Weekend in Barcelona? Perfect! The weekend is when this city is full of life and wonderful plans. That's why in ForBarcelonaLovers we have decided to create a list of things to do and plans to do at the weekend in Barcelona.
Plans for a weekend in Barcelona
There are plenty of ways to spend your money in Barcelona, there are also plenty of fun activities to keep you busy in the Catalan capital that won't ruin your wallet. From live music performances to museum visits and guided tours of the city, here are some of the cheapest activities you can do in Barcelona at the weekend.
Try the free museum Sundays
Several of Barcelona's best museums participate in the Free Museum Sunday program, which allows access to museums for free on Sundays from 3pm. Participating museums include the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB), the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC), the Picasso Museum, the Maritime Museum and the Museum of History of Barcelona (MUHBA).
Walking tour of the centre
One of the best ways to really see Barcelona is on foot. There is a hidden gem of some kind in every back street. Take a walk without fear of getting lost in the streets of the old town: this is probably where you'll make the best discoveries and one way or another you'll probably find yourself back on Las Ramblas.
I wrote a guide for a day trip to the centre. It doesn't cover the main attractions, but gives some ideas of things to do and see off the beaten track.
Go to Park Güell
The morning starts with the great classics of Antoni Gaudí, whose mark can be seen in so many corners of the city. Parc Güell (metro Vallcarca) opens at 08:00 and it is in this park that the architect clearly demonstrated the influence that natural elements had on all his work.
A trip to Spain, however brief, is not complete without a serious tapas session. To really do it the Spanish way, don't just sit down to a full tapas meal, take your palate on a tapas tour. This way you can visit all those places that specialize in tapas of a single type and make them really good. It's also a great way to explore the city.
Stroll along the beach
When visiting a coastal city it seems a shame not to take advantage of it. In winter you can take a stroll along the promenade and in summer you can be sure you'll be able to go home with a nice tan.
Explore the Gothic Quarter
Las Ramblas is the starting point to discover the labyrinth of narrow streets that make up the Gothic Quarter. You can lose yourself in the many squares with churches, palaces and institutional buildings such as the Ajuntament (Plaça Sant Jaume), but also visit Santa Maria del Mar, the Gothic basilica that inspired The Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones. However, the real architectural jewel of the district is the splendid Gothic cathedral, built in the heart of the old town.
See a free concert
Believe it or not, there are dozens of free concerts, dance performances and shows taking place in Barcelona every weekend. To help you find yours, check out forfree.barcelona, a guide to all the free cultural activities taking place in the city, including exhibitions, workshops, outdoor activities and more.
See the Magic Fountain
There is no age limit to enjoy the incredible spectacle of Barcelona's Magic Fountain. A spectacle of light, music and some 3,000 water cannons dance to the rhythm of Disney anthems and classic tunes. The Magic Fountain is located outside the National Palace of Catalonia and in the Plaza de España.