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Amor in Barcelona: Budget hotels for romance to celebrate Sant Jordi Day

Amor in Barcelona: Budget hotels for romance to celebrate Sant Jordi Day

It’s nice to have a love celebration like Valentine’s Day in February, a dreary month in the northern hemisphere to say the least. It gives couples something to look forward to after many cold months, and it can brighten up the long winter and add a touch of romance. However, the timing of the Catalan » 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

Craft beer in Barcelona: Breweries, festivals, bars and where to stay

Craft beer in Barcelona: Breweries, festivals, bars and where to stay

Spring is here and powdery-pink blossoms hang heavy from trees in Barcelona’s parks. Although it won’t be swimming weather (by local standards anyway) until May, March and April bring sunnier skies, warmer nights, shorter sleeves and, most importantly, beer. Yes, beer. The Barcelona Beer Festival, now in its third year, will be held for three » Read more

Cheapo Barcelona tip: Book a hotel in the city center to save time, money and stress

Cheapo Barcelona tip: Book a hotel in the city center to save time, money and stress

Scan the Internet and you’ll find cheap hotels and hostels in Barcelona with some rockbottom rates. Then look again, and this time pay close attention to the ‘hood the hostel or pension is located in. You may be tempted by these low-priced rooms in areas such as Horta or Besos, but take our advice and » Read more

Living like a local: Eating, walking, kissing and (not) tipping in Barcelona

Living like a local: Eating, walking, kissing and (not) tipping in Barcelona

After eight years in Barcelona, I’ve become accustomed to certain aspects of life here that are quite different from how I lived back in Portland, Oregon. Mostly, I don’t notice these differences anymore. My perspective has become more European, more Spanish, more Catalan…this all happened while I wasn’t looking, while I was eating tapas and » Read more

Barcelona hotels: The best budget choices for mom and daughter travel

Barcelona hotels: The best budget choices for mom and daughter travel

Traveling with family is not the same dynamic as a jaunt with friends or your partner. I’ve done quite a bit of globetrotting with my mother, and she’s one of my best galavanting companions. We both share a sense of adventure and a love of travel (I probably got it from her!). Depending on what » Read more

Barcelona: 3 affordable hotel options in the center city for quick trips

Barcelona: 3 affordable hotel options in the center city for quick trips

If you have just a couple days in Barcelona, then you want to be where the action is and avoid transportation hassles. Usually on EuroCheapo, our advice is to stay away from touristy areas and pick a hotel in a more residential zone. There are a few reasons for this: lower costs, proximity to better » Read more

9 reasons you need to check out Barcelona in 2014

9 reasons you need to check out Barcelona in 2014

Do you really need additional motivation to come to Barcelona? Probably not. Barcelona has enough to keep you busy for weeks with Roman archeological sights, beaches, Gaudí creations, the Gothic Quarter, wine bars and creative restaurants, museums stuffed with works by Dalí and Picasso…but just in case, here are nine more excuses for stopping by. » Read more

Budget stays in Barcelona when traveling with a group

Budget stays in Barcelona when traveling with a group

Group travel can create memories to last lifetime. It’s fun to share incredible experiences with friends and family, and Barcelona is a beautiful city for any size crew to explore. If you can somehow manage to coordinate everyone’s schedule and get the plane tickets, that’s a huge step! But now the question is: where should » Read more

5 tasty alternatives to tapas in Barcelona

5 tasty alternatives to tapas in Barcelona

Granted, you’ll probably want to dine on Spanish or Catalan food most of the time you’re in Barcelona because, well, it’s absolutely delicious. But, if you do get a little tired of tapas (yes, it can happen), then keep these restaurants with international foods in mind. Nice Spice I sampled many Indian restaurants in the » 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

The Mediterranean Diet: Eat these 10 foods in Barcelona

The Mediterranean Diet: Eat these 10 foods in Barcelona

We’ve all heard about the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet, but do people in Barcelona actually eat this way? The answer is yes, on average. Here are a few foods that make up the daily diet of most people in Mediterranean Catalonia, which should be on your list of edibles to sample: 1. Ham » Read more

Barcelona: Flamenco, art and music events to catch before Christmas

Barcelona: Flamenco, art and music events to catch before Christmas

Late September, all of October and November, and the first half of December are busy months in Barcelona. Everything has to get done before the holidays, which span December 20th-January 10th, roughly. These fall months are packed with work, but also play, as many concerts, expositions, festivals, and events take place from September to December. » Read more

18 tips for eating like a local in Barcelona

18 tips for eating like a local in Barcelona

Yogurt is not for breakfast. Omelets are for dinner. Espresso after meals. Napkins not in your lap… These, and many other customs, have been part of my Spain dining education over the past eight years. I’m still not an expert, but these are a few tips on how to eat like a local when in » Read more

Four foods to fall for this autumn in Barcelona

Four foods to fall for this autumn in Barcelona

As the weather shifts, restaurants and markets in Barcelona change their menus and displays, offering the best of seasonal fall foods. Here are four to look for this year. Wine The grape harvest depends on the region, and usually the further south you go the earlier the harvest is. In Penedès, a wine producing region » Read more

Barcelona: In-Edit Film Festival celebrates music October 24-November 3

Barcelona: In-Edit Film Festival celebrates music October 24-November 3

Autumn means movies to me. The weather gets crisp enough to make meeting up for a flick appealing again, after a long summer outdoors in the sunshine. An autumn and winter of movies kicks off for me each year in Barcelona with what is probably my favorite film festival: In-Edit. This In-Edit Film Festival combines » Read more

Chow down at Barcelona’s Mercat de Mercats food festival October 18-20, 2013

Chow down at Barcelona’s Mercat de Mercats food festival October 18-20, 2013

Recently, I had visitors from the United States staying with me in Barcelona. Two of them had gluten-free diets, and were also not able to eat tomatoes, ham, dairy, peppers and almost all meat except fish and chicken. I spent quite a bit of time fretting over what the heck these friends would eat. Turns » Read more

Barcelona Neighborhood Snapshots: El Born

Barcelona Neighborhood Snapshots: El Born

Barcelona has no shortage of neighborhoods to choose from, each providing its own vibe and experiences. Today I’d like you to get to know El Born, one of my favorite ‘hoods in the city, through the photos and tips below. • Also see our complete list of Barcelona neighborhoods in our city guide. Where to » Read more

Montserrat: A hike from Barcelona that’s accessible by train

Montserrat: A hike from Barcelona that’s accessible by train

Most come to Barcelona for the urban excitement it offers. But what if you’re not much for cities? The crowds, the noise, the pollution… sometimes an escape is needed. Lately, I’ve been feeling burned out on the metropolis’ din and have spent most of the summer’s weekends hiking. Many hiking trails in Catalonia require a » 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

Free cinema by the sea in Barcelona

Free cinema by the sea in Barcelona

Summer in Barcelona is amazing, but it can also be very difficult—if you’re an indecisive traveler. The city simply has too much to offer. Do you head straight for Barcelona’s beautiful beaches? Or do you take advantage of the many free summer activities the Catalan capital has to offer? Luckily, Barcelona has an event that’s » Read more

Best Barcelona Hotels for the Beach

Depending on your concept of “cold,” the Mediterranean that splashes up on Barcelona shores is swimmable from May-October. I’ve rarely swum in May, because I feel the water is still too chilly, even though the sun is shining. For many years, I’ve had my last swim of the season around October 10th. As the weather » Read more

Cheap Eats for the Summertime in Barcelona

Cheap Eats for the Summertime in Barcelona

I mentioned in a previous post that I am trying to lose weight, which means eating less ice cream and going to the gym. Luckily for me, I’ve got nature and the season on my side. Barcelona in the summer is hot. And humid. And though this year has been colder than others, it’s 86°F » 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