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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

Best Beaches Close to Barcelona

Best Beaches Close to Barcelona

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— I’ve said many times that I don’t swim in the waters splashing up on Barcelona’s beaches. I spend a lot of time along the city’s shoreline but rarely in a bathing suit. Some of my friends swim in Barcelona’s stretch of Med regularly and they think I’m overly concerned. » Read more

Barcelona: 4 reasons to take a day trip to La Garriga

Barcelona: 4 reasons to take a day trip to La Garriga

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— I live in Barcelona, and mostly I love the city. Sometimes, however, I want to see trees, blossoms, birds that aren’t pigeons… and that’s when the day trip comes in. Although I do have access to a car, I often take day trips by train, and La Garriga, located about » 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 Crush: Ítaca Hostel in the Gothic Quarter

Barcelona Crush: Ítaca Hostel in the Gothic Quarter

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of sleeping in a dorm room unless there’s no other alternative. Those days of communal snoring are pretty much a thing of the past for me, and yet here I am, crushing on Ítaca Hostel in Barcelona. Of all the hostels » 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: Best burgers and diners in town

Barcelona: Best burgers and diners in town

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— Vintage clothes, cupcakes, brunch and now burgers. These trends have swept over Barcelona leaving people well-fed and questionably clothed. Unlike vintage, which doesn’t get me going, burger shacks are a welcomed addition to the Barcelona food scene. Here are a few top diners for a double with cheese. Betty » Read more

5 tourist traps to avoid in Barcelona

5 tourist traps to avoid in Barcelona

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— Like any major tourist destination, Barcelona has its share of attractions that promise too much, but deliver too little… while usually draining your budget. These, my friends, are called “tourist traps.” They’re usually easy to spot (just look for crowds of tourists with nary a local in sight), but » Read more

Barcelona: Best locally-guided walking tours

Barcelona: Best locally-guided walking tours

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— There is a feeling among some backpackers and DIY-type travelers that tours are for, well, tourists. Granted, I don’t want to be one of 75 people following a guide’s orange flag through the city streets of Rome or London. Not only do those sorts of tours make me feel » Read more

Barcelona: Best hot chocolate, coffee and tea on cold days

Barcelona: Best hot chocolate, coffee and tea on cold days

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— Yesterday over dinner I asked my sweetie if he remembered the last time it rained in Barcelona. We both tried to remember. It’s been weeks. While the sun is shining and there’s not a cloud in the sky, mornings are crisp and chilly and it feels like winter. On » Read more

Barcelona: 5 hotels with amazing locations

Barcelona: 5 hotels with amazing locations

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— Not all hotels in Barcelona are created equal when it comes to location. While it’s true that some of the cheapest rooms can be found outside of Barcelona’s city center, this isn’t always the case. There are some great hotel deals to be had right in the center of » Read more

Barcelona: Tips for celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Barcelona: Tips for celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— In Barcelona, and in fact all over Spain, the party seems to go on forever. While there are holidays, long vacations and festivals year-round in Spain, December is an especially merry month offering up nine days of “fiesta” instead of just the 25th and 31st/1st. So merry, it’s scary, » Read more

Barcelona: Tips for visiting the Sagrada Familia

Barcelona: Tips for visiting the Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia or Holy Family, is one of Barcelona’s “Oh-My-Gawd” sights and is a real must-do. It’s impressive, it’s wacky, it’s Gaudí’s last project, and it’s a basilica now, thanks to the Pope. If you see no other Gaudí buildings in Barcelona, see this one. Due to the fact that it is awesome, in » 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

Barcelona: Three plazas well worth the visit

Barcelona: Three plazas well worth the visit

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— For many, Europe = plazas, or squares. Cobblestone plazas corralled by cafes, grand plazas with state buildings looking down on passersby, and intimate, hidden plazas with bubbling fountains sprouting from their centers. Certainly, Barcelona has its fair share of city squares. The neighborhood with the most plazas in town » Read more

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