How to enjoy Europe – for free!

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Here are some of the best attractions across Europe that are totally free for you to enjoy at your leisure, so save yourself some of your hard-earned cash and use our guide below to sightsee on a budget.


London has many great sights to see and an expected 38 million people will visit to see some of them this year. Despite London being one of the most expensive cities in the world, it has many free attractions. You might want to visit some of the most famous sites like The Houses of Parliament,  Westminster Abbey and the London Eye, but you will have to pay if you want to enter or take a tour of these. It is, however, free to take pictures outside these attractions. Another thing you should do is visit one of London’s many museums, which are all free (aside for any special exhibitions). The National Gallery (on Trafalgar Square), The Tate Modern (on the South Bank) and The British Museum are some of the most popular.


If Lisbon is high on your list of places to visit this summer keep in mind these top free places to see. Visit Joe Berardo’s contemporary art collection at the Colecção Berardo and you’ll get to see some masterpieces by Picasso, Rothko, Dalí, Warhol and much more all for free. Lisbon also has many popular viewpoints which are called the ‘miradouro’ and can be found at various locations across the city. One you should see if you are into spectacular views is Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcantara – it has panoramic views across the city towards central Lisbon. If you’ve got more sights to see, save visiting them for Sundays as all attractions in the city are free!


With its rich history, fantastic cuisine and perfect beach weather Barcelona is usually near the top of everyone’s must-see places. If you are lucky enough to be visiting soon make sure you make the best of your time there by seeing the sights without breaking the bank. Like Lisbon, all museums offer free entry all day on Sundays. If you want to visit La Catedral (not La Sagrada Familia – this is different!) it’s best to go either in the early morning or in the late afternoon as it’s free then, during the day you will be asked to pay a donation. Other than the sites you have the wonderful beaches and the Tibidabo Mountain which are great for exploring.


One of the oldest and most wonderful places in Europe, Rome has long attracted the crowds, which means it’s often not the cheapest place to visit. If you can, book a trip around the first Sunday in the month as again like other cities, the museums will be free – this includes the incredible Vatican Museum! If that’s not going to work for you, you can still visit some sites such as St. Peter’s Basilica for free. Also, take a visit to The Pantheon – it’s free to enter; it can get busy, but you’re mostly going to be looking up at the amazing ceiling anyway! Apart from that, Rome is perfect for just wandering through – you’ll be surprised at how many sights there are to see and interesting little places dotted around the city, so be sure to go for a walk.

The great thing about all these cities is that your Monese contactless card will work in all of them! No need to worry about changing your cash or being crippled by excessive bank charges just for using your card abroad – just carry your Monese card and spend just like you would at home!


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