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Barcelona: 10 great things to do for under €10

Barcelona: 10 great things to do for under €10

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— You have a coffee, munch a croissant, ride the bus and buy a postcard for your mom and BAM!…. another €10 is gone! This is a city where it is very easy to spend money at a rapid clip. Here are a few places where it pays to lay » 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: Best bakeries for delicious cheap eats

Barcelona: Best bakeries for delicious cheap eats

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— Bakeries are a tasty way to save big in Barcelona. There are SO many bakeries in this town that it’s hard to walk two blocks without running into one selling flaky croissants, baguettes, chocolate napolitanas, and large loaves of pa de payés, a Catalan farmers’ bread. Bakery sandwiches Bakeries » Read more

St. Jordi’s Day in Barcelona: Love, roses and books

St. Jordi’s Day in Barcelona: Love, roses and books

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— No box of chocolate See’s, no tacky stuffed bear, no lovey-dovey cards from Hallmark. Nope. The Catalans have an entirely different way of celebrating love: with books and roses. Men give one red rose (instead of a dozen) to their sweetie on St. Jordi’s Day, Barcelona‘s most romantic day » Read more

Barcelona: Local cheeses worth nibbling

Barcelona: Local cheeses worth nibbling

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— When I first came to Spain over five years ago I didn’t know much about cheese. I remember my first trip to the Spanish market to buy some cheese slices to make a sandwich and being overwhelmed when the Cheese Man asked, “What do you want?” I had no » 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: 7 affordable non-Spanish restaurants

Barcelona: 7 affordable non-Spanish restaurants

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— As much as I love Rioja wine, Manchego cheeses, golden olive oil and paella, there comes a time when one tires of Spanish food and wants a bit of curry or guacamole in life. Barcelona’s non-Spanish/Catalan foods scene improves each year (I’ve seen a big change in the five » Read more

3 Winter Escapes from Barcelona

3 Winter Escapes from Barcelona

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona—Barcelona is not known for its harsh winters. As I write this, it is 6 degrees celsius out – or about 43ºF – not exactly beach weather but also not a typical cold winter wonderland. However, it’s easy for Barcelona visitors who are in the mood for frolicking in the snow to » 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: The best Catalan wines for the holidays

Barcelona: The best Catalan wines for the holidays

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— Cheers! The holidays are here, and in Barcelona this means about six serious celebrations, beginning tonight, December 24. This is quickly followed by Christmas Day, Sant Esteve (December 26), New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and King’s Day (January 6), all of which are celebrated with the same gluttonous » Read more

Barcelona: Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Barcelona: Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve

By Regina Winkle-Bryan in Barcelona— Santa is secondary in Barcelona. The big day for the Spanish, and Catalans, is King’s Day, January 6. Still, there is plenty of festivity going down this month in Spain’s second-largest metropolis. Here are some of the best events to look for this holiday season: The Santa Lucia Christmas Market » Read more

Barcelona’s Best Outdoor Markets

Barcelona’s Best Outdoor Markets

By Regina Winkle-Bryan in Barcelona— What’s on your shopping list? Some chubby prawns? Sweet potatoes for fall dishes? Candied almonds and dried figs? All of this and much, much more can be found at the local outdoor market in Barcelona. The many markets of Barcelona Every barrio or neighborhood in Barcelona has its own market. » Read more

Barcelona: 3 amazing dessert spots in the city

Barcelona: 3 amazing dessert spots in the city

By Regina Winkle-Bryan in Barcelona— When I moved to Barcelona five years ago, I thought yogurt was a breakfast food. Oh how wrong I was! It took some time, and I was not an easy convert, but I now eat yogurt (Greek yogurt if possible, with honey) for dessert. Other favored local desserts include Crema » 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 Transportation: See the sights on the public buses

Barcelona Transportation: See the sights on the public buses

By Regina Winkle-Bryan in Barcelona— Don’t be afraid to take the city bus in Barcelona. Though the bus maps (located at every stop in the city) look like blueprints for alien ships, with a little research and care, you can learn to make sense of Barcelona’s overground system. Since it took me a while – about » Read more

Barcelona eats: Where to grab breakfast and brunch

Barcelona eats: Where to grab breakfast and brunch

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona—I have lived in Barcelona for five years, so visitors sometimes ask me, ‘What do you miss most about the United States?’ I never have to think long about this. Three words sum it up: family, salad dressing, breakfast. Breakfast in Barcelona is coffee with milk. You can add in » 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 with Kids: 6 Family-friendly activities

Barcelona with Kids: 6 Family-friendly activities

At first glance, Barcelona may not seem particularly family-friendly. However, if you know where to go, the city offers plenty to entertain adults and kiddies alike. Here are a few choice places to visit in the city with children in tow: Glass Tunnels and Sharks: The Aquarium Right on Barcelona’s central Port Vell, a visit » 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

Barcelona: Beach-side bars in La Barceloneta

Barcelona: Beach-side bars in La Barceloneta

As of the San Juan parties held on June 23, 2010, it was officially summertime in Barcelona. From now until October, sidewalks, plazas and patios will be full of folks sipping cava, wine and refreshing claras under sun umbrellas. For most of the year, the Barcelones and tourists visiting the city block out the fact » Read more

Barcelona Festivals: Summer 2010 music, dance and film festivals

Barcelona Festivals: Summer 2010 music, dance and film festivals

June 11, 2010. I recently read that out of 36 countries examined by Manpower Inc. for hiring expectations, only four have a negative employment outlook. Those were (can you guess?) Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain. This bad news is reflected in the large cuts in the public sector in Spain. June was rife with protests » Read more

Barcelona: Secondhand shopping secrets in Barcelona

Barcelona: Secondhand shopping secrets in Barcelona

I have lived in Spain for over four years now, though I’m originally from Portland, Oregon. In my native city, secondhand and vintage clothing boutiques are as common as rainy days. When I lived in Portland, it was all the rage to shop secondhand. From frocks to socks to records and costume jewelry, purchases were almost » Read more

Barcelona: 5 bars in Barcelona not to be missed

Barcelona: 5 bars in Barcelona not to be missed

I am not the first to make the cheap pun “BARcelona,” nor will I be the last. The city is filled with pubs, bars, bodegas (wine bars), cocktail joints, and cozy corners to “get your drink on.” The good people of Barcelona like to drink, which does not necessarily mean they like to get drunk. » 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: Vegetarian restaurants and healthy eating options

Barcelona: Vegetarian restaurants and healthy eating options

At first glance, it may not seem like healthy options abound in Barcelona. The endless ham, the white bread and chocolate croissants, the fried and breaded tapas… and all of it, as one of my friends from North America put it, is “swimming in olive oil.” Fair enough. But remember that this is also the » Read more