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Budget-Friendly Must-Do Activities in Barcelona, Spain

August 23, 2019
Barcelona, Spain is one of those cities that beckons travelers from near and far to see the sites and famous attractions. Excellent food, vibrant culture, historic architecture, and beautiful Mediterranean weather make Barcelona a year-round destination. Here is a list of budget-friendly activities to add to your itinerary that have been Flyavel-approved.

Join a Free Walking Tour

There are a number of free walking tours popping up in cities throughout Europe. Don’t pass up the opportunity to learn valuable information about culture, attractions, recommended restaurants and connect with other travelers in the city for free. Don’t feel like walking? You can also take a bike tour.

Find Bargains at the Flea Market

Everyone wants to purchase at least one souvenir, right? Well, for over 600 years, people from all over Barcelona (and beyond) have clamored to the Encants Barcelona market for handmade, authentic Catalan goods. Though it was on break for a while, the market reopened in 2013 and now has over 500 retailers boasting phenomenally priced goods that will appeal to everyone. Not only do you get a taste of authentic handicrafts, you can save money too!

Get Unlimited Free Transportation

For those who aren’t used to relying on public transportation to get around, suddenly having to pay to hop on and off at train and bus stations is going to empty your pockets of change surprisingly fast. Don’t get caught in the trap of thinking you have to deal with it. There is the Barcelona Card, which is a one time fee for 3, 4 or 5 days of free travel, including all transportation to and from the airport. It’s a huge savings, especially when you consider that added discounts to a number of attractions.

Free to Enter Attractions

Though many of the attractions in Barcelona have paid admission and are swamped with tourists, there are a few that are completely free to enter (which is great for your Barcelona budget). The first is a swap for the Sagrada Familia cathedral. Built in the 13th century, the Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia is free to enter and just as splendid as the more famous counterpart.

Then there are highlights like the Barcelona Arc de Triomf. This isn’t your usual victory arch. The red brick monolith was actually built as an entrance to the 1888 Barcelona World Fair. It is also within 2 minutes from the renowned Barri Gotic, which is home to splendid street art.

If you get the chance, take some time and visit the Montjuïc Magic Fountain, also known as Font Màgica. The fountain shows are truly magical and will leave you completely in awe. Plan early, though, as the shows only happen a couple of times a week. Make sure you arrive early enough to find spots with the best views as the entire area gets very crowded in expectation of the fountain shows.

Follow to Route of Modernisme

There is plenty of architecture to marvel at while venturing through Barcelona. In fact, many travelers agree that the walkability of Barcelona, paired with the beauty of the buildings, is part of the fun! An excellent way to learn about the past and present of Barcelona for free is to take a walk along the Route of Modernisme. The route takes you through the urban landscape to view a series of buildings and gardens that have been with the city for many years.

Visit Museums on Sunday

There are a number of museums in Barcelona that offer free admission on the first Sunday of every month throughout the year. Some offer every Sunday free. Here are some museums with free Sundays:
  • MNAC: Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
  • MUHBA: Museu d’Historia de Barcelona
  • Museu de la Musica
  • Museu d’Historia de Catalunya
  • Museu Picasso
  • Museu Maritim de Barcelona
  • and many more!

Conclusion

Barcelona on a budget? Completely feasible! Follow these tips from Flyavel, and you are on your way to having a holiday in Spain filled with memories that doesn’t empty the bank account. Seek out the budgets, live like the locals do, and make use of your Sundays.

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