Budget Tips for Travelling to Barcelona

Budget Tips for Travelling to Barcelona

Written By: Flipper

If you’ve been following along with my blog for any length of time, you know that I’m a budget traveller who likes to experience destinations with the least amount of money. I recently had an opportunity to visit Barcelona with the sole purpose of figuring out what I could do on a really tight budget. Luckily for me, Barcelona is one of the most interesting and beautiful cities in Europe and it’s not hard to explore or enjoy the sights for only a small amount of money.

One of the main reasons why I blog is to show others that you don’t need to have a lot of money to see the world. While you might be limited to destinations on your continent, there are many inexpensive ways to get around and experience new things. Since I live in England, travelling to Spain is not that difficult and affordable; but there are many other ways I try to save money once I reach my destination.

One of my best budget tips for travelling to Barcelona is to secure any of the tickets that you need well in advance. If you’re going to see an exhibit or performance, get your tickets before you even arrive in the city -- many popular destinations tend to sell out early, especially for when visiting Barcelona during peak travel times. Many museums and exhibits also only sell a certain number of tickets per day, so you want to ensure that you have your ticket. In addition, make sure that you know what time you have to enter, as if you miss it you won’t have a chance to go back.

Food can be an expensive part of any trip, but I always like to eat street food or go into tiny restaurants off of the beaten path. In Barcelona, tapas are inexpensive and allow you to sample a variety of dishes at once. In case you don’t know, tapas are small appetizer-sized dishes that only contain a few bites of each item -- that way you can sample a variety of meals and often drink is included, typically sangria. One of the essential food dishes to try when you’re in Barcelona is seafood paella, which is the traditional dish in the city.

In Barcelona there are many activities you can enjoy without spending any money. One of the most memorable parts of my trip to the city was simply walking around the large outdoor market, called the La Boqueria. This market has just about anything you can imagine including artisan cheeses to locally grown fruits and vegetables. If you’re using an apartment to stay in the city, picking up your own fresh food at the market is another great way to save money or just picking up some fresh food to enjoy on a picnic by the water.

Live entertainment is often available in the city; one of my favourite activities is to watch a flamenco show. At any given time you might catch a dance in one of the public squares or in certain areas within a park. If you happen to be around the Magic Fountains of Montjuic, catch a light show in the fountain that also features music -- this activity is free and happens twice each night.

One of the ways I try to save the most money when travelling is to stay at a hostel, since I don’t spend a lot of time in the room, I don’t feel that it’s important to spend much money on my accommodations. If staying somewhere besides a hostel is important to you, Airbnb options are available in various neighbourhoods and are affordable. Of course, a kitchen is often included so you can save even more money by making your own dishes. If you’re a solo traveller like myself, I recommend staying in a hostel and treating yourself to the street food so that you get a true experience while travelling around Barcelona.

Finally, a way to save money when getting around Barcelona is to purchase a trip pass for the city metro, which gives you multiple trips for one convenient fare. The only downside to using public transportation is that you need to know a little bit about the system and be prepared in case you’re out later than mass transit options are available.

Overall, Barcelona has been one of the most budget friendly cities to visit and I highly recommend anyone who has the opportunity to go to Spain enjoys stay in Barcelona.

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Countries: Spain
Cities: Barcelona
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