Barcelona is a popular travel destination on many ‘hit lists’ around the world – and for good reason. With a vibrant food scene, jaw-dropping architecture, a string of decent city beaches (which only increase in beauty if you travel a little out of the city centre) and all that Mediterranean sunshine, there are plenty of reasons to visit the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region.
But, city breaks and excursions cost money.
And if you’re on a budget, Barcelona isn’t exactly known for its cheap prices.
There are plenty of ways to visit the city on a budget, however.
It just requires a more inventive way of thinking.
Traveling on a shoestring budget is often more fun, especially if you get a thrill from cost cutting.
Take Advantage of Free Culture
Choose Sunday as your ‘museum day’ as between 3-8pm all city-run museums are free to enter.
You can get more out of your holiday budget this way, visiting Gaudi’s Passeig de Gràcia or the masterpiece La Sagrada Familia for free.
Other places that you can visit for free at this time include the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, MUHBA Museu d’Història de Barcelona, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya and Museu Picasso.
Choose Your Restaurant Carefully
Tapas is a good way to cut down on the costs – provided you don’t loose track of what you’re ordering.
Barcelona is full of quaint bars and streets which are stuffed full with tapas and pintxos venues.
Head to Carrer de Blai in the neighbourhood of Poble Sec.
Once there you will find bars with idyllic terraces and affordable food.
Most places close for an afternoon siesta and reopen at around 7pm.
Wander Through a Maze of Streets
Getting lost in Barcelona is not such a bad thing when you’re in a city that reveals hidden surprises at every turn.
There are narrow streets that cars just can’t go down and gothic architecture built into many of the cobbled streets that snake their way around the city.
The idyllic streets of Barri Gotico (the Gothic Quarter) or a stroll just off Las Ramblas will reveal more about the way of life in Barcelona than if you were to crawl along in a car.
Go one further and take picnic with you instead of paying to eat out.
There are plenty of steps to sit on or places to stop and watch the world go by.
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Nightlife on a Budget
Yes, you can still go out when you’re on a budget; it just requires a bit more forward planning.
Mexican restaurants like Rosa del Raval in the El Ravel district serve two for one cocktails, and generally in the same district you will find the city’s bars and clubs that offer great value for money.
In most cases, arriving early (before 1am) to a bar or a club will give you free entry.
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Okay, so it’s not free, but in Barcelona you can watch local and theatre and art performances for only a few euros.
Performances are in Spanish or Catalan, so you’ll be getting the true, authentic Spanish experience.
Another bonus freebie is the city’s free WiFi.
When in the city centre, look out for the ‘W’ signs, which signify that you can access the free WiFi.
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Want to see more Spanish cities? Take a look at our guide to San Sebastian here
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