Barcelona is one of the best cities to visit in Europe, a bustling and cosmopolitan metropolis, absolutely lovable! What is there to do in Barcelona on a budget? Here are the best budget travel tips – including cheap eats, the best neighbourhoods to visit and top free things to do.
- TOP 10 THINGS TO DO ON A BUDGET
- THE MUSEUMS TO VISIT
- THE NEIGHBOURHOODS TO VISIT
- THE GOTHIC QUARTER
- GRACIA DISTRICT
- WHERE TO STAY
- IS BARCELONA WORTH A VISIT?
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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO ON A BUDGET
Barcelona has it all! Delicious food, lovely people, amazing architecture and a huge variety of pubs, clubs and restaurants! A city that never sleeps!
- Join a free walking tour! The experience of joining a tour in the Gothic Quarter proved to be a wise choice. The tour provided from Free Walking tours Barcelona and our tour guide, Aidan, an enthusiastic individual, very informative and with a great sense of humour, exceeded our expectations! Would you prefer to choose from a variety of walking tours? Then check them and book your tickets here.
- Visit some of the popular squares of Barcelona: Plaça Reial, Plaça de la Universitat, Plaça Sant Jaume, Plaça d’Espanya, Plaça de Catalunya.
- Walk around Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona’s busiest square, where some of the most popular streets of the city meet.
- Do a self-guided tour and photograph some of the Gaudi architectural masterpieces: Sagrada Familia Basilica, Park Güell, Casa Calvet, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà, Cascada Monumental. Interested to visit Sagrada Familia and some of Gaudi’s amazing art? Pick and choose your favourite tour here.
- Where to eat at an affordable price? Eat like a local at Blai Street (Carrer de Blai). Taste delicious tapas and pintxos. The tapas bars I have visited and recommend are La Tasqueta de Blai and Blai 9. Super yummy! Looking for a food tour to join? Enjoy an affordable and entertaining way to experience some of the best tapas bars in Barcelona on a 3-hour tour guided by local Spanish guides. Book it here.
- Where to watch a stand-up comedy for free? Visit La Dorotea, Bodega y Galería, located right in the Gothic Quarter, hosting different comedians every week. Want to have a glass of wine in a friendly and fun environment? A bar to try the best sangria you’ll ever have! Check here the latest event updates from La Dorotea.
- Walk around Avinguda del Paral·lel, one of the main streets of the city of Barcelona, choose from a wide range of bars and restaurants.
- Where to get the best city views? Follow the path to the Turó de la Rovira, the hilltop ruins of the Bunkers del Carmen, grab a beer and enjoy the sunset!
- Feel the magic by watching the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, a music, light and water fountain show taking place at the head of Avinguda Maria Cristina in the Montjuïc neighbourhood. Are you a bike enthusiast like me? Enjoy then a sunset bike tour with a private guide that takes you through the fountain magic lights. Cycle from the Gothic area towards Montjuic Magic Fountain. If you are not a fan of cycling, here’s is an alternative option. Explore the city and make your way along Avinguda del Paral·lel to Plaça d’Espanya, climb aboard an electric scooter for a panoramic tour of Montjuïc, ascend Montjuïc mountain with the assistance of your scooter’s electric motor. Book your 2-hour tour here. Are you looking to visit Montjuïc on a more relaxed and fun way? Then drive the funky yellow GoCar. The custom GPS shows you the route and the GoCar will talk, telling you stories about the sights around you. Check it here.
THE MUSEUMS TO VISIT
- Culture yourself by visiting a museum. Several museums offer free entrance every Sunday from 3 pm onwards and all day on the first Sunday of each month.
|THE MUSEUMS TO VISIT FOR FREE|
|The Picasso Museum | Thursday afternoons from 5 pm to 9 pm|
|Museu d’Història de Barcelona | Sunday from 3 pm onwards|
|Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya | Saturday from 3 pm onwards|
|Maritime Museum | Sunday after 3 pm|
|Museum of Natural Sciences | Sunday throughout the year from 3 pm|
THE NEIGHBOURHOODS TO VISIT
- Barcelona has ten neighbourhoods (barrios): “Ciutat Vella”, “L’Eixample”, “Les Corts”, “Sarria-Sant Gervasi”, “Horta-Guinardo”, “Sant Marti”, “Gracia”, Sants-Montjuic”, “Sant Andreu” and “Nou Barris“.
- Walk around La Barceloneta, El Gòtic, Sagrada Família, Poblenou districts.
- Explore el Raval, the artistic bohemian neighbourhood of Barcelona!
- Explore the city by bike in 3 hours than you would on foot in 3 days. Cycle the seafront promenade and end with a break on the beach bar. The price of the tour starts at € 22.
- Enjoy Barcelona’s skyline from the water, cruise along the city’s most ancient harbour. Book a Catamaran 1 hour Trip here.
THE GOTHIC QUARTER
- Walkthrough the narrow alleys of the Gothic Quarter neighbourhood. Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica of Barcelona and get inspired by the magnificent gothic architecture. If you are not one for going on long walks, join a segway tour from Barceloneta beach and explore the city.
- Stroll around Las Ramblas, one of the most popular and busy surroundings of the city. TIP: Beware of pickpockets. Certainly, I would not recommend you to dine in Las Ramblas, however I do recommend to visit el Mercado de La Boqueria, a splendid fresh food market, choose between a great variety of vegetables, meat, snacks, chocolate treats. Make sure to fill your bottle of water in Las Ramblas fountain (“Font de Canaletes“). If you prefer to visit La Boqueria market on a tour, learn about the history of Barcelona, from Roman to medieval times and up to the 20th century, check it here.
- Take a look at the Via Sepulcral Romana, located near La Ramblas in the Gothic quarter, a cemetery from the Roman Age dating thousands of years.
- Visit El Call, the Jewish Quarter, a historic barrio with narrow streets located in the Gothic neighbourhood.
- Admire the gothic architecture of Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi, situated on the Plaça del Pi. Walk around the carter de la Falla, a small street with little shops.
- Discover the Sant Felip Neri Square and visit the church of Sant Felip Neri.
- Visit the Palau de la Generalitat, a gothic-style palace which houses the offices of the Presidency of the Generalitat de Catalunya.
- Where can you see flamenco in Barcelona? Experience the passion of the flamenco, watch a passionate performance, sample multiple fresh tapas dishes with complimentary sangria! Meet your guide in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, book your tickets here.
- Gracia neighbourhood impressed me from the very first moment. If I would choose a neighbourhood to live in Barcelona, Gracia would be on the top of my list. Gracia is a relaxed, cool vibe and walks friendly community, one of the smallest districts by area, which houses some of the greatest fine Barcelona architecture like the Park Güell.
Park Güell has been UNESCO heritage site since 1984! Here you can see the magnificent murals of the Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi. Continue reading Park Güell | A park full of colour
- Visit Park Güell and pay 10 euros to see the impressive murals! If you are not a fan of art nouveau, walk up to the hill to enjoy amazing views of the city for free! On the top of the hill is located the viewpoint ”Mirador de Joan Sales”. Joan Sales was a Catalan writer, poet, translator and editor. If you fancy walking walk for 10 minutes from Mirador de Joan Sales to a second viewpoint, the ”Mirador de architect Ignacio de Lecea”.
- Discover the most Instagrammable sights by joining a walking tour of Barcelona. Enjoy a photo session at the most scenic places in Barcelona with a professional photographer. The entrance to the Park Guell is included (full-day option). What you ‘ll get? 25 fully optimized high-resolution pictures per session and 5 extra images per person if you are 2 or more.
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WHERE TO STAY
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IS BARCELONA WORTH A VISIT?
How much spending money do you need for a day in the city? Following the budget things, I recommend you should plan to spend €25-30 per day on your holidays. This post recommends additional tours and activities to get the most out of your holidays in Barcelona.
Enjoy your time in Barcelona! Is Barcelona worth visiting? What a lively city! Tip: Beware of the pickpockets.
Here’s a quick guide on what to see on a budget in Barcelona! There are so many things to do, the list of things to do and see in Barcelona is inexhaustible!