Barcelona on a Budget: Top 5 Tips for Sightseeing without Breaking the Bank

Making your way to Barcelona? If you’re looking to explore the Catalan capital but you’re not too keen on leaving a dent in your wallet, don’t worry, Barcelona has plenty to offer in the way of cheap-to-free sightseeing – you just have to know where to go!

From museums with free entry to cheap guided tours, here, gives you 5 top tips for visiting Barcelona on a budget.

Architectural Awe

Barcelona, aka Gaudí’s city, is a hotbed of astonishing works by this Catalan architectural genius. With millions of tourists coming to Barcelona each year to get the full Gaudí experience and see breathtaking works like the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló up-close, charges for entering such buildings can be a little pricey. However, there are various companies that offer Gaudí and Miró tours with discounted prices. The key: do a quick online search before you arrive and book in advance!

But if you’re still not up for spending your vacation savings on entry fees, give the Ruta de Modernisme a go. Just follow the paving stones marked with a red symbol like this  and you’ll go by some of the most famous architectural structures in Barcelona. For the whole route and guidebook, check out the Ruta de Modernisme website.

Free Museum Entry

For those in search of a more in-depth, all-round historical experience, don’t miss your chance to visit the many museums in Barcelona, plenty of which offer free entry on selected days of the week (usually Wednesday or Sunday). The Picasso Museum and the Catalonia National Museum of Art both offer free entry on the first Sunday of the month, while the CCCB (Centre of Contemporary Culture in Barcelona) has free entry on the first Wednesday of the month and is also free of charge for those under 16 years old. Other museums that are completely free of charge include the Palau Robert, Fundació Joan Brossa and the Santa Monica Center.

Free Walking Tours

Explore Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter on one of the many free walking tours in Barcelona. Companies like Barcelona Free Tours offer guided walks in many languages, most of which run for around 2 hours, with no more than 20 people per tour group. Although these tours are free of charge, you are invited to leave a tip at the end if you enjoyed the experience!

Parc Guell in Barcelona

Courtesy Flickr user GYLo

Barcelona Beaches

The beaches of Barcelona are free to visit and are simply must-sees on your trip to Barcelona, especially if you are visiting from April-October! Whether you are a sun-seeker, sports enthusiast or you’d just like to take a dip in the cool Mediterranean water, the Barcelona beaches have something for everyone, including volleyball nets, and plenty of “chiringuitos”, aka beach bars. Some of these locales may be pricey but Princesa 23 at the Barceloneta Beach has various drink promotions during summer, making it easy to kick back and enjoy a tasty cocktail, without breaking the bank.

Free Tapas and Affordable Nightlife in Barcelona

One of the oldest customs in Spain is the tradition of serving free tapas with the order of a beer or glass of Cava. While free tapas in Barcelona are not as prevalent as in the south of Spain, there are still a few tapas bars that hold true to this age-old tradition such as Ambiente del Sur at C/ Viladomat, 85 and Bar Mingus at Carrer Ataülf, 6.

And, if you are looking for a taste of the buzzing nightlife in Barcelona, many of the best clubs in the city like Shôko and Catwalk offer free entry simply by signing up to their Facebook pages.

For plenty more opportunities for those on a budget in Barcelona, take a look at the “Barcelona Card” – a discount tourist card offering reduced prices and entry to various attractions in Barcelona, as well as free unlimited trips on the public transport system.

Apartment Barcelona also offers discounts on many of the city’s top attractions exclusively to clients, so be sure to check out their page when booking your accommodation in Barcelona.




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