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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

Barcelona: Best “off the beaten path” hotels for Cheapos

Barcelona: Best “off the beaten path” hotels for Cheapos

On one hand, staying in a touristy area of the city makes your trip to Barcelona easier because everything you might need is in close proximity. Need food? Lots of restaurants on La Rambla. Need an ATM? Carrer Ferran is lined with them. Afternoon snack? Gelato shops on every corner in the Gothic Quarter. But » Read more

Barcelona’s best hotels for the summer months

Barcelona’s best hotels for the summer months

Summer in Barcelona means long dinners on breezy plazas, a hearty paella at the beach after a morning of sunbathing, festivals, white wine and holiday season. It also means heat. While this spring has been unusually cold and rainy, summers are normally hot and humid in the city. Keep the weather in mind while you’re » Read more

Barcelona: Park Guell and Caixa Forum to start charging for admission

Barcelona: Park Guell and Caixa Forum to start charging for admission

Remember the good old days when Spain didn’t have 27% unemployment and social and cultural services were free and easy? Yeah, well those days are gone. Welcome to the new Barcelona, where two of our favorite freebies have decided to start charging entrance fees. The first is Caixa Forum. This is a museum run by » 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: Four cheap hotels with personality

Barcelona: Four cheap hotels with personality

Even in a city as vibrant as Barcelona, staying in a ho-hum hotel can make a grand vacation bland. Your stay will be much more enjoyable if you can find accommodation that feels as alive as the city itself. Truth be told, though, most of the hotels and hostals featured on EuroCheapo’s Barcelona page have » Read more

Barcelona: Day trips to Tarragona, La Garriga and Sitges

Barcelona: Day trips to Tarragona, La Garriga and Sitges

If you just have a week in Barcelona, then it’s best to stay put and just see the city, which is large and packed with entertainment, distractions and foodie bliss. However, if you have a bit more time in Catalonia, or just have a yearning to get out of Dodge, then consider these easy day » Read more

Barcelona: 10 photos that will inspire you to visit

Barcelona: 10 photos that will inspire you to visit

Do you still need to be sold on visiting Barcelona? From its fascinating history to mind-blowing Gaudi architecture, the city offers so much for those in search of a rich cultural experience. Meanwhile, its affordable restaurants, bars and tapas spots make it a top destination for culinary tourists. Even those into more active vacations will » Read more

Barcelona Wine Bars: 3 picks from a self-confessed “wino”

Barcelona Wine Bars: 3 picks from a self-confessed “wino”

When I meet someone new in Barcelona, I prepare myself for the “Three Questions”: Them: “How long have you lived here?” Me: “Almost 8 years.” Them: “Do you like it?” Me: “Yes.” Them: “Why did you move to Barcelona?” Depending on my mood, I give some long-winded story about adventure and heartbreak, blah, blah, blah, » Read more

Barcelona: Rock out to these music festivals this summer

Barcelona: Rock out to these music festivals this summer

If all the UNESCO World Heritage sights, foodie thrills, and pristine beaches are not reason enough to come to Spain this summer, here’s one more: music. And a whole lot of it. Check out these spring-summer festivals in Barcelona and beyond. Primavera Sound May 22-26, 2013 From the 22-26 of May this festival brings us » Read more

A Room with a Loo: 4 budget hotels with great bathrooms in Barcelona

A Room with a Loo: 4 budget hotels with great bathrooms in Barcelona

The WC, loo, bathroom, restroom, toilet or in Spanish, servicios. How important is the loo to you when you travel? Personally, it’s a pretty important feature and can make or break my hotel experience. When looking for cheap hotels in Barcelona (and all over Europe) you will come across many hostals and pensions which offer » Read more

8 tasty and cheapo meals in Barcelona (with mouth-watering photos)

8 tasty and cheapo meals in Barcelona (with mouth-watering photos)

What’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Barcelona? (Not to mention tapas…) While we’ve gone on and on in other posts about recommended cheap eats, great lunch spots, and tips for saving on dining in Barcelona, sometimes a picture or two says it all. Here’s some photo inspiration of tasty bites and spots to dine » 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: Don’t miss these art and history exhibits in February and March

Barcelona: Don’t miss these art and history exhibits in February and March

In the winter, Barcelona is a different animal. Perhaps an animal in hibernation. I prefer Barcelona in the winter to Barcelona in August, when the humidity is overwhelming and the metropolis is jammed with tourists. Something about the quiet of wintertime begs a person to reflect, perhaps even ponder where we came from and where » Read more

Barcelona: Reasons to eat, dance, pray, sing, carouse and revel in 2013

Barcelona: Reasons to eat, dance, pray, sing, carouse and revel in 2013

Barcelona has an exuberant cultural scene throughout the year supplying no shortage of festivals, concerts, parties and food celebrations from which to choose. With little effort you’ll find something interesting going on each month, but here are a few highlights to look for in 2013. January: EAT calçots Winter means onions in Barcelona, and all across » 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

Hostal? Hostel? Hotel? Understanding Barcelona’s accommodation options

Hostal? Hostel? Hotel? Understanding Barcelona’s accommodation options

Most budget travelers probably understand the difference between a hostel and a hotel. One offers shared dorm rooms and a youngish vibe, while the other offers, well, hotel rooms. But a “hostal”? Getting hostal Hostals are a budget-friendly type of accommodation found throughout Spain (and Central and South America) that offer private rooms, usually with » Read more

Barcelona: Best hotels for sleeping near Gaudí architecture

Barcelona: Best hotels for sleeping near Gaudí architecture

The psychedelic works of Antoni Gaudí draw thousands of visitors to Barcelona each year. If you’re an architecture fan, you’ll want to see a few of Gaudí’s buildings, scattered throughout Barcelona and Catalonia. Book close to Gaudí sights at the following hotels and hostals. Casa Batlló & La Pedrera: Astoria Hotel Doubles from €70 This » Read more

Barcelona Brews: Three bars serving great beer

Barcelona Brews: Three bars serving great beer

Wine consumption in Spain is at a low. So what are people drinking, if not a full bodied vino tinto? The answer is beer, mostly, and also gin and other spirits. For many moons three main beer labels dominated the Barcelona market: Estrella, Moritz and San Miguel. But now microbrews and import beers are moving » Read more

Barcelona: Best budget hotels near the city’s nightlife

Barcelona: Best budget hotels near the city’s nightlife

The Spanish are good at partying. Dinner at 10 p.m. and off to the clubs by 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. is a normal sequence of events in Barcelona and throughout Spain. While it is said that Madrid has better “marcha” (a party scene) than Barcelona, trust me, you will not be bored or lack » 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’s Best Street Food

Barcelona’s Best Street Food

Whether you’re seeing the sights or out late experiencing Barcelona’s “fiesta” offerings, street food can come in handy. Street food in Barcelona is not so much stalls or food wagons as it is minute restaurants selling take-away, the idea being that you grab your slice of pizza and head to the nearest bench. Real street » Read more

Barcelona Hotels With Style: Three Cheapo Options

Barcelona Hotels With Style: Three Cheapo Options

Many times, “style” and “inexpensive” seem incompatible. While a budget hotel in Barcelona may have the right location and low rate, on many occasions these places leave something to be desired when it comes to color, furnishings, art and decor in general. There are a few hotels and hostals in Barcelona that rise above the » Read more

Barcelona: Renting an apartment for families

Barcelona: Renting an apartment for families

Traveling with the kidos in Barcelona? Not always easy. Many hotels do not allow kids, or do not have services for families with small children. My Barcelona tip for booking a room for the familia is to go for an apartment. There are many hostals and hotels which also have a few vacation apartments available » Read more