Barcelona is an incredible Spanish city with so much to offer its tourists and inhabitants. There’s a reason why people keep going back for more each year, and we’re not just talking about the unbeatable weather…though that’s of course a huge plus!

If you’d like your slice of Spanish heaven but are looking for a holiday on a fairly modest budget, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some top tips for visiting this amazing city without breaking the bank.


Plaça Catalunya - Barcelona HDR


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Shop around for cheap flights

Before you head off, you’ve obviously got to book your flights, and these can generally be one of the most expensive parts of the whole holiday. It’s a good idea therefore to get smart when it comes to booking your flights, and hunt around for the best deals. If you can be flexible that will really work in your favour when it comes to saving cash, as some days will be cheaper to fly on than others. Check out flight price comparison sites like that do all the hard work of shopping around for you.


Research the best accommodation for your money

Usually one of the next most expensive things you need to pay for is your accommodation, but Barcelona is a great city in terms of offering lots of different price options for its tourists. You could consider budget apartment rentals in Barcelona instead of a hotel, for example, which can often work out much cheaper and generally tend to give you a bit more room, too!


Look for free things to do when you’re there

After a day or two there you’ll soon learn that you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to have a fantastic time on your holiday. In fact, some of the greatest tourist attractions in Barcelona are free or are really cheap! They can include anything from museums (definitely check out the Picasso one) to art galleries and world-class food markets. The Boqueria Market is well worth checking out and it offers its visitors with high-quality Catalonian food at surprisingly low prices. You can of course also enjoy a walk in the glorious sunshine as the weather in Barcelona never disappoints its visitors.


Get around as cheaply as possible when you’re there

Especially if you’re not staying in the dead center of the city, you’ll need to work out the best ways for you to get around so that you don’t end up spending a fortune trying to get from A to B. Luckily, public transport in Barcelona is both really reliable and really affordable, so you won’t be stuck somewhere unable to get home due to no buses or metros and no money. This is the official website of public transport in the city if you want to try and get to grips with it before you go, and just so you can get a feel of what you can expect price and time wise.


What tips do you have for visiting Barcelona on a budget?