Barcelona on a Shoestring



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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.

Author: Sam


Schilling

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Location:

carrer de Ferran 23
08002 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: 34 93 317 6787


Hostal de la Rita (L')

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Location:

Carrer D'Aragó 279
08007 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: 34 93 487 2376
fax: 34 93 488 2634


Magic Fountain

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Location:

avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina
08004 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: +34 93 368 9700(Tourist Information)


El Jardí

Location:

Plaça Sant Josep Oriol 1
08002 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: 93-301-59-00
fax: 93-342-57-33


Casa Milà

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Location:

passeig de Gràcia 92
08008 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: +34 93 285 3834 (tourist information)


Iglesia Santa María del Mar

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Location:

Plaça de Santa María del Mar
08003 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: +34 93 3102390


Day 1 - Barcelona


Start your Barcelona budget experience with an informal, yet highly interesting and interactive walk around the city. There's so much to do and see in Barcelona, that you don't need to shell out a lot of cash in order to have a good time. Begin at Las Ramblas and walk up until Placa Catalunya where you can relax in the square, people watch and catch some rays. From the Placa walk up Passeig de Gracia and see some of Gaudi's amazing architecture while at the same time browsing the shops of the most well known designers. For a cheap snack along the way, Fresh and Ready provides quick and affordable food that you can eat there or take on the go. Use the rest of the afternoon and check out Placa Espanya and the Magic Fountain show that airs all day, or if you feel like relaxing with a good book or cerveza, head to Ciutadella Parc, one of the best places in Barcelona to unwind. For an affordable place to sleep, check out Kabul Hostel in Placa Reial, one of the most well known hostels and plazas in the city, it's always full of people and very reasonably priced. At night, if you´ve still got energy the Xampanyet will give you a true taste of Catalonia.


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Fresh & Ready

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Location:

passeig de Gràcia 46
08007 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: 34 93 2160339


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Xampanyet (El)

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Location:

carrer de Montcada 22
Al lado del museu Picasso
08003 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: 34 93 319 7003


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Passeig de Gràcia

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Location:

passeig de Gràcia
08007 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: +34 93 368 9700(Tourist Information)


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Plaça Catalunya

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Location:

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

Contact:

tel: +34 93 368 9700(Tourist Information)


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Plaça Espanya

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Location:

carrer Pla de Matabous
08034 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: +34 93 368 9700(Tourist Information)


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Parc de la Ciutadella

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Location:

passeig de Picasso 1
Entrances on the Passeig de Picasso and Passeig Pujades
08005 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: +34 93 368 9700(Tourist Information)


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Kabul Hostel

Location:

plaça Reial 17
Plaça Reial 17
Spain Barcelona, Barcelona

Contact:

tel: 2.175211
fax: +34 93 318 5190


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Las Ramblas

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Location:

La Rambla
08002 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: +34 93 368 9700(Tourist Information)


Day 2 - Barcelona


Take a relaxing day and start at one of the many Barceloneta beaches. Go early before the crowds arrive and before the sun turns scorching hot (if you´re there in summer) and take advantage of this man made constructed beach that feels incredibly natural. After a few hours stroll into town and visit the old city, in particular the Gothic Quarter (Gotico). This is a great area to window browse the small boutique shops, while at the same time learning about the city´s vast and unique history. Check out Ferran and Avinyo streets, which both have a great vibe and where you´ll often be able to find cheap buys. The Cathedral is also an excellent and free stop in the Gotico and definitely worth a visit. For some really amazing Argentinean meat, or just an all around good restaurant, El Foro gives you the most ´bang for your buck´ when it comes to quality and quantity. It might be a tiny bit of a splurge but if you have one night to eat a good meal for a moderate amount, this is the place to go.


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Carrer Avinyó

Location:

carrer d'Avinyó
08002 Barcelona, Spain


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Barri de La Barceloneta

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Location:

Port Vell
08003 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: +34 93 285 3834 (tourist information)


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Palau Reial Major

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Location:

plaça del Rei
08002 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: +34 93 315 1111


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Carrer Ferran

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Location:

carrer de Ferran
08002 Barcelona, Spain


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Barri Gòtic

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Location:

Pla de la Seu
08002 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: +34 93 368 9730 (tourist information)


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Foro (El)

Location:

Carrer de la Princesa 53
Esquina Comerç
08003 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: 34 93 310 1020


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FNAC Café

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Location:

Placa de Catalunya 4
08002 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: 349 3344 1800


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Plaça George Orwell

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Location:

carrer dels Escudellers
08002 Barcelona, Spain


Day 3 - Barcelona


Kick off the day and head to Gaudi´s famous, Parc Guell. This is a great place to take in some of Gaudi´s incredible work, while at the same time relaxing amongst Barcelona hippies and tourists alike. It´s easily possible to spend a few hours in the Parc without paying a cent. Buy some water from one of the convenient stores before entering (it´s far cheaper) and if it´s a nice day you can even pack yourself a little picnic to eat on the grass or on Gaudi´s famous snake bench. After the Parc walk towards the city and visit the Sagrada Familia along the way. It cost nothing to see it from the outside, which many say is just as great as the view from the inside. As you head further back into the city, check out Casa Batllo on Passeig de Gracia, which is one of Gaudi´s finest works. For a trendy bar with inexpensive copas de vino after a long day, check out Schilling located right near Sant Jaume in the heart of the city.


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Hostal París

Location:

carrer del Cardenal Casañas 4
Carrer del Cardenal Casañas 4
Spain Barcelona, Barcelona

Contact:

tel: 2.173401
fax: +34 93 301 3785


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Casa Museu Gaudí

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Location:

carrer d'Olot
Parc Güell (up hill to right of main entrance)
08001 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: +34 93 219 3811
fax: +34 93 284 6446


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Parc Güell

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Location:

carrer d'Olot
08024 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: +34 93 317 39 74


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La Sagrada Família

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Location:

Majorca 401
08013 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: 93-207-30-31
fax: +34 93 476 1010


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Schilling

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Location:

carrer de Ferran 23
Barri Gòtic
08002 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: 34 93 317 6787


6

Quimet d'Horta

Location:

Plaça Eivissa 10
08906 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: 34 93 358 1916


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Vaso de Oro (El)

Location:

carrer de Balboa 6
08003 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: 34 93 319 3098


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Casa Batlló

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Location:

Passeig de Gràcia 43
08007 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: 93-488-06-66
fax: +34 93 488 3090


Day 4 - Barcelona


Consider this ´´barrio day`` where you´ll get a taste of the many and very distinct neighborhoods in Barcelona. For a small city, Barcelona has very specific niche areas that attract different clientele. Start in the old city and make your way to the Raval. Walk up Joaquin Costa street that has tons of trendy bars and little cafes and check out the new hotel right off Rambla de Raval. Continue into Poble Sec, a bit farther from the core of downtown but one of the fastest up and coming neighborhoods in Barcelona. From Poble Sec, go into the trendy and more modern Eixample district. This is a great area for shopping and it also has the most thriving gay neighborhood in the city. After the barrios check out a few of Barcelona´s monumental highlights and then grab a cheap but delicious bite at La Veronica, the best pizza and salad in the city.


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Barri del Raval

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Location:

La Rambla
08002 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: +34 93 285 3834 (tourist information)


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Barri de L'Eixample

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Location:

passeig de Gràcia
08007 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: +34 93 368 9700(Tourist Information)


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All Barcelona's Monumental Highlights

Location:

All Over The City
08002 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: +34 986 22 1399


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Verónica (La)

Location:

rambla del Raval 2-4
08002 Barcelona, Spain

Contact:

tel: 34 93 329 3303


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Hostal La Terrassa

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Location:

carrer de la Junta de Comerç 11
Carrer de Junta de Comerç 11
Spain Barcelona, Barcelona

Contact:

tel: 2.171302
fax: +34 93 302 5174


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