10 Absolutely Free Tourist Sites In Spain

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Spain has always been in the list of countries with the greatest tourist visits each year. Why not, it is a country rich in history and traditions, breathtaking natural landscapes and an incredibly rich culture spread in its streets, buildings and monuments.

Most of the popular tourist sites in Spain are chargeable and they are always crowded with visitors. But there are places that tourists can enjoy without taking out their wallet.

Be aware of the day and time and the rules that come with it, though. Like the Royal Palace in Madrid or the Palacio Real, it is free on Wednesdays, but only for EU (European Union) citizens. This list is absolutely free no matter what city you are in or what corner of the world you are from.

ten Barcelona Cathedral

This place is also known as cathedral of Saint Eulalia and the Holy Cross, a tall building 305 feet high and located in Pla de la Seu. It’s an architectural marvel from the outside as well as the inside, with a magnificent, massive organ that has been playing for worshipers since 1539 and took around two years to fully construct.

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Most cathedrals in Spain would ask for a donation instead of an entrance fee, but free entry to this cathedral is scheduled as a worship time every day from 8:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the morning and 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the evening (variable hours on weekends and public holidays), depending on barcelonando.com.

9 Madrid and Barcelona street art

Art Appreciation 101: It doesn’t have to be in a museum with concentrated lighting and a bunch of binding rules for the viewer. Someone once said ‘the world is my canvas’ and it seems that the citizens of Madrid and Barcelona took that to heart and used their streets as a concrete canvas.

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In Madrid there are La Latina, Lavapies and Embajadores. These three places are full of street art, but the free ones can be seen in Lavapies. In Barcelona, ​​head to the northern part of Poble Nou or to El Raval. This district has the largest murals in the region, Street art influenced and inspired by Spain.

8 Reina Sofia Museum

The Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid is located on the famous Paseo del Arte, or Art Walk in English. This one kilometer long stretch radiates proudly from all the museums, galleries and exposure rooms that can be visited.

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If you are a dilettante or just like to look at shiny and colorful things, take a walk here, but stop by the Museo de Reina Sofia for a free tour of the place and see a masterpiece by Picasso, Guernica. According to the museum’s website, admission is free from 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays, but access is limited.

7 Picasso Museum

Pablo Picasso is considered one of the greatest artists of all time, arguably the best of the 20th century. He was born and raised in Spain but he emigrated and did most of his work in France.

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Of its 20,000 works of art, 4,251 are on display at the Picasso Museum on Carrer Montcada in Barcelona. Known locally as the Museu Picasso de Barcelona, ​​the Picasso Museum is a must-see on your next visit to Spain. The site shares the free admission schedule and it’s every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and the first Sunday of the whole day!

6 Magic fountain show

La Font Màgica is an international icon of Spain and is probably the most visited site and event in Barcelona as there are absolutely no entry fees! The Magic Fountain Show is an extravagant water show, lightsand Music was held in Sants-Montjuïc, Barcelona, ​​and has provided quality entertainment to thousands of tourists every year.

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It was built in 1929 by Carles Buigas and is a monstrosity that flows 2,600 liters of water per second. The schedule of the show is on the Barcelona City Council website and it offers several types of shows that start at 9:30 p.m. all week except Mondays and Tuesdays.

5 zero kilometer

There’s no better way to start your tour of Spain than at the country’s starting point. Kilometer Zero is the marker of the geographical center of Spain and it is located in the capital city of Madrid.

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The exact address of the center is 3 Plaza Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain. After taking photos of this, look up and see that you are already at your next destination, historic Puerta del Sol. The square was used as a city wall gate in 14th century Spain. Also discover El Oso y el Madroño, it is the statue of the bear and the strawberry tree which is also in the square.


4 Prado Museum

This year is a monumental year for the Museo Del Prado as it is the establishment’s 200th anniversary. Two centuries ago, in November, the museum opened its doors and people enjoyed the art at its best. This year, visitors will see a commemoration presented by the museum called The Bicentenary.

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It is located on Calle de Ruiz de Alarcón in Madrid. It houses countless works of art, including the art of Francisco Goya and Diego Velazquez. The museum offers free admission for all, every day from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the evening and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays as indicated on their website.


3 Temple of Debod

The Temple of Debod is a popular tourist attraction in Madrid located on Calle Ferraz. It is an Egyptian temple as old as the 2nd century BC that was closed when the ancient Egyptian region of Nubia converted to Christianity.

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Then, in the 20th century, Egypt gifted the temple to Madrid, and the city rebuilt the temple and set it up in Parque del Oeste, Madrid’s western park. There is no entrance fee to the ancient temple and the area is ideal for photos and personal social media content. It’s always nice to experience a mixture of two historic cultures and enjoy it for free.


2 Cathedrals and Basilicas

The Cathedral of Saint Eulalia and the Holy Cross is just one of many religious sites in the city of Barcelona. The Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar offers free admission every day at fixed times in the morning and evening.

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This church is located in Plaça de Santa Maria and is a perfect architectural example of 14th century Gothic. The Basilica of Santa Maria del Pi is another Gothic church located in Plaça del Pi in Barcelona. The rich history of the church takes you on a journey through time believed to have taken place as early as the fifth century. Another church to visit is the Basilica of Sant Justus Pastor.


1 When you’re on the street, it’s free!

As soon as you step out of your hotel room in Barcelona, ​​everything you see from the street is free. The very popular tourist attraction in Spain called Sagrada Familia and Gaudi sites can be seen from certain vantage points on the streets of Barcelona.

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How about walking around the perimeter of Montjüic Castle and touching the walls? This old military fortress is quite impressive just with a view from the outside. The Sagrada Familia Basilica is so imposing that you don’t even have to make a real effort to see how beautiful the structure is.


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