Barcelona – the cheaper vacation options

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Barcelona is not the cheapest European city break alternative, but possible the most exciting one! And, with a little planning and inside knowledge you can have a first-class holiday on a “coach” budget.

Barcelona Accommodation

Saving on accommodation in Barcelona is quite uncomplicated and will leave you with two options (bar camping sites):


barcelona las ramblas
Barcelona las ramblas

hostels and self catering apartments. on vacation alone hostels is a good option. Despite a not so consistent level of quality in general you can find, for less than 40 euros, rooms of a good standard; a night. When traveling in a group a vacation rental is your best deal. This allows you to save on accommodation and save on food while still enjoying the famous Catalan cuisine!

Eating in Barcelona

When planning your food intake on a limited budget in Barcelona the “menu del dia” (lunch deal) will be a keyword. For 10€ you can get a very decent three course meal at lunch time in any “barrio” in Barcelona.

This often includes drink. Therefore taking your main meal at lunch (2 pm – 4 pm) is the smart choice and in the evenings snack in the tapas restaurants.

Entertainment in Barcelona

Skip the expensive discos (15€ entrance) and go for the smaller bars and clubs where you can experience good DJs, impromptu jams and lesser known bands for free.

Gracia, El Raval and Barri Gotic are good neighborhoods to go in search of these types of establishments. Harlem Jazz Club in the Old Town is an option for less formal jazz gigs and more convenient ticket prices. The Jamboree at Plaza Reial (also in Barri Gotic) is another.

Here you’ll find weekly jams and a nice variety of different styles of music. For a nightly experience that is both fun and different the outdoor moving screenings in the summer is a great alternative. The best setting is probably on the hill of Montjuic by the old fortress. Visiting the city during a “fiesta” (like the “Merce” in September) is another guarantee of free fun – outdoor concerts, parades, fireworks and lots more!


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