A 360º view of the city of Barcelona taken from the bunkers of Carmel

Barcelona | Top 10 Things to do on a budget

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.

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Bunkers del Carmel viewing point that boasts 360º views of the city
Turó de la Rovira hill, standing 262 metres above sea level, overlooks Barcelona offering panoramic views of the city

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!

  1. 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.
  2. Visit some of the popular squares of Barcelona: Plaça Reial, Plaça de la Universitat, Plaça Sant Jaume, Plaça d’Espanya, Plaça de Catalunya.
  3. Walk around Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona’s busiest square, where some of the most popular streets of the city meet.
  4. 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.
  1. 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.
Bread tapas topped with cherry tomatoes, olives and green peppers.
Delicious tapas with “patatas bravas”, Padrón green peppers, squid, home-made meat croquettes, cuttlefish, cod brandade croquettes, chicken, nachos, black rice and squid wraps
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

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  1. 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

  1. 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 Basílica de la Sagrada Família is a catholic basilica designed by the Spanish/Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí
Sagrada Família construction started in 1882 initially designed by Francisco de Paula del Villar. The project was taken over by Antoni Gaudí in 1882 and continued till his death in 1914. The restoration of this emblematic building is expected to be completed in 2026. A unique building of incredible architecture you should see

THE NEIGHBOURHOODS TO VISIT

  1. 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“.
  2. Walk around La Barceloneta, El Gòtic, Sagrada Família, Poblenou districts.
  3. Explore el Raval, the artistic bohemian neighbourhood of Barcelona!
  4. 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.
  5. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Visit El Call, the Jewish Quarter, a historic barrio with narrow streets located in the Gothic neighbourhood.
  5. 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.
  6. Discover the Sant Felip Neri Square and visit the church of Sant Felip Neri.
  7. Visit the Palau de la Generalitat, a gothic-style palace which houses the offices of the Presidency of the Generalitat de Catalunya.
  8. 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.
A panoramic view of the city of Barcelona and the Gaudi house museum
The Gaudí House Museum was opened to the public in 1963, shows the more personal side of the architect, hosts furniture, objects and documents that played a significant role in Gaudí’s life

GRACIA DISTRICT

  1. 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.
  1. 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”.
  2. 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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A water fountain located in La Ramblas decorated with golden colour water taps and a lamp post
The Font de Canaletes is a historic fountain, located in Rambla de Canaletes, the upper part of La Rambla, dating back to the 14th century. The emblematic monument which came from a deposit located in the Torre de Sant Sever of the old medieval walls was water supplying Barcelona’s old city. The tradition says if you drink from the fountain, you’ll come back to Barcelona

WHERE TO STAY

Book your place in Airbnb. Get your discount here. Living with a local host offers a rich travel experience. Are you looking for a recommendation? Contact me!

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A gothic architecture religious building in the city centre of Barcelona
The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, also known as Barcelona Cathedral, is the Gothic cathedral and seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona

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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!

5 thoughts on “Barcelona | Top 10 Things to do on a budget

  1. Some great advice about exploring Barcelona. I wish I found something like this when I visited Barcelona many years ago. I guess this means I need to go back. One more thing to add is that I really enjoyed walking along the water. Few cities offer such a large stretch of quality beach right in the city. I would start at Barceloneta Beach and just stroll north. The sculptures and the views were great. Lots of places to stop and grab a drink and a bite to eat as well.

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  2. What a great post! I spent a small fortune the last time I was in Barcelona, and it was really frustrating. This has some great tips I’ll keep in mind for my next trip that’s hopefully more budget friendly!

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