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Tina Walsh

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What are the best things to do in Barcelona without breaking the bank?

My boyfriend and I will be in Barcelona for 4 days, and we aren't sure of the best things to do without spending a ton of money. We are staying in the El Born area of Barcelona, and we like a mixture of must-see sites as well as things that aren't regular tourist attractions.

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  • Valerie Fidan

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    La Boqueria is a great stop for a cheap lunch.

    The Museums are free on Sundays after 3pm, and some ever offer free admissions on Saturdays after 3pm.

    Parc Güell, Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera Apartment can be pricey...all 4 places but the park charge about 20 euros. Parc Guell, you can walk around the park, but getting inside is about 8 euros.

    Barcelona Cathedral - In the heart of Barri Gòtic, the colossal neo-Gothic La Catedral is as impressive outside as it is within. Free entry in the morning and late afternoon makes it worth venturing inside to take in its soaring domed ceilings, pillars and cloister with courtyard of palms, orange trees and resident gaggle of white geese.

    Barceloneta - it’s the closest and it can often be the busiest. But it’s quite a big beach area and has some bars and cafes along the waterfront. The quickest way to get to here is to catch the yellow line metro and get off at the Barceloneta stop.

    Icaria - which you can get to by the yellow line metro to Ciutadella Vila Olimpica. It’s a little bit quieter here if you like to relax in peace on your beach. And if you want an all over, line-free tan, then check out Nova Mar Bella beach as it’s an unofficial nudist beach, which means you can also wear your swimsuit even if your friends don’t want to. This is a 20 minute walk from the Poblenou yellow line metro stop.

    Parc de la Ciutadella - 74 acres and has a lake, a zoo, several museums and more. Spend a few hours wandering amongst the walkways, flowerbeds and palm trees while checking out the fountains and sculptures dotted around the park. You can hire out a rowing boat if you wish to go out on the lake or check out the zoo.

    Free Tapas - If you fancy a free nibble then check out Nou Ambiente Del Sur in the L'Eixample neighbourhood. This is a small, friendly bar that offers some great small plates of food with a drink. In the same area you’ll also find Atrapatapa, and while their tapas aren’t free, they offer them for just two Euros once you purchase a drink. If you’re peckish in the Gothic District then check out Bar Mingus for their free tapas with a drink, and same for Gata Mala in the Gracia area.

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  • Terry Uemura

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    Hola Tina!

    Get the hop on hop off bus pass, there are three routes. You get a coupon book that gives you discounts to some of the entrance fees. From there you can see the major sites along the route or explore the area and see what you discover. Of course you cannot miss the main attractions, mainly several of Antonio Gaudi's buildings such as Sagrada Família, Casa Batlo, La Pedrera (Casa Mila), Parc Güell. Be sure to visit inside these buildings, the rooftops, etc. Walk Las Ramblas, fun place for people watching and include a visit to Mercat De La Boquería. Free to visit and take amazing photos of the fruits and fresh seafood. Once you take care of your airfare and accommodations you will find that Barcelona is very affordable!

    Que pase muy buen viaje!

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  • Jacey & Scott Mahaffy

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    Hi Tina-the below answers are spot on. Take a picnic lunch from La Boqueria to Parc Güell and enjoy the views and strolling around. We walked back and took in La Sagrada Familia. If you like architecture, take in the other Gaudi stops: Casa Batlo and La Pedrera Apartment. Or if you don't like the picnic idea, grab a seat at Pinotxo Bar in the Boqueria-let the chef decide what you'll have!

    La BoqueriaParc Güell

    We are both very much in sports, so a wander around the hilltop (Parc de Montjuïc) where the Estadi Olímpic is located might be entertaining if you are similarly suited-there is a neat funicular that will take you up to the top, then walk back down towards the beautiful building of the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya and it's gorgeous fountain and boulevard out to Plaça d'Espanya .

    La Rambla is highly entertaining for the street performers, and the many tapas joints. While the ones located on La Rambla won't be your best restaurants, they are fun to hop in and out of.

    Lastly, we enjoyed a little square in Barcelona-Plaça Reial-sat outside at Restaurante Italiano Rossini for some great pizza and wonderful wine.

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      This was fantastic- thank you so much. I want to do both the picnic from the market and eat at the bar! I'm also going to plan to try the pizza at the restaurant you mentioned. Thanks so much again! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Chryssa Oikonomidou

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    Hello Tina,


    I see you have a lot of great suggestions already! I would suggest the Barcelona Alternative Tapas Tour: the Traditional Vermouth, where you will spend approx 2 and a half hours with a gourmet guide visiting different neighbourhoods (like Ciutat Vella, El Barri Gòtic and Raval neighbourhoods) and tasting Vermouth (a typical aperitif in Barcelona) and a selection of the most representative tapas that locals love.


    Check more here:

    http://www.tourboks.com/en/product/barcelona-alternative-tapas-tour-the-traditional-vermouth.html

    P.S: i work at Tourboks so if you need more help on tours and activities in Barcelona i would be glad to help out :)

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  • Jahn Schlosser

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    Hi Tina,


    I would really suggest a bike tour! You will get an overview and you can go back to the highlights whenever you feel comfortable afterwards.


    I also suggest to check my three day itinerary with a lot of ideas what to do with small money.


    Check www.bcnbylocals.com


    have fun exploring like these ;-) cheerz, Jahn

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    Hey Tina,

    Barcelona is amazing! I went for four days too, and was able to do a ton on a budget. Here were some of my faves:

    • Parc Güell : the exterior of the amazing park is completely free to enter, and you get great views. You can also enter Gaudi's home, now a mini museum for 5€. I'm not sure what it costs to enter the main portion (popular tourist destination) but it shouldn't be too much.

    • Barceloneta : take a walk at the beach! Free. If you want, grab a cocktail or ice cream. eyescream and friends is really cute and fun, and doesn't cost much.

    • La Rambla + La Boqueria : walk around, take photos. La Rambla is insanely gorgeous, and the big open market is Barcelona's best. Try a fresh fruit juice for a euro, or treat yourself to other inexpensive delicacies.
      La Boqueriaimage from kristagray.com
    • Font Màgica de Montjuïc : a free light/music show that's worth watching. Be sure to check the times before you plan your trip as they vary by day and season.

    • Camp Nou : football fans love Camp Nou, home of FC Barcelona. It's pretty impressive for anyone to see, even from the outside.

    • Basílica de la Sagrada Família : even if you don't go inside (I recommend it - was so worth it!), seeing this famous cathedral is a MUST. Early afternoons during the week tend to be less packed, according to our Airbnb host.

    • El Born : check out the Gothic quarter. If you're a window shopper/art lover like me, you'll enjoy seeing all of the small boutiques and street art. This is also home to the Museu Picasso , which is a great way to spend the day for about 15 euros.

    • Enjoy churros + xiocolato - you can find it everywhere for 2-3 euros. :) Sangria is also really inexpensive and some of the best in the world.

    • See the Arc de Triomf , as well as the exteriors of La Pedrera and Casa Batlo . The latter two are by Gaudi, and worth a look even fi you don't enter. The cost to go inside isn't terribly expensive, so it may be fun to see more of one of them.

    Casa Batlo
    I also highly recommend purchasing a pack of 10 tickets for the metro to save money. The trains are really clean, efficient and easy to navigate! We also walked almost everywhere, which was another great (and free) way to soak it all in.

    Have the BEST time!

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      Perfect list for no/low cost fun. · (1 likelikes)

    • Krista G.

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      Glad you think so! Love love love Barcelona. :) · (0 likelikes)

    • Tina W.

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      Thank you so much for all of this information! I'll definitely check out eyescream, the metro info was extremely useful, and I definitely want to get churros with chocolate!! Thanks again! · (0 likelikes)

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    I am a rooftop junkie and so I always like to recommend the rooftop on the Museu D'Història De Catalunya. You can pay to go into the museum ( I think it is 4 or 5 euros) and then go up to the terrace and look out. Or go straight up to the restaurant and order a cocktail and sit outside. Of course going for sunset is the most beautiful time. Enjoy!Museu D'Història De Catalunya

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  • Francesc A

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    Hy Tina,

    You have many places and sightseeing in Barcelona as: El Born, Parc de la Ciutadella, Barceloneta, Mercat De La Boquería, Sagrada Família, Parc Güell, La Rambla, Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona, Montjuïc, Casa Batlló, Museu Picasso, Catedral De Santa Maria Del Mar, etc....

    I leave a link where you can find tours and tour guides of Barcelona where you can advise: tours and tour guides in barcelona

    Nice trip to Barcelona!!!

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    Everyone had great answers and I'd like to add, take time in the evening to see a flamenco show and if possible look for a venue to hear some Spanish guitar. There are concerts and shows all around. Enjoy!

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    The area around Parc de Montjuïc and Estadi Olímpic is beautiful and free to look around with great views. You can wander up to the top of cable car for more views over the city and the Montjuïc Castle. Also be sure to walk along the beach promenade, very nice area and well setup.

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    If you want something a bit different, check out the fairground up Mount Tibidabo - fun, vintage & great views also!

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