A Cheap Weekend in Barcelona

This popular city break destination ain’t cheap. Barcelona is a cosmopolitan and trendy city with beautiful architecture and even more beautiful people, not to mention buzzing nightlife and its very own beach!

If you’re on a budget and want to be part of the action, it’s still possible to have a great time in Barcelona, without spending a fortune. Read on for our great tips on how to do Barcelona on a budget.


Friday Night

You’ve arrived in Barcelona, and there’s plenty to do tomorrow. So, you need a good night’s sleep. Luckily, you’d already checked out our website and read the article on how to get free accommodation in Barcelona by couchsurfing. So, head to the trendy apartment you’re going to call home whilst in Barcelona. You’ll have the services of a local guide to steer you away from the tourist traps, a free place to sleep, and more money in your pocket.


Get up early and head down La Rambla, Barcelona’s tourist strip. You’ll have time to enjoy Barcelona’s buzzing boulevard later on today, but this morning you’re going to capture a real slice of local life and head to La Boqueria. Barcelona’s vibrant and bustling market is a hive of activity and a great place for foodies. Grab a pastry or some colourful fruit and take an hour exploring and taking some great pictures.


Next, it’s on to Park Guell – take your breakfast with you on the underground. This architectural masterpiece, the brainchild of Gaudi, is now a world heritage site and an excellent place to eat your breakfast amongst the stunning sculptures and mosaics. Best of all, entrance is free.

After, get back on the underground and hit the beach. It’s a great free thing to do in Barcelona – it’s not the most beautiful of beaches and it is man made, but if there’s sun and sand who cares! Grab a bite to eat at one of the cheap restaurants – a burger and chips will set you back only €5.

When you’re done, pack up your gear and head back towards La Rambla as evening approaches. You’ll be able to take the lift to the top of the statue of Colombus at the end of La Rambla for some excellent views over the area.


As the sun sets over the city, take an evening stroll down La Rambla along with locals and other tourists. It’s the number one place for soaking up the atmosphere and catching some free entertainment – the strip is littered with street entertainers, dancers and musicians.

Hungry? Resist the temptation to eat in the bars on and off La Rambla and head into the streets of the old town for some cheap eats. Dive into the alleyways of the old quarter for food at more than half the price of that in the tourist hot spots. Try an all you can eat buffet for €11.95 in Fres Co, just behind the market.


Begin your day with a croissant or pasty before heading to the fantastic Sagrada Familia, another of Gaudi’s creations. As yet unfinished, you’ll be able to get some great shots of the beautiful exterior.


Afterwards, why not soak up a bit of culture during a free museum visit? If it’s the first Sunday of the month you can get into the Picasso museum for free, but the queues are enormous so get there early. Otherwise, try the modern art museum at no cost.

Before heading back to the airport, take a stroll through Parc de la Ciutadella which is a pleasant spot with its very own Arc de Triomphe. You’ll also need lunch, so run along to Bar No Se in Passeig de Born for free (yes, free!) Tapas if you order a beer.

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