A Travel Guide to Barcelona for Budget Travelers

La Sagrada Familia tourist attraction

The options for things to do in beautiful Barcelona are seemingly endless. From dawn to midnight and beyond, this vibrant city does not disappoint.
Perhaps you can picture yourself watching the sun rise with a fragrant cup of coffee, wandering through the alleyways and narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas, enjoying tapas and local cuisine, and finishing your day watching a powerful Flamenco performance.

La Sagrada Familia tourist attraction
La Sagrada Familia, the most visited tourist attraction in Barcelona

Highlights

Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona, is the second largest city in Spain and it is literally packed with things to do and see. There are some Barcelona tourist attractions you won’t want to miss during your stay including La Sagrada Família, Park Güell and La Rambla Barcelona, which absolutely take your breath away!

Transport Pass

Budget travelers should consider a transport pass that will help them to travel all around Barcelona, and enjoy the city at a leisurely pace. The pass is available for up to 5 consecutive days after the validation date.

Travel Guide

Any Barcelona travel guide would be remiss if it didn’t mention the unique architecture, famous artists, and enchanting attractions and events that the city has to offer.

Architecture

Barcelona is filled with fantastic architecture and it would be impossible to feature all the iconic buildings. Some ‘must see’ buildings worth checking out include Gaudi’s extraordinary Casa Milà, Casa Batlló in addition to the famed La Sagrada Familia; Barcelona’s finest church, Església de Santa Maria del Mar; and Jean Nouvel’s towering landmark, Torre Agbar. No list of Barcelona architecture is complete without mentioning Lluis Domenech i Muntaner’s Hospital de Sant Pau and Palau de la Musica Catalana.

Art

For art lovers, Barcelona particularly features Picasso, Miró and Dalí. Art enthusiasts should consider purchasing Articket Barcelona. One of the best ways to experience the world of Picasso while in Barcelona is to visit the Museu Picasso, which is a truly impressive museum dedicated to the works of Picasso. For those seeking the ultimate Joan Miro experience, visit Fundacio Joan Miro. If you want an incredible Dali’s art gallery experience, then you won’t want to miss out on the Dali Museum, located in the nearby town of Figueres.

Three Attractions to Consider

• Barcelona has around 3 miles of attractive beachfront. You can relax on shore or enjoy a sailboat tour.
• The Barcelona soccer team is a popular Barcelona attraction: check out the Camp Nou Stadium where they play. It seats around 98,000 people!
• Part of what makes Barcelona nightlife so interesting is its diversity. Do you want to visit a nightclub that is on the beach? Or in a neighborhood full of cool architecture and culture? Barcelona has it all! Consider ordering a Barcelona NightCard, it’s free and offers entry to the city’s 23 most fashionable clubs.

Events

Barcelona events change throughout the year, meaning you will always find something to suit your tastes. Check out Barcelona Budget’s list of recommendations that are sorted according to our handy budget scale. From guitar concerts, to Spanish lessons, and even bus and bike tours, it’s all just a click away at Barcelona Budget!

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