Barcelona is the place to be this summer. With the beautiful weather, relaxed atmosphere and tonnes of things to do if you’re on a budget, it makes it a great place to spend your summer holiday. Not to mention, it is cheap and easy to get to from the UK and pretty much anywhere else in the world. Plus, it’s easy to find amazing apartments close to the beach.
Still one of my favourite places in Barcelona is Park Guell designed by the famous Gaudi. A couple of years back when I visited it was free but nowadays they have introduced a fee (€7/€8 online/door ) if you want to see the mosaics and the unique houses. Otherwise, the park is free for you to enter. You can get here by catching the metro (the green line) to Vallcarca station then catch the escalators up, yes I’m not even kidding. It’s possibly the best invention ever. So, if you’re going to spend money on just one attraction in Barcelona I would say come here, the architecture is pretty amazing! You also get a great view of the city from the Park.
“Free’ walking tour with Runner Bean
A Runner Bean tour is a must if you come to the city. They depart from Plaza Reial every day (you can find the times here). I highly suggest the Gaudi walking tour where you walk around the city for 2.5 hours to see some of his best work. How the free walking tours work is you tip the guide at the end on what you think the tour was worth. So, technically they are not free but if you don’t have a lot of money it will be cheaper doing one of these rather than a guided tour which you may pay double for. It’s a great way to meet people and I feel walking around the city helps me get my bearings too.
The Ciutadella Park
If you’re more of a park than a beach person then visit Ciutadella Park where you will find the locals relaxing and maybe see some gymnastics happening, there’s also a beautiful lake and fountain. I suggest doing the same as above and grabbing some ciders, a picnic and relaxing here for a few hours! It’s located right next to the Arc de Triomf.
The Carmel Bunkers
If you want literally the best spot looking over Barcelona and one of the most beautiful sunset spots in the city then make your way to the top of the Turo de la Rovira hill to see the Carmel Bunkers. It’s open 24 hours a day and is free to enter. It contained the anti-aircraft battery that helped to defend the city from air attacks during the Civil War.
Grab a picnic and head to the beach
Grab your towel, it’s time to hit the beach and enjoy the sunshine while doing some good old people watching. Grab a few ciders too if you really want to relax. You will see a lot of people who spend the day just sunbathing, hula hooping and generally enjoying the day. How else do you think they get that sun-kissed tan? If the suns out then chances are the beach will be packed with people so if you would like a little more privacy then go to Nova Icaria beach where it’s a little quieter.
Visit La Boqueria
La Boqueria is located right in the middle of the famous street’ La Rambla’. This is known as Europe’s biggest food market! They sell a range of fresh fruit and vegetables to pastries and my favourite – sangria in a cup. It’s the perfect place to grab your picnic if you’re heading to the beach or Ciutadella Park!
What’s your favourite budget-friendly thing to do in the city of sun, sangria and beautiful people? If you have any more suggestions please leave them down below, I would love to hear them!