thank you for the heads up on a few new places to visit for free. I had no idea about the labyrinth in Horta Park, this is something I’ll be checking out when I’m next in Barcelona.
I’ve been to Barcelona many times, but never the museums. Thank you for this guide. I’ll definitely be referring back to it later!
That’s great to know about Mass at Sagrada Familia. It’s not only an opportunity to venture inside but I know I’d appreciate the ambience of a service. PlusIt’s a good reminder to investigate similar possibilities in other places with magnificent houses of worship.
A great resource. I will be spending one month in Barcelona next year. I have pinned this for future reference.