Europe on a Euro: Barcelona

by Mary Del Rosario
Stripes Europe

If there’s anything Spain knows how to do, it is how to be imaginative and fun! Why not be like them and get creative with your money saving skills by checking out this budget-friendly list.

1. Sign up for a free walking tour with Sandemans New Europe Tours to explore Barcelona. Tours start at 10 am and the meeting place is at the Jaume Metro Exit. Tipping is appreciated.

2. If you’re in Barcelona on a Sunday, roam around city-run museums such as the Museu Picasso and the Museu d’História de Barcelona for free admission. Tickets are free from 3-8 p.m. on Sundays.

3. Take a long walk and feel the sand on your toes on Barceloneta, the city’s most popular beach. Admission to enter is free.

4. Be humbled by La Catedral, a neo-Gothic Cathedral built in 1928 that is used as the central place of worship. For free entry, visit this cathedral in the mornings or late afternoon.

5. Pull out your inner hipster persona and head to El Raval, a street filled with eclectic artists vying for your attention. This is a favored local place as well.

6. Take Instagram worthy pictures at Placa Reial, a square packed with lamp posts and lush palm trees.

7. Gawk and be amazed at Spanish street art. Barcelona is known for its long tradition of street art and sculptures.

8. Peruse through the Mercat de la Boqueria, a famous indoor market hall bursting with fruit, seafood and all the cured ham your stomach can handle.

9. Walk along hand in hand with your loved one at Las Ramblas, a walkway stretching 1 km adorned with historic buildings, to get the full Barcelona experience.

10. Window shop along Passeig de Gracia.

11. Hit up a trendy cafe at the end of Passeig de Gracia. Many up and coming designers can be found selling their latest work in these cafes.

12. Walk along the Route of Modernisme to witness modern and creative Spain. It doesn’t cost anything to wander.

13. See the Roman remains at El Born Cultural Center where you can find some recovered remains and building foundations from the Roman empire.

14. Order delicious yet affordable tapas at Bar Ramon. They are only open in the evenings, so be sure to call ahead to place a reservation.

15. Clink glasses at L’Ovella Negra, a bar located just off Las Ramblas. You can get half a liter of San Miguel for just 3 euros!

Tip: Buying a Barcelona Card can save you time and money! This card lets you enjoy free unlimited use of public transportation and free entry to the best museums. The day pass is €27.50

Just because Barcelona is a major city doesn’t mean you have to spend major money. Enjoy your deserved trip to Barcelona even on a budget!

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