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Barcelona on a Shoestring

Destination(s): Barcelona

Barcelona is the perfect city for those on a budget. It's very easy to still have an incredible time, even if your wallet's sitting a little light. There's plenty of interesting places accessible for free and in a city where most things are within walking distance, it doesn't cost much to experience the true taste of Barcelona. It's even possible to sample some Spanish tapas and forgo eating tuna out of a can, at least for a day. Since wine is cheaper than water in Barcelona, engaging in an exciting and eventful night out is never a problem and you might even end up with a few euros left over for the cab ride home. This guide will help you gain a true feel for Barcelona without spending your last cent. read more about Barcelona on a Shoestring

Fresh & Ready

Fresh & Ready

  • passeig de Gràcia 46
  • tel:34 93 2160339
  • Visit website
  • Barcelona, 08007
Carrer Avinyó

Carrer Avinyó

  • carrer d'Avinyó
  • Barcelona, 08002
Hostal París

Hostal París

  • carrer del Cardenal Casañas 4
  • Carrer del Cardenal Casañas 4
  • tel:2.173401
  • Barcelona, Spain
Iglesia Santa María del Mar

Iglesia Santa María del Mar

  • Plaça de Santa María del Mar
  • tel:+34 93 3102390
  • Visit website
  • Barcelona, 08003

The church of Santa María del Mar provides an exceptional example of Catalan Gothic architecture. Imagine the sea once rose closer to this place of worship, and think of how important of a symbol it was for the wealthy maritime class who had their hands in its construction. From the outside the horizontal lines and heavy façade deceive those who enter the church to find columns stretching lightly towards the Gothic vaults. Appreciate the simplicity of the interior which is missing the elaborate altar and chapel pieces typical to Spanish churches. A fire set by anarchists in 1936 burned through those heavy decorations. read more about Iglesia Santa María del Mar

Casa Milà

Casa Milà

  • passeig de Gràcia 92
  • tel:+34 93 285 3834 (tourist information)
  • Visit website
  • Barcelona, 08008

The Casa Milá is a fine example of Modernism, which is Cataluña's version of Art Nouveau. Organic and flowing with images of nature at every turn, this is one of Gaudí's many masterpieces. The sea comes to mind with the curving balconies perhaps lined with wrought iron kelp. The octagonal tiles inside forming starfish and other sea shapes are also used along Passeig de Gracia's sidewalk, the street on which the Casa Milá sits. The building is held up by pillars and not by supporting walls creating a greater flexibility in design especially in the façade's windows. The rooftop could be the icing on the cake with its chimneys shaped like medieval warriors with helmets on. Everything practical is turned into art. While the Casa Milá was one of Gaudí's last secular buildings, there are still inscriptions of Ave María in Latin demonstrating the architect's strong religious self. read more about Casa Milà

Magic Fountain

Magic Fountain

  • avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina
  • Visit website
  • Barcelona, 08004

After a long day of museums, let loose at the magic Fonts. Feel like a kid again with the excitement of the colorful fountain show set from the Plaça de Espanya to the MNAC museum. Imagining the fountains' plumbing system below is mind boggling, not to mention counting the over four thousand light fixtures used to create the magic. While the light, water, and music show is flowing, the Art Deco flair of the 1929 fountains is often overlooked. The magic is choreographed to varied musical medleys, and is not to be missed on a warm summer night. Winter shows are on Friday and Saturday nights, and spring and summer shows are from Thursday to Sunday. read more about Magic Fountain

Hostal de la Rita (L')

Hostal de la Rita (L')

  • Carrer D'Aragó 279
  • tel:34 93 487 2376
  • Visit website
  • Barcelona, 08007
Schilling

Schilling

  • carrer de Ferran 23
  • tel:34 93 317 6787
  • Visit website
  • Barcelona, 08002
El Jardí

El Jardí

  • Plaça Sant Josep Oriol 1
  • tel:93-301-59-00
  • Visit website
  • Barcelona, 08002
Xampanyet (El)

Xampanyet (El)

  • carrer de Montcada 22
  • Al lado del museu Picasso
  • tel:34 93 319 7003
  • Barcelona, 08003
Barri de La Barceloneta

Barri de La Barceloneta

  • Port Vell
  • tel:+34 93 285 3834 (tourist information)
  • Visit website
  • Barcelona, 08003

What used to be one of the dodgiest neighbourds in Barcelona, is now thriving with tourists, locals and all those who appreciate living by the sea. Barceloneta is a diamond in the rough as it posseses both that genuine barrio feel, while at the same time its home to some of the most delicious and well known touristy restaurants in the city. Visit the many seaside patios and chiringuitos for the must try Spanish paella and daytime sangria before hitting up the beach. A perfect place for Sunday strolls with the family, bike rides, surfing and kite surfing or ideal for just working on the tan, Barceloneta is never dull, especially between the months from May-September. The best time to make a beach appearance is in the morning, as it doesn't usually fill up until 1 pm when it often overflows with people. Barceloneta is also home to the Maritime Museum, the casino, as well as some of the most popular (and cheesy) night clubs the city has to offer. There's also a great little plaza across from the market equipped with ping pong tables and a small park for the kids. read more about Barri de La Barceloneta

Casa Museu Gaudí

Casa Museu Gaudí

  • carrer d'Olot
  • Parc Güell (up hill to right of main entrance)
  • tel:+34 93 219 3811
  • Visit website
  • Barcelona, 08001

Nestled in a ceramic mosaic wonderland, Antonio Gaudi spent most of his life with his niece, living in Casa Museu Gaudi,a building designed by his colleague Francesc Berenguer and situated in the mesmerizing Park Guell. From 1906-1926, Gaudi lived in this modernist building which is equipped with half a dozen rooms that are split between two floors. Casa Museum Gaudi is right in the middle of the park and today it has been converted into a museum. If you have an extra 4 Euros it's definitely worth a look inside as the entire place (on the inside) was furnished and designed by Gaudi himself. Gaudi's Casa is open daily from 10am-8pm and closed on Catalan holidays. read more about Casa Museu Gaudí

Barri del Raval

Barri del Raval

  • La Rambla
  • tel:+34 93 285 3834 (tourist information)
  • Barcelona, 08002

One of the most controversial, yet interesting places to visit in Barcelona, is the Raval. It is said that in ten years the Raval will be one of the most desirable barrios to live in and over the past few years it has made great strides in 'cleaning up its act.' Once known as the city's 'red-light distrcit', since 1988 the government has invested a lot of money into urban regeneration projects making the area both modern and safer. Full of life, the Raval is one of Barcelona's most authentic and vibrant neighbourhoods as it's filled with tons of cafes, bars and restaurants. The Raval is also home to the very popular MACBA (museum of modern art) and CCCB, the exhibition center next to it, where one can see young Catalan skaters practicing on their boards in the square almost any time of day. Centrally located, the Ravel is right beside Las Ramblas and is walking distance from the Gotico, the beach and Placa Catalunya. read more about Barri del Raval

Passeig de Gràcia

Passeig de Gràcia

  • passeig de Gràcia
  • Barcelona, 08007

The Champs-Elysees of Barcelona, Passeig de Gracia is the best place to go to do a little shopping, enjoy some entertaining people watching while sipping a café on an outdoor patio, or just a great place to stroll up from Placa Catalunya and into the Gracia neighbourhood. Showcasing popular names and brands such as, Louis Vitton, Gucci, Armand Bassi as well as trendy Spanish stores like Zara and Mango, Passeig de Gracia is one of Barcelona's chicest streets. Full of wide sidewalks, interesting people and tasty restaurants and tapas bars, Passeig de Gracia always has an energetic and exciting buzz. It is also one of the most easily accessible streets, as it's in the center of the city and has direct connection to most of the metro lines including the yellow and green lines. If you want to shop in 'peace' try to come during the week, as weekends are packed. read more about Passeig de Gràcia

Palau Reial Major

Palau Reial Major

  • plaça del Rei
  • tel:+34 93 315 1111
  • Barcelona, 08002
Parc Güell

Parc Güell

  • carrer d'Olot
  • tel:+34 93 317 39 74
  • Visit website
  • Barcelona, 08024

One of Barcelona's greatest attractions and one of the few that are absolutely free, is Gaudi's incredible Park Guell. Get anywhere near the Vallcarca stop on the green line and you'll see tourists lumped together, maps in hand, asking locals for Park 'Guay'. Designed and built by Gaudi between 1900 and 1914, this spectacular mix of garden, park and architectural dream is a small oasis within Barcelona. From the mosaic benches, to the meticulously tiled rooftops, Park Guell is both fascinating as it is serene. One of the best places to spend a sunny day, the park is a great place to listen to music, enjoy a few copas of vino or just relax with a good book. read more about Parc Güell

Barri de L'Eixample

Barri de L'Eixample

  • passeig de Gràcia 1
  • Barcelona, 08007
Plaça Catalunya

Plaça Catalunya

  • passeig de Gràcia
  • (Ronda de Sant Pere)
  • Barcelona, 08002

If coming to Barcelona, you have to frequent Placa Catalunya. One of, if not the most popular plaza in Barcelona, this 5000 meter square is the cross roads between where the old city and the new city meet. Sitting at the top of the Gotico and Raval and leading into the Eixample and Gracia neighbourhoods, Placa Catalunya is not only a landmark but a gathering point for locals and tourists alike. Hosting outdoor, free concerts and celebrations, Placa Catalunya is right next to El Corte Ingles, FNAC and an abundance of other popular shops and cafes. There's always something happening in the plaza, even if it's just hippies sitting and playing guitar while children run around screaming, it's never dull. read more about Plaça Catalunya

Carrer Ferran

Carrer Ferran

  • carrer de Ferran
  • Barcelona, 08002
La Sagrada Família

La Sagrada Família

All Barcelona's Monumental Highlights

All Barcelona's Monumental Highlights

  • All Over The City
  • tel:+34 986 22 1399
  • Visit website
  • Barcelona, 08002

The best thing about Barcelona is that everything is so accessible and depending on how much stamina you have, within walking distance. A great way to see the city is to start at one end and venture to the other. The beach is a good beginning and one can trek up from the Colon, up Las Ramblas to Placa Catalunya. From there the possibilities are endless. Explore the narrow streets and plazas of Gracia or shop along Paseo de Gracia and experience Gaudi's presence that resonates throughout the city. There are so many renowned monuments in Barcelona, it's hard to see them all. The best way is to grab a map and follow your feet or hop on a bus. read more about All Barcelona's Monumental Highlights

Plaça Espanya

Plaça Espanya

  • avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina
  • Barcelona, 08034

Situated at the foot of Montjuic, in the distric of Sants-Montjuic, lies Placa Espanya. One of Barcelona's most well known squares and designed by one of Gaudi's disciples, Placa Espanya is a great place to visit not only for its famous 'magic fountain' performance, but because of its close proximity to almost everything. It's just a short walk from the up and coming barrio, Poble Sec and is also walking distance to cool sites such as the National Art Museum of Catalonia, one of Spain's finest. Originally built in 1929 to be used for the Universal Exposition, today Placa Espanya is used by the public for all types of gatherings and events. read more about Plaça Espanya

Barri Gòtic

Barri Gòtic

  • carrer de Jaume I 14
  • tel:+34 93 368 9730 (tourist information)
  • Visit website
  • Barcelona, 08002

One of the oldest neighbourhoods in Barcelona, the Gotico remains at the heart of Barcelona's downtown district. Both grungy and trendy, this neighbourhood is filled with small nooks and crannies, bars, cool restaurants, niche shops and eclectic jewelers. Just a stone's throw from the Born and the beach, the Gotico is home to Barcelona's magnificent Cathedral which dates back to 14th century. It is also home to Placa Reial, the most well known square for backpackers as it's home to the ever so popular Kabul Hostel. read more about Barri Gòtic

Schilling

Schilling

  • carrer de Ferran 23
  • Barri Gòtic
  • tel:34 93 317 6787
  • Visit website
  • Barcelona, 08002
Verónica (La)

Verónica (La)

  • rambla del Raval 2-4
  • tel:34 93 329 3303
  • Barcelona, 08002
Parc de la Ciutadella

Parc de la Ciutadella

  • passeig de Pujades
  • Entrances on the Passeig de Picasso and Passeig Pujades
  • Barcelona, 08005
Foro (El)

Foro (El)

  • Carrer de la Princesa 53
  • Esquina Comerç
  • tel:34 93 310 1020
  • Visit website
  • Barcelona, 08003
Quimet d'Horta

Quimet d'Horta

  • Plaça Eivissa 10
  • tel:34 93 358 1916
  • Barcelona, 08906
Hostal La Terrassa

Hostal La Terrassa

  • carrer de la Junta de Comerç 11
  • Carrer de Junta de Comerç 11
  • tel:2.171302
  • Barcelona, Spain
Kabul Hostel

Kabul Hostel

  • plaça Reial 17
  • Plaça Reial 17
  • tel:2.175211
  • Visit website
  • Barcelona, Spain
FNAC Café

FNAC Café

  • Placa de Catalunya 4
  • tel:349 3344 1800
  • Visit website
  • Barcelona, 08002
Vaso de Oro (El)

Vaso de Oro (El)

  • carrer de Balboa 6
  • tel:34 93 319 3098
  • Barcelona, 08003
Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas

  • La Rambla
  • tel:+34 93 368 9700(Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Barcelona, 08002

Whether or not you've been to Barcelona, everyone's heard of Las Ramblas. One of the most renowned walkways in Europe and perhaps the world, this incredible stretch starts at el Colon (Christopher Columbus Statue) by the sea and extends all the way until Plaza Catalunya. Sprinkled with street vendors selling everything from fine jewelry to caged pigeons, the greatest attraction on Las Ramblas is the one of a kind street performers. Depicting the most innovative costumes it's possible to stare at a man sitting perfectly still on a toilet for as long as it takes until someone drops a Euro in his bucket and he makes a funny face. Overcrowded and a hot spot for pickpockets and prostitutes, Las Ramblas is still a definite must see if you're coming to Barcelona. read more about Las Ramblas

Plaça George Orwell

Plaça George Orwell

  • carrer dels Escudellers
  • Barcelona, 08002
Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló

  • Passeig de Gràcia 43
  • tel:93-488-06-66
  • Visit website
  • Barcelona, 08007