In this post, we’ll look at the top 5 free activities to do in Spain. The inspiration for this post originated from the fact that the abundance of outdoor activities was one of the reasons we decided to relocate to Spain.
Spain, on the other hand, is great for spending time outside, in nature. Unfortunately, weather used to be a big factor to consider when organising a day out in England. As a result, we preferred indoor activities such as shopping, going to the movies, playing mini-golf, and so on.
However, here in Spain, there are a range of things that can be done all year, so without further ado, let’s move to number one.
1. Relax at one of the beaches
Spain is a huge country surrounded by both the Mediterranean sea and the Atlantic ocean. For this reason, there are numerous beaches that you can visit. Taking a day trip to the beach is something that many Spaniards do on a regular basis. You only need transportation, food, SPF 50+ if you’re as white as myself, and some companionship or a nice book to read.
2. Visit city parks
Not everyone is lucky enough to live near the coast, but visiting a park is an excellent alternative that is available in almost every city. Spaniards know how to take care of their parks, which are home to incredible fauna and flora.
We recently visited Palmeral de Elche, Europe’s largest palmgrove, and we were simply blown away by its beauty. You can spend hours walking the park’s tiny trails, pausing at a café for a coffee or an ice cream. The park’s admission is totally free, making it an excellent attraction for people on a limited budget.
3. Visit popular viewpoints
There are several viewpoints in Spain, known as ‘miradores’ in Spanish. These are the sites that are high up on the rocks or mountains and provide magnificent views over the city or valley. In Spain, we visited hundreds of these. You can, without a doubt, take some stunning photographs too.
4. Go hiking
Since Spain is a mountainous country, there are numerous hiking routes. Whether you like to trek on flatter ground or take on more difficult terrain, Spain provides something for everyone. Esme Fox from Culture Trip covers some fantastic hiking and trekking destinations in Spain, so be sure to check it out.
However, it’s important to emphasise that in the south of Spain hiking is more popular in the winter simply because climbing mountains in temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius is not something people should be doing. Nonetheless, it’s a fantastic option for those who don’t want to spend their day at the beach and would rather do something more active.
5. A trip to a museum
Art and culture enthusiasts will be pleased to learn that the majority of museums in Spain are totally free. And, most importantly, there are so many of them. Large cities, such as Madrid, Barcelona, or Valencia, have a wide range of museums and galleries, so you’re likely to discover something that piques your interest.
However, before visiting any of the museums, make sure to check the admissions fees online, as some may charge a small fee for access.
You have it now. Top 5 free activities in Spain, a country rich in culture, with beautiful scenery, delicious food, and friendly people. Whether you choose to go for a stroll in the nature, spend a relaxing day by the sea, or visit one of the museums, I am convinced you will not be disappointed. At the end of the day, the top 5 activities we covered are either free or virtually free, assuming we include transportation costs to these places.
Have you done any of these activities in Spain? Can you recommend any low-cost alternatives? Tell us in the comments.
Talk to you soon!