I visited Barcelona in June this year, and loved every minute of it! You can read about my long weekend trip here. It’s the perfect city for coupling sight seeing with relaxing on sandy beaches – you really get the best of both worlds!
Barcelona is budget-friendly too. Yes, you can go all out and spend $$$ on the fanciest hotels and swnakiest bars, but if you have money on your mind you can enjoy a trip without splashing the cash.
Here’s my price guide to Barcelona, and the tips you need to help you save whilst seeing one of the most colourful cities in the world!
Accommodation will be one of the biggest expenditures for your stay in Barcelona, but with a bit of planning and flexibility you can reduce the cost significantly. We stayed at the Hotel Catalonia Gran Via BCN on the busy Gran Via. It was a perfect location on a leafy street with plenty of restaurants, bars and shops around. It was just a 5 minute walk from the popular Plaza de Catalunya square, yet we didn’t feel slap bang in the middle of tourist spots, which is always a good thing! It was pretty affordable considering it was in such a good location, stylish and modern AND it had a roof terrace with pool – something that can be a rare find in Barcelona hotels. The hotel was travel themed, so each room was designed to fit a capital city of the world. We had Stockholm, which was pretty cool and somewhere on my bucket list for future!
Staying in a hotel over an apartment will of course increase your spending on dining out. If you are looking to save, opt for an apartment so you can eat in and save some dolla.
Food & Drink
Food and drink in Barcelona is affordable. Yes there are top restraunts and bars you can spend your life savings in, but like anywhere in the world, there are also places with great food and drink for decent prices. Enjoy tapas – you’ll find it in almost every authentic Spanish restaurant. Beer and wine are also pretty cheap, ranging from around 2 – 4 euros for a small house wine/ beer in a restaurant.
If you’re looking for somewhere a bit different to spend an evening, check out Paradiso – one of Barcelona’s hidden gems! A little Pastrami shop with a hidden bar behind a fridge door, it was named as one of the top 50 bars in the world in 2017. I couldn’t recommend it more, the service was exceptional and our cocktails were out of this world! Forget your daiquiris and mojitos, the drinks in this bar are on a whole other level. My taste buds really didn’t know what had hit them! Despite the extraordinary quality, the prices are very affordable. Most cocktails were 10-13 euros, which is great value considering the bartenders rank amongst the best in the world. Enter via the fridge door on the left as you walk in, and be transported into a little coven of cocktail paradise!
You’d be silly to pay for taxis in Barcelona as everything is so easily accessible by public transport. We found that bus and metro were the easiest, fastest and cheapest way to get around the city! The metro is so convenient, and with Google Maps you can’t go wrong (coming from someone with absolutely no sense of direction!). We purchased a T10 ticket(10 journeys for €10.20) which could be used across the transport network including buses, metros and trains. It was super handy as it was also multi-person meaning we just needed one ticket between us. You can purchase these tickets in any metro station. Avoid taxis as these really are a waste of money, and you can get stuck in the busy traffic which seemed to never calm!
Getting to and from the airport was super easy on the Aerobus – it’s just €10,20 for a return ticket which picks up and drops off at various points throughout the city. You can purchase tickets before your journey here, or buy them at the airport when you arrive.
Enjoy your trip to Barcelona! If you have any tips for seeing the city on a budget leave them in the comments below.
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