Posted October 12th, 2015
3 Free Things To Do In Barcelona
Although there will be a variety of different shore excursions available during your cruise, you can always take the option to head out on your own and see what you can discover in each port you visit. As long as you are back at the ship in time for its departure, you are free to explore under your own steam by either taking in the major sights or finding some hidden gems as you go.
Many of our Mediterranean cruises will visit the city of Barcelona, so here are three things to do during your limited time in port that won’t cost you a cent.
Barcelona has some of the best examples of Gothic architecture in the world and the great thing is that you can see most of it for free. Start in the city’s Gothic Quarter (where else), which is right in the middle of the Old Town, and work your way through the maze of alleyways set out before you. There is very little traffic in this part of Barcelona so you can stroll along the streets unimpaired.
Highlights of your trip to the Gothic Quarter will include the Church of Santa Maria del Pi, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia (also known as the Barcelona Cathedral) and the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar. The latter being one of the most beautiful examples of pure Gothic architecture you’ll ever see.
Across town, one of the most famous buildings in Barcelona is still being built. The Sagrada Família was started in 1882 and it is hoped that it will be completed by 2026, just in time for the centenary of Gaudi’s death. The city’s famous son engineered the structure from early on, mixing Gothic and Art Nouveau stylings to create an, as yet, unfinished masterpiece. There is a charge to go inside but you can escape the fees and the crowds by simply admiring its glorious external structure.
Bathe On Barcelona’s Beaches
The beaches of Barcelona prove that the city has everything you could want as a tourist. Places like Barceloneta and Sant Sebastià offer somewhere to relax and cool off, although you shouldn’t expect the sand to be any less busy that the streets. As well as taking a quick dip and soaking up the sun, people go to Barceloneta to discover its links to the fishing trade. As you step off the ship, you can head straight to the nearby port and see how the industry functions today. Although you are likely to still see fisherman going about their business, it is the luxury yachts and cruise vessels like the one you will have arrived on that demand much of the focus these days.
Peace And Quiet At The Parc de la Ciutadella
If you want to escape the crowds of the city centre, the Parc de la Ciutadella is the perfect place to go. Barcelona has some great green areas, but this is possibly the pick of the bunch. The park houses the city zoo, which obviously charges, but you can still enjoy the rest of this lush space for free. Enter through the Arc de Triumfo, before taking a romantic stroll along the pathways, admiring the impressive waterfall monument and watching people as they take rowing boats out on the lake. If you plan ahead, you could even bag up some food from the ship’s buffet in the morning and have yourself a relaxing picnic. There is also free Wi-Fi available in the park, wherever you see the big ‘W’ signs.
If you would like to see Barcelona for yourself, as part of a Mediterranean cruise, check out the wide variety of itineraries we have available. Call our team for more information or to book your next trip.