Budget Barcelona - How not to Break the Bank on your visit to the Catalan Capital !

 

Barcelona Apartment

Your first step to saving money is choosing an Apartment for rent in Barcelona, which is a much better option than a hotel. you have the freedom to come and go as a real resident and feel like a local in the neighbourhood you choose to stay in. Don't forget that you have a fully equipped kitchen and a living area to relax in and some of our apartments have balconies and terraces, too. So how else can you enjoy the city without maxing out the credit card?!

Visit some of the Barcelona markets and prepare a meal at your apartment. Barcelona has some fantastic food and drink and some amazing markets to buy that from. Take advantage of your Barcelona apartment by cooking a meal in for yourself, or making your own Tapas for the evening. The market traders are all very helpful and welcoming, and will happily guide you as to what to buy and in what amounts.

Take a picnic with you to one of the fantastic Barcelona Parks or Gardens. What better way to relax than chilling out with a picnic with your family or friends with the Spanish sun beating down on you with a cool Mediterranean breeze as you view the city and the horizon from Park Güell or the Cuitadella? This is a great money saver, and you can combine it with sightseeing, too.

Barcelona's Old Town

Take some walking shoes! the best way to visit Barcelona is on foot, and the city centre or old town is very easy to navigate your way around. If you prefer, there are some very reasonable budget bike hire companies, and Barcelona is a very green city, with many cycle lanes, too. If you decide to take the Barcelona Metro, then the best idea id to get a T-10 Metro ticket which is basically a ticket with 10 journeys on, but can be transferred between people. The price is very reasonable and at around 10 Euros, works out great*.

View from Montjüic

There are many free things to see and do in Barcelona - visit Cuitadella Park, metioned above, as well as the beautiful Botanical Gardens. Some of the city's Museums also have free entrance on certain days of the month too.

At night, take a stroll down las ramblas, and enter into the smaller bars and pubs to avoid paying tourist prices on Las Ramblas and be sure to visit the Magic Fountains at Montjüic or have stroll on the Barcelona beaches.

 

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*approximate price correct at time of publishing

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