Enjoying Barcelona on a shoestring

photo by CC user Bicloch on Flickr

While much of Western Europe is a cash-sucking vortex that often ends up depleting your financial reserves despite your best efforts to remain frugal, the more southerly reaches of the continent offer relief for your wallet, as Spain is considerably cheaper on the whole compared to nations to the north.

Within this sun-kissed country, Barcelona is an affordable travel destination, which makes it easy for budget conscious travelers to enjoy themselves without punching holes in their bank account. Just the same, it is all together too easy to get carried away with your spending, so by sticking to the following cheap attractions, you can experience Barcelona on a shoestring while doing this essential European city the justice that it deserves.

Hang out on La Rambla

While La Rambla is a popular street for travelers in the present day, it has had appeal to residents and visitors to Barcelona for many years, as Spanish poet Federico García Lorca, who lived his tragically short life in the early 20th century, was quoted as saying that La Rambla was “the only street in the world which I wish would never end”.

After strolling its 1.2 kilometre length, you’ll soon figure out why, as it is lined with sidewalk cafes and bars, vendors selling flowers and newspapers, beautiful fountains, street buskers and much more. While we hope that you enjoy yourself, be aware that this attraction is a bit of a target for pickpockets, so be aware of your surroundings while you are out and about in this area.

Soak up the sun at the beach

Being located at one of the more southerly latitudes on the European continent, the Barcelona area enjoys long summers, and spring and fall seasons often feature weather that makes for excellent beach-going days.

Many of the beaches within city limits also come with a variety of beachside bars and restaurants, so either save up your money for this purpose, or bring a picnic basket filled with bread, cheese and deli meat from a local market or grocery store. Have an awesome day soaking up the Spanish sun!

Pay a visit to the Sagrada Familia

It may cost €10 to enter one of Barcelona’s most iconic cathedrals, but there are some attractions that are worth every penny, and we feel confident in saying that the Sagrada Familia belongs in that hallowed group.

Being one of Antoni Gaudi’s most ambitious creations, he never lived to see its completion … in fact, it’s still under construction, with the final pieces of this endlessly complex structure scheduled to be put in place by 2020. The interior is no less intricate, with the altar and the soaring roof being reason enough to pay the entrance fee to wander inside.

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