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The Best Places in Spain to have Fun for Free

Just because you are in a foreign country doesn't mean you can't have fun while trying to save money. There are plenty of places in Spain where you can have fun for free. Even in the big cities of Barcelona and Madrid, you can have fun even if you are on a vacation on a budget. So whether you are in Spain, or if you plan on going, don't worry. You can still have plenty of fun while still keeping your wallet happy too.

These tips come courtesy of the loan website wonga.com in their efforts to help the holiday makers among you hold on to a little more of your cash, I hope they serve you well:
 
La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi Cathedral, Barcelona, Catalonia (Cataluna) (Catalunya), Spain, Europe
Temple de la Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Most free places in Spain are only free during certain time periods, so you should keep that in mind. You don't want to go and then end up having to pay a ton of money. There are plenty of great free places to go in Spain, but these are simply some of the best.
 

Museo de Reina Sofia

This is one of Madrid's world famous art galleries. The gallery features many works by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Even Pablo Picasso's masterpiece the Guernica can be viewed here for free. You can visit this gallery free everyday for a limited amount of time. On weekdays (on Tuesday the gallery is closed), you can come free from 7-9 PM. On Saturday you can visit after 2:30 PM until closing, and on Sunday you can come from opening to 2:30 for free.

Gaudi's La Sagrade Familia

This is Barcelona's most famous landmark. It does cost money to go inside the museum, but unless architecture and the history of architecture fascinates you, you probably won't find it too interesting. You can still enjoy the sculptures outside of the building and the amazing design from the outside.

Cathedral and Giralda

This is the most famous attraction is Seville. It is one of the world's largest cathedrals, and the architecture in and outside the building is absolutely stunning. You can visit the building free on Sundays.
Palacio Real
Palacio Real is the royal residence, and is located in Madrid. You can visit for free on Wednesdays, and it's pretty cool to visit a royal residence for free.
Picasso Museum
This museum contains the best works created by the Spanish cubist artist. The museum is located in Barcelona. The lines to get into this museum are incredibly long, so if you choose to go you should probably get there early. You can visit free every first Sunday of the month.
Giralda Tower, Seville Cathedral, Seville, Andalucia, Spain
Giralda Tower, Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain
Plaza Espana, Seville, Andalucia, Spain
Plaza Espana, Seville, Andalucia, Spain
Parque de María Luisa and Plaza de España
This is a lush garden and a plaza that is located to the southeast of Seville. You can view the architecture of the building, and the parks here are spectacular as well. Best of all, it's always free!
Museo Tiflológico
This museum was designed for blind people, but that doesn't mean people who can see can't enjoy the museum. The exhibits and objects can be touched, so you can actually feel the things that are being shown off. It's a little different from your average museum experience. It's always free too!
Montjuïc and the Museu Nacional D'Art de Catalunya
This is one of the two mountains located in Barcelona. If you like climbing, then this is something you'd enjoy. The mountain offers a beautiful view of Barcelona, but also of the nature on and surrounding the mountain and Barcelona. It's always free to be under the age of 15, people over 65, and it's free to everyone the first Sunday of every month.
Case de Pilatos
These buildings were built for the marquis of Tarifa. The architecture of these building crosses Islamic and Italian architecture. Visiting these building is free to everyone on Tuesday afternoons. The building are located in Seville.

So, these are some of the best places in Spain to visit where you can have fun for free. A lot of them involve architecture and art, but this is Spain after all. So, if you are or if your planning on visiting Spain soon, consider visiting one of these free locations when you need somewhere to go!

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Latest update:  January 16, 2014 pp