Today is the day! I am flying with hubby and the in-laws to Barcelona. It’ll be my first time in Spain and I’m very excited to see the land of the people who occupied my motherland for 300 years. Some of their customs and traditions are forever ingrained in the way of life back in my native country. Anyways, I enjoyed this article from Lonely Planet. It’ll be fun to experience Barcelona without spending too much money. If you’re a frugal traveler like me, and are planning to go, this article is a good start. ~ 💕Dee
Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.
In addition to the free activities and sights below, you can also save on transport by investing in a T10 travel card, which allows you 10 journeys within the city on any form of public transport.
1. Free museums on Sundays
All the city-run museums (including the Museu Picasso, MUHBA and MNAC) are free on Sunday afternoons, from 3pm to 8pm. Others are also free on one given day of the month, often the first Wednesday or Sunday – check individual websites for details.
2. Time your visit for a festival
If you’re here late September don’t miss the five-day Festes de la Mercè, which brings the city to life with free concerts, dancing, fireworks, acrobatic feats and lively correfocs (colourful parades of drums, devils and firecrackers). Or try the summer extravaganza Festa Major de Gràcia, best known for its competition of decorated streets, but with a packed programme of free outdoor concerts.
3. Saunter up La Rambla
It’s unashamedly touristy, but ambling along this 1km-long walkway is arguably the quintessential Barcelona experience. Lined with regal historical buildings, La Rambla is a great place to stroll, particularly if you time it right – early morning is best.
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Cover Photo by Tango7174 GFDL, Plaça de Catalunya