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10 ways to celebrate summer in Barcelona: Festivals, beaches, and low-cost fun

10 ways to celebrate summer in Barcelona: Festivals, beaches, and low-cost fun

After what has been one of the wettest, coldest springs on record, summer has finally arrived. Sizzling days are spent at one of the city’s nine beaches, and humid nights are enjoyed at one of the numerous festivals. Don’t miss these events and city sweet spots from June to September. Festivals 1. Sant Joan: All-night » Read more

Visiting Barcelona: 8 misconceptions unmasked

Visiting Barcelona: 8 misconceptions unmasked

A city of around two million people, Barcelona receives a robust seven million tourists a year. That’s a lot of people coming to the city! And it should be no surprise that many tourists come with preconceived notions, and generalizations about locals and the Catalan capital abound. We dive into a few of these myths » Read more

Barcelona on a budget: 5 wallet-friendly tips that any cheapo will love

Barcelona on a budget: 5 wallet-friendly tips that any cheapo will love

Compared to Stockholm, Zurich or London, Barcelona is a relatively inexpensive destination. But when you compare it to a city like Seville in the south of Spain, the prices of everything from restaurants to hotels can feel exorbitant. But it’s our job to help keep your costs low, so you can visit Barcelona no matter » Read more

Barcelona excursions: 5 beautiful getaways in Costa Brava

Barcelona excursions: 5 beautiful getaways in Costa Brava

May is commonly an exquisite, sunny month in Catalonia—and all over most of Spain. With spring in high gear but high-season not yet in full swing, it’s the perfect time to plan a weekend escape from Barcelona. There are so many options from small towns in the mountains to buzzing beaches, but one of our » Read more

Visiting Barcelona: Finding the best dates to save money and beat the crowds

Visiting Barcelona: Finding the best dates to save money and beat the crowds

As the temperatures start to rise in Barcelona and across Spain, so do the crowds and the prices. As a result, competition for hotels can get a little tough. But fear not Cheapos, because we’ve compiled the dates you need to pay attention to, so you can plan your trip with a little less stress » Read more

Barcelona’s best bookshops, and a reading list for travelers

Barcelona’s best bookshops, and a reading list for travelers

Remember the good old-fashioned printed book and the shops that sell them? Before Youtube, Vine, Facebook and smart phones, books were our main form of entertainment and the best way to learn about new places. If you still like the feel of paper between your thumb and fingers, Barcelona’s thriving books’ scene is a great » Read more

Four Negative Aspects of Barcelona and Their Solutions

Four Negative Aspects of Barcelona and Their Solutions

All those guidebook photos of azure sky, dripping gelato, vast beaches and otherworldly Gaudí architecture may sell an image of “perfect” Barcelona, but this city is far from flawless. Here are four negative aspects of visiting or living in Barcelona, with their (sometimes quite simple) solutions. 1. CROWDS The center of Barcelona is crowded, especially » Read more

5 Easy Ways to Save Money in Barcelona

5 Easy Ways to Save Money in Barcelona

You’ve just got to go into La Sagrada Familia so that’s €12, and then you think you might do the bus tour of Barcelona, which is another €30, not to mention the tour fee to see Palau de la Musica for €10. Before you know it you’ve spent €50 and it’s only day two of » Read more

Barcelona: Bargain shopping at Encants flea market

Barcelona: Bargain shopping at Encants flea market

Most of my friends were shocked to hear that in my eight years in Barcelona I’d never “done” the Encants flea market. I assured them that I had wanted to, but had just never found the time, or the urge, to dig through piles of used junk one early Saturday morning. My Encants flea market » Read more

Free summer activities in Barcelona

Free summer activities in Barcelona

My friend Kris is a “freegan.” What’s that? You’ve never heard of a freegan before? It’s like vegan but instead of a strict diet, they are very strict in their belief that they should find and get things for free. This lifestyle can be taken to extreme levels, like dumpster diving and eating expired foods. » Read more

How much does food cost in Barcelona?

How much does food cost in Barcelona?

As a visitor to Barcelona, you’re counting out your euros, dollars, pesos, or whatever currency you earn in, and wondering: how far is this going to get me in Barcelona? Good question. For one thing, it depends if you buy your food, snacks, coffee, beer, etc. in a cafe, hotel mini-bar or supermarket. While I’ve mentioned » Read more

Barcelona: 10 ways to save on eating, drinking, buying and sleeping

Barcelona: 10 ways to save on eating, drinking, buying and sleeping

Since 2008, some aspects of life in Barcelona have become more affordable. Renting an apartment, for example, is much cheaper now than it was when I arrived in 2005. Basics though, like coffee and wine (those are staples, right?) are pretty much the same price as always, and perhaps more expensive these days thanks to » Read more

Barcelona: Rebajas! Winter sales offer steep discounts on winter clothing

Barcelona: Rebajas! Winter sales offer steep discounts on winter clothing

If you still have some spare euros left over from the holidays, then Barcelona is the spot to spend it these days. Deep sales (called “rebajas”) happen just twice a year; in January after the Epiphany and July right before everyone goes on vacation. So we’re right in the middle of prime sales time now. » Read more

Ask the Cheapos: Frequently asked questions about visiting Barcelona

Ask the Cheapos: Frequently asked questions about visiting Barcelona

We recently asked our Barcelona correspondent, Regina W. Bryan, to answer some questions that we hear repeatedly by travelers heading to Barcelona. Some were of the hum-drum variety (“Do hotels have elevators?”), but others were a bit more interesting. Below are a few that popped out at us. To read the entire list, check out » Read more

Barcelona: Tips for solo female travelers

Barcelona: Tips for solo female travelers

Ideally, I would not need to write this post. After all, when was the last time you saw a travel article titled “Tips for Solo Male Travelers”? Never. But when it comes to being a lady on the road on her own, well, things get a bit more tricky. Back story When I came to » Read more

Barcelona: 5 things that are always free

Barcelona: 5 things that are always free

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— I wish this list was easier to compile, but Barcelona is not the “land of the free.” In fact, many locals believe that we pay more here for just about everything than they do in other parts of Spain. Road-trip? You’ll pay loads in tolls in Catalonia. Bread and » Read more

Barcelona: Not-your-typical souvenirs from Barcelona

Barcelona: Not-your-typical souvenirs from Barcelona

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— You want to take something home to ma and pa from your amazing trip to Barcelona. But what? Here are some ideas to replace the shot glass, refrigerator magnet and cheesy t-shirt. 1. For foodies Dad loves to cook? How about some Spanish spices to go in his next » Read more

Parking in Barcelona: Green and blue zones, and parking garages

Parking in Barcelona: Green and blue zones, and parking garages

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— Driving in Barcelona is about as fun as a root canal. There’s traffic. There’s no right on red and pedestrians jump out at every turn, sprinting across the road. And of course, scooter riders weave between cars with an insane amount of confidence. One must remain calm to drive » Read more

Barcelona: 6 ways to save time when visiting

Barcelona: 6 ways to save time when visiting

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— I’ve learned two important lessons about travel in Barcelona and Spain in general: 1) It will cost more than you think, and 2) It will take longer than you planned. With these golden rules in mind, I offer some tips for saving minutes while visiting Barcelona. 1. Know your » Read more

Barcelona: Where to find free Wi-Fi in Barcelona

Barcelona: Where to find free Wi-Fi in Barcelona

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— Cheapos rejoice! There are plenty of ways to Tweet, Dig, Tumble and surf in Barcelona for free. While many hotels and hostels in Barcelona have free Internet access (or should, anyway), here are a few options for when you want to get out of your dimly lit hotel room. » Read more

Tipping in Barcelona: When to tip and how much

Tipping in Barcelona: When to tip and how much

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— I just got back to Barcelona after spending two months in the United States and Canada. It’s normal to have a little culture shock when going in-between countries, and one of the aspects of life back in North America that always confuses upon return is tipping. In Barcelona, and » Read more

Moving to Barcelona: What you need to know

Moving to Barcelona: What you need to know

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— I came to Barcelona in 2005, and my goodness there was a lot I didn’t know! An ex-pat friend and I often joke that if we had known what it would take to establish ourselves in this sunny metropolis by the sea, we never would have come. Yes, it » Read more

Barcelona: Which neighborhood is right for you?

Barcelona: Which neighborhood is right for you?

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— I’ve lived all over Barcelona, from the upper Eixample by the Sagrada Familia, to the ancient heart of the city in the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter). I now live near the sea, which suits me best. Which barri is right for your trip or move to Barcelona? That depends » Read more

Barcelona’s Summer Sales: Tips on how to save

Barcelona’s Summer Sales: Tips on how to save

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— July in Barcelona means humid days on the beach, lots of visitors in the city, tons of cool music and cinema festivals and the second best sale of the year. Sales are held in Barcelona twice a year, in January and in July. Of course, these are the times » Read more

Barcelona Salons: Haircuts, styling and spas for Cheapos

Barcelona Salons: Haircuts, styling and spas for Cheapos

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— Beauty takes pain. Or at least that’s what my mama always told me, and anyone who has been waxed is sure to agree that being “bikini ready” is not for wimps. While beauty treatments may sting, they don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Here are » Read more