EuroCheapo's Barcelona Articles

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

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— 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 » 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

Barcelona Cheap Eats: 4 local dishes worth trying

Barcelona Cheap Eats: 4 local dishes worth trying

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— Spanish food and wine is as diverse as the many regions that make up the Iberian Peninsula. Here I narrow in on a few must-eats in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain! 1. Tapas You can’t come to Spain and not have tapas, which are like appetizers. In some parts of the » Read more

Tipping in Barcelona: When to tip and how much

Tipping in Barcelona: When to tip and how much

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— I just got back to Barcelona after spending two months in the United States and Canada. It’s normal to have a little culture shock when going in-between countries, and one of the aspects of life back in North America that always confuses upon return is tipping. In Barcelona, and » Read more

Moving to Barcelona: What you need to know

Moving to Barcelona: What you need to know

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— I came to Barcelona in 2005, and my goodness there was a lot I didn’t know! An ex-pat friend and I often joke that if we had known what it would take to establish ourselves in this sunny metropolis by the sea, we never would have come. Yes, it » Read more

Barcelona’s September Bash: La Mercè Festival

Barcelona’s September Bash: La Mercè Festival

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— Throughout the summer Barcelona neighborhoods throw local bashes which are something like a block party on steroids. Everyone from the barri, or “neighborhood,” gets involved in the festivities. Usually these parties will go on for a weekend or in some cases an entire week. It’s now too late to » Read more

Barcelona: Which neighborhood is right for you?

Barcelona: Which neighborhood is right for you?

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— I’ve lived all over Barcelona, from the upper Eixample by the Sagrada Familia, to the ancient heart of the city in the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter). I now live near the sea, which suits me best. Which barri is right for your trip or move to Barcelona? That depends » Read more

Barcelona: 4 divine ice cream shops in Barcelona

Barcelona: 4 divine ice cream shops in Barcelona

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— One of the top five reasons I live in Barcelona is the weather. I’m from the Pacific NW in the United States, which is lovely when the clouds lift. Sick of the rain, I wanted to be in the sunshine which motivated me to move to Costa Rica, Guatemala » Read more

Barcelona’s Summer Sales: Tips on how to save

Barcelona’s Summer Sales: Tips on how to save

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— July in Barcelona means humid days on the beach, lots of visitors in the city, tons of cool music and cinema festivals and the second best sale of the year. Sales are held in Barcelona twice a year, in January and in July. Of course, these are the times » Read more

Barcelona: 5 Park Güell survival tips

Barcelona: 5 Park Güell survival tips

By Regina W. Bryan in Barcelona— In my six years in Barcelona I’ve been to Park Güell twice. Both times when I have gone up there I’ve promised to come more often because it really is a fabulous park, but the bus ride is so long to get up there that I rarely follow through. » Read more

Barcelona Salons: Haircuts, styling and spas for Cheapos

Barcelona Salons: Haircuts, styling and spas for Cheapos

By Regina W Bryan in Barcelona— Beauty takes pain. Or at least that’s what my mama always told me, and anyone who has been waxed is sure to agree that being “bikini ready” is not for wimps. While beauty treatments may sting, they don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Here are » Read more

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