In Seville you can explore centuries of the city’s history, see a flamenco performance, check out the latest contemporary art, or visit the city’s major monuments – all for free, if you know when to go.
Madrid is rich with cultural attractions, but if you aren't quite as rich, there's plenty to do while staying within your budget. Many of Madrid's world-class sights and activities have admission fees, while a significant number of places, including parks, churches and art galleries remain free – or periods of time when attractions have free entrance. Here are our favorite free things to do in Madrid.
But for a taste of Catalan life beyond the metropolis – or simply for a change of pace – you can choose between mountains, beaches and pretty little towns, all just a short ride away. Here are the best day trips from Barcelona.