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Barcelona: 6 ways to avoid crowds during high season

Barcelona: 6 ways to avoid crowds during high season

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— Suddenly flip-flops, sunglasses, reddened skin and the smell of coconut suntan lotion are filling the air. This can only mean one thing in Barcelona: spring, and high-season, are here. As the summer approaches the city streets will swell a bit more each month with visitors, tourists, cruise-ship goers and » Read more

Barcelona on a Serious Budget: One day on less than €20

Barcelona on a Serious Budget: One day on less than €20

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— Barcelona on €20 a day? It is not easy, but let me tell you, it can be done! Here’s the Cheapo guide how to go super shoestring in the Catalan Capital city. 1. Sleep super cheap. Unless you have friends in Barcelona, you are going to have to pay » Read more

Barcelona: Where to find cheap concert tickets

Barcelona: Where to find cheap concert tickets

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— The good news for music lovers is that there is music every night somewhere in Barcelona. The bad news is that tickets can be spendy! But fear not. Here are a few ways to enjoy great music in Barcelona a Cheapo’s budget: Atrapalo Web site The absolute first place » Read more

Barcelona’s El Prat Airport: Tips for getting there on time

Barcelona’s El Prat Airport: Tips for getting there on time

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona—Barcelona‘s main international airport, El Prat, is one of the cushiest I have ever been in. It has elegant Spanish and Catalan shops, tasty cafes serving up strong espresso and sweet croissants, and an openness to it that makes wandering around or running to catch a connecting flight fairly easy. » Read more

Barcelona Transportation Tip: How to use the bus system

Barcelona Transportation Tip: How to use the bus system

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— As I said last week, it took me a while to figure out Barcelona‘s transport system, especially the buses. Now that you’ve learned (and I have too) how to see the sights of Barcelona on the public transport system, it’s time for some of the finer points. Here are seven » Read more

Barcelona Listings: Where to read about what’s going on

Barcelona Listings: Where to read about what’s going on

We know how it is, Cheapos. You get into a new city, and you want to know what is going on while you’re in town. Maybe there is some info at your hostel or hotel, but most of the time the fliers will be a bit on the touristy side. Luckily, plenty of other local » Read more

Barcelona Double Tip: Save with the Articket and the T-10 Metro pass

Barcelona Double Tip: Save with the Articket and the T-10 Metro pass

Today I thought I’d throw out a “double tip” for saving some euros in Barcelona. These are sure to come in handy to anyone visiting museums or taking public transportation during their visit. In other words — just about everyone. Museum Tip: The Articket If you love museums and only have a few days in » Read more

The Barcelona Card Revisited: Is it still worth it?

The Barcelona Card Revisited: Is it still worth it?

Visitors to Barcelona (especially those who stop by the tourist office) will no doubt learn about the Barcelona Card for museum and transportation discounts. A couple years ago, we were not sure if the Barcelona Card really packed enough bang for the buck. In fact, our conclusion was simple: the Barcelona Card? Not for us. » Read more

Barcelona: Cheap tickets to classical concerts and opera

Barcelona: Cheap tickets to classical concerts and opera

When people think about Catalan Culture, they think Gaudi, Modernista Architecture, and laid-back Mediterranean lifestyle. They should, however, also think music. Barcelona loves music. While jazz and classical are perhaps the most popular genres in the city, all music is embraced with open arms in Barcelona. This love of music means that there are concerts » Read more

Barcelona: Cheap transportation guide

Barcelona: Cheap transportation guide

Barcelona is small enough that you can walk most places, but big enough that you will probably want to hop on the Metro or grab a ride at some point. Here’s the scoop on how to navigate Barcelona on a budget. Metro The Metro is the fastest way to get from point A to point » Read more

Barcelona cheap souvenir: Gaudí for less

Barcelona cheap souvenir: Gaudí for less

No trip to Barcelona is complete without picking up a little free (or almost-free) reminder of Gaudí, the city’s favorite architect. Happily, Barcelona is teeming with arty Gaudí souvenirs, ranging from the refined to the (you guessed it) gaudy. Take home some cheapo Gaudí Regarded as tasteless in his own time, Antoni Gaudí’s unique art nouveau ideas » Read more

Barcelona: Five free podcasts

Barcelona: Five free podcasts

When it comes to our list of travel essentials, iPods and MP3 players are right up there with good city maps and sun block. And, if we hit a bump in the road or happen to meet with a European transit strike, there’s no better way to while away the hours than with a few portable » Read more

Barcelona Q&A: Is it safe to stay in the Gothic Quarter?

Barcelona Q&A: Is it safe to stay in the Gothic Quarter?

A reader asks: “In Barcelona, we’re thinking of staying in the Gothic Quarter to be close to everything, but we’re worried that it’s not safe. Is this area sketchy at night?” Regina WB responds: Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter has the Cathedral, Plaza del Rey and many other fabulous sites that most visitors want to ‘oohh and » Read more

Is the Barcelona Card a good deal?

Is the Barcelona Card a good deal?

Tourist discount cards can provide great value and a major convenience. But, they can also create a major headache when trying to evaluate their value. Today, we turn to Barcelona… The Barcelona Card The city-run Barcelona Turisme office issues the Barcelona Card as a two-day pass (€25), three-day pass (€30), four-day pass (€34), and five-day » Read more

Barcelona: Woody Allen Troubles and City Bikes!

Barcelona: Woody Allen Troubles and City Bikes!

Visiting Barcelona? Watch out for Woody: The BBC reported Monday that the city of Barcelona is coughing up € 1,000,000 to Woody Allen, covering 10% of the budget of his upcoming film, which is set in the city and currently filming around town. In addition, the regional Catalonian government is chipping in another € 500,000. » Read more

Biking Barcelona

Biking Barcelona

While Barcelona’s underground train system reaches just about every corner of the sprawling metropolis, the metro isn’t really the best way to “see” the city. The Catalan capital’s new Bici bike system, however, is just that. Barcelona’s city hall has set up about 100 stations across the city, most near the Barri Gòtic, offering bike » Read more

Barcelona: Wax Factory!

Barcelona: Wax Factory!

Summer is upon us, and a trip to Barcelona should not be without a beach outing. Finding a last minute bikini wax is never easy, and certainly never cheap…until you take a number at Depiline center that is! This full service esthetic center, specializing in depilation, offers rapid, great service at unbelievable prices! Get beach-ready » Read more

NYTimes Escapes: Barcelona

NYTimes Escapes: Barcelona

Today’s New York Times Escapes extends its 36-hour attentions to the Catalan capital. No shocker here, but the Times’ version of Barcelona isn’t exactly Cheapo-friendly. This acknowledged, Andrew Ferren’s article nicely handles Barcelona retail, beaches, museums, and even the best view of the skyline from an amusement park ferris wheel. Whichever way you tweak it, » Read more